Devils

“There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils.  One is to disbelieve in their existence.  The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them.” C.S. Lewis

In viewing our culture as a whole, I agree with Lewis’s assessment.  However, among Bible- believing Christians it is difficult to deny the  existence of Satan and his demons, as the Scriptures are full of references pertaining to the reality of them.  (Examples at end of post, from: Religious Tolerance .Org)

My personal experience in evangelical circles is having ones give them too much power, or having ones give them too little.  As Lewis says, “they themselves (the demons) are equally pleased by both errors.”  I have also met ones as Lewis describes as having an “unhealthy and excessive” interest in them.  If we are obsessed with Satan, we can not have our minds “stayed on Christ”.  This leads to immobilizing fear.  Though we are to be aware of the battle raging around us so that we are equipped to fight, Christ wants our hearts and minds on things above.

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee.” Isaiah 26:3

I see ones giving them too much power when they seem to have the attitude that “the devil made them do it,” instead of taking responsibility for their own sin. Satan does not have the power to force us to sin. Some believe Satan is omnipresent, which is false!  Although he has hosts of demons at his disposal, only The Living and True God is omnipresent.  And the Living and True God has legions of angles encamped around us!

As for my own part, I have fallen into both camps.  Nevertheless, the majority of my life I fell off the side of giving them too little regard.  In fact, when people would mention that some of the bizarre health problems I was experiencing could have elements of spiritual warfare, the wall went up.  I was a Reformed Presbyterian! I was offended that they would insinuate that Satan had that kind of power over my body.  I belong to Christ! True, the devil has no power except for what God allows, yet Scripture shows he is  given permission to buffet us at times, for our good and for God’s glory.  

“Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me– to keep me from exalting myself!” (Paul, 2 Corinthians 12:7)

I plan to teach more on this subject in the coming weeks.  How about you? Do you tend to give Satan too much regard, or too little?  Let’s pray for biblical balance, as Satan doesn’t care which side we fall off….as long as we fall!

(Scripture references to Satan below.) 

 

bullet the serpent who tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:4 & Genesis 3:14)

bullet Satan (1 Chronicles 21:1)

bullet the adversary playing the role of prosecuting attorney in a heavenly court with God and the angels (Job 1:6 & Zechariah 3:1-2 & 1 Peter 5:8)

bullet as the devil (from the Greek “diabolos” which means “slanderer“), the tempter of Jesus (Matthew 4:1-3, Luke 4:2)

bullet the prince of the demons, Beelzebub (Matthew 12:24, Mark 3:22, Luke 11:15)

bullet unclean spirit (Matthew 12:43)

bullet the evil one (Matthew 13:19 & 1 John 2:13)

bullet the author of all evil (Luke 10:19)

bullet a murderer and the father of lies (John 8:44)

bullet the prince of this world (John 12:31 & 14:30 & 16:11)

bullet a demon able to enter into a human body (John 13:27)

bullet god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4)

bullet Belial (2 Corinthians 6:15)

bullet prince of the powers of the air, the spirit that now works in the sons of disobedience (Ephesians 2:2)

bullet power of darkness (Colossians 1:13)

bullet an adversary, like a roaring lion who walks about seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8)

bullet the angel of the abyss, named Abaddon in Hebrew, Apollyon in Greek (Revelation 9:11)

bullet a great red dragon (Revelation 12:3 & 12:9 & 20:2)

bullet the accuser of our brethren who accuses Christians before God day and night (Revelation 12:10)

bullet the dragon, the old serpent (Revelation 20:2)

 

7 thoughts on “Devils

  1. LoriesHartshorn

    Hi Cheryl. I appreciate what you are saying about both ‘camps’ regarding the reality of spiritual warfare and the influence of satan and the demonic. I have been on the side of ‘not giving it too much attention’…this to my detriment. The Lord has opened my eyes up to the reality of the demonic in a believers life through a journey of struggle in our family – teenagers running from God, drug and alcohol addiction, bizarre behaviour….all Christian kids! What was happening to my family? What role was the demonic playing in all of this? Was it simply ‘teenage challanges’? All these questions and more sent me to the scriptures and to a ‘wake up call’ in my life. You can see a short video where my husband and I share a bit of our families story – and what GOD did!! I am also releasing a DVD bible study series called, ‘FINDING FREEDOM’ – Every person can FIND FREEDOM when they wake up to the Enemies tactics and unleash the Power of Prayer!
    So glad you are talking about this – I look forward to your blogs 🙂 The family video and the trailer to my DVD series can be found on my website http://www.loriehartshorn.com
    Blessings!!!

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  2. Holly Duncan

    I agree wholeheartedly that each of us need to have a ” biblical balance” in this area. I, too have often ignored the adversary’s presence. So thankful that the God of angel armies goes before me and His spirit lives in me. Certainly, we are rich in Him!

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  3. Holly Duncan

    Reread your article again this morning! Excellent warning for me…. besides I love C.S. Lewis way with words. Great quote to use!

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