4/9/10

Who are you?

*Just a quick note on today's read from Acts. 

While Paul was in Ephesus, some of the Jews were driving out evil spirits.  They tried to call upon the name of Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, "In the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out."  These were sons of a Jewish chief priest.  One day, they encountered a demon-possessed man.  They began their ritual, "In the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches..."  But this time, the evil spirit answered them, "Jesus I know, and I know about Paul, but who are you?" 

Really?  That demon didn't even know who those men were?  Sons of a Jewish chief priest.  They were even speaking in the name of Jesus.  What does that say about their faith?  What does that say about their ministry that the enemy didn't even know their names?  After the demon spoke to them, the possessed man literally beat them out of their clothes.  One against seven.  They ran away naked and bloody.  I'm not sure which would have hurt worse - the beating or the words spoken by the demon. 

Do the demons know me by name?  Do they know you?  How much fear do we invoke in the demonic world because of our faith?

(Acts 19:13-16)

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