The story of what happened spread quickly all through Ephesus, to Jews and Greeks alike. A solemn fear descended on the city, and the name of the Lord Jesus was greatly honored. Many who became believers confessed their sinful practices. A number of them who had been practicing sorcery brought their incantation books and burned them at a public bonfire. The value of the books was several million dollars. So the message about the Lord spread widely and had a powerful effect.
(Acts of the Apostles 19:17-20 NLT)
We need a revival like this in our time. Let's pray for it. God is always willing to pour out His blessings on a people of repentance. As 2 Chronicles 7:14 says "Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land."(NLT). There is a desperate need for a purging in our land, even in the church. I Peter 4:17 and 18 says "For the time has come for judgment, and it must begin with God’s household. And if judgment begins with us, what terrible fate awaits those who have never obeyed God’s Good News? And also, “If the righteous are barely saved, what will happen to godless sinners?” (NLT). Just like the seven sons of Sceva were religious and were sons of a Jewish priest, we have many today in churches, even Pastors, who think they have power over the devil just because they go to church or hold a position of authority therein. Frankly, I'm convinced that many, within "the church", are lost and don't even know it. They assume that just because they have a head knowledge of Jesus, and understand the gospel intellectually, that they are saved. This simply isn't the case. Salvation comes in a moment of genuine repentance, not going to seminary or joining a church. You can't join the Church. You must be born into it. Nicodemus was a religious ruler and yet lost. (See John 3:1-7). Saul of Tarsus was a religious rising star, but lost. (See Acts 9:1-31). In America, particularly, there seems to be a tremendous number of religious people who are in need of a Holy Spirit encounter in Jesus name!
God, please set us on fire with your presence! Forgive our sins, save the lost, rekindle Your fire in the hearts of your people, and purify us as vessels of honor to You! In Jesus name!!!
When the people of Ephesus saw what happened to the seven sons of Sceva, they were made solemnly fearful. The name of Jesus became revered (greatly respected and admired). The result was a city wide revival. I pray to see this in our time with only one difference, I pray for something like this all over the world. The church needs purging and purifying. We have a lot of junk in our trunk that needs to be brought to the burn pile. What is in your life that Satan has you oppressed with? If you don't truly know Jesus, then he, Satan, not only oppresses, but possesses you. Only Jesus name and power can release us from the chains of darkness that bind us. Set us free Lord Jesus!!! Set us Free!!!
What the church needs, in this hour, is a Holy Spirit move that will open our ears and hearts to the recognition of our sins. Once that happens, we will see a total transformation in our society.
I say, let's have a bonfire. James 5:16 says "Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results."(NLT)
Let's start confessing and let's watch what God will do!
Rev. Curtis Norris