Yesterday I watched an appeal for prayer from Archbishop Ben Kwashi for his fellow Christian Nigerians who are once again being killed in their own villages by wicked people. It seems so evil it is almost as if demons are amongst them. We believe attacks on Gods people for doing right comes from spiritual forces. It was the case for the Christians Peter is writing to. This is more than just a bad day. This is how to survive an evil demonic attack on your life.
We move into what is a difficult passage to understand but it starts off with ‘For Christ also suffered’.
“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. 19 After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits— 20 to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.” (1 Peter 3 v 18-22)
So how do you survive an evil demonic attack on your life? As you walk in the way of Christ:
- Acknowledge the attack will hurt you. ‘For Christ also suffered’
- The Spirit will come to your help and will bring new life. ‘made alive in the Spirit’
- Know you will testify and be a proclaimer of your victory. ‘made proclamation’ (to the fallen angels)
- Your commitment to Christ will save you. ‘baptism that now saves you also’
- Evil will not have victory over you rather it will be in submission to you. ‘powers in submission to him’.