TODAY’S MEDITATION – Truth and evil do not mix! (Acts 16:16-18)

Here we are focusing on the behaviour of the Philippian entrepreneurs who became furious when a fortune-telling girl was delivered by Apostle Paul. My brother, my sister, when you care more about your own economic well-being, than the glory of God and the salvation of lost souls, it is a clear sign of idolatry, greed and worldliness. Quite often, we think that those who are displaying worldly attitudes are the most to be far from the Lord in their hearts. It’s simple: Jesus said, “By their fruit you will recognize them” (Matthew 7:16).

You see, what the slave girl said about Paul was true, although the source of her knowledge was a demon. My friend, it is not because someone seems to tell you the truth that they are talking on behalf of the Lord! If you have no discernment, you could swallow their words. Yes, a demon announced the truth about Paul, and you know why? Because the demon knew who Paul: “One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” (Acts 19:15). Yes, even demons know who true servants of God are! We should, therefore, ask ourselves why was Paul annoyed by what the girl said. The answer is simple: Truth and evil do not mix! Apostle Paul could not accept the demon’s words, as that would have appeared to be linking the Good News with demon-related activities.

My friend, the Bible says expose evil deeds. Never compromise with them! Many believers are so much concerned about their well-being, what people would say or think about them than they care about God’s glory. That is why the Philippian entrepreneurs were so furious with Paul because the deliverance of their slave girls meant a loss for them. My friend, anyone who speaks on behalf of God, before you believe or accept what they say, check their fruit first! Being a Christian, a servant and a disciple is not about being gifted with spiritual gifts. It is a lifestyle that must produce spiritual fruit before anything else. Stay blessed in Jesus’ name.