A Spirit Of Divination
A Spirit Of Divination
Throughout history there have been people who make use of the name of Jesus and of the word of God, in order to misguide and deceive people. They will try to captivate people with their mysticism and false doctrines just to gain attention to themselves (satisfying their egos) or for some financial gain.
Something in what they say will catch one’s attention and actually seem like a truth — but, when one sees and hears the whole situation, hopefully, the deception will be avoided. Such a happening took place when Paul and Silas were preaching. In Acts 16:16-18 we read,
And it happened that as we were going to the place of prayer, a certain slave girl having a spirit of divination met us, who was bringing her masters much profit by fortunetelling.
Following after Paul and us, she kept crying out, saying, “These men are bond-servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation.”
And she continued doing this for many days. But Paul was greatly annoyed, and turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!” And it came out at that very moment.
This slave girl with “a spirit of divination” was telling the truth. Paul and Silas really were proclaiming the way of salvation from the Most High God. Wouldn’t this slave girl be helping to spread the gospel with her proclamations? Why should Paul be so upset with her “good intention” to help?
The girl had “a spirit of divination”. She was telling “a” truth, but it was only through the evil spirit within her. That is why verse 18 says Paul spoke “to the spirit”. Paul cast the spirit out of her, so that it would no longer control her. Even though this slave girl was speaking a truth, her proclamation would validate her “spirit of divination” and make out like fortunetelling was approved of by God Almighty. Throughout all of scripture, God condemns fortunetelling.
Since this slave girl was possessed by a spirit, she was actually obeying her real lord, which was a demon. The Lord God Almighty does not want His word preached by evil spirits, who will mislead people into superstitions, mysticism, and false doctrines of all sorts.
These days we really need to be careful about everything we see and hear. It can seem spiritual, knowledgeable, and even mention an actual truth we are sure of. But, that does not mean it is leading us in God’s truths. The only way we will ever be able to figure out if we’re being misled is to actually become grounded in God’s word. We need to read and meditate on God’s word every day so that we become well acquainted with it. And, more than that, we need to daily repent of our sins and ask God to lead us in His ways. We need to ask God to open our eyes, ears, heart, and mind so that we will gladly live according to His word in a true faith, hope, and love.
We are on a precarious path through this world. We need to remember Jesus’ words in Matthew 7:13-14,
Enter by the narrow gate, for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it.
For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it.
Let’s make sure we find the right gate. It’s the narrow one. Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. When we find Him, we say, “Hallelujah! Lord, you alone are our salvation. Keep us in the safety of Your truths.”
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