FRIDAY, APRIL 8
And this she kept doing for many days. Paul, having become greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.”
And it came out that very hour.
Acts 16:18 (ESV)
THE MIRACLE OF THE SLAVE GIRL: THE SOLUTION – JESUS
A truck driver thought that he’d take a short-cut. But the signposts were right. His truck was slightly higher than the bridge clearance above the road. With traffic stopped, engineers were called to work out how to remove the jammed truck and minimize further damage to the bridge. A little girl in the traffic jam wound down her window and simply said, “Try letting the air out of the tires.”
Sellers reminded us the problem with the slave girl in Acts 16 was sin and the solution was faith in Jesus. This has to be one of the more ironic passages in all of the Bible, for a woman enslaved to demonic forces is actually crying out that Paul and those with him were proclaiming the way of salvation! The Apostle Paul was wearied out with this continual interruption, but probably, from compassion for the girl’s state, and to show the dominion which his Lord exercised over all the powers of darkness, he commanded the spirit, in the name of Jesus Christ, to depart from her.
One of the verses Sellers shared was Romans 10:14, “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” Have you shared Jesus with the people in your life who are still struggling with the problem and the power of sin?
Praise God for the power of the Gospel to defeat sin and change lives. Ask God to lead you to someone who needs to hear the power in the name of Jesus.