when i met a demon

Bill Stoner
June 20, 2024
Image of floating guitar

Read: I John 4:1-6

Reflect: I still remember the first time I was ever in the same room with a demon. It was my senior year in High School. I had been a Christian a little over a year and I attended a Bible Study at a friend’s house. That night was different because we had an unexpected guest.  I’ll call him “Charlie”. Charlie was a kid from the neighborhood who was friends with the guy who lived in the home hosting the study. So, in other words, Charlie invited himself. Besides, he played the guitar and since none of us had any musical talent, it seemed okay.

his presence made everyone uncomfortable

That evening was quite unusual, not the same upbeat and raucous evening we were used to until we all got serious and into the Word. A cloud of despair seemed to hover over Charlie. Everything we said seemed to provoke disagreement from Charlie, especially our study in the Word of God. He was disruptive, disagreeable and even his presence made everyone uncomfortable.

the guitar was magically standing on its own

At that point he called out to everyone to look over at his guitar. I gave a glance and saw the guitar, standing on its end without any assistance. There was no good explanation as to how it was happening. Then Charlie said something which was very strange, he said: “The power that holds that guitar is the power you need to believe.” At that point the guys slowly made their way out with more questions than answers. I also left, but with one truth on my mind: “I had just met a demon.”

who is telling the truth and who is not

The Apostle John says I John 4:4: “You dear children, are from God, and have overcome them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”  What a terrific verse and what a truth to bear whenever the Spirit of Lies tries to disrupt and sway someone away from Biblical truth.  John makes it very simple how to tell who is telling the truth and who the false teachers are.

I John 4:2: “Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledges Jesus is not from God.”  We cannot believe every person who writes a book (believe me, there are plenty of those), or an individual who has their own podcast, or someone who draws thousands of people just to hear them speak. Instead, we must compare what he says with the Word of God and to see if it lines up with who is Jesus is. And if it doesn’t, then it’s not of God!

Apply: Well, whether my first encounter with a demon was real or not, I’ll let you decide. But this I know: The Scriptures are our only source of truth and everything we say must be based on them. Whether we encounter opposition from a friend, a relative, or a guitar toting kid down the street, we must stand strong. Remember, greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world!

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