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The Love of Money (Acts 16:16-24)

Introductory Thoughts

The love of money is the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:10). One should take notice that witchcraft, magic, and similar practices are very lucrative industries. Many have foolishly imagined that these things have some redeeming value. However, the world cares most for the temporal profits and not for the ultimate consequences of polluting the minds and hearts of the masses. As Paul and Silas ministered, they were followed by a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination (Acts 16:16). After many days, Paul turned and rebuked the spirit, setting the damsel free (Acts 16:18). Instead of rejoicing in the damsel’s new found peace, her masters incited violence against Paul and Silas.

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): Preachers are to preach Gods word (2 Timothy 4:2) which is the truth (John 17:17). They are not to preach to make money (Titus 1:7-11; 1 Peter 5:2; 2 Peter 2:1-3). Consider Paul's example (Acts 20:33-34; 2 Corinthians 11:8-9; 1 Thessalonians 2:9). God took care of him. Paul never charged for helping people.
  • (For everyone): How did the love of money affect the response of the damsels masters? What was their major concern? How can this be related to similar practices in our day?
  • How are witchcraft and similar practices lucrative today? Why would they keep producing such things at the risk of harming the minds and hearts of young and old alike?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Ask God to show you the true motives behind witchcraft.
  • Ask the Lord to help you repent of any evil associations.