People that hinder us: Elymas-1
Galatians 5: 7 “Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?”
In this piece we will yet consider another set of people that hinder us. These ones are called Elymas. We can see a typical operation of the Elymas’ in the life of Barnabas, Saul and John:
Acts 13:6 “And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus:”
Acts 13:7 “Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God.”
Acts 13:8 “But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.”
The strategy of Elymas is very similar to that of Jannes and Jambres in that they are both withstanding spirits. But their operation varies.
Jannes and Jambres operate with the “copycat spirit” by using enchantments and magic to replicate the miracles of God.
Elymas don’t replicate our visions and the miracles of God in our lives; they operate by going to the place of our breakthrough to discredit us before our destiny helpers. They operate by discrediting our personalities, assassinating our characters and “bad-mouthing” us.
Once they get wind of what we want to do and the person that want to help us, they move swiftly to poison the mind of the person against us
For example you go somewhere and they promised to give you a contract; you have probably completed the deal just for payments to be made, only for you to get back there as agreed but they told you they are no longer interested.
They end up giving you a flimsy and ridiculous excuse. It is not about them, a demonic spirit called “Elymas” had gone ahead of you.
That is why Paul said:
1Corinthians 16:9 “For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries”.
To be continued…
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