We need to stand in the strength of our own experiences with the power of the Lord. Do not misunderstand: everything must line up with the Word of God. However, we cannot rest our faith exclusively on what God did with previous generations of His servants. The belief and behavior of our forefathers in the faith is important, but we have to know for ourselves who we are in Christ. What has Jesus done in transforming your heart? What has He kept you through? How great has His love and forgiveness been towards you? We must be given to the work of the kingdom and given for the harvest. Religious impotency and powerless institutions have surrendered the field to evil. Only those who know who they are in Christ can reclaim the lost territory!  

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 exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.” Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so.

And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?”

Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. 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. And many who had believed came confessing and telling their deeds. Also, many of those who had practiced magic brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted up the value of them, and it totaled fifty thousand pieces of silver. So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed.

Acts 19:13-20

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