Chapter 16 of Acts tells of an interesting event that took place during one of the apostles’ many mission trips. In verses 16-19, Paul and his companions were going merrily on their way to prayer when a young girl interrupted them. The Bible reads: “A certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling. This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, ‘These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.'”
After doing this for many days, Paul was troubled by her words and tired of hearing them. He turned to the girl and in the name of Jesus the Christ commanded the evil spirit to come out of her. It did.
Here is something we can learn from this bizarre incident:
1. The possessed slave girl was not only in bondage to her human masters, but also in bondage to Satan. This slave girl was not herself because she was possessed by a spirit from the devil. Her human masters were using her unfortunate plight to gain money and other means of fame and wealth for themselves. They did not care for her because as soon as the spirit was cast out of her, they did not want to have anything to do with her.
Satan is the same way. Satan wants us on his side, not because he cares for us, but because he wants to use us. He has three main goals: to steal, to kill, and to destroy. Satan doesn’t give; He takes. He is a destructive force, constantly looking for ways to bind people in darkness.
Satan seeks to keep us from knowing the Truth. He wants us to remain in bondage – bondage to sin, addictions, self-hate, worry, fear, lies, and anger.
We were created to soar, but Satan is busy trying to clip our wings. We were made to rule as kings and queens and princes and princesses, but Satan is busy breaking our crowns. We were born to rule and reign, but Satan is busy trying to make us slaves.
He is always working against us. He loves us not.
On the other hand, Jesus the Christ, came that we might have life and that we might have it more abundantly. Jesus cares for us, and He loves us. He came to preach the gospel to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and to set at liberty those who are oppressed.
Jesus came to set us free from the bondage of sin.
Galatians 5:1 reads, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” Jesus the Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Wherever He is, there is freedom.
Just like the possessed slave girl was delivered from the bondage of Satan, God can deliver you and me from the bondage that hold us back today. And if the Son sets us free, we will be free indeed!
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