Put On The Whole Armor Of God
17 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.
18 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.”
Paul and Silas were in a certain city preaching. A lady followed Paul and Silas to their church meetings for several days. When Paul and Silas were preaching, this woman would say flattering things, and made it seem as though she was part of the crowd.
Paul and Silas recognized the spirit that was in this woman. Here’s the moral of the story: Everyone that’s in church, shouting and jumping around are not saved, let alone filled with the Holy Spirit. Not everyone that says Godly things are Godly. I would even go as far as to say that everyone that’s in the pulpit isn’t saved as well.
God has given His children the gift of discernment. We (His elect) need to become very familiar with this (and all of) gift. We can utilize the gift of discernment by knowing God’s Word (2 Timothy 2:15).
In these last days, we are experiencing more and more evil in this world. We can’t pass this off as just “coincidental”. We must know that we have an enemy (the devil), and that enemy wants to steal, and to kill, and to destroy (John 10:10) us (God’s children).
As time goes on, the persecution of the church will become more frequent. We have to become more in tune with our Lord and Savior. We have to be able to discern truth and lies. We need to know that Christ is the ultimate Truth (John 14:6)
Christians, wake up and see what we’re up against. We are in a spiritual battle, and we can’t fight this enemy with our might. We have to put on the whole armor of God.