Jesus I know, and I know about Paul, but who are you? — Acts 19:15
Seven sons of a Jewish exorcist, seeing the benefits and power of Jesus decide to increase the profitability and success of their endevear by using the name of Jesus during thier exorcisms.
They didn’t have a relationship with Jesus. They wanted the blessings without the commitment! So, what happened?
The evil spirit responds by saying, “I don’t recognize your authority to do what you are saying and therefore, have what you ask”. The spirit then beats them up and tears their clothes off!!
How many people try to do the same thing: they ask for blessings but refuse to make commitments that are recognized in the realm as being necessary for the release of the blessings!
The authority to possess things is recognized in the spirit realm through absolute submission to Jesus Christ as Lord.
If you are not under Christ’s lordship, satan doesn’t recognize your authority and will not yield to you!!! If you want to take the possessions of the strongman, you must have the power and authority to bind him, so that you can plunder his house.
How do you defeat what you are facing? The key is absolute submission to Jesus and His Word.
Don’t be like the sons of the Jewish exorcist who ended up as spiritual streakers!! Submit yourselves then to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. — James 4:7