Devils and Demons | How Then Shall We Live
Are you at that point yet? Half-way through this book and thinking, “Is this devilish talk over yet? Make it stop already!” Like, can these demons just not go away? The Bible calls fallen angels – devils, demons, evil, and unclean spirits. They are supernatural, invisible, angelic, spirits. They are power hungry and love corrupting us humans to separate from God. Did God actually create THIS?
Are you fearful of demons? Should you be? John McArthur writes, “There has always been a battleground between God and His truth and the devil and his lies. And that battleground is clearly drawn in Scripture and the fight goes on constantly. God calls to people through the truth and Satan with his demons tries to lure people away from truth with his hellish lies.”
The thought of writing about demons was somewhat daunting to me, maybe a little scary. As I spent more and more time reading about them, you could say my fear factor was on the rise. But you know what scares me the most? Knowing that demons want people to be lured away from the Truth. That is what scares me.
Retreat. Drawback. No way. I am going to fight. I am filled with the Holy Spirit and armed with Truth. Ephesians 6:10-12 says, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”
Will you armor up with me? Will you battle? The Greek word ‘dunamis’ is used about 120 times in the New Testament and means strength, ability, or power. You might recognize that we get our English words ‘dynamite’ and ‘dynamic’ from it. We are not living our Christian life in our power, but in God’s and it is a miraculous and marvelous power. An explosion of power!
If you want to battle, you will fight with Truth. For those of you who have read a few of these “devotions” and say, “Eh, this is not a Bible Study, this is not deep enough,” then maybe it is time to put in some sweat equity, pick up your Bible, and read the rest of Ephesians six and answer: Who wrote it and to whom? Where do you see Jesus in the passage? Why is it part of Scripture? How then shall you live?
I know how I will live. I am going to armor up! Do not let those demons lure you away from Truth.