You Can’t Fool a Demon

I think Acts 19:15 is one of the most interesting verses in the Bible. As someone, who was trying to invoke Paul’s ability to perform miracles, makes an attempt to cast out a demon, the demon comes back with the ultimate “put you in your place.” The demon says, “yeah, I know Jesus and I’ve heard of Paul, but who are you?” or “and just who do you think you are?” And then the demon gives the man a severe beating.

I’m not condoning demons violence, I promise, but the scene is pretty effective.

When it really counts, we can’t fake faithfulness. I believe that to be true across the board. I hope that speaks to someone today.

March 1: Acts 17:10-15
Today’s Takeaways:

  • Paul and Silas were having success at Berea, but some Jews who did not want them to spread the name of Jesus tried to make it difficult for them.
  • In order to protect Paul and Silas, some of the believers separated them and kept them in two different places.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • Paul and Silas faced a lot of obstacles in trying to share the gospel. What obstacles are you up against?

March 2: Acts 17:10-15
Today’s Takeaways:

  • Paul used the Athenians’ desire to be faithful to other gods to tell them about Jesus.
  • In telling them about Jesus he also made sure to ask them to stop worshipping idols.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • Paul used the Athenians’ previous interests to share Jesus with them. What are interests of people you know who don’t believe in Jesus that you could use to draw them into the faith?

March 3: Acts 18:1-17
Today’s Takeaways:

  • When some of the people Paul told Jesus about were very mean to him, he knew it was the right thing to walk away from them.
  • The Jews were mad because they felt Paul was breaking their laws, but the government leaders wouldn’t do anything about it.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • In verse 9 God has a direct message for Paul. When was a time you felt God was speaking to you?

March 4: Acts 18:18-28
Today’s Takeaways:

  • Apollos didn’t know everything about Jesus, but he started trying to share the gospel anyway.
  • Priscilla and Aquila took Apollos under their wing and taught him what he needed to know so he could minister more effectively.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • Who is someone who has helped you grow in your faith?

March 5: Acts 19:1-20
Today’s Takeaways:

  • God gave Paul power to perform miracles, but others who tried to use his power were unsuccessful.
  • Many people who had been very far from God changed their lives and follow Jesus because of Paul’s preaching.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • What was it that convinced you to love and follow Jesus?

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