TOPIC: THE DEVIL’S DECEIT
OPENING PRAYER: Let me know more of you today dear Lord as I meditate on your word.
SCRIPTURE: Acts 16:16-24
Question(s) for Reflection
• Is there any command for me to obey?
Scripture Union SU Daily Guide 7th November 2021 Today’s Guide
Notice the power behind this slave girl and what their master turned her to (v. 16). The testimony of the slave girl about Paul and Silas’ ministry is true (v.17). Why then does Paul react the way he did (v.18)? See Mark 5:1-8 for a similar experience of Jesus. Like His Lord, Paul firmly rejects such testimony. Accepting it would have been approving or endorsing the spirit of divination working in her. God is totally against any form of demonic operation (Deuteronomy 18:11-12)
The fact that these evil practices (tarot card, horoscope, palm reading, etc) could sometimes correctly predict the future is no reason to succumb to the practice. Many so-called prophets use these evil means to predict the future. We must avoid any link with them. See Matthew 7:15-20. Notice the reaction of the slave girl’s owners (vs.19-21). The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. The girl was for them, a money-making machine.
How many lives, especially of young people, have been ruined by the business world – cocaine sellers, promoters of prostitution, gambling houses, etc? Even though the missionaries are in Macedonia in response to a special revelation, they still faced opposition, hostility and imprisonment. Are you encountering some difficulties even when you are doing the Lord’s will? The experience of Paul and others should encourage you to remain firm.
Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
Offer a prayer of faith in line with
• Ezra 1-2; 2 Tim. 1
Scripture Union Daily Guide 7 November 2021. Scripture Union is an international, interdenominational, evangelical Christian organization. It was founded in 1867, and works in partnership with individuals and churches across the world. The organization’s stated aim is to use the Bible to inspire children, young people and adults to know God.