“Jezebel spirits also work hand in hand with spirits of divination (I also refer to it as a ‘Python’ spirit, which as a python snake does, ‘constricts’ or sucks the true life of Christ out of one) Acts 16.” Caleb Coy
BEWARE: Those who are flattering you today could be setting you up for something much more sinister tomorrow – spreading a net under your feet. This is what this woman in Acts 16 was attempting to do to Paul and his ministry crew. – “A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.” (Proverbs 29:5)
We must edify Christ’s body which is in contrast to flattery. Flattery has a self-serving purpose while edification comes from a Savior-serving disciple of Jesus who has God and his fellow brethren at heart first and foremost.
Think about how our fallen world is filled with various forms of witchcraft/divination. Divination or divining has to do with seeking out the future without consulting the One who holds the future. IS YOUR LIFE dependent upon the stars and how they line up instead of dependent upon the One who made you and those stars? IDOLATRY is everywhere in this fallen world. ASTROLOGY is divination where the person reading his/her HORRIBLE-SCOPE seeks to find out their future outside of the ONE who made those stars and holds their future in His holy hands. That’s why we are commanded to “walk by faith and not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7) God is Jealous over you (Exodus 20:3; 34:14). He loves you and will not be second place. He’s either first – or He’s not at all. If we are not with Him, we ARE against Him – that means we love the world and its sinful ways and are actually His enemies (Matthew 12:30; James 4:4).
“And he said, If now I have found grace in thy sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray thee, go among us; for it is a stiffnecked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for thine inheritance.
10 And he said, Behold, I make a covenant: before all thy people I will do marvels, such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation: and all the people among which thou art shall see the work of the LORD: for it is a terrible thing that I will do with thee.
11 Observe thou that which I command thee this day: behold, I drive out before thee the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite.
12 Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee:
13 But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves:
14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:
15 Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice;
16 And thou take of their daughters unto thy sons, and their daughters go a whoring after their gods, and make thy sons go a whoring after their gods.
17 Thou shalt make thee no molten gods.”
—- SATAN teaches his vessels as they go on under his evil control and manipulation. He is the most subtle or insidious of creates as we see from the onset of his tempting of mankind in the Garden. Genesis 3:1 reveals: “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” … The enemy’s agents enter by flattery, seeking to infiltrate such as the lady in Acts 16 who flattered Paul yet he discerned that devil and cast it out amen Jesus! Here’s a good example of such and how the apostle discerned and dealt with: “And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither. 14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. 15 And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.” Acts 16:13-15
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