Acts 19:15 Do The Demons Know You?

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One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” Acts 19:15

A Jewish chief priest named Sceva, had seven sons. They were going around trying to cast demons out of people in the name of Jesus that Paul preached about. At one point a demon responded to them about knowing Jesus and Paul, but had no idea who they were. Immediately afterwards, the man with the demonic spirit jumped them and severely beat them up.

In many parts of the world, people strongly believe in demonic forces, while in other parts, very few people believe in demonic forces. In places where they do not really believe in these types of forces, they often think of them as a game or a fantasy.

Yet, demonic forces are a reality in this life. Often they are not seen as demonic forces, but mental illnesses or other problems in the life of a person.

Those who think that demonic forces are just a game, can be in for a surprise, since they are real. The demons know who Jesus is. They have directly seen and been in battle with Him for thousands of years.

Believers who truly follow Jesus, will be seen and known by the demonic spirits. A strong believer in Jesus will make an impact in the spiritual realm of this world. Those who follow Jesus know the power that Jesus has available for them to use. It is not their own power or the power of another person, but the power of God in their life.

Every believer is to be clothed with Jesus Christ. When the demons see the believer, he will see Jesus Christ. Demons have to flee from the presence of Jesus Christ, because He is holy and righteous and has power over them.

You may not ever have to deal directly with a demonic spirit, but you will have to deal with people in this world who do not know Jesus. When they look at you, who do they see? Do they just see another person in this world? Or are you someone different, clothed with Jesus?

When you approach those who are of satan, do they see Jesus in you? Do they recognize you as a believer in Jesus, with the power of God? Or are you just another person claiming to know Jesus?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will walk and talk as Jesus did; that the world will see you as a follower of Jesus; and that the demonic world will tremble around you because you have Jesus at your side.

Matthew 10:1 You Are Given Authority

Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. Matthew 10:1

Jesus had started His ministry and chosen some men to follow Him. He had taken some time to train them and allow them to see Him in action. Now He was sending them out to do the same ministry He was doing. Jesus gave them authority to cast out spirits and heal those who are sick.

Demonic presence in the lives of people is a very real thing. In today’s society many do not believe in demonic spirits, this is especially true in America. In some countries, it is a very common belief. Yet, demonic spirits are a real part of life.

Often people allow demonic spirits in by accepting false beliefs or actions. Their actions are explained away by the way they grew up, society’s influence, drugs, illnesses or some other event in their life. Very rarely is it looked at as demonic spirits, as was seen often in the Bible.

Sickness, however, was common in the Bible and is still common today. Everyone has had it or seen sickness. Everyone accepts that it is real today.

Jesus gave all His believers/followers the authority to cast out any demonic spirits and to heal all forms of sickness. Reading the Bible, one never sees that Jesus prayed for a healing or a release of impure spirits and it did not occur. That same authority has been given to every believer today.

One of the reasons why Jesus could always heal people, was that He only did what the Father told Him to do. He also had faith in His Father to do what He asked, because He followed Him so closely.

You also have that same ability if you choose to follow Jesus and the Father with all of your heart, soul and mind. Keeping your eyes on the Father will allow you to know what He wants and when He wants it.

Jesus gave you all the authority you need to command spirits out of a person or place and to heal all types of sickness. Sickness and spirits have no control over you and have to obey you, if you are in God’s will.

As you pray for these types of needs, pray knowing God has given you the authority. Take command over sickness and spirits.

I pray today that you will know the power Jesus has given you; that you will keep your eyes on God; that you will only do and say what God tells you to do and say; and that God will work miracles for His kingdom through you.