The miracles recounted in this story happened because of the power of the name of Jesus. Many of those who believed because of Jesus' powerful name were the very people who had practiced sorcery and magic and exorcism. Not only did they proclaim the name of Jesus and abandon their cults and ceremonies, they even brought all of their books of magic and potions and poison formulas, piled them up in the center of town, and burned them. In today's currency, the books they burned were worth about twenty million dollars.
The believers in Ephesus burned their books in order to break the spiritual power of their sinful past, that they might begin a new life in Jesus the Messiah. Here we find an important scriptural principle: we must separate ourselves from our sinful past as we start our new lives. In (Matthew 6:24) Jesus says, "You cannot be a slave of two masters; you will hate one and love the other; you will be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money."
We are faced with two important questions. As a disciple who follows the Messiah Jesus, do you need to do some book burning in your life? This is not a place for negotiation. If we try to make a compromise with our sinful past, we will only slow down our spiritual progress. So be straight and completely honest with yourself.
After you have answered the first question, the second is this: Do you love Jesus enough that you are ready to do all you have to? Are you ready to scrape off the barnacle and be rid of it? Only you can answer these questions.
It is such people that God seeks, and he wants you to be one of them.
- 13 NOVEMBER -