Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper – May 24, 2022

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TUESDAY, MAY 24

 

13 A group of Jews was traveling from town to town casting out evil spirits. They tried to use the name of the Lord Jesus in their incantation, saying, “I command you in the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, to come out!” 14 Seven sons of Sceva, a leading priest, were doing this. 15 But one time when they tried it, the evil spirit replied,

“I know Jesus, and I know Paul, but who are you?” 

Acts 19:13-15 (NLT)

 


 

GROWING UP:  HAVE I SUBSTITUTED KNOWING ABOUT JESUS FOR KNOWING HIM PERSONALLY?

 

Have you ever knowingly passed a phony five dollar bill? According to the United States Treasury Department, you may have. One of the reasons is because of a counterfeiter named Blinky, perhaps the greatest counterfeiter of all times. He made five dollar bills that defied detection. It was impossible, even for experts, to identify the real bills from his counterfeits. It’s estimated that hundreds if not thousands of the Blinky-made five dollar bills are still in circulation.

 

A bizarre set of circumstances finally led to Blinky’s downfall. He decided to expand his operation and started making twenty dollar bills. He was arrested when trying to pass one of his phony twenties. In court, his lawyer challenged the experts to identify the phony bill from the real one. Immediately, they did so. Later, Blinky discovered where he had made his tragic mistake. The bill he had used to copy his counterfeit twenty was itself a counterfeit! (Source Unknown).

 

The “group of Jews” in Acts 19:13 were counterfeits. They were imitators of Jesus’ disciples but they weren’t true followers of Jesus. An evil spirit, in Acts 19:15, knew they did not have the power of God in their lives even though they were attempting to do “religious” things. Mike asked the question in his message, “Have I substituted knowing about Jesus for knowing Him personally?” In order to fight the spiritual battles we face we must have a personal relationship with Jesus and not just know about Jesus.

 

Reflection

 

What evidence is there in your life that you have the power of God within you? Read 1 John 2. How does that chapter describe people who know Jesus?

 

Praise/Prayer

 

Praise God for the changes He has made in your life. Ask God to continue to demonstrate His power through your relationship with Him.

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