Scripture:

Acts 19:20 – So the word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily.  

Observation:

Paul taught daily for two years in a hall so everyone in Asia could hear the word. God was performing miracles of healing through Paul.  The people of Ephesus began to fear God and praise Jesus. People who practiced magic confessed and burned their books, turning to the Lord.  

Application:

In spite of persecution, the word of the Lord continues to grow with strength over other belief systems. Paul preached the gospel of Jesus to Jew and gentile alike without adding or taking anything away from the gospel.  There is power in the name of Jesus when someone chosen by God through the power of the spirit proclaims his name. We must share the gospel of Jesus with all as it is the truth and everyone’s greatest need. The power of the Holy Spirit will convict people to respond to the good news of Jesus.

Prayer:

Father,

Thank you for the truth in your word.  Help me to share your word in a gentle and kind way to others who do not know you.  Let your spirit move people to respond to your love.

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