[CF Devotionals] 2011-10-10 - What Would a Girl Say?

Acts 16:16-19

This girl followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, "These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved." (Acts 16:17)

Why did this evil force pick me? Why couldn't it bother that pile of dirt over there? It was beyond anything I have ever experienced. I no longer had charge over my mouth. Something else took over. I felt so hopeless. It was not me speaking; the things that came out of my mouth were astonishing. Where did the words come from? Why is this happening to me? Am I destined to live in this turmoil the rest of my life? Is there someone who can help me?

My boss liked the shape I was in, for he could make money off my present circumstance. He just saw me as a source of profit instead of a human being. One day my legs and feet began following two men, Paul and Silas. I began talking about them as God's servants who tell the way to salvation. This went on for several days. I wanted to tell my mouth, legs, and feet to stop but they no longer listened to me. Their orders came from a more powerful source. I hated to be so weak. Paul didn't want people turning to me as a valid source of wisdom so Paul commanded the force in the name of Jesus to come out of me. It left! I am back to my self again.

My boss wasn't too happy when he saw my gift of fortune telling vanished, so Paul and Silas were seized and dragged to the authorities. The sad part of my recovery is that Paul was sent to jail for his actions. My boss should feel ashamed, but I don't think he has any feelings. I am grateful to Paul. The words I chose to speak now are mine. I walk wherever I want. I never want to live that way again.


Lord, I know You hold me tightly. I pray I will let go of the dilemmas that bind me, so I can finally find relief. You are the one I want tell everything to. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

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