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Whether you are an officer who is new to the faith, a seasoned believer, or unsure of where you are spiritually, it is our desire
that these quick and simple truths from God's Word will encourage you in a relationship with Jesus Christ.
(A devotional is posted 2 days a week. Circumstances, such as traveling may occasionally delay new postings).
Then certain of the vagabond Jews,
exorcists, took upon them to call over
them which had evil spirits the name of
the Lord Jesus, saying, we adjure you by
Jesus whom Paul preacheth. And there
were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and
chief of the priests, which did so. And the
evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I
know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?
And the man in whom the evil spirit was
leaped on them, and overcame them, and
prevailed against them, so that they fled
out of that house naked and wounded.
Acts 19:13-16
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Before pinning on the badge, nearly all of us could probably have been described as a "wannabe", and as
a teenager I admit that I fell into that category. In High School I worked part time at a grocery store
that became my patrol beat. I learned how to pick out shoplifters and would sometimes nail 2 or 3 of
them in a shift. I would take them to a manager and he would tell them not to come back and then
release them. I had a blast with this game until one night my criminal didn't comply.  I confronted him
about the carton of cigarettes in his jacket but he refused to stop, so I grabbed his arm as he went
out the door which was a big mistake. He turned and started to swing at me just as a real police
officer walked in the door and took him down (love that Divine intervention).

In today's text we see a different kind of "wannabe" that also got into trouble. The incident took place
in Ephesus, where Paul preached for over two years. During that time God worked special miracles
through Paul, including the healing of diseases and casting out demons (Acts 19:11) to confirm the
message he was preaching. As Paul was busy doing these things in the name of Jesus he drew the
attention of a group of people called "vagabond Jews". These were people who made a living by going to
different towns claiming to heal diseases and cast out demons. Unlike Paul however, their power was a
fraud and was based on things like witchcraft. After seeing the power that rested upon Paul and the
work he was doing, some of these vagabond Jews decided they would also try using Jesus' name to cast
out demons in hopes of having the same success. As they tried this the demon spoke to them through
the person it was possessing which should have been clue number 1 that they were in over their heads.
It said "Jesus I know, and Paul I know, but who are you"? It had a great fear of Jesus because it knew
He was God the Son, and it also feared Paul because God was using him mightily and God's power was
upon him. However, these guys obviously posed no threat whatsoever to the demon, and in fact, the
Bible tells us that the demon attacked them and beat them so badly that they even lost their clothes
and ran away naked.

Today's text highlights the power that is in the name of Jesus and at the same time sends a warning to
those who do not know Him but wish to use Him for their gain. Unfortunately, some people today want to
use the name of Jesus when they get into a difficult situation as if He were a good luck charm.  Some
may wear a cross around their neck, or recite an occasional bedtime prayer, but they stop short of
giving Him their lives. Yes, He wants to help us with our needs and difficulties, but a true relationship
with Jesus is more than an occasional prayer or religious jewelry. He is the King of kings and Lord of
lords, the God of the universe, and He wants a total surrender of our lives to Him, of which we will
NEVER regret. Don't be a relig
ious "wannabe", be the real thing and discover the power of Christ that
transforms lives.