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She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her.
Paul and Silas had traveled to Philippi and were experiencing great success in preaching the gospel there. All the while, a young woman who was demon-possessed and could tell the future followed them for days crying out that Paul and Silas were men of God and that people should listen to them. As this passage says, Paul finally got so frustrated he turned on the woman and commanded the spirit to come out of her in Jesus’ name. Immediately, her chains of spiritual bondage were broken because the spirit left her.
When the woman was finally free of her chains of bondage, it meant that she could no longer help her bosses, who used her demonic talents to make money. Their livelihood was compromised by these two preachers, who they saw as problem makers for them. Soon Paul and Silas were thrown into prison because of these men’s complaints. That’s another story. The dilemma that we Followers of Jesus often encounter is the gift we have to help people know Jesus and see personal chains broken in their life. At the same time, this can cause problems for those who know and work with those whose chains have been broken. For that reason, sometimes, as believers, we will be “Chain Breakers And Problem Makers” all at the same time.
This AM, I’m reminded that sometimes I’m a blessing to those who want freedom in you, and other times I’m a real problem for those who don’t want the life of freedom you offer. Help me to be encouraged even when I’m a problem to some. Amen