In 1999, I went with two of my close friends to visit their family in Taiwan for 4 weeks. It was sweltering hot and I lost two dress sizes during that time! Besides the heat, I was also afraid I would be eating hidden cat and dog in the food!
However, not only did I come back having lost weight, but I also came back having lost the fiery passion I had for God just before I left for the holiday.
One hot day while sightseeing, we came across a few stalls in the market place. My friend had stopped to look at a little Buddha ornament and commented “how cool” it was. I picked it up and said, “Ugh, just another idiotic demon. What does he know?!” Unbeknownst to me, my arrogant attitude was my grave mistake.
All too often Christians develop a belief that nothing can harm us just because we are born again- this has no scriptural basis. Scripture clearly shows the opposite:
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.” 1 Peter 5: 8-9
“Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, ‘The Lord rebuke you!’ But these speak evil of whatever they do not know; and whatever they know naturally, like brute beasts, in these things they corrupt themselves.” Jude 1:9
“Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you” Luke 10:20
After 40 days in the wilderness, Jesus did not ridicule Satan but said, “Away with you, Satan!” (Matthew 4:10)
This in no way means we are giving honour to Satan by not mocking him – what it means is that once we do mock him or other demons, we become careless by standing in our own power and we open ourselves to the sin of pride and lack of discipline. And ultimately a curse. God is just.
My mocking resulted in my relationship with God to become dry and unfruitful. Once I repented and broke the curse, I was back on track.
Knowing that the enemy has power is not glorifying him. He does have power! We need always be aware of that fact to not be ignorant of him and we can’t tread lightly either. We are to be obedient with our words and always stand in the power of Jesus Christ, not our own.