When looking at the first level of demonic influence, or infestation, we need to specifically look at a pretty controversial topic: Cursed objects. This topic is usually a pretty tough subject to deal with simply because many people tend to write off as superstition the possibility that certain objects or personal items could potentially be cursed and causing them some spiritual trouble. When I say ‘cursed objects’ I don’t necessarily mean somebody specifically spoke an incantation over an object in order to make it cursed, although that is not impossible since I have come across many such objects before.
How do these objects work?
A ‘cursed object’ to me simply means an item that draws to itself demonic spirits. If such an item is in your house, it can attract demons to your home that then in turn cause all sorts of troubles for those living there. These items do not hold any power themselves, but only attract demonic spirits to the home because in some way or another give glory to specific demons. The objects can range from very obvious to you wouldn’t have guessed in a 100 hundred years. Obvious items can include statues of idol gods of other religions, items used in occultic practices or spiritism, religious charms, etc. Less obvious items are often certain types of books, artwork and jewelry.
Is there a scriptural basis for this?
Deut 7:25-26 “You shall burn the carved images of their gods with fire; you shall not covet the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it for yourselves, lest you be snared by it; for it is an abomination to the LORD your God. “Nor shall you bring an abomination into your house, lest you be doomed to destruction like it. You shall utterly detest it and utterly abhor it, for it is an accursed thing.
Yes, we are under grace and not under law, but demons don’t really care about that. They operate according to these principles, often with the express purpose to get us back under the law. I don’t have time to cover the above statement in this post, I will come back to it in a future one.
In this passage God warned the Israelites to not take for themselves those objects used in the worship of false gods they encountered on the way to Canaan. False gods are nothing more than demonic spirits and God told them that if they take these objects for themselves and into their homes they would be snared by it and it would result in destruction. And it wasn’t God doing the destruction, it was the demons attracted to these objects now found their homes.
2 Tim 2:19-21 Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity. 20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonour 21 Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.
This is a good New Testament example of this subject. As the church spread many people from other religions came to know Christ. Paul told them to get rid of those objects in their homes relating to other religions. Getting rid of these objects form part of departing from iniquity as stated in verse 19.
Act 19:19-20 Also, many of those who had practiced magic brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted up the value of them, and it totaled fifty thousand pieces of silver. 20 So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed.
What sort of troubles can these objects cause?
This is as varied as the different kinds of demons out there. We have found objects causing ‘extreme bad luck’, car accidents, financial ruin, sickness, nightmares, relationship tensions, insomnia, constant accidents, and a whole lot more. Each case is different but let me give you a few examples of what we have come across.
A man came for prayer. He had recently lost his job because he was unable to return to work after breaking his leg. After 6 weeks in a cast the doctors discovered his leg was still as broken as the day it happened. Doctor’s said his bones are refusing to fuse and they have no idea why. After 12 weeks in a cast the man’s employer let him go because he couldn’t do his job anymore. He feel into severe depression and even became suicidal. We prayed and prayed and nothing happened or changed. We then went to visit the man at his house to see if there is something there that is the root cause. We found a range of objects used in occultic practices from before he was saved. We broke those items and burned them. His leg was completely healed within 1 day and he received a job offer within a week without even starting to look for a job. He was also such an overjoyed bubbly person with no trace of depression whatsoever after that.
Another family asked for prayer for their daughter who suffered from severe night terrors. Some of you won’t believe what I am about to share, but here goes. One night was particularly bad, so bad in fact that when the parents rushed into her room to see why she was screaming, they found her floating 2 feet above her bed. She hovered there for a few seconds and then was violently flung against the wall, demons manifesting like crazy. No amount of prayer did anything. We would pray, but that night the terrors would just come again night after night and they started to physically hurt this little girl. Then we went into her room and took out everything relating to the demonic including toys and books. She slept peacefully that night and never had another night terror attack.
We were once teaching people about this specifically and told them to go home and bring everything they thought might be cursed. We were astonished how many occultic objects these Christians had in their homes. We started breaking and burning them. One specific object was a small wooden chair a man bought in Egypt covered with carvings of Egyptian idols. We placed this wooden chair on top of the huge bonfire but after 10 minutes noticed it wasn’t burning. We took it off and it was ice cold. We decided to break it first and burn the pieces. What happened next stunned us all. After breaking the pieces and throwing them on the fire, the flames instantly turned blue and shot up about 9 feet while out of the flames came this gut wrenching scream. You should have seen how quickly the skeptics ran and brought back bags of stuff from their homes for us to burn.
These examples are extreme cases but I specifically shared them to show how much these things can influence us. We have seen hundreds of instant healings manifest the moment a specific object was destroyed. We have seen people in unexplained financial ruin who had their finances restored overnight, we have seen insomnia and nightmares never return all because we got rid of these objects. Many more included migraines, pains, strife, depression, fear, anxiety, marital problems, infertility, and a string of other oppressive things all left in an instant.
How do we indentify these objects?
You use the gifts of the Spirit predominantly. The gift of discernment is often employed together with the gift of knowledge. I usually start by thanking Holy Spirit for the gift of discernment and for helping reveal to me anything in the house/room that is demonically charged. Then I listen and pay attention to how my spirit reacts towards certain objects. For example, have you ever gone into somebody’s house or room and your whole body just senses something is not right? I often get this intense feeling of nausea and I can just sense a spiritual oppression. When I leave the room the nausea and oppressive feeling leave too. When I go back in again it floods back instantly. To me that usually means there is a demonic presence, often attached to cursed object(s). If you are unsure about an object, just take it in your hands and ask Holy Spirit to tell you if it should stay or go. You will hear Him tell you.
What do we do with these objects?
You break and burn them. Don’t give them to somebody else and don’t sell them either. Just destroy them. I can’t tell you how many times we have seen people’s prayers for breakthrough in whatever area instantly manifest after doing some spiritual house cleaning when weeks and months of intersession did nothing.
I know this can sound crazy but I have seen it happen and work time and time again. People don’t seem to have a problem with prayer-cloths carrying God’s power, but for some reason they can’t believe demons can do that too. I’m sure many of you will have loads of questions about this. If you do, please ask them in the comments below and I will try my best to answer them.
Peace to you!
After I saw what I wrote about in the previous post, I started going to every meeting or ministry opportunity my brother-in-law and father-in-law got invited to. I needed to learn more. It was a very sharp learning curve for me coming from a powerless denomination that believes the Holy Spirit has been in sleep mode since the last apostle died.
I read every book I could find on the subject. There are a lot of books out there, but most of them are very old covenant orientated. You can still read them and learn very valuable things, but read them carefully so you can spot the OC mindsets. They are usually also full of formulas, which will be effective to a degree, but working in partnership with Holy Spirit is always more effective than relying on a formula.
I believe most Christians who actually minister to people has done deliverance without them even knowing they did it. The 5 hour power-struggle and aggressive rebuking and shouting and charismania most people associate with deliverance does happen in certain circles, but just because there is abuse doesn’t mean we should just throw the baby out with the bath water. There is just as much abuse in pastoral, prophetic, apostolic and other ministries, yet people aren’t condemning those to the same degree they condemn deliverance. The point of this series is to chip away those traditional views and abuses and bring freedom to those who need it.
As I’ve said many times, there is only one person who wants you to be ignorant of deliverance and that is not The One who commissioned you to go crush demons. Anyway, let’s start the learning curve for some by quickly giving you an introduction to demonology. There are a few basic things you need to understand about the nature of demons.
- They are spiritual beings without bodies. They seek to inhabit people in order to express themselves.
- Each has their own personality. They have their own names (Luke 8:30), they can talk (Luke 4:33-35), they have an intellect (Mark 1:23-24), they have their own will and emotions too (Mark 5:7, 10).
- They are morally perverted.
- They have supernatural powers and some are more powerful than others. (Luke 10:19)
- They operate in a hierarchy, albeit often a dysfunctional one. (Eph 6:12, Matt 12:45)
I have touched on possession already, but I want to clarify a bit further. When it comes to possession, as I’ve said, Christians can’t be completely possessed by demons, but they can have them. We can typically identify 4 degrees of demonic oppression in people. In my experience I have found Christians to be generally susceptible to the first 3 degrees, but not the fourth.
- Infestation: Working outside and around a person, trying to influence them. (Luke 22:31-32, 1 Peter 5:8)
- Habitation: They are in the person, often dormant until brought to light (Mark 1:22-25)
- Control: At times the demons take over certain aspects of the person’s character or personality making them do things they don’t want to do. (Matt 17:14-15)
- Possessed: Near to complete control over all faculties of the person. (Mark 5:1-5)
In the 13 years I have done deliverance I have only come across 2 or 3 cases of total possession if I remember correctly. They are few and far between. But they are there. Most cases I have dealt with are between the 1st and 3rd degrees and most likely where you will encounter demons too.
In the next post I will explain more about the different degrees and give examples and testimonies of what that looks like.
The answer will depend on how you define possessed. If you mean ownership and total control of a Christian then obviously no. If you mean oppressing and influencing a Christian negatively from inside them, then yes. I usually put it as follows:
Christians can have demons, but demons can’t have Christians.
You can disagree with me over that. No skin off my nose. In fact, I have cast demons out of believers who vehemently told me it is impossible for Christians to have demons. I’ve cast demons out of pastors, worship leaders, Sunday school teachers, elders and deacons, children and a couple of buildings.
So how is it possible for demons and the Holy Spirit to co-habit in one person’s body?
The way I personally understand it is that the Holy Spirit is united with our spirits therefore our spirits are not accessible to demons. Our bodies and minds on the other hand are accessible.
Many demons come in the form of sickness or disability as shown in the Gospels. I would wager that those demons inhabit a person’s body.
Then there are those demons who affect a person’s mind, will and emotions, or their soul, also as evidenced in the Gospels.
Now many argue that the people whom Jesus encountered in the gospel stories were not yet born again and that there is not sufficient biblical evidence to support demonic oppression in the lives of born again believers. I believed that too until I saw a demon manifest violently in a Christian lady. It was my first encounter with the demonic.
We were at a Salvation Army service where my brother-in-law was preaching that night. He spoke of freedom from demonic oppression through Christ. After his message he prayed a general prayer over the people commanding the demons to go.
The next minute several people around the room dropped to the ground screaming, cursing and spitting. The other people, who were as shocked as me, bolted for the doors. That church emptied out in about 20 seconds. So there I stood by myself, 5-8 people writhing and screaming on the floor around me and my brother looking at me funny and saying, ‘What are you waiting for? Go cast those things out.’
I was totally freaking out inside. I’ve never cast out a demon. I’ve never even seen it done. I didn’t even know this could happen. But there I was making my way over to the closest person to me to start ministering to them. I looked back and saw a few heads peering in through the door not knowing what was going on.
I looked over at my brother and he was angrily telling a demon to shut up and leave the guy he was praying for. All I could think was, ‘OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG!’
I eventually started praying and I told the demon in this lady to get out. It turned and looked at me, her eyes were glazed over and it hissed, her tongue was darting in and out of her mouth like a snake and then it told me, ‘No, I’m not going anywhere. I have been here many years and this is my home.’ I reply, ‘I don’t care how long you’ve been here, today you are leaving. In the Name of Jesus come out of her.’ At that point I touch my hand to the lady’s head.
The demon shrieked as if I had just pressed a white hot poker against it. I almost brown-panted myself! It started yelling, ‘It’s burning, it’s burning! Your hands are burning me!’ This happened often at many future deliverances. I told it, ‘I’m not letting go so either you burn or you come out.’ It gave another shriek and then suddenly the lady’s entire body jolted, she rolled over and threw up on the floor
Then she looked up at me and said, “Something left me, I could feel it.” I don’t know who was more surprised, her or me. So I prayed for her again to be at peace and for Holy Spirit to continue ministering to her and I move on to the next kicking and screaming person. I talked to her later to see how she was feeling. It was then that I found out she has been a Christian for over 20 years. So the very first demon I ever cast out was out of Christian lady saved for more than half her life.
Where the rubber meets the road, theology changes very quickly and mind renewal happens almost instantly. I went from not even knowing about demonic activity to encountering demons, to casting demons out in a few minutes.
After about an hour, all those who fell and started manifesting were delivered and full of joy and peace. The people who ran out at first slowly started coming back in, making circles around my brother and I as we were praying to see what was going on. Some started helping out too.
Suddenly everybody wanted prayer. I think the service started at 7pm. My brother and I walked out of there around 2am. We just prayed and ministered and cast out demons and healed and blessed people.
My life would never be the same again. If this was the deep end, I hoped I would never reach the side again! I knew nothing of the Holy Spirit, the gifts or casting out demons at that point, but I just spent a few hours casting demons out of people.
That night I chose the power of God over the knowledge of man. My experience might not fit into your theology, and I don’t care. That experience changed my life and the lives of thousands since then. But more about that next time!
Grace and Peace to you all!