HAUNTED HOUSES and LOCATIONS... SENDING DEMON SPIRITS TO THE PIT: TWO HOUSE CLEANSINGS; do you have a spiritual gift set of Deliverance and Discerment?

If you are called to this area or find that you are dealing with demonic attacks, I suggest you read my book: Discerning Spirits: Visionary Gifts in Practice (amazon both soft cover and e-book.)  I often recommend Freedom Encounters to people in bondage to a satanic background, areas of entrenched addictions, or attacks.  www.freedomencounters.com  

I recently assisted in two house cleansings nearly back to back. When there is truly a demonic infestation this can be exhausting work and especially when you, and those you are there to help, are not on the same page.  Many Christian people have allowed themselves to be informed by Hollywood rather than the Bible.  They've adopted a kind of amalgam of culture, media, and Christian tradition as they strive to figure out what's happening.  I say toss all three out...  media, culture, and yes most denominational tradition.  Read the wonderful rich examples modeled for us in the Old and New Testament.  

Each time I'm struck with how important a component to success is a genuine spirit of repentance for all involved (Psalm 51).  Giving time to know the people and the circumstances is very important; guiding the process for all involved, whether present, or praying off-site.

It's important to decide on a leader who will guide the process and prepare the team; with various spiritual gift sets represented.  Involvement should be to see Jesus Christ glorified as demons flee from those experiencing opposition or harassment.  It goes without saying that when people want to be involved out of curiosity or to satisfy their doubts they should not be included.  Not only can those of weak faith or no faith be hurt, but they can be used to distract the team and derail the purpose. 

I like to be under the authority of a church body; the body of Christ.  I want to be sufficiently prayed over and somewhat formally commissioned to go. Not everyone may feel this necessity as strongly as I do, but I've found it's valuable to know what others discern as they pray about a situation.  I want to be assured in the Holy Spirit that it is Jesus Christ who calls, sends, and commissions. That said, I also don't necessarily go even when I'm invited. After interviewing the people and getting to know the situation I may find we don't fundamentally agree on basic tenants of the faith.  I may make a referral or no referral, but I will always commit to pray for the situation.       

Confidentiality is important. Some choose to share their story while others need time to process and even grow from their experience.  I do not disclose a location.  This is because idle curiosity can be hurtful to those who are weak in their faith and I don't want a location freed from demonic turmoil to later have the reputation of being a "haunted house."

Also... I'm not a paranormal investigator. I know from experience, informed by scripture and what the Holy Spirit reveals, what I'm dealing with. Scripture is my only authority. John 1: 1-12; Mark 16: 15-18; Luke 10: 17-20; Luke 11: 14-22; Jude 1: 9; 2nd Corinthians 1: 22; Jude 1: 21-23; Revelation 12: 7-12; Ezekiel 28: 16; Psalm 91: 11-13; Acts 26: 18; Ephesians 6: 10-20; Romans 8: 37-39; Philippians 2: 5-11; 2nd Corinthians 2: 14-17. (And many others).

The term I've applied to the Christian response in freeing a property from demonic infestation is to be a preternatural interventionist.  The word supernatural applies to godly evidence of heaven, angels, and the manifestation of miracles. Miracles, of which deliverance is only one example, point to Jesus Christ as the Messiah, God's only Son, born of a virgin and sent onto planet Earth for the purpose of rescuing the lost; saving sinners from a lost and alien planet in the grip of a fallen status due to the introduction of sin - (Genesis 3; Romans 10: 9, 10; John 3: 16).

When preparing to enter a place where freedom from evil spirits is needed pray that these evil spirits be placed in total paralysis; not able to manifest so as to harm any person present or to distract from what is being accomplished in the name of,  "The Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth who came in the flesh."  Should any demons choose to defy these commands, pray that they be instantly consumed with the fire of Almighty God.  Ask that "Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth who came in the flesh," send the warring Angels of God to stand alongside each person praying off site and each person entering the location that needs freedom.  Pray also for the protection of the teams loved ones and property and that all communication among evil spirits in the unseen realm be blocked.     

Language is important.  Do not merely cast evil spirits out of a place or off of an object or place.  You are doing battle so don't mince words.  In no uncertain terms send them to the throne of God for immediate judgement, asking that they be sent to the abyss never to return; never to be heard from again.  Once in the abyss, there is no escape for any demon; and thus this language as an instrument of choice in the tool box of the exorcist is important.  Tell Jesus that you want all backups and replacements burned by the fire of the Holy Spirit and sent to the abyss.  This is important since many times we pray and the immediate problem is dealt with, but satanic prayers of agreement have provided for these back up curses, evil spirits, or demons.  Pray in the name of, the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth who came in the flesh.  When finished, the leader should ask Jesus Christ if the problem has been handled.  Quiet your mind and allow the Holy Spirit to speak.  Allow one or two people of strong faith to concur.  If it is revealed that more is required ask God what is needed and pray, not in defense, but in the power of God, fully on the offensive and quoting scriptures; praying God's promises back to Him as your authority.  Because... You have this authority...  Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you.  Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven (Luke 10: 19, 20). 

It is because your name is recorded in Heaven that you have this authority. 

There is always a primary demon over others in a location.  This primary demon must be dealt with; sent to the abyss by the power of Almighty God at the request of His prayed-up, fully confessed agents of freedom.  Here is where, having a person with the spiritual gift of "discerning spirits," is important. This is not merely a learned discipline, but must begin as a God-given spiritual calling.  If you have this gift you know who you are.  I've been called into situations after a church group has prayed, but the problem has resurfaced; often in more turmoil and cost to the residents.    Again - read my book, DISCERNING SPIRITS: VISIONARY GIFTS IN PRACTICE.   

These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover (Mark 16: 17, 18). 

In these verses we realize there are times when we are called to battle on site.  As intercessors we stand for those who need the power of Jesus Christ in destroying strongholds where demonic infestations have taken up residence.  We have full assurance that we can directly oppose the enemy and nothing will harm us.  Christ Himself says: I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you.

It is not necessary to yell and scream.  This is a waste of energy.  Also, no one person should take over the process by speaking in tongues; speaking over others and drowning out the discerning prayers of others where something instructive is revealed so that the whole team can be informed.  Speaking in tongues may be a safe place of retreat for some people, but this is not the venue unless one is quiet or decides they are better assigned off site as part of the prayer team. It is important for the entire team to know what is being prayed and to be in agreement.  The leader will set the ground rules and everyone will work together.  There will be a lot of "feelings felt," but God's Holy Spirit of wisdom and revelation (Ephesians 1: 17-23) will need to prevail.  So the team doesn't say... "this is what I feel."  Rather they say, "this is what God has revealed," and if they can't say this with all authority they do not interject "feelings" which are often manipulated and unreliable.  We can learn something from the angels who prayed:  They said, "Amen! Blessing and Glory and Wisdom and Thanksgiving and Honor and Power and Strength belong to our God forever and ever (Revelation 7: 12).

For behold what earnestness this very thing, this godly sorrow, has produced in you: what vindication of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what avenging of wrong! (2nd Corinthians 7: 9-11 a, b).

It is the will of Jesus Christ that we break the hold of evil forces each time mental and physical health is threatened. All believers can and should learn what it takes to pray in this way. Breaking curses, sending evil spirits to the throne of God and proclaiming that these entities be sent to the abyss never to be heard from again...  And all in the name of Jesus Christ means that demons must flee; no longer having a defiled nest, a place of infestation from which to operate.

That "place" may be a heart, a mind, a house, or land. A thing that in some way is used in homage to demonic beliefs or practice may also be unwittingly moved from one location to another. In the case study on this website, THE MIRROR, I describe a mirror stolen from an abandoned house and brought home with no idea of the outcome that would follow. In this circumstance it wasn't necessary to understand why an inanimate object had trapped a poltergeist / demonic energy / or how an inanimate object was used. All that mattered was that the right questions were asked, behavior was repented of, and we, as a team, recognized the object as opening the door for demonic harassment.

In one of the two houses I recently ministered at there were many items that needed to be removed, intentionally brought home by a drug addicted, adult-child, who had been sinfully enabled beyond reason by two Christian parents who should not have been surprised by the outcome of demonic harassment in their home. 

The families delayed response endangered younger siblings. In a first interview both parents professed ignorance of what could have opened the door.  A key to this interview was to understand when the harassment started.  Since it was not historically a problem in their home I knew that it had to have been given legal access via some sin.  

At this location we had the prayer support and vital partnership of a believing church-body local to the family.  Sadly this support never came from the home church of the persons under siege in their own home. Since strict confidentiality was requested, and the family was able to find a believing minister of the gospel to help whom they trusted, it was the senior minister of this church who commissioned; prayed over the team for the task ahead.

In the other home only a few questionable items were found and these items had nothing to do with what was experienced.  This family had innocently moved into a house that was previously used for evil purposes. As experiences and events revealed themselves it was clear to the homeowner that he needed to protect his family. Here a very private and small group came together under Christ's authority. This turned out to be a marvelous time of Christian fellowship and much joy and thankfulness experienced afterwards.

In both cases I always hope to leave someone behind who is better informed about the calling of Preternatural Interventionist in the context of a Deliverance Ministry. I hope more people called to this work will embrace the fullness of a Biblical approach.

Sometimes professional Christian counseling is needed and recommended. I sometimes do suggest people make such arrangements and that where enabling an addict is concerned, a good Al-anon group can be crucial in providing confidential accountability to families as old behaviors are discarded. Some church-based programs are offered as well.  Families connected to an addict usually need counseling, since the good heart of a parent or spouse may find that good intentions move one toward being every bit part of the problem; equally sinful; putting a nail in the coffin of the addict rather than helping.  This problem is so great that no family should try and manage it alone.

The Catholic church has a tradition of inviting the priest to pray over and bless a new home.   Jewish tradition readily offers the same.  I wish that more Protestant denominations recognized the value of this.  Demonic spirits are attached to places and we can't know what may have been introduced into a physical space; a house or apartment.  Today far too many churches fail to recognize the demonic attachments that come from mainstream books and movies.  They don't see how certain subject matter manifests in our physical world, attaches to children and adults. Many people are demonized by certain movies or attachments; meaning that they are physically ill or blatantly harassed by the spirits honored in that subject matter.    

Jesus Christ is always the victor when we give Him the glory... when we diminish so that His Holy Spirit can work His authority and power through us.  We are bond-slaves by choice, children of the King!  Each situation has a unique characteristic because of the people involved and yet, the basic work and requirements for success are always the same, being almost simplistic as all greatness is, in the dependence on faith alone.

At the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven or on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2: 10, 11).

We know that... the Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil (1st John 3: 8b). And because of this battle, souls are saved. It is through believers and the exercise of spiritual gifts that Jesus works. For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst (Matthew 18: 20).

Remember this.  There are no darkness candles.  Light chases out darkness and believer's carry within themselves the Light of the World; God's Holy Spirit.  So... take this light of Christ unafraid into every circumstance were faith can make a difference. 

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