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