Belief is not enough

Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” 14 Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. 15 One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” 16 Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.

17 When this became known to the Jews and Greeks living in Ephesus, they were all seized with fear, and the name of the Lord Jesus was held in high honor.

Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed their evil deeds. A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. Acts 19:13-19

When people realized that a relationship with Jesus was needed and not just belief, they confessed their evil deeds and burned their sorcery. They understood that those things were keeping them from a relationship with Jesus. In that moment they decided that nothing was going to keep them from entering into a relationship with Jesus and so they confessed and burned all that stood in the way.

Belief in Jesus is not enough. We need a relationship with Him. How would you describe your relationship with Jesus? Not just what have you heard or read about Him, but what is your personal relationship with Jesus like?

If you are having a hard time describing what your relationship with Him is like, chances are you don’t have one.

Let today be the day that you let nothing stand in the way of a relationship with Jesus. Whatever is in the way, confess it, burn it, and never look back. For today begins the adventure of a relationship with Jesus.

Jesus I am sorry for all the things that have kept me from you. Today I come and confess them before you. I lay them at your feet and ask you to take them. I admit that I have lived life my way and not your way. I believe that you are the Son of God and that you died and rose again so that I might have a relationship with you.

If this is the first time you have prayed this, or you want to talk through this, let us know. We would love to walk with you as you begin a relationship with Jesus. Email Jonathan at jonathantaylorthornton@gmail.com or Erika at mrs.ethornton@gmail.com. We are looking forward to hearing your story.


Diving In is our online mid-week devotional. It jumps into the message from Sunday and takes you a little deeper. Take a moment to slow down from your busy day, and hear from the Holy Spirit. We re-post every Wednesday. You can follow along by clicking the +Follow button in the bottom-right corner of your screen. Diving In is written by Erika Thornton (Pastor Jonathan’s wife). Erika loves helping other people experience who they are in Christ and helping them pursue His plans for them. In her free time she loves playing with her five kids and painting.