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A Spirit of Divination

January 24, 2019

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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.”

Love,
Margaret

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