Acts 24:14 Are You Willing To Admit To Worshipping God?

However, I admit that I worship the God of our ancestors as a follower of the Way, which they call a sect. I believe everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets. Acts 24:14

Admission of doing something is often not done by many people, because it often means that they are doing something wrong. As a whole, most people do not being known as going against the flow of common society.

Instead of admitting publicly what they do, people hide it and skirt around admission. They don’t want to be seen as a crazy or bad person.

Paul was being charged in court for doing wrong. After saying he is innocent of the charges, he admits that he is a follower of the Way (that the court believed was bad) and a believer in the Law and the Prophets.

Many people are very quiet about their belief in Jesus. They know that a lot of other people are against it, or think that they are against it, so they do not want to say anything about Jesus. They will not deny Christ, but neither will they be His witness. They fear repercussions or whiplash for their belief, or it is that they do not truly follow Jesus.

True believers are not afraid to make bold, public statements that they are following Jesus. Their lives are also being lived in a way that shows that if they made that statement, it would be able to be proven as true. There is evidence that they live for God.

Admitting that one follows Jesus will often open doors to persecution and ridicule. However, at the same time, it can open other doors for others to choose to believe in and follow Jesus.

If you are a believer in Jesus, are you willing to share that information with the world?

Do not live your life as a believer in secret, but let the world know. Do not deny Jesus by a sin of omission, by being quiet when you can speak. Shine the light that has been given to you, so that everyone has a chance to know Jesus.

Trust God when you make those statements that He will take care of you, should you have to go through any persecution.

What are you willing to admit to for the world to see?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will not be ashamed to tell the world about Jesus; that there will be evidence of you believing in Jesus; and that you will trust God when any persecution comes to your life.

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.