Acts 19:18-20 NIV
“Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed what they had done. A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas. In this way the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power.”
-Ephesus was a center for magical incantations. The magicians kept documents bearing alleged formulas and secret information, having been unearthed. After the gospel was preached, they sacrificed the valuable magical scrolls and burnt them as they focused on the word of God. The gospel of Christ spread and grew in power among those who practiced sorcery.
Confess in Hebrew is written as nekar which means to ask for mercy. Confession is expressing true remorse and it entirely depends on God’s mercy. Sin separates us from God and it is vital to confess and repent. Where iniquity exists, God is separated from us and He hides His face from us and does not hear us (Isaiah 59:2). It is paramount therefore to confess our sins and trespasses, and repent turning to God. 1 John 1:8-10 reminds us that, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.” God calls us to make a good confession with sincere hearts and He is willing to forgive us and deliver us from every evil. Nehemiah led the Israelites in repentance with sack clothes and ashes, and they fasted confessing their sins and those of their forefathers who committed idolatry before God (Nehemiah 9:1-2). He then led the people in rebuilding the Jerusalem temple, thus re-instituting the worship of the one true God. God calls us to flee from the love of money which is the root of all evil and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fighting the good fight of faith, that we may lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses (1 Timothy 6:11-14). God also calls us to go and make disciples in all the nations (Matthew 28:19-20), preaching the gospel that many may come to Christ for the glory and honor of His name.
Dear Lord Jesus we give You praise and honor. There is no other God but You in all the heavens and the earth. Thank You for the victory that You have won for us on the cross. Thank You for Your blood and salvation power. No weapon fashioned against us shall prosper no tongue that accuses us shall prevail in the name of Jesus Christ, for this is our heritage in Christ. We are more that victorious in You Christ Jesus. May You fight for us dear Jesus and grant us success in every sphere of our lives. May You grant us peace economically, financially, socially, biologically, physically, emotionally and spiritually. May You break every chain that comes to hinder our progress with Your blood Jesus. May You level every mountain and make us succeed in every way Abba Father for the battle belongs to You. May You forgive us all our sins and trespasses, and remove every accusation against us, our families, fathers, forefathers, churches, leaders and nation. May You grant us rest and heal our land. May Your revival reach every soul and nation according to Your great purposes. May Your will prevail over all. May grant us the fruit of love and self control precious Holy Spirit. May You be exulted above all other gods. May You bless us Lord and keep us. May You shine Your face towards us and be gracious unto us. May You shine Your countenance unto us and grant us peace. Amen
Further reading: Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans10:9-10