Acts 19:13-17 A demon and the 7 sons of Sceva 

          There was a good Brother in the church in Loo-zee-ana named Houston and he was kind of a fix it man. Kind of. Walking into his home one day, Brother Otto noticed that Lolita, Houston’s wife, was doing laundry and the washing machine lid was up and some of the clothes were being flung out with water and soap suds going all over! 

          Lolita finally got things calmed down and wiped down and she closed the lid and restarted the machine. Come to find out there had been a problem with the washer and Houston told his wife, “I can bypass that!” with the consequence that the switch that would normally stop the cycle when the lid was lifted, had been disconnected! 

So, sometimes Lolita would forget and open the lid and chaos would ensue. “I can bypass that!”  

In the verses above, there were 7 sons of the chief priest of the Jews. They thought God worked based on a formula. If you pray the right way and say the right words, regardless of whether or not you had a relationship with Jesus, things were bound to happen – I can bypass that! 

Well, if you read what happened you will see just knowing what and how to pray does not work. The demon told them he “knew” Jesus and he “knew” Paul and then demanded, “Who are you?” 

Because they had no relationship with Paul or Jesus, and before they could even answer, the possessed one jumped up and beat all SEVEN so bad that their clothes were torn off and they ran into the streets naked and wounded! 

They thought they could “bypass that” but what happened, even beyond their humiliation and shame, was this: 

And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds. (Verses 17-18) 


Many people believe they can “bypass” accepting Jesus and confessing Him as Lord. They try giving enough, serving enough, doing enough good deeds, but as I mentioned in another blog,  

“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” II Timothy 3:6 

No, you can’t “bypass that!” 

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