Acts Chapter 19

By June 19, 2018 June 20th, 2018 No Comments

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Acts 19:18-20 NIV

Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed what they had done. [19] A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas. [20] In this way the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power.

Explore //
This whole scene reminds me of those moments in the 80’s and 90’s where people publicly burned their AC/DC and Iron Maiden albums in repentance – a declaration and symbol of turing away from their old life and and turning to Christ. I even remember footage of a steam roller being hired to roll over a pile of about a thousand CDs and Cassettes ( Though I think they might have been Milli Vanilli albums, and that was a different story – but I digress ). What seems to be evident in the story here though is that their repentance was public, it cost something significant, and the Lord was glorified by their testimony – resulting in the spreading of the Gospel with power.

Apply //
What areas of my life do I practice things that directly oppose the Kingdom of God? I recall the words of David – “I will not bring before the Lord that which has cost me nothing.” Turning away from these things costs us, but the beauty is that God is glorified, and our testimony bares witness to the Truth of Christ and the transforming power of His Spirit in us.

Lord if there are any practices in my life which oppose your Kingdom of righteousness, please shine your light on those areas and give me the conviction and boldness to turn from these things for your Glory. Amen.

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