Sunday, October 28, 2018

Levels of Demonic Attachment

(video about this topic on the left)

Over the last year my team and I have taken hundreds of people to the Courts of Heaven to become free of attacks of the enemy. One of the questions I get quite often is, what does it feel like when you are under assault by the enemy? What is a part of life and what is an attack resulting from a demon or a demonic attachment? To really understand this question, let’s look at the commonly accepted, well known, tactics of the enemy.

Excerpt from the FREE book, Keys to Authority for every Believer:

There are three stages of influence demons can have upon a person.
  • Depression
  • Oppression
  • Possession
In a battle, recognizing the tactics and strategies of your enemy is the first step toward victory. If you refuse to admit you are under attack, you will never be victorious in battle. To enforce your authority you need to know when the enemy is crossing the line.

Stage 1 - Depression


The root word of depression is “depress,” which means to reduce the strength or activity of. This suffix “ion” denotes or indicates condition. Combine the root and suffix and you get the condition of being reduced in strength or activity. This is the most subtle and common form of attack from the demonic realm. If our adversary can reduce our activity, and deplete our strength, then we are not taking as much ground for the Kingdom of God.

Just as the more conventional meaning of depression suggests, this is a mental attack. It can be as subtle as many demons are assigned to put thoughts into your head.
…we are taking every thought and purpose captive to the obedience of Christ… (2 Corinthians 10:5)
Inherently, we have a sinful nature so there are some thoughts that come out of our sinful nature. Then there are thoughts that are attacks of the enemy. By examining our thoughts and comparing them to the Word of God we can see protect ourselves from allowing a demon to have a presence in our lives.

The Bible tells us we each have an angel guarding us. Satan is an imitator of God but he is neither omniscient nor omnipresent. He doesn’t know everything nor, as previously stated, can he be in more than one place at a time.

The old concept of a devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other isn’t far from the truth. Satan assigns demons to each person. Their sole job is to follow you around and prevent you from reaching your full potential. These low-level imps don’t have much power other than interjecting thoughts to try and get you to veer off your path, thus giving them more power.

In this situation, you might ask, well, how can a person control their thoughts? German theologian Martin Luther said, “You cannot keep birds from flying over your head, but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair.” This is a perfect example of what happens if we don’t take authority over negative thoughts. When these sinful, destructive thoughts are acknowledged and accepted (by speaking them out loud or acting upon them) then the demon assigned to us gains ground. Remember, whatever you obey you give authority to. If you give into these thoughts, by dwelling upon them or acting upon them, the spirit who initiated them worms its way deeper into your life. Eventually it can lead to oppression.

Stage 2 - Oppression


If you repeatedly relinquish ground to the enemy, this can lead to oppression. The definition of oppression is continued unjust or cruel treatment or control. This is where demonic assaults begin affecting your body, tormenting your mind (schizophrenia), or affecting your life. A few of the ways an oppression can be quickly developed is:

  1. Sexual sin 
  2. Repeated drug use
  3. A traumatic experience
  4. Abuse - emotional or physical

Many people who have a gift of seeing into the spirit realm have described what they refer to as black masses attached to people’s bodies not unlike a fungus or growth. These demons are similar to leeches, and if you let them attach themselves to you they will feed on the authority you give them, exerting more and more control.

Oppression can manifest itself by showing up in the physical world, and in more ways than I can list here. The Bible doesn’t record each and every way, but it does say this:
…how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with great power; and He went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, because God was with Him. (Acts 10:38)
This clearly shows that a result of oppression is physical conditions that need healing because healing occurred when the oppression was broken. It also shows that Satan can be a cause of a physical sickness.

Recent studies about the way our brain works shows that when you think about things repetitively it forms physical neural pathways that are easily accessed. The more you think about a thing, the easier it is to access. This is why the Bible commands us in the following ways:
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Romans 12:2 NIV)
Putting the right word in your heart and mind can lead to a transformation. The word also encourages us to focus on good things:
Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart]. (Philippians 4:7-8)
Before man knew that pigs carried parasites and diseases that could be transmitted to man, the Bible called them unclean and told us not to eat them. Before we knew about heavy metals in shrimp and eel, God told His people not to eat them. Now, top neurologists have found that repetitive thinking establishes pathways in the brain. Negative thoughts develop caustic pathways that release cancer-causing, destructive material into our systems. Research shows that 87% of all diseases are connected to the release of toxins in the brain. (Source: Dr. Caroline Leaf, PhD in Communication Pathology specializing in Neuropsychology, University of Cape Town, South Africa)

Repetitive negative thought patterns are highways allowing spiritual oppression. Christians are not immune to this type of attack from the enemy. Through Jesus, this is what the authority we have been given should be used for.

Stage 3 - Possession


When He arrived at the other side in the country of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men coming out of the tombs met Him. (Matthew 8:28)
The Greek word daimonizomai is translated “possessed” in some versions of the Bible and demonized in others. To be demonized means to be under the control or influence of evil spirits. When you possess something, you own it. If a person is possessed, a demon will take full control over them, thus the root of this terminology. Survivors of possession have described it as being able to see, but unable to control so much as the blinking of their eyes. There are now ways which I have become aware of, for possession to occur:
  1. Invitation and agreement
  2. Sexual sin (including Rape) 
  3. Generational Dedications and Occult practices
How we Invite Spirit Into Us

Playing with Ouija Boards, séances, and spirit guides all involve spirits that do not come from God. If they are not with God, they are aligned with Satan. They will lie and manipulate to gain influence over you. These spirits can appear in familiar forms of loved ones with information they have gained from watching us our entire life. Their goal is to get us to invite them into us so that they have a home. You can invite the Holy Spirit to come inside you and He will advise and help you or you can invite a demon inside who will attempt to trick and manipulate you.


Forced Possession Through Rape

One of the ways for a spirit to enter a person without their permission is through rape. I believe it is because our spirit is damaged during the attack, which allows for a transfer of a spirit. The Bible tells us that when a man and woman have sex they become “one flesh” (Matthew 10:8).

In biblical times, many gods were worshiped with sexual acts. For example, in the story of Balaam, a soothsayer advised the king of Moab that the only way to defeat God’s people was to have them betray God so He would take His hand (protection and favor) off them. Priestesses were sent to the camp and many of the Israelites engaged with them in sexual acts of worship to another god. Though it is not specifically stated, there seems to be something of spiritual significance that occurs during sex (soul ties are established which open the way for a transference of demons from one person to the other). This is why we are supposed to wait until we commit to a lifetime relationship (marriage) with someone before we engage in intercourse. Perhaps a sexual act, in some way, affects our spirit. This would explain why rape is the only way a demon can possess a person without an invitation.

This hypothesis also explains why I have seen children who were conceived through rape who are possessed through no fault of their own. The children were not old enough to invite a demon inside; the only common ground was their conception through rape.
Regardless of how a spirit comes to be in a position of authority and take complete control over a person, one fact remains: God has provided a way for everyone to be set free. If a spirit has taken up residence in your soul, it can be cast out through the authority of Jesus.

Generational Dedications

Another way some cultures invite spirits inside them is through ceremonies. This isn’t prevalent in America, but in other countries, it is still widely practiced.  This can be done alone with a book in your hands or in a ceremony presided over by a shaman, witch doctor or even someone calling themselves a prophet. Witchcraft spells are carried out by demons who may demand a place to reside in you. Although books like the Harry Potter series are making it more accepted and witches have confirmed the spells in these books are real and may cause a demonic attachment - demons don’t care if you are just pretending and saying words. An invitation is an invitation.

I have prayed with many people around the world, implementing the authority granted to us in the Courts of Heaven, through Jesus. Though I was told that it was impossible for a Christian to be possessed by a demon, I have now discovered that is not always true. There are still ceremonies being practiced where entire family lines are being dedicated to demonic spirits. When later generations become Christians, sometimes they have a hard time getting rid of the spirits plaguing them. Here is one example:

The Courts of Heaven - Worldwide group received an urgent request by a woman, let’s call her Gretta.

Her claim:
She was possessed by a demon, perhaps more than one. She had gone to every deliverance ministry for the last 12 years, but none could set her free. She was a Christian, yet even the ground of her home was cursed: not a single thing would grow. This demon was terrorizing her mind so she couldn’t work, at times it would speak through her mouth. 
The Deliverance:

We set up special appointments for her without the usual time constraints. In the courts our team heard many charges, Gretta was more than willing to confess and turn from the sins. With the sins cleared, I commanded the demon to go in Jesus’ Name. 
Gretta’s head rolled around on her shoulders and a guttural voice came forth, “This is MY LAND.” 
“Mighty Judge,” I asked, “Does this demon still have a right? What is its claim?”
We saw a green helmet. We asked Gretta if that meant anything to her. “My father was in a special unit, some of Hitler’s special men. They were a unique helmet. My father was placed in prison for war crimes linked to attempted genocide.” 
“That’s it!” I proclaimed, urged by the Holy Spirit who was dropping knowledge into my mind, “Your father tried to eradicate God’s people. That is the sin which gives this demon it’s place. He also took oaths and dedications, to Hitler. Will you repent for his sins here today?" 
Gretta cried, “I repent for all the crimes of my father against your people God. Please forgive me. I plead the blood of Jesus over these sins.” 
I instructed her to renounce any oaths and dedications by him and she did. “Mighty Judge, is not the blood of your perfect Son enough to pay for even this sin? Your word declares that when we confess and repent that You will forgive us! Is that not so, even here? I ask that all cases against Gretta be overruled for lack of evidence, for the blood of Jesus has blotted out these sins." 
Gretta collapsed into a heap, crying. She felt the demon leave and felt her mind free for the first time. She could think clearly! 
This is just one example of how possession can happen without an invitation. In many African nations, children are still being dedicated to other “gods” which are demons. People in many nations have dedicated entire family lines to demons. Sometimes an evangelist will come and set them free of these demons when they find out about Christ for the first time. But if the oaths and dedications are not taken care of, demons can pop up in future generations even if they are Christians.

Possessions are pretty easy to spot: you know something is inside you because it takes control of your body despite your wishes. Identifying an attachment, either a depression or an oppression can be a bit more difficult.

How to Tell if You Have a Demonic Attachment 

A curse will allow a demon access to afflict you in many ways. The free book, “Destroying Curses in the Courts of Heaven” has a detailed list of the signs which may indicate a curse, so I will not repeat that here. A curse is one type of attachment, however, there doesn’t have to be a curse for an attachment to occur.

A demonic attachment is simply a place in your thought life where repeated acceptance of demonic suggestions allows a demon to easily influence you. Some may refer to this as a “stronghold.” A pastor of a large church had a vision of what exactly happens to form an attachment. Here is the vision the Lord brought him:

Two women were talking to one another: a demon sat on the shoulder of each one. A demon would whisper in Woman One’s ear and she would speak a harsh, critical, statement about the pastor of the church. The demon on Woman Two’s shoulder would whisper and she would speak, exaggerating some little thing.

This continued for some time and each time the women would speak, the demon’s would throw-up some green goo over the women. The more they spoke, the more the demons covered them in slime until it was a cocoon covering them.

The sin the women were committing was gossip, but the consequences of any repeated sin is the same. Paul wrote to Romans who did not know God’s ways and explained it this way:
Do you not know that when you continually offer yourselves to someone to do his will, you are the slaves of the one whom you obey… (Romans 6:16)
Romans weren’t raised like God’s people. They didn’t know His ways. Paul needed to explain everything to them. The vision from the pastor really shows the truth of this verse.

Jesus paid the price so our sin doesn’t send us to Hell, but it can give the enemy power over us in this life; we can be his slave. In the Courts I have seen cement blocks, chains, webs, and many other things holding God’s people. Only by turning from the sin and accepting the payment of the blood of Jesus for it are people set free. The result of this freedom can be healing - physical or emotional, financial blessing, and often comes with a sense of peace.

Do you Have an Attachment?

Each person’s life is different. Attachments can look as different as our lives. Often it is something we know we shouldn’t be doing (a sin), but we just can’t seem to stop. This can be drinking, smoking, sleeping around, gossiping… Or a hundred other little things.

This is why access to the Courts of Heaven is such a big deal. If the attachment is due to something generational, the link can be discovered there. It may be something you didn’t even know was a sin giving a demon access to afflict you. The Holy Spirit will reveal what it is in the Courts of Heaven.

The true purpose of the Courts of Heaven isn’t only to free God’s people, although freedom does come there. The purpose is to move the enemy out of your life so you can have more of God in it! God designed you for a perfect destiny - your life will feel complete as never before when you are walking in the destiny with close fellowship with the Lord. This is why we should seek our freedom in the Courts of Heaven… everything else is just a side-benefit.

Trials and Tests

The Bible speaks of crowns given for work completed here on Earth (2 Timothy 4:8, 1 Corinthians 9:25, James 1:12, 1 Peter 5:2-4), and that there is treasure stored up in Heaven for what is done here (Matthew 6:19-20). It also speaks of tests and trials that we are given, which we may pass or fail. Thus, it’s not unrealistic to assume that the results of a test must have some significant purpose.

What is the difference between trials and tests and attacks because of an attachment? I have observed the following:

  • Tests and trials  always repeat until you come through them without sinning.
  • There is always an opportunity to sin, and an opportunity to hold on to God’s ways.
  • Attacks seem more random and often there is nothing we can do.

If you aren’t sure if you are suffering from an attack or a test, a quick trip to the Courts with someone who can see and hear will help you find out. If it isn’t an attack, you will find encouragement from the Lord and even God, Himself. Those are my favorite appointments: no charges, just encouragement and love from the Trinity.


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