Social media has created a lot of people who are “posers” or “wannabes”. If you are unfamiliar with these terms, it means that you are acting like someone else. We all have been guilty of this, myself included because we like how we see others act or look. But, deep down inside, we still know that we are not them, we are still ourselves.
I spend a lot of time on Instagram because of working on the blog. I catch myself falling into the trap of comparison and thinking, “why can’t I do that,” or, “I should do that also.” It is hard to remember that we are unique and wonderfully made, just as we are. We are in the place that we are supposed to be for a reason, and we need to embrace the season that we are in.
I came across a story in Acts where some “posers” learned the hard way that acting like someone does not make you like them.
11God 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. 13Some 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 the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” 14Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. 15One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” 16Then 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.
Paul was extraordinary. His relationship with Jesus was deep, and the Lord did miracles through Paul. The seven sons of Sceva saw that Paul was doing miraculous things, and they wanted to be like him. They wanted to cash in on the game of ridding people of demons and evil spirits. Since they were the sons of a Jewish chief priest, I am sure that they thought that they were just as qualified to cast our demons as Paul.
They probably had some success, but that came to an abrupt halt one day. It says in Acts 19:13, that they would declare, “In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” This is a problem already. They are not believers; they are posers. They say “whom Paul preaches” instead of saying something like “my Lord and Master.” They tried to bluff the demons into thinking that they had the power of Jesus and Paul, but it didn’t go well for them.
The demon answers the sons back and says, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” Hold up! I was aware that Satan and his band of demons were aware of Jesus, but I never thought about them knowing believers in Christ. But, the verse says that the demon was aware of both Jesus AND Paul. However, he had no idea was who the sons of Sceva.
The question, “who are you” is disturbing. This simple question asked by a demon tells me that Satan is not interested in you if you don’t believe in Christ. He couldn’t care less what you do as a non-believer, but he hates it when believers show up for Christ. The saying, “Be The Kind Of Woman That When Your Feet hit The Floor Each Morning The Devil Says, Oh Crap She’s Up“ is accurate. The devil knows believers, and he is not happy to encounter them.
21“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.22Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’23And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
The one person that I don’t want ever to ask the question, “who are you” is the Lord. I want the Lord to be aware that my feet have hit the floor, I want him to say, “great, she’s up. Now it is time for you to get to MY work.” I want the Lord to use me, to go “through” me like he did Paul. I don’t want to be a poser!!!
Have A Blessed Day!