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Do You Know Jesus?

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Kimberly Poteet – Prayer Center Coach cbn.com

It was 2 a.m. when a knock came at the door of the old farmhouse where I lived as a child. Who would be knocking on the door in the middle of the night, I wondered, as I clutched the bed covers a bit closer.

Then I heard my dad, in the next room, stumble out of bed and make his way across the dark bedroom to the front door, where he was greeted with an urgent plea from a fellow minister.

I could not understand all their conversation at the time – only that it was urgent and that my dad was needed to come to a church immediately to pray with someone. So he went out into the darkness. And we laid in bed and prayed, too, because we knew there must be a serious need to bring someone out into the middle of the night to awaken an entire household.

As a preacher’s daughter, my dad was called to pray for many people in all manner of situations. Often it was praying for the sick at a nursing home or hospital. Sometimes it was praying with someone at a home or funeral home, where they had lost a loved one. But on this particular night, it was a call to pray for the deliverance of someone from a demon spirit. (The person was delivered).

In Acts 19, we read about the Apostle Paul ministering in Ephesus, which was located near the western shores of modern-day Turkey.  While there, he “preached boldly” and even had daily discussions at the lecture hall of Tyrannus. This intense sharing of the Gospel led to both Jews and Greeks hearing the word of the Lord.

There were also many miracles performed, resulting in healings and evil spirits being expelled, according to Acts 19:12.

On one occasion, the Word (in verses 13-16) even records how seven sons of Sceva, a leading priest, were trying to likewise cast out evil spirits – commanding them “in the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, to come out!”

But the evil spirit refused to comply, saying to them, “I know Jesus, and I know Paul, but who are you?”  Then the evil spirit commenced to attack them so violently that they had to run away, naked and battered.

…This story reminds me of how people often want to bypass the process of knowing Jesus — the one who baptizes us in the Holy Spirit. They just want to operate in the power of God without a true relationship with God.

Relationship is not something that just happens all at once. It must be built in the quiet moments alone with our Savior while reading His word and drinking in His Presence.

Absolutely, God wants to empower us to do the work He has called us to do for His Kingdom.  But we must remember that this is for His Kingdom and not our own. It is for His fame and not ours.

Today’s Devotions

Morning

July 14

2 Kings 22:19-20 19Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before the LORD when you heard what I have spoken against this place and its people, that they would become accursed and laid waste, and because you tore your robes and wept in my presence, I have heard you, declares the LORD. 20Therefore I will gather you to your fathers, and you will be buried in peace. Your eyes will not see all the disaster I am going to bring on this place.'” So they took her answer back to the king.

Manasseh, Hezekiah’s son, reigned for 55 years. The worst king of Judah followed the best. He reigned the longest and was the most wicked. He put idols in the temple and offered his sons as burnt sacrifices. He restored all the idolatry his father had destroyed. Amon, Manasseh’s son, was just like his father. His officials assassinated him.

Finally the kingdom returned to a man with a heart like David’s. Josiah was only eight when he began to reign. He ordered the restoration of the temple. People with a heart after God are concerned about the worship of God in their nation. During the restoration of the temple, the Book of the Law was found. When it was read to Josiah, he tore his robes and repented before God. He feared the wrath of God that would come upon Judah because of what his father and grandfather had done. He sent to inquire of a prophetess, and she gave him the answer that is the text for today.

Is your heart responsive to the Word like Josiah’s was? Do you humble yourself before the LORD, realizing that it is only His grace that saves us from wrath? If so, you can expect the LORD to be as gracious to you. If not, God will do whatever it takes to turn your heart toward Him. His wrath is His mercy to turn us back to the place that is best for our eternal good and His eternal glory.

Consider: Is my heart open to conviction by the Word of God?

Streams in the Desert – July 14

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“Bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar” (Psalms 118:27).

Is not this altar inviting thee? Shall we not ask to be bound to it, that we may never be able to start back from our attitude of consecration? There are times when life is full of roseate light, and we choose the Cross; at other times, when the sky is grey, we shrink from it. It is well to be bound.

Wilt Thou bind us, most blessed Spirit, and enamor us with the Cross, and let us never leave it? Bind us with the scarlet cord of redemption, and the golden cord of love, and the silver cord of Advent-hope, so we will not go back from it, or wish for another lot than to be the humble partners with our Lord in His pain and sorrow!

The horns of the altar invite thee. Wilt thou come? Wilt thou dwell ever in a spirit of resigned humility, and give thyself wholly to the Lord?
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The story is told of a colored brother who, at a camp meeting, tried to give himself to God. Every night at the altar he consecrated himself; but every night before he left the meeting, the devil would come to him and convince him that he did not feel any different and therefore he was not consecrated.

Again and again he was beaten back by the adversary. Finally, one evening he came to the meeting with an axe and a big stake. After consecrating himself, he drove the stake into the ground just where he had knelt. As he was leaving the building, the devil came to him as usual and tried to make him believe that it was all a farce. At once he went back to the stake and, pointing to it, said, “Look here, Mr. Devil, do you see that stake? Well, that’s my witness that God has forever accepted me.”

Immediately the devil left him, and he had no further doubts on the subject.
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Beloved, if you are tempted to doubt the finality of your consecration, drive a stake down somewhere and let it be your witness before God and even the devil that you have settled the question forever.

Spurgeon at the Metropolitan Tabernacle: 365 Sermons

By: Charles Spurgeon

Our miseries, messengers of mercy

‘Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days he will revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.’ Hosea 6:1–2

Suggested Further Reading: Psalm 116:12–19

A missionary was preaching to a Maori tribe in New Zealand. He had been telling them of the suffering love of Christ, how he had poured forth his soul unto death for them; and as he concluded, the hills rung to the thrilling question ‘Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? Behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow.’ Then stood forth a plumed and painted chief, the scarred warrior of a thousand fights, and as his lips quivered with suppressed emotion, he spoke. ‘And did the Son of the Highest suffer all this for us men? Then the chief would like to offer him some poor return for his great love. Would the Son of God deign to accept the chief’s hunting dog? Swift of foot and keen of scent, the tribe has not such another, and he has been to the chief as a friend.’ But the missionary told him that the Son of God had need of no such gifts as these. For a moment the chief paused; then as a new thought struck him, suddenly despoiling himself of his striped blanket he cried with childlike earnestness, ‘Perhaps he who had not where to lay his head will yet accept the chieftain’s blanket. The poor chief will be cold without it, yet it is offered joyfully.’ Touched by love’s persistency, the missionary tried to explain to him the real nature of the Son of God; that it was not men’s gifts but men’s hearts that he yearned for. For a moment a cloud of grief darkened the granite features of the old chief; then as the true nature of the Son of God slowly dawned upon him, casting aside his blanket he clasped his hands, and looking right up into the blue sky, his face beaming with joy, he exclaimed ‘Perhaps the Son of the Blessed One will deign to accept the poor chief himself!’

For meditation: Christ chiefly gave us himself (Galatians 2:20); blessings come with him (Romans 8:32Ephesians 1:3). From you God chiefly wants yourself, not your material possessions, but your repentance and faith in him, the Saviour of the world.