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Consider the Source (6 of 7)
Series: Extra Ordinary
Acts 16:16-31, I John 4:1-3
Background: Paul has a vision of a man from Macedonia calling him to come and help them. Paul now goes to Macedonia and goes to the city of Philippi. He meets a lady named Lydia who hears the Gospel and believes and gets baptized.
I. Paul Was Going To Prayer
A. We cannot overlook this simple fact of Prayer
1. Prayer is not something we must do, it is something we get to do.
2. Prayer is not a religious exercise but a call to relationship.
3. Prayer connects us to our Father who wants to communicate to us.
Key Pt: The Bible says that we should pray without ceasing. It is being in a state of communication with God.
Show me a person of prayer and I will show you a powerful person.
The Presence of prayer is the presence of power the absence of prayer is the absence of power.
II. Paul Meets A Person v. 16
A. Met by a Girl.
1. She is described as demon possessed.
2. She has a spirit of divination.
3. She is a fortune teller, a medium, a predictor of the future.
Key Pt: She literally has a Python Spirit. This spirit was the symbol to the famous Delphi Oracle and represented the God of Apollo who could predict the future.
Roman Generals and Emperors would not go to battle without first consulting an Oracle to see what the outcome would be.
B. She made her a lot of Money for Her Masters
1. The spirit was using the girl and she was being used by the men.
2. They were using her to make money for themselves.
C. She gave a message
1. She followed Paul around shouting these men are servants of the Most High God and they have come to tell you how to be saved.
2. The message was true but the source was not from God.
D. Paul got tired of this Spirit.
1. He commands the spirit to come out.
2. The spirit instantly comes out and the masters hopes of wealth are gone.
III. Consider The Source. I John 4:1-3
A. You Must Test T ...
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