Acts 19:1-41 & 20:1-38
Paul's Third Missionary Journey - Acts 19
- Paul traveled through the interior provinces to Ephesus.
- He asked several believers if they had received the Holy Spirit when they first believed. They answered, "No. We haven't even heard that there is a Holy Spirit." They had been baptized of John. Paul said, "John's baptism was to demonstrate a desire to turn from sin and turn to God. John himself told the people to believe in Jesus, the one John said would come later." As soon as they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then when Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them and they spoke in other tongues and prophesied.
- God gave Paul the power to do unusual miracles so that even when handkerchiefs or cloths that had touched his skin were placed on sick people, they were healed of their diseases and any evil spirits within them came out.
- Some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists attempted to pronounce the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, "I command you by the Jesus that Paul preaches!" Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this.
- The evil spirit answered them, "I know Jesus, and I recognize Paul - but who are you?" Then the man who had the evil spirit leaped on the, overpowered them all and prevailed against them, so that they ran out of that house naked and wounded.
- This event was known all around Ephesus. Then fear fell on all of them and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. Many confessed and disclosed their practises, while many who had practiced magic collected their books and burned them in front of everyone. This amounted to about fifty thousand pieces of silver.
- In this way the Lord's message flourished and prevailed.
- Paul encouraged believers in all the towns he passed through.
- In Troas, Paul spoke into the night to believers in an upstairs room. A young man named Eutychus was sitting on the windowsill and became very drowsy, finally fell asleep and fell out of the window as Paul was speaking.
- Paul went to him, fell upon him, embraced him and said, "Don't be alarmed, for his life is in him!" Then Paul went back upstairs to break bread and eat. Paul conversed for sometime more. Then he left.
- The believers brought the boy, Eutychus, home alive and were greatly comforted.
- Paul bid farewell to the Ephesian Elders but before he left them he prayed with them.
- Everyday love and honor mother.
- What are mothers? They are teachers, caretakers, gardeners, doctors, coaches, chauffeurs, councilors, molders of attitudes and our first link to knowing God.
- Mothers deserve OBEDIENCE in the Lord for their children for this is right.
- Mothers deserve RESPECT. Honor your father and mother, that your days may be long upon the land. Exodus 20:12
- Mothers Deserve AFFECTION. Tell your mother that you love her. She needs to hear it from you.