Angels and Demons
This past weekend, I attended my husband’s hometown church. The visiting minister delivered quite a message, but I didn’t take notes. Meanwhile, my church continued their series “Between a Rock and a Hard Place.” I was able to watch and listen to an interesting discussion entitled “Does Satan Exist” yesterday – click HERE if you’re interested.  As I do every week, I thought I’d share some of what I learned (I also find it’s a good way for me to really reflect on God’s word throughout the week).

Before we speak directly of Satan, let’s discuss angels. Do you believe in angels? 

I actually don’t know much about angels, but I definitely believe that they exist. What I learned though this weekend is that like humans, angels are created by God…and they never die. In fact, we don’t actually become angels when we die (meaning we don’t grow wings and start playing a harp – if I can’t play a harp now, I guarantee you that I won’t be playing a harp in heaven). Notice I didn’t say that heaven doesn’t exist (although we’ll dive deeper into that discussion next week I think), just that we don’t become angels when we die. 

I learned that angels have personalities, they communicate, they have free will to make choices and they show emotions – much like Tinker Bell…every time a human being accepts Christ, the angels celebrate. There also seems to be some sort of hierarchy when it comes to angels. For example, we know of Michel as the Arc Angel and Gabriel as the Head Messenger. I guess there are also seraphims (angels that worship God above his thrown) and cherubims (angels that worship God around the thrown). 

Hebrews 13:2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”

We are definitely surrounded by angels, including the evil one – Satan, formally known as Lucifer (meaning Star of the Morning). From what I understand, like many of angels, Lucifer was incredibly talented and beautiful. Unfortunately, it all started to go to his head and he attempted go against God. The event is recounted in Isaiah 14:13-14 You said in your heart, “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” 

As a result, God cast Satan out of heaven and onto earth taking a third of all angels with him. We now refer to these angels as demons. It was then, in the Garden of Eden, that a war began. I’m sure you recall the story of Adam, Eve and the Tree of Knowledge. God certainly punished Adam and Eve for disobedience, but he also placed a series of curses on those responsible for the fall of mankind. Genesis 3:14 So the LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life.
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With all that in mind, what is Satan’s objective?  

1 Peter 5:8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Satan would love nothing more than to destroy our lives and our relationships, but he would settle for just blinding our minds.

2 Corinthians 4:4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. Satan has desensitized us to his ways – so much so that we don’t even realize he’s attacking. In fact, his most successful attack is subtly taking us away from our relationship with Jesus and God. 2 Corinthians 11:3 But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. It happens all the time…slowly we start missing church, then we start re-prioritizing our lives so that God is no longer first. Then, he starts attacking our mind. 

What’s his strategy?
  • Satan is the tempter…even in Jesus’ lifetime. Matthew 4: 1-3 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Much like God, Satan knows us…he studies us and he knows our weaknesses. Unfortunately, all too often, we fall for temptation, but he doesn’t stop there. 
  • Satan is an accuser. He’ll accuse us night and day for the things we’ve done in our past..things that we should have long forgiven ourselves for…things that God has forgiven. He’ll make us believe that God will no longer accept us – or that the Church doesn’t accept people like us…and we might believe him. Everytime we ask for forgiveness, he’ll just up the ante. 
So, what can we do? 
I tell ya what – all this talk of angels and demons puts me in the mood for a little heavy metal. If you’re not familiar with Skillet, they are my favorite Christian heavy metal band…and even better LIVE! Have a great Tuesday and be alert – he’s out there!
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    Thank you Ashley for this wonderful post. Great reading and good way to start my morning. Thank you for sharing. Have a beautiful day….

    Ashley, I so needed this word this morning. Thank you.

    And that photo illicited an immediate emotional response…oh, that we all would proclaim our faith in such a way! God bless you.

    Good reminder! We need to not only know the devil exists but that we need to be on our guard against him and his schemes against us. :O)

    Great post! And l love the photo!

    Thanks for sharing!! I love when God reinforces themes in my life. My bible study is going through Hebrews, so we just discussed angels & humans :)

    When I first saw your title, the Dan Brown book came to mind!

    Yes, I do believe in angels. :)

    I love your image and how it reflects your thoughts.
    I also think the video lighting-especially outside the windows-is really cool. So much to learn.

    Another wonderful post. Thank you for sharing with your readers!

    Great post Ashley! Thanks for sharing.

    This was a really well written post! I’ve been reading a Christian Fiction book called ‘Breath of Angel’ recently and so my mind has also been entertaining thoughts on things like angels and demons.

    It’s so interesting the more I learn about angels, their order/rank and about how they are indeed ‘alive’ and not like ‘us.’

    Satan is real…a fallen angel…a real tempter and accuser. I liked this line from the recent blockbuster film “The Rite” where Father Lucas Trevant speaks to the ‘Exorcist in Training,’ Michael: “Be careful Michael, choosing not to believe in the devil doesn’t protect you from him.” Just because we decide to forget that Satan is alive and well does not protect us from him!

    I hope you write more posts like this, Ashley!

    Blessings,
    Sarah Eizabeth

    what a great post! i just love that picture… the shirt is great!! Hope you have a wonderful day!

    There’s a lot of hair flying in that video!!! :) Love it!!! :) Thanks for sharing your heart on your blog…..Your awesome!!!

    I think you are right on Ashley!

    Ashley- I definitely believe in Angels & I believe that the Lord works through certain people in our lives & uses them as “earth” angels to do his work he has planned for us. I view each wonderful woman I have made a connection with through blogging (yourself included) as an angel the Lord has sent to me- to enhance my life, bring me joy or just plain teach me something. Each new friend has pushed me in a way that has changed my life & added so much more to it. It would have never happened without them. For this I am so grateful & in complete awe of how He works in my life.

    Spiritual warfare is going on all around us every minute of every day. I was made more aware of it after reading This Present Darkness when it first came out. Also C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters is another book that opened my eyes to the spiritual realm. I’m careful to study the Word to make sure I’m not believing man’s ideas, but God’s. Thanks for sharing.

    Wow…very powerful post.

    Beautiful post Ashley!

    So thankful that you take the time to do this each week.. and love that photo…

    It is important to point out, that while angels have free will, it is different than the freewill of humans.. Angels are fully knowledgable of God’s greatness in a way that We have yet to comprehend.. and If angels choose to leave God, ( satan and his followers), they can not be redeemed.. We are so blessed to have Jesus. Also on the plus side.. WE are created in God’s image.. angels are not!

    again, I loved your post…

    I look forward to these posts each monday! I definitely dont go to church as much as I should but I try to whenever possible. And youre right, Satan is sneaky (like a snake!) and seldom do we know its Him putting all the negative stuff in our thoughts and mind!! He is a lion in sheep’s clothing a lot of them time, a deceiver! And will make you think that its God Himself or the people around you that make you think the things you do and even question yourself!! But whenever I feel like I KNOW I shouldnt feel I always say “In the name of Jesus Christ I cast you out Satan!” and ask God for His understanding, mercy and protection! God is an awesome God! And I do believe in angels and I believe in guardian angels …and I believe they are always with us :)

    Great word Ash!

    I love when you share what you’ve learned.

    David Jeremiah did one the best teaching on angels I’ve ever heard.

    I know the Lord have brought them in my life many times.

    I pray to recognize them.

    With my son being a patient at St. Jude we’ve met many families that have lost children to cancer.

    It’s hard for me when they say their children have become “angels” when they die.

    I don’t say anything though…

    Great word.

    ;-D GREAT POST Ashley!

    Well done, faithful servant! Keep pressin in and sharing THE TRUTH as you learn it!

    Hugs!

    Thank you for sharing and encouraging!

    This post is really wonderful! I so look forward to your Tuesday posts on faith. This one on angels and demons was really enlightening. It’s Satan’s sole goal to distance us from God; and it’s our job as His children to be on our guard against it!

    I definitely believe in angels and demons. And am working hard to not succomb to satan.

    this was a fantastic post. I always learn so much from you every time I stop by. thanks!

    Many of my recent questions about Christianity have revolved around this topic. It’s such a tough thing to explain! Wonderful post as always and I’m LOVING Skillet! I’ve never heard of them before, but they remind me of Stained sprinkled with a little AFI! Nice. :)

    This is well put together! Really nice to see some positive preaching on the internet.

    I love the photo and quote you put with it!

    Great post!!

    I totally believe in angels… and, my sister and my brother were both rescued by angels at some point in their lives… very true. :)

    Ashley! This was a very VERY important post you just shared. I was thinking of the song by Kieth Green ” no one believes in me anymore” (believs in satan. that he exists) And THAT is just what he wants. What also is important to remember is that he actually uses the word of God to disguise himselves. So even more, we have to read the word and hear what God really says! thank you for this post as I´m struggling to read my bible. to take the time with it. And time is precious. Cuz we are running out of it!

    well written post…thanks for sharing your words and thoughts. They actually reached out to me at a pretty important time in my life/faith journey, so thank you…

    Gotta love me some scripture! Thank you for sharing! The picture/scripture is great!

    I’ve had too many “saves” in my life not to believe in angels. (or God) :) Fantastic post, Ash!

    Great and very interesting post!
    Kisses.

    Wow. So much to think about.

    Having had a miscarriage, I like to think my baby is an angel. Or he’s at least with them. And my great-grandma.

    This is a pretty emotional post!

    Very powerful and informative. I am reading a book now called “heaven is real”. Easy read. Might be something you’d enjoy.

    Great post… so nice to meet you and read your wonderful insight.

    Loving this – all of it. You really hit some high notes on some things I was thinking about today. Bookmarked the lesson from your church for when I have a bit more time. (It looks like a great church by the way.)

    I am with “Southern Gal”…..the book Screwtape Letters opened my eyes to so many spiritual warfare in a new way. Lewis does an excellent job of taking our day to day lives and telling them through the eyes of the enemy aka. Screwtape.

    You are really pouring out the Word and I love it.

    wow such a great post! This post actually taught me a lot and help connect some dots! Thank you!

    that was quite an interesting read – I do believe in angels but it saddens me to think that my father didn’t turn into an angel when he died. I like to think he has been watching over me and my brothers for the past 25 years!

    Great post!

    I always love these posts, Ashley. Thank you for taking the time to put them together! And I have not listened to skillet in like 10 years! ;-)

    haha, i can’t get past thinking about how we watched the movie “angels & demons” while i was in labor at the hospital.

    but yes, i definitely believe in angels… 100%.

    Great post! I am wondering which religion you are becuase I always like to know what religion teaches what and how does certain religion interprets the Bible. :)

    Thanks for sharing… and wow, I did not even know such a music genre existed as Christian heavy metal ;-)

    Great post Ashley! I dove off into reading more on the subject of angels and demons.

    I love and appreciate how much thought you put into your posts, Ashley. So much to consider here…

    One more thing: Skillet rocks! I don’t think I knew there was such thing as Christian heavy metal till I came here today! Very cool — I am rocking out right now! :)

    Great post, Ashley and so true!


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