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One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” Then 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. Acts 19:15-16
This is the day before All Saints Day (All Hallows Eve), but most know it as Halloween. Somehow we went from a time to celebrate God’s power to a night made famous in Detroit as Devil’s Night. This passage in Acts is almost funny. Some men tried to harness the power of Jesus to cast out demons, but they really did not know Jesus. The demons beat them up.
We are not strong enough to harness supernatural power, whether from God or from Satan. Both powers are real, but Jesus overcame the devil when He sacrificed His life on the cross—and on Sunday morning busted out of the grave. What can we learn? On this Halloween we need to recognize both sources of supernatural power—and that God’s is greater. The second lesson is that we can harness neither power. We are not that good. Bow before God and let Him have control over your life that His power might bring light to any darkness. (Read Acts 19:11-12 to see how beautiful that is.)