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Summary: The devil knew exactly who the true believers were he had to watch out for. He still knows who the true believers are.

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Does The Devil Know Your Name?

July 13, 2003

Acts 19:11-16 Chester’s FBC, Chester, Illinois Mike Fogerson, Speaker

Introduction:

[11] God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, [12] so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them. [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 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 I know about Paul, 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 19:11-16 NIV

A The devil knew exactly who the true believers were he had to watch out for. (ETS) The devil still knows who the true believers are. (ESS)

a We’ve looked at two traits that will bring you to the devils attention.

b (1) Believe in the Name of Jesus. (2) Live in the Name of Jesus

B I hope you will take on the traits of a life that ensures your name is known by the devil. (Objective)

a Believe: (Inside Job) Believing is the difference between facts/faith, head/heart.

b Live: (Outside Job) A personal relationship with Jesus that translates into a public lifestyle.

C What are you doing to ensure that your face is on the walls of Hell’s post office? (Probing Question)

I The devil will know your name if. . .YOU BELIEVE IN THE NAME OF JESUS.

A Paul was doing great & extraordinary miracles by the power of Jesus’ name.

(People w/ cancer were cured, leprosy, blood disease, mental disorders, blindness, crippled, deaf, mute, lame)

a Paul believed in Jesus.

*More than simple belief in facts about Jesus.

[19] You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that--and shudder.(Jms. 2:19)

*Paul had a life changing faith in Jesus. Jesus’ name meant something to Paul the believer.

b The Seven Sons of Sceva tried doing great & extraordinary miracles by the power of Jesus name. (What happened when they did?)

vv:13b "In the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out."

NOTICE what they did not say: "In the name of Jesus, whom we preach/believe. . ."

*The name of Jesus meant something to Paul. It meant little to the 7 Sons of Sceva. If Jesus name meant something to these seven guys, they could/would have cast demons like Paul did.

B How many people have you heard use "In Jesus Name" like a Christian Abracadabra?

a They claim things in Jesus name but. . .

They don’t get any better, not healed, they still get divorced, stay miserable.

*Sometimes God’s answer is simply "No." Other times I think folks just do not get the concept behind the whole "In Jesus Name" thing.!

b To the believer. . .Jesus is the sweetest name they know!!

(Print lyrics to "Jesus Is The Sweetest Name I Know" on PowerPoint. I’ll lead the congregation through this chorus during the sermon.)


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