|You Have To Know for Yourself
By: Greg Sanders
Acts 19:13 A group of Jews was traveling from town to town casting out evil spirits. They tried to use the name of the Lord Jesus in their incantation, saying, “I command you in the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, to come out!” 14 Seven sons of Sceva, a leading priest, were doing this. 15 But one time when they tried it, the evil spirit replied, “I know Jesus, and I know Paul, but who are you?” 16 Then the man with the evil spirit leaped on them, overpowered them, and attacked them with such violence that they fled from the house, naked and battered.
Our Nation and especially the region of the country in which we live has a rich history of Christian influence and tradition. These traditions are honorable and something to be held in high regard. However, we must never mistake familiarity with personal relationship and experience with Jesus. The leading priest thought if he embraced a formula he would embrace success. He learned quickly that there is no substitute for knowing Jesus personally. This account may seem a little extreme for you to apply to your own life but I assure you the principle remains the same.
If you substitute knowledge for relationship you will discover that you do not have the power to overcome the issues that come to your life. Knowledge is important. Knowledge allows us to receive insights about God’s nature and His mode of operation. However, if you have settled with just knowing about God rather than knowing Him personally then you are robbing yourself of His power and presence that He desires to pour into your life. Determine today to move beyond the realm of just knowing about God and seek to know Him personally.
Today’s Challenge: Spend time seeking God today. Don’t just spend time reading about Him but also take time to listen to His Holy Spirit’s voice. You have been granted an opportunity to be more than just familiar with the Father. You’ve been give the change to know Him personally.