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Q&A: Should I Be Afraid of Demons?

Question:

Should I be afraid of demons?

Answer:

Cautious? Yes! Afraid? Absolutely not!

Demons, like Satan, were originally angels created by God. Imagine it like this: God is the King of the whole universe. Every created thing is under His authority–angels, humans, animals, plants, oceans, clouds, everything.

God is the ultimate authority, but sometimes we rebel against authority and become disobedient. Well, that’s what happened with Satan and the angels who followed him–they became full of pride and decided that they wanted to be gods also. But there is only one God.

These rebellious angels would not repent and acknowledge that God is the one and only, so God kicked them out of heaven. Isaiah 14:13-14 lists the five things Satan said he was going to do that got him expelled from heaven; they are called the “five I wills.” Ezekiel 28:17 says:

Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty;
You corrupted your wisdom by reason of your splendor.
I cast you to the ground;
I put you before kings,
That they may see you.

The Bible only says to have fear of one being, and that’s God. The fear of the Lord is a trembling awe and respect of the great power and perfect justice of God. Romans 8:31 says:

If God is for us, who can be against us?

Now we know that Satan and his demons were once angels created by God. But only God is all-knowing, all-powerful and ever-present. Neither Satan nor any of his demons possess these same qualities as God and God is against them–they are His enemies and ours.

We have on our side the Alpha and Omega, so we have no reason to fear demons. God has already written Satan’s future–you can read about it in Isaiah 14–and he will be made weak and “thrust down to Sheol, to the recesses of the pit,” among other things. Ezekiel 28:19 says, “All who know you among the peoples are appalled at you; You have become terrified and you will cease to be forever.”

Now, we have no reason to fear demons if we belong to God, but Satan and his demons are intelligent, liars, tempters, false teachers and they promote negative emotions (bitterness, depression, anger, jealousy, division and so on), so we do need to be cautious of them. Just because God has written what their eternity will be doesn’t mean that we should mess around with demons, because they can still hinder God’s work in our lives and cause us to stumble.

The clever deception and false teachings of Satan and his minions are the reason it’s so important for us to really study our Bibles and pray continually for God’s will and wisdom in our lives. Demons know who our God is. When we speak with the power and authority of Jesus Christ who lives in us, demons must obey. We’re children of the Most High God and we have nothing to fear.

What do you think, should Christians fear demons?

You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4).

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15 Comments

  1. cantcatchme27

    Posted by cantcatchme27 on October 20, 2012 at 11:40

    well, i thought that christians were supposed to kinda fear deamons, because of all the horrible things they can do to us.

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by PinkiePie on October 13, 2012 at 06:46

    I’m still scared of going outside at night, because I know something could get me!

  3. soccersk8r14

    Posted by soccersk8r14 on September 19, 2012 at 19:59

    This was really good thank you!:)

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by Dancer619 on September 18, 2012 at 18:02

    Journalistlove I totally agree! I know I shouldn’t be but I’ve always been afraid of the end of the world.

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by Lovely Niji on September 16, 2012 at 20:32

    When I saw this the tweet leading to this article, I was about to say, “YES!” but then I saw the hash tag #God and I thought, “Well, no,” and clicked the link. I totally agree. Many times they scare me and makes me totally cautious of what I watch, read, and listen to (though I need help with music). This made me think of my sisters who constantly get upset when I tell them that a tv show or movie that they want to see isn’t something that anyone should watch (for example, the tv show Gravity Falls and the movie Teen Spirit). Although I know that there is much room for improvement within myself, I feel that I am doing well to detach myself from many of the ways of others such as drinking and partying because I feel that things such as those are Satan’s chance at control. After all there is a quote that says, “Give Satan an inch and he’ll become a ruler.”

  6. Paris

    Posted by Paris on September 15, 2012 at 22:29

    God has not given us a spirit of fear!

  7. faulty-but-real

    Posted by faulty-but-real on September 14, 2012 at 15:22

    but,i am TERRIFIED of them!!!! i have been sence they have invaded my dreams/room!!!!

  8. Project Inspired

    Posted by Journalistlove on September 13, 2012 at 21:28

    I know this is completely off subject but I believe someone should blog about the last days and how close we are to Jesus coming back.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by june152011 on September 15, 2012 at 12:39

      I so agree!!!!

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by lordslady108 on September 29, 2012 at 08:34

        Matthew 25:13 Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.
        I can’t remember where exactly, but somewhere in the Bible the end times are compared to a pregnant women. You see her getting bigger and bigger, you can predict a general time frame, but there is no way of knowing for sure when exactly a little baby will pop out. We can see the world getting worse and worse, but we don’t know exactly when the rapture will happen.

  9. Sarisa

    Posted by Sarisa on September 13, 2012 at 21:08

    Where in the bible does it say that Satan was originally an angel created by God? I’ve been looking for that…

    • Percy Jackson

      Posted by Percy Jackson on June 26, 2014 at 07:25

      Where in the bible does it say that you cheating on your homework is wrong?

      The bible is not always specific about things.

  10. HurricaneMurphGirl

    Posted by HurricaneMurphGirl on September 13, 2012 at 12:49

    We do not to fear, because God is on our side. He is in control, and He will not let us fall from His hands. I think we should be careful of what we’re participating in, listening to, etc. so that demons have no place to get in, but we do not need to hide.

  11. Project Inspired

    Posted by Journalistlove on September 13, 2012 at 12:14

    Christians don’t need to be scared of anything. God is always with us and we need to trust that He loves us. (perfect love casts out all fear!!)