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*** Originally posted May 23, 2011

Many times in the context of Christian circles, even with fellow pastors, a really quick way to get everyone awkward is to start talking about the reality of angels, demons and the spiritual battle that is waging all around us. As Christians we agree that both angels and demons are real, we can even name a few of them … Gabriel, Micheal, Lucifer (or Satan). Things get a whole lot more difficult when you begin to talk about the reality of angelic or demonic activity in our lives … it seems we are not able to agree on that quite as easily!

As I have lived out my life since becoming a Christian I have been involved in several very spiritual very dark encounters. I have prayed for individuals who were in various levels of torment by demonic presence, I have been part of praying for physical locations that have clearly been claimed and inhabited by demonic presence as well. This is not to boast or flaunt my experiences, but rather to share the reality that is life. We are players in a spiritual battle, and we need to understand how to stand under the authority of Jesus Christ. As C.S. Lewis wrote in “Screwtape Letters”, “There are two equal and opposite errors which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to belive, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them.”

As Christians we must be firm in the understanding that Satan and demons do exist, and in no way are they equal to God. Satan is a created being and as such he is not equal in any way to God. That is one of the first lies people believe, they think Satan is as powerful as God … the real truth, he is not.

We must be aware of this and the tactics that Satan uses to trip us up. 2 Corinthians 2:11 tells us, “Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.” How do we make ourselves aware, by studying Scripture and learning the traps Satan uses.

At this point I am guessing that many readers are not comfortable with the direction that this post is going. There are loads to say about demons and angels, prayer and redemption through Jesus Christ … but those will wait for now. Here is the question, does the thought of a spiritual battle waging between Satan and God make you uncomfortable?