Monday, October 22, 2012

Spiritual Warfare - Angels and Demons

ultimate demon I've been involved in spiritual work most of my life. I've spoken to people all over the world who have invested their lives in spiritual ministry. I've heard the strange stories.

- Whispers in their heart.
- Accusing voices in their mind.
- The feeling of being choked and held down in the bed.
- The feeling of peace and protection.
- Possible demonic encounters with those who are possessed.
- Murderous or lustful thoughts coming from no where.
- Encounter with a heaven-sent helper while in crisis.

And the list could go on. At first it's easy to discount these as the figment of over-spiritually-minded people. But then, all you have to do is take a look at scripture and see how angels and demons can interact with our world.

In scripture we are told that after God created the heavens and the earth (including the heavenly angels) that a great angelic leader named Lucifer decided that he wanted to take over the position held by God. There was a battle in heaven and he was cast to earth with one third of the angels that he had influenced to follow him.

He appeared in the garden of Eden and through temptation caused man to fall. And thus began a great spiritual battle. God promised to send a champion (born of woman) who would defeat him.

Throughout scripture we see angels and demons interacting with our reality. Here is a short list of what they can do:
-They can manifest as humans and share meals with us.
- They can talk to us directly while in human form.
- They can surround us in the spiritual dimension and protect us physically.
- A single angel can destroy whole armies.
- Answers to prayer can be delayed by the spiritual struggle in the heavens.
- The devil can cause disasters, disease, and death (with God's permission).
- They can speak into our dreams.
- They can bring comfort and minister to our needs.
- They can possess, torment, and cause physical affliction to humans.
- Demons can strongly influence wrong decisions.
- Lucifer is a strategist.

That may sound scary. But here are the encouraging facts. Two thirds of the angels of heaven fight for God and His people. Jesus came to undo the works of the devil and defeated him ultimately on the cross. And he made it possible for us to join the fight. We can resist the devil and cause him to flee. We can equip ourselves for the spiritual battle and stand against his schemes.

He will fight to the end and will never fight fair. He is evil and he hates God and you. If you decide that you want to be a force for good in this world you will be attacked.

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