New King James Version (NKJV)
11 Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them. 13 Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “We[a] exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.” 14 Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so.
15 And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?”
16 Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered[b] them, and prevailed against them,[c] so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. 17 This became known both to all Jews and Greeks dwelling in Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.
This week a celebrity and her husband made the news. I did not read the article fully so I cannot comment on it in great detail, but something she said caught my attention. Allegedly, her husband had been pulled over for a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) and she had some type of problem with it. She told the police at one point, “Do you know my name?” That is where the whole story ended for me!
Do you know my name? What did she mean? She was saying, “I am not just anybody! I am so and so, and I am important, and I deserve a particular type of treatment you don’t give the ‘average’ person’. I am rich, famous, and have proven my success and this qualifies me, in my mind, for the royal treatment!”
Years ago, my son broke his nose playing basketball in high school. The coach called me to tell me. He let me know not to put this off because if those bones began to grow back together, a very extensive surgery could be involved. It was very important he saw a doctor and had it treated quickly! There was a particular doctor in the city (remember I live in the country) who was just the ear, nose, and throat guru of all time!! Or so everyone thought! My father was very well-known at a major hospital. He had been a department head for many years. Before this he had trained at Baylor under Dr. DeBakey, himself! To me, this qualified my father as a person to be respected and treated in a special way, just as this celebrity seemed to think! Thank God, I have more sense than this now because God never leaves you in your messiness!! There were times I could “name drop” my dad’s name and it got me in doors no other could go through, I saw people without a wait, and it gave me the outcome I thought was important for me to have!
I called this particular ENT doctor and I was put on hold. The receptionist came back on the line and told me I could not get in with Doctor Guru! At this point I decided the name dropping was necessary and I used it! She put me on hold again and I was very pleased! I was going to get what I thought I knew was best!! When she came back on the line was I ever surprised to hear her say, “Dr. Guru just cannot take anymore patients. I am so sorry. Your son will have to see Dr. ‘Lesser Than The Rest!”‘ Of course, that wasn’t his name, that was my perception of him. As I was holding the second time, God spoke to me and said, “Will you please just let Me handle this, this time?” I thought about it (oh, yes I did…God had quite a way to go on me!! This should really encourage you, dear reader, because I am sure you are far ahead of where I began and you see you don’t have as far to go as you may have thought you did!!!). I put my “fit pitching” strategies away and decided to just let God go with it!
I called my father after the appointment was made and told him the whole story. It ended up Dr. “Less Than” ended up being Dr. “Best” for what my son was going to have done! I was going to demand my way, and if I had gotten it, my son would not have received the quality care he got! And I didn’t even have to get upset!! :) Thank God, I deferred to Him and let Him work it out!
If you are a Christian, satan knows who you are! He knows the covenant you have with your Heavenly Father and the blood of Jesus that covers you! He knows you are not one to be contended with because you are special!! You do require and are qualified for the royal treatment because we are the sons and daughters of the Most High God!! Remember what the demon said to the seven sons of Sceva…”Jesus we know, Paul we know, but who are you?” And then he beat them almost to the point of death! Thank God, as Christians, we are in the group that is well-known to that scoundrel! We carry an authority he can never beat!! All he can do is blow hot air, and believe me, he is full of it! He is a toothless lion and can only do to us what we allow by not taking our authority and using it against him as we should!
Let God handle your “impossibilities”! God will even change the minds of your enemies, if you will give Him full reign! Now that is powerful, my friend!! Have faith in God, let Him handle things as HE sees fit! You rest in faith knowing He is working, even when you don’t see it with your natural eyes, on your behalf! You will have a testimony of God’s power and miracle-working ability and all you had to do was trust!! How simple is that??
Blessings to you, precious reader!! I will see you soon!! Juliana
9 He has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.
4 I solemnly charge you before God and Christ Jesus, who is going to judge the living and the dead, and because of His appearing and His kingdom:2 Proclaim the message; persist in it whether convenient or not; rebuke, correct, and encourage with great patience and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will multiply teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear something new.[a] 4 They will turn away from hearing the truth and will turn aside to myths. 5 But as for you, be serious about everything, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time for my departure is close. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 There is reserved for me in the future the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me, but to all those who have loved His appearing.
9 Make every effort to come to me soon, 10 for Demas has deserted me, because he loved this present world, and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. 11 Only Luke is with me. Bring Mark with you, for he is useful to me in the ministry. 12 I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus. 13 When you come, bring the cloak I left in Troas with Carpus, as well as the scrolls, especially the parchments. 14 Alexander the coppersmith did great harm to me. The Lord will repay him according to his works. 15 Watch out for him yourself because he strongly opposed our words.
16 At my first defense, no one stood by me, but everyone deserted me. May it not be counted against them. 17 But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the proclamation might be fully made through me and all the Gentiles might hear. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. 18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil work and will bring me safely into His heavenly kingdom. To Him be the glory forever and ever! Amen.
19 Greet Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus. 20 Erastus has remained at Corinth; I left Trophimus sick at Miletus. 21 Make every effort to come before winter. Eubulus greets you, as do Pudens, Linus, Claudia, and all the brothers.
22 The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.
2 To Timothy, my dearly loved son.
Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3 I thank God, whom I serve with a clear conscience as my ancestors did, when I constantly remember you in my prayers night and day. 4 Remembering your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy, 5 clearly recalling your sincere faith that first lived in your grandmother Lois, then in your mother Eunice, and that I am convinced is in you also.
6 Therefore, I remind you to keep ablaze[a] the gift of God that is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God has not given us a spirit[b] of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.
8 So don’t be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, or of me His prisoner. Instead, share in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God.
9 He has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began. 10 This has now been made evident through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who has abolished death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
11 For this gospel I was appointed a herald, apostle, and teacher,[c] 12 and that is why I suffer these things. But I am not ashamed, because I know the One I have believed in and am persuaded that He is able to guard what has been entrusted to me[d] until that day.
13 Hold on to the pattern of sound teaching that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 14 Guard, through the Holy Spirit who lives in us, that good thing entrusted to you. 15 This you know: All those in Asia have turned away from me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes. 16 May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains. 17 On the contrary, when he was in Rome, he diligently searched for me and found me. 18 May the Lord grant that he obtain mercy from Him on that day. And you know very well how much he ministered at Ephesus.