Concerning Evil Spirits

C.S. Lewis says this in his introduction to ‘The Screwtape Letters’:

‘There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors’.

Corrie Ten Boom, who had a significant international ministry after the second world war, says this in her booklet ‘Defeated Enemies’:

‘Having faced fights “not with flesh and blood, but with spiritual agents from the very headquarters of evil” (Eph 6:12 Phillips) in prisons during the war and, later when travelling all over the world; and having met so many people – even dear servants of the Lord – who, though surrounded by the powers of darkness, the devil and the demons, do not recognise them, and do not know how to deal with them, I decided, at the request of a missionary friend, to write down what I have learned, as a help for other children of God’.

We do have an enemy to contend with. The apostle Peter warns us that we need to be self-controlled and alert because “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” 1 Peter 5:8,9.The apostle Paul tells us:

“Our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12

Demons have a real personality.

  • They have knowledge Mark 1:23,24

  • They can feel James 2:19

  • They have a will Matthew 12:44

  • They can speak Acts 19:15

These are some of the things they can do:

  • Entice James 1:14

  • Deceive 1 Timothy 4:1,2

  • Enslave Romans 8:15

  • Drive, compel Luke 8:29

  • Defile Titus 1:15

They can attack:

  1. Through the mind – e.g. unbelief, indecision, false teaching
  2. Through the will – e.g. pride, stubbornness
  3. Through the emotions – e.g. resentment, anger, hatred, fear
  4. From the outside  – when we must resist them James 4:7, 1 Peter 5,8,9
  5. From the inside – when they need casting out Matthew 8:16, Mark 1:39


4 responses to “Concerning Evil Spirits

  1. peacecrusader

    Is there any verse in the Holy Bible (Old and New Testaments) that we should ignore ALL spirits?

  2. pilgrimsway

    Not as far as I know. The gift of discernment of spirits – I Corinthians 12:10 – is given so that we may know which spirit is operating: the Holy Spirit, an enemy spirit, or our own human spirit.

  3. peacecrusader


    AFAIK, there is no verse in the Bible that says that we should ignore ALL spirits. Why then do many Christian churches instruct their adherents to stay away from spirits? What if the spirit is archangel Gabriel, archangel Michael, or the Holy Spirit Himself? Are they evil spirits? That is why the spirit who we (plural) talk to advises us to be scrutinizing. Pick out what is good and discard what is evil. Even the Devil can talk about God and religion. So we have to be wary if the spirit is from the true God or not. 1 John 4 gives us pieces of advice. I found out also that if the spirit is from the true God, the spirit has prophecy. For example, the archangel Gabriel who appeared before Zechariah and the Virgin Mary is from the true God because he told them about something would happen to them to confirm, such as Zechariah becoming mute and the cousin of the Virgin Mary being six months pregnant.

  4. Pilgrimsway

    Anyone else like to comment?

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