Are demons real?
Demons don’t seem very scientific. Neither do angels.
These are invisible beings that affect the visible world.
Hard to believe for a lot of us Westerners.
However, here’s the truth…Demons are real — but so is Jesus' power. Click To Tweet
Let’s look at an encounter between Jesus and a demon-possessed man.
Then they sailed to the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. When Jesus had stepped out on land, there met him a man from the city who had demons. For a long time he had worn no clothes, and he had not lived in a house but among the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him and said with a loud voice, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me.” For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many a time it had seized him. He was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the desert.)
Luke 8:26–29 ESV
What does this mean for us today?
Demons are angels that followed Satan in a rebellion in heaven. This happened before God created humans.
If demons were more powerful than God, they would still be in heaven.
Today’s verses even show us they’re terrified of Jesus, when the demon said, “I beg you, do not torment me.”Are demons real? Yes. Are they a great threat to Holy Spirit-filled, Jesus-following believers? No! Click To Tweet
While they battle against us, they lose…
While they resist God’s plans, they lose…
While they try to cause death and destruction, they lose…
7 reasons we shouldn’t fear demons
Here are 7 reasons we shouldn’t fear demons:
- They unwittingly serve God’s purposes (Judg. 9:23).
- They were terrified of Christ and the gospel (Matt. 8:29; Mark 1:24; James 2:19).
- They obeyed Christ (Matt. 8:32).
- They obeyed the Twelve (Matt. 10:1–8) and the Seventy-Two (Luke 10:17–20).
- They cannot separate believers in Christ from the love of God (Rom. 8:38).
- They can be restrained by the Holy Spirit (2 Thess. 2:6; 1 John 4:4).
- They have been judged already by God (2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 6) and will be again in the future (Rev. 20:10).
Ultimately, we can follow the way of darkness, or the way of light.
We get to decide which Kingdom we align with every day.When we're saved by Jesus, we receive new hearts and are baptized with spiritual power (Acts 1:8). Click To Tweet
This is the power of the cross blazing in our spiritual veins. And it is this power and our testimonies as God’s people that overcome the enemy (Revelation 12:11).
Be fearless today. We are citizens of heaven.The reality of demonic forces only highlights the great power of the Living God we serve. Click To Tweet
For more insight, here is a great explainer of Satan and demons from the folks at The Bible Project.