“I've seen angels, demons, and other spiritual things for as long as I can remember,” Blake K. Healy wrote in his recent explanation of demonic activity for Charisma News. “I see them whenever I have the mind to look, and I see them with my eyes, just as I would see you if you were sitting in front of me.” Describing an incident in which he watched a demonic attack in a coffee shop, Healy addressed the most common, dangerous misconception many Christians believe about demons.
Healy, noticing the girl sitting across from him, also noticed the demon “creeping up her back—a sniveling, pathetic looking thing with bony limbs and dead, gray skin.” The demon, looking much like a “2-year-old taking a tentative step toward an open cookie jar,” went unnoticed by the girl, even when it ran its “oily” hands through her hair.
The demon’s effects on the girl, however, were not invisible. “A look of frustration cuts across her face,” Healy described. “She pinches the bridge of her nose with dirtied fingers, and then runs them along her cheek, leaving smears all the way. It's subtle, but I see the look on her face move from frustration to sadness for the briefest of moments.”
“The demon sees this better than I do,” he continued, “seizing the opportunity to lean in and whisper something into her ear. I can't hear what he's saying or read his lipless mouth, but I know what he said: ‘You're not good enough. No one loves you. You're not worth it. This always happens to you.’ He tells her the same accusations that assault all of our minds daily.”
Fortunately, Healy shared that the girl shook off the attack without batting an eye. Her confidence sent the demon “tumbling off the back of the chair.” The effects, including the oily smudges from the demon’s hands, however, will last “until she decides they don't belong.”
According to Healy, many of us hold some serious misconceptions about demons thanks largely to “movies, overzealous preachers, and an underdeveloped sense of identity in Christ.” He continued, “some think the world is stuffed full of evil forces poised and ready to pounce the moment you pick up that heavy metal album or step into that horror movie” or that a “healthy diet of good deeds and teeth-gritting resistance to temptations” is enough to stave off an attack.
Healy shared with readers that, in fact, “demons are more attracted by what you think than what you do.” How you think, he said, is determined by “knowing who you are in Christ.” Healy concludes that “the only way to know who you are in Christ is to know what He thinks about you. That is to say, if you know what God has to say about you, then the lies of the enemy seem silly. This is the majority of what you need to know about dealing with demons.”
The girl Healy watched didn’t do anything to invite a spiritual attack. “Maybe she saw a friend say something bad about her on Facebook, maybe she got frustrated at a homework assignment or maybe it was just the end of a hard day,” Healy suggested. Ultimately, the demon’s goal was “to use that moment as an opportunity for accusation...The demonic tries to hold our mistakes in the air as proof that we have failed as children of God. It's ironic, since Jesus came and died so our inadequacies would no longer be capable of keeping us apart from Him.”