There is an increase of demonic activity in many places as people are trying to break free from oppression, harassment, confusion, and spiritual attack. The Familiar Spirits that are revisiting many believers to keep them stuck in the past still have access because of open doors. Until these ungodly beliefs and patterns are dealt with, the enemy will continue to mess with your mind, keep you in confusion, and cloud your vision.
I was personally set free from a number of strongholds in my life last year by going through a checklist from Robert Henderson (“Operating in the Courts of Heaven”). Henderson brings out the biblical understanding of how our Adversary, the devil, collects evidence against us, either through known or unknown sins, and uses them against us (Job 1:9). Being a legalist, he will use anything he can get his hands on, either in our own lives, or the lives of those in our bloodline, to steal, kill, and destroy our God-given destiny (1 Peter 5:8). (To view Henderson’s teaching online, CLICK HERE.)
Though the blood of Jesus is AVAILABLE to all who surrender to Him, it is not AUTOMATIC. We must appropriate the blood of Jesus to these specific areas in order for the evidence to be deemed inadmissible and the case closed (Revelation 12:10-12, Zechariah 3:1-5)! There are some who will claim everything is already covered by the blood. Again, it is available, but we are the ones who must appropriate it as we “…work out our salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12). We don’t sin “in general”, but in specific ways. It is as we journey with the Lord and pursue holiness that Holy Spirit will reveal areas of our lives that need His cleansing touch. It is not something we try to find – it is something that shows up on our walk with the Lord as an obstacle in our path. We then have the opportunity to remove it so we can move forward.
“Build up, build up, prepare the road! Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people.” For this is what the high and exalted One says—he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite (Isaiah 57:14-15 ESV).”
I’d like to share Henderson’s key points along with some insights of my own to empower you to break free from any demonic oppression you are experiencing and close the doors of access.
12 THINGS THE ENEMY USES TO BUILD CASES AGAINST US:
SIN – This deals with the inclination of the heart (our sin nature). Pray for God to sanctify your spirit, soul, mind, and body and repent for unhealthy attitudes or mindsets that are hindering you (Psalm 22).
TRANSGRESSIONS – Specific ways we have “missed the mark” either intentionally or unintentionally (Hebrews 2:10). Confess these and apply the blood of Jesus.
INIQUITIES – Ungodly generational patterns and habits that have gone without repentance. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any specific ROOT (event, time, or place) where the sin started in your bloodline (anger, addiction, depression, adultery, perversion, etc. Psalm 51:5). Repent for the generational sin, renounce any agreement with it, and pray God’s purposes in its place (Psalm 79:8).
YOUR OWN WORDS OVER YOUR LIFE – Ways in which you have spoken negatively about yourself (“I can’t…”, “I’ll never…”, “I’m so….”). Ask forgiveness and speak the opposite (Matthew 12:37).
NEGATIVE WORDS FROM AUTHORITIES OVER YOUR LIFE (teachers, government officials, employers, etc.) Renounce them, forgive those who spoke them, and declare God’s promises over your life.
NEGATIVE WORDS FROM SPIRITUAL AUTHORITIES OVER YOUR LIFE (husband, parent, pastor, leader, etc.) Renounce them, forgive those who spoke them, and declare God’s words over your life (Isaiah 54:17).
(UNSANCTIFIED) MOTIVES OF THE HEART – Repent of any selfish ambition or pride (Psalm 24:4-5). If there is any fleshly pursuit attached to our plans, the enemy will use it against us. Ask for a pure heart to sustain you.
UNFORGIVNESS AND NOT SHOWING MERCY – Towards anyone (includes bitterness and resentment). Repent and forgive, not only for what “they did” but for how it made you feel. Ask God to convert those lies into declarations of truth (Jude 1:22-23).
COVENANTS WITH DEMONS – Any blood sacrifices in your blood-line (yes, it happens). Includes any ritual abuse practices, “blood brother” pacts, or animal sacrifices. Renounce them and apply the blood of Jesus. These usually come through revelation of the Holy Spirit. I’ve had numerous dreams that have pointed me to a specific generational root, event, or practice in my family line that created an open door to the enemy. I’ve also done ancestral research and found one of my ancestors who made a blood pact with an Indian tribe (known to practice magic). The enemy was still using that as an access point to harass me with lies and counterfeits.
UNAUTHORIZED CONTRACTS IN THE SPIRIT REALM – Any agreement or alliance with others that God has not authorized – 2 Corinthians 6:14. (Freemasonry, ungodly soul ties with persons or organizations, etc.). Renounce and nullify those agreements and declare your allegiance to the Lord Jesus Christ. (Find my article on FREEMASONRY HERE).
UNHOLY DEDICATIONS – Any dedication or “blessing” to/from someone or something other than Jesus Christ (Leviticus 22:3). Includes idolatry of any kind (memorials to false gods, property or house blessings to false religions, child dedications within false religions, etc.)
MAKING TRADES WITH THE ENEMY (Ezekiel 28:5) – Ways in which anyone in your family “made a deal” that nullified God’s promise (making promises that go against God’s Word). Remember, Esau traded his birthright and lost the promise (Genesis 25:33). Repent and commit yourself afresh to the Lord Jesus.
I have, personally, prayed through all of these and experienced breakthrough and freedom on each point. It does not all happen at once, but by simply going through this exercise and inviting Holy Spirit to reveal the Father’s heart, you are inviting increased protection, understanding, and freedom into your life.
Just think what could happen if every believer went through a similar process whereby the enemy had NO HOLD on us! Jesus did it – I believe we can, too.
“I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me (John 14:30 NIV).”
For more information on Robert Henderson’s teachings, go to his website HERE.