Understanding the existence of demons-Part 3

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Understanding the existence of demons-Part 3       

Mark 9:17-18 “A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.” NIV Bible  

Extra Reading: Mark 9:1-32 

Because demons have supernatural knowledge men have attempted to get advance information from them about coming events; people consult evil spirits in fortune telling. Demons are represented as morally unclean (Matthew 10:1; Mark 1:27; Romans 6:13; Luke 8:27). They seem to have superhuman strength requiring several people to hold the demonized person. They cause dumbness, blindness, insanity, suicidal mania, etc. Let’s continue to have a closer look at the activity of demons:

  1. They oppose God and seek to defeat His will. Satan is the accuser of the brethren. Satan is limited to one place at a time; his servants the demons are the active force that gathers the information for Satan.  Revelation 12:10; 2:13.
  2. They oppress man and seek to hinder his welfare (Job 1:12; Luke 13:16), the woman was oppressed by Satan for 18 years (that is Satan or his servant the demon). Satan is not omnipresent, omnipotent nor omniscient, so the greater part of his colossal activity must be relegated to demons. Demons distress mankind by deranging both body and mind (Mark 1:23-27; 5:1-20).
  3. Demons nevertheless accomplish God’s purposes. God used a lying spirit to punish King Ahab (1 Kings 22:23; Revelation 16:13-16), demons will lure the God-resisting armies to Armageddon.

Satan tries to be present everywhere at the same time, but actually he is limited to one geographical location at a time. Satan operates a well-organized multitude of demons (Daniel 7:19-20; Revelation 12:4, 7). Satan’s kingdom is not merely an uncoordinated mob (Matthew 12:26), but it is revealed as a highly systematized empire of evil, elaborately organized. Satan rules over fallen man with his government of pride, ambition, selfishness, force, greed, and pleasure (John 14:30; 18:36; Ephesians 2:2; 6:12; 1 John 2:15-17).

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank you for the defeat of Satan on the cross. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Rev. Samuel N. Modise      

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