With Urgency

13 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.” 14 Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. 15 One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” 16 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. Acts 19:13-16

People (well-meaning Christians) often get the impression that evil spirits are weak and powerless. Granted, compared to the power of Christ those spirits are weak and powerless but without Christ’s power, they are not to be trifled with. This is a perfect example of what they can do.

This is also a vivid reminder of why Believers should never dabble into ouija boards, tarot cards, seances, black magic, and fortune-telling. When a Believer begins testing the waters of that kind of darkness, he is asking for serious trouble. It’s a curiosity that is never satisfied, and often ends in deep pain and torment. The devil is never satisfied with just a little bit of a person’s soul.

Perhaps you or someone you know has started to dabble in these extra-biblical practices. Do whatever it takes to get them out. Pray hard that they will return to the Light. The power of Christ is mightier than any of these powers.

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