february 22nd - Who Are You?
Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, "We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches." Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, "Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?" Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. Acts 19:11-16 (NKJV)
The Bible tells us that demons tremble at the name of Jesus. I wonder if they have any reaction when they hear my name? We know from the story of the seven sons of Sceva that the demon powers were readily aware of the Apostle Paul. Furthermore, throughout the Book of Acts, Paul demonstrated the power to cast out demons; so the demons were a bit leery of the great Apostle to the Gentiles.
Some other people wanted to get in on the current wave of exorcisms and so they commanded the evil spirits by saying, "We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches." It seems like a comical thing to say and a crazy thing to do--but, they had observed Paul in action and it seemed like the perfect incantation. The seven sons of Sceva decided to give it a whirl... It all seemed to be going so well until the evil spirit spoke back to them. "Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?" Then the evil spirit, cloaked in the body of the man possessed, jumped on them and proceeded to exact a painful revenge.
"Who are you?" the demons asked. If that question was posed to you, what would be your response? Are you a Believer in Christ? If so, let me make a statement concerning who we are in Christ Jesus:
Author’s Note: There’s nothing really all that special about me. I am a pretty ordinary person. In a word, I am average. However, when average meets God, a person becomes much more than just average. It is an extraordinary event when the creator of the universe takes residence in human mediocrity. “We,” who have been saved by the grace of God, surpass all the limitations of the flesh, and now there are new opportunities to excel as Jesus empowers us by the Holy Spirit. This is the reason Paul could boast in the Lord. Time to fully surrender to God and embrace His purposes for you. RJD