This Blog is sincerely an inspired “food for thought” Word from GOD: Are you an original called By GOD or a copycat “capitalizing and duplicating” (coveting) one’s GOD’s given gifts and talents?
Often time, I’ve wondered: Why GOD, as I move forth in the power of your work, it appears, someone attempts to copycat? Is it capitalizing and duplicating, or am I provoking to love and good works? And, this is the Word in which GOD revealed.
Acts 19:1-20: Indeed, there is nothing new under the sun.
1And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passing through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples (followers of Christ),
2He (Paul) said to them (certain disciples), Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed (in Jesus Christ)? And they (certain disciples) said to Paul, We have not so much as heard whether there is any Holy Ghost.
3And Paul said to them, Unto what then were you baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism.
4Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him (Jesus Christ) which should come after him, that is, (believe in Christ Jesus).
5(Now) When they heard this, they (certain believing disciples) were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
6And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost (the Power of GOD) came upon them (certain believing disciples); and they spoke with tongues, and prophesied.
7And it was about twelve men present.
8And he (Paul) went into the synagogue, and spoke boldly for three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God.
9But when several were hardened (hearts), and did not believe, but spoke evil of that way before the multitude (spoke against GOD), Paul departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus.
10And this continued over the course of two years; so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.
11And God produced special miracles by the hands of Paul:
12So that from Paul’s body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.
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13Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon themselves to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the LORD Jesus, saying, We command you by Jesus whom Paul preached.
14And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, who did attempt to copycat, duplicate the power of GOD that was bestowed upon Paul by GOD.
Apostle Paul, born-again believer, preached, baptized, and cast out demons in the name of the LORD by the power of the precious Holy Spirit. He was, no doubt called by GOD to do the work he did unto the glory of GOD.
I also like to think of it as the Anointing of GOD. But, check it out, even the devil recognized the God given gifted and talented one(s).
15And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?
The evil spirit asked, WHO ARE YOU? Who are you capitalizing: copycatting and duplicating the power of GOD!
16And the man, in whom the evil spirit was, it (the evil spirit) leaped on them: seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, and overtook them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
17And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.
18And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds.
19Many 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.
20So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.
MY GOD! Let’s us provoke to love and good works, in otherwise, encourage, inspire, empower, and motivate the one who is called, Anointed in the power of GOD, By God, for the glory of GOD, instead of attempting to copycat, “capitalizing and duplicating” (coveting) one’s GOD’s given gifts and talents!