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Don Stewart :: Do Demons Understand the Limitations of Their Power?

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Don Stewart
Yes. Though demons have power to inflict disease, and to possess people and animals, their power is limited. They understand their limitations. Demons are intelligent beings in that they understand the limit of their power. They know the following.

1. Only One God Exists

Demons understand that there is only one God who has existence - the God of the Bible.

You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe - and shudder (James 2:19).

2. They Know The Identity Of Christ

They understand Jesus' true nature, yet they are not committed to Him.

saying, What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Are You come to destroy us? I know You, who You are, the Holy One of God (Mark 1:24).

The demons realize that Jesus is the Son of God, and that He has authority over them.

3. They Know Their Fate

Demons know their eventual fate.

And behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with You, Son of God? Are You come here to torment us before the time? (Matthew 8:29).

They realize that judgment is coming for them - a judgment they cannot escape.

4. Submit To Authority Of Christ

Demons know Christ, and submit to His authority. When Christ commanded, the demons obeyed.

And the demons besought Him, saying, If You drive us out, send us away into the herd of swine. And He said unto them, Go. And they came out, and went into the swine: and behold, the whole herd rushed down the cliff into the sea, and perished in the waters (Matthew 8:31,32).

5. Demons Know Genuine Believers

Demons also know those who have truly believed in Christ.

And the evil spirit answered and said unto them, Jesus I know, and Paul I know, but who are you? (Acts 19:15).

6. Submit To Believers Under Christ's Authority

The disciples of Jesus were given power over demons.

Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons: freely you received, freely give (Matthew 10:8).

This power over the demons became manifest.

And the seventy returned with joy, saying, Lord, even the demons are subject unto us in Your name . . . [Jesus said] Nevertheless in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rejoice that your names are written in heaven (Luke 10:17,20).

Demons have to submit to believers under the authority of Jesus.


Demons know their limitations. They understand that only one God exists and they must submit to Him. They also know who Jesus is, and they submit to His authority. Demons realize that they will eventually be judged. They also know the identity of genuine believers. Those who believe in Jesus have power over the demons and should not be frightened of them.
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