When this became known to the Jews and Greeks living in Ephesus, they were all seized with fear, and the name of the Lord Jesus was held in high honor. Acts 19:17
News of the demon beating spreads far and wide. Jews and Greeks living in Ephesus see what happens to those who use the name of Jesus for gain, and it also frightens new Jesus-followers who haven’t abandoned their old ways of magic and sorcery. These are Christians who say, “Jesus is Lord,” but he isn’t Lord of everything in their lives. Their sorcery scrolls are hidden secretly away.
These Christians realize their hidden sorcery scrolls dishonor the name of Jesus, so they openly confess and publicly burn their scrolls. Their confession is important because it leads to repentance which leads to change. When the secret scrolls are revealed, their power over the Christians is lost. Repentance means turning away from our sin, and back to God. Putting God in the center gives him honor and the power to change and grow us.
We also need to reveal the sins we secretly hide before we can show the power of God in our lives. Our sins will no longer hold power over us when bring them to God to confess. Doing this honors God’s name so we can experience God’s forgiveness and have the light of Jesus shine through us (1 John 1:5-8). Watch this video clip as Pastor Aaron explains the importance of confessing our sin.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
The beginning of experiencing God’s forgiveness is taking the step of accepting Jesus as your Savior. You can do that through prayer by telling God you accept that Jesus died in your place, and you want to follow his lead in your life. If you have accepted Jesus and there’s unconfessed sin in your life, tell God what you’ve done, trust him that you’re forgiven and experience his forgiveness.
NEW TESTAMENT READING PLAN
Join us this year as we read through the New Testament.
Today’s reading is Philemon 1.
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