One of the really interesting and funny stories in the Bible is the one about the “seven sons of Sceva”.
Acts 19:11-16 God was performing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, so that handkerchiefs or aprons were even carried from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out. But also some of the Jewish exorcists, who went from place to place, attempted to name over those who had the evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, “I adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preaches.” Seven sons of one Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. And the evil spirit answered and said to them, “I recognize Jesus, and I know about Paul, but who are you?” And the man, in whom was the evil spirit, leaped on them and subdued all of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
So, the obvious question is, “why could Paul command demons to leave and they fled, and when the seven sons of Sceva attempted to do the same thing they end up naked and bloody.
2 Timothy 4:17 But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that through me the proclamation might be fully accomplished, and that all the Gentiles might hear; and I was rescued out of the lion’s mouth.
Again, the same question, why did God strengthen and use Paul in such an extraordinary way? Can I get that privilege, have that power, do what he did or will I be devil food if I try.
1 Timothy 1:12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service,
Jesus considered Paul faithful. That means that the Lord examined Him, as it were, that Jesus has standards or requirement for those whom He is going to use to accomplish His will. The most important question is, “am I qualified to be a warrior for Jesus”? I so much want to be! I want, I want, I want more than anything else to be used by Jesus to change the world. It is a character issue, it is a holiness issue. I will press on to maturity, I will hunger and thirst for righteousness, I will, because I want.