Chatty Demons

Why did the unclean spirit in the fortune teller Luke mentioned in Acts 16:16-24 keep making so much noise that seemed to endorse the work being done by Paul and Silas?

It is interesting to me also that when the Holy Spirit drove Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted by satan that one of satan’s talks with Jesus (Luke 4:9-11) included quoting Psalm 91:11-12 . The next verse of Psalm 91 says “you will trample the serpent.” The devil came close to the truth so that his deception would look true by association.

Many enemies will try to get close to us so that they have access to us. Then, their deceptions or witchcraft or the humans they influence or control can be used with greater effects or power against us. An unclean spirit speaking good or evil about us in another country doesn’t change much in our area. A deceiving spirit that speaks truth until trust is gained by listeners can then lead them astray.

The demonized girl saw them on their way to prayer one day and started following them and shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation.” She did it for many days. Then one day, Paul got tired of it and cast the demon out of her.

Paul’s God used the power encounter to display His strength over the Oracle of Delphi – the “python spirit” that was giving the girl the power to tell something of people’s futures. It was a regional Power, like the ones Paul mentioned in Ephesians 6:12. Yahweh overpowered it and freed its slave, and embarrassed the local human government authorities in the process.