And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
"Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God,
and the authority of his Christ.
For the accuser of our brothers,
who accuses them before our God day and night,
has been hurled down.
To use the old-fashioned words, I have felt bedevilled & demonised this last year. I have felt squashed and twisted and generally screwed around with, and in the corresponding mess, an overwhelming sense of hopeless sadness. I have seen my good motives perverted into making me into someone that is not me – I have literally not been able to recognise myself for much of the past 6 months. It’s been heartbreaking, for me and for others.
This is what demons do! They are not so clever as we give them credit, really. They hate us, and hate it when we do what we are made for (ie. love God and be ourselves). They hardly ever try to make us worship satan – it’s much easier to get us hating ourselves and our lives. And they are good at it. It’s worked on me, anyway.
But only to some extent. No more. I see through your schemes, you scumbags!! You mindless filthy ORCS!!! You aren’t going to get me; not in the short run, and definitely not in the long run.
Hence the bit of the Bible above. He accuses us day and night, but he is not strong enough, so:
They overcame him
by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;
they did not love their lives so much
as to shrink from death.
Therefore rejoice, you heavens
and you who dwell in them!
But woe to the earth and the sea,
because the devil has gone down to you!
He is filled with fury,
because he knows that his time is short."