ARE YOU GUILTY OF BEING A WANNABE - 50 IS NOT OLD

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.

Acts 19:11-16

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.

Matthew 7:21-23

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!

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26 Comments

  1. This is such an awesome word! Thank you, it really blessed me and encouraged me to keep pressing in my faith. God bless you.

    • Tania Reply

      Kathy, I am glad that you liked the message. Thanks so much for commenting.

  2. Marianne McDaniel Reply

    Love this! I love your style posts, but your Sunday devotions really lift me up!

    • Tania Reply

      I appreciate your saying this, Marianne. The devil tries to mess with my mind all of the time about my Sunday posts.

  3. This is the best devotional I’ve read in a long while! Thank you, great way to start the year.

    • Tania Reply

      Thank you so much, Pam! I pray all of the time that the Lord will use to me to reach others.

  4. Thanks for this Sunday reminder that God should be our only wannabe! God bless you and your family!

    • Tania Reply

      Thanks, Donna Joy! I don’t want to be a wannabe when it comes to the Lord.

  5. Shannon Moore Reply

    What an encouragement! Thank you for that! I’m so thankful for the Word.I’ve heard sermons on this Scripture preached many times, but the application you used today was new to me. I’m a wannabe. I wannabe a Jesus follower EVERY DAY!

    • Tania Reply

      YES! I agree, Shannon. I wannabe used by the Lord for His work!

  6. Jodi Riddle Reply

    Thank you for this very timely and appropriate post. You have lifted me up this morning as you often do. I thank God for you and ask his blessings rain down on you.

    • Tania Reply

      Jodi, this made me tear up. Thanks so much for your comment.

  7. Thank you, Tania, this was so good! Such a great reminder to keep my eyes on Jesus and continue to desire to be that woman he is shaping me to be. Have a blessed Sunday!🙏🏻❤️

    • Tania Reply

      He had a plan for all of us, we just don’t know what it might be.

  8. A good message for a Sunday morning. After reading your blog,and watching Cyndie’s video, I feel I have been to church but I need to get dressed now and see what my pastor has to say this morning haha

    • Tania Reply

      Haha! I need to go and check out Cyndi’s video, Penny Jo. Thanks for the reminder.

  9. Another timely message Tania I always look forward to your Sunday blogs. I never heard that saying before but I love it.

  10. More of him and less of me is what I’m aiming for this year. Last year I thought too much on things that were material. Things which will pass away. This year I hope to be a doer of the word and not a wannabe. After all, we are just sojourners here. God first, everything else is second place. You give us things to ponder for sure, Tania.

    • Tania Reply

      We are all guilty of forgetting that nothing on earth goes with us once we pass away. A close relationship with the Lord should be our most desired wish.

    • Tania Reply

      Purging is a hard process. If I am willing to let it go, Joe is trying to drag it back into the house. Lol!

  11. Kelly Palmer Reply

    This is an awesome message Tania! Thank you so much for sharing it 🙂

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