Ben Reaoch | Category: The Christian Life
(Pastor Ben recently preached on the topic of Repentance and Revival, so we've pulled this article from the Archives.)
“Also many of those who were now believers came, confessing and divulging their practices. 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. So the word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily.” (Acts 19:18–20, ESV)
In response to Paul’s ministry in Ephesus, we read here of a striking display of repentance. These folks showed the authenticity of their repentance in a very dramatic way. They burned the books they had used to practice magic arts. Is there a similar purging that needs to happen in our lives? Maybe there are things in your house right now that you need to throw away, or even burn. Are there belongings of yours that have led you into sin again and again, things that have held you in bondage to certain temptations? True repentance may involve getting rid of certain books, certain magazines, certain clothes, certain movies, etc.
Let’s pray, brothers and sisters, that God will move among us in such a mighty way that there will be clear evidence of our repentance. Let’s pray that we will see God and see our own sin, and that we will turn away from those sins so emphatically that we may have to burn something up. We may have to throw some things away. We may have to sever certain relationships. We may have to go to a brother or sister and ask for forgiveness. We may have to confess certain sins to a trusted Christian friend. We may have to share our deepest darkest secrets that we have never shared with anyone else ever before. True repentance will involve confession to others, bringing sins out into the light and asking for help from others to fight temptation.
Verse 20 is so encouraging to me: “So the word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily.” I believe that true repentance is a critical aspect of revival. We will know that God is working revival among us when believers humble themselves to the point of acknowledging and confessing and forsaking specific sins. Lord, please do this great work among us!
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