What will it take to say finally?
“She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed 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.”
For many days this fortune-teller kept up the shouting as she followed the team wherever they went. She was announcing who they were and what their message was. But she was hardly a John the Baptist heralding the teams coming. She was undermining their work and the gospel of Christ.
Then we have this wonderful word that many look forward to hearing every Sunday from the preacher.
Paul had been patient. He had kept his mouth shut for several days. But his annoyance grew until he couldn’t cope anymore. He had to turn around and change this situation once and for all and to also release this girl from her suffering of the evil spirit. He didn’t do any ritual ceremony which many in the crowd would have seen. He just dealt with the spirit firmly but totally. This is it. You are finished here. It is over. The girl was free.
Friends you may have put up with something for too long. You have shown grace upon grace. But the situation is becoming untenable. It is now affecting the work that God has given you to do. It has gone too far. The work of the enemy will not stop. You have to stop the work of the enemy in your life. You need to be annoyed enough to stop it. That is it. No more. Finally I turn around to deal with this enemy that is pursuing me. “Get out!”
I hope you can be annoyed enough to do it.