4. Can demons hurt us sons of God?




No, they can by no means hurt us. No doubt they attack us in various ways, but they cannot kill us nor strike us with diseases for we are protected by God. There are some believers who were wizards and witches before their conversion, thus at that time they had evil spirits in their body, who have stated very clearly that every time they tried to hurt some believers their efforts were in vain, for the believers whom they attacked were protected by God. Some of these former wizards and witches have stated that they saw the believers surrounded by angels and so they could not strike them. For instance, here is what brother Emmanuel Eni Amos, a former Nigerian wizard, says in his book Delivered from the power of darkness: ‘The born again Christians are not known by the Bible they carry always or the many fellowships they attend. They are known in the spirit world by the light that shines continuously like a very bright candle in the heart or a circle of light around the head or a wall of fire around them. When a Christian was walking along, we saw angels walking along with him/her, one by the right, one by the left, and one behind. This made it impossible for us to come near him/her. The only way we succeeded was by making the Christian sin, thereby giving us a loophole to come in. When a Christian was driving a car and we wanted to harm him/her, we found that he/she was never alone in the car. There was always an Angel by him/her’ (Emmanuel Amos Eni, Delivered from the powers of darkness, Scripture Union Press and Books Ltd, P.O. Box 4011, Oyo Road, Ibadan, Nigeria, First Published 1987, page 29). On one occasion Emmanuel Eni Amos tried to kill a pastor but he could not kill him; here is what he says: “I sent my messengers to him but they could not kill him so I decided to carry out the mission myself. On the said day, I saw him walking along the new G.R.A. A thing worth mentioning here about this Pastor is: anytime we went for him, we would see pillars of cloud by his right and left hands, walking along with him, so these hindered us. But this particular day I saw nothing, so I was doubly sure my mission would be very successful. I commanded rain to fall to enable me to strike him with thunder. The rain started and the thundering began. The whole trees in the area started loosing their branches, but this Pastor was singing joyfully. I still remember the chorus: “In Jesus name every knee shall bow.” As he continued with this chorus the rain stopped, the thundering ceased and there appeared immediately two angels, one on each side, with flaming swords. Their eyes and the swords were like flames of fire. Then a strong wind carried me away and I found myself in another town! In fact I was baffled, but because we were so hardened, what I said was: “This man has escaped again!” The Pastor did not know the spiritual war that was fought on his behalf’ (Ibid., page 57)

Is it not true that even Satan had to acknowledge that God had put a hedge around Job, who was a righteous man? Here is what Satan said to God: “Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side?” (Job 1:10 – NKJV). That’s why Satan was able to strike Job only after God allowed him; the first time God said to Satan: “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person’ (Job 1:12 – NKJV), and the second time He said to Satan: “Behold, he is in your hand, but spare his life” (Job 2:6 – NKJV).

The example of Job teaches us clearly that we sons of God are protected by God and that the devil can hurt us only if God (for some particular reasons) allows him to hurt us.

The Psalmist says: “The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore” (Psalm 121:5-8), and also that the angels of the Lord encamp all around those who fear God and deliver them (Psalm 34:7. The Italian Bible Diodati Version reads “the angels of the Lord” and not “the angel of the Lord” as in the KJV and many other Bible versions). The Psalmist says also: “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation” (Psalm 91:1-16).

Therefore, we must live calmly, for the devil with all his hosts can by no means hurt us. Know this, that when Satan comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will put him to flight (Isaiah 59:19), and that - as Jesus said to His disciples - “nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Luke 10:19). Amen.