Do demons still exist? Like me, you may have heard some compelling accounts of demonic activity. They make me think about the many encounters that Jesus had with demons. When Jesus came around, demonic spirits couldn’t help but scream things they shouldn’t scream, throw little boys to the ground, or come running right up to Jesus in the body of a person they caused to be both naked and crazy.
So the answer to the question, “do demons exist today?” is…
Of course they exist today! If they existed in Jesus’ time, they exist now. These testimonies, from people who have experienced confrontations and from the Scripture, make it clear that demons still lurk around, doing the business of Satan, “prowl[ing] around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” [1 Peter 5:8 ESV] Still, many Christians I talk to seem unaware of the existence of demons or their influence over us. There are others who flat-out deny they exist. I don’t know why it is so uncomfortable for so many to acknowledge the existence of demons, but surely the failure - or refusal - to see something is the best way to get blind-sided by it!
To those people who claim demons somehow no longer exist, I pose this question: Where did the demons that Jesus dealt with go? They don’t die like human beings. We know that the Scripture says that the Lake of Fire was prepared with them in mind, so that they will be punished for eternity there. So where did they go?
Here is where you find evidence of demonic activity: Demons can lead people to drink too much, to get violent and to get addicted to drugs or sex. They can cause people to scream out in church or at each other. They help to make others crazy, or just crazy with regret, ambition, depression or pride. In a nutshell, demons make people’s lives miserable.
But I have good news for you. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. [I John 3:8 ESV] Jesus came to save us from the agents and the works of Satan. And He gave us, His followers, the authority to defeat Satan as well:
And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. [Matthew 16:18 ESV]
We cannot lose against Satan so long as we stand together as the Church. Not only can we withstand the schemes of the enemy, we can take territory away from him! As Luke wrote in his gospel:
The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. [Luke 10:17-19 ESV]
This authority given to the apostles and the early church is available to us today. The Name of Jesus, when invoked with faith, will have the effect of cancelling the demon’s power and sending it elsewhere.
So, yes, demons exist but you don’t have to fear them. Jesus of Nazareth is stronger than Satan and won every encounter against him. Jesus’ approach to Satan was always the same:
When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. [Matthew 8:16 NIV]
Jesus drove out demons with just a word, and He has committed that word to us as well. We can, in Jesus’ Name, set the captives free. Today we declare freedom for all who call out to Jesus. For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved!
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