“The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.” Revelation 12:9, 12 NIV
The biggest bullies in the world are not the kids at school who tease other children causing them much grief. It’s not those governments throughout history who imposed their will on others and committed cold blooded murder. It’s not the boss at work who yells at you constantly. What if I told you that all of these bullies are controlled by even bigger ones? What if I told you that the biggest bullies in the world are spirits, wicked angels? These fallen beings are ancient spirits who have the upper hand on fallen man. They use and abuse people to destroy one another. Ever wondered how can people commit such horrible, inhumane, atrocities? Terrible deeds that defy human comprehension? Answer: it’s not all human. Such behavior is inspired by demons. Harassing mankind and playing with them like toys is what demons do. But that’s not their main occupation. They follow their leader who’s job is:
“Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring—those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus.” Revelation 12:17 NIV
That’s who they are really interested in: “those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus.” They attempt to get these to cave in under pressure, and hope they don’t realize the power given them by God through Jesus Christ. We’ll talk more about that in a second. When life situations cause you to feel hurt, frightened, threatened, forced to do something especially opposed to your faith, you’re being harassed by demons. Human beings are like pawns on a chessboard. Evil spirits work through them to attack, “those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus.” Yes people grit their teeth at you in anger, make mean faces, hurl terrible threats and insults, at times even cause us physical pain, but it’s all inspired by wicked spirits. Many people that persecute us don’t even have a clue of what they are doing, or that they’re being controlled.
“When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.” Luke 23:33-34 NIV
God says that your and my fight is not with people used by demons to persecute us. Our flight is with the evil wicked spirits themselves?
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12 KJV
It’s hard to remember this when your boss is yelling at you, or when someone is making outright or subtle threats, or physically attacking you. But we must remember because it’s the truth. And our master says it is the truth that sets us free. (John 8:32) That’s our weapon, yes, the truth.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, THE TRUTH, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6 KJV
Jesus Christ himself is the truth, and he is our only defense against demonic attacks. Following his teachings is the only way to defeat Satan and his demons. The battle will be tough, but all who follow Jesus to the end will win:
“You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.” Matthew 10:22 NIV
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” Matthew 7:24-27 NIV
Following Jesus’ teachings is the way to win this fight we have been appointed to. Satan has been allowed temporary rule of this world. We are God’s elect promoting the kingdom of heaven (God’s world) right in the Devil’s backyard. Do you really think our work will be just like a walk in the park on a sunny day? No. Your adversaries will throw everything at you including the kitchen sink. But don’t fret, Jesus has given us authority over the demons and all of Satan’s power. Yes, because of him we can win.
“The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:17-20 NIV
Believe what Jesus says in Luke 10:17-20, not your feelings when under attack. He has truly given us authority over all the power of the enemy Satan. Learn from studying the Bible and applying Jesus’ teachings how to use that authority. Learn how to spiritually fight back and kick some butt when bullied.