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[Day 1] The Chu’ch: Together We Stand — The Issues at Ephesus, Part 2

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And God was doing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, 12  so that even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his skin were carried away to the sick, and their diseases left them and the evil spirits came out of them. 13    Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists undertook to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “I adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul proclaims.” 14   Seven sons of a Jewish high priest named Sceva were doing this. 15    But the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you?” 16         And the man in whom was the evil spirit leaped on them, mastered all of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. 17 And this became known to all the residents of Ephesus, both Jews and Greeks. And fear fell upon them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was extolled. 18 Also many of those who were now believers came, confessing and divulging their practices. 19 And a number of those who had practiced magic arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted the value of them and found it came to fifty thousand pieces of silver. 20 So the word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily[1]  ACTS 19:11-20 

  

Negative Spirituality

Ephesus was dealing with a lot of negative spirituality.  God uses Paul to do miracles and cast out demons.  Sometimes just by having handkerchiefs touch him and be distributed, people would be made whole.  Now 7 guys whose daddy was a Jewish priest see the miracles that are happening through Paul and say let’s try to use the name that Paul was using and cast out a demon. 

Ephesus at the time was known for its use of magic and witchcraft.  Folk would try to manipulate situations through the spirit realm to try to get what they wanted.  So if I wanted a certain girl, I would chant some magic name hoping that the spirit that I called up would help me get the girl.  Lots of weird stuff, but no different than the “name it, and claim it”, wiccan,  “law of confession,” and “the law of attraction” stuff we have today.   

Needless to say, these guys were unsuccessful and ended up getting exorcised themselves.  They were thrown out of the house, naked and ashamed.  The people were so amazed at the power of the Holy Spirit vs. the power of their magic that they brought all their magic books and burnt them.  The amount of books burned that day amounted to 50,000 days of wages.

So what is negative spirituality?  How do I know I fall into this category?  You might be practicing negative spirituality if:

  • You say, “I am not religious, I’m spiritual.”
  • You dabble in self-help books like “The Secret” and “The Law of Attraction.”
  • You mess around with astrological signs, witchcraft, psychics, tarot cards, palm reading, and ouiji boards.
  • You approach your relationship with God as you would a Genie.  “If I pray a certain way or tithe a certain amount, God you are obligated to bless me.”
  • You think that their other ways to reach God.
  • “You believe in a higher power, but not sure of his name”.  There are other powers in the world, they just happen to be demonic and not good for proper worship. Lol.
  • “All roads lead to heaven.”  Narrow is the way that leads to eternal life.  Broad is the gate that leads to destruction. 
  • You are overly superstitious.  You sleep with a bible under you bed.  You wear a cross for good luck.  Kinfolk, trust in the one who was on the cross and is now risen.  Wearing a cross for good luck is like wearing an electric chair around your neck in this day and age. 

Advice:  Like the Ephesian believers in Jesus, cut anything that you see on the list above from your life totally and completely.  None of these things are from God and none of them bring Him any glory.  And many of these things are harmful to your own spiritual health.  Trust in Jesus completely for your salvation and YOUR SAFETY and you will be okay!  Jesus has crushed sin and satan, once and for all.  Colossians 2:15.

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  1. June 9, 2009 at 11:58 am

    You just threw Oprah under a bus…geesh

    But none the less, Jesus is not an ATM… He showed the ultimate act of humility by coming down off His eternal throne and sacrificing His life for the sake of many…for there is no atonement of sin without the shedding of blood…Jesus isn’t some magic word that can heal all ailments, pay your bills, and save you from persecution but rather if it is in His will, for His Glory, and through the Holy Spirit Jesus is your Saviour who will walk with you through your issues and would never leave, nor forsake you. Jesus was thoroughly beaten, mocked, spat upon, and had His beard plucked all before He even got to carry the cross, which was alot worse…physically and mostly spiritually….so to really prove He loves you He has to go pay your phone bill?

    • June 9, 2009 at 6:28 pm

      Did I or did you!!! Yea, personally I have seen Jesus be with me through many, many rough days and rough times. My joy in him increases daily as I come to know Him as the Father I have always had. The temptations and the fear of the unknown sometimes take me to a place where I begin to rely on other things, but when I remember how good He is to me and how much he loves me, l go running back like the prodigal son. Blessed is His name! Jesus live forever!

  2. June 9, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Amen..Amen and Amen. Great post.

  3. June 12, 2009 at 10:50 am

    Good solid instruction with a lil lol on the side.

    Especially noted that God is not obligated to “obey” us just because we perform a certain act. Motivation and intent are huge factors in God’s response to us.

    • June 16, 2009 at 8:08 pm

      He definitely has no motivation to obey. But the great thing about God is that he definitely LOVES us and wants to hear from his children. And out of love, he grants us those things that will help us and not hurt us. But there is always a willing ear in heaven!!!!

  1. June 9, 2009 at 11:22 am

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