Friday, December 7, 2012

Acts 19

Acts 19.

Paul stumbles across some people who haven't been updated for a long time. Paul asks them "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" (v. 2) They reply telling Paul that John the baptist baptized them and they did not even hear of the Holy Spirit before. Paul explains to them what the Holy Spirit is and baptizes them in the Holy Spirit.  Have you ever come across a person who says they are a Christian, but their ideas about it are skewed? How do you show someone the right way?

In verses 11-20 the sons of Sceva try to cast out an evil spirit in a demon-possessed man. One problem, these men had not developed a personal relationship with Jesus, so when they tried, the demon replied, "Jesus I know , and I know about Paul, but who are you?" (v. 15) The man jumped on them and beat them leaving them naked and wounded. Why didn't the demon leave the man when he heard Jesus's name called? How do people try to use Jesus for their own purposes today? What is the difference between that and real faith in Christ?

Paul travels to Ephesus and preaches there. The silversmiths become angry because they are losing their idol worshipers and blame Paul for messing with the economy. A riot is started and the crowd shouts, "great is Artemis of the Ephesians!" Finally, Alexander is able to calm the crowd and Paul thinks that its is a good time to leave and does. Success, money and independence are some cultural idols. What others come to mind? How has you faith affected your relationship to idols?

What is in your life today that most prevents you from God?

What can you do to remove those distractions?


Anonymous said...

Yes i met a girl who said she was Christian but also that it's ok to live a sinful life as long as your happy because God forgives everyone even if they aren't sorry for what they did. Me and my friend pryed with her and are still praying for her and try to live lives that show her the right way.
Because the men didn't have a good relationship with the Lord. They try to use God as a vending machine and ask for whatever they want when they want it and expect Him to deliver. God always answers our prayers but not always how we want and some people when they don't get what they want they turn from God... or at least until they want something else. The difference between this and real faith in Christ is that if you really believed His word and had a good relationship with Him you would know that He answers all prayers in ways that will bring Him glory and grow our faith.
Ipods and cell phones. My faith has helped me be able to put these things down long enough to have time in His word and time in prayer. It used to be hard but now i can do it pretty easily and have gotten a better relationship with him as a result.
The craziness of life. Especially dance. Its good because God has given me the gift of dance and i can honor Him through it but also difficult because its all consuming.
I'm not going to quit dance because of the joy it brings but me and my friends have decided to read our bibles and have Godly conversations and encourage on another to pray during breaks. I have also started a prayer group before performances. It started with me and three friends now forty plus girls participate before every show!!!!

Today verse five stuck out to me it says, On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
They were baptized not a few days later or months or even years but immediately. Its amazing how God softened their hearts an placed a holy discontentment there. These people were obeying God's word. He commands us to be bold and be baptized to show others the change of our hearts and that He lives in us.~ abby<3

Maria said...

Acts 19:4-7
4 Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” 5 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues[b] and prophesied. 7 There were about twelve men in all.

When these men were baptized they didn't know the real meaning and so it didn't change their hearts! But after they herd about the holy spirit and God came on them they were speaking tongues! I cant really say much right now I have to go! Hope you all are having a great week!

Anonymous said...

Abby, that's so fantastic that you've started a prayer group before dance! I'll pray for it to grow!