Acts 19:15 Who Are You?

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

Nearly every person is known for something by somebody. Some of the most common titles people are known by are: mom, dad, father, mother, employee, friend, neighbor, spouse, and co-worker. People like to be known by what they do.

Another way people can be known is by their character. This gives the true description of who they are. It will often determine how well they are at other things that they can do.

As some sons of Sceva were trying to cast some demons out of a man in the name of Paul and Jesus, the demons asked them a question. The demons said they knew Paul and Jesus, but wondered who they were and then beat the sons up.

It is easy for a person to claim to believe in Jesus. It is also easy for a person to attempt to do the work of God on his own. However, it is a different thing to truly believe in Jesus, work and walk in His power and abilities.

Some will claim to believe in Jesus, but have extreme doubts when they claim the promises of God. Others will claim to believe in Jesus, while at the same time living purposefully in open, rebellious sin against God.

Living in either of these two ways is not really living for God. It is living a lie and the demonic world knows it. The world is often able to see through the lies being portrayed and will question it.

When a person is truly believing in Jesus and striving to live according to God’s ways, the world and the demons will know who he really is. They will see the power of God working in and through him.

You may never have the opportunity to cast demons out of a person, but you will have opportunities to do the works of God. You will have an opportunity to be His witness in this world in many different ways.

As you speak God’s promises to others or for yourself, you may be asked, ‘who are you?’. Only you can answer that question.

Ask yourself that question today and find out who you are. Do you truly believe in and trust the words of God in your life? Do you truly strive to live a holy life for God? Who are you?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will believe in God’s word and power; that you will do the works of God; that the world will know you as a child of God; and that the world will know you have the power of God working in and through you.

1 Timothy 4:1 Are You Being Deceived?

The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 1 Timothy 4:1

All over the world there are millions of different ways that people choose to live their lives. Many of the ways overlap each other, while some are very different from all others.

Every person believes that their way of living is probably the best way to live. Some will allow others to live as they desire, while others believe every one else should live in the exact same way.

Paul reminds Timothy that God had already made it clear that there is coming a time when some will leave the belief in Jesus and follow deceptive ways of the demons.

All across America and many other nations there has been major pushes by some for everyone else to conform to their way of thinking and acting. The world is living in sin and promotes sin and does not like it when anyone does not agree with them.

There have been many in the church who have completely left their faith in Jesus to live as the world does. Having been deceived, they believe that the world’s way of living is correct.

Along with those there are also many who have continued to believe in Jesus, but also follow the deceptive, sinful ways of the world at the same time. Scriptures are twisted to say what they want to hear or they are completely ignored to allow them to live sinful lives.

The remnant of believers who truly follow Jesus, will be aware of what the demonic world is teaching. They will have their eyes focused on God and His word and will not be deceived by the false teachings being taught.

In doing so, they will stand out as different and be a witness and light to the dark world. Examine your life and determine what you really believe in.

Are the things that you believe in and follow the things of God or of this world? Keep your focus upon God and His word, being led by His Holy Spirit.

Do not fall for the deceptive, sinful ways of this world, but live a holy life unto God. Be able to recognize when someone is trying to teach you a deceptive way of living.

Do not abandon your faith in God, but hold onto your faith.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the truth in God’s word; that you will live according to God’s ways; that God will keep you from being deceived by the world’s ways of thinking; and that you will never abandon your faith in Jesus.

James 2:19 Even The Demons Believe

 

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You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that–and shudder. James 2:19

Belief in a god is common around the world. The majority of people believe in some type of god. In some areas the number of those who believe in a god is higher than other areas, but it is common everywhere.

Although the numbers appear to be dropping, there is a high majority of people in America who claim to believe that there is a god or God out there. As many believe this, they will also say that one cannot really know this god or God.

Looking at people who claim to believe that there is God, James tells them that is good, but it is not enough. Even Satan and the demons believe that God is real. Satan has met with God personally more than one time over the centuries. There is no doubt in their minds at all that God is real, but they do not serve Him or have faith in Him.

The demons believe and shudder. They fear God, because they know that He is the ultimate power and authority in all of the universe. They know that in the end they will be judged by their actions and refusal to obey Him.

There is more to faith than just saying one believes that God exists. While many people claim to believe in God, very few actually live as though they believe it. They do not give God the authority in their life that He deserves. They openly and proudly do actions that are against God. They refuse to obey Him. They don’t see God as One who will judge their actions in the end.

Right before this verse, James talked about showing faith through actions. As a believer, you must do more than just claim to believe in God or Jesus, you must act upon it.

These actions are being His witness at every possible opportunity. It is obeying every command He gives you. It is showing love and mercy to every person, whether family, friend, enemy or stranger.

Be willing to show the world that you believe in God, not just claim it. Do not be like many in this world who only claim to believe in Him. Be separate and different from the rest of the world and even many in the church.

Really believe in God and act upon it.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will obey God’s word and commands; that you will act upon your belief in God; and that your life will show that you believe in God.

Matthew 9:34 False Credit

But the Pharisees said, “It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons.” Matthew 9:34

Jesus had been going around healing the sick and casting demons out of many people. At one point some Pharisees saw this and claimed that it was by the prince of demons that Jesus was able to cast out the demons.

When people do something very amazing, others will try to explain it away. They try to find reasons why that person was able to do it and how it was done. This is to make themselves look better or to cut the person down. Often they refuse to see the truth is what had happened.

One common way that many people will claim is that a person was lucky in accomplishing something amazing. Individuals will often claim they were lucky when things go their way.

A person gets very sick and sees no end to it. Suddenly they are healed of the sickness. Some will claim the doctor or the medicine healed them, while others claim they just got lucky. God is often taken out of the picture.

This cannot be the work of Satan. Satan does not want to kick himself or his cohorts out. He came to steal, kill and destroy. He will not go around making things better. He wants to occupy every person on this earth and keep them off focus of God and destroy them. 

Today people do not do a whole lot of blaming demonic powers for things happening, but they will deny God in doing things. They will claim a person or something else did it. Many believe in karma, saying that a person got what they had coming.

Regardless of the method of healing, God is always behind the scenes in the healing. God may use doctors or medicine or some other method, but He is the One doing the healing. 

As a believer, you need to keep your focus on God and give Him the credit due to Him and Him alone. When a healing or some other miracle occurs, give God thanks for it. Give God thanks for the method He used to bring about the healing, whether a doctor and medicine or a miracle.

Do not just give credit to the doctor, medicine or just good luck. It was God who brought you meeting your need.

I pray today that you will know the work on God in your life; that you will give God thanks for all He does; that God will heal of sickness and the work of demons in your life; and that you will be a witness to the world of His work in your life. 

1 Corinthians 10:21 Separate Tables

“You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons.” 1 Corinthians 10:21

Paul had just finished saying that meat offered to idols as a sacrifice is nothing. The problem is not in the meat, but in what the meat is being offered to. It is the purpose of the meat that is wrong. Now he is saying that one should not eat the meat, not because the meat is bad, but because the reason the meat was used was for a sacrifice to a demon.

As has been stated many times, sacrifices of meat to idols is not a common practice in the USA, though it still is in some parts of the world. Although meat is not sacrificed, there are many other things being sacrificed to the gods of this world. It is very seldom that someone would call the god a “demon”, but that is what the things of this world are. The demons are behind them.

The demons of today are the greed behind fame, fortune, and status that people are seeking favor of. Many just cannot live without the newest item, or with the right status in society, or more money in the bank. They are willing to do whatever it takes to get to the next level. They will sacrifice family, friends, time, energy, and God to get what they want.

Often this happens with people in the church. They seek God on Sunday, then they go out and do the same things the people of the world are doing. They tend to seek the same things.

There is nothing wrong with having fame, fortune and a good status. What can be wrong is how you get these. Who are you seeking to give or get you these things? Are you sitting with the sinners to gain your fortune or are you sitting at God’s table?

Do not go back and forth from God’s table to the devil’s table. They are separate tables. Do not try to have the best of both worlds. Be in this world, but not a part of this world.

I pray today that you will sit at God’s table each day; that you will not participate in this world’s ways; that God will show you what He wants you to have and eat; and that God will help you be His witness in the world.