Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
This is the first post in a year-long journey that I actually started on 1 January. The verses above are from the Daily Audio Bible, Bible in a Year series. It feels appropriate to reflect on the passage above as I set out on a new journey of trusting fully in Him, holding nothing back.
And it is only thanks to the deliverance from a python spirit (a spirit of divination) that I experienced yesterday that I am finally able to give Him all. You can read all about that HERE in case you missed yesterday’s post.
Physical healing and a sense of general well-being and lightness followed the deliverance. But then it didn’t take long before the attacks started and I got a couple of really nasty comments on yesterday’s post that I chose not to publish in the end though I felt I had some good replies brewing. Instead, I prayed over it (and for the person posting) and His guidance is not to engage but to just keep trusting in Him and moving forward.
Leaning on my own understanding was something I started doing very early on in my life, out of hurt, rejection and abandonment. There was simply nothing else to lean on as a child, with an absent mother and an abusive father. Trust was non-existent, much less trust in the Lord, but this life-long battle ended yesterday.
The Seductive Python Spirit
I do believe the spirit of python finds it especially easy to enter those of us who struggle with trust. There is someone always willing to communicate, always willing to massage the ego. Never mind that the messages are often confusing and that they never lead to any growth or wisdom.
How different this spirit is to the Holy Spirit who always gives us clarity, promotes wisdom and grants us peace!
It was thanks to the Bible which is inspired by the Holy Spirit that I was convicted to finally allow deliverance from the python spirit. Had I not known about the account in Acts 16:16, I would have never even thought to try praying along in the deliverance prayer.
I believe the spirit of python kept me from truly being able to trust in and obey God. This is why I will never again use divinatory tools of any kind. I only wish to hear from the Holy Spirit.
Man Shall Not Live by Bread Alone
As I navigate my 21-day water fast (day 5), I am learning just how much wisdom and nourishment there is in the Bible. The Living Word is speaking to me on every page.
- Do I trust completely in God to guide me every step of the way?
- If not, why not?
- How would God have me make the best use of my time today?
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.