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  The Great Bible Story #2
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Angels and demons

Jacob Ninan
One of God's first creations was angels. They are invisible spirit beings like God with their own personalities, able to think, feel and make choices. They have no material bodies (no wings!), even though they can appear, if they want, in forms we can see. They have supernatural powers compared to us, but they are only created beings with limitations. They are subject to God, and He holds the limits to what they can do. They have to move from place to place and can't be everywhere at the same time like God, and they don't know everything. God has sometimes used them to bring messages to people (even though He now prefers to speak to people directly). Angels are countless in number, and there are also ranks among them such as archangels, cherubim and seraphim. They are involved in the worship in heaven and carrying out different tasks God gives them. God uses them to help us in miraculous ways, but we don't usually see them.

Lucifer was the leader of the angels at one time as an anointed cherub, with beauty and wisdom surpassing others. But then he began to think he could be equal, higher or independent of God. He was immediately thrown out of God's presence. By then he had managed to get nearly one third of the angels on his side, and they too were sent away with him. He is now known as Satan, and all the angels who followed him are called demons. Now they have turned their whole fury against people whom God created later, and especially against those who choose to follow Jesus Christ. They try to deceive and oppress us, and turn us to sin or away from God.

God has put a wall around those who belong to Him, and demons cannot touch us without His permission. In very rare cases God may allow them to oppress us in order to test us. But what we need to be careful is not to open our life to them, because then they can gain control over us in different degrees. If we continue in sin without repentance, get knowingly or unknowingly involved in occult practices, or worship idols, those are ways in which demons can get an access to our life. The worst form is demon possession where a man has lost control entirely to demons. Those who belong to God cannot be possessed by demons, but they still need to be careful not to give the devil any place in their life.

We don't have to live in fear of demons because Jesus has already defeated them. If we belong to God through faith in Jesus, God has given us authority over Satan and all his demons.


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