Common Ground 10.21.20

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

James 4:7 ESV

It’s October, and everywhere you look it seems you’ll find witches, ghosts and demons. Must be Halloween, right? Possibly, but it could be that someone just spent a little extra time in the Bible this week.

When it comes to supernatural creeps, the Bible actually has more than you think. There is a pantheon of false Gods, mediums, seers, ghosts, satyrs, and depending on your interpretation, even a night hag. Oh, yeah, and demons. Lots of demons. Baddies galore when you total it all up. That said, there are also lots of angels, so don’t freak out just yet.

The truth is we live in a natural world and a supernatural reality. We can’t see everything, can’t taste it, smell it or hear it most of the time, but there is more to creation than we experience in our normal everyday lives. It is revealing that when we fill in the gaps of what we can’t see with our imagination, the results are almost always negative. Sure, there are good elves and gnomes and such, but the overwhelming majority of what we imagine in the supernatural realm is dark and evil. Why is that? Honestly, the answer doesn’t matter. What matters is that no matter what you run up against (or what your imagination conjures up for you), the truth is that as followers of Jesus we have nothing to fear.

Look, the majority of what we fear in the dark, things like ghosts and ghouls, are simply figments of our imagination. There is literally nothing to fear! At the same time, we’d be fools to write off the supernatural entirely. Satan is real. Demons are real. They’ve been around for a long time, they want nothing so much as to distract you from God and they’re quite adept at what they do. They are capable of all kinds of evil and nothing to be trifled with. That said, neither are the children of God.

Part of surrendering to Jesus Christ as lord of your life is living with the understanding that although we are somewhat stuck in a natural reality for now, we will one day “judge angels.” Demons, in case you were wondering, are nothing more than fallen angels. Oops. The good news that frees you from slavery to sin also guarantees your position in heaven. You were bought with a price–the blood of Jesus–and nothing can take that away. Keep that in mind the next time you get scared. The things that go bump in the night have no hold over the Ones who are saved but grace through faith in Christ. You are the Chosen. You are the one within whom the Holy Spirit resides. You are a child of the King, and if anyone should live in fear, it is the one who would mess with a child of the King.

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