Don’t give the Devil a Chance
Acts of the Apostles 16:16-18
One day as we were going down to the place of prayer, we met a slave girl who had a spirit that enabled her to tell the future. She earned a lot of money for her masters by telling fortunes.
She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, and they have come to tell you how to be saved.”
This went on day after day until Paul got so exasperated that he turned and said to the demon within her, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And instantly it left her.
Believers need to take this very seriously. Until you understand the devils persona, you may not see any reason to actively be against the devil, rebuke him and not give him a chance in your affairs. Let’s see what the word says about Satan:
1 Peter 5:8 – Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour
Wow, the devil is actively looking for someone to devour, it means he’s always on the offensive, and at any opportunity he gets, he’ll hurt someone, and from history you know that the devil doesn’t exactly see humans as his best pals, talk more Christians, who’s God made an open show of him on the cross:
Colossians 2:15 – In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross
So at any opportunity he gets, he’ll harm you, you should never give him a chance. Thank God we have authority over the devil, our Jesus has disarmed him, so we are at an over advantage, because we now have God living inside us as well, but if we don’t exercise this authority, it’ll be as though we have non of it.
In our key scripture, there was a demon possessed girl who followed Paul around for some days shouting, and probably mocking Paul and his team, the demon kept on doing what it wanted to do through the girl until Apostle Paul decided to cast it out. If he hadn’t, the girl would have kept on shouting and mocking through the demons influence. The period of time the demon operated, was the period of time Apostle Paul kept silent about the demons activities. That’s an awesome point to note. We should not give the devil a chance to operate…the moment you sense his activities, cast him out. He’s brutal and actively looking for what or who to destroy, so don’t give him a chance, cast him out…use your authority in Christ and walk in victory. Christ already said it, that it’s a sign for those who believe in Him, that they will cast out devils, so what are you waiting for, in faith, actively rebuke the devil and his activities in your life and environment.
Lord we come against the activities of Satan and demons in our lives, we walk in God’s power and strength, amen.
Author – Gem