Acts 19:18-20 – And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds. Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.
If ever there was a time, a season, an age, when we needed to see the Word of God grow and prevail, it is this present hour. And we need desperately to see that growth and prevailing power to the end of this age. I know it is the will of God, but the question is, are we, the church, willing to pay the price to see it come to pass in our individual lives? Take another look at our Text for Today to determine the things we must do to see it happen.
It is speaking about believers. The text did not say that many unbelievers came, but rather that “many that believed came.” One of the great things that was needed in the early church is surely needed today. So much sloppiness, laxity, and even infidelity exists in the church today. It existed in the early church, and believers who were caught up in those things had to come, confess, reveal themselves openly to the Lord. It’s not that He doesn’t know what is happening. He knows all. But unless the Christian who is caught up in such things openly confesses his sin to the Lord Jesus, there is no cleansing. This is more than repentance. If the sin is not confessed, the seed of it still remains and will produce fruit long after one believes himself to be safe from falling prey to it.
Not, too, that there were things that had people caught up in what the Scriptures says were “curious arts.” That, too, is rampant in today’s church. There are many new age concepts, traditions of men that make the Word of God of none effect, and many things thought harmless that are in truth, devices of the enemy to steal you away from the things of God, and then steal the things of God away from you. My friend, what Father gives you in His kingdom to serve and work for Him, He does not simply take from you. Consider Samson. God did not take Samson’s great strength from him. Samson gave it up himself when he told Delilah his secret. Then when he gave up his secret, the enemy cut his hair, stealing his strength. But even then, when his hair grew back, his strength returned to him.
So it is today. A weakened church needs to repent of its failures and confess its powerlessness and sin. And believers must cast away the “curious devices” in their lives, allowing the fire of Holy Spirit to consume it. Then, once again we will see the Word of God grow again in the church and prevail. Remember, the church overcomes the enemy by the blood of the Lamb (repentance & confession), and the word of their testimony (prevailing through the Word).
Manna for Today – Acts 19:11-20; Mark 4; Isaiah 55:11; Joshua 1:6-9; Psalm 119:89; Matthew 15:6; Mark 7:13; Revelation 12:11