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When Paul was in Ephesus, God did extraordinary miracles through him.  The Lord’s name became revered and held in high honor in the city and province of Asia.

Because of this, “Many of those who believed came and openly confessed their evil deeds.  A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly.  When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas (137 year’s wages or 50,000 day’s wages…aka…a lot).  In this way the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power.” // Acts 19:18-20

What are the things in our lives that we need to ‘burn’? Maybe they are physical things. Maybe we need to literally burn them or perhaps we need to just give them away.

What are the things that are getting between us and Christ? What are the idolatrous things we are holding on to?

The people in Ephesus had an immediate reaction. Those that came to believe sacrificed their scrolls which were very valuable.  If you make $30,000 a year, it would be like throwing away $4.1 million.  That’s a lot.  But to the Ephesians, they became new people and the cost of sacrificing their old life was nothing compared to the gains of their new life.

Are we holding onto bits of our old life or are we laying it all down to gain from the reward of our new life in following Christ?

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“Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”  //Acts 5:38-39

First off, this guy Gamaliel is bringing the Word. He talks about all these other movements that failed when their leader died and that if this Jesus movement is merely from man, it will fail…BUT, if it’s from God, don’t get in the way. You’ll only be fighting against God.  I don’t know about you, but when I fight against God, I always lose.

What are ways in which you may be fighting against God or trying to get in the way of the furthering of the Gospel? Maybe we’re not purposefully getting in the way, but are the actions we taking getting inbetween us and God or others and Jesus Christ?