Acts 16 recounts an interesting story about a particular type of demonic spirit we encounter from time to time. In the text, it is called a spirit of divination. If you look at the Greek word for “divination” it is “puthon” or python in English. It is a serpent from Greek mythology. In the realm of the spirit, it’s a dirty, big snake that attacks by squeezing the breath out of you. This breath is the wind of the Spirit. The breath of life God breathed into all humanity. It is our lifeline.
This is an anti-anointing spirit and it attacks particularly when you are pursuing the call of God on your life. I have had a number of encounters in the spirit realm with this snake. It is quite a large one, HOWEVER, no demon can stand against the Name of Jesus! Here are some keys from the text for combating the python spirit.
Divination can be accurate
First, understand the devil knows your details too. Do not be mystified by prophetic words and words of knowledge from a “minister” who does not display Godly character and fruits of the Spirit. NEVER pay for a prophetic word. Never divine a prophetic word. I will only give you a word from the Holy Spirit and not necessarily what you want to hear. Asking for directional words from prophets and prophetic people you do not know without speaking to God first could be seen as divination so please be wary of this. Do not use the prophet/prophetic person as a medium. It invites this spirit to attack you.
“As we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling. She followed Paul and us, crying out, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation.”
Acts 16:16-17 ESV
Second, when you confront python and break its power in the Name of Jesus you may experience some backlash particularly in the form of slander. The key here is to praise your way through it. Does someone speak evil of you? Praise God! This is what Paul and Silas did when they were thrown into prison unjustly.
“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s bonds were unfastened.”
Acts 16:25-26 ESV
Ask God for vindication
Finally, ask God to vindicate you. He does a much better job of it than we do. Paul and Silas were eventually vindicated but it is the Lord who did it. Remember to “count it all joy” in the trial.
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.”
James 1:2-3 NKJV
These are the keys to a breakthrough with this spirit. If you would like more teaching concerning the spirit of python, drop me a comment. I would also like to hear your own experiences as well… 👇🏼