Each tries to influence the person’s behavior. We laugh and nod at these scenes, acknowledging the struggle we all experience when trying to make a decision between right and wrong.
Is this scene a far-fetched theory? Where does it come from, and does it have any biblical basis?
Truth: There are both good and bad angels.
Tragically, Lucifer revolted against God’s leadership and took one third of heaven’s angels with him (Rev. 12:3-4). Scripture refers to these beings as fallen angels, because God expelled them from heaven.
Now they serve Satan as demons and oppressive spirits whose mission is to oppose God’s purpose (Dan. 10:10-14), execute Satan’s program (1 Tim. 4:1), disseminate false doctrine (1 Thes. 2;2), and afflict human beings. They can oppress believers (1 Sam 16:14) and possess unbelievers (Mt. 15;28). They will be one of the chief agents of destruction during the tribulation period.
My motive in sharing this information is not to frighten you, but to make you aware of the spiritual forces of wickedness at work around us. When we acknowledge our enemy and study his ways, we can recognize him for who he is, who he is not, and be better prepared to wage war against him.
Satan is not God’s equal. He is a created being with limited (although significant) power. The people who say, “Satan’s really riding me today,” have delusions of grandeur. Trust me; you and I aren’t important enough to warrant Satan’s attention. President Obama or Billy Graham maybe, but not you and me. Most of the trouble we get into is because of our own sinful nature.
While Satan and his demons have power to affect the world and its people, their power is limited by God (Job 1:12).They will all one day bow and submit to Jesus Christ.
The Bible tells us: "'As surely as I live,' says the Lord, 'every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God'" (Rom. 14:11).
Ephesians 6:12-18 gives us the blueprint for effective spiritual warfare:
If you missed Part I, "Angels Are Not Fat Cherubs," you can read it here.
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