How To Keep Satan Off Your Back

If you’re experiencing spiritual attacks, here’s how you can keep Satan and his demons off your back.

Do Nothing

In the first place, Satan does not generally go after those in the church unless they are one of the more influential Christian pastors or teachers. He is going to concentrate on the “big fish” like national leaders, powerful business men and women, and those who hold great power, influence, and wealth. If he can get them to bend to his schemes, then he’s not going to have to waste his time on people like me or you. If you are under spiritual attack, it’s actually a good thing because you must be doing something right and being under spiritual attack at least shows you’re on the right side, so if you are making the Enemy angry, you’re doing what God is asking you do to. On the other hand, if you’re never under spiritual attack and never experience any persecution, you are either not a believer or you are an underground, private-eye believer who is not making any difference for Christ, so there’s no reason for you to be under attack. The Bible says “all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2nd Tim 3:12), so if there’s no persecution, you must not be part of the “all who desire to live a godly life.”

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Demons

The chances are infinitely greater that if you’re under spiritual attack, it’s from a demon or demons, but that’s bad enough. The good news is, as I said before, if you’re being persecuted and spiritually attacked (which can come by means of persecution), then you know you’re at least on the right side, but for those who don’t believe in them, they’re even more vulnerable because you won’t resist something you don’t believe exists, but how ironic that many claim not to believe in God are simply suppressing the obvious existence of God (Rom 1:18-21). Even the demons believe (James 2:19) and were among the first to profess that Jesus is the Christ and is the Son of God (Matt 8:29; Mark 1:24; Luke 4:34-35, 41), so even if someone doesn’t believe in demons, what a person believes cannot change what is true. An enemy no one believes in makes them even more dangerous. There are many things that are invisible to the naked eye that can kill us…disease, mold spores, radon gas, and a host of other things, so an invisible enemy shouldn’t surprise us. Jesus believed in their existence, and they believed in His!

 

What to Do

Here’s what you can do to keep the demons off your back: Pray on a regular basis and as often as you can, as we’re told to pray about keeping the Evil One away or to “deliver us from the evil one” (Luke 6:13) and his minions; stay in the Word of God daily and rest in all the promises therein (John 10:27-29), and put on the spiritual armor that is available to every believer (Eph 6:10-18). Remember not so much who you are but “whose” you are. You are a child of God and nothing at all can every separate you from God, even created beings like Satan and the demons (Rom 8:31-39). If you are filled with the Spirit, then there’s no “room at the Inn” for a demon, since “he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1st John 4:4), but of course that doesn’t mean you won’t be harassed. You must expect that. What’s surprising is if it never happens.

Judging Angels

Apparently Christians will be judging angels, but many presume it will be the righteous, holy angels, but I think God will have us judge the fallen angels, which are demons. Holy angels do not sin, so what is there to judge about them, so I think it’s the fallen angels we might judge. That better fits the context of the Apostle Paul’s rhetorical question, “Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life” (1st Cor 6:3) in 1st Corinthians 6, and this shows that at least the Corinthian Church understood that they would be judging angels someday, likely with the earthly arrival of the kingdom of God. The ultimate fate of Satan and his demons is set and it cannot be changed. That we know for sure as the Apostle John records that “the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever” (Rev 20:10), so if the Devil reminds you of your past, remind him of his future.

Conclusion

Whatever you believe or don’t believe cannot change what is true, and human opinions or beliefs will certainly not change the reality of the existence of God, which means the existence of Satan and his demons. The truth is, every knee will bow and every tongue of everyone who’s ever been created will confess, that Jesus Christ is the Lord and the Son of God, and they will do it all to the glory of God (Rom 14:11; Phil 2:10-11). What you must decide today is to repent and trust in Christ, meaning you will receive eternal life, and God’s wrath that was rightly due us, was placed on Christ on your behalf. However, if you reject Christ, you die with the wrath of God abiding on you (John 3:36b), and you will face the judgment of God after death (Heb 9:27), from which there is no escape and no repentance.

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is host of Spiritual Fitness and also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

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  • Iain Lovejoy

    I don’t know why you keep citing 2 Timothy 3:12 as authority for the idea that you can only be a true Christian if persecuted, or that persecution is some kind of badge of faith. Either you haven’t read the beginning of the chapter or you are being disingenuous: Paul is warning of a specific coming persecution in which all Christians will be persecuted. The simply and obviously doesn’t say anything along the lines that each and every Christian ever will at some point be persecuted, or isn’t a proper Christian at all. You are simply making that up.

    • pud

      Paul was a murdering psychotic religious lunatic maniac who had psychotic visions….just the right kind of guy whose 3 letters you should accept lock stock and barrel as the template for your life….gezzus dude…get a grip!

  • Evermyrtle

    Don’t swallow that idea, don’t think for a minute that you will not be tempted to sin by Satan; every day of your life there will be temptations set in front of you to do something, to say something, over eat, so many options, open for Satan to tempt you, that you know that GOD would not have you to do!

    • pud

      Is that so? Demonstrate the existence of this other invisible man made character….Show that it’s true…offer evidence to support the claim! Waiting…waiting…

    • pud

      LOOK OUT! There’s a gremlin eating the dog food!! I can’t see it or detect it in any way but I BELIEVE IT!! LOL….you need mental health counselling too

  • pud

    “Whatever you believe or don’t believe cannot change what is true, and human opinions or beliefs will certainly not change the reality of the existence of God, which means the existence of Satan and his demons.”

    You are insane. Demonstrate the “truth” of this absurd superstitious claim…waiting…waiting…

    Define what “truth” is an how you arrive at what is actually true…waiting…waiting…

    “satan” is entirely MADE UP NONSENSE! Do some actual study for a change

  • pud

    “However, if you reject Christ, you die with the wrath of God abiding on you (John 3:36b), and you will face the judgment of God after death (Heb 9:27), from which there is no escape and no repentance”

    OH NO!!! The most horrible thing a human can do!! Not believe Bronze Age superstitious nonsense that lacks any evidence whatsoever! Murder, rape and slavery is fine so long as you repent and believe absurdities but woe unto you for not joining the cult!!

    • JRene

      It’s too bad that cult members can’t ponder your sensible, yet rather heated, words. Pud, you should consider posting on some of the other evangelical blogs.

      • pud

        I post where I can. The cult is built of iron. To join you submit to a lobotomy, purge yourself of all critical thinking skills, run away and hide from all challenges and live in a cocoon impervious to reason, evidence and logic where you only hear the voices of other cocoon dwellers conversing with voices in their heads

        • JRene

          I hear ya.

  • pud

    The truth! The actual invention of this ridiculous crap you cannot bring yourself to not believe. Proof that you have to be insane to subscribe to this idiocy called “faith”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIN6NnxPsuQ

  • Oliver

    These 2 people obviously believe there is a satan. They worship him. Read who the book was dedicated to.

    Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals

    http://www.crossroad.to/Quotes/communism/alinsky.htm

  • Miranda

    “but for those who don’t believe in them, they’re even more vulnerable because you won’t resist something you don’t believe exists” Well said, truly Satan’s greatest trick is to convince people he does not exist, the more atheists who don’t believe there are, the more unwitting followers Satan gathers. If there is a consolation it is that for those who truly open their eyes to see, Christs light shines ever brighter as the darkness grows.

    • pud

      Rational people do not “believe” in invisible things that have absolutely NO evidence of their existence. Psychotics do, small children do, the demented and delusional do but rational people do not. You people need professional psychiatric help, meds, counselling and cult deprogramming. You are all seriously mentally ill.

      • Miranda

        Thank you for your blessings Pud! I pray you find healing and support for whatever pain it is that causes you to verbally attack Christians, and counselling for your Misotheism – hatred of God (who you claim does not exist).

        Lift your heads, let us return
        To the mercy seat where time began
        And in your eyes, I see the pain
        Come soak this dry heart with healing rain

        And only You, the Son of man
        Can take a leper and let him stand
        So lift your hands, they can be held
        By someone greater, the great I Am

        • pud

          They are curses stupid.

          Pray your brains out…never did a thing and never will…make sure you’re dialed into the right deity or else!

          I’m not in any pain silly…I attack you because you are wicked, delusional, evil and you lie to children….and you vote. If you kept your mental illness to yourself I would leave you alone…but you don’t…so you are my enemies

          • Miranda

            They are blessings “”Blessed are you when people reproach you, persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, for my sake.” Matthew 5:11, you don’t understand that I know “Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men” 1 Corinthians 1:25. You have called Christians ‘stupid’, ‘insane’, ‘mentally ill’, and ‘deranged’ in your comments on this post alone, and we happily accept your labels because we know to live for “Christ” the world will call us a fool as you have done.

            I pray you seriously consider your words, you may deride the Bible as ‘Made up nonsense’, but consider this “For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. The good man out of his good treasure brings out good things, and the evil man out of his evil treasure brings out evil things. I tell you that every idle word that men speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12: 34-37. Read your own comments, there are so many of them, clearly you are filled with pain that has turned to hate, even if you don’t acknowledge God and Jesus at least acknowledge it is not healthy to have so much hate in yourself and seek help.

            He is our peace,
            Who has broken down every wall
            He is our peace, He is our peace
            Cast all your cares on Him
            For He cares for you (yes even you Pud)
            He is our peace, He is our peace.

          • pud

            You are delusional and your cult is evil

          • Miranda

            Peace be with you Pud, may you find true healing and know you are loved by those you despise.

            “Which of you men, if you had one hundred sheep, and lost one of them, wouldn’t leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one that was lost, until he found it? When he has found it, he carries it on his shoulders, rejoicing.” Luke 15:4-6

            Though lost I pray you are found and rejoice in that hope.

          • pud

            I do not need “healing”

            You cannot “love” me and I don’t want it from you

            I do not “despise” you as I do not know you but I DO despise your cult as it is incredibly dangerous, perverted, evil, destructive and a lead weight around the neck of humanity.

            I am not “lost” I am free of your tyrannical lunacy.

            Pray your brains out nothing has or ever will come of it.

            You are incredibly delusional

          • Miranda

            Perhaps you truly think you don’t need healing, but honestly, as someone who has posted what must be hundreds of, essentially the same insults and arguments on the blog of an upstanding Pastor who is doing great work trying to share his knowledge with people all around the world freely, you certainly need some manners and counselling.

          • pud

            Allow me to straighten you out…

            I am fit of body and mind

            The “pastor” is not upstanding and he is doing wicked work corrupting the minds of children and furthering this destructive cult of yours.

            The “pastor” has NO knowledge he has delusional unsupportable “beliefs”

            Spreading your mental illness freely around the world is exactly why I stand in your way..you deserve only ridicule not manners

          • Miranda

            Goodness if you really think your ranting comments are standing in the way of getting Christian ideas out to Christian readers, then perhaps you are the one who is ‘delusional’? Ever thought you might get more bees with honey than with vinegar…
            Lord, may this person hear and understand your wisdom passed down to us through our brother and Apostle to the Gentiles
            And don’t sin by letting anger control you. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil. (Ephesians 4:26,27)
            And though he/she may not believe, at least open their heart to understand their own anger. In His name I pray Amen.

          • pud

            LOL! Nothing happened! Again…as always Maybe you should try voodoo, or magic or another made up deity?

            Or try praying for a pony!

          • pud

            You don’t have “ideas” you have delusions. Ideas come from people trying to uncover the truth not perpetuating ancient mythology. Science has ideas, Intelligent people have ideas. Progress comes from Ideas….you and your cult have never had an idea about anything. Hello?

    • If Satan is ancient world mythology and a personal devil does not exist, then Satan can’t get on your back in the first place. Now I realise that there is evil in the world, but isn’t the moral evil created by humans? Not sure who (if any who) brings about non-moral evil. e.g. Aren’t earthquakes explained by movement in tectonic plates, so there is no need for a supernatural explanation, whether it be God or Satan. Why resist the Devil if he doesn’t exist? Isn’t it like King Canute trying to roll back the waves?

      • Miranda

        I understand your point, but think about it this way, you acknowledge there is evil, either created by humans or natural evils, if there were no God who is good and opponent to God who is evil, then nothing could be good or evil, it would all just be random events with no intrinsic moral meaning but what a human gives it – a moral relativism. Only if there is a source of evil that exists independent of human opinion about things is it even sensible to consider the causes of evil.

        • pud

          There are no “natural evils” Nature has no intent it simply is.

          That’s right….it is all random workings of the universe. Just because you don’t like that FACT doesn’t give you license to make up some stupid story

          Evil is subjective. We decide what is and isn’t evil and it changes all the time…grow up

  • pud

    “There are many things that are invisible to the naked eye that can kill us…disease, mold spores, radon gas, and a host of other things, so an invisible enemy shouldn’t surprise us. Jesus believed in their existence, and they believed in His!”

    Everything on the list except for made up jesus is REAL…they are detectable, measurable, explained, validated, true, empirical and part of REALITY!

    There is NO evidence of any jesus ever existing and even if there was and he did… the fact that you claim he “believed” in demons only PROVES that he was just as psychotic as you are!

    Mold is not an “enemy” it is a fact of nature. “Enemy” suggests agency as if the mold were willfully trying to hurt us which is nonsense like every single thing you write.

    You are in great need of mental health treatment. You are clearly as deranged as the homeless people living in subways preaching the “end is near” You need meds, counselling, deprogramming and intensive therapy. Rational adults do not construct visions of reality that include all manner of invisible creatures running around making people do things. Rational people do not model their world view around a stupid primitive contradictory Bronze Age mythological STORY! Rational people do NOT “believe” things without strong evidence…lunatics do.

    This really is one of your defining essays…It is absolutely clear to anyone present of mind that you are not!

  • pud

    Here’s a helpful hint jack….

    One day the Devil sought to tempt St. Benedict to lust. The evil spirit brought to his remembrance an attractive woman he once knew, and the memory began to enflame his heart. Benedict was almost overcome by the passion. Just in time, he saw a nearby thicket full of nettles and briars. So he stripped off his habit and threw himself naked into the midst of those sharp, stinging thorns. He rolled around in them until his body was scratched all over — and the temptation was gone.

    WOW! You should try it!

  • Benny S.

    “…(Satan) is going to concentrate on the “big fish” like national leaders, powerful business men and women, and those who hold great power, influence, and wealth. If he can get them to bend to his schemes….”

    So, Satan can be present in a vast multitude of places around the globe, all at the precise same time???