There are curses, spells, and witchcraft. Have you been cursed? A curse causes bad things to happen. Are you unequally yoked? What kind of people are you hanging out with? Does anyone wish the worse for you? What's being spoken over your life? To know if you have been cursed means spiritual discernment is going to be a must for you. No Biblical insight will open the door to danger. Don’t get ensnared because of ignorance.
Remember the damsel that followed Apostle Paul and Silas? Naturally speaking it appeared this was a lovely young lady that was enjoying the gospel services. She followed the ministry for several days declaring, "These men are servants of the most high God which show you the way of salvation." Sounds great right? But something wasn't sitting with right with Apostle Paul's spirit. After a few days, the apostle turned around and said come out of her! The result was a him came out of a her. (Transgender anyone?)
Scripture declares, "And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation. And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour" (Acts 16:16-18).
Notice this was a spirit of divination. The Greek calls it a pneuma of python or python spirit. This was a fortune telling spirit. We would call it a demonic prophetic spirit. Demons love prophetic people and prophetic groups. This slave girl brought her masters lots of money but after her deliverance the ability to prophesy stopped. This stirred up her owner's and they brought Paul and Silas to the city rulers and magistrates looking to fine or jail them.
Spirits like this python spirit must be spiritually discerned. Spiritual discernment is not soulish suspicion. Left undetected this spirit of divination would have caused all kinds of problems for this apostolic team. Scripture says, "Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil"(Ephesians 6:11). Wiles are chicaneries, tricks, or strategies of deception. These stratagems are used to get you out of the will of God. Jesus said the thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10).
You will find that most demonic spirits use flattery and mystical ambiguous words to build your confidence in them. If you fall prey to their demonic lure, you will suffer much grief. I have seen good people allowing others around them that operated in prophetic divination. In the beginning, things seemed great, but little by little the python spirit began suffocating them and finally releasing full-blown word curses and witchcraft control.
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