Follow John Lindell
In this message, Pastor John Lindell walks us through Acts 16 where Paul encounters two women who were saved, water baptized, AND delivered from evil spirits. As you listen to this message, our prayer is that you would be encouraged to use the steps Pastor John lists to confidently bring spiritual deliverance in the lives of people around you!
Scripture ReferenceActs 16:11-19
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1. A woman saved
From Troas we put out to sea and sailed straight for Samothrace, and the next day on to Neapolis. From there we traveled to Philippi, a Roman colony and the leading city of that district of Macedonia. And we stayed there several days
Acts 16:13, (NIV)
On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer.
Acts 16:13-14, (NIV)
On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there. One of those listening was a woman named Lydia a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message.
Acts 16:15, (NIV)
When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home.
Acts 16:33, (NIV)
At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized.
Acts 16:15, (NIV)
When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. “If you consider me a believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my house.” And she persuaded us.
2. A girl delivered
Mark 9:25, (ESV)
He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again."
On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all.
Acts 16:16, (NIV)
Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling.
Greek: pneuma pythona//python spirit
One commentator translates it: “a spirit, namely, a Python”
Acts 16:17-18, (NIV)
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." She kept this up for many days.
Acts 16:18, (NIV)
She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so troubled 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.
Acts 16:19, (NIV)
When the owners of the slave girl realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities.
Mark 3:14-15, (NIV)
He appointed twelve — designating them apostles - that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons.
Matthew 10:7-8, (NIV)
As you go, preach this message: 'The kingdom of heaven is near.' Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.
Mark 16:17, (NIV)
And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons;
1st Remember the individual who is demonized is a person
2nd Take authority over the demonic spirit
Luke 10:17, (NIV)
The seventy-two returned with joy and said, "Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name."
- Loss of control of their movements or sudden movements
- Disfigured face
- Humiliating behavior
- Self harm
- Eyes change
- Hostile or glassy look
- Difficulty opening the eyes/or eyes roll back
- Pain in the chest or other parts of the body (moving pain)
- Nervous or sarcastic laughter
- Supernatural strength
- Profane speech
3rd Find out if the person wants deliverance
Luke 11:24-25, (NIV)
"When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, 'I will return to the house I left.' When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. 26 Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first."
4th Lead the person to Christ
5th Discover areas of sin that are present that have led to bondage
- Rejection and resentment
- Occult practices
- Consecration to the dead
- Illicit sexual relationships/activity
- Substance abuse
6th Renounce the causes of demonic activity
7th Cast the evil spirit out
8th Invite the Holy Spirit to fill all the places that were formerly occupied by the evil spirit
Luke 11:24-26, (NIV)
"When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, 'I will return to the house I left.' When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first."
1. The supernatural world is real
2. We don’t have to be afraid of demons
1 John 4:4, (NIV)
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them [evil spirits], because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.