But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” Acts 16:18 NKJV
There are two things I’d like to point out from this verse. One Paul is human just like us and he knew who the authority was.
(1) Seeing Paul annoyed really comforts me, as I used to become annoyed a lot. But Paul, when annoyed, responded with Christ rather than criticism. That makes him a great example for us. Paul lived what he preached. He wrote “in your angry do not sin” (Ephesians 4:26). We see in today’s verse, Paul didn’t let his annoyance become sin. He chose the high way instead of the human way. He turned the matter over to Jesus. And Jesus took care of the problem.
(2) Paul knew in himself he had no power. Christ has all the power and authority. Jesus said to us “If you ask anything in My name, I will do it” (John 14:14). Paul took Jesus at His word and was able to do some extraordinary things.
We can too. In the moment when we are annoyed, angry, hurt, lonely, grieving or in any other unpleasant state of mind, we can choose to trust Jesus. We can pray, as Paul did, “I command you _____________ (fill in the blank with your emotion or negative thought) in the name of Jesus Christ to leave me this minute.” Watch and see how the Lord helps you in with that struggle. It worked for Paul. It works for me. It will work for you too.
Lord thank you for your word that brings us to your truth each time we read it. Thank you for your power and authority over all things, even our emotions. Help us to trust you in our weakness moments. For you are our strength. In Jesus’ name we pray Amen.
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