God was performing extraordinary miracles by Paul’s hands, so that when even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his body were brought to the sick, their diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them. – Acts 19:11-12


Ok, I have to admit that I used to think that this was stuff that televangelists made up. I had seen someone promise to send an anointed cloth that the evangelist had prayed over, if a person would send a special gift of a specified amount of money. Why didn’t Paul figure that out? He could have been rich!

Too often, the reason we shy away from so much of what is biblical is because someone has misused it. It would be like when your child colors and the crayon gets on the table so you throw the crayons away—or they spill some glue so you never let them play with glue again. Just because someone does it wrong, doesn’t mean the biblical principal is wrong!

Why would God do EXTRAORDINARY MIRACLES? Because the needs were greater than Paul could meet. There were not believers who had been discipled yet, and raised up to do the work of the ministry. Paul prayed for the Ephesian believers to comprehend their inheritance and the power at work in them that raised Jesus from the dead. Just because someone has an inheritance doesn’t mean they know how to use it.