Dealing with Demons

Every Christian is attacked by demons in some mannerinfluence, temptations, oppression, etc.

In fact, Christians are attacked more than nonChristians

Satan’s primary strategy is to prevent someone from becoming a Christian

He won’t bother with those who are already firmly part of his worldly kingdom

Satan’s secondary strategy is to prevent a Christian from being effective in ministry

It’s like having a target on your back

Before we start confronting the demons in our lives, we must first understand how the spiritual realm functions:

Although the spiritual realm (the ‘heavenly places’ in Ephesians) is invisible to our physical senses, the Bible is replete with evidence of its existence and how it operates.

When the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, and said, “LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (2Kings 6:15-17)

The angels of God and the demons of Satan are perpetually at war in this fallen world

Then he [the angel Gabriel] said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twentyone days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia.” (Daniel 10:12-13)

The kings of Persia are demonic – not human

Just as the world’s armies have hierarchical ranks, so too does Satan’s army

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12)

At the top of this list, the Apostle Paul mentions a group of evil spirits he calls “principalities.” This word is taken from the Greek word archai, which is used to depict individuals who hold the highest and loftiest position of rank and authority. By using the word archai, Paul emphatically tells us that at the very top of Satan’s kingdom are powerful evil beings that have held their lofty positions of power and authority since ancient times —ever since the fall of Lucifer (whom we now call the devil or Satan

Paul goes on to tell us that below principalities is a second group of evil beings he refers to as “powers.” This word “powers” is taken from the Greek word exousia, and it denotes delegated authority. This describes a lower, a secondlevel group of demonic spirits who have received delegated authority from the principalities to carry out all manner of evil. These evil forces are second in command in Satan’s dark kingdom.

Continuing his description of Satan’s rank and file in descending order, Paul mentions “the rulers of the darkness of this world.” This phrase is taken from the Greek word kosmokrateros and is a compound of the words kosmos and kratos. The word kosmos denotes order or arrangement, whereas the word kratos has to do with raw power. Thus, the compounded word kosmokrateros depicts raw power that has been harnessed, arranged and released to enact Satan’s evil plans.

Paul concludes the hierarchy with the spiritual hosts of wickedness, which is translated from two Greek words, the first being pneumatikos which means non-carnal, ethereal, supernatural, and the second being poneria, meaning depravity, malice, wickedness. These are what we call the ‘groundlevel’ demons who do all the grunt work in Satan’s army on the ground (i.e. earth) by directly attacking human beings.

The phrase, ‘Heavenly places’ comes from the Greek word epouranios meaning above the sky – this is the unseen spiritual realm

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 1:3)

This is the second heaven. It is not referring to the third heaven where God the Father and Jesus reside, where the Apostle Paul visited:

I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a one was caught up to the third heaven. (2Corinthians 12:2)

The first heaven is the physical realm and, by extension, the world.
The second heaven is the spiritual realm where angels & demons exist
The third heaven is where God resides and where we will go to join Him

Satan’s army sets up demonic rulers over nations, countries, cities, churches, homes all the way down to individuals

The lowest level demons are the ones we encounter most frequently and are ‘specialists’ in fear, rejection, anger, bitterness, pride, lust, faultfinding, abuse, disease, etc. etc.

If there is any defect in the human spirit, soul and body, there is a specialist demon that will attack us there – and most of the time, we seldom realize that those bad thoughts and desires are being influenced by demons

Satan and his demonic horde do not want to be seen or acknowledged, preferring that people blame themselves or God

What Satan fears are born-again Christians who know how to deal with demons through the power of the Holy Spirit in Jesus’ Name

Higher up in Satan’s hierarchy are officers in charge of a certain region who oversee and organize the demonic troops

They see the bigger picture of human interactions and how to get humans to attack each other

For example, if rejection is your problem, then you can be sure that the enemy will bring someone along who has a critical or abusive spirit to attack and reject you

There is constant war in the heavenly places and it’s all about you

If it were not for Michael and his army of angels, and the power of the Holy Spirit, we would be completely under Satan’s thumb, either serving him or utterly destroyed

But we need not be afraid because Jesus is in charge of God’s Army

Jesus is the Son of God imbued with all of God’s powersSatan and his demonic horde are just fallen angels

And we have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us to call upon

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

Always remember, Satan’s demonic horde cannot attack us without God’s permission, which is usually in response something we did that gave Satan an opening

Be angry, and do not sin, do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil. (Ephesians 4:26-27)

And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.” (Job 1:12)

And indeed, Job lost everything but he was not harmed this first time, and he did not curse God

And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your hand, but spare his life.” (Job 2:6)

This time, Job was covered with boils from head to foot, but he did not curse God

Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. (Luke 22:31)

Simon Peter then denied knowing Jesus three times

So how do Satan’s demons affect us? They try to:

Implant thoughts that influence us away from God and toward the world and rob us of our good intentions

When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. (Matthew 13:18)

Attack us with calamities:

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. (John 10:10a)

But Jesus says, I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly(John 10:10b)

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (1Peter 5:8)

But Jesus is the Lion of Judah who says,  In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

Afflict us with disease:

So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord, and struck Job with painful boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. (Job 2:7)

And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. (Luke 13:11)

Oppress us with fear, anger, bitterness, discouragement, hopelessness, depression, despondency, etc.

And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon.” (Matthew 15:22)

Deceive us:

The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! “For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:4-5)

He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44)

Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons. (1Timothy 4:1)

Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. (2Corinthians 11:14)

Oppose us:

Therefore, we wanted to come to you—even I, Paul, time and again — but Satan hindered us. (1Thessalonians 2:18)

Accuse us:

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. (Revelation 12:10)

Tempt us:

And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” (Matthew 4:3)

Be like Jesus and use the Word to answer Satan: But He answered and said, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)

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