[This article is currently being worked on as per mid October 2018 so may appear incomplete. Please check back end October for the completed version.]
Closing doorways, removing licence grounds, tearing down strongholds and casting out demons
In spiritual warfare, it is crucial to identify, renounce, cut off and cease anything that provides a doorway for the demonic to enter and gives demons licence grounds to do what they do.
Closing demonic doorways, removing licence grounds, tearing down strongholds and casting out demons, will enable those who have been delivered of demons to walk out their deliverance.
The aim of the demonic is to get their target to listen to what they are saying, to listen to their lies, just like Eve did in the Garden of Eden when she chose to listen to what the devil said, rather than to what God said. So it is crucial to remember that we must never listen to the lies of demons, who only come to steal, kill and destroy, but listen to what God tells us in His word.
Now the serpent was more subtil [cunning] than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, “Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” And the woman said unto the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.” And the serpent said unto the woman, “Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:1-5)
These are open doors that provide a portal or gateway for the demonic to enter in order to harass, torment, oppress, destroy and do all the things that demons do.
The demonic operates in a hierarchical network, both in a person’s mind, will and emotions. (although if they are saved not their spirit which is sealed by God) and around them through acquaintances, friends, family, community, society, organisations, and authorities. This demonic network is fully able to communicate and co-operate to achieve its aims which the Bible tells us are always ultimately to steal, kill and destroy. The demonic is also at work in churches and in Christians, especially those who are lukewarm, carnal, and following false doctrine (ruled by the Jezebel spirit which provides a false holy spirit).
The demonic should never be under-estimated. It knows all our strengths and our weaknesses and is capable of working carefully and patiently according to long-term plans. Just like the ultimate bullies they are, they will wait until a person is in a weak or vulnerable situation before they launch an attack in order to destroy. Just as in the Stephen King story “Needful Things”, the demonic knows what will entice and trap us. It knows our past and to some extent our future also and will act accordingly.
Some things open the door to demons which are a great deal more dangerous than others. Due to the way the demonic works, anything that opens a doorway is dangerous because the demonic works co-operatively in groups, rather than in competition. So that a demon in the lower hierarchy can act as a gateway demon, opening the door for other more powerful and dangerous demons to enter. This would equate to beginning to lead the target down a certain road in some way, providing the demonic with more licence grounds.
There are lists available on the internet of demon groups or gangs known to commonly work together, which can help with deliverance.
Causes of Demonic Doorways
Anything which is more important to you than God, such as family, friends, social status, money, employment, hobbies and/or pastimes. Does God occupy the throne in your mind, heart and soul? Anything which is not of God, and which is considered idolatry by God according to His word.
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.” (Luke 10:27)
List if possible by name everyone – whether living or dead – from childhood to the present time whom you have now or have ever held any grudge, any unforgiveness, resentment, or bitterness. Renounce the unforgiveness, and choose as an act of will to forgive them as you want God to forgive you, and ask God from your heart to save and bless them.
Natural, step, or adoptive parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, great-great grandparents, brothers/sisters, cousins, nieces/nephews, aunts/uncles, spouse or ex-spouses, their parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, great-great grandparents, brothers/ sisters, cousins, nieces/nephews, aunts/uncles, your children.
Childhood friends, students, teachers, principals, you went to school with, teammates, coaches, co-workers, bosses, customers, anyone you dated or lived with, anyone you participated in sexual activities with, anyone that abused you sexual, verbal, physically, anyone you bought or used drugs and alcohol from or with, anyone you committed a crime with, cellmates, corrections officers, wardens, judges, lawyers, any doctors, nurses, surgeons whose care you were under, if you had an abortion, any person, doctor, nurse, that participated with the procedure and the other parent of the aborted baby, anyone you participated in occult activities with; people in any club or group you were in.
Sin and Unconfessed sin
Confess any and all unconfessed sins, such as, for example, you may have been born again for some time, but today you told a lie or gossiped. Even worrying is a sin, as we are told to have faith that God will take care of us and what is not of faith, is sin. Breaking any of the ten commandments is the obvious one.
List those you have been sexually involved with in any way whether outside of marriage, or inside marriage in an ungodly way (such as pre-marital sex, with pornography or oral sex). This includes rape, molestation, assault, harassment, homosexual/lesbianism, transgender issues, bestiality, masturbation, oral sex, anyone you had sex with, participated in sexual activities with, used sexual objects or toys with, pornography, anyone you lusted or fantasized over.
Any type of addiction, whether alcohol, drug, cannabis or tobacco addiction, even food addictions open demonic doorways.
These are terrible curses that can be devastating in a person’s life and in their family, which have come about as a result of ancestral inquity as per Deuteronomy 28.
A word curse is a curse spoken over someone. This is more powerful in some cases, such as when by a family member, especially parents. When doctors tell a person something such as they only have so long to live, that constitutes a word curse.
Trauma and Abuse
Any situations where safety is at risk, such as war, a natural or other disaster or accident such as a road traffic accident, dangerous sports, domestic violence and abuse. Mental and physical illness can open demonic doorways. Ungodly methods of dealing with illness, such as New Age practices, and medical procedures and drug treatments can be a source of trauma in themselves and open demonic doorways.
Trauma such as that caused by shocks, and major disappointments or setbacks, can also open demonic doorways. Nightmares which can be caused by demons, can also provide a demonic doorway. Alcohol, recreational drugs and associating with people who drink and take drugs, attending rock concerts, drug raves and the like, can open up demonic doorways.
Simulated trauma and abuse in all its forms, such as watching horror movies and thrillers, or reading horror stories, etc. Most PC or video games, whether offline or on, whether war games, various violent games, Legend of Zelda or Super Mario. Even a ride on a ghost train can open a demonic doorway, especially for children who can be vulnerable, giving demons an entrance.
List all those people – living or dead – or things to which you have had an inordinately strong emotional attachment, or which have had some form of ungodly control over you. Such as:
Natural, step, or adoptive parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, great-great grandparents (and to a lesser degree going back ten generations) brothers/sisters, cousins, nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, spouses or ex-spouses, their parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, great-great grandparents, brothers and sisters, cousins, nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, your children, childhood friends; students, teachers, principals, at school, teammates, coaches, co-workers, bosses, customers; anyone you dated or lived with; anyone that abused you verbal or physically, anyone you bought drugs and alcohol from or used them with; anyone you committed a crime with, cellmates, corrections officers, wardens, judges, lawyers; any doctors, nurses, surgeons whose care you were under; if you had an abortion, any person, doctor, nurse, that participated with the procedure, the aborted baby and the other parent of the aborted baby, psychiatrists or any other health care workers.
Pray in the name of Jesus to renounce and cut any unholy soul ties, such as unhealthy relationships with friends, ‘soulmates’, ex-boyfriends or ex-husbands. Identify any unholy soul ties created by inordinate love for any idols, pets or animals, music bands, singers, songs, actors, actresses, characters, authors, books, movies. Anyone in any occult or ungodly club or group you were in, such as martial arts.
For example, Freemasonry, Elk Lodge, Moose Lodge, KKK, and any other masonry groups, etc. There are specific long renunciation prayers for freemasonry which is a powerful form of witchcraft known to be particularly dangerous due in part to its powerful oaths and vows, and its worship of “The Great Architect” who is in fact Lucifer.)
Broken Covenants and Vows
List any individuals or organisations with whom you have any broken covenants and vows. Such as marriages, memberships, bills, foreclosures, bankruptcy, etc.
List everything you are prideful of. Do you believe that you know better than God and what He says in His word? Do you feel you are ‘better than’? Do you believe you have a better marriage than others, a better ministry, a better profession, know more Bible than others, more athletic, more knowledgeable, more attractive, etc? Whatever talents we have are given by God and so we should give the glory to God, as per the last line of the Lord’s Prayer: “For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever.”
Celebrating Pagan Holidays
Halloween provides an occasion for adults and children to do things that they would perhaps never otherwise do, such as dress up and play act as witches, monsters, or, say, serial killers, sometimes trick or treating, decorating their homes and gardens with demonic objects and images. This has various effects such as giving children messages that these types of things are harmless fun, when in fact they provide dangerous demonic doorways. Halloween has a very dark side, as it is the most important day of celebration in the satanic calendar where satanic entities are worshipped and animal and human sacrifices are carried out.
Christmas and New Year celebrations have always been closely bound together. This pagan feast began in Ancient Babylon. It was celebrated by Romans using the name ‘Saturnalia’ which even up to as late as 300AD often included human sacrifice.
God told Moses that the beginning of the year should be in Hebrew ‘Abib’ corresponding to in the Roman calendar March to April, i.e. early in spring:“And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying, this month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.” (Exodus 12:1-2)
“Hear the word that the Lord speaks to you, O house of Israel. Thus says the Lord: “Learn not the way of the nations, nor be dismayed at the signs of the heavens because the nations are dismayed at them, for the customs of the peoples are vanity. A tree from the forest is cut down and worked with an axe by the hands of a craftsman. They decorate it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so that it cannot move. Their idols are like scarecrows in a cucumber field, and they cannot speak; they have to be carried, for they cannot walk. Do not be afraid of them, for they cannot do evil, neither is it in them to do good.” (Jeremiah 10:1-5)
Easter is of medieval origin and contrary to popular belief such things as eggs, baskets, egg hunts, and rabbits, etc. have nothing to do with the resurrection of Jesus or anything else remotely Christian. The word ‘Easter’ itself is derived from the name of the Egyptian goddess, Astarte, Asherah, Ashtoreth, the Queen of Heaven, or Ishtar, all mentioned in the Bible. The term ‘Easter’ is apparently mentioned once in the KJV Bible in Acts 12:4, but that is in fact only a mistranslation of “Passover”.
May Day is one of the eight days of the year dedicated to Satan and directly connected to the worship of Baal and Ashtoreth, which is expressly forbidden in the Bible upon pain of death.
A stronghold is a way that the demonic has a ‘strong hold’ on a person. A stronghold is a habitual pattern of thinking, made up of things we have told ourselves (true or not) about experiences we have had, along with the lies of demons. A stronghold can block deliverance by distorting the person’s perception of how things really are, presenting them with a false understanding which they are convinced is right – hence the ‘strong hold’ but because it has been a part of that person, part of their life, their feelings and experiences, they perceive it as part of who they are, and so they can be blind to its existence.
The demonic uses strongholds to establish and maintain control in our thoughts. Strongholds are much like an invisible fortress, where demons can conceal their presence so that their host is completely unaware they are there. A stronghold provides a place from where the demonic can hide out and manipulate, In order to weaken their target and gain a toehold, foothold, stronghold and then a stranglehold. Strongholds distort perception and cause a certain type of reaction to whatever happens in the person’s life.
Strongholds are similar to defence mechanisms or coping mechanisms, or autonomic processing, much like programs which become set to run automatically in the mind. Strongholds are habitual patterns of thoughts and feelings that have come about over time, so that one can become a worrier, insecure, or a controller in an attempt to cope with fear and anxieties, rather than listening to what God says in His word.
A stronghold can be used to block repentance by justifying the way we think and feel – resentment or unforgiveness or whatever – blocking any godly sorrow that we should feel for having hurt God or others, for unforgiveness or worry, or other sin, and prevent us from changing or renewing our mind.
The stronghold causes the person to have a distorted view of their life, instead of experiencing the freedom of knowing that their past has been forgiven by God. They can’t stop believing they are a failure, or stop believing they are guilty or whatever, instead of believing the truth in God’s Word:
“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.” Hebrews 8:12
For example, a stronghold of, say, rejection is a way of perceiving yourself as rejected which creates a demonic home that contains demons, rebellion, rejection, and so on.
There are some common strongholds. One is where you see God incorrectly. For example, if you had a father who was cruel, distant and uncaring, you may think of God that way and find it difficult to get to know God as He truly is and experience His love. Another is where you have an incorrect perception of who you are in Christ, which can manifest as lack of self-esteem and questioning if you’ve really been forgiven of your sins. You can’t shake off feelings of inferiority and the belief that you are a sinner, as you don’t feel worthy and lack the confidence that you were meant to have in who you are in Christ.
A spirit of fear is a primary weapon of strongholds, fear of man, fear of tomorrow, fear of rejection, fear of abandonment, fear of not having enough, and much more. The Bible tells us not to fear over 100 times. Fear works with doubt and unbelief to attempt to stop us from believing what God says in His word.
Another example is someone who has been molested or bullied, feels abused and deeply wounded which creates a feeling of unforgiveness towards her abuser and hatred towards them – and if it was a man, it could be men in general – creating a stronghold which contains spirits of unforgiveness, hate, anger, resentment, bitterness, and so forth.
“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” (John 8:31-36
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,” (Luke 4:18)
“Neither give place to the devil.” (Ephesians 4: 27)
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
Charles Kraft described demons as rats which feed off of garbage in our barn. We can keep on casting the rats out, but unless we clean up the garbage on which they are feeding, then they will keep coming back.
Whatever we believe affects our feelings so that if we believe we are a failure or a sinner, we feel like one. When we believe we are a forgiven saint, we feel like one. If we think about our past, what we did and didn’t do, and the regrets, we can become guilt-ridden, whereas if we believe that we have been washed clean and are a new creation in Christ, we can feel the joy of knowing our past has been forgiven and thrown into the sea of forgetfulness, and we have been set free.
The devil is the false accuser and this is how demons work, feeding us lies, reminding us of our past, and our failures. Demons feed us lies along with truth, to make the lies credible and get us to think along a certain train of thought, creating a stronghold in our mind. They can even mimic our own voice, so we believe we are listening to our own thoughts, when actually we are listening to demons.
Listening to demons instead of listening to God is part of the nature of sin, as Eve listened to the lies of Satan in the Garden of Eden and believed what he said rather than what God had told her, thus making God out to be a liar. Jesus came to set us free, so when we repent of our sins, the blood of Jesus washes our sin away, so we become a new creation.
“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” (2 Corinthians 10:5)
A great list of Bible verses you can meditate on, which will help you tear down strongholds in your life can be found on the anti-stronghold Bible verses page:
The Armour of God
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints”; (Ephesians 6:10-18)
Read the Bible every day.
Do all that Jesus told us to do. “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)
Specific renunciation prayers work very well as a form of repentance. These prayers can be found on this site and elsewhere on the internet. Some are long but only need to be said once, and aloud for best effect. Some edit the prayer beforehand, to make it more specific, or take out anything that is not relevant.
Renunciation prayers give details to clarify what has been done and why it is wrong. As a form of repentance – godly sorrow and change of mind – they are an effective and reliable way to get deliverance. For a woman they are best said with the head covered.
Prayers to renounce generational iniquity and curses are important. Just about everyone has ancestors who were involved in the occult, freemasonry, roman Catholicism etc. so as renunciation prayers only need to be said once it’s best to say these prayers, for just in case reasons.
Other renunciation prayers, such as for to renounce unholy soul ties, or word curses, to renounce possession of cursed objects, or following false religions or other forms of idolatry can be found on this site and elsewhere on the internet.
Occult and Cursed Objects
Check your home, garden, garage, office and transport for any occult symbols or cursed objects which are idolatrous or otherwise connected to the demonic, against this list.
Dispose of any items or symbols (not by selling them or giving them away) and say the prayer to renounce the possession of cursed objects linked to at the end of this article.