There’s an interesting story recorded in Acts. Seven sons of a priest named Sceva attempt to cast out a demon by saying, “In the name of Jesus whom Paul preaches, come out!” To which the demon replies, “Jesus I know and Paul I know, but who are you?”
Not only was the demon not exorcised, but the seven men came running out of the house bloodied and naked from the beating they received!
Think about it: If you spoke to the devil and said, “Get away from me!” would he be afraid of you? The simple answer is “No!” Why? Because you have no power in yourself.
It’s not about who you are, it’s about Whose you are.
Jesus talked about our place in Him in John 14:20. Notice the word “in” in this verse:
- Jesus is in the Father
- The Christian is in Jesus
- The Spirit of Christ is in the Christian
Here are the two life-changing words for any Christian to remember…
The devil wants to get you second-guessing your identity. He wants you to be uncertain if you are worthy of coming into God’s presence. He wants you doubting if you are truly forgiven and worthy of God’s attention. He wants you unsure if you can stand up against him in a spiritual fight.
This uncertainty and doubt is erased by faith in this: I am IN CHRIST!
Please print out this list from Ephesians of all the “in Christ” statements Paul shares with us. (You may download a PDF version by clicking here → in-christ-i-am)
Keep this list handy, and the next time satan whispers doubts in your ear like, “Jesus I know and Paul I know, but who are you?” say—
“It’s not who I am, but Whose I am! I am Christ’s. I am in Him and He is in me. I have been forgiven. I am a part of His family. I have a purpose. I am holy and blameless. I am the recipient of all God’s blessings. And you can never defeat me because I AM IN CHRIST!”
If you don’t have a home church, join us next week as we continue our series in the book of Ephesians called Sit Walk Stand.