“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” (Act 16:18).
You can’t rely on your physical senses to discern the things of the spirit. No matter how intelligent you are, you are bound to make several mistakes if you do so.
Any rational person who was with Paul and Silas in Acts 16 would see no reason to think that the lady in question had a demon spirit. Let’s take a look at it again: “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” (Acts 16:16,17).
She said the right thing. They were indeed servants of God sent the shew the way of salvation. But the spirit was wrong. If some people experienced such a thing today, they would invite the lady to pray for them! Many times, people end relationships they should continue and discontinue relationships they should end because they aren’t discerning. The Holy Ghost is on your inside, you don’t operate by guess work. You have the able to test all spirits and understand the will of God for every situation.
You can grow in spiritual discernment. Say to yourself time and time again: ‘My eyes see, my ears hear in the Holy Ghost.’ No demonic activity should go on around you without your notice. When Jesus entered a place, demons screamed and left the people whom they possessed. The Holy Ghost lives in you. You cast out demons in the name of Jesus. Supernatural discernment is your lot as a believer.