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The Power of a Great Truth
2/14/2017

This became known both to all Jews and Greeks dwelling in Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. And many who had believed came confessing and telling their deeds. Also, many of those who had practiced magic brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted up the value of them, and it totaled fifty thousand pieces of silver. Acts 19:17-19 (NKJV)

There is something very powerful when we are given a piece of information so great that it causes us to change the way we think and act. The Gospel message is the greatest example of this type of information as it changes our whole paradigm of our world and our part within it. 

We can see the impact of the Gospel message combined with the power of God’s amazing miracles of healing in chapter 19 of the Book of Acts. Paul had just been used in a mighty way to exercise demons, and we then see seven brothers attempting to replicate these miracles by their own power and abilities. In essence they were attempting to counterfeit the true power of the Holy Spirit—probably with the hope of profiting financially. 

Ephesus was a leading business center of the Roman province of Asia, and it was a hot bed for the occult. There were many mediums and evil practices of witchcraft being conducted, and those who practiced these things wanted to capitalize on what God was doing through Paul. When these seven sons of Sceva were exposed publicly—as they were physically rebuked for their manmade practices by the very demon they sought to exercise—fear fell upon the people. 

The result of these things was Jesus was magnified and many people began to talk about those things happening by His power. Many of those who were performing black magic were exposed to the truth by this occurrence, and as a result they chose to repent of their evil practices. They brought their books of evil magic and burned them in the site of everyone. In essence, lives were being transformed and the old ways were being put off. 

It is the same way with us today—we too can learn the truth through God’s Word, and as a result, we can find ourselves repenting of the things being exposed within our lives—those things we once thought to be okay, or through selfish fleshly desires chose to participate in. We need to let those things of our past go, and now focus on reaching forward for the things God has placed before us. This is exactly what Paul was saying to the Philippians.

Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, Philippians 3:13 (NKJV)

We won’t find healing by bringing up the junk in our past. Jesus paid for every sin through His shed blood upon the cross, so we have been freed from the bondage of the enemy in our life. Let’s repent of anything we have been a part of, and choose to begin to live in the freedom provided to us by the Lord.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Philippians 3:13 what did Paul make it a point to do?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you let your past go, or are you still continuing to think upon it, feeling the pain, and allowing the enemy to come and attempt to condemn you?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to seek Jesus for any issue the enemy is condemning you on. Lay it at His feet, confess it for what it is: sin. Now walk in freedom.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for forgiving me for my transgressions. Father, I confess I am in need of Your mercy, grace, and love in my life.  Lead me in truth as I read Your Word today. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 


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