“In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her. Acts 16:18 (Acts 16:16-18)
Not long after tha Four ran in ter Lydia, they met ah slave girl who had ah spirit by which she predicted tha future. Such folks often spake words with thar mouth shut, lips touching. These days we might call such folks ventriloquists. Back then when they spake, they muttered words and whispered things rising from ah devilish spirit. Why even Isaiah tha prophet warned: “When someone tells you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God?” (Isaiah 8:19 NIV)
This lass be ah priestesses of tha Pythia — tha Oracle of Delphi — tha high priestess who held court at Pytho and served at tha Temple of Apollo at Delphi. Such lasses whar refered ter as Pythoness, since such folks worshiped tha god Apollo who slew ah python. Only her true power fer seeing in ter tha future doth not come from some small Greek god, but from tha very pit of hell itself: tha Devil. This girl be possessed by ah demon and Saul Paul seen that right off.
Exasperated by her shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God! They are telling you the way to be saved!”, Saul Paul wheeled and said ter tha unclean spirit: “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!”
Note that Saul Paul doth not speak ter tha lass directly, fer she be possessed and not in control of her own self. No, tha demon spirit had hold of her. Tha demon spirit whar muttering truths about tha pair, tha Son, and Skipper, only its whisperings and mutterings whar not fer Skip and tha Son’s glory, but fer humiliation, ridicule, mockery. Tha same sort of thing happened ter tha Son as well:
He (tha unclean spirit) shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? (Mark 5:7)”
Ah good many folks teach on tha Son and Skipper. Ah good many folks preach on tha Son and Skipper. Question be, doth they seek ter honor tha Son and Skipper, or mock, raise doubts about, question tha Son and Skip’s authority, and ridicule ’em who believe tha words of tha Son and Skip?
Saul Paul recognized tha unclean spirit. Kin we?
Jest ’cause ah feller or lass spouts truths ’bout tha Son and Skipper doth not mean they ‘ave Skip’s Holy Ghost of Truth in ’em. Be like Saul Paul: test tha spirits. See if ah spirit speaks words ’bout tha Son and Skip in holy reverence and fear or with scoffing and mocking.
Tha end of tha matter be this: soon as Saul Paul commanded tha spirit ter come out of tha lass, tha demon spirit departed. Ne’re toy with such vile spirits. Ter do so, be like toying with ah python. Spend enough time playing with snakes and one day ya ‘ill find yerself on tha inside of ah snake looking out its mouth.