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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).

    Jenn Arman
    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit jenniferarman.com for more on her work. You can also connect with her on www.facebook.com/JenniferArman.Writer and https://twitter.com/JennArman

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