Many sorrows comes in various ways with one of them being spiritual.- Acts 19:13-16 '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 saying 'Jesus I know, and Paul I know, 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.' This is quite a story! At face value let's say they wanted to help people. Ok. But it's also a good probability that they had mixed motives. In an effort to capture some of the prestige, allure, focused attention, monetary rewards that was bestowed on those who released God's power over evil spirits, they took a spiritual shortcut. They skipped the part of actually unifying with Jesus- the part where Paul got all his power from and charged in to spiritual realities they did not understand and were not spiritually equipped to deal with these evil forces.*****What happened is that their FIG leaves were ripped off! What they hid behind! They acted land talked like Christians but they weren't!****** KEEP READING!
THE RESULT: was They barely escaped with their LIVES! TRUTH: Whenever we find ourselves wanting a ministry impact of Jesus without spending focused time with Jesus we are positioning ourselves for a spiritual BEATING! And we will be forced to RUN instead of standing for spiritual truth and justice! THE PROBLEM: The 7 sons tried to speak and act on truths that were not ROOTED in their lives. FACT: They did not have the SPIRITUAL strength needed to support the spiritual warfare they were engaged in! THE ISSUE was they had an INTEGRITY gap in their walk with God which exposed them to danger and harm. Q's: Where have you been spiritually beaten up? _FEAR OF FAILURE____ What have you run away from as a result of sensing evil? __OTHER PEOPLES EVIL____ Do you want to get past your fear which thrives on a lack of faith? y/n Are you willing to commit today to Jesus? To walk closer? Pray? Read your Bible? Come to the front during our end song to put some faith to your feet for the spirit world to see? HO- Who is the person you can trust the worst of yourself with? JESUS! ~ From last Sundays message. Say to your neighbor No more fig leaves!