The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” (Job 1:7)
One day I received a call from a student: “Please come to our dorm to pray over it.”
“Can you tell me why?” I asked.
“Well, some of the students are sensing evil—kind of a presence that should not be there.”
In Africa, I would not have hesitated to go and pray. However, this context was different. I was in America now. What would people think if they found out I was praying for Satan and his forces of evil to go away? Wouldn’t they think I was crazy?
When I was a missionary, I realized that we are engaged in a real battle, one of cosmic proportions, and our opponent is Satan. If I talked about Satan in Africa, Africans understood who I was talking about. If I talked about evil spirits in Cambodia, Cambodians would nod their heads and say that they have also dealt with them.
The reality of spiritual warfare has been present in Scripture all along. However, our faulty belief systems in North America have caused many of us to ignore what others see as obvious.
Archibald Brown declared, “The existence of the Satan is so clearly taught in the Bible that to doubt it is to doubt the Bible itself.” When we question the existence of Satan, we also give him a huge advantage in the spiritual battle we are engaged in.
Be aware that Satan exists and that he is your enemy.
Jim “Umf” Lo is a pastor, professor at Indiana Wesleyan University, cross-cultural leader, intercessor, and author of several books published by Wesleyan Publishing House.
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