Focal passage: 1 John 4:1-6
Talk of evil forces usually makes us uncomfortable. As a new believer, it made me nervous. When I went to college, I had only been a Christian for a few months. Fellow students who had been on overseas mission trips talked to me about demonic possession and different things they had encountered. It was new and scary for me.
I always thought when you talk about this stuff, you would open up the door for evil forces to come in. I would often try to fall asleep after these talks with a recycling of Adrian Rodgers’ sermons playing in my room all night, as I thought to myself, “I am not strong, but Adrian and his preaching voice might keep them away.”
As I grew more as a believer, texts like 1 John 4:1-6 gave me confidence. We do not need to fear evil forces when we’re in Christ.
The Bible says, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God” (1 John 4:1). As followers of Christ, we are not to run from things like this, but test them. We test the spirits to see if they are from God, by discerning whether these spirits line up with God’s Word or not.
Every Spirit that confesses Jesus Christ is from God. This should build our confidence when facing evil forces.
Not only should we test the spirits, but we should also know that Christ – who is in us – is greater than Satan. “Little children,” Jesus said, “you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).
He who dwells in us is greater than he who is in the world. This text alone took me from playing Adrian Rogers’ sermons at night as I slept, to being bold when it comes to evil forces. We do not need to fear evil when we’re in Christ.