How Does the Unseen Realm Affect Us?


In our meditations the last two days, we have been looking at what the Bible says about the unseen realm intersecting with planet earth. In that hidden world, there are not only God's angels; there are evil angels and demons. God has given us protection against the evil spirits in the form of an unseen barrier. In a later meditation, we will talk about the armor of God, given to Christians for their protection against the enemy's warfare, but for now, let's talk about the natural "fence or hedge" (Job 1:10). This barrier keeps the enemy from making inroads into people's lives:


6One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them. 7The LORD said to Satan, "Where have you come from?" Satan answered the LORD, "From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it." 8Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil." 9"Does Job fear God for nothing?" Satan replied. 10"Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. 11But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face." 12The LORD said to Satan, "Very well, then, everything he has is in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger" (Job 1:6-12 Emphasis mine).


In Job's case, Satan wanted to destroy his testimony of God's faithfulness, and for His reasons, God allowed the hedge of protection to be removed and permitted Satan to attack Job. The enemy strategizes how he can break down that natural barrier that protects our soul from fear, bondage, and servitude to demonic forces. When we play around with the occult, for instance, this “hedge” is gradually eroded or cut back, and one can see and experience things that are generally not seen.

The enemy, Satan, gives occult power to those who are obedient to his will. Mystical power can be attractive to those seeking such things, but it never comes without a price. Every form of evil supernatural power comes with a hook in it, trapping one to satanic bondage. When we obey our enemy and give our permission to do his will, oppression and darkness are always the results. Drugs are another means of eroding that barrier so that one can experience other states of reality.


Satan never gives away such experiences without bringing those who are searching in the darkness closer to him. God, by His Spirit, also enables His people to move in supernatural power if we are open to being used of Him, but when God moves His people to act under His authority, there is never a hook. It brings joy to the heart to be used by God. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is always liberty and freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17), unlike the enemy.


Chip Ingram, the author of a book called “The Invisible War,” states, "There is a visible and an invisible world that intersects, and we live in that intersection."[1] Sometimes, when people are sick, they may see things in the unseen realm. There are accounts of people seeing the other world as they are dying. For instance, Svetlana Stalin, the daughter of Josef Stalin, the evil leader of Russia from 1922-1953, accompanied her father at death’s door and said that she would never again sit alongside an unbeliever who was dying. She said that he went into hell, kicking and screaming. Voltaire was said to have died crying out in torment. Speaking for those who do know God, C.M. Ward said, "No Christian has ever been known to recant on his deathbed." Keith Thomas

This meditation is a shortened version of the more in-depth study: The Unseen Realm. [1] Chip Ingram, The Invisible War, Published by Baker Books, Grand Rapids MI. Page 39.