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HEALING OF THE SPIRIT
A practical manual for Deliverance and
Inner Healing
Dr. Arlin Epperson
Columbia, Missouri USA
573 449 1045
aepperson@ccis.edu
www.healingofthespirit.org
Version 7, 2014
Section # Title Page #
1 Healing of the Spirit - Introduction 1
How Gates Are Opened
2 Our Sins 11
3 Unforgiveness 15
4 Sexual Sins and Soul Ties 24
5 Miscarriages and Abortion 33
6 The Occult 35
7 Divorce 43
8 Curses 45
9 Generational Influences 56
9.1 Generational Genogram 73
10 Your Tongue 74
11 Vows and Death Wishes 79
12 Objects and Places 82
13 Involuntary Exposure 90
14 Freemasonry 92
Open Gates from Hurts, Emotions & Memories
15 Hurts, Emotions and Memories 103
16 Sexual Abuse 115
17 Rejection 118
18 Prenatal Influences 131
19 Trauma 134
20 Satanic Ritual Abuse 146
21 Our Image of God and Self 156
Closing the Gates
22 Confession & Repentance 163
23 The Interview 166
24 Ministry Options and Considerations 176
25 Healing Power of Communion 190
26 Reasons Healing May Not Occur 194
27 After Care (How to keep your healing) 196
Additional Information
28 Setting Up a Deliverance Ministry in Your Church 200
29 Territorial Spirits 207
30 Healing from Witchcraft, family traditions (Africa) 235
31 Pride 242
32 20 Questions for Deliverance 252
33 Open Gates diagram 253
34 Resources 254
Table of Contents
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Healing of the Spirit Introduction
Course Overview
My intention in offering this booklet is to educate the believer with regard to the total pro-
cess of spiritual healing. Scripture offers many truths which are hidden to the untrained eye, scrip-
tural truths which are designed to “set us free” (John 8:31-32). And, as King David confirmed,
God desires “truth in the inward parts” (Ps. 51:7).
For those who believe and who are familiar with God’s Word, bringing these truths to great-
er light and understanding allows us to see more clearly how to utilize God’s design in the process
of healing. As Christ read from, and in fulfillment of, Isaiah 61, He announced that God sent him
(among other things) “to proclaim liberty to the captives.
This booklet attempts to reveal God’s truth with regard to many of the areas of bondage in
which an individual finds himself, that he might be “made free,” for truly, “If the Son therefore
shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36). It is intended to be both a self-help guide
to those seeking freedom from bondage and a manual for intercessors, pastors, and deliverance min-
isters who pray for those who are bound.
After accepting Jesus Christ with all their heart, a person must be ready to remove from their
life all that prevents the absolute working of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, inquiry should be made
about areas in the person’s life that may still be in bondage; we cannot set something free which has
not first been surrendered.
Deliverance is not about shouting! It is about focusing on discovering what it is that is giv-
ing the enemy authority to remain in a person’s life. God’s motive is to restore human beings to His
image and likeness. The Hebrew and Greek words for salvation imply the ideas of deliverance,
safety, preservation, healing and soundness.
Finding oneself in spiritual bondage is akin to finding oneself bound with many chains or
ropes, each chain or rope representing a different area of one’s life where bondage has occurred.
First the cause of these bondages is discovered (there are always more than one), then the individual
renounces these ties, and cuts the ropes one at a time. Once these ropes or ties are all cut, the de-
mon(s) then has nothing on which to continue their hold, and with much joy it must go when it is
commanded to leave. And the person is free to the glory of God.
Many believers have not been taught, and are therefore unaware, that before they knew the
Lord Jesus Christ they submitted their lifeor areas of their lifeto a different lordship. These
believers have never been led to take back or renounce the authority given over to the enemy, who
may still be maintaining his positionif only partiallyand who will assert his right whenever
possible, thereby oppressing the believer. Whatever authority hasn’t been given to Jesus is claimed
by Satan. Evil spirits can only inhabit where they have authority. Satan always stands at our right
hand ready to bind us, if we allow it. If we open our hedge, a serpent shall bite us (Eccl. 10:8).
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Why Preach, Teach and Minister Inner Healing and Deliverance?
Many Christians do not recognize or know they are in bondage, that they have strongholds
and open “gates” or “doors” which allow darkness to influence them. The scriptural admonition
stated in Hosea 4:6 is still applicable today: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.Isa
5:13 says “my people are gone into captivity because they have no knowledge”.
One of Christ’s purposes in coming to earth was to destroy the works of the devil (I John
3:9-10). He came first to preach the gospel to the poor (those spiritually oppressed, Luke 4:18)
and to proclaim liberty to the captives (Luke 4:18; Is. 42:7, 49:9 and 61:1), then, second, to pro-
claim the acceptable year of the Lord (Luke 4:19, Is. 61:2). The order is very important.
Scripture also tells us that Jesus came to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God (Mark
1:4, Matt 12:28). Several other scriptures help us understand what the Gospel of the Kingdom of
God is; not in word, but in power (I Cor 4:20), But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no
doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you (Luke 11:20), the Kingdome of God is within you
(Luke 17:21) and For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace,
and joy in the Holy Ghost(Rom 14:17). These suggest the Gospel of the Kingdom of God is re-
claiming that which belongs to God, but has been temporarily occupied by the kingdom of darkness.
Being in bondage to sin separates us from God. Bondage blinds us and keeps us from see-
ing and hearing the Word of God (Is. 6:9-10, 42:7-9, 42:18-20, Mat. 13:15, 2 Cor. 4:4). Bondage
causes us to lose what good news we hear (see Mat. 13:13-17). In ministering to others we first
loose them from darkness so they can spiritually see and hear, then we preach the Good News to
them and then they bear fruit even 30, 60 and 100 fold (Matt 13:23)
Other reasons we should preach, teach, and minister include:
1. Casting out demons was the first sign mentioned for those who believe (Mark 16:17).
2. We should follow Christ’s example, wherein an estimated one-third of Christ’s ministry was
demonstrated through casting out demons.
3. Jesus cast out demons to bring the Kingdom of God to seekers (those seeking out Jesus; re-
fer to Jesus’ declaration in Mat. 12:28).
4. Jesus cast out demons to show that the Kingdom of God is not in word only but in power
(see Mat. 6:13, 28:18, 10:1 and 12:28).
5. We preach, teach, and minister to bring release to seekers, giving beauty for ashes, the oil
of joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness (Is. 61:3).
Two Kingdoms
Scripture teaches us that before we were formed in our mother’s womb, God knew us (Jer.
1:5, Eph. 1:4-5). God even knows the number of hairs on our head (Luke 12:7). He created us in
love. From the very beginning of time, God desired for us to be healthy: spiritually, emotionally,
and physically. Again, the order is important, as hereinafter revealed.
God created Adam and Eve in perfect health, in His own likeness and image (Gen. 1:26); He
gave them dominion over all the earth (Gen. 1:28). Sickness and disease did not exist in the Garden
of Eden. From the very beginning of his creation, man was not created to be sick or to die. Thus,
we know that God’s perfect will is for us to be in spiritual and physical health. In addition, from
scripture, the attributes of the Kingdom of God versus those of the Kingdom of Darkness are made
evident.
The Kingdom of God: God’s kingdom is one of love, acceptance, and forgiveness. He of-
fers us mercy and grace. He is the God of all hope. He is our peace. He will never leave us
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nor forsake us. He is our deliverer (Rom. 11:26, Mat. 6:13), who has destroyed the works
of darkness (ungodliness).
The Kingdom of Darkness: Satan came, bringing disobedience, rebellion, sin, sickness,
separation, pain, and torment. He is known as the prince of this world” (John 12:31,
14:30, 16:11). He is called the “God of this age” (2 Cor 4:4). ”and the whole world lieth in
wickedness”. (1 John 5:19). We know that Satan’s kingdom is one where there is no love,
no joy, no peace, no acceptance, and no forgiveness; his purposes are to steal, kill, and de-
stroy (based on John 10:10 and other verses). In the Kingdom of Darkness, there is only re-
jection, disillusionment, destruction, deceit, division, and despair.
We know that before man inhabited the earth Lucifer was expelled from heaven to the earth.
On earth Satan continued his rebellion against God by tempting man to disobey God. Man sinned
and became alienated from his Creator. Man then became vulnerable to Satan and the supernatural
beings under Satan’s control, known as fallen angels, demons or evil spirits. Satan has a plan for
your life, to steal, to kill, and to destroy. (John 10:10) He first wants to keep us from believing in
God and Jesus, if he fails in this, then he wants to keep us from knowing Jesus Christ personally, and
if that fails, he wants to keep us from serving Jesus Christ effectively.
The Kingdom of God and the kingdom of evil are engaged in fierce conflict one against the
other for the souls, spirits and bodies of men and women on earth. But God, not willing to allow His
creation to come under the influence of darkness, prepared a way of escape (salvation) for mankind
and sent His own Son, Jesus to earth to show us the way. It is through the message of Jesus and His
works on the cross giving us power over the darkness that we are redeemed and set free.
Authority Given Us by God.
You must be totally convinced of the absolute victory of the completed work of Jesus, of His
absolute victory over darkness. (Rom 8:38-39). God gave Adam a measure of authority over the
earth (Gen 1:26) Eve, through deception and Adam, through rebellion gave Satan their authority
and subjected all mankind to demonic control (Luke 4:6, Romans 5:12-14, Eph 2:1,2, 2 Cor 4:3,4,
1 John 5:19). Satan offered his authority to Jesus in exchange for worship fo Satan. Jesus declined
(Luke 4:7) ) When Jesus die, rose and ascended, He totally and completely stripped Satan’s au-
thority over any child of God (Col 2:13-15, Heb 2:14, 1 John 3:8). The Scriptures tell us that Jesus
has absolute authority in heaven and earth. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power
is given unto me in heaven and in earth. (Matt 28:18)
Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is
named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come, And hath put all things under
his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church”. (Eph 1:21-22)
And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing
over them in it. (Col 2:15)
Jesus gave this power and authority to the 12, (Matt 10:1) to the 70 (Luke 10:9,19) and to us.
(Mark 16:17-18 Those who belong to Jesus come out from under Satan’s authority, influence and
control and move into God’s domain and are given the authority over Satan and his demons. (Rom
8:37-39, Col 1:13, 1 John 4:4, 5:18) The only authority the darkness has is what you or someone
else gives them. Whatever you come into agreement with, you empower.
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We are one with Christ. He is with us and in us. This principle of unification with Christ
took place when you received salvation. You and Christ are one. (see Rom 6, 8, Eph 2, 4, Gal
2:20). We need to be assured of who we are, and who’s we are in Christ, and that we have absolute
authority over darkness given us by Jesus Christ.
Remember that demons aren’t being made anymore. There’s the same number wandering
around the planet today as there were in Jesus’ day, yet the population of people has increase into
the billions. On top of that we all know from Scripture that there are two angels for every demon.
And since Jesus has ALL authority, (Matt 28:18) that leaves none for the devil. The “All” has been
handed over to us. The devil only has the power and authority we give him.
Some authors have observed that not all believers can cast out demons (Mark 16:17).
Therefore they make the case that while all believers have authority from Jesus Christ to do so,
most believers do not yet have the power to do so. The example given is the policemen standing at
the corner under a speed limit sign. The policemen’s authority comes from the governmental juris-
diction, but the “power” is the pistol on his him. We know he has authority, but we probably would
not slow down unless we knew he also had the “power”. Spiritual power comes from a closeness
to Jesus, an anointing by the Holy Spirit, faith, education and experience.
Authority Prayer
I am a child of the King, I am a co-heir with Jesus. All Jesus bought and paid for is my in-
heritance. I am united with Jesus, I have been crucified with Christ. I died with Him, I am buried
with Him, I was raised with Him, I am seated with Him in the heavenlies far above all rule, all pow-
er, all authority, and above every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in the one to
come. Therefore I carry the authority of Christ. I have authority over sickness, over sin, over de-
mons, and over the world. I am the salt of the earth. I am the light of the world. I will displace the
darkness, I have the full armor of God. I put on the breastplate of righteousness, the belt of truth,
the helmet of salvation, the sandals of peace, I take up the shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit,
for the weapons of my warfare are not fleshly. They are divinely powerful to tear down the strong-
holds of darkness. I can do all things through Christ, because greater is He who is in me than he
who is in the world. (credit to Rodney Hogue)
How Darkness Gets in
Adam and Eve listened to Satan’s lies and allowed sin to enter God’s beautiful world, thus
causing all mankind to inherit the effects of sin, including sickness and death.
Because God knew we would be born into a world whose prince (Satan) is evil, He created a
spiritual “hedge(as illustrated in Job 1:10) around us to shield us from the influences of that evil
(Job 1:10 and 2:4-6). Even so, God provides spiritual armor for our protection (Eph. 6:13-18). Al-
so, God’s angels camp round about us to preserve and to protect us (Ps. 34:7 and 91:10-12).
All of us are born with a spiritual hedge like Job’s, but because of the original sin of Adam
and Eve (and subsequent sins), we have doors or gates open in our hedge that allow Satan to inflict
us, as Satan inflicted Job. Eccl: 10:8 says “. . . .whoso breaketh a hedge, a serpent shall bite him.
These open doors have many causes; the most common causes are listed below, although numerous
ones will be enumerated upon throughout this body of work.
Our own sins (lying, stealing, cheating, pride, etc.)
Unforgiveness (bitterness)
Participation in or exposure to the occult,
Sexual sins
Abortion
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Divorce
Curses
Inherited or Generational Sin: See Exodus 20:5 regarding the iniquities of the fa-
thers being passed on to the children of the third and fourth generations.
Curses
Objects & Places
Secret societies
Involuntary exposure to darkness
Trauma
Words, Lies
Vows and death wishes
Hurts, Emotions and Memories, Wounds and hurts deep within our spirit
Sins of others against us (physical, verbal, or sexual abuse, rejection, etc.)
Abuse, sexual, emotional, physical
Rejection
Our Image of God
How It All Works
Sin opens doors or gates in our spiritual hedge, allowing spiritual pollution to enter, thereby
causing spiritual as well as physical problems. Sin can actually make us sickspiritually, mentally,
emotionally, and physically. There is no “safe dabbling” or “demon free zone when it comes to
associations with the powers of darkness.
Even so, the Good News is that God loves us and determinedly wants to restore us to His
Kingdom, so much so that he sent His Son Jesus to earth that we may be forgiven, saved, healed,
and delivered (Is. 53:5 and 61:1-3) from the works of darkness. The Good News is that God wants
to restore us to Himself that we might walk in the peace and protection of His will.
Sins, wounds, and hurts are always barriers which separate us from approaching God or
from feeling connected to Him. These dark influences in our lives (at times resulting in bondage)
hinder or prevent us from being restored to our rightful relationship with the Lord, from hearing His
voice and knowing His will for our lives. Dark influences severely restrict our ministry; they keep
us in bondage and prevent God’s healing power from working in us.
Nonetheless, know that God wants whatever is separating us from Him to be healed. He
wants to close the open gates in our spiritual hedge and to set us free from the influences of dark-
ness. He wants to remove all the chains (or ropes) binding people in the different areas of their
lives. The Good News is that God’s love can heal us, can rebuild our hedge and restore our spirit,
our emotions and our body to wholeness, and can transform us to allow us to experience and live
the abundant life promised through Christ. Again, God wants us to be restored to Him in the purity
and innocence that Adam first had in the beginning.
Unfortunately most Christians don’t believe they can have these open gates and dark or
binding influencesbecause they have experienced baptism. While baptism provides forgiveness
for our sins if we repent, it does not necessarily take away the consequences of our sins or of those
of our ancestors. These consequences (passed on through the generations as spoken of in Exodus
20:5, as well as in other scriptures) are called “iniquities.” Plainly stated, sin is the cause and iniq-
uity is the result, consequences, or effect of the sin.
For example, if you are driving drunk, hit a pedestrian and put him in the hospital, and this
person then has a permanent disability, will the Lord forgive your sin? Yes, if you repent. He pro-
vided for our forgiveness on the Cross; but will He immediately remove the consequences of that
sin? No. The sin is on the head of the driver but the result or consequences of that sin is borne by
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the pedestrian. Christians can be totally repentant and still unknowingly be under the influence of
darkness in parts of their spirit as a result of the consequences of previous sin.
The problem is one of awareness. Again, My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge
(Hosea 4:6). Where there is no counsel, the people fall” (Prov 11:14). “My people are gone into
captivity because they have no knowledge” (Isa 5:13-14). A person who is sick and doesn’t know it
will never go to a doctor. A Christian who is crippled on the inside, but who thinks his life is nor-
mal, will never ask God for healing; and we have not because we ask not (Jas. 4:2). Many Chris-
tians struggle with major issues in their lives but are ignorant of the fact that the victory Jesus won
for them on the cross not only assures them of eternal salvation but also provides the keys to healing
(Is. 53:5, Mal. 4:2).
Unfortunately many Christians believe that because they have been saved and born again
they are protected from darkness. Satan loves such spiritual blindness and false beliefs. The author
has personally prayed with hundreds of people influenced by darkness and everyone said they were
a Christian. To think salvation and baptism shields us from darkness is one of Satan’s biggest de-
ceptions. As an example, look at the Apostle Peter. Peter was obedient, he followed Jesus (Matt
4:19), he had power to cast out demons and heal the sick (Matt 10:1), he had faith to walk on water
(Matt 14:29), he was a part of the miracles of feeding the 5000 (Matt 14:21), and the 4000 (Matt
15:38), and he was prophetic when he knew who Jesus was (Matt 16:16). But when he was rebuk-
ing Jesus about going to Jerusalem, Jesus said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan” (Matt
16:23). Many believe Peter had a demon; else Jesus would have spoken to Peter, not Satan.
Look at the struggle Apostle Paul had. In Romans chapter 6 & 7 Paul talks about his fight
against sin, “I do what I hate” (Rom 7:15), “evil is present in me” (Rom 7:21) and says “Oh
wretched Man I Am” (Rom 7:24-25). He mentions the word “I” over 40 times. But in chapter 8 he
admits he can do nothing and needs the Holy Spirit. He mentions the Holy Spirit 16 times.
Healing of the Spirit involves the applications of the cross, the blood of our Lord Jesus, and
the resurrection life and light of Jesusto whatever in the persons spirit has not yet been re-
deemed. With the help of the Holy Spirit and the assistance of godly intercessors, the Lord is asked
to walk through our spiritual house, to cleanse it of all defilements and of every deposit of evil and
sin. Many times physical healing comes, as well as inner spirit healings.
God’s promises of healing, and the inherited rights of the believer given to us by Jesus’
death on the cross, are for those who have accepted Jesus into their hearts, have been baptized, and
have a desire to follow Him. Before we address a number of the more common open gates in our
spirits, and how to close them, we need to review four types of healing, and the scriptures relating to
them.
Scriptures on Healing
Francis MacNutt, ( Healing (1974). ISBN 0-87796-074-0). 1974 wrote the classic book
Healing. He, listed four types of healing. Reading many of the scriptures under each category listed
below will help increase your faith in the healing process.
Also, read Luke 4:18-19 to review the six aspects for which Jesus was anointed: The Spirit of
the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me (#1) to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath
sent me (#2) to heal the brokenhearted, (#3) to proclaim liberty to the captives, (#4) and recovery of
sight to the blind, (#5) to set at liberty them that are bruised, (#6) to proclaim the acceptable year of
the Lord.” These are identified below under each of MacNutt’s categories of healing.
Healing of the Spirit (dealing with repentance and forgiveness)
(#1—“preach the gospel to the poor” [in spirit]) (Also see Matt 5:3 It is the first Beatitude)
1. Healing, forgiveness, and repentance are interconnected.
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Mat. 9:2 Mark 2:5
Luke 5:20 and 7:47 Jas. 5:15
2. Forgiveness and repentance are required to complete the healing process.
Mat. 3:2 and 4:17 Mat. 6:15 Mat. 18:35
Mark 6:12 Mark 11:26 Luke 13:3, 5
Jas. 5:9
Healing the Wounded Spirit (dealing with inner healing of emotions, wounds, and hurts)
(#2—“heal the brokenhearted” and #5—“set at liberty them that are bruised”)
Prov. 20:27 Is. 61:1-3 John 13:21
Ps. 30:5, 11 and 45:7 Ezek. 11:19 and 18:31 1 Cor. 6:20
Ps. 51:10 and 92:10 Ezek. 36:26-27 2 Cor. 4:16
Ps. 35:18 and 41:4 Mat. 6:22-23
Healing from the Powers of Darkness (dealing with release from bondages)
(#3—“to proclaim liberty to the captives”)
Matthew Mark Luke Acts
8:16 1:23-26 4:33-35 5:16
8:28-33 1:32, 34 4:41 8:7
10:1, 8 3:10-12 6:18 16:16-18
12:22 3:14-15 7:21 19:12
12:27-28 3:22 8:2 19:13-16
15:22, 28 3:30 8:27-37
17:15 5:1-14 9:1
6:13 9:28-42
7:25 13:11-13
9:17-26
Healing of the Body (#4—“recovering of sight to the blind”)
Matthew Mark Luke Acts
4:23 1:31-32, 41-42 4:39-40 3:1-7
8:13, 15-16 2:5-9 5:12-13, 17-18 5:16
9:6, 28-29, 36 5:23, 29, 41-42 6:8, 19 9:33-34, 40
10:1 6:5, 13, 56 7:14-15 14:10
11:5 7:34, 37 8:47, 55 19:12
12:11 8:25 9:1 28:8
14:14 10:46-52 14:4
15:28 18:42-43
20:34 22:51
John 1 Pet. 2:24
4:50 Is. 53:5
5:5-8
9:6-7
(#6—only then did he “proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord”)
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It is interesting to note that most people who come for prayer come for # 4 healing of their bodies.
This is their # 1 priority. However God’s highest priority is healing of the spirit (repentance). We
seem to have the priorities backwards.
C. Peter Wagner and others have classified “spiritual warfare” into three separately-
identified levels, as stated below:
1. Ground or Personal Level: where the casting out of demons from an individual (common-
ly called deliverance) is practiced. This procedure is more thoroughly covered in a separate
section titled “Healing from Influences of Darkness.”
2. Occult Level: which deals with demonic activity occurring in objects, such as is practiced
in Satanism, witchcraft, shamanism, curandero, and freemasonry (as discussed in several
other sections within this material).
3. Territorial Level: spiritual warfare which deals with powerful principalities and powers
over houses, neighborhoods, city, territories, regions, and nations (and is likewise further
discussed in the section on “Setting Your Church Free”).
What Unclean Spirits Do
There are countless demons, one that corresponds to every sin. The book Pigs in The Parlor
lists over 250 demons. Characteristics of unclean spirits mentioned in the scriptures include:
1. Continues to tempt people to sin (Gen. 3:1-6)
2. Afflicts and destroys (Job 2:3-6)
3. Opposes God’s angels (Zech. 3:1)
4. Speaks, cries out (Mat. 8:29-31, Luke 4:41)
5. Indwells humans and animals (Mat. 8:28-32)
6. Steals truth from our minds (Mat. 13:19)
7. Tries to express their nature (Mat. 17:15)
8. Throws people (Luke 4:35)
9. Torments people (Luke 6:18)
10. Steals the Word of God from the hearts of the people (Luke 8:12)
11. Breaks chains (Luke 8:29)
12. Drives people into the wilderness (Luke 8:29)
13. Recognized Jesus and Paul (Luke 9:38)
14. Causes people to foam at the mouth (Luke 9:39)
15. Bruises people (Luke 9:39)
16. Binds physically (Luke 13:16)
17. Opposes, harasses, and hinders the work of Gods servants (Luke 22:31, 2 Cor. 12:7)
18. Tempts God’s people to sin (Luke 22:31)
19. Steals, kills & destroys (John 10:10)
20. Places wicked thoughts and plans into the minds of people (John 13:2, Acts 5:3)
21. Enters and controls a personas when Satan entered Judas (John 13:27)
22. Lies (Acts 5:3)
23. Counterfeits the genuine (Acts 8:9-11)
24. Causes sickness and suffering (Luke 13:11)
25. Attacks physically (Acts 19:16)
26. Tempts believers to engage in immorality (1 Cor. 7:5)
27. Blinds people’s minds to the truth of the gospel (2 Cor. 4:4)
28. Transforms himself into an angle of light (2 Cor 10:4)
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29. Takes advantage of weaknesses (2 Cor. 2:11)
30. Orchestrates the work of demons (Eph. 6:11-12)
31. Hinders the spread of the gospel (2 Thes. 2:1-10)
32. Sets traps and snares to cause believers to fall into sin (1 Tim. 3:7)
33. Encourages false religions and spirituality by doctrines of demons (1 Tim. 4:1-3)
34. Attacks viciously (1 Pet. 5:8)
35. Incites persecution against believers (Rev. 2:10)
36. Deceives all men (Rev. 12:9)
37. Accuses and slanders believers (Rev. 12:10)
Symptoms of the Possible Demonic Habitation in Ascending Order of the Degree
of Influence
1. Restlessness exhibited during worship services
2. Tried everything else
3. Sleep disturbances
4. Feels compulsions for little or no reason
5. Extreme behavior
6. Commands to do something unrealistic
7. Chronic fear, anxiety, or hatredfor no apparent reason
8. Heaviness in the chest
9. Feels conditional forgiveness
10. Unrealistic suggestions
11. Dislike revealed for anything associated with religion and/or Christianity
12. Not reading the Scriptures or praying (at all)
13. Not going to church
14. Can't read the Scriptures for any length of time
15. Withdraws from church people
16. Can't pray
17. Can't say the name of Jesus
18. Feels something is inside of them, controlling their actions and/or their speech
19. Hearing voices in their mind speaking to them
20. Exhibiting counterfeit spiritual gifts
21. Having suicidal thoughts
22. Attempting suicide
23. Cutting themselves
24. Having glazed eyes or a vacant stare
25. When their speech is not their own; there’s evidence of a change of voice (or multiple voices)
or animal sounds
26. Sudden appearance of marks on the body
27. Having conversation with unseen beings
28. Unusual behavior: animal-like movements, the inability to sit still, unusual postures or
gestures, including nearly-impossible contortions of the body
29. Their eyes becoming white, unearthly, and vile; a stench or bad odor exists
30. Object begin to come out of the nose or mouth
31. An unseen force throws the person
32. Uncontrollable fits and foaming at the mouth
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More comprehensive lists are available in Healing & Deliverance by Horrobin (pages 55-84)
and in The Occult Trap by Wallace (pages 211-216), Don Dickerman’s When Pigs Move In lists 60
symptoms p 225.
Definitions
Much has been written about words to define or classify the degree to which a person is
influenced by demons, such as demonized, influenced, oppressed, or possessed. Jesus did not use any
of these words. Nor does the Bible define them, and uses “possessed orhadmost often. Because
there is no agreement on the definitions of these terms, and because we believe that rather than levels
of influence it is a matter of degree of influence, a continuum, from being mildly to severely
influenced, with no distinct categories, we will not use these terms here. Some may feel the words
describing demonic activity such as oppressed, demonized, possessed, devils, evil spirits.are important
(see Prince (p 12-15), and MacNutt (pages 67-72. Even the different versions of the Bible don’t
agree. It truly does a disservice to the seeker to describe them either within their hearing, or elsewhere
using one or more of these inconsistent terms. Why do we have to use definitions at all? In this work,
we have chosen to use terms such asHealing of the Spirit”, andinfluenced by darkness”, which are
much more kind to seekers, and much more acceptable in many congregations. When some hear the
word deliverance”, or “demonized”, they think of “The Exorcist” movie. They become anxious and
fearful. It is possible to provide ministry to those influenced by darkness without using any of the more
common terms. We need to put the seeker first in our considerations.
How Gates Get Opened
The next section of this study will focus on the ways that doors in our spirit are opened. We will
study in depth the most common ways. There are many more. Horrobin in his book Healing
through Deliverance (2008, ISBM 978-1-85249-354-4) lists 49 ways. One of the first books on
deliverance Pigs in the Parlor by Frank and Ida Mae Hammond (Impact books, 1973) lists 258
demons in 53 categories. Don Dickerman in When Pigs Move In lists 133 demons in 29 categories.
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Our Sins
Now that we understand the importance of confession and repentance in the process of
healing, the next step in the process of closing our spiritual gates and reconciling our relation-
ship with God is to identify the sin(s) in our lives the open gates through which Satan influ-
ences us.
When we sin, we set in motion irrevocable forces of spiritual laws. One of these is the
spiritual law of sowing and reaping, of consequence and retribution. Be not deceived; God is
not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap (Gal. 6:7). If you sow sin,
you reap darkness, torment, fear, guilt, shame, pain, illness, depression, irrational behavior,
and feelings of worthlessness. With this law comes the certainty of blessings for the obedient,
and, likewise, curses or punishment for the disobedient.
Seeking repentance and forgiveness for sin is a lifelong process: For all have sinned,
and come short of the glory of God(Rom. 3:23). However, we are only accountable to God
for the sins we know about; in His merciful nature, during our lifelong walk with Him, He on-
ly convicts us of our sins a few at a time. If He revealed all of our sins at once, we would be
overwhelmed and, feeling defeated, we would not even begin to reconcile. Thus, He reveals
our sins to us in layersas in our attempt to peel individual layers from an onion. The closer
we grow to God, the more we see the sin of our lives.
To make things even more difficult, the father of sinSatanblinds us, preventing us
from seeing our impurities, so we either don’t see them or we rationalize them as not being a
true problem. While the sins of our actions (such as lying, fornicating, stealing, cursing, hat-
ing, drunkenness, not tithing, or involvement with pornography) should be so obvious to us
that we should not need the conviction of the Holy Spirit to realize we are in disobedience, the
sins of attitude (such as pride, rebellion, unbelief, envy, selfishness, ambition, control, self in-
dependence, self sufficiency etc.) are much more subtle and more difficult for us to see. These
sins are a part of who we are; they are a part of our spiritual inheritance, our personal “cul-
ture.We are in need of God’s help (through His grace) to see and heal them. God can sel-
dom deal with the sins of attitude until we have dealt with the sins of behavior” (listed
hereinafter).
Exactly when we are forgiven of our sins is sometimes not clear. There is absolutely
no question that our Lord Jesus Christ’s death upon the cross provided the ultimate sacrifice
for the forgiveness of all sin. But when does that forgiveness actually occur in our life? Is it at
the moment of baptism or at the receiving of the Holy Spirit (being “born again,” John 3:3-6),
or is it readily available, as is His grace which is always available to us but for which we must
ask, and meet the conditions of confession and repentance in order to receive?
Many individuals die without having first asked Jesus into their heart; the same may be
true of their neglect in asking for forgiveness of sin. Many do not ask for forgiveness, there-
fore, they have not received it (Jas. 4:2, “… ye have not, because ye ask not”). When we con-
fess, repent and ask for forgiveness, God immediately forgives us. (I John 1:9)
If we are unrepentant when we are baptized, will our sins be forgiven just because we
got wet? I think not. Likewise, are we forgiven at baptism of the sins we don’t know about
and for which we have not asked for forgiveness? I think not. But for these sins, neither are
we held accountable until the Lord makes them known to us.
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Christ died to cover the sins of the believer, as well as the sins of the heathenwho
knows nothing of Jesus or His grace.
The sinners prayer (“Lord, forgive me of all my sins”), as you will soon see from this
booklet does NOT suffice? We must be very specific about which sins. Such “general-all en-
compassing prayers may provide temporary relief from darkness and bondage, but soon the
seeker returns for more prayer for the same things.
As we have mentioned elsewhere within these sections, we must remember that for-
giveness of sin and the consequences of past sins are two different things, and will need to be
addressed through two different processes. Some may know and trust that they have been for-
given, yet feelings of condemnation, shame, and guilt continue to afflict them. On the other
hand, experience suggests that sins which have previously been repented of (such as those re-
pented of in preparation for or at baptism) usually are not likewise recalled by the believer
(through a continued sense of guilt, shame, condemnation). These repented sins have been
covered by the blood of Jesus and remembered by Him, as is stated, no more. We therefore
must depend upon the Holy Spirit to help us identify those sins that are currently (for whatever
reason) uncovered and of which we are blinded.
As you read through the following lists, be open to the conviction of the Holy Spirit
with regard to those sins in your spirit which may be uncovered, those of which you may yet
be blind. Other sins not listed herein may come to mind, as well. Those sins which are identi-
fied today are those the Lord wishes for you to deal with today. As you re-read the list in
the future, other sins may additionally be identified for which you do not feel conviction today.
“Line upon line” and “precept upon precept” is the way of the Lord.
Spiritual Sin Checklist
As you review the list of 72 behavioral sins noted below, pray that the Lord will con-
vict you of any sins of which you yet need to confess and repent. Use this opportunity to iden-
tify and mark (perhaps with the date) those unrepentant sins as the Lord reveals them to you.
Should you be uncertain of the accuracy of the meaning of any of the following words, I
would suggest you look them up in the dictionary. (These behavioral sins are identified in the
following scriptural references: Ex. 20:1-17, Mark 7:21-22, Rom. 1:29-31, 1 Cor. 6:9-10, Gal.
5:19-21, Eph. 4:25-31 and 5:3-5, 1 Pet. 4:3, Phil 2:3.)
Sins of Behavior (what we do)
evil concupiscence
Lord's name in vain
evil thoughts
lover of money
extortion
lust
fearful
lying
filthy communications
maliciousness
foolishness
malignity
fornicators
no graven images
gossip
occult activity
haters of God
other gods
hatred
pornography
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heresies
reveling
hypocrisy
reviler
idolaters
sedition
idolatry
slothful in finances
implacable
strife
iniquity
surfeiting
inordinate affection
thieves
insecurity
uncleanness
inventors of evil things
unforgiving
jesting
unmerciful
keep Sabbath holy
variance
kill
whisperers
lasciviousness
wickedness
witchcraft
Sins of Attitude (who we are)
prideful rebellious self-sufficient independent
seek to excel slothful vain controlling
complacent striving disbelieving self-righteous
Ask God, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to reveal to you if there are other sins not on
this list that you may have forgotten yet need to address. These sins remain in your subcon-
scious for your entire life until you deal with them. As long as they are there, your spiritual
gates are still open and Satan can continue to use them against you.
Be open to the ways in which God chooses to reveal things to you. He may reveal a
picture of something that happened in the past that draws up feelings and/or thoughts that need
to be addressed or the name of someone may come to you to spark another memory. If any-
thing is unclear, just ask the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, to enlighten your mind’s under-
standing.
Use the space below to identify additional sins:
_________________ _________________ _________________
_________________ _________________ _________________
_________________ _________________ _________________
_________________ _________________ _________________
Generally, the above steps will identify the sins in your life. On some occasions, how-
ever, there may be sins buried so deeply that you may need the assistance of an experienced
intercessor to help in this process, in asking the Holy Spirit to identify them for you. Typically
we are blind to our own baggage or "stuff;" without the Lord’s help and the help of another of
His servants, we do not receive the healing we desperately need.
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The process of confessing and repenting of the sins we’ve committed is the easiest step
in the practice of closing open gates. Closing other gates may be more difficult. Although Je-
sus bore our sins, in some areas we have to appropriate the power of the cross in order to re-
ceive the desired freedom from sin (Acts 8:23 and 19:18, Eph. 4:28). These processes will be
described in more detail in subsequent sections.
Confession
After making your list, find a trustworthy friend, or a pastor, and share your listfor
the purpose of confession. You need not go into specific details but you do need to verbally
confess these sins. Ask your friend or pastor to pray for you, that the Lord might forgive and
heal you of all your sins; pray that your spiritual gates in each of these areas may be closed and
healed. Then give praise to Jesus.
Prayer for Healing of Sinfulness
For each sin or group of sins identified, pray something similar to the following:
Lord God, I confess and acknowledge ______________ as a sin in my life. I am sorry
for my sin and I repent of it. I renounce this sin and give back the spiritual ground to my Lord
Jesus. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Prayer for Healing from the Sin of Lying (see also chapter on Healing Your
Tongue.)
Lord God, I come now to confess and acknowledge the sin of lying. Father, only you
know the many times I have lied. I know that lying is the language of hell. I am sorry for my
sin and I repent of it. I renounce all the lies I have spoken. Release all those to whom I have
lied from believing the lies I have spoken. I revoke all assignments of the lies I have spoken.
I take back the spiritual authority I gave the darkness when I lied, and I give it to Jesus. I
commit to you that I will not lie again. In Jesus name AMEN.
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Unforgiveness, Judgment, and Accusation
In teaching about the last days, Jesus said, “And then shall many be offended, and shall
betray one another, and shall hate one another (Mat. 24:10). Unforgiveness may be the sin-
gle, biggest roadblock preventing the healing of the spirit. Forgiveness can be defined as, “the
act of setting someone free from an obligation to youthat is a result of a wrong done against
you.”
Why must we forgive? (Scriptural admonitions follow)
1. We are commanded to forgive (Lev. 19:16, Luke 6:37, Mark 11:27, Jas. 5:9, Col. 3:13,
Eph. 4:32).
2. If we do not forgive, God will not forgive us; Jesus’ death on the cross is for naught
and our salvation may be in question (Mat. 6:12-15 and 18:15).
3. If we do not forgive, we may be eating and drinking condemnation to our souls when
we partake of Communion (1 Cor. 11:28-30).
4. If we do not forgive, God will deliver us over to the tormentorshurts and wounds
turn into hard feelings, self-pity, bitterness, resentment, and ultimately hate (Mat.
18:33-34).
5. Healing from sickness and forgiveness are tied closely together. We may not be healed
unless we choose to forgive (Is. 33:24, Mat. 9:2-6, Mark 2:5-9, Luke 5:20-23, Jas.
5:15).
6. We cannot offer anything to the Lord at His alter unless we first forgive and try to
amend and reconcile (Mat. 5:25, Luke 17:3).
7. The law of the aught [anything] against any”—“And when ye stand praying, forgive,
if ye have aught against any; that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you
your trespasses (Mark 11:25).
8. We are told to forgive “seventy times seven” (Mat. 18:21-22), until we develop a for-
giving nature.
9. When we don’t forgive we are saying to ourselves and to God, I am going to hold the-
se people captive with my anger until they have made complete restoration to me, until
I’ve collected my IOU’s” (the law of binding and loosening identified in Mat. 16:19).
There are two other laws also at work within the act of unforgiveness: (1) the law of
offenses (Mat. 5:26, Luke 17:3 and 18:15, Mark 9:40, Col. 3:13, Eph. 4:32) and (2) the law of
judgment (Mat. 7:2, John 7:24).
Concerning Offenses
1. There are two elements to an offense: (1) the injurythe act of being hurtand (2)
the debtor IOUthe offended person feels they are owed something as a result of
the injury. As a victim or as the recipient of an offense, we want the offending person
to apologize, to say they are sorry, to take back the words they said or the things they
did, and to accept responsibility for making restitution or for amending the offense.
2. Offenses sometimes occur because of unrealized expectations. In expecting a certain
behavior from someone, we can be setting ourselves up for feeling offended. (An ex-
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ample would be an aunt who lives out of state sending a baby shower gift and expect-
ing, but not receiving, a “thank you acknowledgment.” In this instance, the aunt’s
well-grounded, traditional expectation of a courtesy thank you note is met by a less-
established or unintentionally forgotten reply.) When we have certain expectations of
others (whether they are well-grounded or not) we often set ourselves up for offense by
expecting specific behaviors or actions from them. When others do not act according-
ly, as we believe they should, we conclude they have let us down, and feelings of irri-
tability may follow. This happens often between parents and children or between
spouses. Individuals with a spirit of control will have significant problems in this area.
The offender didn’t do what we thought he should, or what we wanted him to do, so we
become offended and the spirit of anger enters.
3. Offense also comes through false, unrealistic, or exaggerated expectations of our-
selvessuch as when we seek recognition, affirmative acceptance, or confirmation,
and it doesn’t occur (a spirit of rejection is at work in this example).
4. Those who have been rejected since birth are more susceptible to being wounded by
these types of offenses.
5. The closer the relationship, the more severe the feelings of offense (such as in divorce).
Only those you care about can hurt you deeply.
6. We misjudge the offender. Most offenses occur innocently, without the offenders in-
tention or awareness, but we usually believe the offense was intentional.
7. We become angry and resentful. Satan sees (and uses the fact) that we take the words
and actions of others in ways not intended.
8. When a person is deceived, he or she believes they are right, even though they aren’t.
9. There are two categories of offended people: (1) those treated unjustly and (2) those
who believe they have been treated unjustly.
10. Pride will keep us from admitting our true condition.
11. When we are offended, we become bound, and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth
shall be bound in heaven…” (Mat. 16:19). When we develop resentment against an of-
fender we not only become bound ourselves, we bind them as well.
12. When we become offended we develop a hardened heartto protect us, we begin to
build walls around our heart. These walls may reduce the hurt of future offenses but
they also keep out the love of God, which heals us. (For additional information about
tearing down these walls, see the section on “Healing from Vows and Death Wishes.”)
13. The normal response to being offended is to try to deny it, forget it, or bury it in our
subconscious. This condition is only temporary; offenses surface again in another
formsuch as physical illness, lack of peace, etc.
14. Some of the conditions which cultivate one’s sense of being offended include: insults,
attacks, wounding, division, separation, broken relationships, betrayal, and backsliding.
15. When we allow an offense to remain in our heart, it causes severe spiritual conse-
quences.
16. We tend to betray those who offend usand talk about and criticize them (behind their
back) to others.
17. We tend to collect more offenses, from that person and others.
18. Unhealed offenses eventually turn into hatred, bitterness, and hardness of heart.
19. We ultimately end up with a wounded spirit.
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20. An offense is the ultimate cause that directs many to leave their church fellowship
and/or to fall from the faith.
21. Many individuals seek revenge. However, scripture advises, Recompense to no man
evil for evilVengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord (Rom. 12:17-19).
22. Bitterness develops from unfulfilled revenge; it is a “root. Hebrews 12:14-15 cautions
us: “… lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be de-
filed. If roots are nurtured (watered, protected, fed, and given attention), they increase
in depth and strength. They become hard to pull out. The harvest they reap includes
anger, resentment, jealousy, hatred, strife, hardness of heart, and discord. When we
become offended, our ability to produce righteous fruit is stagnated.
Concerning Forgiveness
When a serious sin has been committed against a person, particularly against a child
(such as sexual, physical, or verbal abuse), or when a life-threatening, frightening, or a highly
unsafe experience or traumatic event occurs (such as a divorce), the one offended remembers
the panic, violation, trauma, pain, sense of disloyalty or abandonment, confusion, shame and
guilt, and later revisits the situation over and over again in his or her mind. This recalling of a
traumatic memory (known as PTSDpost-traumatic stress disorder) scientists now believe
may be even worse than the disabling physiological response suffered at the time of the initial
event. It is believed this recalling of a traumatic memory or event reconsolidates the memory,
writing it more strongly into the mind. PTSD is suffered by up to 6% of boys and 15% of girls
(refer to http://www.medicinenet.com/posttraumatic_stress_disorder/article.htm). In these
cases, forgiveness is extremely difficult for the traumatized person without the help of an in-
tercessor and inner healing.
When offenses are not forgiven, unforgiveness sets in and eventually opens a door for a
spirit of unforgiveness to take residence in the soul of the person. This dark spirit has acquired
the spiritual legal right to be there, because it is feeding off the perceived or realized impres-
sion of injustice and the repeated visitation to the memory of the trauma. This spirit of
unforgiveness can become very entrenched. However, when the offended person extends for-
giveness, the legal right of the dark spirit to stay has been removed and it must leave when
commanded to do so in the name of Jesus.
The one offended and seeking healing will find it very difficult to forgive until the ex-
perience is healed and the spirit of unforgiveness is cast out. Make note that, should the one
offended sincerely forgive their abuser, feelings of unforgiveness may return because the
spiritual ground has not been renounced and given to the Lord. This step (returning ground to
the Lord) is vital to the process of inner healing and is discussed more fully in the section titled
“Healing of Hurts, Emotions and Memories. Other noteworthy fundamentals include:
1. If we want to close the open gate of unforgiveness and be released from this bondage,
we first must accept that Jesus Christ forgave us of our sinsHe cancelled out our
IOU’s (debts) and we must do likewise (Mat. 6:12, 15; Mat. 18:35).
2. Forgiveness isn't free. In the Old Testament, animals, doves, fruit, and grain were of-
fered in sacrifice for sin. In the New Testament, Christ offered his life for forgiveness
of sin.
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3. Forgiveness is similar to being given an executive pardon,” where the offender is for-
given the crime and does not have to pay the resultant debt for the offense.
4. Forgiveness is an act of our agency and will; it is not a feeling; however, the feeling of
forgiveness does follow as we forgive others.
5. When we exercise our agency to forgive, all the powers of heaven (by His design)
come to our aid.
6. Forgiveness may also require forgiving God.
7. We must also forgive ourselves and accept God's forgiveness for ourselves, as we are
similarly to “love thy neighbor as thyself” (Mat. 22:39).
8. Know that, as soon as we confess, God forgives us (1 John 1:9).
9. If the offending person is a Christian, Mat 5:25-27 requires you to reconcile with your
brother before bringing a gift to the altar. Forgiveness is not however dependent upon
reconciliation. Your forgiveness doesn’t require the offender’s cooperation or their act
of reconciliation. But scripture does remind us that we are to “bless and curse not, so
offering a prayer of blessing upon them should follow.
10. Expect Satan to try to deceive you at a later time, to make you think you have not
forgiven or that it takes a very long time to forgiveboth of which are lies.
11. Many people are bound by bitterness against dead people. You must forgive them also.
12. If someone is holding a sin against you, it is their problem, not yours. They have to get
it right before God, just like you do. Forgiveness doesn’t require reconciliation.
Whether they get it right with God really doesn’t have anything to do without because
you are standing alone before God in the integrity of your heart.
Parable of the Unforgiving Servant
In Matthew 18, Jesus sheds expanded light on the consequences which result from the sin
unforgiveness. The servant that refused to forgive the debt was “delivered . . . to the “tormen-
tors (v34.). till he should pay all that was due unto him.” Some scholars interpret the word
“tormentors” within this passage to mean “unclean spirits” that come in through the open door
of unforgiveness and cause, bitterness, hatred, anger, turmoil, unrest, judgment and a loss of
peace, which remain till the debt is forgiven.
Concerning Judgment
1. Despite the fact that being offended and being judgmental have similar (but not identi-
cal) characteristics, their consequences are the same. Once severely offended, the per-
son may be open to a “spirit of unforgiveness,” “a spirit of hate,” “a judgmental spirit,”
and/or the “root of bitterness,” now collecting offenses and being overly-critical and
judgmental of all others.
2. If we do not deal with the offense quickly, it produces fruit in opposition to that pro-
moted by Godthe fruit of sin, hurt, anger, outrage, jealousy, resentment, strife, bit-
terness, hatred, and envy, all which serve only to harden the heart, creating a loss of
sensitivity and a blurring of our spiritual vision.
3. If Satan can convince us to make judgments out of (for instance) resentment or anger,
or a critical and negative attitude, we will promptly begin hearing from an occult spirit.
The occult spirit will tell us of all kinds of “things” that are “wrong” with everyone; it
will come and whisper to us, even give us negative visions and dreams about this or
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that person, that ministry, etc. The occult spirit begins to confirm and justify our nega-
tive feelings, causing us to feel as if we are God’s “policemen”—called to keep the
Body of Christ in order.
4. When we judge, Satan draws us into another spiritual realm in which we can be more
easily manipulated. We are deceived into believing the wrong things; we begin, for
example, to selectively believe the negative about people and their actions, which
brings about division within relationships. We also physically and emotionally sepa-
rate ourselves from others. Sometimes the spirits of deception and delusion enter, to
further deceive and bind us.
5. When in bondage to a “spirit of judgment,” we judge others by what we see with our
natural eyes and not as Jesus sees. “.. the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh
on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart” (1 Sam. 16:7). We then
“act” upon what we see in the natural, which is tainted by this evil spirit.
6. Sometimes, through the gift of the Holy Spirit, we see another’s sin. We may conclude
that “if we see this sin, surely they do also.” We may then question why their actions
are not in agreement with what we believe is correct, moral, ethical, or righteous be-
havior. At this point, it is wise to remember that it is not our responsibility to bring
correctioncorrection, or conviction, is the responsibility of the Lord. Those with the
gift of discerning of spirits are particularly susceptible to this trap of the adversary.
7. We judge the motives of others, thereby discrediting their worth (which is great in the
sight of God).
8. Sometimes we judge groups of people, ethnic groups, or certain cultures. While we
would not admit to being “prejudice,” that is actually what is taking place.
9. Sometimes we judge another’s ability to minister by what we see through this judg-
mental spirit. We thereafter choose not to receive this person’s ministry, to only re-
ceive ministry from those whose spirituality, we believe, is “up to par” (equal or supe-
rior to our own).
10. When we exercise a critical and judging nature, we are actually in rebellion against
God (Num. 12:1).
Now is a good time to take stock of, or to examine, your own life. If you have ever
been the victim of false accusation or judgment, inspect what’s on your heart and ask yourself,
"Have I ever sowed the seeds of accusation or false judgment into someone else's life? Have I
ever had a critical, fault-finding attitude towards someone else?" Sometimes we experience
such a sense of conviction with our perceived judgments that we are sure we have under-
stood God's heart. This is not always the case. We can be sincere, not realizing that we are
sincerely wrong about another individual. We are all susceptible to these varying kinds of de-
ception if we are not mindfully aware of these forms of entrapment and ever humbly repentant
in our relationship with God.
Root of Bitterness
If we do not deal in a timely manner with our unforgiveness and judgment (Eph 4:26)
it may eventually turn into bitterness. “Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of
God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled. (Heb
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12:15) This can eventually lead to resentment, retaliation, anger, hatred, and perhaps even vio-
lence or murder (character assassination or verbal abuse). For more on this specific problem
see John & Paula Sanford’s book The Transformation of the Inner Man, Victory House, 1982
ISBN 0-932081-13-4, pg 237-268. Bitterness comes with several other spirits: hatred,
unforgiveness, resentment, anger, retaliation. They all may need to be cast out.
We May Need To Forgive God
Sometimes we become offended and angry with God, as when He doesn’t do things
according to our expectations (as when letting a family member or relative die, when letting
bad things happen to good people, etc.) or He doesn’t heal us when we think we have the faith
to be healed. We need to be aware that we cannot see God’s plan for us or for others. We may
be making a false judgment before its time. We need to release God to be Godto relinquish
our will to Him and our expectations of Him. In these instances, we need to tell God we are
sorry and to ask for His forgiveness.
For Those Who Have Offended Others
When someone is obedient to the commandment in Matt 5:26 and confronts you with
an offense you have committed against them, you must remember to humble yourself. Pride
defends, but humility agrees and says, “You are right. I am sorry that I’ve offended you.
Please forgive me.” You can be sincerely sorrowful for the thought of your having instigated
offense. This must be your response even though you feel you have done nothing wrong and
that you have been falsely accused.
Healing Relationships
Deliverance may not occur if the seeker has problems in their relationships with their father or
mother.
a. We must honor them (Ex. 20:12, the 5th commandment). This is the first
commandment with a promise that if we honor our fathers and mothers, it will
go well with us for the rest of our life.
b. We must forgive them (Mat. 15:4, Mark 10:19, Eph. 6:2)
c We cannot be a disciple if we hate our father or our mother (Luke 14:26)
d Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure
darkness” (Prov. 20:20).
e. Cursed is the one who treats his father and mother with contemp (Deu 27:16)
You are required to love (have loving respect for) your father and your mother, but you
are not required to enjoy their company. When individualseven family membersare not
“safe” to be around, it is healthy to detach from their presence. This means respect them, and
be willing to do anything to help them. It means that we must follow their directions as long
as we live under their roof. If one or both of their parents did not spend time holding the
seeker, or telling them they were loved, or if they were conceived out of wedlock rejection is
likely to be present. Other inner healing may be required if verbal, physical or sexual abuse is
revealed. The minister is looking for hurts, or emotional reactions to hurts such as resentment,
anger, rejection, self-pity or depression.
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Other sources of possible unforgiveness in relationships includes: brothers, sisters,
employers, teachers, present spouses, previous spouses and children. When ministering to
seekers, ask them early about these relationships with father and mother, and any
unforgiveness.
Becoming Unoffendable
As spiritually mature adults, our goal should be to develop an unoffendable heart, to
become unoffendable. In several places, the scriptures tell us not to be offended (Ps. 119:165,
Luke 7:23, Rom. 14:21, 1 Cor. 8:13). While none of us can achieve this goal immediately, the
following guidelines may be helpful:
1. We are exhorted not to let the sun go down on our wrath (Eph. 4:26). We are to recon-
cile quickly; the longer we delay, the harder it becomes.
2. When you are offended, don’t talk about offenses to everyone; go directly to the one
who sinned against you, as Jesus told us to do. (Matt 5:26) (If you have problems with
your tongue, see the section on Healing Your Tongue.”)
3. Extend forgivenesswhich is required, but we are not obligated to trust. Forgiveness
is mandatory; trust must be earned.
4. Don’t feel guilty if you still do not like to be associated with a person. The Lord calls
us to love them, not necessarily to enjoy their company.
5. Our goal should be to develop the fruits of the spirit sufficiently enough to create a
permanent cushion of love around our heart, such that no offense can penetrate it.
How to Forgive
1. It takes effort to be free of unforgiveness. You have to recognize you are hurt (through
conviction) and confess it.
2. Be willing to tear up all the IOU’s (debts) of people who have offended you.
3. Take a pencil in hand and pray to God that He will reveal anyone for whom you have
unforgiveness. Write their names below. Do not be surprised at the number God re-
veals.
_______________ _________________ _______________
_______________ _________________ _______________
_______________ _________________ _______________
_______________ _________________ _______________
4. Share your list (in confession) with a trusted friend or pastor.
5. Ask this trusted friend or pastor to pray with you, that the Holy Spirit would further
reveal to you any persons for whom you may still harbor unforgivenessthough you
may have already forgotten them. (We seldom see all of our own "stuff.")
6. Remember, the Lord does not require you to reconcile with the person if they are un-
willing to do so. Reconciliation requires forgiveness on the part of both parties.
Know, though, that God does require you to be willing to reconcile.
7. If you have difficulty in forgiving someone tell the Lord, "I am willing to be made will-
ing by an act of my agency and will." This process works like an IOU. He will forgive
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you now, and free you, while you work on forgiving the person you have agreed to
forgive. Make sure you are able to forgive this person or get help by asking others to
pray for you to accomplish this commitment.
8. If you have a hard time forgiving someone, ask Jesus to fill you with His own under-
standing and love for the other party (to do for you what you cannot do for yourself)
and to pour out His forgiving love into your heart. Ask God to let you see the other
party as He sees them.
9. Sometimes the unforgiveness has a root in a previous traumatic or abusive experience.
In such cases, the above steps may be insufficient for releasing your offender and the
assistance of a knowledgeable intercessor, who can pray for inner healing, may be re-
quired. (If you have tried to forgive and the unforgiveness keeps returning, inner heal-
ing prayer is probably required.)
10. In faith believing, pray the prayer stated in Ezek. 36:26, prefacing it with, “Lord, I
believe your promise in Ezekiel is also available to me.” “A new heart also will I give
you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of
your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh.
11. If the seeker has difficulty forgiving the one who hurt them, have the seeker repeat
every hurt or offense against each offender one at a time, or talk to the offender as if
they were there. If they continue to have extreme difficulty forgiving, postpone the
forgiveness until the end of the deliverance prayer when all other gates are closed, and
their spirit is much stronger.
Prayer for Healing From Unforgiveness
If you are angry with God, first pray to Him, asking His forgiveness of your anger to-
ward Him. Then, for each person you listed above (as revealed by the Holy Spirit) pray the
following prayer (adapted from The Bait of Satan, page 188):
Father, in the name of Jesus, I acknowledge that I have sinned against you by not for-
giving those who have offended me. I have been critical and judgmental toward others. I re-
pent of this and ask your forgiveness.
I also acknowledge my inability to forgive without your help. Therefore, from my
heart, I choose to forgive ______________ (insert person’s name—release each one individu-
ally). I bring under the blood of Jesus all that they have done wrong toward me. I release
them from owing me anything. I remit their sins against me.
Heavenly Father, as my Lord Jesus asked you to forgive those who had sinned against
Him, I likewise pray that your forgiveness come to those who have sinned against me.
I loose them from bondage, and I know that what is loosed on earth is also loosed in
heaven. I ask that you bless them and lead them into a closer relationship with you.
I pray these favors in the precious name of Jesus. Amen.
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Resources
1. Rodney Hogue, Forgiveness, 2008, available from Community of Grace, 380
Elmhurst St. Hayward, CA 94544. 81p.
2 John Bevere, The Bait of Satan (Charisma House, 1994). ISBN 0-88419-374-8.
3 Susan Gaddis, Help, I’m Stuck with These People for the Rest of Eternity (Arrow Pub-
lications, 2004). ISBN 1886296332.
4 Kathie Walters, The Spirit of False Judgment (Faith Printing, 4210 Locust Hill Road,
Taylors, SC 29687, 1995). ISBN 0-9629559-5-7.
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Sexual Immorality, Soul Ties And Pornography
Sexual Sin
In the beginning God created Adam and Eve and intended they be joined as husband and
wife. “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and
they will become one flesh” (Gen. 2:24; see also Mark 10:2-12). Becoming one speaks of an
inseparable union, spiritually and physically. What was joined on earth (through sexual union)
would be joined spiritually in heaven.
God intended that there never be sexual relationships outside of marriage, and that the
first marriage would be the only marriage. Paul presses further, teaching us that God’s inten-
tions for the relationship between husband and wife can be used as a picture of God’s intention
for the relationship between Jesus and His church (Eph. 5:23). But God also gave them (and us)
free will. Then Satan, the father of lies whose agenda is to distort and destroy, entered the pic-
ture, and he has been working continuously to twist the commands and will of God ever since
that first, fateful sin-event in the Garden of Eden.
Unfortunately there is as much sexual sin displayed within the body of Christ as is dis-
played outside of it. For many, the Bible’s teachings are considered irrelevant or they are dis-
missed as out-of-date. Today’s primary concern has been for the physical dangers of unprotect-
ed sex, rather than for the more significant spiritual dangersof which we are unknowingly be-
ing blinded.
Consider the following scriptures on this subject:
1. Exodus 20:14 asserts, You shall not commit adultery(included earlier, in vs. 5, are the
iniquities of the fathersthat will be visited upon the children unto the third and fourth
generations).
2. Proverbs 6:32 exposes that whoever commits adultery “destroyeth his own soul.”
3. Malachi 2:13-16 infers the Lord made them one in flesh and spirit (vs. 15).
4. Matthew 5:32 implies that whoever is divorced and remarries, commits adultery (see al-
so Mat. 19:9).
5 1 Corinthians 3:16 and 6:19 confirm: our body is the temple of God. Immorality defiles
God’s temple.
6. 1 Corinthians 5:1-6, where Paul speaks of immorality within the Church.
7. 1 Corinthians 6:16-20 illustrates that sexual sins are spoken of in a separate category:
"Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body.
The two will become one flesh." Sexual sins cause a person to sin against his or her own
body.
8. I Corinthians 7:15 a cause for divorce.
9. Galatians 5:21 reads, “… those that practice such things (sexual sins) shall not inherit
the kingdom of God.”
10. 1 Thessalonians 4:3-6 advises us to “flee fornication”—it is a sin against our own body.
11. Gal 6:8 “For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption.”
12. In at least two scriptures in the bible, sexual sins are listed first among reasons the un-
righteous will not inherit the Kingdom of God. (I Cor 6:9-11, & Gal 5:19)
13. Every perversion including divorce, adultery, promiscuity, homosexuality, prostitution,
bestiality and incest are thoroughly and repeatedly condemned in both the Old and New
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Testaments. (See Lev 18:22-24, 20:10-21, I Cor 6:9, Rom 1:24-32, 13:13; Gal 5:19-21;
Eph 5:5; 1 Tim 1:10; Rev 21:8; 22:15.
Within no less than 55 passages, the New Testament denounces “porneia,” the Greek
word for sexual immorality. Sexual immorality is specifically applied to premarital sex in
Paul’s admonition to unmarried Christians (1 Cor. 7:9). There is no question as to whether or
not God takes sexual sins very seriously. Sexual sins are the third most-hated sins, after (1)
thou shalt have none other gods before me (Deut. 5:7) and (2) murder (Deut. 5:17). Be aware
that these sins open up a very large hole in our spiritual hedge (reference to this teaching can be
found on page 2 in the section titled, “Healing of the Spirit Introduction”). Consider also the
25 consequences of committing adultery (see Prov. 5:4-2, 6:20-25 and 16-22; 2 Sam. 10:12,
11:4-7, 12:1-7 and 13-14).
According to Jeremiah 3, God calls joining with or the worshiping of idols of any kind, a
“joining” to another God. He calls this behavior spiritual adultery. In defining physical adul-
tery as all wrongful joining togetherwhether before or after marriage and as in same sex
(homosexual) relationships or in relationships with animals, the seventh commandment (Ex.
20:14) this has a much broader meaning than just that committed as heterosexual sin by mar-
ried people.
Through sexual union, there is a joining of spirit, soul, and body. After intercourse, the
bodies may separate but the souls and spirits are still joined together. Something of the man be-
comes part of the woman, and something of the woman becomes part of the man. The union
creates a spiritual and a physical “soul tie” between the two partners. This is as it was intended
by God for the first union and marriage between a man and women. Regrettably, when individ-
uals have sex with those who are not their first and only husband or wife, the spirituality of
“one flesh” becomes confused, and God’s perfect plan for us is thwarted, even as His plan for
Adam and Eve was thwarted. What is bound on earth is bound in heaven. (Matt 16:19, 18:18)
When we join sexually with another person, we join or become connected to that person
emotionally and spiritually. Sexual union between a husband and wife (as defined in Gen. 2:24)
allows the sharing of love and all other good gifts between them. Sexual union outside of God’s
design for marriage (Gen. 2:24) allows the receiving of all the corrupt things from this sexual
partner (such as spirits of darkness, predispositions to addictions, all of the iniquities for which
he or she may be the recipientbecause of the sins of his or her ancestors that have been passed
down through generational curses, as decreed in Ex. 20:5) and the additional results or conse-
quences of sins this partner may have committed (such as dabbling in the occult).
Through sexual union, we have become one with their spirit. Not only are we connected
with everyone with whom we have had a sexual relationship, we are additionally connected in
chain-like fashion with everyone with whom they have had a sexual relationship. Sex outside of
marriage is a degradation of God's creation and an insult to Him, of rebellion and foolishness.
Sexual sins allow any darkness or demons present in one partner to pass to the other partner.
Not only that, but it allows a partner to be exposed to every dark spirit from any of the previous
partners either have had. It spreads darkness like HIV.
Some people feel helpless to be freed. But now that you belong to Christ, no other pow-
er can force you to do anything unless you give it ground to do so through (1) disobedience (see
John 14:30; 1 John 2:10), (2) a love for sin (see Ps 52:3; 2 Thess 2:12; Jam 4:4; I John 2:15),
(3) a self-righteous attempt to make yourself holy, (4) or a lack of desire to be free (See Rev.
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3:15;16). Even after forgiveness has been asked of god, and the sin placed under the blood of
Jesus, there can still be a residue sense of shame. Forgiveness of sin and cleansing of sin are
two different things.
Soul Bondage and/or Ties
Soul bondage or soul ties result from any joining together. Soul bondage or soul ties are
the cleaving together of bodies, spirits, or souls in a relationship whereby two souls are joined or
knitted together and become as one. The term soul tie is not found in Scripture, but the concept
is, particularly in the use of words knit and cleave. A soul tie can occur spiritually, emotionally,
or physically. Note that there are good (holy, God-empowered) soul ties such as Jonathan with
David (I Sam 18:1) as well as evil (unholy) soul ties such as when Shechem raped Dinah (Gen
34:1-3). The KJV says “His soul clave unto Dinah”.
God-Empowered Ties
Ties that are God-empowered and blessed include those that are just and healthy within
the “husband and wife” relationship in marriage, the parent and child relationship, sibling rela-
tionships, and other extended relative relationships (Gen. 2:24, Mat. 19:4-9, etc.). When these
soul ties are disrupted by death, divorce, or adultery, wounding can be severe.
Unholy Satan-Empowered Ties
Unholy ties created by immoral sexual activities (and by dark vows, covenants, curses,
oaths, and organizational secret oaths) are Satan-empowered and are an abomination to God.
Sexual sins produce unholy spiritual and physical soul ties that must be broken before healing
can occur and the captives be set free.
Non-Sexual Bonding Ties
Non-sexual bonding ties develop when one person dominates another in a manner not
designed of God. Sometimes unhealthy non-sexual soul ties are developed with parents, men-
tors or friendsthose whom we strongly admire or with whom we have a close or intimate rela-
tionship. Often these are evident in co-dependent relationships.
Spiritual Adultery
Spiritual adultery takes place (1) when a marriage partner gives to someone else what
belongs only to their mate (for instance, giving personal and intimate communications from the
heart or sharing deep fellowship with another), (2) when a marriage partner’s heart has not yet
learned to embrace it's only source of manhood or womanhood in their marital companion, (3)
when flirting with or passionately kissing someone who is not your mate, or (4) when sharing
innermost feelings with another (who is not a counselor).
Consequences of Sexual Sin Summarized
1. Sexual sin blocks the love of God that flows between husband and wife in the true and
holy expression of our sexual nature.
2. Immorality is destructive and will eventually demand a price (the law of sowing and
reaping applies here).
3. Sexual sin produces sexual additions, prostitution, adultery, sexual abuse, incest, homo-
sexuality, Sadomasochism, shame, guilt, and a lack of self-worth.
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4. Immorality and the Holy Spirit cannot abide together; if immorality continues, the Holy
Spirit will leave.
5. In ungodly sex, something of each partner is given away to the other and becomes part
of them (See the example in 1 Cor. 6:16, where Paul talks of those who “join” together
with a prostitute as “becoming one flesh.”).
6. Sexual sin becomes a chain of bondage through which people are unknowingly influ-
enced by the life and personality of those to whom they have been sexually joined.
7. Ungodly soul ties provide opportunities for all of the following to be transferred (for the
demonic to transfer from one person to anotherboth at the time of sexual intercourse
and at any time subsequent): spirits of darkness, predispositions to addictions, all of the
iniquities for which he or she may be the recipient through the sins of his or her ances-
tors as passed down through generational curses (Ex. 20:5), and the results or conse-
quences of the sins the partner may have committed, such as involvement in the occult.
8. Those with many sexual partners begin to lose their own identity. They begin not to
know who they really are.
9. Consider the 25 consequences of adultery noted in the following scriptures. (Prov. 1:8-
20, 5:1-12 and 6:20-35, 7:1-27, 2 Sam 11:4-7, 12:1-14).
10. God hates immorality. It is the third worst sin after idolatry and murder.
Healing Grace
The Good News is that God in heaven sent his Son Jesus to die for us on the cross that
we might be forgiven of every sin, sexual and otherwise, washed clean by the blood of Jesus,
and renewed in relationship with Him by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Lord forgave King
David, the woman at the well, and the woman caught in adultery. (2 Sam. 12:13, John 4:7-19,
John 8:11). He will forgive and release you also.
You may have already confessed your sexual sins to God when you were “born again
and been forgiven. However, that does not necessarily also allow you to escape the conse-
quences of your sin. (For example, if you have an abortion, Will God will forgive your sin of
murder? Yes; He did that on the Cross; but will He immediately remove the consequences of
that sin and return the fetus to life? No. The sin is on the head of the mother but the result or
consequences of that sin is borne by the aborted fetus. Christians can be totally repentant and
still unknowingly be under the influence of darkness in parts of their spirit as a result of previ-
ous sin.)
Until the open doors are closed and the legal rights which have been opened to darkness
renounced and given to God, the adversary can still use these past sins against you, even though
you are forgiven.
Prayers for sexual sins, soul ties, and cleansing are identified below.
Prayer for Sexual Sins
The prayer for release from sexual sins and bondage (or soul ties) should cover the fol-
lowing areas:
1. Pray for forgiveness.
2. Pray for release and loosing.
3. Pray to break the power of inherited lust; pray to forgive the one who introduced the
problem into the family line.
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4. Pray for breaking of all soul ties between the seeker and every other partner or previous
husband to which they are no longer married.
4a. Pray that the sword of the Spirit will separate each partner and break every soul
tie.
4b. Place the cross of Jesus between each partner and cover them with the blood of
Jesus.
4c. Loose each partner from these unholy unions.
4d. In the name of Jesus, declare the spirits of the persons involved in immorality to
be separated.
4e. Take authority (in Jesus' name), breaking any satanic power that exists in the per-
sons life as a result of illicit sex, non-sexual bondage, or spiritual adultery.
4.f If they are currently married to a “born again” spouse, pray that God will recog-
nize the current union as the “twain shall be one flesh” mentioned in Gen 2:24
and Mark 10:2-12).
5. Pray for cleansing of body, soul, and spirit.
5a. Pray to cleanse the person’s mind of pornographic images, ungodly sexual expe-
riences and all sinful thoughts, words, deeds and acts.
5b. Pray to cleanse the eyes that have looked upon what they should not have seen.
5c. Pray to cleanse the ears from whatever they have heard that is unholy.
5d. Pray to cleanse the mouth, skin, hands, and sexual organs from what they have
touched.
6. Pray against any spirits of immorality, pornography, and unusual sexual practices, par-
ticularly if the seeker has had an experience with a prostitute or with an animal.
7. Pray the seeker is released from all iniquities and from the consequences of these sins.
8. Pray the Lord heal all of these experiences so that Satan can no longer use them for evil
purposes.
9. Pray the seeker is healed of all guilt and shame.
10. Pray for healing of all these sins and soul ties, that these be covered by the blood of Je-
sus.
11. For single people, pray that all the normal sexual emotions be channeled into other
acceptable and appropriate activities.
12. Pray release from any immorality or polygamy of their forefathers.
13. Renounce “Baal” (the god of sexual depravity) in the name of Jesus.
Sexual sin is an area in which it is most helpful to use an intercessor. It is difficult for a
seeker to pray for him-or-herself with complete success in this area. The seeker needs first to
confess the sins and to repent out loud naming the partner (or partners, if necessary, as the Lord
directs).
Again, the seeker should also repent from all illicit and unusual sexual practices and
pornography, if applicable. He or she needs to renounce the spirit of lust, lust of the eyes, and
renounce Satan’s ground, previously given in all of these acts. Most importantly, the seeker
must be determined to live a chaste life in the future or to marry (1 Cor. 7:1-16).
Because sexual sin cause the heart o be shttered, with a fragment give to each person
he/she has relations with, t may be necessary for the seeker to repent of each instance of immor-
al conduct, naming names and breaking ties, and asking for his/her heart back that has been giv-
en to another and returning the part of each partner’s heart that was stolen.
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Previous sexual habits are difficult to break, particularly if the seeker is young and un-
married. In every case, the seeker must be warned that Satan will sorely tempt them soon after
their healing.
Prayer for Loosing and Release
The intercessor should pray the following:
In the name of Jesus, I direct your spirit to forget these unions. In the name of Jesus you
are loosed from that person (or these persons). I declare your spirit to be separated from each of
these partners, and I place the cross of Jesus between you and each unholy union. I cover you
with the blood of Jesus as a protective shield from any and all detrimental influences to which
you may have been exposed through sexual union with this (or these) partner(s).
In the name of Jesus and according to Chapter six of the book of Ephesians, I take the
sword of the Spirit and I cut every soul tie between you and any partner you have every been
intimate with.
I set your spirit free to cleave only to your own spouse. I loose you in Jesus name,
grateful for God’s word that proclaims, “…whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven,
and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven” (Mat. 16:19). (Continue with the
prayer for cleansing, which follows.)
The seeker should pray the following:
In the name of Jesus, I renounce all sexual and spiritual bondage to (name of the person )
and to the authority I have given him (or her) by submitting myself to him (or her) and offering
him (or her) my body. I cut every soul tie with (person’s) name, and renounce every dark spirit
that may have come to me through this union with him (or her). AMEN
NOTE: The person may need to pray this prayer for each one with whom they have had
an immoral sexual union. If there are many, or they are not able to remember their names, they
can ask God to allow them to repeat this prayer for as many as they can remember and to put all
the others into one “basket” and present them to the Lord as one.
In the authority of Jesus, I plead the blood of Jesus to stand between me and this person.
I separate the one flesh union, I send back to them everything I have taken from them when I
became one flesh with them. I call back to me everything I gave to them in this one flesh union.
I declare the blood of Jesus to be a wall of separation between us. Thank you Jesus for restoring
my soul. AMEN
Prayer for Cleansing
In Song of Solomon 4:12-5:1 the term “garden” is a specific symbol for a woman’s sex-
uality. The term ruined gardens” implies sexual brokenness. Many times the seeker will feel
dirty, unclean, or sexually broken, and need to be restored to innocence by God, and be cleansed
in spirit and body. This is a good opportunity for “behold and be held” prayer where we ask
Jesus to come and take the seeker into His arms and make them clean and innocent again. He
many times will use the symbol of clean water being sprinkled upon them.
Lord, Jesus, From both Ezekiel 36:25 (“Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and
ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.) and Acts
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11:9 (“But the voice answered me again from heaven, What God hath cleansed, that call not
thou common.”) we trust you will cleanse and make new __________ (name of seeker); and
through Hebrews 10:10 (“By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of
Jesus Christ once for all.”) we trust that through the offering once of the body of Jesus, she/he
is sanctified. I pray God pour His holy water over all that needs cleansing. (Sometimes the
Lord will give you a picture; pray over what you distinguish within the picture.)
Jesus, we ask you now to pour your streams of living water all over _____________ and
into every cell of his (her) being. Let the water flow over every part of his (her) body, head,
arms, private parts, legs, and feet.
Thank you Lord that your living water is washing him (her) white as snow, (“Come
now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as
white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.Is. 1:18) that every bit
of defilement, shame, and guilt is being washed away.
Thank you, Lord for making him (her) squeaky clean, inside and out. Lord, you now see
them as clean and white as the day you created them in heaven—you’ve given him (her) a new
body in Jesus, perfectly clean and pure. Thank you. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Resources
1. David Kyle Foster, Sexual Healing, (Regal books) 2001, ISBN 0-8307-3715-4,
(http://www.purepassion.us/ over 100 free videos and resources on immoral behavior.)
2. Doris Wagner, Ministering Freedom to the Sexually Broken (Wagner Publications, 2003).
ISBN 1-58502-038-9. (This was the best resource acquired on this subjectfrom which
much of the above material was taken.) (now 4 booklets are combined into one 332 page
booklet entitled “How to Minister Freedom”, Wagner, Doris, 2005 ISBN 0830737251,
30 contributors)
3 John & Paula Sandford, Transformation of the Inner Man (Victory House, 1982): pps
269-294. ISBN 0-932081-13-4.
4. Elaine Rose Penn, Soul Ties (Charisma Training Ministries, PO Box 2410, Albany,
NY 12220, 2000). ISBN 0-9700449-0-9.
5 Bill and Sue Banks, Breaking Unhealthy Soul-Ties (Impact Books, 322 Leffingwell
Ave., Suite 101, Kirkwood, MO 63122, 1999). ISBN 0-89228-139-1.
Pornography
Pornography is derived from the Greek word “porne”, which can be translated as “fe-
male captives” or “prostitutes”. Porneia is often translated as “fornication”, “whoredomor
sexual immorality”. In the New Testament there are twenty-six references to porneia. Of these
twenty-six, six occur in Paul’s letters to the Corinthian saints. The context of these letters is that
believers are not to conform to the cultural norms that the church found itself confronted with. .
But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adul-
tery with her already in his heart.” (Mat 5:28). I believe this scripture refers to women we look
at online, in magazines, or in person. Our bodies are not made for porneia (I Cor 6:13), we
should run from it (I Cor 6:18), we should not seek it out ( I Cor 7:2) and we should repent if we
fall prey to it (2 Cor 12:21)
Unfortunately in the United States, the courts have determined that viewing pornography
is one of our First Amendment rights of the Constitution. With the advent of the Internet, por-
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nography is pervasive in our society. We can keep it a secret by viewing in our own homes with
the blinds pulled. People hide their porn habits and try to make sure that no one else finds out.
Whatever is hidden is available to the devil to use against us.
A group called Promise Keepers was founded in 1990. The group held meetings of
church men met in stadiums across the country. Those attending were encouraged to commit to
the 7 promises of the organization. In one of these meetings, the speaker asked the group of over
20,000 to raise their hands if they previously or currently had a problem with pornography.
Over 60% raised their hands. These were church men who attended church regularly and held
positions as deacons and elders. Out of this movement came some popular resources such as
the video curriculum entitled Personal Holiness in Times of Temptation, as a part of “The Bibli-
cal Manhood” series for Promise Keepers developed by Dr. Bruce Wilkinson. The problem is
not isolated to a few “deviates” isolated from church. It is within the church as much as without.
Pornography dishonors the image of God in an individual by treating him or her as a
sexual object to be consumed. Pornography takes human sexuality out of its natural context,
intimacy between two human beings and makes it a product to be bought and sold. It debases
the human body and reduces its value. Pornography is the consumption of sexual poison that
becomes part of the fabric of the mind. It inherent degrades and dehumanizes. Pornography
shapes and rewires us in such a way that we become unable to view women as we should. It has
numbed the healthy sexuality of men who are active consumers of it. Many men have confessed
their frustration and shame as their inability to view women as beautiful human beings created
by God, but rather immediately focus on the woman’s breasts, buttocks or hips and evaluating
them in terms of potential sexual partners. Pornography demonstrates to women the reality that
men are prone to selfishness, domination and violence. Many men feel a deep sense of shame
or guilt as a result of viewing and sexually acting out to pornography. The more pornography a
man views, the less freedom he has over what he thinks and pursues.
Just as food is consumed and digested by the body, pornography is consumed by the
senses and digested and deposited in the brain. Pornographic images are stored as pictures in
the brain forever, to be recalled at will, or by the influence of the adversary in our times of trial
or lust. Research has shown that repeated exposure to pornography creates a one-way neurolog-
ical superhighway where a man’s mental life is over-sexualized and narrowed. It affects our
brain in ways similar to drugs and alcohol. It becomes very addictive. Each time that an un-
healthy sexual pattern is repeated, neurological, emotional and spiritual erosion carves out a
channel in the brain that will eventually develop into a canyon from which there is no escape
short of God’s intervention. The brain is a complex organ. How pornography affects our brain
is a complex process
Pornography is not only addictive, it is progressive. That is, over time it demands more
and more visual stimulation progressing from soft porn, through hard core porn, viewing sex
with animals, child porn and eventually to sadism & masochism (S&M) (if you do not know
what this is, look it up in the dictionary.) Porn is vicarious and voyeuristic at its core.
Masturbating is almost always a part of viewing pornography. When this occurs it caus-
es addiction to the fantasy. Pornography and the masturbation it fuels are sins committed
against one’s own body (I Cor 6:17) Are bodies are temples of God (I Cor 6:12-20). When we
engage in sexual activity not sanctioned by God (married man and wife) we dishonor the image
of God. . It also grieves the Holy Spirit which will leave us. Whenever we sin we grieve the
heart of God and we defile His image (Eph 4:31) . Each time a man views pornography he im-
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pairs the ability of the Holy Spirit to direct him toward sanctification, and he slips further into
depravity (I Thes 5:19).
All human beings, men and women, are created in the image of God. We are created for
the purpose of knowing, loving and worshiping Christ,. We are to conform to the image of
Christ Sanctification is the process by which we are made holy. It is the process by which we
become what we are intended to be. This process of sanctification extends into our sexuality.
God calls us to live in sexual purity. There should be no question about viewing pornography
being a sin. There may be some question as to whether accompanying masturbation is a sin.
But this is not the correct question. Although the Bible is silent on this question the better ques-
tion to ask is “Does masturbation lead me toward sanctification? (Some quote Gen 38:9 “And
Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his broth-
er's wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother.” in support
of the Bible saying masturbation is a sin, but that interpretation is in error. This passage speaks
of the Israelite law requiring the brother of a deceased husband with no sons to impregnate the
widow in order that the dead husband would have offspring to continue the family name. In this
case Onan was disobedient to the law, so the Lord slew him also.)
How then do we re-wire our brain and move toward sanctification. How does a man
change from being addicted to pornography to become addicted to holiness? How do we neuro-
logically become “enslaved” to purity rather than porn? The answer is the same as for any other
thing that leads us away from God rather than toward him: Confession and repentance. What
remains hidden and secret is open to the adversary. It is not enough just to confess to God. We
need to confess to God and our brethren”. This does not suggest we should necessarily confess
before the whole congregation. But it does mean that we need to confess to a pastor, or if we are
a pastor, to a fellow pastor or bishop. Or someone of high spirituality to which we can become
accountable, and who will mentor and encourage us. And who will help us if we fall. But con-
fession is difficult for many men because it is an admission of failure. It goes against our cul-
ture to admit weakness. But many of God’s teachings in the Bible go against current culture.
Then, whom shall we follow and who do we fear, or fellow man or God? If we want to be
healed, we have little choice. There is no other way. For more information on this subject and
what it does to your brain see www.yourbrainonporn.com
Prayer for healing from Pornography.
After the seeker has been led in prayers of confession and repentance for the sins of lust, lust of
the eyes and adultery in his heart (Matt 5:28) the intercessor should ask the Lord to bring to the
seekers mind the very first time the seeker was exposed to pornography. Then a prayer of inner
healing should be prayed, asking Jesus to come into that picture in the seekers mind, and to
stand between him and the pornography. Pray the blood of Jesus cover the seeker. A prayer to
behold and beheld is appropriate here. (This is described in more detail in another section) The
seeker needs to ask God to remove from his memory all the images that do not glorify God and
to unwire his brain from the results of pornography. Demons of lust, lust of the eyes, adultery
and masturbation should be cast out.
NOTE: Much of the above material is taken from the book by William M. Struthers, Wired for
Intimacy. How pornography hijacks the male brain. 2010, ISBN 978-0-8308-3700-7.
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Miscarriages and Abortions
Some may question, “Why are the healings of miscarriages and of abortions included
in the same section? One is involuntary and the other is by choice. In both cases, however, a
life is lost, typically there is no funeral, and rarely is there emotional closure. There may also
be spiritual and emotional connections with the fetus for years after the event which need to
be healed.
Miscarriages
There is no accumulative account tallied of the number of miscarriages released.
Even so, death is an intruder in God's plan; He never intended for us to die. The sin of Adam
and Eve changed all that.
God certainly does not desire that babies in the womb die, but because we live in an
imperfect world riddled with disease, miscarriages occur. The emotional trauma experienced
by the mother over the loss of a fetus is compounded by the somewhat insensitive attitude of
many fathers, as in the comment, Let’s put this behind us and move on, when the mother is
still grieving and in need of closure. However, before the mother can have peace from her
loss, she will need to have spiritual and emotional closure of the experience, and she will
need to release the baby to Jesus. (This situation is not gender-specific to mothers alone, but
we will be using the mother’s experience for the sake of explanation.)
Most often, an unborn baby does not have a burial (or a committal or memorial ser-
vice) and the mother often has not encountered closure of the experience or released the baby
to the Lord. Without this closure and release, the law of binding and loosing comes into ef-
fect: the mother is bound on earth and the baby is bound in heaven.
For the sake of the mother’s peace, inner healing is usually required. The mother
may blame herself, feeling that she contributed to the miscarriage because of poor health
practices or because she is unsure whether or not she could have done something to prevent
it. The thought that she could have prevented it may be a lie from the adversary that the
mother has accepted and chosen to believe. Fear that the mother won't be able to conceive
again or other similar issues (pain of separation or unfinished grieving and, therefore, a tie to
the unborn child) may formulate. In addition to these possibilities, the spirit of death may
enter through the experience of miscarriage.
Prayer for Miscarriages (the intercessor should follow these steps)
The mother did not sin, so there is no need for repentance.
1. Bring the experience before the Lord.
2. Pray that the mother may see the child with Jesus (sometimes the Lord will reveal the
sex of the child).
3. Ask the mother if she is ready to release the child to Jesus.
4. Pray a prayer of committal for release (that the mother frees her soul tie to the child
and she also releases the child to Jesus, committing the baby to Him for whatever
good purposes He has for the child).
5. Pray the Lord bring peace between mother and child.
6. Pray for healing of any guilt involved.
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7. Sometimes the Lord will reveal the name of the child; if not, have the mother name
the child.
8. Pray a blessing upon the mother and upon the child.
9. Pray that what is loosed on earth is loosed in heaven (Matt 16:19)
10. During the prayer, the grief may come out as either anger or deep hurt, and there may
be much sobbing, which is part of the process of release.
Abortions
Sadly enough, it is estimated that nearly 50% of pregnancies in the U.S. end in abor-
tion. Regardless of the circumstances, God considers this the taking of life. Repentance is
required for this act. Remember, God forgave King David for taking a life and He will for-
give the seeker as well. Within this process, there is almost always a spirit of abortion that
needs to be cast out, along with other companion spirits of various sexual sins. One of the
results of abortion may be endometriosis (endometrial-like cells appear and flourish in areas
outside the uterine cavity, most commonly on the ovaries) because it has to do with the hor-
monal interruption.
Prayer for Abortion (follow these steps)
1. Have the seeker pray and confess the sin, repent, and ask God for forgiveness for the
sin of murder.
2. Have the seeker confess and repent for the sin of lust. .
3. Pray for the healing of any guilt, shame, fear, and/or confusion that may have existed
at the time of the abortion.
4. If necessary, pray that Jesus will come into the experience.
The rest of the prayer is the same as for miscarriages.
5. Pray a prayer of committal for release (that the mother frees her soul tie to the child
and she also releases the child to Jesus, committing the baby for whatever good pur-
poses He has in store for the baby).
6. Pray the Lord bring peace between mother and child.
7. Pray for healing of any guilt involved.
8. Pray that the mother may see the child with Jesus (sometimes the Lord will reveal the
sex of the child.).
9. Sometimes the Lord will reveal the name of the child; if not, have the mother name
the child.
10. Pray a blessing upon the mother and upon the child.
11. Pray that what is loosed on earth is loosed in heaven (Matt 16:19)
12. Have both parents pray to forgive themselves. (During this prayer, the grief may
come out as either anger or deep hurt, and there may be much sobbing, which is part
of the process of release.)
13. Pray a prayer for cleansing.
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Occult
One of Satan’s favorite weapons against us is occult involvement. Occult involve-
ment occurs when an individual seeks to gain knowledge or power from a spiritual source
other than God. (“Occult” means to conceal, or cause to disappear from view. secret, myste-
rious, supernatural). It is a combination of deception and rebellion. The scripture (1 Sam
15:23) says rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft. Witchcraft can be defined as “demonically
inspired manipulation and intimidation for the eventual purpose of control and domination”
The special danger of occult involvement is that it appeals to our spiritual hunger, which is
our innate desire to find the Lord, and it diverts us from right relationship with Him into the
occult underworldwhich opens people to the demonic.
Satan and his dark angels continually labor to rob the Lord of praise, worship, and
devotion, and to usurp or seize these for themselves; they try to keep us from knowing and
experiencing God by deceiving people and leading them into the kingdom of darkness. But
God desires “truth in the inward parts” (Ps. 51:6) and that we be set (made) free from all the
dark influences within our lives.
Though at times an individual’s pursuit into the occult is intentional, most often peo-
ple become exposed to the occult unsuspectingly, such as when they innocently have their
palm read, they visit a fortune teller, or they play with an Ouija board or a visit to a witchdoc-
tor. . When an individual seeks understanding, guidance, truth, etc., but inquires through oc-
cult meansrather than those means designed by God, they are opening their spiritual
hedge of protection to the dark side, allowing this act to create chains and bondage.
The ensnared person then becomes dependent upon these dark angels, returning to
them again and again for guidance, healing, power, and satisfaction of their personal desires.
By so doing, these unsuspecting individuals receive the illicit attention and worship they so
strongly desire, although it isn’t from God.
The Bible (in a number of passages, such as in Deut. 18:10-12, Is. 47:11-15, Acts
8:18-20 and 2 Thes. 2:9-11) strictly forbids occult participation. There are 110 scriptures
about God’s curse placed upon those who practice occultism. Occult practices use the
powers of darkness rather than the power of God” to accomplish the desired end.
When we open ourselves up to occult practices, we become guilty of idolatry, and
therefore violate the first Commandment, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me (Ex.
20:3). Occult practices, whether participated in ignorantly or not, always have consequences.
There is no “safe dabbling. These are sins of a most serious nature.
C. Peter Wagner and others have divided spiritual warfare into three separately-
identified levels, as stated below:
1. Ground or Personal Level: where the casting out of demons from an individual
(commonly called deliverance) is practiced. This procedure is more thoroughly cov-
ered in a separate section titled Healing from Influences of Darkness.
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2. Occult Level: which deals with demonic activity occurring in objects, such as is
practiced in Satanism, witchcraft, shamanism, curandero, and freemasonry (as dis-
cussed in several other sections within this material).
3. Territorial Level: spiritual warfare which deals with powerful principalities and
powers over houses, neighborhoods, city, territories, regions, and nations (and is
likewise further discussed in the section on “Setting Your Church Free”).
Many believers who come for prayer and deliverance have “dabbled” with minor
forms of the occult, such as fortune telling, Ouija boards, certain books and games, and the
like. Even these minor exposures will often allow a demon to inhabit the believer. These
exposures can prevent the Holy Spirit from communicating with the seeker for the healing
they desire in other areas of need; they act as serious roadblocks and must, therefore, be dealt
with early-on in the healing process.
Those individuals whose exposure in the occult has run deeper and is more serious
(such as regularly taking part in séances, making Satanic vows, being involved in witchcraft
or Satan worship, etc.) will require more serious prayer and attention. Addressing this ex-
panded involvement is beyond the scope of these teaching materials. In such cases an experi-
enced intercessor or deliverance team is advisable.
Francis MacNutt, in his book Deliverance from Evil Spirits (page 212), makes a list-
ing of the following degrees of occult involvement.
1. The unwitting entrance into Satan’s Kingdom: by engagement in spiritualism or
other occult practices (for example, using with an Ouija board or playing the game
Dungeons & Dragons) without intending to contact Satan
2. Knowingly seeking spiritual power to harm or dominate someone: by such prac-
tices as casting spells (for example, going to a voodoo practitioner or witch, because
you seek success or want to curse an enemy)
3. Becoming a channel or witch: allowing a spirit to take over part of your life (for
example, through the practice of automatic writing)
4. Commencing a knowing, direct relationship with Satan: by, for instance, making
a pact with Satan
5. Becoming part of a coven, engaged in Satan worship: a coven is an assembly or
band of usually 13 witches” with the most severe levels of evil involving sexual or-
gies, torture, blood sacrifices (animal or human), and parodies (distortions) of Chris-
tian worship
Names of the occult spirits change as they graduate up the scale. MacNutt suggests
these highest levels of spirits are, for at least four reasons, especially hard to cast out.
1. They rule over entire families and clusters of spirits which they have brought with
them.
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2. They have supernatural attributes (the demonic reverse of the gifts of the Holy Spir-
it), attributes such as knowledge (enabling them to read into your past or into your
imagination) or communication (enabling them to influence another spirit inhabiting
someone else for the purpose of making an eruption in another part of a meeting or
church, thereby distracting you from your prayer and/or frightening bystanders).
3. They have the capacity to draw power from other spirits which are higher than they
are in their spiritual hierarchy.
4. They are protected by a number of blocking spirits which surround them with a rebel-
lious, lying defense system.
People get involved in the occult for a number of reasons, some of which are listed
below:
Prosperity Prestige Power and/or control
Knowledge Pleasure Desire for healing
Entertainment Impatience (in waiting on God)
Noel & Phyl Gibson in their book Freedom in Christ, chapters 8 & 9 suggest that occult ac-
tivities are progressive. They feel many innocent people who “dabble” in occultism graduate
on to witchcraft, then become Satan worshippers. However the exposure or participation is
categorized, it requires very serious deliverance.
Why are occult activities so dangerous?
Exodus 20:3-8 contains a list of the 10 commandments. I believe they are listed in order of
importance. Note the first three:
v1 You shall have no other gods before (or beside) me.
v2 You shall not make for yourself any idols in the form of anything in heaven or above or
on the earth beneath or in the waters below.
v3 You shall not bow down to them or worship them.
To break these commandments gives full spiritual authority for Satan to dominate the person,
as well as placing them under God’s curse.
v5 is of particular interest. “for I the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the chil-
dren for the sins of the gathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me”.
This provides the basis for generational or heritage sin.
Symptoms (Possibly Indicative of Influence from Occult Spirits)
1. Psychic abilities, clairvoyance, divination (the feeling of having special powers)
2. Inward perception of a separate personality, name, or voice, that prompts undesirable
thoughts or behaviors
3. Fearful, repetitive night visitations by an evil presence
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4. Separation of the mind from the body (spacing out, dizziness)
5. Inability to focus on and retain Biblical truths
6. Difficulty staying focused or participating in prayer (agitation, nausea, anger, rebel-
lion)
7. Uncontrolled thoughts or impressions (for example, sexual perversion, cursings, vio-
lence)
8. Uncontrolled compulsive behaviors (sexual sin, anger, chemical indulgence)
9. Preoccupation with thoughts of death, despair, hopelessness
10. Uncontrollable and irrational or paralyzing fear
11. Unusual, non-typical emotional expressions (laughter, sadness, crying, anger)
12. Extreme nervousness (at the mention of the name of Jesus, while reading the scriptures
or while in prayer)
13. Can’t say or pray the name of Jesus
14. Thoughts about committing suicide
15. Headaches occurring for no known physical reason
Other Symptoms Which Indicate Serious Occult Influence Include: (identified from
Blinding the Evil Eye, page 46 Ministering Freedom from Occult Bondage by Doris Wagner
Editor 2004)
1. Repetitions of raps and other sounds
2. Movements of objects (tables, chairs, etc.) without contact or with insufficient contact
to explain the movement
3. Apports (the paranormal transference of an article from one place to another or the
appearance of an article from an unknown source)
4. Moulds (for example, impressions made upon paraffin or similar substances)
5. Luminous appearances (For example, sometimes images come to people: vague
glimmerings, light, or facesmore or less defined. Some of the people may be al-
ready dead or be in some other geographical location. The images are seen as glimps-
esdim, not definite, but with enough of an image that they know who they repre-
sent. The image may appear unclear, observed partly in a shadow or in poor lighting.)
6. Levitation (the raising of objects from off the ground by supernormal means)
7. Materialization or the appearance of a spirit in visible human form
8. Spirit-photography (where the feature or form of a deceased person appears on a plate
along with the likeness of a living photographed subject)
9. Table-rapping in answer to questions
10. Automatic writing or slate-writing
11. Trance-speaking
12. Clairvoyance; descriptions of the spirit-world
13. Communications from the dead
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The Occult Trap by James S. Wallace (see reference material at the end of this sec-
tion) has an excellent list of primary and secondary symptoms (pages 212-216).
It is importantin the process of healing from the occultto know exactly what the
occult involvement was (the root of the problem) in order to confess, repent, and pray for the
eviction of the specific intruders.
As you read through the following list, ask the Holy Spirit to recall to your mind eve-
ry occasion of involvement you have had. Keep in mind that many of these activities are
clearly occult but the occult nature of others may not be as evident. Mark all items that ap-
ply, even if there is a question in your mind as to their having (or not having) an occult nature
so that you are confident that you have renounced all possible occult or demonic influences in
your life.
Occult Checklist
(Check those in which you are or have been involved.)
Soothsayers, Fortune Tellers (Deut. 18:9-16, Dan. 2:26-28, Is. 47:10-15):
1. Had your fortune told by tea leaves, palm reading, crystal ball, etc.
2. Read or followed horoscopes or had a chart made for yourself
3. Been hypnotized or practiced self-hypnosis, Yoga, or Transcendental Meditation
(TM)
Necromancy, Spiritualism (1 Sam. 28:7-11, Is. 8:19, Lev. 19:31 and 20:6):
4. Attended a séance or spiritualist meeting
5. Believed in reincarnation or had a reincarnation reading
6. Played with an Ouija board, tarot cards, a crystal ball, or played the game “Dungeon
& Dragons”
7. Played games of an occult nature (using ESP, telepathy, hypnotism, etc.)
8. Consulted a medium or a numerologist, had your handwriting analyzed, acted as a
medium, or practiced channeling
9. Sought healing through magic spells or charms, a Christian Scientist, a spiritualists, or
a psychic healing, or had psychic surgery
10. Practiced table lifting, levitation of objects, pendulum swinging, lifting bodies, auto-
matic writing, or soul-travel
11. Used a charm or any kind of protection or “good luck” piece, or been superstitious
12. Practiced water-witching to find out where to dig a well
13. Practiced Transcendental Meditation or Yoga or connected with its spiritualist at-
tendant
14. Sought or communicated with apparitions that were not of God or with persons who
have died
15. Worshipped in pagan shrines or temples
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Possessed or read books on any of the following (Acts 19:19-20):
16. Astrology, the interpretation of dreams, Christian Science, Unity, Scientology, or Sci-
ence of the Mind
17. Witchcraft, fortune telling, magic, ESP, psychic phenomena or possession
18. Anything in your home given to you by someone in the occult or of an occult nature
or items made in non-Christian countries (which might be idols)
19. Followed the writings of Edgar Cayce, Jean Dixon, Shirley MacLaine, L. Ron Hub-
bard (Church of Scientology), or any other New Age author
20. Interest shown in demonic types of movies, such as “The Exorcist,” “Rosemary’s Ba-
by, “The Omen, or been drawn to things like horror shows or scary movies
21. Accepted the humanist theory, that man is self-sufficient, not needing God
Sorcery or Magic (2 Kings 17:17 and 21:6, Is. 47:9, Mal. 3:5, Acts 8:11 and 13:4-12):
22. Practiced mind-control over any person or animal, cast a magic spell, sought a psychic
experience or contacted a psychic in person or through a psychic hotline
Devil Worship (2 Chr. 11:15, Ps. 106:37, 1 Cor. 10:20-22, Rev. 9:20-21):
23. Made a pact with Satan or been involved in (or witnessed) Satan worship or Black
Magic
24. Attended the meeting of a coven
25. Attended a Black Mass
26. Made a promise, pact, or blood compact with Satan
27. Have been (or are) a victim of Satanic ritual abuse
Witchcraft (1 Sam. 15:23 and 28:7, 2 Ki. 9:22, 1 Chr. 10:13, Is. 8:19, 19:3 and 29:4, Mic.
5:12, Gal. 5:19-20):
28. Attended witchcraft or voodoo activities
29. Visited or was taken to a witch doctor. (Africa)
30. Participation in tribal ceremonies such as at birth, circumcision, weddings or calendar
celebrations. (Africa)
31. Using traditional medicines (Africa)
32. Listened to hard rock or acid rock music with a Satanic influence, as in KISS, Black
Sabbath, 9” Nails, etc.
33. Visited or was taken to a witch doctor
34. Visited or worshipped in a shrine or temple of a non-Judeo/Christian religion, or have
in your possession any books, articles, or statutes from a non-Judeo/Christian religion
36. Been involved in freemasonry, Eastern Star, DeMolay, or Rainbow Girls
37. Wished somebody else was dead or wished you were dead
38. Planned or attempted to take your own life
39. Hoped someone else would die
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Contact with Objects:
40. Have you any object, image, charm, statue, bracelet, necklace, jewelry, or book(s) in
your possession or in your home, that may bring an evil presence or influence with it;
has someone involved in the occult given you any amulet or object?
Generational Bondage (Ex. 34:6-7, Num. 14:17-19, Deut. 5:8-10, Josh. 22:16-29, Ps. 33:11,
Jer. 11:10-13, Acts 2:38-39):
41. Have any of your ancestors been involved in witchcraft, pagan religions, or for-
tunetelling?
42. Has anyone in your ancestry been a member of the Masons (see the section on Heal-
ing from Freemasonry”)?
Personal Experience
I have found that occult spirits are most difficult to dislodge if the parents or ancestors have ded-
icated off spring to Satan, or the person has made a contract with Satan. It is extremely helpful
if there is a member of the ministry team that has a high level of the spirit of discerning of spir-
its, who is able to discern the initial experience in the ancestry of the seeker, and the circum-
stances in which the spirit received authority to move in. In some cases, it is necessary to gather
a number of experienced ministers together who have a high level of spiritual power. The
greater the dark influence available at the time of entry, the greater the spiritual power needed to
remove it. In some cases it is necessary to mentally visualize the perpetrator and the initial ex-
perience, and pray against the perpetrator until he turns white, usually beginning at the head and
eventually out the feet. Then the influence is broken for good.
Release from Occult Influences
First, destroy all books, jewelry, statues, objects, and paraphernalia associated with any
cult, occult, or false religion source (see additional section on Healing Objects and Places).
Pray the following prayer aloud, against each separate type of occult activity:
Lord Jesus, I recognize and confess _________________ as a sin in my life. I am
deeply sorry for this sin and I repent of it. Please forgive me.
I renounce Satan in this area in all his ways; I take back any spiritual territory I have
given him and I now give it to God. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
After confessing and repenting of these sins, pray the following prayer aloud just once:
In the name of the Lord Jesus, I repeat my baptismal vows and commit my life to Jesus.
Lord, I claim and thank you for all of the blessings made available to me because of your death
on the cross.
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Lord, you gave us power over the adversary. I therefore release myself and my family
from any hold which any of these occult activities have, or have had, on our lives.
I cancel any curse against me or against any member of my family. And I claim the pro-
tection of the blood of Jesus over my mind, body, and spirit. I close the door on you Satan, nev-
er to be opened again. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Resources
1. James S. Wallace, The Occult Trap, 2004. ISBN 1-58502-040-0. (The best single book
available on this topicsome of the material for this section has been taken from his
book.) Chapters 4, 5, 6, 7 pages 69-133. (It has an excellent list of primary and second-
ary symptoms pages 212-216.
2. Don Basham and Dick Leggatt, The Most Dangerous Game, 1974). ISBN 0-8007-0726-
5. (May be out of print but available as a used book through Amazon, Barnes and No-
ble, or Alibris.)
3. Peter Horrobin, Healing Through Deliverance, 2008. ISBN 978-0-8007- 9451-4. pages
330, 353-354, (Appendix 2 Magic, the Occult and the Bible, and Appendix 3, Glossary
of Occult Terms is thorough glossary of occult terms.)
4. Francis MacNutt, Deliverance From Evil Spirits: A Practical Manual, 1995, ISBN
0-8007-9232-7. Chap 16, pages 203-222
5. Noel & Phyl Gibson Freedom in Christ 1996, ISBN 1 874 367 53 1, Chapters 8 &
9 pp 82-104 (See appendix I of this study)
6. Doris Wagner, Editor, Ministering Freedom From Occult Bondages, 2004: p46. ISBN
1-58502-039-7. (now 4 booklets are combined into one 332 page booklet entitled “How
to Minister Freedom”, Wagner, Doris, 2005 ISBN 0830737251, 30 contributors)
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Divorce
In the beginning, God created Adam and Eve and intended they be joined together as
husband and wife: Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave
unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” (Gen. 2:24; also Mark 10:6-9). Paul informs us
that God’s intentions for the marriage relationship between husband and wife could be used
as a picture of God’s intentions for the relationship between Jesus and His church (Eph.
5:23). In addition, God gave humans free will; then Satan entered the picture and he has
been working to end God’s design for the marriage relationship ever since. Mal 2:16 says
God hates divorce.
Additional Issues and Concerns
1. Marriage is a spiritual covenant between God and the marriage partners and it is taken
very seriously by God. God intended that there be only one marriage (Gen. 2:24,
Mark 10:6-9). Godly soul ties are created through the covenant of marriage.
2. Divorce is not within God's original design and, therefore, He considers it sin. Spir-
itual laws are violated in the practice of divorce (Mat. 5:32).
3. There are three easily-identifiable justifications for divorce within the scriptures: (1)
adultery and fornication (Mat. 5:32), (2) an unbelieving spouse who leaves the rela-
tionship (1 Cor. 7:15) or a spouse who has been cheated on and has not sinned by di-
vorcing the guilty spouse, is free to remarry without sin (Mat. 5:32), and (3) while
abandonment or sexual sin on the part of either party is clear justification for divorce,
other passages (such as 1 Cor. 7:2-5) suggest a spouse is not under bondage to stay
married to a person who violates the vows of rendering due benevolence.
4. The issuescripturallyis not the reason for the divorce but whether or not either
spouse has sex with someone else after the divorce, which the scripture calls adultery
(whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her
to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adul-
tery”—Mat. 5:32).
5. When adultery happens, God’s “two shall become one flesh” plan (Gen. 2:24) be-
comes confused, polluted, and broken. When this plan is broken, it provides an entry
point for the powers of darkness.
6. Ecclesiastes 5:4-6 suggests that a curse of divorce may be set in motion by breaking a
vow with God (and marriage is a vow).
7. Deep wounds of rejection, anger, and abandonment may remain after the broken rela-
tionship.
8. Soul ties remain between the couple until these are spiritually cut.
9. The Good News is that God in heaven sent his Son Jesus to die on the cross for us so
that we might be forgiven of every sin (Matt 12:31) (including divorce, sexual sin, or
adultery by remarriage), washed clean by the blood of Jesus, and renewed in relation-
ship to Him by the power of the Holy Spirit.
10. The focus of healing from divorce should not be on trying to determine whether or
not sin was committed through this experience but on asking for forgiveness where
due and accepting the grace and forgiveness of our loving Father.
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Prayer for Healing of Divorce
The seeker should follow these steps:
1. Ask God's forgiveness for your part in the divorce (it is seldom one-sided).
2. Ask God's forgiveness for any sexual sin that happened before or after the divorce.
3. Ask God’s forgiveness for any sins because of remarriage.
4. Healing from divorce requires total forgiveness of the former spouse.
5. Pray that the part of you that remains with your spouse be loosed.
6. Pray for inner healing for the feelings of rejection, anger, or abandonment.
7. Pray to break the soul ties created by the former union with the sword of the Spirit.
8. If the person is now unmarried, pray they can remain celibate so as not to commit
sexual sin.
9. If the person has remarried, pray God will recognize the current relationship as the
original one designed in heaven with all the rights, privileges, and blessings of the
two becoming one flesh covenant agreement.
10. Pray God will bless the union and the family, in Jesus’ name.
Inner Healing Required
Notwithstanding the adultery questions involved here, there will almost always be a
need for inner healing for feelings of anger, betrayal, abandonment, hate, bitterness, and re-
jection that may result from a divorce. More about inner healing can be found on the section
“Healing of Hurts, Emotions and Memories”.
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Curses
While blessings and curses are direct opposites, they have several things in common.
They are words pronounced, decreed, or written in the Bible with spiritual power and authori-
ty for good (blessing) or for evil (curse). This declaration sets in motion spiritual laws that
will continue the blessing or the curse from one generation to the next until it is broken.
Blessings are mentioned 221 times in the Bible. Curses are mentioned 230 times.
Scriptures Promoting Blessing
Two examples of blessing include: (1) the blessing (in covenant) that the Lord gave
to Abrahamand then again to Isaac (Gen. 22:15-18) and (2) Isaac’s blessing of Jacob (Gen.
27:27-29). Note the inference within Isaac’s passage that God could not undo the blessing
Isaac had already bestowed upon Jacob (Gen. 27:37-40; see also Deut. 8, 28:1-14).
We are commanded to bless and curse not (Rom. 12:14). In addition, God promis-
es us in many scriptures to bless us if we are obedient. Blessings are carried out by angels
from heaven. Some examples of blessing follow:
“Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless
thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of
the breasts, and of the womb (Gen. 49:25).
“Blessings of health in your physical body. Blessings of long life as you continue to
serve the Lord your God. Blessings of peace and happiness for you and your entire fami-
ly. You will be blessed as you come in and as you go out. And all that your hand touches
will prosper (Deut. 28:1-14).
“Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might
be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me!” (1 Chr.
4:10, from the prayer of Jabez)
“Asher's food will be rich; he will provide delicacies fit for a king” (Gen. 49:20). “Let
Asher be blessed with children; let him be acceptable to his brethren, and let him dip his
foot in oil. Thy shoes shall be iron and brass; and as thy days, so shall thy strength be.
There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, who rideth upon the heaven in thy help, and
in his excellency on the sky (Deut. 33:24-26, the blessings of Asher).
Scriptures Promoting Curses
God promises curses for disobedience (Ex. 20:3-5, Deut. 27:15 and 28:15-68). Curs-
es always begin with sin: Now the serpent was more subtle [devious, scheming] than any
beast of the field which the LORD God had made” (Gen. 3:1). Curses began with the sin of
Adam and Eve and continue to this day (Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the
world, and [the curse of] death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have
sinned”Rom. 5:12).
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Because of disobedience God (1) cursed the serpent (Gen. 3:14-15), (2) cursed the
woman—“I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring
forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee (Gen.
3:16; this curse continues with the process of birth and continues with monthly menstruations
and menopause), and (3) cursed the manCursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow
shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee;
and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou
return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt
thou return (Gen. 3:17-19). (Refer also to Gen. 4:9-13, where God curses Cain for the
death of Abel.) Curses are carried out by demons, principalities and powers.
Indicators of a Curse (typically exhibiting a minimum of two or more in combination)
1. Mental and/or emotional breakdown
2. Repeated or chronic sickness
3. Barrenness, the tendency to miscarry, or other female problems
4. Breakdown of a marriage and family alienation
5. Continuing financial insufficiency
6. Being “accident-prone
7. A history of suicides and unnatural or untimely deaths
8. A spiritual block/wall in the process of deliverance
In praying for spiritual healing with a person, sometimes the best indicator of a curse
is when the seeker cannot hear anything from the Lord. There is a spiritual wall that keeps
the seeker and the intercessor from receiving the spiritual insights necessary for deliverance.
At such times, it is best to ask, "In the name of Jesus, is there a curse upon your life?" If so,
the seeker will usually have a sudden emotional experience that will indicate to them this is
so. All curses have to have a place of entry, a landing place. At times, when a curse is di-
rected specifically toward someone who is a Christian, it is deflected to another person in the
family. Witchdoctor curses are among the most powerful. The spirit of curse has a legal
spiritual right to the space it occupies in the seekers spirit. The seeker is literally in spiritual
bondage.
Sources of Curses
A curse is a supernatural edict enforced by a spirit being. Every curse has a cause (or
source); so the curse causeless shall not come (Prov. 26:2). As we minister for the pur-
pose of inner healing and come to believe there is a curse involved, there are three questions
we need to ask: (1) Is there a curse? (2) What is the cause? (3) What is the cure?
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Identified below are a dozen sources of curses. Seekers can be under the influence of
several simultaneously. While some ministers consider a separate category altogether for
generational curses (Ex. 20:5), in reality, all unrepentant sin on the part of our forefathers be-
comes a generational curse, particularly for the sin of idolatry.
1. Disobedience to God Brings Cursing (identified as personal sin curses): The Bible
lists 37 groups of sins that result in curses of disobedience. These curses cannot be
removed without repentance and obedience: “… if thou wilt not hearken unto the
voice of the Lord to observe to do all his commandments all these curses shall
come upon thee…” (Gal. 3:10). (Additional scriptural passages referring to curses of
the law include Deut. 27:15-26 and 28:15-68.) Review the following:
Idolatry, false Gods (Ex. 20:3-5)
Disrespect for parents (Jacob lying to his father, being deceitful and falsely repre-
senting his brother, EsauGen. 27:19-27, and Joseph’s brother’s hating him, sell-
ing him to traders, and lying to their father about his whereaboutsGen. 37)
Treachery, deceit, or betrayal against a neighbor (Prov. 17:13)
Oppressions or injustice against the weak and helpless (Prov. 28:27)
All forms of illicit or unnatural sex (Lev. 20:10-16)
Anti-semitism against Jews (Gen. 12:3 and 27:29)
Trust in man’s own strength (Jer. 17:5-6)
Stealing, perjury, etc. (Zech. 5:1-4)
Financial disobedience or stinginess toward God: Will a man rob God? ... Ye are
cursed with a curse (Mal. 3:8-9)
Forgetting the poor (Prov. 28:27)
Religious and dead works (Jer. 17:5)
All forms of disobedience to Gods laws
See a good example of a disobedience curse with Eli (I Sam 2:27-33, 3:12-14).
2. Man Pronouncing a Curse on Behalf of God:
Joshua curses Jericho (Josh. 6:26); 525 years later, King Ahab is the recipient of
the curse (1 Kings 16:34)
Noah cursed Ham and the people of Canaan (Gen. 9:25)
Priests pronounced courses on unfaithful wives. (Num 5)
David pronounces a curse on Joab and his descendents (2 Sam 3:29)
Paul cursed Elymas (Acts 13:11)
3. Persons with Relational Authority: Those who have parental, spiritual, or govern-
mental control over us can curse us, as in the example of Jacob and his wife, Rachel:
“Let the one who stole, die” (Gen. 31:32); it was Rachel who stole and later died.
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people against othersbut not with the specific intention to bring harm to the person)
which can only happen when there is some relational connection between the one who
curses and the victim, such as in the involvement of a parent for a child, a teacher, a
pastor, or a soul tie. (These words are usually negative and destructive words spo-
kenand even prayedby people close to us with whom we have soul ties or who
have authority over us, such as parents or typically elder relatives.)
4. Unscriptural Covenants: as in the tenets of freemasonry (Ex. 23:32), or unholy
vows and covenants with darkness. (see the section on vows).
5. Professionals Who Use the Powers of Darkness to Curse Others:
Deliberate curses placed by men and/or women, witches, or servants of Satan
Witches, soothsayers, sorcerers, spiritualists, etc. (Duet. 18:10-12)
Balaam, who was asked to speak against (curse) Israel (Num. 22:4-6)
Invoking Satan's power to "place" a curse by someone who operates under Satan's
power results in a demon of curse with a name (generally, not just anyone can
choose someone at random and speak a curse against them)
In order for the curse to be effective, there has to be some item or object that can
be linked to the victim (used as an access point to the victim, such as personal be-
longings or hair clipswhich sometimes are stolen and are frequently used in
cursing rituals)
Sometimes an owned object is cursed and returned to the owner so that the demon
of curse is able to operate directly against the victim through the accursed thing
(defined more thoroughly under #7 below, “Accursed Things Curse”—nail clip-
pings, hair trimmings, and blood are especially powerful through this means; pho-
tographs or dolls are also used)
By stabbing the doll or the photograph in specific places, the voodooist calls on
and uses demons to induce identical symptoms in the body of the victim
6. Territorial Curses: include areas such as homes, shrines, countries, regions, and
towns (Dan. 10:13). Places or homes become occupied by the presence of evil in a
number of ways: through curses, Satan worship, crime, violence, other sins commit-
ted there, objects therein that are occupied by the presence of evil, or by the presence
of evil in those that inhabit the land or place. A place can become “defiled” when
someone there becomes involved in the occult (such as in participating in divination,
sorcery, spiritualism, clairvoyance, witchcraft, or family ceremonies). Other activities
that can cause defilement of the place where curses occur include: adultery, sexually
perverted practices, rape, murder or attempted murder, sexual abuse, or satanic ritual
abuse.
Because these activities occur as a result of the choices and actions of those
involved, it gives the powers of darkness permission or a spiritual right to claim the
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land and/or place for their purposes. This is similar to what happens in our human
spirit when we sin: in essence we give the evil one permission to influence that part
of our spirit. To a less severe extent, people with evil spirits bring some evil with
them and tend to leave some evil behind. Visiting such places can result in contami-
nation from the curse.
In addition, for a more thorough discussion of territorial curses see the sec-
tions on Setting Your Church Free and Healing Objects and Places.
7. Accursed Things Curse: Bringing an abominable or accursed thing (accursed, as
in “being under or considered being under a curse) into your house (“Do not bring a
detestable thing into your house or you, like it, will be set apart for destruction. Utter-
ly abhor and detest it, for it is set apart for destruction”(Deut. 7:26). Coming un-
der a curse occurs when one innocently does any of the following:
Takes objects into his possession in disobedience (Josh. 7:19-25, Achan admitted
taking a robe and other spoils and brought death to himself and his family)
Takes an accursed thing devoted to Satan into his possession (Ex. 20:4, Deut.
27:15making false idols, and Deut. 7:25-26bringing a cursed thing in your
house)
If you take an accursed thing you become accursed yourself (Josh. 6:18; also re-
view the section on Healing Objects and Places for a detailed listing of accursed
things)
Accursed things include books, occult objects, games, souvenirs from lands under
a territorial curse, art objects created by persons under curses, objects from previ-
ous love affairs or travels. There is no innocent or safe dabbling in the occult.
8. Some Alternative Medicines: The origin of any alternative medicine under consid-
eration (for example, Reiki, Acupuncture, and similar alternatives) should first be
studied carefully before allowing it. Visits to witchdoctors or psychic healers will re-
sult in curses. Visits to psychics, spiritualists, or may result in curses as well. We can
open ourselves up to a curse even without our knowledge.
9. Self-Imposed Curses: the words we speak against ourselves. For example:
Genesis 27:13Rebecca, the wife of Isaac, shouted, “…upon me be thy curse”
and she never saw her son again; she died prematurely.
Matthew 27:20-26At Christ’s trial, the crowd stated, “His blood be upon us,
and our children (Jews have been persecuted the world over ever since).
2 Sam 6:22-23--Michal, David’s wife, speaks against the Lord’s anointed and is
barren.
Num 12: Miriam complains against Moses and is made leprous. Also examine
the sections on “Healing Your Tongue” and “Healing from Vows and Death
Wishes”—vows are self-curses.
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Examples of Self-Imposed Word Curses Include:
a. Mental and/or emotional breakdown:
“It’s driving me crazy.
“I just can’t take it any more.
“He just drives me mad.
b. Repeated or chronic sickness:
“Whenever there’s a bug, I catch it.
“I’m sick and tired . . .”
“It runs in the family, so I guess I’m next.
c. Barrenness, a tendency to miscarry, or other related female problems:
“I don’t think I’ll ever get pregnant.
“I’ve got the ‘curse’ again.
“I just know I’m going to lose this one; I always do.
d. Breakdown of a marriage and family alienation:
“The palm reader said my husband would leave me.
“Somehow I always knew my husband would find another woman.
“In our family, we have always fought like cats and dogs.
e. Experiencing continued financial insufficiency:
“I never can make ends meet; my father was the same way.
“I can’t afford to tithe.
“I hate those ‘fat cats.’ They always get what they want and it never happens
to me.
f. Being “accident-prone”:
“It always happens to me.
“I knew there was trouble ahead….”
“I’m just a clumsy kind of person.
g. History of suicides and unnatural or untimely deaths:
“What’s the use of living?
“… over my dead body.
“I’d rather die than go on the way things are.
10. Broken Vows: Joshua made a vow not to attack the Gibeonites (Josh 9:19) which
was broken by Soul. The curse came in the form of a famine upon David. (2 Sam
21:1-2). Broken marriage vows can bring curses.
11. Witchcraft and Sorcery Participation in witchcraft and sorcery always brings a
curse which may include fear, poverty, and health problems.
12. Family or Generational Curses: Seekers who live in, or come from developing
countriessuch as Africa, India, Latin, or South Americamay have been exposed
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to family curses of which they are totally unaware. In many of these countries, babies
are ceremonially dedicated to demonic gods through blood oaths at birth, and then
again when they come into adolescence.
Many Christians are unaware that they (or their ancestors) have unwittingly
made blood oaths with devils through a tradition they are required to keepwhile
they have only sought to be obedient to their parents in upholding these family tradi-
tions. In many cases, these individuals would be disowned by their family if they
failed to take part in these demonic ceremonies (in disrespecting the elders of their
tribe and family). Yet most of these individuals will not even speak about these things
or they are unaware that such things ever took place within their family line.
In referring to Exodus 20:5 (and 34:6-7; And the LORD passed by before
him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffer-
ing, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving in-
iquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting
the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto
the third and to the fourth generation.”) the curse to the third and fourth genera-
tion continues anew for every generation until it is repented of and broken. Many
African Americans (for example) are only 4 or 5 generations from their African herit-
age, and while they may now be dedicated and committed Christians, the curse of
previous ancestors still claims them. Examples of these curses can be found in the
Chapter on Witchcraft.
Many individuals living in developing countries have ancestors who moved from ru-
ral areas into urban areas, carrying their spiritual baggage with them.
Bewitching Others: The enemy does not have the right to afflict your life just be-
cause he wants to. There must be open doors, either historically in your family trees or his-
torically in your personal life in which we have wandered outside the parameters of obedi-
ence to God’s knowledge, provision or covenants. No one can “bewitch” another just by
looking at them. However, if the person who is looked at thinks they can be “bewitched”
then it may be possible. For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Prov 23:7).
Breaking Curses
For a curse to be broken the curse must be renounced and the individual must come
under the blood oath of Christ Jesus. It is through the blood of Christ and the finished work
of Atonement at Calvary that the seeker can be set free from curses, including blood oaths,
witchcraft, and the curses associated with ancestral worship. God made provision for this
release with the divine exchange which took place on Calvary (Christ hath redeemed us
from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one
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that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through
Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faithGal. 3:13-14).
Jesus became a curse for all mankind. He transferred to Himself the curses that we
are under, as (at the Cross) He took upon Himself all sin. However, one must appropriate the
exchange by true repentance and renouncing ancestral sins. Only then does the individual
come under the cleansing blood of the Lord Jesus, after which the enemy no longer has any
legal spiritual right to continue to work any generational curses. These generational curses
become null and void through Christ's finished work and the new blood covenant made by
Jesus. The following steps are necessary in the process of breaking all kinds of curses:
1. Recognition: Identify the source of the curse, by name if possible. The seeker may
have inadvertently given legal spiritual groundor a spiritual rightto Satan. Ask
the Holy Spirit to show you the root, cause, or link of the curse; it may be something
in their possession or in their home.
2. Appropriation: Appropriatetake exclusive possession ofthe Atonement of Je-
sus by faith (Duet. 21:23). Jesus was made a curse (Is. 53:6) and the iniquity of all
was laid upon Him (Is. 53:5). Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law (Gal.
3:13-14). Have the seeker confess their faith in Christ and in His sacrifice on their
behalf; confess their faith in Christ’s death and resurrection.
3. Establish Spiritual Authority: Make a declaration to establish spiritual authority
over the curse. (Read aloud the following scriptures: (Prov 26:2, Gal. 3:13-14, Eph.
1:7, Col. 1:12-14, 1 John 3:8, Luke 10:19).
4. Repent and Commit: Have the seeker verbally tell God they are sorry and they
commit themselves to obedience (Jesus spoke to the man healed at the pool of Be-
thesda—“Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto
thee,” John 5:14; also, to the woman caught in adultery—“go, and sin no more,”
John 8:11). The seeker is to repent for every known sin (this is important). Repent
for those sins previously committed by their ancestors (identificational repentance),
even though they perhaps acted in ignorance.
NOTE: If the seeker has followed all the recommended steps for each of the preced-
ing chapters in this book, they may have already done these things.
5. Forgive: The seeker is to forgive every person who has ever harmed or wounded
them, including the one who cursed themif this person is known to them.
6. Renounce and Rebuke: Have the seeker verbally renounce generational iniquities
and words and/or blood oaths spoken over their life or over that of their ancestors. If
this is not done, the enemy of their soul still has the legal spiritual right to oppress
them according to the covenant recorded in Deuteronomy 27:15-26 and 28:16-19.
The seeker should renounce all contact with the occult committed by themselves and
by their ancestors and cancel all legal grounds and spiritual rights previously given to
Satan. The seeker is to dispose of all contaminated objects, books, etc., in their pos-
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session and to rebuke Satan in the area of the curse; they are to tell Satan they don’t
want this any more, that their mind, as well as their body, is a temple for the Lord Je-
sus Christ. In difficult cases, it may be necessary to repeat the renouncement thee
times (as sometimes the curse has been set in place by a witchdoctor who had the
blood oath repeated three times).
7. Remove All Abominable Objects: The seeker is to remove all abominable objects
from their home. Refer also to the section titled “Healing Objects and Places.”
8. Pray the Blood of Jesus: To break the curse, pray to place the blood of Jesus be-
tween the one cursed and the one who initiated the curse. If this proves insufficient,
command the curse to give its name and cast it out, as is done with evil spirits. Break
all soul ties between the one who initiated the curse and the seeker.
9. Bless the One Who Initiated the Curse: Luke 6:28 tells us to, Bless them that
curse you . Romans 12:14 also states, “… bless, and curse not.” In obedience to
His Word, proclaim God’s blessings upon those who brought cursing.
10. Release and Resist: Curses of disobedience can only be broken by obedience (Mat.
16:12, Jas. 4:7). Be obedient.
11. Anointed Oil: If blessed anointing oil is available, it is beneficial to anoint every
place on the seeker where the “healer” has “cut” them, as part of his or her witchcraft
practice. Or, if they have been cut in private places, anoint a small corner of a hand-
kerchief for them to touch the private places where they have been cut by the witch-
doctor.
12. Barrenness: Many individuals who have been to a witchdoctor will experience bar-
renness or have sexual dysfunctions (male and/or female). Pray specifically that this
curse be broken, that they may become fertile and dedicate their future offspring to
Jesus.
13. Re-new Baptismal Vows: In some difficult cases, it may be necessary for the seeker
to renew their baptismal vows by praying, I turn now to Jesus Christ and accept Him
only as my Savior. I put my whole trust in His grace and love. I promise to follow
and obey Him as my Lord and Savior. It is in Jesus’ name that I pray. Amen.
14. Dagon: If the seeker struggles to be released from curses after all of the above, con-
sider praying to break the curse of Dagon (1 Sam. 5) and offer the Prayer of Restora-
tion and Regeneration (space does not permit a full discussion of this subject here, but
if the Lord so directs, e-mail the author of this material (www.healingofthespirit.org)
and he will send you additional information and a copy of this prayer).
Before offering prayer to break curses, it would be beneficial to have the seeker read
the section on “Healing from Generational Influences and to follow the suggestions in that
section on completing a genogram. The genogram may help identify possible curses and
their root causes. No matter if you have prayed parts of this prayer previously, God won’t
mind the repetition. We want to make sure that every open door is closed.
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Prayer for Breaking Curses
Lord Jesus Christ, I believe that you are the Son of God and the only way to God, and
that you died on the cross for my sins and rose again from the dead.
I give up and relinquish all my rebellion and all my sin, and I submit myself to you as
my eternal Lord. I confess all my sins before you, I humbly repent of them and ask for your
forgiveness, especially for any sins that exposed me to a curse. Release me also from the
consequences of the sins of my ancestors.
By a decision of my will, I forgive all who have harmed me or wronged me, just as I
want God to forgive me. In particular, I forgive ______________ (speak the names of all
you need to forgive whom God places within your mind).
I renounce all contact with anything occult or with satanic beings or influences, and if
I have any accursed objects, I commit myself to destroy each one as you help me to identify
them. I cancel all Satan’s claims against me. I wholeheartedly renounce, in Jesus’ name, any
curses placed on my life.
I repent for any of my ancestors who have willingly or unwillingly been involved in
blood oaths, exposed to witchcraft, or prayed for by traditional healers” of any sort. And I
humbly ask that you forgive them. I also renounce any occult activities by my ancestors or by
myself which caused me to have a blood pact with Satan.
I commit myself to serve and obey you, Lord, and on that basis I take my stand
against every dark and evil force that has in any way come into my life, whether through my
own acts, the acts of my family, the acts of my ancestors, or through something even larger of
which I am a part. Where there is any darkness in my life, any evil force, Lord, I renounce it
now. I refuse any longer to submit to it and I reclaim this spiritual ground for God. I bless
any and all those that have cursed me. I will bless and curse not.
Lord Jesus, I believe that on the cross you took upon yourself every curse that could
ever come upon me. On the basis of what you did for me, I believe that Satan’s claims
against me are cancelled. So now, Lord, I submit myself totally to you, and I ask you to re-
lease me from every curse over my life, in the blessed name of Jesus Christ. Christ hath re-
deemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is
every one that hangeth on a tree:
I ask that the blood of Jesus cleanse me and set me free in all these areas. I break
their influence over me right now. I render them powerless. I recognize that I have the right
to absolutely refuse to allow them to occupy any place in my life. And I command them to
leave, in Jesus’ worthy name.
And in the almighty name of Jesus, the Son of God, I take authority over all these evil
forces and I loose myself from them. By faith, I receive my release entirely from their power.
I drive them from me now, in the blessed name of Jesus, and I invite and invoke the Holy
Spirit of God to move right in, to make my deliverance and my liberation fully effectual, as
only the Spirit of God can do. Praise God.
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I thank you, gracious Lord, because If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall
be free indeed (John 8:36), and I know you have now made me “free indeed. In Jesus
name, I pray. Amen.
Resources
1. Derek Prince, Blessing or Cursing, You Can Choose (Chosen Books, 1990). ISBN
0-8007-9166-5. (This is the best book on this subject; his 3-tape series is also very
beneficial.)
2. Dennis Cramer, Breaking Christian Curses (Arrow Publications, 1997). ISBN 1-
886296-19-7.
3. Frank Hammond, The Breaking of Curses (Impact Christian Books, 332 Leffingwell
Ave., Kirkwood, MO 63122; 314-822-3309, 1993). ISBN 0-89228-109-X.
4. Peter Horrobin, Healing Through Deliverance, Vol. 2 (Chosen Books, 1991, reprinted
2003): 180-194. ISBN 8007-9325-0.
5. Dick Bernal, Curses, What They Are and How to Break Them (1991). ISBN 1-
56043-468-6.
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Generational Influences
The Nature and Cause of Generational Sin
One of the ways Satan harasses us is by sending evil influences through doors that
are open in our spiritual hedge (refer to Job 1:10) due to sins committed by our ancestors.
God tells us this is so in several scriptural passages (Ex. 20:5 and 34:7, Num. 14:18, Deut.
5:9, Jer. 32:18).
Few would argue with the existence of physical hereditywith the natural process of
passing on genes and DNA to our sons and daughters, which results in the tendency of our
offspring to possess some of the physical characteristics and nature of their parents and an-
cestors (“body” reference). Few, also, would argue with the existence of hereditary pre-
disposition of offspring for the mental problems of their parents (for example, depression,
worry, anxiety, mental illness—“soul” reference). Likewise, there is a spiritual inheritance
passed on when we are conceived. How do we know this?
Lets look at a couple of examples from the Bible. (1) David took (raped) Bathsheba,
(2 Sam 11:4), and later Amnon, David’s son rapes his sister Tamar. (2 Sam 13:14) David’s
son Solomon had 1000 wives and concubines (1 Kings 11:3). (2) Abraham was a liar.
Twice he lied about Sarah being his sister. (Gen 12:13 & Gen 20:2). Isaac lies to Abimelech,
king of the Philistines, saying Rebekah was his sister. (Gen 26:7). Jacob and his mother Re-
bekah lied to Issac in order for Jacob to obtain the blessing. (Gen 27:19). Jacob’s ten sons
lie to Jacob about Joseph’s death. (Gen 37:33)
Within the middle of verse five of Exodus 20 (the Ten Commandments), we find the-
se words from God: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the
fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And
shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments” (Ex. 20:5-
6). The root of original sin began in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve. Notwithstand-
ing the sin of Adam and Eve, they later walked with God and were obedient to Him. Adam
and Eve passed on to their sonsthrough spiritual heritageboth the sins of rebellion and
idolatry and the blessing of mercy (vs. 6).
Abel chose to be obedient and thereby received mercy. Cain chose to be rebellious
and committed the sins of idolatry and murder. For this, Cain’s sons and daughters were
cursed from then through now. This passing on of blessings or cursings (which began with
Adam and Eve) continues to this day in the spiritual law of heredity.
Why is God so adamant about this? Lets more thoroughly examine the Ten Com-
mandments, first reviewing the verse where this particular law is recorded, following imme-
diately after the first three commandments (which concern the sin of idolatry). Begin with vs.
2: I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the
house of bondage (Ex. 20:2). In this verse God reminds the Israelites that they belong to
Him. He created them, freed them from the Egyptians, suffered with them through their exo-
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dus from Egypt and the 40 years of wandering in the wilderness because of their rebellion.
The following verses state:
3Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
4Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in
heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
5Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a
jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and
fourth generation of them that hate me;
6And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my command-
ments.
The first three commandments shown above address the sin of idolatry. It is no acci-
dent they are the first addressed in the list of all ten.
In his book Hard Core Idolatry, C. Peter Wager defines idolatry as “worshipping,
serving, pledging allegiance to, doing acts of obeisance to, paying homage to, forming alli-
ances with, making covenants with, seeking power from, or in any other way exalting any
supernatural being other than God.” Idolatry, then, is all about worshiping things of the in-
visible world (spiritual principalities, powers, etc.); doing so often leads to special recogni-
tion of (or the worshipping of) tangible objects in the visible world (cars, houses, and clothes,
as well as idols, statues, etc.). Idolatry is all about giving something else (such as our jobs,
our finances, our children) the attention, place, and priority that God rightly deserves. Our
loyalties should go to God first (His designs, purposes, laws, etc.); God and His righteousness
should be given first priority in our lives.
While physical adultery is repulsive within God’s value system, spiritual adultery
(which we identify as idolatry) is abominable. God hates sins of idolatry more than that of
any other sins. He patiently struggled with the people of Israel and their sins of idolatry for
2500 years. And when most of the people living upon this earth chose “wickedness,” God
drowned them all in the flood (except Noah and his family).
Even so, the Israelites didn’t learn from the lessons of the past. When Moses came
down from the mountain with the original laws (Ten Commandments), Israelunder the
leadership of Aaronwas found worshiping a golden calf idol, and 23,000 individuals were
involved in sexual sins and orgies (1 Cor. 10:8).
When anyone commits a personal sin or a sin against another individual, or partici-
pates in some form of the occult, the sinful experience takes root in their spirit, opening a
door in their spiritual hedge. And unless they repent of it (following God’s design), the sin
becomes a focal point of their thoughts and behavior: the sin is kept secret (if possible) and
is easily repeated. The person removes their focus from God and His design and places it in-
stead on the sin, which is a representation of Satan and the kingdom of darkness.
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However it occurred, a person has allowed something else to take priority within their
heart. God’s way is no longer being upheld in their heart. The sinner begins to follow other
gods, just as when Eve knowingly sought the forbidden fruit. God considers this to be
idolatry, and thus the law of spiritual heredity comes into effect.
This unrepentant sin becomes a generational curse, and many authors and intercessors
use this incidence to describe heredity sin. To understand more completely how these iniqui-
ties continue from generation to generation, study (alongside the study of this section) the
section on “Healing from Curses. Suffice it to say, we can exhaust all our efforts trying des-
perately to get healed, when what prevents our healing is a cursethe root of generational sin
which was sown decades ago. This effort is like trying to fight off the enemy with both hands
tied behind our backs. Generational sin provokes at least four of God’s laws, as identified
below.
1. God’s Law of Blessings and Curses: Deuteronomy 28 talks about both blessings
and cursing. In Deuteronomy 28:1-2, God says that those who hearken diligently unto
the voice of the Lord to observe and do all His commandments will be blessed with
the blessings listed in vs. 3-14. But for those who do not hearken unto His voice or
observe to do all his commandments, He promises the curses listed in vs. 15-48 and
58-61. (See also Deut. 27:15-26.)
2. God’s Law of Sowing and Reaping: “For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he
also reap,(Gal. 6:7). When our ancestors faced adverse situations and circumstanc-
es, or when they experienced trials, troubles, and temptations, some remained in close
communion with God and turned to Him for help; they repented of their sins, asked
for blessings for their trials and troubles, and prayed for healing of the hurts and
wounds which occurred. They planted good seed, and those born in later genera-
tions were able to reap love, joy, happiness, and blessings from the right choices of
those ancestors.
Others of our ancestors reacted differently when also faced with trials, trou-
bles, temptations, or adverse situations. They became hurt, wounded, abused, or dev-
astated by them, and they did not turn to God for help. Instead, they turned away
from God in unforgiveness, responding in anger, resentment, revenge, disobedience,
etc. Some tried to solve their own problems. Some continued to harbor their ungodly
feelings of anger and hatred, and they lost sight of God’s purposes for them. When
they did forgive others, they entered God’s grace and were forgiven. When they did
not forgive and repent, they fell back under the Old Testament law of an eye for an
eye. Because of these open gates, evil spirits attached themselves to these evil
deeds and then were able to pass on to subsequent generations. These evil spirits then
sowed seeds of lust, rejection, abuse, Satan worship, and any number of other kinds of
evil, and when those deeds were participated in, the generations that followed reaped
the ensuing curses of emotional, spiritual, and physical illness, which also reaped con-
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tinued personal and social estrangement. These later generations reaped curses and
evil spirits (and the resulting dysfunctional lifestyles) for themselves and their future
families, oftentimes filled with bitter, addictive, and/or incestuous relationships. And
this state of affairs becomes progressively worse as each generation advances un-
healed. Is it any wonder our society is in the alarmingly ill health (in body, mind, and
spirit) that we find ourselves in today?
Not realizing that present-day emotional, spiritual, and physical problems may
have had their beginning generations earlier (with a traumatic event or a grievous sin),
many individuals are now reaping a harvest of depression, anxiousness, and fear, as
well as various physical problems. Christians in this current generation wonder why
(in their spiritual walk) they cannot hear or see God, as well as why they seem to be
having such a struggle.
3. God’s Law of Binding and Loosing: And I will give unto thee the keys of the
kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heav-
en: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Mat. 16:19).
When our ancestors committed sin, they bound all future generations with the effects
or results of this sin. Only Jesus Christ can loose these bands.
Some seekers wonder whether or not the origin of their heredity sin began fur-
ther back than four generations. This prospect is questioned particularly in African
Americanswhose ancestors were slaves, as well as Native American Indians or
those from certain nationalities (such as Japan and Germany).
Some reason that if the sin is beyond the stated four generations, the off-
spring automatically are released from under the curse, thinking the curse is repeated
for only four generations and then ceases. This is not so. For every generation that is
unrepentant, the first generation sequence begins again. The curse repeats itself over
and over again until repentance occurs. Once the children repent, they then fall under
v 6And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my command-
ments.”
Exodus 20:5 uses the word iniquity. There is much confusion about the dif-
ference that exists between the terms sin and iniquity. There are 16 Greek & Hebrew
words that are translated into English as “iniquity”. In some scripture verses, it means
“gross sin”. In this scripture reference it means the effect or consequences of sin on
others. Simply put, sin is the cause, and the iniquity is the result of the sin on others.
Ezek 18 makes it very plain that children are not responsible for the sins of their par-
ents. However, if a parent commits a sin (such as occult involvement or sexual sin), it
produces a curse. The parent committed the sin, but the curse causes a generational
iniquity or weakness which is passed down within the family line. Poor health habits,
or acquiring venereal disease during pregnancy, can produce physical deformity in the
baby. Spiritual sin produces immediate spiritual sickness in the person who commit-
ted it, and it produces the iniquity of physical sickness and/or deformity in the genera-
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tions that follow. Let there be no mistake, the forgiveness of our sins has already
been provided for by the death of Jesus on the cross. We are not accountable for the
sins of previous generations, but God did not promise we would also escape the con-
sequences of their sins without divine intervention. In fact, He said that they would
be “upon the children unto the third and fourth generation” (Ex. 20:5 and 34:7,
Num. 14:18, Deut. 5:9.
4. God’s Law of Multiplication: But other fell into good ground, and brought forth
fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold(Mat. 13:8). Whatever
we sow will multiply. If we plant an apple seed, we reap a tree full of apples. If we
plant (in a good year) a bushel of wheat seed, it will produce 30 bushels at harvest
time. If we plant thorns, thorns will multiply. Consider the following modern-day ex-
amples of how this law applies.
A study was done by the State of New York’s Welfare Department on Mag (a
woman who lived in the early 1900's), an immigrant who became a prostitute. Over
the course of 70 years they traced 1,200 of Mag‘s descendants and found the follow-
ing: 280 were state-supported paupers, 148 were jailed criminals. The cost to the
state (using 1903 currency rates) was $1,308,000.
A study was done on 1,200 descendents of the Jukes family. Max was an
atheist who married a godless woman and had some 560 descendents; 310 died as
paupers, 150 became criminals, 7 were murderers and 100 were known to be drunk-
ards. More than half the women were prostitutes. The cost to the government was
$1.5 million dollars using 19th century currency rates.
Jonathan Edwards lived during the time of Max Jukes. He was a Christian
who married a godly woman. Of his 1,394 descendants, 295 graduated from college,
13 became college presidents and 65 became professors. Three were elected U.S.
senators, 3 were elected state governors, and others were ministers to foreign coun-
tries. Thirty were judges, 100 were lawyers, and one was the dean of a medical
school. Seventy-five became officers in the army and navy. One hundred were well-
known missionaries, preachers, and authors. Another 80 held some form of public of-
fice. One was Comptroller of the U.S. Treasury and another became Vice President
of the U.S. And all this was at no cost to the government.
Consider Andrew Murray, who was a South African missionary. He had 11
children: 5 became ministers, 4 became ministers wives, 10 grandsons became min-
isters, and 13 grandsons became foreign missionaries.
A study done by Dr. D. H. Scott revealed a 237% greater risk of having a child
with physical and emotional handicaps if the mother is in a stormy relationship or has
a troublesome marriage during pregnancy.
Father Marshall Lowellan Episcopal priestwas a member of a family that
had a repeated pattern of one male per generation dying at alternating ages: one died
at age 42, the next died at age 65, the next at age 42 again, and so on. He prayed to
God to break the curse and survived.
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A study done in 1978 at Loyola University found that some patients attempted
suicide every year on the same date. They found that the date coincided with the
dates on which their mothers had tired to abort them. Even the method which they
used in attempting suicide corresponded to the method that had been tried in the at-
tempted abortion.
Mollya healthy and intelligent women of 30developed what she described
as a new and ridiculous phobia, a fear of traveling anywhere near water. It was dis-
covered that an uncle who had drowned in the Titanic disaster was never “committed
to the Lord. There was never an opportunity for closure (as in a funeral); when clo-
sure was accomplished, the fear was completely removed.
Margaret was 73 years old when her “attacks” began—violent outbursts of
temper and unprovoked aggression. Her mother (who had died four years previously
at age 96) had behaved in a similar way. In addition, it was discovered that for the
past six generations, the eldest female in the family had shown signs of similarly dis-
turbed behavior. It was also discovered that this behavior began about 150 years ear-
lier with a murder which took place in the family. Thereafter, within the family line,
the eldest daughter had always become an alcoholic, exhibiting similar behavior.
Margaret was healed through prayer.
A young schoolmaster had recurring nightmares. In each one, he was standing
on the brink of a “black abyss.” It was discovered that when he was two years old, his
father had died on the deck of a submarine, as it was sunk during the war. After pray-
er, the nightmares never returned.
Alletah Nagakoan African woman, at age 33had a 1.5" high “horn that
had been growing on top of her head over the course of the previous four years. She
discovered she had a great, great grandfather who was a witchdoctorwho also had a
horn on his head.
Author Noel Gibson has discovered what he calls heredity alcoholism, which
can cause any of another six addictions to manifest without the addict being interested
in alcohol. Addictions can skip a generation before taking control again. The other
addictions are drugs, nicotine, gambling, excessive exercise, food, and excessive
spending (Freedom in Christ, page 233).
Consider the Following Modern-Day Research
1. Children who had grandmothers who smoked are twice as likely to become addicted
as those in the general population, even if their mother did not smoke.
2. Children have twice the risk of committing adultery in their marriage if their mother
or father committed adultery, even if they did not know about their parent’s unfaith-
fulness.
3. Children of divorced parents have ten times the suicide rate.
4. Female children of divorce have a divorce rate 5 times the national average.
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5. Male children of divorce have a divorce rate 3 times the national average.
6. Children of alcoholics are 3-5 times more likely to become alcoholics; their EEG and
hormones are different than children of non-alcoholic parents. They can consume
more alcohol without getting drunk.
7. There is a 237% greater risk of having a child with physical and emotional handicaps
if the mother is in a stormy relationship or unsettled marriage during pregnancy.
8. 80% of those in prison or who’ve become prostitutes were sexually abused as chil-
dren.
9. 22% of all children are sexually abused.
Biblical Examples of Generational Sin
1. Abraham deceived two kings, claiming Sarah as his “sister.” Later, Rebekah (the
daughter of Abraham’s brother and the mother of Jacob) plots with her son (Jacob) to
deceive his brother, Isaac. It is later recorded that she dies having no additional chil-
dren; barrenness was a disgraceful curse in Israel (Gen. 27).
2. Because two people of Moses family sinned in murmuring against him, the families
of Korah, Dathan, and Abiran died, plus an additional 250 men (Num. 16:35).
3. The children of Achan died with their father because of his sin (Josh. 7:1-26).
4. Eli’s neglect of correcting his sons’ disrespectful behavior caused a curse to be placed
on his descendants (1 Sam. 3:13-14 and 2:32-33).
5. The Lord visits anger on the head of the people of Judah two generations after Manas-
seh, even though Manasseh repented and Josiah proved to be the most righteous king
ever (2 Ki. 23:26-27).
6. Jeroboam’s idolatry cursed both his sons and his nation (1 Ki. 14:9-11).
7. King David admitted, Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother
conceive me(Ps. 51:5). He was a descendant of Rahab, the harlot (Mat. 1:5-6) and
struggled with adultery and polygamy all his life. His son Amnon lusted after and
committed incest with his sister. Solomon, David’s son, had 600 wives and concu-
bines (some of which were from Egypt) which brought idols and false gods back into
Israel.
8. Joshua was deceived and made a treaty of peace with the Gibeonites (Josh. 9:7); 430
years later David prays and asks God why there is a famine. God tells David it is be-
cause Saul broke the treaty of peace and killed many of the Gibeonites (2 Sam. 21:1-
6). David acknowledges the sin of Saul and the Gibeonites require seven sons of Saul
to be hanged as atonement in order that the famine can be lifted.
9. When crucifying Jesus, the Jewish crowd said, His blood be on us, and on our chil-
dren” (Mat. 27:25). The Jewish people have suffered persecution every since.
10. Jesus told the lawyers, That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the
foundation of the world, may be required of this generation” (Luke 11:50).
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Sin can travel through generations within religious or political groups, as well as
through families (Mat. 23:29-36). In vs. 31 we find,ye are the children of them which
killed the prophets,” and in vs. 35, upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon
the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias,
whom ye slew between the temple and the altar,” and in vs. 36, Verily I say unto you, All
these things shall come upon this generation.”
Other Scriptures Dealing with the Hereditary Nature and/or Judgment of
Ancestral Sin Include:
Lev. 26:39-40 Num. 14:18 1 Ki. 22:52 2 Ki. 5:27
2 Ki. 23:26-27 Neh. 9:2 Ps. 106:6 Jer. 2:9
Jer. 3:25 Jer. 14:7 and 20 Lam. 5:7 Dan. 9:1-20
Mic. 7:6 Mat. 27:25 Luke 19:42-44 Luke 11:47-52
Luke 23:28 John 5:25 John 9:2 1 Pet. 3:19
1 Pet. 4:6
Healing Prayer for Inherited Sin
The Good News
The Good News is that when a person in the present generation turns to Jesus for
help, His healing and forgiving love is able to flow freely back through all previous genera-
tions to heal the source of the problem, thus rendering the “iniquity” or consequence harm-
less. He is able to loose us from our previous bondage and to reverse the results of the sow-
ing of bad seed.
When the seeker turns to God and asks for healing of the current problems, God
brings His power and light, His life and forgiveness into all the hurting places within the fam-
ily line. The painful experiences of the past are cut off, allowing healing and wholeness to be
experienced by present-day family members. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the
law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we
might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith” (Gal. 3:13-14). Jesus died not only for
our sins and curses but also for those curses heaped upon our children.
We cannot explain exactly how the healing of generational influences takes place any
more than we can explain how the death of Jesus on the cross atones for our sins, or why con-
fession and repentance takes away the tools Satan can use against us, or why fasting is so
beneficial. These are mysteries provided to us through the grace of God.
We do know that in heaven there is no time. God can go back to any experience at
any time in the life of someone of a previous generationto bring healing, just as He can for
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those in the present generation through inner healing. He can cause us to revisit any experi-
ence. He doesn’t change the situation but He brings about change in our response to it, in
order to allow his love, grace, mercy, and healing to flow into it.
Biblical Prayers for Release from Generational Sin
The ability (within our own lifetime) to identify and repent for the sins of our forefathers
is somewhat of a new thought to most Christians. And what about praying (repenting) for the
sins of those who have already diedwhich may be required in order for us to be healed?
Praying for the sins of those who have already died is termed identificational repentance
praying in repentance for our forefathers in order that we may be set free. Consider these
scriptural precedents:
1. Ezra and the Israelites pray for forgiveness for the sins of their fathers (Neh. 1:6 and
9:5-15).
2. David prays that former iniquities will not be remembered (Ps. 79:8).
3. David prays and confesses the sins of his fathers (Ps. 106:6).
4. David repents for the sins of Saul, in killing the Gibeonites (2 Sam. 21:1-5).
5. Jeremiah acknowledges the wickedness and iniquity of the forefathers of Israel (Jer.
3:25, 14:7 and 20, and 32:18).
6. Daniel confesses his sin and the sin of the kings and people of Israel (Dan. 9:1-20).
7. Nehemiah prays for the sins of Israel (Neh. 1:4-11 and 9:1-4).
Praying for healing for heredity sin requires three steps:
First, we must identify the sins and the curses.
Second, we must pray prayers of identificational repentance asking God to forgive
those who originally sinned.
Third, we must pray asking God to release us from these generational curses in
order to set us free.
Identifying Generational Sins and Iniquities
There are two ways to identify generational sins and iniquities affecting your spiritual
walk with God. One way is to have someone who has the gift of discerning of spirits and
who has experience in this area to pray for you. Many times these intercessors can discern
the names of the sins and the generations in which they occurred. However, intercessors with
this gift and experience are rare. Even if they are available, the use of a genogram will assist
them greatly.
In the absence of such gifted persons, the use of a genogram and the following steps
may help you identify the generational sins of your forefathers. Sometimes you will have
clues with regard to what these sins are through the manifestation (or signs) of the sins in
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your life (for example, rejection, lust, promiscuity, low self-esteem, pornography, control is-
sues, etc.). To identify these generational sins, follow these steps:
1. Follow the genogram located at the end of this section, placing the names of ancestors
where noted, as far back as you can remember. If needed, ask your still-living ances-
tors for assistance.
2. Use the three checklists below to identify specific ancestors who were involved in the
behavioral patterns, as designated. Write their sins on the genogram next to their
names. Some of the problems are obvious and others are known only to God and can
only be revealed with the help of the Holy Spirit. Don’t worry about what you don’t
know. Jesus will reveal what you need to know, and what He reveals, He will bring
into healing.
3. Look for patterns that emerge through the generational lines. Sometimes the curse
affects only one ancestor within a generationsometimes all of the ancestors. Some-
times the curse will skip one or more generations and then return. Some problems
(curses) come down vertically (as from grandfather to father) while some come down
horizontally (from aunt to aunt or cousin to cousin).
4. Work through the previous sections of this study to removeby identification, re-
pentance, and forgivenessall the known sins in your life.
5. If possible, secure the assistance of an intercessor experienced in prayer for genera-
tional influences. If none is available, offer the list at a Eucharist.
Checklist #1Identify any of the following spiritual problems which oc-
curred:
1. Occult activity: consult the lists regarding this topic in the section on “Healing from
the Occult.
2. An unusual, violent or untimely death: an accidental or sudden, unresolved grief;
murder, attempted murder, (committed) suicide, or the pattern in the male line of the
family, of dying at an early age
3. The uncommitted dead: those who died without a proper burial or without being
committed (entrusted) to the Lord; those who died in wars, who were lost at sea,
aborted, miscarried, born as a still birth, etc.; likewise, those who died in a mental in-
stitution, a nursing home, or a prison; those who were not given a Christian burial, in-
cluding a committal or memorial service or prayer, or who were (for whatever reason)
buried but un-mourned.
4. Sexual Sins:
adultery and/or fornication
prostitution
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homosexuality or lesbianism
incest
pornography
sexual perversions, such as bestiality
sexual promiscuity
lust
sexual addictions
unusual sexual practices involving bondage, pain, etc.
polygamy
5. Abuse: sexual, physical, verbal, or emotional
6. Addictive behaviors: excessive exercise, spending or work addictions; drug, food,
gambling, sexual, alcohol, or nicotine addictions, etc.
7. Repetitive sins: lying, cheating, stealing, gossiping, criticizing, etc.
8. Possession or soul bondage: being previously dependent upon and now tied to
someone who is dead (for example, one parent who was dominate and the other sub-
missive)
9. Destructive or abnormal patterns of relationships: divorce, abandonment, some-
one attracted to individuals with problems or troubles
10. Historical family trauma: massacres, plagues, slavery, conquests, ethnic-origin is-
sues (relating to the history of their race)
11. Religious history: non-Judeo and non-Christian religions, particularly Eastern reli-
gions
12. In-utero wounding: Research shows some children have memories recorded in their
subconscious experiences, from conception (most can remember as early as the fourth
month of pregnancy). Examples follow:
a child conceived in lust or rape
illegitimacy
a parent who followed through withor consideredadoption or
abandonment
a mother who had a miscarriage (or miscarriages) or abortion before the seeker
was conceived
fears and/or anxieties (as in the mother having difficulty carrying the child to full
term)
13. Young childhood trauma and/or rejection experienced through:
ambivalence or rejection from either parent
loss of their father or their mother
a life-threatening illness of the mother or father
a life-threatening illness of the baby
a father or mother who abandoned the family
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a child who was adopted or sent to live with other relatives
any unnatural fear(s) of either the parents or other relatives
14. Rejection and lack of self-worth: The most common ways the roots of past genera-
tional sins are manifest is through rejection, self-rejection, fear of rejection, lack of
self-worth and depressionall of which share many of the following characteristics
(refer additionally to the section on “Healing from Rejection):
a withdrawn personality a tendency to please
agony within the development of a facade
hunger or starvation for love insecurities, inferiorities
feelings of unworthiness self-hate
feelings of abandonment self-accusing
no lasting relationships —can’t accept or give love
internal hurt and pain they don’t know who they are
—can’t accept the love of others
a propensity to earn acceptance have a propensity toward pro-
by being good or hard-working miscuous love or affection
Checklist #2Identify what you consider to be “patterns of sin within
your family tree (add others as you identify them):
anger jealousies holding grudges greed
unforgiveness vengeance having a temper arrogance
materialism stubbornness exhibiting cold love
Checklist #3Identify health problems that seem to be prominent within
your family (again, feel free to add to this listing):
cancer diabetes arthritis
headaches heart problems mental illness
forgetfulness ulcers skin problems
nervous breakdowns respiratory trouble mental disorders
psychological problems high blood pressure addictions
Prayer for Healing of Generational Sins and Iniquities
Generational sins and iniquities of the Old Testament are replicated in the incurable
diseases of today. The Good News is that because Jesus bore our sins and our iniquities, we
can be set free. Despite this fact, we still have to appropriate the power of the Cross, some-
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times in very specific ways in order to receive the desired freedom (Acts 19:18-19, Eph.
4:28). In prayer the seeker should:
1. Affirm your belief in what Christ did for you on the cross; thank Him for the blessing
of grace, the forgiveness of sin, the blood of Jesus, and the oil of the Holy Spirit.
2. Reaffirm your baptismal vows; accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior and ask Him to
come into your heart anew. Promise to follow and obey Him as your Lord.
3. Repent of any sins of idolatry (known or unknown).
4. Ask God to show you where the original sin (the root cause) began. Ask him to let
you “see” the experience and those involved in it.
5. Confess the sin of your ancestors: “I confess the sin of my ancestors, my parents, and
my own sin of _________ (repeat this for each generational sin).
6. Forgive the original sinner (they may not have known the significance of what they
were doing)as Jesus asked for forgiveness for His offenders while on the cross
(Luke 23:34).
7. Extend forgiveness to the original sinner on behalf of all other family members. “I
chose to forgive and release __________ for the sin and the consequences of
_________ (name the sin), in my life and in the lives of my predecessors.”
8. Ask God to forgive you for any present or past fruits of this sin within your own life
or within the life of immediate family members: “I ask you to forgive me, Lord, for
this sinfor yielding to it and for the resulting curses imposed upon me and members
of my family.
9. Intercede before God for the sinner and ask that he (or she) be forgiven (again, as Je-
sus didand continues to do for us). If the Lord has shown you a mental picture of
those who committed the original heredity sin, ask that Jesus come into the mental
picture. Continue praying until you see them come to Jesus in submission or until
their clothing or countenance changes from dark to light or you see them kneel before
Jesus asking for forgiveness.
10. Ask (if possible) that they be allowed to come to an understanding knowledge of the
Lord Jesus Christ, when they choose to do so.
11. If there are any uncommitted deceased predecessors within your family line, mourn
for them, and pray for God to receive them in love; and commit them to the Lord, ask-
ing Him to receive them. Pray for those who’ve grieved over these lost ones that they
may be comforted in knowing these individuals are now with the Lord. Pray they,
too, will release these deceased to God.
12. Pray the prayers in the section on “Healing from Curses in order to break any curses
that may have developed. Then bless the one who initiated the curse.
13. Renounce any occult influence in the name of Jesus Christ.
14. Pray that the cross of Jesus be placed between the sin and the rest of the family (past
and present) and that the sin be covered by the blood of Jesus.
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15. Pray that the seeker and all within the family line are loosed from this sin and the re-
sulting iniquities.
16. Pray to be used as a conduit of His love and power so all those in the family line may
be freed from any bondage, pain, or sin.
17. Send forgiveness back to those in past generations on behalf of all family members,
living or dead.
18. Ask for forgiveness for any way in which we may have given in to the temptations of
the sinin the same way that past generations were tempted.
19. Review the information on blood covenants in the section on “Healing from Curses.
Pray to the Lord asking Him to break all blood oaths or witchcraft curses upon any
individuals within your generational line.
20. Pray that all the children of present family members also be loosed.
21. Give thanks to God for these healings.
Move on to the next generational influence (the behavior) which God wants to heal.
You will need to repeat the above process for each separate evil influence. It may take some
time but will be well worth the effort.
Bible teacher Paul Cox has had success in praying against any number of generational
sins using Isaiah 59which speaks of spider webs and viper eggs (associated with gossip and
slander), of critical judgment, envy, strife, holding offenses, accusation, and jealousy. Paul
and a group of other individuals have developed a prayer for generational and chronic spiritu-
al, emotional, and physical disorders for the release (from the generational line) of the follow-
ing: lying, denying God, speaking accusations against God, conceiving and uttering false-
hoods from the heart, speaking oppression and revolt, entering into witchcraft, bitterness,
rage, anger, brawling, and slander, along with every form of malice. He says the prayer is
very effective.
Space does not permit a discussion of Isaiah 59 or the prayer (which is several pages
long), but if you desire a copy of his prayer, contact the author of this material and he will be
happy to e-mail you a copy of it.
Prayer for Breaking Generational Occult Curses
Lord,
I come before you today wishing to be made clean and loosed from this generational curses of
sexual idolatry, fantasy and lust and any generational curses. .I renounce all contact and influ-
ences with anything occult or Satanic now and in my heritage. I cancel all Satan’s claims
against me in accordance with Deut 7:26 and II Cor 6:14-15. I recognize and repent for the
breaking of the following Commandments by my ancestors.
Exo 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Exo 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that
is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
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Exo 20:5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God
am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and
fourth generation of them that hate me;
Exo 20:13 Thou shalt not kill.
Exo 20:14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.
I recognize the worship of false gods in my generational heritage is like a weed plant-
ed in life that links me to satanic forces loosed in previous generations by those that willingly
violated these commandments and others. This weed has a long root going straight down
through future generations and represents the evil and continuing influences of my ancestors
who worshiped false Gods. It is like spiritual adultery.
I cut this root in the name of Jesus in accordance with Matt 15:13 which says, Every
plant which my Heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted.
In the name of Jesus, I ask you now to release me from every curse over my life ac-
cording to Gal 3:13 which says. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being
made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree. That the
blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive
the promise of the Spirit through faith.
I repent of the sin of rebellion of my ancestors which according to I Sam 15:23 is as
the sin of witchcraft. This is an expression of their rebellion against God to manipulate, in-
timidate and dominate other Christians.
Lord, even as your son Jesus Christ pleaded repentance for me as He bled on the cross
and died, I plead forgiveness and repentance for my ancestors that have committed these ter-
rible sins. I ask that through the blood of Jesus, their effect on my life may be nullified. I
forgive them for what they have done, and hope that someday in someway they can come to
the knowledge and conviction of these sins and accept repentance and forgiveness for them-
selves.
I bless all those in my ancestral line that have caused curses to come upon me in ac-
cordance with Luke 6:28 which commands me to: Bless them that curse you, and pray for
them which despitefully use you.
I confess my faith in Christ Jesus and His sacrifice on my behalf in accordance with
(Heb 3:1, Heb 11:6, Mark 9:23, Matt 17:19-21).
(Repeat the following three times.)
Lord Jesus Christ, I confess that I have sinned against You, and I ask that You for-
give me for all my sins. I believe with all my heart that You are the Son of God. You left
Your throne of glory in heaven and became a man. You lived in this world and were tempted
in all things like as are we, yet without sin. Then, You went to the cross and laid down Your
life. Your precious blood was poured out for my redemption. You rose from the dead and
ascended into heaven. You are coming again in all Your glory. I give my life to You and ask
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that You come into my heart in the fullest measure possible, that I may live with You eternal-
ly. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
In the name of Jesus, I renounce all forms of idolatry, all objects used in represent false
Gods, and all of the works of Satan in satanic worship.
I break any contracts in blood or in words that any of my ancestors may have made
with Satan. I renounce and break any dedication of children in my generational line to Satan
that may have affected me and kept me from worshiping and serving Christ as I desire.
In the name of the Father, Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost, I break every spiritu-
al seal that covers me and protects any evil spirits and curses in my life from being broken. I
am set free by the sword of the Holy Spirit.
I renounce the satanic rituals of mocking the communion rite, of sacrificing of ani-
mals and people, of sexual violations, rape, fornication, adultery, and sexual orgies, and the
betrayal of love and trust.
I renounce all emotionally, physically and sexually abusive acts that took place during
satanic rituals in my ancestry, the mocking of Christian feasts, the fertility feasts arising out
of ancient pagan rites, all sacrificial rituals and ceremonies that mock the death of Jesus on
the cross, of black mass or communion where unholy substances are used for emblems and
unholy objects or naked humans are used as worship centers.
I renounce the mocking of the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus by killing animals or
innocent human beings, the acts of ritual murder and torture, of perverted sexual practices
and sexual ritual abuse to glorify lust and desecration of the human body and Jesus’ com-
mand to love.
I renounce the process Satan has used to pervert memories of their victims so that real
religious ceremonies and experiences inevitably bring back lustful imaginings. I understand
that fascination from which the word fantasy is derived in the Latin is actually the verb “to
bewitch”. I renounce all impure thoughts and fantasies and desire only good thoughts to
come into my mine.
I renounce, and come against in the name of Jesus Christ, the evil spirit of Obsession,
and the spirit of Amadeus (lust). I renounce and reject the evil spirit of Succubus that may
have caused unholy thoughts, dreams, or fantasies. I renounce any representation of evil im-
ages that may have come from my contact with games such as Dungeons and Dragons.
Satan, I take back all the spiritual ground that may have been given to you by my an-
cestors or myself. You have no right to my life and no power over me. I belong to God and
will serve Him and Him only. By the authority of my Lord Jesus Christ, I break the power of
every evil curse that has come upon me. I command every demon of curse to leave me now.
All Generational curses, witchcraft curse spirits, inherited curse of sexual idolatry, fantasy
and lust must go now in the name of Jesus Christ. AMEN
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Healing Power of the Eucharist
After offering prayers for generational influences, the completed genogram should be
released (offered) at a Eucharist service (or the sacrament of Communion), which presents
one of the most significant ways the Lord brings healing.
Jesus’ death was the single most powerful moment within all of history. At that mo-
ment, Satan was defeated for all time. Through the cross, we appropriate all of the benefits
of Christ’s passion, death, and resurrectionto heal all ancestral woundedness.
As the emblems are shared during the Eucharist, the supernatural power of the risen
Lord is available to heal the hurt and the sin that has long-plagued the family line; the bond-
agewhich may have been in the family line for centuriesis finally broken. Sins are for-
given and people are set free from their hurts, emotions, and memories. When we repeat the
Lord’s Prayer as a part of this sacrament, we state, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in
earth, as it is in heaven … deliver us from evil,” asking God to free both the living and the
dead from all bondage to the evil one.
Within the Eucharist, we are asking that, through His blood (represented by the
Communion wine), Jesus Christ cleanse the bloodlines (of the living and the dead) of all that
blocks physical and spiritual life, especially by breaking any hereditary seals and curses and
by casting out any evil spirits. (Consider other suggestions within the section on “Healing
Power of Communion.)
The seeker is strongly advised to read the material in the books listed below by McAll
and Smith regarding the power of this sacrament in healing generational influences.
Resources
1. Kenneth McAll, Healing the Family Tree (Sheldon Press, London, 1982). ISBN 0-
85969-532-8. (Presently out of print but available as a used book at Amazon.com.)
2. Kenneth McAll, A Guide to Healing the Family Tree (Queenship Pub., 1996). ISBN
1-882972-64-3.
3. Patricia Smith, From Generation to Generation (Jehova Rapha Press, PO Box 14780,
Jacksonville, FL 33238-1470, 1996). ISBN 1-888871-24-5.
4. John Hampsch, Healing Your Family Tree (Our Sunday Visitor, Huntington, Indiana
46750, Library of Congress, 1989). ISBN 087973437X.
5. Noel and Phyl Gibson, Evicting Demonic Intruders (New Wine Press, 1993): 99-120.
ISBN 1-874367-09-4.
6. Noel Gibson, Freedom in Christ (New Wine Press): 233. ISBN 1874367531.
7. http://claretiantapeministry.org/ (healing your family tree)
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Your Tongue
Words have tremendous powerful. They have an assignment, a substance.
God Created the Earth with WORDS
In Genesis, nine times God created by speaking words, such as: And God said, Let
there be light: and there was light. . . Let there be a firmament. . . Let the earth bring forth
the living creature after his kind (Gen. 1:3, 6, 24). Twelve times during the creation God
“called” or “said”, in bringing the world into existence.
Jesus blessed, healed, performed miracles, and cast out demons with WORDS
One example is: and he cast out the spirits with his word (Mat. 8:16). (Also refer
to: Mat. 9:20-22 and 28-30, Mark 5:33-34 and 41—“arise.)
Jesus gave us power to CREATE or DESTROY, to BLESS or to CURSE, with WORDS
1. Proverbs 18:21: The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it
will eat its fruit.”
2. James 3:2-11: Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this
should not be” (vs. 10).
3. Deuteronomy 11:26-28: Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse
A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God And a curse, if
ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God.”
4. Blessings: are found in numerous passages (Lev. 26:2-13, Deut. 28:1-14 and 30:16).
5. Curses: are likewise identified in numerous passages (Lev. 26:14-33, Deut. 28:15-68
and 30:17-19).
6. Blessings are mentioned 221 times in the Bible; curses, 230 times.
7. Romans 10:10: with the mouth confession is made” (good and evil).
8. Matthew 16:19 affirms the principle of binding and loosing with our words.
9. Romans 12:14: bless, and curse not. (Also Tit. 3:2 and Jas. 4:11speak evil of no
one).
10. Matthew 12:37: For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou
shalt be condemned.” What we speak (confess and claim) is what we receive.
When we complain, we criticize God.
We have no right to criticize or judge another of Gods creation.
As long as we say what we have, we will have what we say.
We bless with our mouth and our hands.
Bless and curse not.
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The Power of Words
1. Words determine destiny: Caleb and Joshua reported Let us go up at once, and
possess it; for we are well able to overcome it (Num. 13:26-31), while the other ten
scouts reported We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger
than we. And God replied as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you”
(Num. 14:28). Speak and pray the promises, not the problems.
2. The tongue speaks life or death. (Refer to Ps. 34:11-13, Prov. 13:3, 15:4, 21:23, Jas.
1:26.)
3. The tongue represents what flows out of our heart: “… For out of the overflow of
the heart, the mouth speaks” (Mat. 12:33-37; see also Jas. 3:6-13 and 4:11-12).
4. Diseases of the tongue include:
4a. Excessive talking (Prov. 10:19, Jas. 3:8, Eccl. 5:2-3)
4b. Idle or careless words (Mat. 5:37 and 12:36)
4c. Gossip (Lev. 19:16, Prov. 18:8 and 20:19, Ps. 15:1-3)
4d. Lying (Prov. 6:16-19 and 12:22, Rev. 21:8)
4e. Flattery (Ps. 12:1-3, Prov. 26:28 and 29:5)
4f. Hastiness of speech (Prov. 29:20)
4g. Murmuring or complaining (Ex. 16:7, Num. 14:27 and 16:11, John 6:43, 1
Cor. 10:10)
4h. Criticism, accusation, or judging (Mat. 7:1-2, Luke 6:37, John 7:24)
5. The root of every problem affecting our tongue is in our heart.
6. Two purposes of the tongue: (1) to glorify God; (2) to share the Good News.
7. The importance of “confession”: it means “to say the same as.
8. We “create” with our words: Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in
heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Mat.
16:19 and 18:18). Likewise, we “create” when we pray health and healing to parts of
the body.
9. God creates by saying that things which don’t exist, do now exist (Rom. 4:17).
10. If we decree (claim, call, confess) a thing, it will be established (given) to us.
11. We never rise higher than our confession: “… but believes that what he says will
happen, it will be done for him (Mark 11:23).
12. Self fulfilling prophecy. What we say shall come to pass. We speak our own destiny.
13. Words become decrees or mandates that, when spoken, come to pass according to the
power and the authority behind the one speaking them.
Words have an assignment. They carry substance. Whatever you come into agree-
ment with gives it power. (Matt 18:19). The words we speak loose angels or demons to ful-
fill the assignment. We are either agreeing with God and his angels, or with the Devil and his
demons. When we speak the same thing (agree) we are joined together. (Gen 11, I Cor 1:10)
If we accept what Satan or someone else tells us, we come into agreement with the words
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even though they are a lie. Jesus’ prayer in John 17 was that they be one. He knew if they
were unified and in agreement there would be much power. Isaac blessed Jacob. When Esau
wanted the blessing, Isaac said he could not retract the blessing given to Jacob. (Gen 27)
Whatever words come out of your mouth have a mission. The words either enable
heaven or hell. You can always tell when you are listing to the words of hell (channel B).
They sound like this: “you are worthless, you are just like your father, you should never have
been born, you will never amount to anything, you are stupid. Words from hell degrade
yourself worth, your value, your destiny and limit your future potential. We can actually bind
the angels of heaven from blessing us by the words we say.
Words from heaven sound like this: (channel A) you are loved, you are destined for
greatness, you are precious, you will attain much in our future”. As an adult, we can accept
or reject words that are spoken to us. But when a child hears words of this kind spoken over
them by someone with authority, such a parent, or teacher they believe them. They assume
they must be true, when in fact they are a lie. If you tell a child they are stupid and they re-
ceive the word, they will become stupid, even if they are not, because they have now come
into agreement with those words, and Satan says, now I can ride that assignment, that door
has now been opened to me, and he will fulfill the assignment of those words.
Words are positive or negative. We can create a heaven or a hell over us by what we
say. We can change our atmosphere by agreeing with and give my words a new assignment.
Criticism, complaining, and judgment are the worship language of hell. It kept Israel out of
the Promised Land. (Num 11). We empower demons or we empower angels. “But I say
unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day
of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be con-
demned. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give ac-
count thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy
words thou shalt be condemned. (Matt 12:36-37.
Negative confessions and expectations bring negative results: The law of sowing and
reaping activates the law of judgment. Luke 6:38 is usually used as an offertory scripture, but
look at the context in the verses before it. It talks about loving your enemies, and blessing
those who curse you. v38 talks about not judging or condemning others. It says give (heav-
enly language) and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together and
running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be
measured back to you”. The scripture lists five ways it will come back to you.
Now consider this. If I give criticism, condemnation or judgment, it will come back
to me five times more, “good measure, pressed down, shaken together . . . . . If complaining
is coming out of you, guess what is coming back. The darkness says, it came out of their
mouth, so I have a legal right to bring it back to them. Some of the curses coming against
you may be because of what is coming out of you. If you bless them, guess what is coming
back to you fivefold. Give them a gift they don’t deserve.
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Consider the following scripture which suggests that if you let corrupt communication
come out of your mouth, you may be grieving the Holy Spirit. Let no corrupt communication
proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister
grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the
day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking,
be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiv-
ing one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. (Eph 4:29-32) So will you
create heaven all around you, so angels can fulfill their assignment or an atmosphere where
demons can fulfill their assignments?
Sin of Lying
The sin of lying seems to be much more common among born again Christians than many of
the others. We are commanded not to lie. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off
the old man with his deeds; (Col 3:9). “Therefore, putting away lying, let each one of you
speak truth with his neighbor… (Eph 4:25) Lying is considered “evil speaking” in v 31, and
grieves the Holy Spirit of God. (v 30). There is no exception in the Bible for “little white
lies”, such as telling your spouse he/she really looks good, when they don’t, or telling the pas-
tor he/she preached a really good sermon when they didn’t. Several scriptures indicate we
reap what we sow. When we sow lies, we reap dishonesty, loss of respect and loss of credi-
bility. Lies are the language of hell. From the section on Healing Your Tongue, you see that
words have power, they have an assignment. When you lie you are coming into agreement
with Satan and sending false words on an assignment. When you believe a lie, you empower
the liar by agreeing with the Devil, giving him further license to “kill, steal & destroy? This
opens a door for darkness in your spirit, as well as opening a door of deception in the one
who receives the lie. The root problem behind people who lie is fear of rejection, fear of fail-
ure, primarily fear of man.
The Power of Words in Deliverance
Now that you have some understanding of the power of words, let’s apply that knowledge to
our deliverance.
Once we have identified the open doors, then we need to close them. We do this using
words. God knows our heart and our thoughts, but Satan knows neither our heart nor our
thoughts. Therefore we have to tell God several things aloud so Satan can hear us: (1) con-
fession (2) repentance (3) renunciation (4) removing the spiritual authority/permission that
allowed the door to be open in the first place. Then we must tell Satan to leave. All of this
is done with words. Our words have an assignment to evict the unwanted intruders. They
have great power when we speak the words in Jesus name. That means the same as if Jesus
himself was speaking them. His death on the cross allowed us to use Jesus’ name. Our words
are Kingdom of God words, in agreement with Jesus and the Father. Words set us free from
the influences of darkness. Praise God.
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Prayer for healing your Tongue
In the name of Jesus I break every curse of words against me. I take every word cap-
tive that has been spoken over me, that I spoke over myself or that I have spoken over anoth-
er. I break the power of these words and curses. I rebuke and cancel every assignment of
darkness and I cast them to the ground to be without effect. I reject and nullify every lie that I
have believed. I repent of every idol word I have spoken and take back every curse I have
spoken against another. I cast those words down to the ground to be without effect. I return
a blessing on those whom I have cursed. Jesus took my curse so I can live in blessing. Lord,
please guard my heart and my mouth from this moment on in Jesus’ name. AMEN.
Resources
1. Derek Prince, Does Your Tongue Need Healing? (Whitaker House, 1986). ISBN 0-
888368-239-7.
2. Gossett, Don & Kenyon E. W. The Power of Your Words, (Whitaker House 1977)
ISBN 978-088368-348-4
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Vows and Death Wishes
Vows
A vow is something said verbally (or within the mind) by an act of our agency, which
then programs the body and mind from that point on. A vow is a directive sent through the
heart and mind to the body (Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken
with the words of thy mouthProv. 6:2). Though the conscious mind has long forgotten
the comment, the inner being does not forget it. It is a determination set by the mind and
heart from that moment on. The directive is lodged in the heart.
Inner vows are defense mechanisms and they act as a protection mechanism to keep
our spirits from being wounded and hurt. Inner vows, in effect, form a wall around the heart.
Most individuals who exhibit feelings of rejection have uttered inner vows, sometimes de-
veloping hearts of stone. A person has to be willing to remove the walls and renounce the
vows, in order to experience the full love of God. Vows prevent God from healing the heart.
Expressed inner vows signify some part of our lives will be lived in a way contrary to
God's plan and purpose. These vows will limit our potential for God to use us and are an in-
vitation for the enemy to control us in a particular area. Inner vows may not become mani-
fest immediately in behavior but eventually may lead to breakdowns or emotional explo-
sions. These inner vows act as orders to the mind and body. While their stated intention is
typically offered to keep us from being hurt, they simultaneously keep us from being loved
by God and others. We develop a “cold love”—where we exhibit the outward expressions of
love but do not genuinely experience it in our heart or emotions.
When anyone expresses an inner vow, it is registered in that individuals spirit, and
the body, soul, and spirit sets everything in motion to keep that vow in place. When you say
it, your spirit hears and registers it. The spirit says, “This is their will; that is what they want,
so I must comply.
Your spirit is programmed to follow the vow. However, a demonic spirit may enter
because of the inner vow. When you utter a vow, the spirit of control and independence en-
ters, so that the vow may be fulfilled, and “you” are put on the throne of your life. (“You
have to make sure that no one is ever in a place to tell you what to do. You never get
into a relationship. You keep yourself independent. You have programmed your spirit
so that no one can ever tell you what to do.) Some examples include:
I will never let anyone hurt (or use) me again.”
I will never try that again.”
I will never be rejected again.”
I will never trust a man (or woman) again.”
You will not be able to feel the love of God, nor hear His voice, if you have a wall
around your heart. You have to trust the Lord enough to believe He can take down the walls.
Believing that perhaps God won’t protect us (if we pray to remove the vow) is a trust issue
which must be addressed: the facilitator should assure the seeker that God is their protector
and He will keep these things from injuring their heart; they should trust God rather than
themselves. Distrust of God is a matter of self-pride.
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Satanic Vows
Sometimes seekers have made previous vows with Satan before they became a Chris-
tian. One seeker made an agreement (a vow) with Satan that he would serve him if he could
have all the drugs he wanted. Another made a similar vow with Satan if he could have all the
women he wanted. One Christian woman told Satan he could have her if he would leave her
children alone and away from drugs.
Sometimes vows come unknowingly. If a person visits a meeting where satanic wor-
ship is practiced, they may become a party to a vow with Satan. If they allow their skin to be
cut, or crystals embedded under their skin, they are making a blood covenant or pact with the
Devil.
There are some who have studied tattoos and other body marks, and believe that in
some cases, tattoos, body marks, and body piercings are an outward expression of a vow or
pact with demons. See What’s Behind the Ink?” by Bill Sudduth, (www.ramministry.org)
which convincingly exposes pagan and demonic activities and origins behind tattoos, body
marks and body piercing.
When we submit to a satanic priesthood, we are giving authority to Satan over our
own lives. We have to identify and renounce all that has bound us in the past. These pacts or
agreements with Satan are soul ties that keep us bound to Satan. Therefore we have to inves-
tigate every area where ministry is needed. Once we determine what caused the bondage-the
open door to the devil’s work, we can move to repent, renounce and break the agreement.
Every vow has a cause and a root that needs to be dealt with carefully. It is necessary to dis-
cover why the person made such a vow. We need to know the source of it.
Prayer for Breaking Vows
1. Ask God to bring to your awareness any vows that may limit your healing.
2. Vows are a sin. The person should confess them as sin and ask for forgiveness.
3. Have the person renounce the vow(s) in Jesus’ name; take back any ground and return
it to God. Use the following prayer guide:
Lord, I confess this vow of __________ as a sin and ask forgiveness for it. In the
name of Jesus I take back any lost ground and give it to the Lord. I break this inner vow of
______________, and release myself from it as an act of obedience. Please have your way
and will with me, Lord. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Prayer by the Intercessor
In the name of Jesus, I release you from this vow and restore you to the original de-
light of your soul. I release you to open your heart and be free in your associations with oth-
ers. Thank you, Jesus, for restoring ___________ to that which you have created. In Jesus’
name, I pray. Amen.
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Death Wishes
A wish to die is a form of inner vow. Many who are sexually abused, depressed, or
seriously rejectedor who hate themselves or their bodiesend up wishing they could die.
Most feel like, and think of themselves as, "losers." Behind every thought of suicide is a
death wish.
Usually behind every death wish is anger directed toward God for “creating me as I
am” or for letting things happen as they did. Some babies come into the world not wanting
to be born because of painful in-utero experiences.
Individuals commonly make death wishes when they are older. Death wishes open a
gate that allows the spirits of death, depression and hopelessness to enter. These dark influ-
ences keep the person depressed and entices them to commit suicide.
Death wishes usually come from self-hatred. They don’t love themselves. They are
attacking themselves spiritually. The Spirit of Infirmity comes in and agrees with them, so
they take an assignment from the devil, not from God who created them. They get sick.
When you hate yourself, you are calling the living God who loved you a liar. You
have declared that He made a mistake in saving you. Then the Devil agrees. He is right
there to bless you with the opposite of your Father in heaven’s blessing and that’s where the
spirits of death, depression and hopelessness come in.
You need to verbally declare: I shall live and not die to declare the glories of my
God in my generation (Ps 118:17). “For the grave cannot praise thee, death cannot cele-
brate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth” (Is 38:18). “I am fear-
fully and wonderfully made (Ps 139:14-18)
Prayer for Death Wishes
1. The seeker must confess any death wishes and any desires to commit suicide (or any
attempts to do so) as sin and ask for forgiveness.
2. The seeker should renounce any of these thoughts, attempts, or vows, as well.
3. The seeker should also confess and repent of their anger toward God.
4. Sometimes the spirit of death is present and must be cast out.
5. Pray the prayers identified in the section on Healing Our Image of God.
Also pray the following:
Lord, I confess as sin the death wishes I have had and the desires to commit suicide
(and any attempts I made at trying to do so). I renounce these in the name of Jesus. I repent
for rejecting myself and I give you back any ground I have given to the adversary in this ar-
ea. I command any dark spirits of death, suicide, or depression to leave, in Jesus’ name.
I accept my body and my present life situations and I ask that you reconcile me to
myself. Reconcile me to my perfect time and place and position on this earth. I trust you
Lord, to lead me in life to fulfill the purpose you have in me, to glorify you.
Thank you for rescuing me from myself. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
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Objects and Places
Some individuals do not believe that objects or places can be haunted or possessed by
evil influences. This disbelief, however, is difficult to argue with those who have lived in
just such places and who have already experienced the various strange and unusual happen-
ings that have occurred through forces of evil.
Reports of unusual happenings have occurred, such as TVs, radios, and computers
that turn on or off without assistance, pictures or vases fallingfor no apparent reason, lights
coming on automatically, sounds of people moving or screaming in the night, etc. Both John
Sanford (Deliverance and Inner Healing) and Frances McNutt (Deliverance from Evil Spir-
its) report that their computers either refused to work or printed unholy words and symbols as
they were preparing manuscripts for books they were writing.
I once personally received e-mail messages sent by an evil influence from a computer
in the home of a disciple friend of mine who, for some time in his home, had a problem with
dark influences. In some instances persons have reported that their gas pedal stuck at full
force and the brakes did not work when they were driving their automobile, nor could they
shut off the key until they prayed mightily to the Lord for deliverance.
Why do such things occur? There are at least four possible reasons for these disturb-
ances.
1. There are defiled objects in the house
2. The house is occupied by the presence of evil due to the sins of previous owners
3. The house is located on or near defiled land
4. The ghost of someone who has departed needs to be released (a haunting is occurring)
Defiled Objects
Much has already been written about evil influences that manifest through objects.
Idols and other objects used in occult practices can serve as points of contact and access for
demonic powers. Israel struggled for thousands of years with idols, notwithstanding the
Lord's direction: The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire Neither shalt
thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt
utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing (Deut. 7:25-26 and
12:3).
The Israelites were often admonished to remove the idols, cut down the Asherah
poles, get rid of the mediums, spiritualists, and household gods, and to remove the high plac-
es where they were worshiped. Occasionally the kings were obedient (2 Ki. 23:8, 13-15; as
opposed to disobedient, 2 Ki. 15:1-5). While we may not be as guilty of worshiping other
gods as the Israelites, we are nonetheless negligent in using wisdom in what we bring into
our homes. Artifacts, gifts, souvenirs, handmade objects (fashioned, for instance, like minia-
ture statues of Buddha) are all suspect. Even pieces of rock or earth from some parts of the
world can be contaminated.
Defiled objects separate us from God's purposes, His protection, and His power; they
give the enemy their access point. Defiled objects draw evil, like flies to dung. This entry
brings spiritual pollution into the home. Additionally, the evil spirits in people draw power
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from defiled objects in the home. Refer to the following applications, symptoms and
sources:
1. Physical things carry spiritual significance.
Blood (Ex. 12:7-13)
Tabernacle, its furnishings, utensils (Ex. 26 and 27)
Moses brass serpent (Num. 21:5-9)
Gold, silver, a robe (Josh. 7:10-26), a spear (Josh. 8)
Water baptism (Luke 3:21-22)
Last Supper (Mat. 26:26)
Miraculous handkerchiefs, aprons (Acts 19:11-12)
Healing oil (Jas. 5:14)
2. Certain things are forbidden to be possessed.
List of things that dishonor God (Deut. 4:15-19, 23-24)
Other gods, idols, or an image (Ex. 20:3, Deut. 27:15)
3. Certain activities are forbidden to be engaged in.
Witchcraft and astrology (Deut. 18:9-13; also see the section on “Healing from
the Occult”)
4. Use of an item can establish its spiritual significance.
Carvings, idols, statuesin worshiping other gods
Groves and/or Asherah poles, heathen items, and idols (Deut. 7:5 and 12:3, Judg-
es 3:7)
5. One person's sin can create corporate consequences for the body.
Achan kept gold, silver, and a robe from the spoils (Josh. 7)
Israel suffered much because of the decisions of many sinful kings
Jonah (on the ship, Jonah 1:3-15)
6. Possible symptoms of spiritual pollution from defiled objects or land:
Sudden chronic illness
Recurrent bad dreams and/or nightmares
Insomnia or unusual sleepiness
Behavioral problems
Relational problems, continual fighting, arguing
Lack of peace
Restless, disturbed children
Unexplained illness
Continued bondage to sin
Foul, unexplainable odors
Atmospheric heaviness, making it hard to breathe
Continual nausea and headaches
Financial problems
7. Possible symptoms of spiritual pollution from previous occult activities:
Poltergeists (movements of physical objects, made by demons)
TVs, radios, and computers that turn on or off by themselves
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Pictures or vases falling
Lights coming on
Sounds of people moving or screaming in the night
8. Possible sources of defilement from objects:
Things related to heathen worship (voodoo dolls, spirit masks, snakes, dragons,
thunderbirds, phoenixes, etc.)
Things related to past sin or to unholy soul ties (necklaces, rings, love letters, pho-
tos, diaries, journals)
Things with an unknown history which are not inherently evil by design, such as
wood figurines, pictures, tourist purchases
Any objects used in witchcraft or psychic activities, such as fortune telling, Ouija
boards, tarot cards, charms, crystals, etc.
Games such as Dungeons & Dragons, Masters of the Universe, Pokemon
(meaning “pocket monster”)
Buddhist, Hindu, or other Eastern worship-type artifacts
Items or books related to Satanism, witchcraft, New Age, zodiac, crescent moon,
crystal ball, pyramids, or martial arts
Things or books related to astrology, horoscopes, and geomancy, or to certain au-
thors (Edgar Cayce, Jean Dixon, etc.)
Comic books, rock posters, hard rock music, and materials with obvious images
of darkness
Pornographic materials of any kind (videos, books, magazines, pay-per-view ca-
ble or satellite TV channels)
Art with obvious demonic representations, such as snakes, spirits, death, gar-
goyles, skulls, dragons, etc.
Items or books relating to secret societies like freemasonry (Masons, etc.), Eastern
Star, Knights of Malta, Skull and Bones
Masonic aprons, books, or rings (oriental yin-and-yang symbols)
Certain children's books or movies, such as Harry Potter (which encourage chil-
dren to seek access to spiritual power unauthorized by God)
Movies with occult messages, extreme violence, excessive foul language, or ex-
plicit sexual content
Objects specifically cursed by others (items of which you are unawareunless
God reveals them to you)
Books that focus on sensuality or death and destruction (Steven King)
(The above list is taken from Spiritual House Cleaning by Eddie and Alice Smith.)
It is noteworthy that new converts to the early church brought their defiled objects
and books and burned them: Many of them also which used curious arts brought their
books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and
found it fifty thousand pieces of silver (Acts 19:19).
Possessed objects can end up in your house innocently or by the design of others.
During a deliverance prayer for a young woman, the Lord revealed that there were a number
of defiled objects in her house that were gifts from her father. Because of anger, he had a
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powerful medicine man curse the objects before sending them to his daughter (out of resent-
ment for his ex-wife who had divorced him). The young woman could not be totally free un-
til the objects had been collected and burned.
The purification of objects or buildings, land or places requires changing the spiritual
atmosphere. The spiritual climate is a result of the previous contaminated objects, or evil
activities that have taken place there.
Purification Process (for Defiled Objects)
1. Believe that God wants to reveal all defiled things, if we ask in faith.
2. If possible, invite someone with the gift of discernment to go through your house with
you, praying and asking God to reveal anything defiled.
3. If possible, burn all defiled objects found (or throw them in the trash).
4. Ask God to sanctify the places where the objects have been.
Defiled Buildings and Houses
Land, places, buildings and houses become occupied by the presence of evil through
a number of methods including the following:
war
trauma
altars
greed
racism
crime,
violence
murder
Satan ritual abuse
satanic worship
broken covenants
sins committed there
occult or demon worship
bloodshed of innocent people
covenants made with darkness
land used by new agers, Masons, Mormons,
contaminated objects buried in the ground
deceptive political/governmental leadership
early pagan spiritual beliefs and practices
sexual sins such as prostitution, adultery, fornication, rape, bestiality
temples of active idolatrous worship such as Islam, or Buddhist temples
activities such as divination, sorcery, spiritualism, clairvoyance
The land is therein contaminated by the presence of evil, or by the presence of evil in
those that inhabit the land or place. Which in term changes the spiritual atmosphere, or cli-
mate. (see the following website for an example of a contaminated house.
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2549165/We-lost-lives-Woman-possessed-demons-
portal-hell-house-terrified-police-chief-details-familys-terrifying-ordeal.html>
Because these activities occur as a result of the choices and actions of those involved,
the powers of darkness are given a spiritual right (or permission) to claim the land or place
for evil purposes. This is similar to what happens in our human spirit when we sin; we give
the evil one permission to influence that part of our spirit. To a less severe extent, people
with evil spirits bring some evil with them and they tend to leave some evil behind. Exam-
ples abound of problems people have had as the result of previous involvements in evil activ-
ities.
Some years ago a woman who was renting a home in another town visited with me
about the evil influences in her home. She asked us (our ministry team) to come pray for it.
Because the house was about 50 miles away, and not wanting to rush in where the Lord had
not called, we assembled a small group of people to pray about whether or not we should ac-
commodate her and bless the home. While we were praying, a woman in the group with the
gift of discerning of spirits was able to see the house, to see that it had once housed Satan
worshipers, and that sacrifices had been made in occult ceremonies in the garage. We also
learned that the woman who requested for us to pray for her home was living with a man to
whom she was not married. She was counseled that even if the house were to be spiritually
cleansed and blessed, the cleansing probably would not remain because of the continuance of
immoral sin in the home, leaving an opening for the evil to return. She finally moved.
Another family explained they were experiencing symptoms of spiritual pollution. In
the process of cleansing the house, the couple found satanic symbols painted on the ceiling of
the attic and on the garage walls. Similar examples and confirmations attest to the fact that a
house where adultery has occurred can also carry a curse.
Healing Defiled Places
The cleansing process for defiled places involves the following:
1. First, remove all defiled objects.
2. Cleanse the occupants who reside there (as they can bring spiritual pollution into a
clean house).
3. Find the root problemdetermine how the place became defiled.
4. Cleanse the house (or place) (2 Chr. 29).
5. Bless the house (or place) (1 Chr. 17:27).
6. Hold a Eucharist in the house (or place).
A more detailed explanation of the steps involved in the healing and cleansing pro-
cess for defiled places follows:
1. Remove all defiled objects: Pray about being made aware of any objects in the
home that may be defiled. Have someone with the gift of discerning of spirits go
through the home one room at a time, praying to the Lord to reveal all defiled objects.
The Bible says to burn these objects (Duet. 7:5 and 12:3, Acts 19:19).
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2. Cleanse the occupants who reside there: It is important that the occupants believe
in Jesus Christ, are baptized, and have received the baptism of the Holy Ghost. The
occupants must want Jesus more than they want their house cleansed. Have them use
the sections of this study to identify areas of evil influence that they might have been
associated with. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any areas of unrepentant sin in
the lives of any individual who lives in the house, that all open doors may be closed.
As it is very difficult for us to see our own "stuff," it is beneficial for someone of
great faith to pray with and for you.
3. Find the root problem: If the house seems to be spiritually contaminated, begin the
process of finding the root cause by trying to learn why the place is the way it is. Ask
questions such as, What caused it to be this way? When did the evil first occur?
“Have you noticed any specific patterns?Interview neighbors for additional input.
If possible, study the history of the house (place or land). Who lived there previous-
ly? What kinds of activities were performed there? What were some of the involve-
ments (clubs, societies, etc.) of former occupants? The answers to these and other
questions may allow you to draw noteworthy conclusions which lead to the discovery
of the root problem.
If there was any evil activity that took place, it’s likely at least some of the
neighbors may know about it. In addition, if you know of someone who has the gift
of discerning of spirits, ask them to come and pray for enlightenment to reveal the
root cause. It is best if the root cause can be determined (just as it is in the process of
inner healing) or else the opening still exists, allowing the demonic influences to re-
turn.
4. Cleanse the house (or place): If the root cause, sins, or offenses committed can be
determined, the owner (in the place of whoever sinned) must stand in their stead and
pray for forgiveness and repentance (refer to the section titled “Healing from Genera-
tional Influences” for a more detailed description of this practice). If the original evil
is Satan worship or satanic ritual abuse, a sizeable group of experienced intercessors
of great faith may need to be assembled as it may require significant prayer power to
overcome the evil resident in that place.
Pray that the Lord will cleanse the place and land of all evil deposits. Ask the
Lordwho is not confined to our limitations in timeto walk back through the his-
tory of the house and the land and heal all these defilements; pray that all resident
demonic spirits be cast out and that it be cleansed from all deposits of rancor and dis-
agreement.
Pray that the Lord wash it with His blood and burn away (by His fire) whatev-
er devices or objects might still give demons and satanic forces access from which to
operate. Apply the cross, the blood, and the resurrection life of Jesus to whatever in
history has not as yet been redeemed. Ask the Lord to accomplish forgiveness, to
take authority over the house and land, and declare it righteous and sanctified in Je-
sus' name. Then dedicate it to Jesus and His purposes.
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5. Bless the house (or place): After the house is cleansed, offer a blessing on it.
Walk around the exterior of the house, praying for the Lord's warring angels to stand
in protection over it. Pray aloud Psalm 91. Afterwards, go inside the house and pray,
asking that the light and life of Jesus come fill the house. Ask the Holy Spirit to
come and be resident in the house. Ask God to fill it with His goodness, power, and
the presence of His holy angels. Pray God’s peace be upon this house (Mat. 10:13,
Luke 10:5).
Rededicate the house to God. Anoint each doorway and window frame with
holy consecrated oil in remembrance of the Passover. If the use of holy water is used
in the fellowship you attend, obtain someor bless water especially for this pur-
poseand sprinkle some in each room of the house. Be sure to pray in gratitude for
what you know the Lord “is” doing in this place.
6. Hold a Eucharist in the house (or place): Finally, hold a Eucharist service in the
home (as detailed further in the section titled “Healing Power of Communion.”)
Resources for Healing Objects and Places
1. Eddie and Alice Smith, Spiritual House Cleaning (Regal Books, 2003). ISBN 0-
8307-3107-5.
2. Chuck Pierce, Protecting Your Home from Spiritual Darkness (Wagner Publications,
1999). ISBN 0-9667-481-7-4.
3. Henry Malone, Portals to Cleansing, (Regal Books, 2002) ISBN 0-9717065-0-6
4. Francis MacNutt, Deliverance from Evil Spirits (Chosen Books, 1995): 253-68.
ISBN 0-8007-9232-7.
5. John and Mark Sandford, Deliverance and Inner Healing (Chosen Books, 1992):
205-40. ISBN 0-8007-9206-8. pg 205-240
Defiled Land
Evil influences are not only in houses and buildings but they are also over much larg-
er areas. Defiled land is mentioned over 15 times in the Bible (refer to Ps. 106:38, Is. 24:5,
Jer. 2:7 and 3:1). Just as carcasses attract the vultures of the air, so defiled land, objects, or
places attract spiritual wickedness. Where the land has been defiled, demons cluster. Nota-
ble references follow:
In Genesis 4:10, God is speaking to Cain after he killed Abel and God declares "the
voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground.”
Leviticus 18:24-25 suggests the land of Israel became defiled because of the sins of
the nations that had inhabited it.
Jeremiah 4:23-29 suggests the earth will mourn.
In one such experience, a developer was trying to subdivide a certain tract of land for
the development of new homes. Every contractor he hired to build the roads had equipment
problems and failure. The Holy Spirit finally revealed that the area had been a holy place, a
special meeting place for Native American spiritual dances and celebrations. The Indians
became angry when their land was taken from them during the early 1800's and had placed a
curse on it.
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One story in an issue (October 27th, 2000) of the Wall Street Journal reported on oc-
currences of evil influences following several tourists who took black volcanic rocks from
the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the big island of Hawaii. A tourist from Florida re-
portedly scooped up the black volcanic sand with a soda pop bottle and brought it home with
him. After returning to his home, his pet died, he split up with his fiancée, and FBI agents
arrested Him. He sent the sand back and things are now improving. He believes Pelethe
Hawaiian volcano goddessapparently punishes people who take anything belonging to her.
In addition, the Park Ranger reports the anonymous return on a weekly basis of several rocks
from Pele, with notes attesting to bad luck having occurred since these items were taken.
In his book Commitment to Conquer: Redeeming Your City by Strategic Intercession,
Bob Beckett describes a number of unusual experiences when he and his family lived near
land that was defiled. There are a number of other books that record and describe the influ-
ences of evil over towns, cities, and regions. These evil influences severely hinder evangelis-
tic efforts and will continue to do so until they are prayed against and broken.
Resources for Defiled Land
1. Rebecca Greenwood, Authority to Tread, (Chosen Books, 2005) ISBN 0-8007- 9387-0
2 Ed Silvoso, That None Should Perish (Regal Books, 1994). ISBN 0-8307-1690-4.
3. C. Peter Wagner, Warfare Prayer (Regal Books, 1992). ISBN 0-8307-1513-4.
4. C. Peter Wagner, Breaking Strongholds in Your City (Regal Books, 1993). ISBN 0-8307-1638-6
5. John Dawson, Taking Our Cities for God (Creation House, 1989). ISBN 0-8841-241-5.
6. C. Peter Wagner, Editor, Wrestling With Dark Angels (Regal Books, 1990). ISBN 0-8307-1446-4.
(Specifically Chapter 3—“Territorial Spirits”)
7. Bob Beckett, Commitment to Conquer: Redeeming Your City by Strategic Intercession (Chosen
Books, 1997). ISBN 0800792521.
8. Henry Malone, Portals to Cleansing, (Regal Books, 2002) ISBN 0-9717065-0-6
It should also be noted that power exercised by the demonic is stronger in some
areas than in others. Those areas in which Satan worship or satanic ritual abuse has taken
place will be among the most difficult to cleanse. Likewise, areas in which the local culture
accepts medicine men, witches, and voodoo are also most difficult to cleanse. Those areas
that have been inhabited temporarily by those committing sin (such as the use of a hotel room
for immoral sexual activity) are much easier to cleanse.
Healing Land
Healing an area of land is accomplished in a similar way to healing places (using
steps 3, 4, 5 and 6 above). The process of identifying the sins of the previous owners, who
sometimes have been long-dead, is called spiritual mapping. Sometimes this identification
can be retrieved from people familiar with the property, through old newspaper references, or
by divine revelation. The larger the areaand the more people who lived therethe greater
prayer power is required.
On a vacant piece of land in America (for example) two or three prayer warriors
might be sufficient. To pray for a whole town or city would take a number of prayer warriors
an extended period of time. To pray for an area in a country that is under the influence of
voodoo or witchcraft should only be done under God's direction and would require multiple
prayer warriors. There are numerous examples of successful results within the books refer-
enced above. (Also refer to the section on “Territorial Spirits”).
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Involuntary Exposure to Darkness
Over the years of ministering healing of the spirit to many hundreds of people, there are occasions
when the seeker learns they have been exposed to darkness which has opened doors to their spirit
totally unaware. There are many causes of open doors that do not fit neatly into one of the categories
in this booklet. Interviews normally will not identify these exposures because the seeker is unaware
of them. Some examples may help.
1. During unmarried Sex: Sex between partners not married allows any evil spirit in one partner to
pass to the other partner. Not only that but each partner is exposed to any darkness that is passed on
to their immediate partner by others with whom their current partner may have had sex with in the
past.
2. Alcohol & Drugs: When a seeker previously used drugs or alcohol and became stoned or drunk,
dark spirits have access because the God given agency is put in neutral, and spirits can enter almost
at will.
3. Statues of Other Gods: One seeker eventually learned a gate was opened when they went to an
Indian restaurant which had a large statue of Buddha near the entrance. Since the others in the
seekers party went to pat the belly of Buddha and recite the message written on the plaque, it exposed
her to a spirit of Buddha that was not easily identified.
4. Movies. games, music: When the author of this booklet was 7 years old, he was in a movie that
had fearful scenes of Nazi’s attempting to capture a spy. A spirit of fear entered that was not
dislodged for 35 years.
5. Contact with contaminated persons: An African woman ran a small lunch place in the ghetto of
Nairobi. A neighboring shop owner came to visit and touched her during the visit. An evil spirit
transferred from the visitor to the seeker. A touch from a person can expose you to darkness (even a
handshake if the person carries a dark spirit.) We should be careful who touches us and lays hands on
us. On the other hand, let us not be fearful of others touching us as long as we are clean, and have no
open gates in our spiritual hedge. If we are touched by contaminated people, we can always “de-
slime”, that is pray a prayer afterwards that the Lord would wash us clean of any continuation.
A seeker came for prayer with a strange spirit. It turned out that the seeker had a boyfriend who was
a Muslim. The seeker had been free, but a spirit returned. The interview revealed that the seeker
happened to meet the old boyfriend again while shopping. The old boyfriend held her arm while
they visited. This caused a spirit to transfer.
6. Lusting after gifts: A young woman admired the gifts and talents of the pastor’s wife who
seemed control of her husband as well as the members of the small congregation. The seeker
acquired the spirit of jezebel from the pastors wife through admiration and desire.
7. Consecration to Satan by relatives: Many seekers have been consecrated to Satan by relatives.
8. Native American influences: Sometimes there is a Native American Shaman in the ancestral line
of the seeker, or someone who was a witch or a warlock. Normal prayers for generational influences
will not disclose or dislodge such spirits.
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9. People from eastern countries: Many seekers who have lived in eastern countries may carry a
number of strange spirits. It may be difficult for them to receive physical healing until they rid
themselves of the residue from the past.
10. Muslims: Seekers who are Muslims generally carry several spirits not familiar to the average
deliverance minister.
11. By Invitation: A prayer team was ministering to a woman who was manifesting. One of the
members of the prayer team was a close friend of the woman. During the prayer the friend said
under her breath “spirit, give me the best you have” . The spirit transferred from the woman
manifesting to the friend.
12. Physical objects: A Canadian woman wore a necklace given to her by her father. She could not
be freed until she gave up the necklace.
13. Old relationships: A woman broke up with her lover who was a married man. She could not be
freed until she gave up a necklace and an old photograph.
14. Unholy Ministers: A woman had a Satanic Priest offering her up on a daily basis.
15. Perfume: A woman purchased some perfume. When she applied it she always got sick. The
Lord revealed that the seller was a witch. If incense, perfumes, or oils are prepared by people with
dark intent, they can expose you to darkness. The Holy Spirit and angels smell sweet, but demons
and smell foul.
16. Clothing: A woman was given some clothing by another church woman. The Lord spoke to the
woman and told her the clothing was not to touch her body and she was to burn them.
17. Where you live: Some people rent or buy houses that have previously been inhabited by
darkness. The darkness continues until the house is healed.
20. TV Violence or sex: Some people experience “problems” after watching or hearing of violence,
actual or on TV. “… he that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood and shutteth his eyes from
seeing evil, he shall dwell on high . . . (Isa 33:13-16) There is no protection for you from God if
you don’t hide your eyes from seeing the shedding of blood and hold your ears from what’s
happening in evil. TV and movies can be an open door. Spirits of violence, death, murder, and lust
can enter.
These are but a few examples of many that do not fit nicely into the categories mentioned in many
books and publications. The prayer team is advised to have at least one person with the gift of
discerning of spirits which is very helpful in these cases. Answers usually come after serious
intercession to the Lord for the key to the bondage. The Lord is always faithful.
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Freemasonry
Many people within our country, including ministers, have been involved in one or
another of the various societies of freemasonry. Often individuals who come for prayer to be
set free of freemasonry have either been directly involved in it or have had Masonic influ-
ences within their ancestry. Simply stated, freemasonry is a fraternal (or brotherly) organiza-
tion that has certain secret rituals.
Freemasonry had its beginning in the 1600s in Scotland and Great Britain, and their
societies have now spread worldwide. There currently may be as many as 3.5 million mem-
bers in the U.S. alone. While the Masons have regarded themselves as a secret society, their
beliefs and practices have been well-documented by previous members and by Christian re-
searchers. Scholarly books have been written on the history of the Masonic rites. This sec-
tion discloses a brief account of why people need to be set free from the harmful effects of
Masonry.
Individuals enter a “lodge for business and societal reasons, and to join an associa-
tion of friends upon whom they can rely. Many of the past presidents of the United States
(including George Washington) were Masons, and the back of our dollar bill is filled with
Masonic symbols (such as the all-seeing eye of the Grand Architect of the Universe).
The early history of the practices of the Masons set them in opposition to organized
churches, Catholicism in particular, and the Masons were responsible for various religious
persecutions (in the 18th Century, for example, in several countries, the Jesuits were sup-
pressed by them). The opposition was so strong that Catholics were forbidden to join the
Masons.
Christians have traditionally been against Masonry because the church has stood
against societies that require taking oaths of secrecy, with dire threats of evil (and death) in-
curred for violating the “curse” (breaking the secrecy). If you have read any of the initiation
rites at the various levels (all the way up to the 33rd Degree), you recognize that they elicit
fear at a very deep level (at one level, for instance, a noose is placed around the neck).
A second reason churches have been against Masonry organizations involves the
physical and emotional ailments which ensue, to members and to the sons and daughters (to
the fourth generation, Ex. 34:7) of those who are Masons. Consider the following examples
as personally experienced and noted by Barbara Cassada, in her book Unto Death. Only first
names are given in her examples below, to provide anonymity.
KristiConditions: manic-depressive, Satanic ritual abuse, multiple personality disor-
der. Connection: her step-father was a Mason.
GeorgeConditions: heart by-pass surgery, manic-depressive; father died of heart
problems. Connection: his father was a Mason.
AllenConditions: Multiple Personality Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, sui-
cide tendencies, migraine headaches, bleeding ulcers, homosexuality, clinical depression:
Mother’s conditions: breast cancer, mental instability, migraine headaches, heart dis-
ease. Connection: paternal Great Grandfather and Grandmother involved with DeMo-
lay; paternal uncle was a Mason.
KarenCondition: lupus. Connection: a family member was a Mason; she was in-
volved with Triangle Girls.
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DonConditions: himself, infertility; his sister, pancreatic cancer and Marfan’s Syn-
drome, resulting in open-heart surgery. Connection: Masons in both father’s and moth-
er’s family lines.
Cassada goes on to list four full-pages of similar accounts from her ministry, I could
prepare a similar list.
Masons and their family members seem to have an over-abundance of the following
health problems: continuous miscarriages, colon cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, heart
problems, organ malfunctions, Crone’s disease, brain tumors, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and
premature death of either children or other relatives.
The most alarming factor with regard to this society, however, is that false gods (re-
placing our Lord Jesus Christ) are involved. For example, Egyptian gods (Horus, Set, and
Isis) are involved at the 31st Degree. With each escalating degree, the confusion and idolatry
increase, until Lucifer himself becomes part of the initiation. The sin involved in Masonry is
ultimately idolatry and involves the rejection of Jesus Christ as our only Savior.
The idolatry curses associated with this membership are derived from the following
examples from their beliefs and practices:
1. The name of Jesus has been omitted from prayers.
2. Blood-curdling oaths (to maintain secrecy) became part of initiation rites.
3. The name of their deity is “secret.” The central deity is neither Jesus Christ nor God,
and therefore, members are being deceived into committing idolatry.
4. Use of the “all seeing eye of spiritual light” in the form of a pyramid.
5. Members are promised acceptance (after death) into “the Grand Lodge in the sky.”
6. Even though the Bible is acknowledged as a sacred writing, only a few selected pas-
sages are used in their worship and beliefs.
7. Every freemason is open to interpret the sacred writings for themselves.
8. Some orders (during initiation) participate in mock hangings, beheadings, and the
drinking of blood.
9. Masons take an oath to be loyal to and to protect one another no matter what the cost.
This loyalty can supersede family members or church membership.
10. Oaths and testimonies are signed with their own blood (a common practice within
witchcraft circles).
11. Oaths include penalties of death or dismemberment for violating the rules or for
breaking their secrecy.
12. Oaths are given “blindly”—one line at a timeso initiates do not know in advance to
what they will be (and are) swearing.
13. Initiations are performed in darkness. Clothing is opened. A rope noose (called a
cable-tow) is placed around the neck and the initiate is blindfolded with a “hood-
wink.”
14. At some levels of masonry, initiates are anointed with oil and proclaimed to be
“Priests forever after the Order of Melchizedek,” (a reference taken—but misap-
pliedfrom scripture).
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Members of the organizations listed below are the subject of demonic curses that not
only affect them but that also affect members of their families (and all those who follow
through the ancestral line for generations thereafter), all this attributed to their gross and
blasphemous idolatry.
Order of the Eastern Star
Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem
Order of Amaranth
Order of DeMolay
Daughters of the Easter Star
Daughters of the Nile
International Order of Job’s Daughters
International Order of Rainbow Girls
Knights of Columbus
Odd fellows
Shriners
Elks
An appropriate summary of the dogma of freemasonry is stated by Rev. Lymon Ellis
in Blinded by the Lie:
“Not one of the thirty three degrees of Freemasonry contains any spiritual truth worth
all the secrecy and curses. The secrecy and curses only serve to hide, deceive and
confuse those who would exam Masonry more closely. Masonry takes selected bits
of Christianity, but sets them on top of a very anti-Christian foundation.”
Membership in one Freemason society (or their related organizations) opens a spiritu-
al gate that is seldom recognizable. For more details about these beliefs and practices, seek-
ers are encouraged to obtain one or more of the following resources, giving much greater de-
tail about the curses of freemasonry and the stories of those who have been freed from their
influence.
Resources
1. Noel and Phyl Gibson, Evicting Demonic Intruders (New Wine Press, available
through Wagner Publications, 1993): 121-32. ISBN 1-874367-09-4.
2. Selwyn Stevens, Unmasking Freemasonry (Jubilee Resources Pub., 1999, reprinted
2004): 64. ISBN 1-877203-48-3. (www.jubilele-resources.com)
3. Barbara Cassada, Unto Death (Tome Publishing, 1998): 65. ISBN 1-928672-01-9.
(www.thelionsheart.org)
4. Ed Decker, The Dark Side of Freemasonry (Huntington House, 1994). ISBN
1563840618.
5. John Ankerberg and John Weldon, The Secret Teachings of the Masonic LodgeA
Christian Perspective,” (Moody Press, 1990). ISBN 0802476953.
6. Martin Short, Inside the Brotherhood (Harper Collins, 1995). ISBN 0586070656.
7. Jim Shaw and Tom McKenney, The Deadly Deception (Hungington House, 1988).
ISBN 0910311544.
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8. John Daniel, Scarlet and the Beast, Vol. I, II and III (JKI Publishing, 1994). ISBN
1890913995.
Seekers that have freemasonry in their current or ancestral line are encouraged to read
the following prayer aloud in the presence of intercessors.
Prayer for Freedom from Freemasonry
(This prayer model has been taken [and adapted] from Unmasking Freemasonry by S.
Stevens; it is used with permission.) Have the seeker read the following prayer aloud. While
this prayer is lengthy, the extra time is of little consequence to the benefit of assuring that all
open gates are closed.
Father God, Creator of heaven and earth, I come to you in the name of Jesus Christ,
your Son. I come as a sinner seeking forgiveness and cleansing from all sins committed
against you and others made in your image. I honor my earthly father and mother and all of
my flesh and blood ancestors, and also those of the spirit by adoption and godparents, but I
utterly turn away from and renounce all their sins.
I forgive all my relatives and ancestors for passing on the effects of their sins to me
and my children. I confess and renounce all of my own sins in this area as well. I renounce
and rebuke Satan and every spiritual power of his which affects me and all members of my
family, in the worthy name of Jesus.
I renounce and forsake all involvement in freemasonry or any other lodge or craft by
my ancestors, my relatives, and by myself. I renounce witchcraft, the principal spirit behind
freemasonry, and I renounce Baphometthe Spirit of Antichrist and the curse of the
Luciferian doctrine. I renounce the idolatry, blasphemy, secrecy, and deception of Masonry
at every level. I specifically renounce the insecurity, the love of position and power, the love
of money, avarice and greed, and the pride which led my ancestors into Masonry. I renounce
all the fears which held them in Masonry, especially the fear of death, the fear of men, and
the fear of trusting, in the precious name of Jesus Christ.
I renounce every position held in the lodge by myself and any of my ancestors, in-
cluding “Tyler,” “Master,” “Worshipful Master” or any other. I renounce the calling of any
man “Master,” for Jesus Christ is my only master and Lord, and He forbids anyone else being
called by that title. I renounce the entrapping of others into Masonry and observing the help-
lessness of others during the rituals. I renounce the effects of Masonry passed on to me
through any female ancestor who felt distrusted and rejected by her husband as he entered
and attended any lodge and refused to tell her of his secret activities. I pray for all these fa-
vors in the blessed name of Jesus Christ, my Savior.
lst Degree
I renounce the oaths taken and the curses involved in the 1st (or entered Apprentice)
Degree, especially their effects on the throat and tongue. I renounce the hoodwink (the
blindfold) and its effects on the emotions and eyes, including all confusion, fear of the dark,
fear of the light, and fear of sudden noises. I renounce the secret word, BOAZ, and all it
means. I renounce the mixing and mingling of truth and error, and the blasphemy of this de-
gree of Masonry. I renounce the noose around the neck, the fear of choking, and also every
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spirit causing asthma, hay fever, emphysema, or any other breathing difficulty. I renounce
the compass point, sword, or spear held against the breast, the fear of death by stabbing pain,
and the fear of heart attack instilled from this degree.
I now pray for healing of the throat, vocal cords, nasal passages, sinuses, bronchial
tubes, etc., for healing of the speech area, and the release of the Word of God to me and
through me and all members of my family, in the name of Jesus Christ.
2nd Degree
I renounce the oaths taken and the curses involved in the 2nd (or Fellow Craft) Degree
of Masonry, especially the curses on the heart and chest. I renounce the secret words
JACHIN and SHIBBOLETH and all that these mean. I cut off the emotional hardness, apa-
thy, indifference, unbelief, and deep anger, felt and experienced by me and all members of
my family. I pray for the healing of my chest, lungs, and heart areas, and also for the healing
of my emotions, and I ask that I be made sensitive to the Holy Spirit of God, in the name of
Jesus Christ.
3rd Degree
I renounce the oaths taken and the curses involved in the 3rd (or Master Mason) De-
gree, especially the curses on the stomach and womb area. I renounce the secret words
MAHA BONE, MACHABEN, MACHBINNA, and TUBAL CAIN, and all that they mean.
I renounce the spirit of death from the blows to the head enacted as ritual murder, the fear of
death and false martyrdom, the fear of violent gang attack, assault or rape, and the helpless-
ness of this degree. I renounce the falling into the coffin (or stretcher) involved in the ritual
of murder. I renounce the false resurrection of this degree, because only Jesus Christ is the
Resurrection and the Life! I also renounce the blasphemous kissing of the Bible on a witch-
craft oath. I cut off all spirits of death, witchcraft, and deception, and in the name of Jesus
Christ, I pray for the healing of (naming those that apply) my stomach, gall bladder, womb,
liver, and any other organs of my body affected by masonry, and I ask for a release of com-
passion, understanding, and forgiveness for me and my family. I pray for all these favors in
the blessed name of Jesus Christ.
Holy Royal Arch Degree
I renounce and forsake the oaths taken and the curses and iniquities involved in the
Holy Royal Arch Degree of Masonry, especially the oath regarding the removal of the head
from the body and the exposing of the brains to the hot sun. I renounce the Mark Lodge and
the mark in the form of squares and angles which marks the person for life. I also reject the
jewel, or talisman, which may have been made from this mark sign and worn at lodge meet-
ings. I renounce the false secret name of God, JAHBULON, and declare total rejection of
all worship of false pagan gods, namely Bul or Baal and On or Osiris. I also renounce the
password, AMMIRUHAMAH, and its occult meaning. I renounce the false communion or
eucharist taken in this degree, and all the mockery, skepticism, and unbelief about the re-
demptive work of Jesus Christ on the cross at Calvary. I repent of and cut off all these curses
and their effects upon me and my family, and I command healing of the brain and the mind,
in the name of Jesus Christ.
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18th Degree
I renounce the oaths taken and the curses involved in the 18th Degree of Masonry, the
Most Wise Sovereign Knight of the Pelican and the Eagle and Sovereign Prince Rose Croix
of Heredom. I renounce and reject the Pelican witchcraft spirit, as well as the occult influ-
ence of the Rosicrucians and the Kabbala in this degree. I renounce the claim that the death
of Jesus Christ was a “dire calamity” and the deliberate mockery and twisting of the Chris-
tian doctrine of the Atonement. I renounce the blasphemy and rejection of the deity of Jesus
Christ and the secret words IGNE NATURA RENOVATURINTEGRA and its burning. I
renounce the mockery of the communion taken in this degree, including a biscuit, salt, and
white wine, in the name of Jesus.
30th Degree
I renounce the oaths taken and the curses involved in the 30th Degree of Masonry, the
grand Knight Kadosh and Knight of the Black and White Eagle. I renounce the password,
STIBIUMALKABAR, and all it means, in the blessed name of Jesus.
31st Degree
I renounce the oaths taken and the curses involved in the 31st Degree of Masonry, the
Grand Inspector Inquisitor Commander. I renounce all the gods and goddesses of Egypt
which are honored in this degree, including Anubis with the ram’s head, Osiris the sun god,
Isis the sister and wife of Osiris, and also the moon goddess. I renounce the Soul of Cheres,
the false symbol of immorality, the Chamber of the Dead and the false teaching of reincarna-
tion, in the name of Jesus.
32nd Degree
I renounce the oaths taken and the curses involved in the 32nd Degree of Masonry, the
Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret. I renounce masonry’s false trinitarian deity, AUM, and
its parts: Brahma (the creator), Vishnu (the preserver) and Shiva (the destroyer). I renounce
the deity of AHURA-MAZDA, the claimed spirit or source of all light, and the worship with
fire (which is an abomination to God), and drinking from a human skull, as done in
some societal rites, in the name of Jesus Christ.
York Rite
I renounce the oaths taken and the curses involved in the York Rite of freemasonry,
including Mark Master, Past Master, Most Excellent Master, Royal Master, Select Master,
Super Excellent Master, the Orders of the Red Cross, the Knights of Malta, and the Knights
Templar degrees. I renounce the secret words of JOPPA, KEBRAIOTH, and MAHER-
SHALAL-HASHBAZ. I renounce the vows taken on a human skull, the crossed swords, and
the curse and death wish of Judas, of having the head cut off and placed on top of a church
spire. I renounce the unholy communion and especially drinking from a human skull, as
done in some societal rites, in the blessed name of Jesus Christ.
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Shriners
I renounce the oaths taken and the curses and penalties involved in the Ancient Ara-
bic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. I renounce the piercing of the eyeballs with a
three-edged blade, the flaying of the feet, the madness, and the worship of the false god Al-
lah, the god of our fathers. I renounce the hoodwink, the mock hanging, the mock behead-
ing, the mock drinking of the blood of the victim, the mock dog urinating on the initiate, and
the offering of urine as a commemoration, in the blessed name of Jesus Christ.
33rd Degree
I renounce the oaths taken and the curses involved in the 33rd Degree of Masonry, the
Grand Sovereign Inspector General. I renounce and forsake the declaration that Lucifer is
God. I renounce the cable-tow around the neck. I renounce the death wishthat the wine
drunk from a human skull should turn to poisonand the skeleton, whose cold arms are so-
licited if the oath of this degree is violated. I renounce the three infamous assassins of their
Grand Master, law, property, and religion, and the greed and witchcraft involved in the at-
tempt to manipulate and control the rest of mankind, in the blessed name of Jesus Christ.
All Other Degrees
I renounce all the other oaths taken, the rituals of every other degree, and the curses
therein involved. I renounce all other lodges and secret societies, such as Prince Hall Free-
masonry, Mormonism, The Order of Amaranth, Oddfellows, the Buffalos, Druids, Foresters,
Orange, Elks, Moose and Eagles Lodges, the Ku Klux Klan, The Grange, the Woodmen of
the World, Rider of the Red Robe, the Knights of Pythias, the Mystic Order of the Veiled
Prophets of the Enchanted Realm, the women’s Orders of the Eastern Star and of the White
Shrine of Jerusalem, the girls’ Order of the Daughters of the Eastern Star, the International
Orders of Job’s Daughters and of Rainbow Girls, and the boy’s Order of DeMolay, and their
effects upon me and all members of my family, in the precious name of Jesus Christ.
I renounce the ancient pagan teaching and symbolism of the First Tracing Board, the
Second Tracing Board, and the Third Tracing Board, as used in the rituals of the Blue Lodge.
I renounce the pagan ritual of the “Point with a Circle” with all its bondages and phallus (pe-
nis) worship. I renounce the occult mysticism of the black and white mosaic checkered floor,
with the tessellated (or adorned) pagan symbolism and bondages. I renounce and utterly for-
sake the Great Architect of the Universe, who is revealed in the higher degrees as Lucifer,
and his false claim to be the universal fatherhood of God. I also renounce the false claim that
Lucifer is the Morning Star and Shining One, and I declare that Jesus Christ alone is the
Bright and Morning Star spoken of in Revelation 22:16.
I renounce the All-Seeing Third Eye of freemasonry or Horus in the forehead and its
pagan and occult symbolism. I renounce all false communions, all mockery of the redemp-
tive work of Jesus Christ on the cross at Calvary, all unbelief, confusion, and depression, and
all worship of Lucifer as God. I renounce and forsake the lie of freemasonrythat man is
not sinful, just imperfect, and so can redeem himself through good works. I rejoice that the
Bible declares that I cannot do a single thing to earn my salvation, and that I can only be
saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ and what He accomplished on the Cross at Cal-
vary.
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I renounce all fear of insanity, anguish, death wishes, suicide, and death in the name
of Jesus Christ. Death was conquered by Jesus Christ, and He alone holds the keys of death
and health, and I rejoice that He holds my life in His hands even now. He came to give me
life abundantly and eternally, and I believe in His promises.
I renounce all anger, hatred, murderous thoughts, revenge, retaliation, spiritual apa-
thy, false religion, and unbelief, especially unbelief in the Holy Bible as God’s Word, and all
occasions of compromising God’s Word. I renounce all spiritual searching into false reli-
gions and all my striving to please God, who already knows and loves me eternally. I rest in
the knowledge that I have found my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and that I am no more
“lost” to Him—He has found me.
I will burn all objects in my possession which connect me with all lodges and occult
organizations, including masonry, and witchcraft, their regalia, aprons, books of rituals,
rings, and other apparel and jewelry. I renounce the effects these (or other objects of mason-
ry, such as the compass, the square, the noose, or the blindfold) have had upon me or any
members of my family, in Jesus’ blessed name.
Holy Spirit, I ask that you show me anything else I need to do or from which I need to
pray, so that I and all members of my family may be totally free from the consequences of
the sins of masonry, witchcraft, and paganismand from any and all things unrighteous.
Now, Father God, I ask humbly for the blood of Jesus Christ, your Son, to cleanse me
from all these sins of which I have confessed and renounced, to cleanse my spirit, my soul,
my mind, my emotions, and every part of my body which has been affected by these sins, in
Jesus’ holy name!
I renounce every evil spirit associated with masonry, witchcraft, and all other sins,
and I commandin the name of Jesus Christfor Satan and every evil spirit to be bound
and to leave me now, touching or harming no one, and that they go to the place appointed by
the Lord Jesus, never again to return to me or any member of my family. I call on the name
of the Lord Jesus alone to be delivered of these spirits, in accordance with the many promises
mentioned in the Bible. I ask to be delivered of every spirit of sickness, infirmity, curse, af-
fliction, addiction, disease, or allergy associated with these sins of which I have confessed
and renounced.
I surrender to God’s Holy Spirit—and to no other spiritall the places in my life
where these sins have been. I ask you, Lord, to baptize me in your Holy Spirit now, accord-
ing to the promises of your Word. I take to myself the whole armor of God in accordance
with Ephesians chapter six and rejoice in its protection as Jesus surrounds me and fills me
with His Holy Spirit.
I enthrone you, Lord Jesus, within my heart, for you are my Lord and my Savior, the
source of eternal life. Thank you, Father God, for your mercy, your forgiveness, and your
life, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen. (Note: Those who have actually been in-
volved in the various degrees of freemasonry are encouraged to symbolically do the follow-
ing, as they read the prayer above.)
1. Symbolically remove the blindfold (hoodwink) and give it to the Lord for disposal.
2. In the same way, symbolically remove the veil of mourning.
3. Symbolically cut and remove the noose from around the neck; gather it up with the
cable-tow running down the body and give it all to the Lord for His disposal.
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4. Renounce the false freemasonry marriage covenant, removing from the 4th finger of
the right hand the ring of this false marriage covenant and giving it to the Lord to dis-
pose of.
5. Symbolically remove the chains and bondages of freemasonry from your body.
6. Symbolically remove all freemasonry regalia and armor, especially the apron.
7. Symbolically remove the ball and chain from the ankles.
8. Repent of and seek forgiveness for having walked on unholy ground, including free-
masonry lodges and temples.
9. Proclaim that Satan and his demons no longer have any legal right to mislead and
manipulate you.
Reversing the Effects of Freemasonry By Linda Heidler E:mail:
lheidler7@aol.com (These are from power point slides condensed from the International So-
ciety of Deliverance Ministers 2011 Annual Conference in Oklahoma City, OK)
Let us look at the rituals involved in initiation into Freemasonry to show how they
affect us and how these effects can be reversed. We usually go through the different steps in
the ceremony and repent and renounce the symbols, but do not look at the effect they have on
the entire person. When you look at the symbolism of each step, what you see is a well
thought out and thorough system designed to capture the spirit, soul and body of a person as
well as to gain control of their identity, destiny and value. Each step of the ceremony re-
quires the person to relinquish part of who they are to Freemasonry. Repenting and renounc-
ing does not restore what was lost in the ceremony. Reclaiming what was relinquished al-
lows a person to submit to God and resist the devil more effectively.
Effect on Identity, Worth and Destiny
1. Removal Of Clothing.
Clothing is linked to identity. The person is stripped of their identity and given a new
identity - pajamas. Not for going out, passive, sleep. Later, they are given garments which
identify them as Masons.
2. Removal Of All Valuables money, keys, rings and other jewelry.
These have to do with a person’s value, both personal and material. Their God given
intrinsic worth and value as a person is lost. Their personal value now comes from how val-
uable they are to Freemasonry.
3. Slipshod Slipper & Checkerboard.
The right foot has a slipper put on it, designed to make their walk slippery. Their path
is not clear, but a mixture of darkness and light. Their ability to find the path for their life and
fulfill their destiny becomes uncertain.
Effect on Soul
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4. Hoodwink Head is covered, intellect, mind is surrendered to Freemasonry
5. Cable Tow Person is bound and led by someone else, free will is surrendered to
Freemasonry
6. Dagger To Left Breast Heart, seat of emotion is exposed and submitted to Freema-
sonry.
All elements of the soul, the mind, emotion and will are all surrendered to Freemasonry.
Effects on the Body
7. Vows And Oaths Curses Spoken Against The Body.- All internal organs endo-
crine and immune systems the reproductive system the eyes, brain, ears and tongue all ex-
tremities.
Effect on the Spirit
8. Seeking The Light Of Freemasonry -This statement submits the spirit of the person
to the deception of Freemasonry. Spiritual discernment is lost. A spirit that opposes the Ho-
ly Spirit is given preeminence. The person is captured in false worship and is deceived into
believing that it is worship of the true God. The stated purpose of the first degrees is to con-
ceal the “higher truths” from initiates. Not until they have gone further are they introduced
to worship of Greek, Hindu, Norse and Egyptian gods. By committing their spirit to the light
of Freemasonry, they have committed to all of this.
Effects on Health
God has pronounced judgments against those who worship the gods of Egypt. The
whole issue of Israel in Egypt was worship. The plagues were all to show the superiority of
the God of Israel over the gods of Egypt. At Passover, the Lord said for them to separate
themselves from the gods of Egypt. The sign of this was the blood of the lamb on the door-
posts and lintel. It says that when Israel left Egypt that night, there was not one feeble or sick
among them.
After they crossed the Red Sea, the Lord promised them that if they did not return to
worshipping the gods of Egypt, that none of the diseases of Egypt would come on them.
The converse is also true. If you worship the gods of Egypt, you will get the diseases of
Egypt. Egypt had every kind of disease known. One of the reasons they were so advanced in
medicine was that they had so many diseases.
In Freemasonry, you are involved in direct worship of the gods of Egypt, so in addi-
tion to all the things you pronounce on yourself, you also get what God has pronounced on
you, all the diseases of Egypt.
Freedom from Freemasonry
Often we break outward forms, but not the reality behind them. We repent of and re-
nounce the hoodwink, but do not reclaim our intellect. We renounce the cable tow, but do not
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reclaim our will. It is very effective to go to each area that has been affected and deal with
the reality of what has been done through the ceremony. Once we have repented of and re-
nounced what was done, then the body, soul and spirit can be reclaimed. Until we reclaim
what was lost, we cannot fully submit it to God. Once we are fully submitted to God, we can
fully resist the devil. Ministering this revelation has produced wonderful results in both heal-
ing and inner healing.
Most people struggle with the issues of identity, value and destiny. When these are
defined and determined by the structure of Freemasonry, a person is bound to the identity,
value and worth assigned to them by Freemasonry. Reclaiming the identity that God created
has set many people free from feeling like they are a cog in a wheel or a pawn in someone
else’s game. Reclaiming personal value has set people free from feeling pressured to earn or
prove their worth. Reclaiming God ordained destiny has given many, confidence to pursue
the call of God on their lives. All of these work together to produce a person who lives in the
knowledge that they are loved, valued and have a purpose in life.
The devil will take whatever he is allowed to take. We have seen that once people
understand what has happened to them and reclaim what was abdicated, they are excited to
be able to resist the devil and to possess their own vessel. As they recover their souls, they
have increased discernment to hear God and to recognize error. We have seen people set free
from tormenting thoughts and self-rejection. People have also sensed that they are free to be
who God created them to be. Many have come for ministry - who have prayed to break the
power of Freemasonry from their lives but have not experienced the full release they ex-
pected. This ministry has taken them a step further in personal restoration and confidence to
resist the Devil.
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Hurts, Emotions and Memories
It is not the purpose of this chapter, nor the chapters on Trauma and Rejection to replace the
excellent education available in the CHCP Inner healing/soul care track courses. Deliverance
ministers would be much more skilled if they did. For those that do not elect to take the Inner
healing/soul care courses, there is a need for basic understanding about how deliverance and
inner healing are entwined. There are two sides of the same coin so to speak. Neither will
bring complete healing to the seeker alone. Both are needed. During healing prayer, the
minister may move from deliverance prayer to inner healing prayer or the opposite. Many times
it is difficult to tell the difference. There can be many open doors/gates from hurts, emotions,
trauma and rejection. The deliverance minister needs to know all he/she can about how such
doors were opened, and how to close them during the healing prayer. History has shown a
separation between those who primarily minister inner healing, and those that minister
deliverance. Many books were written on each with little mention of the other. Sometime in
the 1990’s the Lord seemed to bring these twocamps” together, and books since them are
much more likely to include information on both. GA believes strongly that background and
experience are needed in both areas for satisfactory healing ministry.
“Nor should we ever forget. The Spirit says to us that “there is one Lord, one Faith, one
baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all, and works through all and is in all” (Eph
4:5-6) God is the God of medicine, psychiatry and counseling. The Fatherhood of God seeks
in love to embrace the one Lord of all whose lordship includes healing of our internal wounds,
back to the beginning of our lives.” (Scanlan, Inner Healing p 71)
Memories can wound, cripple, and bind people. Some speak of this wounding as producing
cracks in our soul. This type of wounding can also keep us in bondage, prevent God’s healing
power from working within us, and cause us to become physically ill. God’s love, however,
can transform (change or renovate) our emotionsand even our memoriesto set us free and
to allow us to live an abundant life through Christ. God, who desires “truth in the inner parts”
(Ps. 51:7), allows His Holy Spirit (the spirit of truth) to reveal truth and to bring His love to
cover each situation so that healing may occur.
This section deals with inner healing in general. Other sections deal more in-depth with
specific causes of wounded memories, such as rejection and trauma.
Is Inner Healing Scriptural?
One of the reasons Jesus came was to heal the broken hearted, to comfort all that mourn; to
appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for
mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. (Isa 61:1-3)
While Scripture is very specific with direction and examples of deliverance, examples and
instructions on healing the broken hearted are less apparent. Please review the following which
tend to support inner healing prayer.
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Prov. 20:27 Is. 61:1-3 John 13:21
Ps. 30:5, 11 and 45:7 Ezek. 11:19 and 18:31 1 Cor.
6:20
Ps. 51:10 and 92:10 Ezek. 36:26-27 2 Cor. 4:16
Ps. 35:18 and 41:4 Mat. 6:22-23
Definitions
"While sickness of the spirit is caused by what we do, sickness of the emotions is
generally caused by what is done to us. It grows out of the hurts which are done to us by
another person or some experience we have been exposed to in the past. These hurts affect us
in the present, in the form of painful memories, and weak or wounded emotions. This in turn
leads us into various forms of sin, depression, a sense of worthlessness and inferiority,
unreasoning fears and anxieties, psychosomatic illness, etc. Included in this process are the
present day effects (consequences) of the sins of the parents in the bloodline of a person. (See
Ex 20:5) Thus healing of past hurts touches the emotions, the memories and the person's
bloodline" (John Wimber’s book, Power Healing).
Several terms are used to describe this needed healing: soul care (CHCP), inner healing
(Ruth Stapleton, and most authors since 2000), soul healing (Rit