The Power of Sin and Money
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Lesson: Whenever you have a spiritual victory, get ready for Satan to provide
Question: How important is money to you? Is it worthy sinning to get it?
Three Main Points:
I. The Power Of Human Sin. – - v.16,17
A. A slave girl possessed a spirit of divination. – L- v.16
“Spirit of Divination” literally means a spirit, a Python.
Q: Why would someone trust fortune tellers?
A: Because they wouldn’t trust God.
I Samuel 15:23
“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the Word of the Lord…”
I Chronicles 10:13
“So, Saul died for his unfaithfulness which he committed against the Lord…because he consulted a medium for guidance.”
“Medium” someone who talks, he thinks, to the dead.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God that passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ.”
B. There were men who possessed the spirit of greed. - L- v.16
I John 4:4b
“…because greater is He Who is in you than he who is in the world.”
C. The slave girl had an evil spirit of deception. – L- v.17
1) Her testimony had truth in it. – L- Mark 5:5-7
2) It’s God’s Spirit who proclaims all truth.
“So, the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth and his angels were cast out with him.”
II. The Power Of Jesus’ Name. – L- v.18
A. The false witness’ statements lasted many days.
B. Paul was deeply grieved. – L- v.18
“Annoyed” here means grieved.
C. Paul calls on Jesus to heal her. – L- v.18
Lesson: Jesus Christ’s power can change anyone.
III. The Power Of Money And Greed. -L- v.19-24
A. The business of the masters was gone. – L- v.19; L- John 16:33
B. Money and greed caused false charges. – L- v.20-22
1) Paul and Silas were dragged to authorities. – L- v.20
2) The masters claimed Paul and Silas caused trouble. – L- v.20
3) The masters said Paul and Silas taught unlawful customs. – L- v.21
C. Money and greed caused corruption. – L- v.22,23
D. Money and greed caused evil treatment. - L- v.23,24
Conclusion: Four Points of Interest:
1. Satan and his demons know Jesus Christ. – L- v.17
2. Evil people love money more than people. - L- v.19
3. Don’t expect the government to protect Christians. – L- v.22
4. There are times we get punished for doing the right thing. – L- v.23
Fact: If we would hold onto Jesus Christ first, we will have all we need.
Jesus said, “But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you.”
“Now to Him Who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.”