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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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August 23, 2012 - Books to Burn?

By Ken Horn

Book burning is not usually a good thing. But the Bible records one spiritual awakening that led to voluntary book burning — and it helped to nurture a revival.

“And many who had believed came confessing and telling their deeds. Also, many of those who had practiced magic brought their books together and burned them …. So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed” (Acts 19:18-20, NKJV).

Christians desire such a powerful move of God — one that transforms lives, multiplies believers and wins great victories. This is the pattern of genuine revival.

This one began small, with an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on 12 believers. Paul ministered there in Ephesus for more than two years. Eventually miracles began — people were healed, demons were cast out, ungodly lifestyles were challenged. A way of life that was filled with idolatry, sorcery and worldliness had to be changed. This was no feel-good revival, and it wasn’t an instant one.

New believers realized there were things in their lives — wrongly cherished and valued things — that had to go. They were not ordered to burn their books, but the convicting power of the Holy Spirit led them to do so. And the cost of these possessions had been great. One translation puts the cost at “several million dollars” (NLT).

This was a breakthrough. The move of God prevailed mightily because of it.

Some Christians today live defeated lives because they are unwilling to give up something that should be “cast in the fire.” Maybe it’s music, DVDs, premium cable channels, or (fill in the blank) that bars the way to God’s favor. Whatever does not please God must be “burned.” Your victory may await your decision to repentantly discard or disassociate from things that hold you back.

These Ephesians received their breakthrough when they humbled themselves and cast their worldly possessions away.

Victory awaits. Is God asking you to cast something on the fire?

— Ken Horn is editor of the Pentecostal Evangel and blogs at Snapshots (khorn.agblogger.org).

 

 

 

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