The Damsel With the Spirit of Divination
The spirit of divination in this girl knew Paul. This spirit can tell where a lost child can be found or even foretell the future. People have a tremendous interest in supernatural or psychic things. The men who used her made a lot of profit from her services. When she saw Paul, she started following him around, saying: “These men are servants of the most high God, which show unto us the way of
salvation.” How would you like to have publicity like that?— Having a demon announcing your presence and saying that you can show the way to salvation? What was really happening here?
Evil Spirits Want to be Saved
The evil spirit in the girl was telling the other evil spirits that Paul could “show unto us” the way of salvation. This means evil spirits wanted to be saved. Many demons and evil spirits love to hear the Gospel. There was a girl in Germany who had demons coming to her every night wanting to know how to get saved. The pastors instructed her to tell the demons that there is no salvation for them. “Christ did not become an angel. He became a man and died only for man, not for angels or spirits” (cf. Heb. 2:16). After she told them that, they did not come back anymore.
This evil spirit plagued Paul. She followed him for “many days.” You would think that an evil spirit would have stayed as far away from Paul as possible. Paul permitted it a long time until he was vexed. This illustrates the patience he had. Finally he turned upon the girl with deliberation and said; “I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” Paul was very slow to use the power of God. The result of this demonstration of power angered her masters, and ended with Paul and Silas being beaten and put into prison. Miracles do not always cause people to love you.
When a nation is ripe for judgment, God breaks down the walls and hordes of evil spirits come rushing in. When God determined to judge Germany during the time of Hitler, swarms of demons filled the country. Many spirits are coming into America, and spiritism is on the rise. It is getting into the churches too. Certain kinds of music open the gates of hell and invite many evil spirits to come into the services. Therefore, pastors must ask God for discernment. They must know who
people are. One church was being controlled by the spirit of divination, and the one whom the pastor went to for comfort and thought was his most spiritual member, was the trouble-maker.
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