The following question was received and follows from yesterday’s article on angels:
“Do you think that children can have bad angels?”
We all know that Satan attacks in various ways and manner, including killing unborn children through abortion. I am convinced that Satan is behind all abortions and that when a woman visits an abortionist both she, and her young precious child, and being victimized ultimately by Satan and his demons, who are at the “heart” of the abortion controvesy. If what you mean by your question is “can a child be affected or assaulted by a bad angel?” in this sense, then, yes, obviously a young person can. And that is a tremendous shame. The “power” of the bad angels to be able to do this, of course, comes through sin, ignorance (lack of knowledge), and deception on many people’s part (and lack of prayer of the church, too).
Satan may also attack through a lack of proper covering supplied by parents and/or guardians. A parent who fails to pray for their children, or who themselves are committing sin (and themselves are not keeping close to God) are going to put their children at risk. So Satan attacks in this way, as well. It can get worse, of course. If the parent and/or guardian is involved in Satanic ritual or clubs or organizations which involve Satan, either covertly (secretly) or overtly (openly), then of course, a demon can be “assigned”, as it were, to the child. However, in reality, what we are talking about is demonization — the demon comes right inside the child. This is common in abusive relationships (I know, believe me).
Now concerning spiritual warfare and the hindering of good angels to be able to act, there is an example in the book of Daniel in which Daniel prays for 21 days for an answer from God. He does not see the answer for these days, and on the 21st day, an angel appears to him:
“Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel; for from the first day that thou didst set thy heart to understand, and to humble thyself before thy God, thy words were heard: and I am come for thy words’ sake. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days; but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me: and I remained there with the kings of Persia. Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days; for the vision is yet for many days.” (Daniel 10:12-14)
This is a prime example of a spiritual conflict. The “strength” of the bad angels in this case, being able to fight against the good angels is due not to Daniel’s sin, but rather to the sin of the world (and perhaps more particularly the nation of Israel in this instance). In short, the “power” of the devil and his demons is due to sin. If it were not for sin, the devil would have no power in this world. Note that this is why it is so important to — all the time — walk under the covering of God (abide in his ways, and obey his commandments, and maintain a close, steady, open, honest, relationship with him). The more open we are with God — the more transparent, the more emptied of ourselves — the less of a hold that Satan has on us.
Hence, Jesus’s statement, “[the devil] has nothing in me.” (John 14:31)
He could say this because, as he said, “For I am come down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.” (John 6:38) This was Jesus’s true strength (obedience and submission).
Again, in Hebrews 5:7, we read “[Jesus] [w]ho in the days of his flesh, having offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and having been heard for his godly fear, though he was a Son, yet learned obedience by the things which he suffered.” (Hebrews 5:7)
Once again, we are brought back to the question of obedience. If you want to be free from the devastations of Satan, you and I both need to walk in obedience. On this note, some say that it is easier not to obey than to obey. But that is a deception. Not to obey God in every way opens the door for Satan to act, and we all know that this is “far more costly” in the end that doing everything we can possible to be righteous in God’s sight.