A man named Simon had been a sorcerer there for many years, amazing the people of Samaria and claiming to be someone great. Everyone, from the least to the greatest, often spoke of him as “the Great One—the Power of God.” They listened closely to him because for a long time he had astounded them with his magic. But now the people believed Philip’s message of Good News concerning the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ. As a result, many men and women were baptized. Then Simon himself believed and was baptized. He began following Philip wherever he went, and he was amazed by the signs and great miracles Philip performed. (Acts of the Apostles 8:9-13 NLT)
There are false miracles performed by people like Simon all over the world. Witch doctors claim to be able to cast spells and heal people. Even among the ranks of professed believers in Jesus, there are false prophets and money hungry ministries that prey on gullible people for personal gain. Perhaps, at this point, I need to remind us all that Satan has limited supernatural powers as well as the mastered art of deception. This is, apparently, what Simon's power was rooted in. Now, let's not confuse this Simon with Simon Peter. They are not the same. This Simon was from Samaria. Simon Peter was from Bethsaida (see John 1:44). When we look all the way back to the book of Exodus, we see the Egyptian magicians performing signs and wonders as well as Moses. (Read Exodus 7:1-13). The distinct difference between the Egyptian magicians and Moses was their source of power. Moses source was God. The Egyptian magicians’ source was Satan. Satan is a powerful foe, yet he is no match for the power of God. I John 4:4 declares..."greater is He (The Holy Spirit) that is in me, than he (Satan) that is in the world". God's power is pure, purposeful, and all powerful. When God does something, He always declares the glory of His Son Jesus. Every work done under the anointing of the Holy Spirit brings praise and honor to Jesus Christ (John 15:26; 16:13-15). In Revelation 13 we read of the rise of the antichrist to power in the world. He will perform miracles before the people. Satan has always tried to mimic God. One day, once and for all, he (Satan) will be put down forever (see Revelation 20).
Only Jesus has all power (Matthew 28:18). Only His name is worthy to be praised and honored. Holy Spirit, fill and baptize each of us in the all powerful name of Jesus Christ, the Lord of Lords!!!
Rev. Curtis Norris