Today’s 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! “Then What Are Some Of The Warning Signs Of Wolves In Sheep Clothing?”
Our world is filled with people who are deceivers, imposters and fakers. Their goal is self-glory and they come across as false prophets, con-artists, and wolves in sheep clothing. Their only motives are 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, stolen from widows, broken relationships, split churches, and caused multitudes of others to blaspheme God.These came through their selfish interests, false prophesying, deceptive tricks, phony healings, and fake anointed miracles, all while invoking the name of The Lord.
That’s one reason that you must learn and study the Word of God, be lead by The Holy Spirit, and have an intimate, personal fellowship with Christ. Doing so will help you so you will 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. Go away from me, you evildoers!”
What an awful and sobering picture that is! On Judgment Dad, people who claimed to cast out devils 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 as 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, like the magic expression “ab-ra-ca-da-bra,” they would have the same results as The Apostle Paul.They believed these exorcisms would become a wealthy source of income for them because of all the demonic individuals throughout that land.
Satan knows if Christ is 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.
And present-day deceivers will not get away with their deception! Regardless of their results in gathering large assemblies of people, raising money and selling products through deceptive means, and even becoming financially prosperous, they will not succeed eternally. It may seem to the human eye as if they are getting away with it. BUT 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!