Acts 19:13-15 “Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?”
There is just something when you meet an old friend. You may have called, emailed, or texted a few times through the course of the years, but, hadn’t had the opportunity to really connect.
Then, you make the time and re-connect. The time seems to fly by as you share stories of jobs, children and life. Laughter and tears flow alike and you wonder why you waited so long. I linger when I read this account of these men who thought they could engage demonic spirits and do what only a Spirit-filled child of God can do.
To have a spirit know you for what you do for the Lord is something.
Then, to see the devastation that took place as these spirits wreaked havoc upon those men.
Also, what company to be known – “…Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?”
Jesus I know – of course they knew Jesus.
But Paul I know – what could be said of our lives that would cause the devil to stand up and take notice? Preaching the gospel, leading souls to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, baptizing, teaching and ministering in the name of Jesus Christ. All of these will get the enemy’s eye.
So, it should not surprise us when we begin to take on a new task that we come into a fiery trial. We have a statement in our ministry – “New levels – New devils”.
As you go about your day today, take stock of what you do for the Lord. See where you can add something. Be a vocal witness in your workplace, have family devotions with your spouse, your children; volunteer to help out at the rescue mission, or go to a local nursing home and befriend one who seems alone and in need of companionship.
There is so much we can do that takes so little on our part but will matter greatly for all eternity. But be warned – you will get the attention of our enemy. But – do not let fear make your decision for you.
“Greater is that is in you, than he that is in the world.”