think about it.
How did Paul's return to Ephesus impact the believers there (19:1-10)? What purpose did the miracles serve (19:11-20)? Sometimes we want miracles for our own purposes; what do you seeing God using them for? When changed lives had an impact on the local economy, what happened (19:21-41)? How have you seen a changed life (yours or others) influence the community around it?
The absolute power of God is evident in Acts 19, but the power of evil and Satan is also part of this passage and it shouldn't be taken lightly. In verses 11-20, seven Jewish sons are impressed with the power God has given to Paul. So, they attempt to cast out a demon by mimicking Paul and referencing him as they call upon the name of Jesus to cast out this demon. Bad idea . . . the evil spirit responds saying, "Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you?" Then, through the possessed man, the evil spirit proceeds to attack and wound the seven sons. This was a good reminder for me of just how real and powerful Satan is. So many times we make light of evil. We treat Satan and satanic things like make believe and use them for entertainment (movie, books, etc.). That's exactly what Satan wants and likes us to do, and it's not wise on our part. Satan and his army of evil are real, they are powerful and they are out in full force today. That doesn't mean that every bad thing that happens is because of Satan, but we need to be aware.
So how can we make sure we're tuned in to Satan and the spiritual warfare that takes place around us? Tami W.
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