MORNINGTIME 4008by Benjamin Munsell on May 11, 2022
Then certain of the vagabond Jews, EXORCISTS, took upon them(selves) 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. And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, AND THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS WAS MAGNIFIED. Acts 19:13-17. With these verses as the background, can we Believers ask ourselves these questions? "Lord, will you Examine me and reveal to me whatever sin, action or heart attitude that is in me that displeases You, that I may Repent, that I may be Forgiven, AND THAT YOU LORD WOULD FREE ME FROM THIS SIN, (action or deed), THAT SO EASILY BESET ME AND CHANGE MY HEART THAT I MAY GROW IN CHRISTLIKENESS"? Are you ready for the Lord to answer this Prayer, even if it comes by way of your friends, OR EVEN THROUGH THOSE WHO CRITICIZE YOU? Whether to your face or behind your back, will you take whatever you hear and take it straight to the Lord BEFORE YOU DECIDE if their words are legitimate or not? Will you take it ALL to Him anyway? Yes, this usually stings more that it "feels good" but can you Grow in the Lord BECAUSE OF their words? Remember, ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER... and can be of great comfort to you if you'll allow the Lord to have His Way. Hey Brother, Sister, THIS IS WAR, ask the Lord to make your forehead as hard as Flint, that man's words don't hurt you, AND THE LORD USE THEM TO BUILD YOU UP IN CHRIST. Self, flesh and the old man nature WILL TAKE A HIT, and they are going away as Christ Grows in you. If you "Judge" someone as not a Believer, PRAY FOR THEM, DON'T PREY ON THEM. Grow in Christ, and, Be Blessed.