Does the Devil Know Who You Are?
1. A TRAGIC TESTIMONY FOR A CHRISTIAN
A) Not Walking as a Christian
B) Not Working as a Christian
C) Not Witnessing as a Christian
2. A THRILLING TESTIMONY FOR A CHRISTIAN
A) A Virtuous Life
B) A Victorious Life
3. A TARGETED TESTIMONY FOR A CHRISTIAN
A) A Life-Long Dedication to the Lord
B) A Life-Long Dependence on the Lord
I read about a fellow named Bill who was always bragging about who he knew and how he was friends with many popular and powerful people. He said to his boss one day, "You name anyone you want to and I know them." His boss decided to challenge his claims. He said, "I guess you know Tom Cruise." Bill answered, "Sure, Tom and I are old friends." The boss asked him to prove it. So Bill and his boss flew to Hollywood and walked up to the door of Tom Cruise's house and knocked. Tom Cruise answered the door and shouted, "Bill, great to see you! You and your friend come on in."
Although impressed, Bill's boss is still a little skeptical, so he asks Bill if he knows the president. "I sure do, let's fly to Washington to see him," replied Bill. They flew to Washington and were admitted into the White House. About that time President Bush came walking down the hall and seeing Bill shouted, "Bill, what a surprise. I was just on my way to a meeting, but you and your friend come with me and we'll have a cup of coffee first."
Bill's boss is very shaken, but still not totally convinced. As they left the White House he asked Bill if he knew the Pope. "Do I know the Pope? Sure! We have been friends for years. Why don't we go and see him." They flew to Rome and when they arrived thousands were packed into Vatican Square for mass. Bill said, "There are too many people here for the Pope to see me. You wait here. I know the guards. They will let me in and I'll come out on the balcony with Pope." Bill disappeared in the crowd and sure enough, in about half-an-hour the Pope walked out with Bill following behind him.
When Bill finally got back to his boss he found the paramedics working with him. "What happened?" asked Bill. His boss said, "I was doing fine until you and the Pope walked out and the man next to me said, 'Who's that on the balcony with Bill?'"
Today, I not necessarily interested in who you know, but rather in who knows you. In Acts 19 we find a story in which an interesting acknowledgement is made. We read about certain vagabond Jews which who had taken upon themselves the role of being exorcists or casting demons out of people.
I think of a fellow who when he testified he would always say, "God has called me to heal the sick, raise the dead and cast out devils." One night he got in a big way and said, "God has called me to cast out the sick, heal the dead and raise the devil."
The word "vagabond" means "wanderer" and speaks of those who wandered from place to place earning a living anyway they could. In verse 11 we read, "And God ...
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