"The Church That's in
Business for God and God's Business is People"
Pleasant Hill Baptist Church
Acts 19:15 NIV
Ever watch those TV shows where people do daring and dangerous things - things you might be tempted to think you could do? But there's always a disclaimer 'don't try this at home,' or 'don't try this on your own.' With that in mind let's read: "God did extraordinary miracles through Paul… handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them.
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 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, 'Jesus I know and I know about Paul, but who are you?' Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and… gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding" (Acts 19:11-16 NIV).
Paul was so empowered by God that he made ministry look easy. So these guys thought, "I can do that too." No you can't - unless God equips you, you'll fall flat on your face! The seven sons of Sceva were attracted by the wrong things. They wanted the power Paul had but they didn't want to pay the price Paul paid.
God doesn't empower you to do your own thing, He empowers you to do His thing; which is the only thing that matters. Spirit-empowered living cannot be imitated, duplicated, bought, borrowed, or faked - and without it you're no match for the enemy!