Living By Faith

OFFICIAL IDENTIFICATION

Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you? (Acts 19:15 | NKJV)

 

“We carry the Word of God and the anointing of the Holy Spirit as official identification.” – Mark Hankins

 

Have you ever checked in for a flight and been asked for proof of identification? You can say, “Here I am. Can’t you see — this is me; I can prove that I exist. Just look.”  The authorities want to see a passport or driver’s license. You cannot prove who you are without official identification.

Acts 19:13-16 tells the story of the seven sons of Sceva who tried to cast out devils in the name of Jesus “whom Paul preaches.”  The demons said, “Jesus we know and Paul we know, but who are you?” Jesus had official identification in heaven and hell, and so did Paul. You and I can also know who we are and the authority that is ours in Christ.

Spiritually speaking, all of us must carry some identification to do business in the realm of the Spirit. The Word of God must be engrafted into our inner man so we know who we are in Christ. We must also carry the anointing of the Holy Spirit as the guarantee that we are who God says we are and we have what God says we have.

 

Confession: I am crucified with Christ:  nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me. (Galatians 2:20)

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