Touched By A FAllen Angel (How To Avoid It)

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Title: Touched By A Fallen Angel (How To Avoid It)

 

Text: Ephesians 5:15-17, John 14:30, James 4:8

 

Time: October 23rd, 2013

 

 

Every year I take Halloween as an opportunity to warn people of the dangers of the occult and related topics. I’ll continue that practice this year and talk about how to avoid contact with the devil and demons. Yes, there is a devil and there are demons! We live in a secular, modern, and materialistic world today where talk of devils and demons is out of place, but that doesn’t in any way negate their reality. In fact, it just makes it even harder to warn people of their reality and how to avoid contact with them. People are easily persuaded that there are angels, as evidenced by the widely popular TV series “Touched By An Angel” a few years back; but when it comes to fallen angels or demons, people live in denial or outright disbelief. But that’s a contradiction of logic – if you’re willing to believe in good angels, by what rule of logic would you deny the existence of the opposite or bad angels? You can’t. If you accept one, you must logically accept the other. Besides, the Bible is very clear that there are fallen angels or demons. It first indicates that the angel Lucifer sinned and was expelled from heaven by God: “How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn. You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations,” Isaiah 14:12. Then, Jesus himself says, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven,” Luke 10:18. In addition to Satan falling, other angels also followed him into sin and were cast out also: “Then another sign appeared in heaven; an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads. His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth . . . and there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back,” Revelation 12:3-4, 7. So while there is no single verse or section of the Bible that specifically says the devil and one-third of the angels rebelled and became evil, it hints at the fact. Just as there are good angels who remained loyal to God, so too are there bad angels or demons who rebelled against God. Now in dealing with this reality we must face the scary fact that there are not only good angels who aid and assist us in our walk with God in this life, but there are also fallen angels, demons, who oppose us in fulfilling the will of God with our life. The question is, how do we avoid contact with these fallen or demon angels? How can we minimize interaction with them, and so limit their influence in our life? That’s what I’d like to talk about today. It may not be possible to stay completely clear of demons, but let’s do all we can to minimize contact. Not that we are afraid or should be afraid, but let’s not go looking for trouble either. Here’s how.

 

 

First, avoid persons, places or things that are known demon haunts. Ephesians 5:15-17, “Be careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” The best way to avoid unnecessary contact with demonic spirits is to be wise and think ahead by staying clear of known persons, places or things that demons inhabit. Now, of course, there will be no signs that say, “Demons are here,” but there are places, for example, that are known for demonic activity. Any form of the occult, any occultic activity center is probably a home for evil spirits. So a first step in avoiding demonic spirit contact is to avoid known occult locations. Avoid attending New Age, Spiritualist, or meetings of any form of the occult. This involves being informed as to which groups and personalities are occultic and then avoiding these places or people. Don’t go to a séance or fortuneteller or psychic. Avoid these activities altogether. Also, avoid going to places that have the reputation of being haunted with ghosts or spirits. Now granted, many of these places are marketed to appeal to the paranormal and therefore may simply be fake, enough of them may really have spirit activity taking place there. Why go someplace that might be demonic? Some people think this is all fun and games, but it isn’t. There really are demons and they really do have favorite places to inhabit. So why go to or into these places, unless it’s absolutely necessary? Why look for trouble. The goal is to avoid trouble, not invite it. Like the verse says, we need to be careful and act wisely because there is evil out there. That’s why it’s sad to see popular culture promoting the occult during Halloween. Now businesses promote it for the market value of selling merchandise, but what they don’t realize is that they are actually promoting the world of the occult in the process. They are actually unwittingly introducing people to, and encouraging people with evil occult activity. As Christians we need to be smart and informed. We aren’t afraid the devil or demons. We know that through the power of God and in the name of Jesus we are protected. But we also shouldn’t be careless and foolish. Certain TV or radio shows might be doorways into the occult, so we shouldn’t be watching them, normally. Some kinds of music promote the world of the occult, so these should be avoided if possible. It just takes thinking ahead and making wise choices in life. Don’t expose yourself to anything that might unnecessarily bring you into contact with demons. In this way we can avoid being “touched by a fallen angel.”

 

 

Second, confess and repent of sin immediately. John 14:30, “I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of this world cometh. And he hath nothing in me. . . .” Here, Jesus speaks to his disciples and informs them that Satan is coming after him, but not to fear because there is nothing to be found in Jesus that would give the devil an advantage. Jesus, the Bible teaches, was “without sin” and totally holy; therefore, there was nothing that demonic powers could use against him in order to defeat him. Unfortunately, that can’t be said of us. If the devil or demons come after us they find plenty “in us.” Since nobody is perfectly holy or without sin like the Lord, there’s always the possibility of demons using our own sins against us in some way. That’s why another important step in avoiding being “touched by a fallen angel” is to first of all avoid sin as much as possible, but in the case of sin, confess and repent of it as quickly as possible. In other words, as fallen humans, as children of Adam and Eve, we all sin in thought, word and deed. And demons love nothing better than sinful humans, even those saved and forgiven by the grace of God through Jesus, to leave unconfessed, unrepentant sin in their lives, because this gives the evil spirits an open door into ruining our lives. Jesus, on the other hand, told his disciples that the devil is coming to test, attack and oppose him, but because of Jesus’ holy life there’d be nothing Satan could find inside him to use against him. That’s what our goal should be – leave no open door for the devil or demons inside of us in the form of unconfessed sins. What this means is we need to have a time during our devotions in which we review our life for anything that doesn’t please God. Then, we need to confess our sins and repent of them. We need to develop a habit of keeping a short account of sin in our life. Of course, the best way is to avoid sin altogether, and that should be the ultimate goal, but realistically, we’ll fall short of that lofty aim. The next best thing is to confess and repent of our sins regularly so that we don’t give the devil or demons anything to work with in our life. For example, “Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold,” Ephesians 4:26-27. The sin of anger and unforgiveness can give the devil an opening for mischief in our life, but so can other sins to different degrees. The demons can use our spiritual weaknesses to motivate us to say and do things that are wrong. Demons can attack us psychologically and physically because of our sins. So why would we ever aid and abet the devil in our own destruction? We need to avoid sin, yet if that fails, confess and repent of it. By doing so we are eliminating a potential opening for the devil and demons to touch us.

 

 

Third, draw close to God. James 4:8, “Draw nigh unto God, and he will draw nigh to you.” In addition to keeping a short account of sin with God and keeping clear of persons, places and things that are known demon haunts, we should more importantly draw as close to God as possible. Now we should be motivated to do this even apart from concern over enemy opposition from demons, but it’s also important in our fight against the devil. Consider this simple logic – would a bad guy attack someone who has a more powerful bodyguard? Probably not. It’s the same way with the devil and demons. Why would an evil spirit pick a fight with an infinitely powerful God over ownership of you? Chances are the demons would probably rather deal with someone else that isn’t under such close protection as you, if you are close with God. The thing is to stay as close to God as possible, because this is about the best way to avoid demonic encounters in life. Through the normal means of spiritual growth such as daily prayer, daily Bible, regular church attendance, and so forth, we can draw close to God to the point that usually demons won’t get near us because they don’t want to get near to God. Are you close with God today? Are you as close as you’ve ever been, or have you draw apart from God in different ways lately? These are questions we need to routinely ask ourselves in our Christian walk through life. Are we growing in maturity with God? Or are we stuck at a child level, or the same place we were when we first became a Christian? If you are a Christian for many years now, you should be better at praying regularly and about many different things. You should be reading the Bible with more depth and meaning by now. You should have established a regular and meaningful church attendance habit. And so forth. Decision-making should include more input from God by now, and not just your own human resources. As you draw closer to God, the Bible says, God draws closer to you, because you are inviting him into more and more areas of your life. Are there areas of your life that you still exclude God? Are you living a consistent Christian life, consistent with the Bible and the teachings of Christianity? If not, the devil an demons can exploit these inconsistencies in your spiritual life in order to get at you and do damage. By drawing close to God we are better able to look at ourselves objectively and better confess and repent of sin. By drawing close to God we can also draw upon God’s power to resist temptations of the world, the flesh and the devil. Drawing close to God has many advantages.

 

 

Of course, as with anything, these are only general guidelines for avoiding encounters with the evil spirits or demons. Some people are under the false impression that the devil and demons attack people at random, that one can be minding their own business and suddenly be the target of evil spirits, or that who or who isn’t attacked is a matter of random chance. Well, that’s not exactly true. There are things we can do to avoid, as much as we can, being attacked by fallen spirits. But on the other hand, there still is the possibility that, for whatever reasons, a demon will seemingly randomly single us out for trouble. This is a mystery and it doesn’t totally make sense, but there are occasions when we’ve done everything right, yet still get picked on. Or, more probably, we are doing things right spiritually, and so we’ll be attacked because of it. In other words, because we are trying to live a good Christian life, we’ll draw attention for doing so, and we’ll present demons as a challenge to stop us in our Christian living. Job, unfortunately, was such a victim. His right living attracted Satan’s attention and anger, so he picked on Job because of it. That might happen to us also. But if that’s the case we’ve got to do what we should always be doing in our Christian walk, doing our best with everything we’ve got to resist the devil. “Resist the devil and he will flee from you,” James 4:7. If we have to battle Satan or demons, we can do it in the power of Jesus. Sometimes we can’t avoid the battle. Sometimes the fighting is brought to us, to our front doorstep, so then it is required of us to “fight the good fight of faith,” 1 Timothy 6:12. And there is plenty in the Bible that instructs us on how to do that. In other words, as Christians we first try to avoid the devil and demons by being wise and informed, but when that fails, we must be prepared to stand and fight, Ephesians 6:14-18. Whether we avoid conflict or engage in it, we are able to win the victory through God. “No, in all things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord,” Romans 8:37-39. We don’t have to be afraid of any evil spirits out there that seek us harm. If we can avoid them as much as possible, we should. If we can’t avoid them, if we must battle them, then we can do that also with God’s power, and win the victory through Jesus. So you see we’ve got all the bases covered, thank God!

 

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