God’s Word: Acts 19:11-20
God’s Message to me: (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)
The supernatural grabs attention. Everyone is drawn to the miracle worker. Everyone wants a piece of that pie—either to be able to do the miracles or to be a recipient of the miracle. In this passage, as Paul was teaching about Jesus, I bestowed upon him the ability to do powerful things—supernatural things. Of course this drew the attention of the crowds—and while many realized this power came from on high, others wanted a piece of the pie—the ability to do the supernatural.
Then, as now, there were those who dabbled in the paranormal. But paranormal and supernatural are two entirely different things. While the supernatural comes from Me, the paranormal does not. While many magicians work from “slight of hand,” others are dabbling in the paranormal—a dangerous field to play in. In this passage, those who practiced paranormal sorcery tried to introduce the names of Paul and Jesus into their practices. The evil spirits they were “calling out” went berserk—jumped on the exorcists and beat them to a bloody pulp.
Evil tries to masquerade as good—as supernatural—to try and draw the crowds to self. When those who dabbled in sorcery, incantations, and spells, realized that what Paul was doing in the name of Jesus was indeed supernatural, many of them gave up their sorceries and believed in Jesus. As a result they voluntarily had a huge bonfire of their sorcery books. These had come to know the difference between supernatural, as coming from “on high” and the paranormal as a result of Satan’s influence in the world. Satan is the master of disguise.
God’s Question: Have any books you “need to burn?”
God’s Promise: Knowing My Word will protect you from the paranormal.
My Prayer to God:
I Praise You for Your supreme power over all.
I am Sorry for not sharing Your Word with more people.
Thank You for opening my eyes through Your Word.
Please Help Me be Your faithful ambassador of love and joy.