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The Grace of God, or The Works of The Flesh

I was reading in Act chapter 19 the other day when I came to this passage about the Apostle Paul:

11 And God was doing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his skin were carried away to the sick, and their diseases left them and the evil spirits came out of them. 13 Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists undertook to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “I adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul proclaims.” 14 Seven sons of a Jewish high priest named Sceva were doing this. 15 But the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you?” 16 And the man in whom was the evil spirit leaped on them, mastered all of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. 17 And this became known to all the residents of Ephesus, both Jews and Greeks. And fear fell upon them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was extolled. 18 Also many of those who were now believers came, confessing and divulging their practices. 19 And a number of those who had practiced magic arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted the value of them and found it came to fifty thousand pieces of silver. 20 So the word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily.  —  Acts 19:11-20  (ESV)

What first impressed me was how Paul, led by the Holy Spirit was able to do “extraordinary miracles” to the point where handkerchiefs that he had merely touched could be taken to a sick or possessed person and that person would be healed

Next were the seven Jewish exorcists who tried to use the name of Jesus without knowing Him personally,  and had no success at all.  In fact, their experience ended in near disaster!

But notice the contrast!

First there is Paul, a believer in Jesus Christ, fully submitted to the will of the Holy Spirit.  Paul was not motivated by pride, but by his eagerness to please his Lord, through obedience.  As a result, he is blessed by God beyond measure!

Then consider the seven sons of Sceva.  Now, Sceva was a Jewish High Priest, so the sons were almost certainly experts in the Law of Moses themselves, or at the very least, very well versed in the Law.  These young men fancied themselves exorcists and, seeing Paul’s great success, saw an opportunity to be more successful themselves by invoking the name that seemed to make Paul successful.  But unlike Paul, these men were selfishly motivated

Paul could contribute his success to the grace of God.  The seven exorcists could contribute their “success” to works.

I think it is worth asking ourselves, are we fully submitted to the Lord Jesus, as Paul was?  Or are we living our lives under our own power, and in our own strength?

Have we been saved by the grace of God?  Or are we relying on our works to prove to God that we are deserving of His salvation?

Lord Jesus, I humbly thank you for providing for my salvation by your death, burial and resurrection.  I am saved, not because I am worthy, but because You are.  You are my Savior, and my Lord and Master.  Therefore I bow before You and submit my life to You.  Amen.

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July 10, 2012 - Posted by | Faith, God's Grace, Godliness, Uncategorized | , , , ,

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  2. The gods used Christainity as temptation to repel people away from themselves, the pentagram being the holy symbol of the gods, and of their Chosen One’s teachings, the Second Coming, Lucifer.
    Don’t forget::::It is not a house of Jesus.
    Christianity is evil. It is responsible for slavery of Africans. It is responsible for this wicked reject dumping ground known as the United States.
    There is a major difference between how Europe and the rest of the world were inflicted with xtianity:::Push vs. pull strategy. As a result, expect the “1000 years with Jesus on Earth” may be reserved for the Europeans and few others who were forced into this evil religion:::The god’s management of culpability defines the level of compensation everyone receives.
    The god’s primary goal with this Situation was their minimization of culpability arising from inflicting us with the 20th century and liberal counter-culture. Everything I have taught is true. Now that this Situation is complete the disfavored have been taught. The gods are no longer/minimally responsible from this point forward, pitiful “reach around” compensation for ruining your Planet Earth. Their empty promise to me “We’ll make it up to him.” has been met with similar inadequate compensation in your case, and the gods will find a way to wash their hands of this obligation to me as well.
    If they were honest how little they ultimately intended to grant us our sacrifice would have ended long ago, but they used this lie “We’ll make it up to them.” to further our misery, with absolution of obligation on the agenda for the future.
    My experience is obscene. I paid everything. But at least the gods got what they wanted.

    7.20
    9:15a
    Entire morning wanting for images of the shooter. 9:08a they released the picture of the perpetrator, only after the other two morning news outlets went off the air. As a result, Rockaffeller was given EXCLUSIVE rights to the image for the duration of the day, essentially. Today runs to 11a.
    Composer, conductor and sympohony. The gods chose the industrialists and they made this tragedy happen. It’s also why NBC broadcasts the Olympics, an all-consuming distraction in the lives of so many youth atheletes, costing them the chance to understand and focus on the big prize in life:::Ascention into heaven as a child.
    I don’t get credit for being one of god’s prophets because “People’s careers depend on it.” and this positioning is how the gods have manufactured the control they so relish. They would never allow organic growth. Too many uncontrollable variables, too quality an opponent. And they would have paid. All to the benefit of the disfavored’s knowledge and wisdom.
    Lost.

    7.21
    10:35p
    Parents mourning after Aurora shooting.
    Let’s not wallow in the lie. These people are hypocrites. Mouring the loss of their “investment”. Too many of those kids were freaks with all kinds of metal shit in their faces, a self-inflicted clue courtesy of the gods. They weren’t raised as children. They were neglected. Deliberately.
    Scumbag psychiatrist on news hypothisizing motive. We understand how the gods convince people they are earning and they likely thought the more they kill the more time/priveledge they earned.
    Every single one of theose people participating in that discipline will pay for the evil they perpetrate. They make their living feeding off the lie that is positioning and will suffer poetic justice. I just hope none of them stage a comeback and save themselves.
    These types of incidents are common in the United States because of our disfavor. There is a laundry list of similar incidents (Gabby, Carson City, Salon Meritage, LA Jewish school, VTech, quarry Cupertino, Columbine, Oikos Oakland, etc, etc, etc).
    The United States is the ghetto of Planet Earth, so much like the blacks of inner city urban bligth the gods will ask absolutely anything (shoot at the 3 year old, pimp the 10 year old girl, raise a soulless immoral monster), and because they are so abjectly disfavored these people will comply, no matter how disturbing or wicked, believing there is a big prize in the end for their efforts.

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    • This ended up in my spam folder, I am not sure why. Even though I find about 98% of what you are saying repugnant at the very least, I have decided to publish your comments.

      Friend, I pray that you will seek out and get the help you need before it is too late. I also encourage my brothers and sisters in Christ to pray for this lost soul that he may find truth in his life before it is too late.

      God bless you my friend, and may you know that Jesus loves you, no matter what you’ve done or where you’ve been, He loves you unconditionally and wants nothing more than for you to trust Him with your salvation.

      In Christ’s love,
      John

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