Guest Writer: Rev. Myra Waiters
Paul though compelled by the Holy Spirit, met with resistance from the Jews. They both opposed him and blasphemed the message of the gospel. Paul walked away from the situation saying “your blood be upon your own heads” (Vs. 6; Ezekiel 3:18). However, the Lord appears in a vision to Paul telling him to stay there without fear of harm for the many believers that were in the city. Resistance to the gospel is a sign of demonic influence, and should not be met with fear. In Paul’s submission to the word of his Lord, he was able to resist the devil and his intent to hinder the gospel from being preached (James 4:7). The result was that Crispus and his household along with “many Corinthians believed and were baptized” (Vs. 8). Resistance sprang up again when Gallio the proconsul rose up against Paul for preaching Jesus, but he too met defeat being driven out and beaten by the Greeks (Vs. 17). At each point of resistance one can see that obedience and submission to GOD are in themselves spiritual weapons. A mighty spiritual weapon is forged when we commit ourselves to do what the Lord has compelled us to do.
Acts 19: 12 “So that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them.”
Tangible items such as handkerchiefs or aprons from the body of Paul were used to heal and set free from evil spirits. These clothes in themselves had no power, but when joined with the anointed power that emanated from the body of Paul they become spiritual weapons. Though there may be some people who may not believe, or who exploit this phenomena, if it happened then, it can and does happen today. GOD can take anything in His creation and make it a tool against the Devil, why not aprons? After all it was the bones of Elisha that brought a dead man back to life (2 Kings 13:21). A group of exorcists named the seven Sceva brothers were beaten naked as they tried to cast out an evil spirit using the name of “Jesus that Paul preaches” (Vs. 13) leaving them naked and wounded and fleeing (Vs. 16).
Whether its power to live a holy life, deal with the personal attacks of the enemy, casting out demons or any other spiritual warfare on a whole plethora degrees and levels, the believer must know they have authority in the name of Jesus to cast down every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Cor. 10:5)
And my speech and my preaching were not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. (1 Cor. 2:4-5)
Myra Waiters experienced Jesus Christ in salvation in the power of the born-again experience as a young adult. She is an ordained pastor serving the People of the Way Fellowship in Pasadena, CA where she preaches and teaches the gospel of Jesus Christ in boldness, making disciples of all nations. (Matt. 28:19)Myra is an accredited Biblical Counselor through Living Waters Bible Academy, Pasadena CA. She has earned a Baccalaureate-certificate and Associate’s Degree will graduate cum laude on Dec. 9, 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Christian Ministry from the King’s University, Austin TX. She has spoken at various churches; including the Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship International (FGBFI) and the AGLOW Lighthouse meetings throughout Southern California. Myra has taught the Word of God over radio station KTYM Los Angeles; Cable Television station PCN 32 Pasadena, CA and is currently on “BlogTalkRadio” over the internet. She is married to Cleafus Waiters they reside in Pasadena CA Where together they have a combined family of eleven adult children and a host of grands and great grands.