“But Paul, very much annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I order you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour.” Acts 16:18
I don’t know if I’ll preach on Paul’s annoyance, but it makes me laugh every time I read this passage. It says this woman with the spirit of divination followed them around for DAYS. Finally, Paul had enough and exorcised the demon. Why didn’t he do it earlier? What exactly is a spirit of divination? Why wasn’t Paul afraid of the demon? Are there still spirits like that today? I have so many questions about this passage. But I think what matters is how the story ends. It ends with a jailer being saved from suicide and coming to faith along with his whole family. How exactly God does that kind of work is far more interesting to me. We’ll explore this breakthrough to salvation on Sunday.
-Pastor Travis Norton
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