Daily Scripture & Questions

Acts 18:19-19:41 These verses present the end of the second and the beginning of the third missionary journey of the apostle Paul.  Several inadequate understandings of the gospel truth are presented.  Apollos has taught accurately but incompletely about Jesus.  The disciples of John, in chapter 19, had only heard about John the Baptist’s message and not how Jesus had fulfilled that of which John spoke.  What was the falsehood that the sons of Sceva operated under?  Have you fully renounced any past involvement in non-Christian practices (see 19:18-20)?  How is the account of the silversmiths in the Ephesus riot indicative that faith in Christ radically changed people?

Family Devotions—Scripture & Questions

Read Acts 19:11-20. Who were the sons of Sceva? How did they think that they could have the same spiritual power as the apostle Paul? What happened? Is spiritual power just a matter of using the right words or of really knowing Jesus personally? What did those who used to practice demonic magic repent of doing? Should we ever play with the practice of false religion and magic that tries to control spiritual forces?  

Biblical Prayer Focus

Psalm 32:6-7 “Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him. You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah”

God has promised to protect us, sometimes from the troubles and sometimes through the troubles. Ask Him to assure you that He is your hiding place and that He will take care of you no matter what. Seek Him for the peace that passes understanding, for yourself and others whom you know to be going through troubling times.