Today Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills
If Something Is Done In The Name Of Jesus – Does That Always Mean That Jesus Approves?
No, it does not! Our world is filled with people who just want to be seen, along with fakers, imposters, false prophets, con-artists, wolves in sheep clothing and deceivers, who’s only motives have been to “fleece the flock,” to promote their own selfish agendas and to deceive the people. There have been many terrible things occur throughout the history of the church that are clear deviations from the teachings of Christ and His Apostles, performed by “spiritual gold-diggers” that have used the name of Jesus Christ in unimaginable ways.
They have wrecked homes, destroyed families, seized assets, stole from widows, broken relationships, split churches, and caused multitudes of others to blaspheme God, through their selfish interests, false prophesying, deceptive tricks, phony healings, and fake anointed miracles, all while invoking the name of The Lord.
That’s the reason that you must learn and study the Word of God, be lead of The Holy Spirit and have an intimate fellowship with Christ yourself, that you might be able to discern or distinguish frauds and not fall prey to their deceptive antics.
In Matthew 7: 22-23 Jesus said, “Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!”
What an awful picture it is, that people who claimed to cast out devils, on judgment day, will themselves be cast to the devil, in the Lake of Fire for all eternity.
In Acts 10: 13-16 NIV God allowed the following story to become publicly witnessed and recorded in scripture to be a warning to many…. It says,
“Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.”
These Jews, who wandered from place to place, thought they could conduct exorcisms by merely duplicating Paul’s words or actions.
So they thought, if they could use the name of Jesus, just like the magic expression “ab-ra-ca-da-bra,” then they would have the same effect as The Apostle Paul. For they then believed it would become a wealthy source of income for them because of all the demonic individuals throughout that land.
Satan knows if Christ in dwelling in your life, if you’re being led of The Holy Spirit, walking in the anointing and if you have credibility with God. The powers of darkness know if you have a personal relationship with Christ and have “Son-ship Rights of Authority.”
These seven brothers found out the hard way that one demon possessed man with extraordinary power and rage, could overpower, strip them of their clothing, beat them shamefully and have them running down the street naked, wounded and bleeding.
These impostors could not work miracles, and after they exposed themselves to the rage of evil spirits, their failure only served to extend the power of the gospel. Fear fell on all of the people, so that others were deterred from making such further attempts.
Regardless if some deceivers or imposters are having large assemblies of people, are financially prosperous in raising offerings or selling their products and seem as if they are getting away, THEY WILL NOT CONTINUE TO STAND.
The Lord Jesus Christ will have the final “say-so” or final word in every individual’s life. And it should be your greatest desire to hear our Lord Jesus Christ say “WELL DONE MY GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT.”
THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!
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