Thank God for the person(s) who first introduced you to Jesus and the freedom from sin he gives (John 8:36).
Read Acts 19:23-41
 About that time there arose a great disturbance about the Way.  A silversmith named Demetrius, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought in a lot of business for the craftsmen there.  He called them together, along with the workers in related trades, and said: “You know, my friends, that we receive a good income from this business.  And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia. He says that gods made by human hands are no gods at all.  There is danger not only that our trade will lose its good name, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited; and the goddess herself, who is worshiped throughout the province of Asia and the world, will be robbed of her divine majesty.”  When they heard this, they were furious and began shouting: “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!”  Soon the whole city was in an uproar. The people seized Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul’s traveling companions from Macedonia, and all of them rushed into the theater together.  Paul wanted to appear before the crowd, but the disciples would not let him.  Even some of the officials of the province, friends of Paul, sent him a message begging him not to venture into the theater.  The assembly was in confusion: Some were shouting one thing, some another. Most of the people did not even know why they were there.  The Jews in the crowd pushed Alexander to the front, and they shouted instructions to him. He motioned for silence in order to make a defense before the people.  But when they realized he was a Jew, they all shouted in unison for about two hours: “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!”  The city clerk quieted the crowd and said: “Fellow Ephesians, doesn’t all the world know that the city of Ephesus is the guardian of the temple of the great Artemis and of her image, which fell from heaven?  Therefore, since these facts are undeniable, you ought to calm down and not do anything rash.  You have brought these men here, though they have neither robbed temples nor blasphemed our goddess.  If, then, Demetrius and his fellow craftsmen have a grievance against anybody, the courts are open and there are proconsuls. They can press charges.  If there is anything further you want to bring up, it must be settled in a legal assembly.  As it is, we are in danger of being charged with rioting because of what happened today. In that case we would not be able to account for this commotion, since there is no reason for it.”  After he had said this, he dismissed the assembly. Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
ReflectWhat motive(s) inspired this big riot?
“Teacher suspended for expressing Christian beliefs on homosexuality,” “Foster parents have application terminated due to Christian beliefs,” “Doctor under investigation for sharing faith with a patient,” “Nurse told to remove cross.” Those are all the headlines of real cases against Christians. Many say that “human rights” are trumping expressions of faith in public. “Your talk of Jesus is negatively effecting our business!” shouted the silver-god makers (27,28). The situation in many areas is pretty much the same thing today. The Temple of Artemis in Ephesus was absolutely magnificent, with the roof supported by 100 giant columns. The silversmiths made either miniature silver shrines or statuettes of the goddess. These men became quite wealthy–as long as everyone carried on worshiping Artemis. It’s hard for people to give up what they hold dearly. They’re often not willing to let go of something that won’t last, to grasp something that will: life with God forever, by faith in the Lord Jesus. They prefer a kind of slavery instead of freedom. It’s so terribly sad, but true.
Is anything you hold dear interfering with your worship and service of the Lord? If so, resolve to change that now.
Pray for anyone who has been on your heart over the past few days who needs the freedom Jesus brings.