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A Spirit Of Divination

October 25, 2010

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.”


A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and King of kings…

Pray for our country.


20 Comments leave one →
  1. Nicole permalink
    September 13, 2011 8:02 pm

    I so dearly needed this, thank you!

  2. September 13, 2011 8:21 pm

    Hi Nicole,

    I’m glad you found this helpful. There is so much going on in this world that we need to be wary of. Spending time with God’s word and in prayer is the only way we can safely stay on track. Have a great day.

    Love, Margaret

  3. Jennifer permalink
    October 31, 2012 8:55 am

    Thank you, very helpful ❤ Blessings in Jesus' name.


  4. October 31, 2012 10:44 am

    Hi Jennifer,

    Thank you for stopping by. It’s comforting to see how God led Paul in casting out that spirit of divination. In that case, many could have been misled.


  5. mary permalink
    November 14, 2012 9:56 am

    Best explanation I’ve found so far. Thank you for the answer to this question.

  6. November 14, 2012 12:22 pm

    Hi Mary,

    Thank you. These are the sorts of things that make us all pause and wonder about. It took a bit of research to write that post and it makes sense, because even Jesus often told different demonic spirits to be quiet when they were screaming that He was the Son of God. A demonic witness is not a good witness.

    Have a great day.


  7. January 31, 2013 9:56 pm

    Yes, we need to have discernment and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth about any given circumstance. Selah.

  8. February 1, 2013 4:20 pm


    There is so much going on in this world that we will always need our Lord’s guidance. Thank you for stopping by.


  9. Tandeka Ncube permalink
    February 27, 2013 9:39 pm

    Wow this is amazing for me to read,in my country so many people are falling prey to fortune telling,the element of sum truth is holding people at ransom,multitudes are drawn to this doctrine and its all out of desparation,poverty and the seeking of worldly wealth…………Lord help us …thank you for this eye opener

  10. February 28, 2013 11:37 am

    Hi Tandeka,

    You have a very good depth of insight into the problem of how just “a little bit” of “some truth” can hold people at ransom. It is also very true that many people are desperate for the things of this world — be it wealth, health, or success of some sort. We surely need to keep praying for all those who have fallen victim to the deceitfulness of fortune telling. Fortune telling is a world-wide problem that imprisons people everywhere. Thank you for sharing your insight.


  11. David permalink
    April 3, 2013 2:41 pm

    Thank you lord for this article

  12. April 3, 2013 5:30 pm


    I’m glad you found this useful. May your day be blessed.


  13. joe permalink
    February 13, 2014 5:04 am

    so what will be the way out of the spirit; ie steps or processes

  14. February 13, 2014 1:11 pm

    Hi Joe,

    Thank you for stopping by. You asked a mighty important question, that I felt deserved a thorough reply that others might also benefit from. So, what I did was write a post to answer your question. On this coming Saturday, February 15, that post will appear on this website. If you don’t get to it on February 15, it will be available at the address:……. You can also just scroll down in my home page until you get to it or find it via the calendar option in the right hand column.

    The nitty-gritty of the answer is that we need to see how God has been so merciful, forgiving and loving to all sorts of people with every kind of problem. Our Savior sympathizes with us all in our needs. We will see that as we keep on reading and studying God’s word to us in the Bible. Jesus healed many with various problems with all sorts of spirits. No one was put down with their problem.

    In every case, it was when the person healed of evil spirits would believe in God’s forgiving love, that their hearts would be filled with God’s Spirit. When we abide in God and let Him abide in us, there is no room for evils. That is the way it was with the demonic in Mark 5:1-20. When Jesus healed him, he listened and believed all that Jesus taught him — and then, he shared that gospel with those he knew. In other words, he was keeping God’s love in his heart.

    So, the steps or processes of getting rid of the wrong spirit within us is to prayerfully and diligently study God’s word — the Bible. Realize that God is not a respecter of persons. He doesn’t care who we are. He loves us all. So, He desires to help us all. All we need to do is turn to Him and believe in Christ Jesus, our Savior. To not accept Jesus as our Savior is the same as calling God Almighty a liar. That would be evil and shutting God out of our hearts.

    When God’s truths are right in front of us, we need to accept and trust in them just as they are. That is why John 20:31 tells us — “but these have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.”

    May your study of God’s word be blessed.


  15. April 28, 2014 2:28 pm

    Thanks for the divine revelation of God’s Holy Word+++.

  16. April 28, 2014 8:41 pm

    Hi Sylvia,

    Thank you for stopping by… This subject matter is so important for everyone to be aware of… We all need to make very sure that it is honestly the LORD God, our Savior, who is being honored with our every way of living… Have a great day delving into God’s word.


  17. July 10, 2014 7:10 pm

    Thank God for using you to explain His words so clearly. Be blessed Margaret!

  18. July 10, 2014 8:23 pm

    Hi Keesha,

    Thank you for stopping by… It is so important to not let ourselves become misled by any of the false teachings that are being promoted these days… Little words and little ways of being need to be paid attention to because they can be faith destroyers… So many false teachers are very sly about slipping in untruths — and it’s all for the sake of money.

    We can see how important it is to pay close attention to God’s word and become grounded in it… Our salvation depends on that.


  19. Matthew Perri permalink
    April 10, 2016 1:24 pm
  20. April 11, 2016 9:33 am

    Hi Matthew,

    You have a talent for poetry, but I do not wish to post your poem… It is not the kind of message I want expressed on my site, which is simply a devotional site — not a place for arguments and debates.

    We need to understand that it is Jesus Christ who chose Saul (Paul) to be His messenger and to suffer many things for the Lord’s sake. (Acts 9 )… Paul’s message was approved of by all the other apostles, so maybe it would be helpful to you to present your objections to the LORD in prayer… Then, the LORD’s answer will be found in all of His word — from Genesis through Revelation.

    Thank you for stopping by… May your study of God’s eternal word be blessed.


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