Thursday, March 4, 2021

Repentance From Dead Works 3

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Acts 19:18-20 (NET) Many of those who had believed came forward, confessing and making their deeds known.Large numbers of those who had practiced magic collected their books and burned them up in the presence of everyone. When the value of the books was added up, it was found to total fifty thousand silver coins. In this way the word of the Lord continued to grow in power and to prevail.

After Nosa accepted the Lord Jesus, he did proper sanitation of his phone and media devices. No one told him when he sat down for over an hour and deleted many of the videos and songs on his mobile devices that did not honor the Lord. He also publicly informed his friends on social media about his new status as a child of God. He did this because he wanted to identify with the Lord publicly and put his friends on notice. It worked. They gave him space and stopped attempting to lure him back to his old life. Nosa grew rapidly because of this (after he got rid of the doctrine and feeling of condemnation).

In today's Bible verses, we see a manifestation of repentance from dead works. Those who had previously practiced magic came forward and burned their books. They couldn't continue to possess those books while claiming to be believers in the Lord Jesus. The books were expensive, but their value didn't matter to those new believers. We see that the word of God grew mightily in their midst and prevailed as a result of this.

Many people don't reap the full benefits of God's word because they do not fully repent of dead works. They believe in Jesus but still want to hold onto the "benefits" of their past life. It doesn't work like that.

Go into today remembering that if a person truly believes, they would repent of their sins and forsake them. Lack of true repentance is a major reason the word of God does not have a full course in the life of some believers. Remember that everything we receive from God is through His word.

Prayer: Lord, reveal to me every area of needed repentance so I may walk in the fulness of your will for me. Amen. 
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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