Paul & Silas vs Occult forces: Deliverance Ministry

The Occult means hidden. When there is a hidden agenda behind people’s actions and words this is occult actions. For God does not work with hidden agendas. He tells us exactly what his plans are. He makes Covenants . So we know exactly what is expected of us. He keeps his words and he expect us to do the same.  Have you been attacked by Occult forces. Who have lied, distorted, and hid their agendas . Instead of being open and saying that they have come to kill, steal, and destroy? 

This is how you overcome these occult forces. 

Learn what the Occult forces in this story of Paul and Silas aim was and how it possibly relates to our lives today. 

 

Acts 16 

16 One day as we were going down to the place of prayer, we met a demon-possessed slave girl. She was a fortune-teller who earned a lot of money for her masters. 17 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.”

18 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.

PAUL & SILAS vs OCCULT FORCES

In the 16th chapter of Acts. The Apostle Paul and his ministry partner Silas were heavy in the SPIRIT of GOD. Seeking his face. Doing his work. Focused on spreading the Good News of JESUS CHRIST.

When they were stalked by an Evil Spirit seemingly out of nowhere. This is a picture of events in many of our lives who have a call upon our lives. Who only wish to love and worship God. Who only want to see God ‘s Good News spread. Who only want to follow God.

Satan pops up out of nowhere to stop or buffet us. He comes to confuse and frustrate the will of God inside of us. If you are not careful they can knock you off your rocking chair. You were in a place of peace and safety. Feeling good about what you are doing in God. In life.

And then a spiritual attack comes from seemingly nowhere. It is very possible that this has happened to us before as children of CHRIST.

Never let it happen again. As the Apostle Peter has told us from his heart and his experience in

DON’T BE SURPRISED BY SATAN’S ATTACKS

1 PeterDear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. 13 Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world.

Job was caught off guard like this. He lost his 7 sons and three daughters in one swift wind in one day. On top of everything else Job had lost.

And many times when these things happen. People point the finger at us as if the bad things that happen to us was because we were not the greatest servants of God that their ever was.

But in fact these things only have come to try us and to build us up. Like Job God has looked upon us with favor. He has chosen us to suffer with him. He has chosen us to travail . He has chosen us to go into labour. The pain of carrying destiny.

SATAN IS A HIDEOUS SNAKE PLANNING HIS ATTACKS WHEN WE ARE VULNERABLE

Satan does not play fair. He is looking for any and every opportunity to cause havoc and pain in our lives. Satan and his children are genius in they know where to find their prey. This snake waited until the Bird had left the nest in order to attack it and steal their prize positions. Their offspring.

A vulnerable time.  Like a snake this women knew when to find an Attack Paul and Silas . She was attacking them as they were on their journey. Not when they were were prayed up and rested. But on the way . She was persistent. She was cunning. What is wrong with saying that they were men of the most high God and they come to tell you how to be saved?

The bird could come back home and see that it ‘s eggs were gone. See the Snake slithering along the ground days later and have no idea that it was the snake that ate it ‘s offspring. Unless it knew what to look for.

Paul did!!! God is training us up.

GOD BELIEVES IN US

Satan the fallen Angel without employment is looking throughout the Earth looking for a succulent target to attack. And God says I will allow you to attack Cedric. I believe in him. I believe that he will overcome you. I believe he will give me glory.

As people look upon your spiritual battles. Because they only see in the flesh and not the spirit. They do not understand what you are going through. But if even a great and good man like Job was thought to be in sin when he was only under spiritual attack. What good do we have when we are under spiritual assault from the occult forces arrayed against us.

That …. the hard truth is. God allowed these forces to attack us and to have a semblance of victory. They invaded Job. And the totally make his house a wreck….. Look Job you must be in sin. People are so busy looking for sin that they forget to come beside you and help you overcome your enemies.

ARE YOU GOING THROUGH TRIBULATION OR PUNISHEMENT?

Look at all that Job went through. I want us to see how our occult enemy works. Have you ever felt like… Man I can ‘t get a break.

Then you have some Religious person . Sometimes well meaning and sometimes with evil agendas. They say well if you paid your tithes this would not happen. Orrr if you followed the Lord than this would not happened. You must of done something wrong…

Sometimes we think ourselves. What have we done to deserve this? We accuse ourselves. Then God comes to us by the HOLY SPIRIT and says… My son . My daughter . This is only because you are human. This is only because you are my child. This is to make you. Not to break you. I am using you for my purpose.

As JESUS suffered. So shall you. For a servant is not above his master. You are my friends. This is the fellowship of my suffering and my son ‘s suffering. For as you suffer as I suffered. You shall also reign and I reign..

THE GREAT TRIALS OF THE RIGHTEOUS

My goodness. Look what Job went through. Job 1

There once was a man named Job who lived in the land of Uz. He was blameless—a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil. 2 He had seven sons and three daughters. 3 He owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, and 500 female donkeys. He also had many servants. He was, in fact, the richest person in that entire area.

4 Job’s sons would take turns preparing feasts in their homes, and they would also invite their three sisters to celebrate with them. 5 When these celebrations ended—sometimes after several days—Job would purify his children. He would get up early in the morning and offer a burnt offering for each of them. For Job said to himself, “Perhaps my children have sinned and have cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular practice.

Job 1

13 Now there was a day when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house; 14 and a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them, 15  when the Sabeans[a] raided them and took them away—indeed they have killed the servants with the edge of the sword; and I alone have escaped to tell you!”

16 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants, and consumed them; and I alone have escaped to tell you!”

17 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three bands, raided the camels and took them away, yes, and killed the servants with the edge of the sword; and I alone have escaped to tell you!”

18 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, 19 and suddenly a great wind came from across[b] the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people, and they are dead; and I alone have escaped to tell you!”

20 Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. 21 And he said:

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
And naked shall I return there.
The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away;
Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

22 In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.

UNGODLY VOICES ATTACK

People or spirits sent from hell will tell you that you have sinned against God. Or they could just be people who are misinformed, lazy, and unwilling to extend the benefit of the doubt and investigate spiritually. Unwittingly helping Satan to accomplish his task of breaking you. Speaking into your life that you are someone that you are not. As Job’s friends and wife did.

So you must be of a sober mind . We must have our witts about us. We must have Godly counsel around us. If anything that could be one of the things that Job lacked. Of all his wealth and his great family. He did not have some Godly counsel to help him. I have been there.

But the great thing is that GOD himself spoke to Job. He was Job’s counselor. Yes Job had bold questions and tough questions for God. And If I recall correctly God has to put Job in his place a few times. Ha ha ha.

But Job and God worked things out and Job understood fully what was going on. As hard as his trial was.

SATANS WILES 

Like the Apostle Paul Job was caught off guard by Evil Spirits wishing to derail him from God ‘s purpose. Trying to influence him and get him to do something wrong. We must use Job and the Apostle Paul as a lesson to us.

As I was writing I believe God took me to Peter ‘s warning and exhortation to not be surprised. That God is making us . When Satan attacks. God is making us. That is almost something we can make a tshirt out of. When Satan attacks….

Know that he will attack. He attack JESUS with Judas. Kind of came out of nowhere to everyone else even though CHRIST warned them of all that would come. Sometimes we do not listen. It totally through the Disciples off. They ran scared and denied JESUS . Tears…

So Peter knows about these trials that come to test us and to make us. When he says don ‘t be surprised my Dear friends. The Apostle Peter such a great man is calling us his Dear Friends. What an honor to sit at the table with the Apostle Peter.

Do not be surprised that Satan is trying to divide your church. Do not be surprised that Satan is trying to attack your children. Do not be surprised that Satan is trying to destroy your marriage.

KNOW YOUR PURPOSE

When these things happen out of no where we must be like the Apostle Paul & Job. Know your purpose. Know your place. Know that GOD is above all. He sees all. His Mercy is great. His plan is perfect. You are in his hands. He has not forsaken you. He is only making you.

Satan is trying to make it about you. When it is always about God. Know that in the things that we see on Earth. There is always something going on in the background. So think deeper than what we see.

WHAT IS GOING ON BEHIND THE SCENES?

You read about how Job lost all that he had. But when the enemy attacks us. And premature Death is apart of an attack. We must wonder. What is going behind the scenes. No your story is probaly not like Jobs. But yet and still God loves you. God has a purpose for you. God did not spare his only son. So we also have a cross to bear.

Know that behind the scenes. God is rooting for you. God has your back. God has a higher plan than we know or understand. And all things work for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose.

Take courage. Yes it is not easy. But gird up your loins about you. Take courages. Because God is with you.

Behind the scenes God is bragging on you. He telling the Angels and Satan that he has money on you if you will. Look what happened to Job that he had no idea of as all hell was breaking loose in his life. Know ye not that God is setting you up as well!!! It is not easy. Yes it is not. But take courage in that God has you.

Job 1

One day the members of the heavenly courta came to present themselves before the LORD, and the Accuser, Satan,b came with them. 7Where have you come from?” the LORD asked Satan.

Satan answered the LORD, “I have been patrolling the earth, watching everything that’s going on.”

8 Then the LORD asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil.”

9 Satan replied to the LORD, “Yes, but Job has good reason to fear God. 10 You have always put a wall of protection around him and his home and his property. You have made him prosper in everything he does. Look how rich he is! 11 But reach out and take away everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face!”

12 “All right, you may test him,” the LORD said to Satan. “Do whatever you want with everything he possesses, but don’t harm him physically.” So Satan left the LORD’s presence.

The Apostle Paul did not flinch in this attack from Satan out of nowhere. Notice that they were on their way to pray. They were on their way to seek the face of God. To find the will of God. To crucify their flesh. To lift up the heavy burdens. To overcome spiritual opposition. To grab hold to the heart of God.

And to invite God into their lives. To submit to God and his will. To allow the HOLY SPIRIT to confirm their call and to give directions.

RECOGNIZE THEN CAST OUT SATAN

Don ‘t let Satan push you off your call. Don ‘t let Satan push you off your intentions. Instead Cast him out!!!

Recognize the spiritual warfare that is being assailed against you. Realize that there is something amiss about this activity. Do not tolerate this activity by those who are sworn to stop your mission giving to you by JESUS CHRIST.

Recognize what the enemy is doing. Then take authority over that evil spirit that wishes to make you like it. A rebellious proud, enemy of God.

Turn around and cast it out!!!

The Apostle Paul knew that the God of heaven and Earth was with him. The Bible says that he got exasperated by the activities of this occult slave woman. So he Cast the demon out of her.

These demons will follow us with the intentions of pushing us off the place of worship. The place of pressing. The place of seeking God. Demons will do this through whispering in our ears and suggestions. Or like Job God may allow them to actually touch something that we own and injure it.

BUT. We must understand that we have the power and the authority to cast these demons out. At the right time God will lift the spirit of heaviness that was allowed to form over us.

And we have a great reward for enduring , standing , and overcoming in JESUS name!!!!

AUTHORITY TO CAST OUT DEMONS

You may say. I am not Pastor or no warrior in JESUS. How can I cast out Demons. Go to my next post ” The Power of the Resurrection: Christian Benefits” to see what benefits we have as Christians to Cast out Demons.

Paul got so upset at this Occult Slave Woman that he instead of longsuffering her spiritual attacks he decided to Cast her Demons out of her.

So what are you tolerating for so long? Even within other people around you. We have the power and the ability to cast those demons out of them!!!

JESUS said

Mark 16 These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages.

GREAT REWARD OF OVERCOMING THE OCCULT OPPOSITION

As a reward for overcoming Satan’s attack. Paul and Silas were thrown in jail. Lol. But while there they got the best prayer meeting that they could dream off. They started praising God in prayer and and singing.

God looked down from heaven and saw Job & JESUS no doubt. His servants that did not rebel but submitted themselves to the unseen plans of God in Jobs case. But both trusted God.

So God sent a great deliverance that not only freed Paul and Silas but it freed everyone in the jail!!!

Many people were saved as a result of their trials and tribulations for CHRIST. They ended up being assaulted and beaten severely says the scriptures. For casting out demons in that Occult Slave Girl.

But through their tribulation, trials, and suffering. God got much Glory. The church grew much!!!

So in your suffering. When Satan attacks you out of nowhere. Take courage. Recognize that God is working behind the scenes.

That God will glorify you in the end. And God will get the increase and the Glory for the actions of his bondservants.

Acts 16 

Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. 26 Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off! 27 The jailer woke up to see the prison doors wide open. He assumed the prisoners had escaped, so he drew his sword to kill himself. 28 But Paul shouted to him, “Stop! Don’t kill yourself! We are all here!”

29 The jailer called for lights and ran to the dungeon and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30  Then he brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

The Occult means hidden. When there is a hidden agenda behind people’s actions and words this is occult actions. For God does not work with hidden agendas. He tells us exactly what his plans are. He makes Covenants . So we know exactly what is expected of us. He keeps his words and he expect us to do the same.  Have you been attacked by Occult forces. Who have lied, distorted, and hid their agendas . Instead of being open and saying that they have come to kill, steal, and destroy?

Has this every happened to you in some way?

How did you overcome them? I admit it is not always easy and I have not always triumphed the way I think God would of have me too. But God believes in us. And he is setting us up for long term victory!!! May God bless, keep, and encourage you!!!

 

 

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