Mightily Grew the Word and Prevailed
Acts 19:20 “So mightily grew the Word of God and prevailed.”
And how is it, that the Word grew?
Paul was in Ephesus. He had been preaching there for about two years….”so that all they that dwell in Asia (Minor) heard the Word of the Lord Jesus…”
He had also, by the Holy Spirit, worked miracles.
Acts 19:10-12 “And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they that dwell in Asia heard the Word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.
And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:
So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs and aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.”
When we hear the Word…it makes demands on our life; which we either yield to, or refuse.
All, in this area, had heard….God was making demands on their lives about His Son, Jesus Christ…
And by Paul, the Lord was healing many from spiritual and physical illness.
Paul not only preached the Word of God, concerning Jesus Christ,….but that Word prevailed (had the victory over) in Paul….so it could prevail, through Paul.
But when God does a work, then there are always those that seek to mimic it, especially for money…..some were even using the names of Jesus and Paul…
Acts 19:13, 15-16, 20 “Then certain…took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.
And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?
And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them and overcame them….so they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
This was known to all….dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.
So mightily grew the word of God, and prevailed.”
The Name of the Lord Jesus was magnified….for God showed that He will not honor the use of His Name,…… except by those who believe and receive Him, as Lord and Savior.
His Name is powerful only to those who shelter beneath Him, in believing obedience.
The Word of God is the instrument of salvation.
1 Peter 1:23 “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.”
Now this Word lives and abides.
If it is not a living Word to you, you have not heard it aright.
If the Word does not make demands on your life, you have not heard it aright.
The gospel must wound, before it can heal.
It wounds our pride: we are sinners, like everyone else.
It wounds our reason: we can do nothing to save ourselves.
It wounds our hearts: it points out our secret sins.
“And the Name of the Lord Jesus was magnified”.
Here was the prevailing influence. He showed that He would honor His servants…..but not those who did not know Him, and only wanted to use Him (Matthew 7: )
“And fear fell on them all”….the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom….and it drew many to believe on the Lord Jesus, through HIs Word.
The fear that Jesus Christ knew their heart’s motives as well.
Acts 19:18-19 “And many that believed came, and confessed, and showed their deeds.
Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.”
And many that believed came and confessed…
God requires honesty….getting right with Him….and your brethren.
And showed their deeds,….to know the healing power of forgiveness from these things.
Acts 19:19 “…and burned them before all men:…”
This was an act most necessary to have done with it all.
And the results?
Acts 19:20 “So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.”
God’s Word was being shared….and it was having the victory in the lives of these people.
Do we want to know the power of the Word of God?
Then we must give ourselves to God….to be prevailed upon.
If we, in believing obedience act upon what I know He requires of me now….I will know that prevailing power for myself.
There is for each of us, that power that is “exceeding, abundantly, above all that we ask or thing….according to the power that works within us”. (Ephesians 5:20)
Are we born again? Are we sheltered under Him, and obedient to His Word?
Then that Word will prevail in us…..and through us.
It is in knowing His Will, and doing it.
And as His children, we are as responsible to know His Will,….as to do it.
In our progressive walk before the Lord, we must always leave the better…..for the best.
This must always be done if the Word of God is to prevail through me…..it must prevail in me….where I am….with the circumstances I am in now.