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Spiritual Authority

Posted: Friday, June 28

Jon Brooks // Young Adult Pastor

Jon Brooks // Young Adult Pastor

July 28 Reading:

2 Kings 13:1-14:29
Acts 18:23-19:15
Psalm 146:1-10
Proverbs 18:2-3

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…the evil spirit replied, “I know Jesus, and I know Paul, but who are you?” (Acts 19:15)

Acts 19:13-16 gives us an important lesson regarding spiritual authority courtesy of the seven young men known as the ‘sons of Sceva’.

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?” 16 Then the man with the evil spirit leaped on them, overpowered them, and attacked them with such violence that they fled from the house, naked and battered.

So Sceva was a priest of Israel, and his seven sons were in the family business.  They had heard of the wonderful miracles accompanying Paul’s ministry, and they wanted to be a part of excitement. Maybe they thought their titles as sons of a prominent priest gave them power in the spiritual realm. They were wrong. They knew all the right words to say and even invoked the name of Jesus, yet there was no power. They were no match for the evil spirit; they were savagely attacked.

It’s tempting for us to make little of spiritual warfare these days yet it is real and it surrounds us.  

What can we learn from this story?

1.      Don’t underestimate the power of Satan and his forces. He’s no match for Jesus yet he is a formidable foe.

2.      Don’t attempt to use the power and authority of Jesus without having a personal relationship with Him.

3.      Don’t imitate someone else’s ministry. God has a unique calling for your life; pursue that.