Acts 16:16-18 KJV “And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:  The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.  And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.”
Paul was a man filled with the Holy Spirit. This is why he became grieved in his spirit by the woman who followed Him and Silas with flattery. Paul knew the scripture that says:
Proverbs 29:5 KJV “A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.”🕸
Paul perceived it wasn’t just the woman speaking to him but an evil spirit posing to love the truth. In the name of Jesus Paul got rid of that spirit. Through this witch the spirit seemed to be praising Paul’s and Silas’ ministry? For many days she followed them yelling, “These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.” Sounds like someone who loves the truth, right? Wrong. She was just flattering Paul and Silas and spreading a net for their feet.🕸 Do you see how tricky demons and witches can be?😳
Just because someone praises you or appears to be on your side doesn’t mean they are. Often they are simply flattering you to get you to lower your guard. Again Proverbs 29:5 says, “A man [or woman] that FLATTERETH his neighbour SPREADETH A NET for his feet.” They are setting you up. It’s a trap!🕸
Just because someone gives you money or buys you nice things doesn’t mean they are your friend or even like you.
ALL FORETOLD BY GOD
Daniel 11:33-34 KJV “And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days.  Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall CLEAVE TO THEM WITH FLATTERIES.”
God foretold in the last days some of us would experience the same kinds of persecutions and treachery as Paul and Silas. While experiencing such persecutions we will receive a little help. But not all who help us will be sincere. “Many shall cleave to them [cling to us] with flatteries,” God said. They will have all kinds of ulterior motives for helping us.
Daniel 11:33-34 is talking about those who are busy in the work of instructing many about God through Jesus Christ. This is the same work Paul and Silas was involved in. It is no wonder then that they are attacked by the same evil spirit; “a spirit of divination,” or witchcraft. This is a very tricky spirit. He operates in many like the woman who followed Paul and Silas. He knows how to sound religious just like the soothsaying witch. We must be on guard.
THE GIFT-GIVING WITCH/WIZARD
I once knew a woman who turned out to be a witch that bought me 2 laptops. One was a MacBook Pro. She also bought me an iPad and an iPhone, all of this in the span of about a month. These Apple products were the latest and greatest fresh out of the Apple store. I thought she loved me. Hah hah hah, no friends, she knew what I liked. When someone buys you nice things it’s easy to think they like you or even love you, right?🤔 No my dear brothers and sisters this is so wrong. Oftentimes they are simply gaining a foothold over our soul through flattery. They are spreading nets for our feet.🕸
Proverbs 20:21 KJV “An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.”
How often does receiving nice gifts end in heartache, or worse? The above scripture applies to me as the relationship I had with that woman turned out disastrous! It costed me more financially than the gifts she gave me in the beginning. And more importantly it hurt me spiritually which could have caused my ruin.😳 It was all flattery; a trap. Just like the soothsayer that followed Paul and Silas she knew how to sound religious, like she loved the Lord. And was only laying a noose for my feet.🕸 Thank God for rescuing me from that relationship!😊 Now I know I was really battling an evil spirit; a he, not a she.😳
I will say it again: just because someone gives you money or buys you nice things doesn’t mean they are your friend or even like you. Some will go to those lengths to ensnare you. They will spare no expense. You are an obsession to them, a challenge. Ensnaring your soul is a game and they will stop at nothing to win! I know, sometimes it’s hard to believe people can be that evil. Saddening it is.😪
Whenever someone flatters you an alarm clock should go off in our heads because of what Proverbs 29:5 says about it; it’s a trap. But if we are greedy for gifts, money, and desire praise from men we are cooked. Be careful of those who flatter you with their lips and give expensive gifts, even money. Ask God for discernment to see who the people really are that you’ve let into your life or are thinking about drawing close to. It may very well be that a trap is being laid for our feet as we speak. And remember, GOD SAYS have nothing to do with flatterers! Obey Him and be safe.😊 He is the one who truly provides our needs. Trust Him. Don’t depend on man (or woman).
If you come to find you are in such a trap pray to God to get set free. Confess to Him any sin He reveals you may have committed that contributed to your being ensnared, and repent. God will forgive a contrite, sincere, repentant heart. (Psalm 51:17)😊
Proverbs 20:19 KJV “He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore MEDDLE NOT with him that flattereth with his lips.”
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