What Are Demons?


The Holy Bible is clear that demons do exist and are in an “underground” world that we cannot see with our own eyes.  Hell is a real place and God did cast Lucifer (the devil) out of his kingdom.

In the book of 1 John in the New Testament, John the evangelist tells us that Jesus is greater than Satan who is in this world.  John reminds us that Satan is powerful, but Jesus is even more powerful (1 John 4:4). 

We often go through times where we feel Satan is trying to overpower our lives. We often wonder what the future will hold for us and if we are going to be completely alone.  However, Jesus reminds us that he is there with us and helping us along the way.  We need to always be thankful for all that God has done.

1 Timothy 4:1 reminds us that many people will abandon their faith in Jesus and follow deceiving and lying demons.  These demons will teach people bad things and people will follow them.  I see a lot of this happening today.  We have a society full of people wanting to live out every fleshly desire that they can possibly feel.

It is sad to see so many people being deceived by lying demons. A lot of it is being sparked by the media and what we see on television.  Many television shows influence the way that we think and practice life.  Even social media has a negative influence on people’s actions sometimes. 

I have seen many Christians in my life falling into sin and living in sin.  These were once strong Christians that have now left their faith to follow the lustful desires of their heart.  They refused to repent of their sins and want to live in in. 

They listened to the negative voices of demons that told them that is was okay to live in sin and follow Jesus at the same time. However, you won’t want to sin when you have Jesus in your heart.

In 2 Corinthians 2:11, it tells us that Christians are aware of Satan’s schemes.  We know that he is out to trap us as often as he can. He has an army of demonic angels trying to control the world right now.  2 Corinthians 4:4 tells us that Satan has blinded the eyes of unbelievers.  Have you ever tried to witness to a non-Christian and they simply cannot accept the gospel message? You have shown them many scriptures in the Holy Bible that point to Jesus Christ being the savior and they still won’t believe? This comes from the devil. 

The apostles would often preach to Jewish people as they traveled, and they refused to accept Jesus Christ as the messiah.  It’s clearly in the Bible and yet, many Jewish people still reject him.  The apostles were often beaten and thrown into prison by people that refused to accept the gospel message.  It proves that Satan is in this world and deceives many people every single day.

In the book of James, he tells us that even demons know that there is one God and shake at his hand (James 2:19).  Yes, its easy to see the demonic forces at work in the world today. 

Job 4:15 tells us that a spirit went by Jobs face and his hair stood up.  This tells us that he witnessed an evil spirit in the physical realm, and he was afraid.  Evil spirits can be scary if you have ever encountered one. 

Demons asked Jesus for permission to be cast into a herd of pigs instead of the abyss when he was going to cast them out of a demon possessed person in Matthew 8:31.

This shows that Jesus has the power over demons, and they listen to him.  Having the power to cast out demons is a gift from God. Jesus gave this power to his apostles when they were spreading the gospel.   Demons hate to be cast out of a person because they go into a place called the abyss.  This gives them no rest.

Jesus explained to us that when evil spirits get cast out the first time in a person, that person is clean. However, if that person falls back into sin, the demon that left them the first time goes back into that person with 7 other demons that are more wicked then themselves. 

In this way, that person becomes worse off then they were originally (Matthew 12:45).  As you can see, its best to not fall into sin again after you have been made clean.

Luke 8:30 informs us that demons have names. Jesus asked the demon what his name was. The demon said that his name was Legion.  He had many other demons with him as well.

Revelation 20:10 tells us that Satan and false prophets will be thrown into hell forever and ever. They will never get out.  They are doomed for all eternity. 

Let us look at Ephesians 6:10-12.  Paul shows us here that we are not fighting a war against the physical body. We fight it against demons that are in the air. We cannot see the demons that we are fighting against.

This is where the real battle is. We a fight them through prayer and reading the Holy Bible.  The Holy Bible teaches us what Satan and his demons are all about. When this happens, our minds start to stay more in focus on what truly matters.  Spiritual warfare is fought through prayer.

If you are living for your fleshly desires, repent and turn to God. Show God that you want to obey him over your flesh.  No matter what you have done, Jesus Christ can forgive you (John 3:16).  Ephesians 6:18 tells us to keep on praying.

Isaiah 14:12-15 tells us that Satan wanted to be above God.  However, he became lower than God and was cast out of the heavens.  Satan is now here on earth to torment human beings and get them to fall.  He can only do evil. God is all good. 

In Acts 19:13-16, the Holy Bible tells us that demons know who we are and if we have been given power to cast out demons.  In this book, a Jewish priest and 7 sons of Scarva were going around casting out demons in the name of Jesus. However, they were not Christian.

These men met their match when they tried to cast out a demon.  A demon approached them and said, we know Jesus and Paul the apostle, but we don’t know you.  Since these men were not saved, the demon started to beat them up violently.  The Bible tells us that these men were beat up so bad that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding. The demon was in a man that was possessed.   

As you can see, if you don’t know Jesus, then you shouldn’t be casting out demons. Demons know when someone is of Christ and when they are not.

2 Peter 2:4-10 shows us that God did not spare the angels that deceived him.  He sent them to hell and are now chained to the walls in hell.  He did not spare them.  God did not spare the men and women in the world that were living in sin during the days of Noah. He only saved Noah and his family. Everyone else perished in the flood.  God made an example of Sodom and Gomorrah to show us that this is what will happen to the ungodly if they refuse to repent of their sins.  This was an example of what God does with ungodly people. The unrighteous man will suffer in hell for all that he has done, while the righteous man gets saved by God through Jesus Christ. 

In Mark 1:21-27, Jesus shows his power over demons once again by telling them to be quiet.  They were saying that they knew he was the son of God.  He told the demons to come out of the man and they listened to him. The people witnessing the exorcism were shocked and wondered how Jesus had the power to cast out devils.  Jesus told the spirits what to do and they did it. He cast them out.

Jesus says that you will recognize good and false prophets by their actions (Matthew 7:14-20).  A good tree bears good fruit and a bad tree bears bad fruit. You will recognize these false prophets by their actions. 

In Luke 4:31-41, we read that sickness is often something that can be dealt with using spirituality.  Peter the apostle’s mother in law was having a high fever and the people asked Peter if they could help her.  The Holy Bible tells us that Peter rebuked the fever and it left her.  As we can see, she didn’t use an aspirin or herbs to make it go away. Instead, it left by his words to go away.  He used it in Jesus name. 

As you can see, demons are in this world.  As Christians, we need to ask Jesus to give us the power to cast out demons from people that are possessed. 

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