Summary: A Controlling Spirit, A Constant Sabotage, A Controversial Salvation. The story of the possessed slave girl who was saved. Link included to Formatted Text and PowerPoint.
A Tormented Heart
Acts 16:16-24; Deut. 18:10-12
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Last time, the Vision, the Venture, and the Victory…Paul heard God saying, Go west, young man, and we saw the gospel come to Europe, and we looked at Lydia, the first of “our kind” to be saved…she was a “tender heart”. Today, we see the salvation of a tormented heart, and next time, a toughened heart, the jailer.
The Victory continues now…
The Slave Girl:
1. A Controlling Spirit
v. 16 soothsaying=fortunetelling. She was a psychic. She had some supernatural powers, but remember, not all of the supernatural is of God. Hers was of the devil. She had a demonic spirit, and her masters were making a lot of money off of her. They were literally “pimping” her out as a psychic/astrologer/palm reader/Ouija master/having séances/summoning the dead/spirit channeling…and all of this is of the devil today as it was then.
There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,  Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.  For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.
If you play around w/ the supernatural apart from God Almighty you are playing with fire! Don’t be surprised if you pick up a spirit that you don’t want.
A survey was done of 1,700 high school kids…416 admitted to having involvement with Ouija boards. This is not some harmless board game like Chutes and Ladders, rather, it’s a slippery slide that could easily plunge a person into the realm of the underworld! Even the manufacturer’s know this, and in their instruction booklet they say:
“if you use the Ouija board in a frivolous spirit, asking ridiculous questions or laughing over it, you naturally will get unnatural influences around you.”
Those are demons!...every bit as much as today’s soothsayers, and even some on church platforms in their white suits, which are wolves in sheep’s clothing!
Some now say, “Bro. Jerry, you’re being ridiculous!” Well, if that’s what you think, don’t worry, I’m not preaching to you today. I’m preaching to those whose hearts are open to receiving what the Word of God says, as we look at it verse by verse!
Out of 1,700, 321 admitted to having some involvement with astrology/horoscopes, which originated way back at the Tower of Babel. The Bible calls it “observing of times” and it’s repeatedly forbidden in the Bible as a demonic, occultic practice! It’s a counterfeit guidance system which makes a mockery of God’s Holy Spirit Who promises to lead and guide us in all things.
God help the believer who dabbles in such things!
192 of them admitted to involvement with palm reading to tell future events…the ultimate insult to our God Whom we are supposed to trust with our future.
Is it not because there is not a God in Israel, that ye go to enquire of Baal-zebub?
And I repeat it today: is it because there is no God that you consult a Ouija board? Horoscope? Palm reader? Call the psychic? Let’s teacher our children to look to God, and that it matters not what tomorrow holds, if we know Who holds tomorrow!
What’s more disconcerting about these figures is that this survey was done in a Christian School!
The problem is that parents aren’t involved enough in their children’s lives, and don’t know where they are or what they are doing. These things are doorways to darkness, and it’s time for parents to be aware!
This slave girl had a demonic spirit…she could have come by it rather innocently, having cracked open one of these doorways to darkness.
This was a controlling spirit…
2. A Constant Sabotage [of the church]
This is where it gets interesting…
v. 17 This slave girl is following the Apostle Paul around [illustrate w/ volunteer playing Paul]. “these are the servants of the most high God!”
On the surface this doesn’t seem so bad…she’s telling the truth. But this was a dangerous and subtle attack. This was an attempt to infiltrate a “tare” among the wheat. Satan wanted to infiltrate this infant church just beginning in Europe at Philippi.
This was an attempt to get people to believe she was a part of their group, and that their power was from the same source. “We’re on the same side!”
And talk show hosts today interview people w/ supernatural powers, and they attribute them to God, but God is not the source.
Ill.—sept. 11, 2001/terrorists had infiltrated our country for years prior/living among us in subdivisions/involved in community/blending in/going to college/taking flying lessons…and when the time was right, they attacked. By the way, there’s thousands of “sleeper cells” today in America, and we shouldn’t be surprised when they awake!