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Core 52 Chapter 25 - The Supernatural

I can hear it in my mind now, “Angels and Demons and Hell, Oh my! Angels and Demons and Hell, Oh my!” The soft chant of confusion, discontent and distraction that usually accompanies any discussion of the supernatural.  This is usually followed by references to fictional TV shows, comic books or other works of fiction that easily flood our mind with what we or others think when it comes to such beings.

Yes, angels and demons and heaven and hell are absolutely real. Yes, some glorious day (for those who belong to Christ) in the future there will be eternal residential assignments passed out to everyone – heaven or hell.  Yes, God still uses angels to intervene even today. Yes, demons are real, and they want nothing more than to make your eternity match their torturous one.

It can be somewhat overwhelming to try and discern what we know and don’t know about the supernatural. With so many outside “expert” resources, one can also get sucked into believing something with no real evidence or support.  When it comes to the supernatural, I think it is best to go straight to the only book we have on earth written by a supernatural being – The Bible, written by the most powerful and authoritative supernatural being in existence – God!  In this week’s CORE 52 reading, Mark Moore has given us some valuable insight regarding the supernatural – heaven, hell, angels, demons and more.  I don’t necessarily agree with all of his opinions on some of these, but I also know that I don’t know everything, so I am always open-minded and willing to ask questions not only of the ones with the opinions but also of myself and the views and beliefs I have.  In all those circumstances, I let God’s word speak the loudest when forming my views and beliefs.

Speaking of God’s Word, I discovered something in the reading this week I had never uncovered before relating to the Word of God. In the discussion, Mr. Moore brought up the passage in Ephesians 6 which discusses spiritual warfare and the “armor of God.”  He points out to us the only offensive weapon listed in the armor is the “sword of the Spirit” (Eph 6:17) which is the “word of God.” For all my years of study and in all my years of teaching, I have always skimmed right over that word “word” and always proclaimed that our weapon is the Word!  That would usually be followed by me holding my Bible up in the air and swinging it like a sword, which I just discovered is the completely wrong action to take when reading this particular passage.  I was amazed to discover in the Greek the word for “Word” is not the one we most commonly think of, “logos,” found in John 1 and other places in the New Testament. In this case, the word is ῥῆμα (rhēma) and actually means “that which is spoken; declaration, saying, speech, word.” (dramatic pause to let that sink in…)  I KNOW, right?!?!  I am as surprised as you are!

All this time, I’ve been swinging my Bible around like a light-saber trying to slice demons in half! All this time I was wrong. I wonder how much hideous demonic laughter resonated in the spiritual realm because of my futile swinging!  All this time I should have been SPEAKING the Word!

This brings a whole new level of meaning to the benefit of memorizing the Word of God!  No matter what we know or think we know about angels and demons there is one thing I know for sure – when it comes to fighting my spiritual battles, maybe words ARE more powerful than actions! My prayer for both you and me is for us to find the time, ability and strength to memorize the Word of God and speak His power into being!

- Pete Ramsey