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Don’s Daily Devotions

Join us as we read the scriptures and a daily devotion written by Don Crisp. We pray these messages will bless us all at this time.

Acts chapter 8:9-13:

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Acts chapter 8:9-13:


V9:  We read of a man named Simon ( often referred to as Simon the sorcerer ) who has impressed and influenced the Samaritans, and claimed ” great things” for himself. His ” magic”, surely is the result of real but demonic powers. God’s Word warns us of the reality of such powers, and of the spiritual warfare. ( Ephesians 6:12.)

V10-11:  It seems he has claimed to be exercising God’s own power. So Satan often seeks to present his work as if it were of God, one of his devices to deceive the souls of men.( See 2 Corinthians 11:14-15.)

V12:  But as God blesses Philip’s ministry many who had been under Simon’s malign influence turn to Christ, believe and are saved, testifying to this in immediate baptism.

V13:  And Simon himself professes faith, and is baptised. Is this a true work of grace, or a false profession? The next verses suggest the latter, Perhaps Simon himself thought he was a believer, but clearly it was the signs and wonders he saw that impressed him. God grant the gift of discernment to His church today – remember  Matthew 7:16.