“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
– 2 Corinthians 5:17
One of the greatest blessings God has given us is our new life in Christ. When we accept Christ as our personal Savior, we are filled with the Holy Spirit. We become new creations and are born again. Therefore, it only makes sense that we focus on what’s ahead of us in life instead of what’s behind us.
However, that’s not always easy. The Bible calls the enemy the accuser of the brethren. (Revelation 12:10) He wants us to remember our past, especially our failures. If he can keep people living in their past, they will be ineffective in their present and that will affect their future. We cannot allow the enemy to steal our future.
Yet, the past isn’t a bad thing. It serves us a great purpose. We can learn many valuable lessons from our past and we should refer to it for guidance. For example, when I was 14 I was in a very horrific car accident. A drunk man attempted to walk across a highway-type road that had five lanes of traffic. The car in front of us barely missed him and unfortunately, my mom couldn’t stop the car fast enough. The man died upon impact. Read more
A demonic stronghold is a mental fortress taken by demonic forces in the mind of people. There are many different types of demonic strongholds. I’ve written a post about 12 different demonic spirits– all of which can set up a stronghold.
Before we get into how to remove demonic strongholds, it’s important to understand that only God can remove them. By ourselves, we do not have the power to go up against demons. It’s spiritual warfare that has to be fought in the spiritual realm. Also, God is the only force in the universe that’s powerful enough to defeat these beings.
However, God is not a spirit that anyone can use. His power is only available to those who have a relationship with Him through salvation. Therefore, only a believer in Christ can use the force of God to expel evil forces.
Now that we’ve established the ground rules for casting down demonic strongholds, we can get into the process of doing so.
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.”
– 2 Corinthians 10:4-6 Read more
There are many demonic spirits, but in this post, we’re going to talk about 12 of the most common ones. These can usually be found at the foundation of all demonic activity.
As a Christian, you cannot be possessed or fully ruled by an enemy. However, you can be harassed, oppressed, and beat down by failing to cast out these spirits. All they need is a little bit of access to set up a stronghold in your mind to reign from.
A stronghold is formed by a wrong pattern of thinking by the believer. After a stronghold is formed, it can be used by an unclean spirit to influence a believer’s actions, habits, and lifestyle. This is why it’s incredibly important to be able to recognize these spirits and tear down these strongholds.
All scriptures are taken from NKJV unless otherwise marked.
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”
– Philippians 4:8
Core Demonic Spirits
The Lying Spirit
“We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.”
– 1 John 4:6 Read more
When we become aware of the satanic attacks that are all throughout the earth and the evil that permeates every society, it makes us wonder why the Lord allows His people to suffer attacks. While some attacks are non-threatening, others are utterly devastating. So why would God allow this to happen? I’ve come up with at least four reasons God would let His people come under attacks and benefits of spiritual warfare.
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing“
– James 1:2-4
All scriptures are taken from NKJV unless otherwise marked.
Benefits of Spiritual Warfare
Spiritual warfare makes us better at using scripture. In Ephesians chapter 6, we see the armor of God listed. He provides us with many tools to remain safe from the enemy’s attack. However, there is only one offensive tool in that list. It’s the weapon we have to fight with- the Word of God. Read more
The spirit of legalism might be one of the most damaging demons. While it’s true that many other demons can destroy lives, this spirit can fool someone into thinking they have a relationship with God when they really don’t. How frightening!
Legalism is when a person tries to earn their way to heaven instead of believing that the finished work of Jesus at the cross is enough to cover their sins. If we could somehow buy our way into heaven with our good works then Jesus would never have had to come. Did Jesus die in vain? Absolutely not!
Be very cautious when a Christian or anyone tries to give you a long list of rules you must obey in order to be saved. The only requirement for salvation is to believe in Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross. Read more
I know what you’re thinking. “Poverty is a spirit?” To be honest, everything we see in the physical realm comes from the spiritual realm. There are blessings and curses that can be found in every society. One of those curses is poverty. For example, a neighborhood could be cursed or doomed for poverty. Same with a family tree. Lucky for us, God has provided us a way to combat curses with blessings.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who suffer from this spirit. Because of their constant shortages, people become fear-ladened and open the door for many other demons. It can lead to arguments, hopelessness, and depression. Wealthy people aren’t safe from this demon either.
There are many people who have a lot of money but are still controlled by the fear of losing their money. They may be inspired by this fear to withhold blessings from others and stop tithing.
“Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.”
– 1 Timothy 6:17
All scriptures are taken from NKJV unless otherwise marked. Read more