You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. Psalm 91:6-7
In the original Hebrew, these verses were thought to pertain to flesh and blood enemies and agricultural disasters. But hundreds of years before Jesus, the Jews who translated this passage into Greek understood that these enemies were demonic forces. Demons are referenced all through this Psalm. So it’s ironic, and shortsighted, that Satan quoted this Psalm to Jesus during the temptation. It was a passage that was meant to drive him away!
It will be hard to keep this devotional short. I teach a long time in Prayer Mapping about the demonic; why they present themselves in certain places and not others, and what must be done to close the door to their activity. You can take the course online through our website if you want to check it out. But for now, know that none of us need to fear dark spirits. If we grasp the power and authority that is ours in Christ, they will fear us!
Having traveled extensively for the past fifty years, I’ve stayed in all kinds of places. Each had a history. I saw quickly that anywhere sin has been committed, there is a demonic residue that remains unless a believer takes care of it. Think of every hotel room ~ how many people have stayed there. Think of what has transpired. The first thing any child of God must do when entering is address the darkness, pray scripture, and use their God-given authority to clean it out. I’ve spent many sleepless, fitful nights in rooms I’d been too lazy to take care of beforehand. Agitation and angst, and bad dreams ruined my stay. Believe me, it’s not worth ignoring it.
I’ve also stayed in many homes. Some were peaceful from the time I entered. Others felt bad just driving up to them. While I didn’t own each home and didn’t have the authority to permanently cleanse the property, I could pray for the space around me for the time I was there. (And also pray for the owners to sense the uncleanness and want answers for their own freedom.)
It’s instinctive to fear enemies we cannot see. But God sees them. He is a kind Father who equips His children to prevail over spiritual enemies. In Christ, we have every weapon to fight, and win. Remember, God is our fortress and behind His fortified walls, He trains us how to fight. Every sniveling, pathetic creature, and every high ranking territorial spirit, will tremble when a saint knows how to wield the sharp sword of the Word of God.
Hidden in You, I am feared by Your enemies. Thank you. Amen