KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 19:15 ” And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?”
These sons of Sceva in their bid to cast out the devil in Jesus name who Paul preaches, had the demons saying to them, Jesus I know and Paul I know but who are you? The two words used as ‘know’ for Jesus and that for Paul have different meanings: the word translated ‘know’ used in the case of the Lord Jesus is “ginosko” which means “to be certain about” and the ‘know’ used in reference to Paul is “espitamai” and means ‘to place the mind’ or’ to consider’. That statement may be said this way, for Jesus I dread him and Paul I consider him but who are you”.
Every child of God must be on the mind of the demons of hell. You should matter to them. You should be involved in destroying their kingdom such that you are a consideration to them. Such was Apostle Paul. Those sons of Sceva did not mean anything to the forces of wickedness. The demon asked, who are you? The demon through the one man bounced on the seven boys and beat them up. What kind of lifestyle makes a man a real consideration to the demons of hell? A life which is sold out to the master. In such a person the Lord has the final word. Please get this point clear it is not just getting busy or occupied with godly things like prayer or even preaching, but the man whose will and ambition is to please the master. One may be very prayerful, yet his life focus is purely carnal. Some maybe involved in evangelism yet the reason is to get people into the church just to feel good in comparing their church to other churches. Let the Lord have you in all that you do and not you using Him to get what you want.
The centurion who came to Jesus asking healing for his servant said because I am a man under authority and so I have authority (Matthew 8:9). He said I say to this servant go and he goes. We can’t exercise great authority over demons when we do not truly honor our master.
What happened to these sons of Sceva became known to the whole city and there was a great fear of God. Many came to know Jesus through this event. Kenneth Hagan said the manifestation of the supernatural is dinner bell that rallies all to dinning.
Christianity without the supernatural is just a human institution.
I am born by the Spirit of God. My life is totally submitted to God and so all demons are submitted to me.
Acts 19:17And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.
Acts 19:19-And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.