MONDAY, MAY 23
God gave Paul the power to perform unusual miracles.
Acts 19:11 (NLT)
In the spring of 1894, the Baltimore Orioles came to Boston to play a routine baseball game. But what happened that day was anything but routine. The Orioles’ John McGraw got into a fight with the Boston third baseman. Within minutes, all the players from both teams had joined in the brawl. The warfare quickly spread to the grandstands. Among the fans, the conflict went from bad to worse. Someone set fire to the stands and the entire ballpark burned to the ground. Not only that, but the fire spread to 107 other Boston buildings as well. (Our Daily Bread).
In Acts 19, major spiritual warfare broke out. God was performing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul. These “unusual miracles” were not things that happened by chance. God was actually doing amazing things and much like the pattern of Acts a lot of people were converted and a lot of people were angry. Paul performed these miracles in Ephesus, which was the center for the occult.
In the sermon, Mike talked about Satan’s angry response when people are coming to Christ. When have you sensed spiritual warfare at a time when God was also doing good things?
Praise God for the miracles He has performed in your life. Ask God to prepare you for any attacks the enemy is planning against you as you seek to live for Jesus.