I just read a short but very powerful blog post about spiritual warfare on the mission field entitled “Demonology 101.” From the blog post: “…nightmares tormented our two-year old son. For many months he’d wake up screaming bloody murder and we could not settle him back down easily. At two and a half, he was finally able to verbalize what he’d been dreaming about for the past few months…His nightmare was x-rated, not a typical toddler-being-chased-by-a-bear dream. Satan was not playing fair.
Now the shock turned to anger. I scanned the recesses of my brain. What had seminary taught me about demonic activity? I couldn’t recall any class where we had discussed anything remotely similar to what we were experiencing nor was “Demonology 101” offered when I attended!”
You can link to the blog post here: http://theeowiggle.blogspot.de/2013/10/demonology-101.html#gpluscomments
I have to confess that don’t have a whole lot of experience in this area. While we have experienced spiritual attacks on a regular basis while in Japan, I have a hard time imagining a full-force demonic attack on your small child. I have heard several sobering stories of demonic attacks on the children of missionaries in Japan during my time on the field. One story involved a strange illness striking several MK children (clearly designed to torment and unsettle the parents) and another was a demonic attack on one child of a missionary family that was so difficult and painful that the family had to leave the mission field.
I am so thankful we have the Word of God to guard our hearts and minds as we think about the real possibility that we might face the same battles on the mission field. It is sobering to remember that Satan will even go so far as to attack our littlest ones. One thing we are certain of: the Evil One does not want the gospel to spread in Japan! But God is greater than Satan and by His grace may the kingdom of God spread in this dark land. “For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.”
2 Cor. 10:4: “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.”
Eph. 6:12: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”
Luke 10: 19: “Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.“