Acts 19: 8 – 22
11 God gave Paul the power to perform unusual miracles. 12 When handkerchiefs or aprons that had merely touched his skin were placed on sick people, they were healed of their diseases, and evil spirits were expelled.
- I believe this happened. I believe that God does amazing things. What are your thoughts? Do you believe this can still happen today?
- God has said many times throughout scripture that nothing is impossible for God.
13 A group of Jews was traveling from town to town casting out evil spirits. They tried to use the name of the Lord Jesus in their incantation, saying, “I command you in the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, to come out!”
- I personally like that the New Living Translation uses the word, ‘incantation’ here. That’s what I believe this group of Jews were trying to do. They were using the words, but not following the source of the words. It is in Jesus, not in simply saying a phrase. God is not into vain repetitions. God wants to have a relationship with us. Knowing Christ personally gives us the right to use His name with His authority.
14 Seven sons of Sceva, a leading priest, were doing this. 15 But one time when they tried it, the evil spirit replied, “I know Jesus, and I know Paul, but who are you?” 16 Then the man with the evil spirit leaped on them, overpowered them, and attacked them with such violence that they fled from the house, naked and battered.
- Have you ever tried to doing something for God without God being involved in it? Unfortunately I have. Too many times. I personally want the devil to know that I am on Jesus’ side. I want the devil to know that I am a child of God. When I am tempted or attacked by evil, I want them to know that they have to go through the King of kings first.
- The bible amazes me. It does not simply say that the evil spirit chased the men away. No, it goes into detail and shows us that the reality of not choosing God is dreadful. Trying to make a mockery of God is embarrassing.
17 The story of what happened spread quickly all through Ephesus, to Jews and Greeks alike. A solemn fear descended on the city, and the name of the Lord Jesus was greatly honored. 18 Many who became believers confessed their sinful practices. 19 A number of them who had been practicing sorcery brought their incantation books and burned them at a public bonfire. The value of the books was several million dollars. 20 So the message about the Lord spread widely and had a powerful effect.
- I truly believe the fear of the Lord came on this city. I love the fact that it says, ‘and the name of the Lord Jesus was greatly honored.’ It says nothing about Paul in this verse. It says nothing about the church. It says that Jesus was greatly honored. That is the kind of life I want to live and be held accountable to.
- No public bonfire required. I do believe this was right for these people. They needed a public demonstration, acknowledging that sorcery was wrong. The Holy Spirit made it clear to them that incantations were not of God. Friends, I want to ask you to do something right now. PAUSE. PRAY. Ask God to reveal to you through His Holy Spirit anything in your life that may have anything to do with sorcery. Ask him to show you. I will be praying this week for God to use this verse to reveal to everyone that reads it, if there is any hint of practise of sorcery in their lives.
21 Afterward Paul felt compelled by the Spirit to go over to Macedonia and Achaia before going to Jerusalem. “And after that,” he said, “I must go on to Rome!” 22 He sent his two assistants, Timothy and Erastus, ahead to Macedonia while he stayed awhile longer in the province of Asia.
- Paul felt compelled by the Spirit. The KJV says, ‘Paul purposed in the Hoy Spirit’. I like the fact that is the Holy Spirit that is sending him. PAUSE. PRAY. Ask the Holy Spirit in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to compel you, to send you, to reveal to you, to help you, to…you ask.
Take time to read Acts 19: 23 – 41 and let me know your thoughts.
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