And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:23 AKJV)
Apostle Paul identified three parts of every person when writing to the Thessalonians. We are a spirit being in a physical body with a soul (mind, will, and emotions). God is composed of three parts, and so are we as His children. The spirit part of our being is perhaps the most challenging to understand but it is also the part of our being that connects with our Father the most. We can and should connect with our Father, who is a Spirit, in Heaven.
He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalms 91:1 AKJV)
This is a destination in the spiritual realm where you can be hidden and engage in a private fellowship with God. The Word also tells us that the Lord is the one who opens the gate (door, portal) and leads us into these encounters:
I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. (John 10:9 AKJV)
And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things said He that is holy, He that is true, He that has the key of David, He that opens, and no man shuts; and shuts, and no man open... (Revelation 3:7 NKJV)
According to the words of our Lord, there is going in and coming out of the Secret Place through Him. The Book of Revelation shows us that the church which will be kept “out of” the wrath of God, needs to remember that it is Jesus that holds the Key of David which opens a door that no man can open or shut.
For in the day of trouble He will hide me in His shelter; in the secret place of His tent will He hide me; He will set me high upon a rock. And now shall my head be lifted up above my enemies round about me… (Psalm 27:5-6 AMPC)
David spoke of the Secret Place three times, more than any other person. In this Psalm, being “high upon a rock” was a place of advantage for a warrior. The Secret Place is where he received this advantage.
Through the Psalms King David wrote, we see that he worshiped God on every occasion. This is the key David used to enter the Secret Place. As we discussed in the Secret Place meetings, by focusing on Jesus in worship we connect with our Lord and He opens the door for us to enter the Secret Place. This is the right way to enter into the spirit realm.
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me;… (Isaiah 61:1 KJV)
Now the Lord is the Spirit… (2 Corinthians 3:17 NKJV)
We refer to “the” Holy Spirit who is the Spirit of the Lord. Holy Spirit will help us enter into the arms of Jesus. We should begin by asking Holy Spirit to teach us and join us in worshiping the Lord. Since Jesus holds the key to open the door, we should not access the realm of the spirit without Him.
Truly, truly, I say to you, He that enters not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. (John 10:1 AKJV)
Then said Jesus to them again, Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. (John 10:7 AKJV)
These two verses are referring to salvation and the right to enter into Heaven. It is clear that Jesus is our access point. Though many apply this only to the end of our lives, there is no indication that these words only apply to entering Heaven when we die. One absolute fact we can derive from this is that He is our Shepherd and should be present when we enter Heaven.
It is also clear that it isn’t the only spiritual door we may access. If we have opened any other spiritual doors they must be closed or it may leave us into deception from Satan or open us to attacks of the enemy. There are some common ways to refer these doors:
- third eye
- opening your chakras
If a door is open, then the enemy has easy access to us. Think of it this way, if you lived in a sketchy part of town would you have a door without a lock on it? We don’t want any spiritual doors open either!
For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:3 NKJV)
He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge… (Psalm 91:4 NKJV)
I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah (Psalm 61:4 NKJV)
These are just a few of the scriptures that tell us to take shelter or refuge under the wings of our Lord. We do not want to be “open” to the spirit realm. We want to be hidden in Jesus, under His wings because there are many spirit beings more powerful than we are. We refer to the host of Heaven as angels, fallen angels, unclean spirits or demons. A few of the more well known stories about the power of spiritual beings are:
- Angel of death slays the firstborn in Egypt (Exodus 12)
- Parting of the Red Sea (Exodus 14)
- Destroying the walls of Jericho (Joshua 5)
Satan has convinced one-third of the hosts of Heaven to rebel against God and is referred to as the “prince of the power of the air.” The spirit realm is often referred to as “the air.”
And you has he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein, in time past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience: (Ephesians 2:1-2 AKJV)
What is man, that you are mindful of him? and the son of man, that you visit him? For you have made him a little lower than the angels, and have crowned him with glory and honor. (Psalm 8:4-5 AKJV)
Until we are raised up like our Lord, we are “a little lower” or less powerful than the hosts of Heaven. It is only the power of our risen Lord that is greater spiritually than the enemy. God has placed all things under His feet. We do not want to be anywhere that our Big Brother Jesus is not! Our Lord is our source and we should not seek to enter the spiritual realm without Him by our side!
We must examine our lives to look for signs of an open spiritual door. Sometimes an open door may enable us to see, hear or even smell things from the spiritual realm. There is also a gift of the Spirit which Holy Spirit brings that also allows this to happen. How do we tell if a spiritual door is open and we are hearing from a demon or if it is a gift from God and it is Holy Spirit? We must look at the information and the results:
- Does it line up with the Word of God?
- What is said must ALWAYS line up with the Word of God. He would not tell you to do something that is a sin.
- Green tea
- Does it line up with the character of God?
He that loves not knows not God; for God is love. (1 John 4:8 AKJV)
Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth... (Ephesians 4:29 AMPC)
- God is love, He does not speak with course language or curse words.
- God is love, He does not speak with course language or curse words.
- God does not use terror. If you are terrorized, then it is not from God.
- Does it cause chaos and confusion?
- God will not cause confusion and chaos. His gifts bring wisdom and understanding
- Does what you hear and see create a mess or have disastrous results?
- If God is directing you, then there will be a good conclusion.
- The only acception is a calling as a Prophet -- sometimes a rebuke is not accepted.
- Did the “gift” begin before the age of accountability which means you are able to discern between good and evil?
- Even the Lord did not begin working for God before He was twelve years old. God will not show a child, who is unable to defend themselves, a demon. That provokes fear not love.
“For I am the LORD, I change not...” (Malachi 3:6 AKJV)
For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints. (1 Corinthians 14:33 AKJV)
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28 KJV)
And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” (Luke 2:49 NKJV)
If any one of these is the result of what you are seeing, then there may be an open door to deal with. If you had a harmful or negative spiritual experience in dreams or visions before the age of twelve, there may be a generational issue that opened a portal which needs to be closed. Before we discuss generational issues, let’s find out how you may have opened a spiritual door.
Activity which seeks to hear from the spiritual realm without the Holy Spirit may create an open door to that realm. It would be nearly impossible to list all activities which connect to the spiritual world, a few common ones are:
- Prayers, dedications, sacrifices and unholy covenants to other “gods”
- Spiritual practices without God such as Yoga, Reiki or Therapeutic Touch
- Card reading of any kind, including “Angel Cards,” or automatic handwriting
- Casting lots, runes, sticks or reading tea leaves, water witching, divining rods or using a Ouija board
- Fortune telling, aura reading, séances
- Mind-Altering drug use
There is a difference between leading these activities and participating in them. With the exception of drug use, if you have only participated in these, it could create a demonic attachment. If you have led these activities, it may cause a gate to be opened.
Anytime you are leading activities where you are seeking guidance from the spirit realm, an open door may be created with frequent use. When you are not looking to Jesus, God or Holy Spirit for the answer, other spirits may come in. Because of the sacrifice of our Lord, Holy Spirit now resides in us. This is where we should seek answers and information, not by reading cards or casting runes.
- If you have consulted a witch doctor, medium, fortuneteller, or any other source, you may have a demon issue that needs to be dealt with.
- If you have led these activities, there may be a door that needs to be shut.
Before we look at closing spiritual gates, let’s explore a few more of these in greater detail.
There are many Christians who believe they can hear from God better with some help from mind-altering substances. Using drugs such as cannabis (marajuana, weed, pot) or any other drug that affects your mind can remove our protective barriers to the spiritual realm. This is nothing new. From Biblical times there have been many religions that use some form of drugs or incense to connect to a god. Paul gives a long list of sins that will keep a person out of Heaven:
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, jealousies, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Contentions, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like… (Galatians 5:19-21 AKJV)
The word “witchcraft” in the King James bible, is translated “sorcery.” In Greek, it is pharmakeia which means using or administering drugs for the purpose of sorcery or magical arts, often found in connection with idolatry and fostered by it. Sorcery and magic were done by people who would make contact with the spirit realm without God. The mind-altering substances open a door in the spirit that ungodly spirits may enter.
If you have used drugs at any time, you should confess (see the action the way God does) and repent (turn from the sin) then the blood of Jesus can blot out that sin before attempting to close any open spiritual gates.
For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus… (1 Timothy 2:5 NKJV)
But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises. (Hebrews 8:6 NKJV)
A mediator is a go-between when two parties are in conflict. Sin puts us in conflict with God. There is one way to reach God in prayer, that is the difference between Christianity and any other religion: Jesus who is the Christ. Our Father allowed His perfect Son to be sacrificed so that we could have a relationship with Him. Praying any other way, to any other person or thing is an open door for other spirits to move in. This includes:
- Other gods
- Mary, the mother of Jesus
Because angels are so powerful, mankind has always been tempted to worship them. When John fell down at the feet of an angel and began worshiping him, the angel said:
“See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.” (Revelation 22:9 NKJV)
Worship means to show reverence, adoration and horror someone or something with an act. Praying to someone it is worshiping them. We do not pray to anyone but Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The yogis from the Hindu religion developed a set of poses to align their bodies with their gods and invite those gods to come inside. This practice is Yoga. Because this was developed specifically to worship other gods, practicing Yoga will invite those spirits into your life. This has been proven in the Courts of Heaven.
Our prayer team brought a 90 year old woman before the Courts of Heaven to address a heart issue she had suffered with for many years. I saw two demons, one looked like the Tasmanian Devil with lightning flashing around him. Another team member heard two names; Shambala and Mandala. We had to google the names to find out that they were Hindu gods. The woman then remembered that she had done Yoga in her 30s. The heart issue was healed when she confessed, repented and pled the blood over these sins before casting out those demons.
Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep yourself pure. (1 Timothy 5:22 AKJV)
Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped.
And Jesus said, “Who touched Me?”.... “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.” (Luke 8:43-48 AKJV)
It is clear that something may be transferred from one person to the next by touching them. The woman with the issue of blood, received healing by placing her hand on Jesus’ garment. Timothy was warned about laying hands on people too quickly. For this reason we should be cautious of letting others touch us, especially to affect our spirit or soul.
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "the higher power" and Ki which is “life force energy.” The practice began as part of a set of teachings intended to provide a method for students to achieve connection with the "universal life force" energy. It is administered by "laying on hands" to impart life force to another person. Because of this, we can classify Reiki as another “religion” and should not engage in such because it will open our spirit to other influences. If we are administering Reiki, then there is a possibility of establishing a gateway.
Likewise, the person performing “therapeutic” or “healing touch” may have a gateway open to the spiritual realm and be receiving help from those who are not associated with God. You should exercise caution in receiving this type of help, for an unclean spirit may come through the laying on of hands. Remember, any help we receive from the spirit realm should:
- never be charged for if it is from God (Matthew 10:8)
- always be done in the name of Jesus
- all the glory should be directed at God not man
If all of these are not part of what you receive spiritually, then there is an opportunity for the enemy to enter. If you are performing these services, consider whether or not you have opened a spiritual gate.
We will not address why a Christian can still be under a curse, that is covered in the free Courts of Heaven Academy. We will remind you that a curse can be passed down through the generations:
You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me (Deuteronomy 5:8-9 NIV)
If an ancestor bowed down and worshiped a god, especially to gain favor in some way, then we may be afflicted by that demon or spiritual gate. If any negative spiritual experiences occurred before the age of thirteen, you may have a generational door open. Where a generational line has been dedicated to a god, or even the eldest child as a priest to a god, these must be renounced to close the doors associated with the dedication.
When there is an open gateway to the spirit realm from our birth or early childhood, we often mistake the voice of the enemy for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, especially if we don’t test the spirit. The guidelines above for testing where something comes from should be used when we are not “conversing” with a spirit. If we are able to, we should always test a spirit according to Apostle Paul’s instructions:
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God... (1 John 4:1-3 NKJV)
Simply test any conversation you have by asking, “Do you confess that Jesus the Christ has come in the flesh.” If the thought or spirit flees, then you know it isn’t the Holy Spirit. When guidance from imitation holy spirits happens at a young age, we will often feel very close to them. We need to test them with the guidelines stated earlier to make sure it is God whom we are following. Many may think that this does not affect us because we have been “civilized” for so long. However, four generations is not as far away as you might think.
A cousin researched my genealogy and discovered that one of my ancestors had an American First People's name which means “flight master” when translated to English. Visiting the Courts of Heaven, charges were revealed against my ancestors: worshiping other gods, blood sacrifice, covenant, witchcraft, dedication. Because my ancestors had misused spiritual gifts and made a covenant with Satan’s kingdom, the enemy had access to me and my spiritual gifts. This manifested in two ways:
- The gifts were hindered until I confessed and covered the sins of my ancestral line.
- I was harmed in the spirit as a child.
Here is how this generational curse manifested in my life. When I was under the age of twelve, I often dreamed of the city where I lived. It was always night and it was physically the same as reality. There were specific abilities I possessed in these dreams:
- I could jump really high and float for a distance in the air
- I could hold onto cars, being pulled along behind them
A few days after one dream, we drove past a very distinctive alley and it was exactly as I had dreamed. As a pre-teen, the dreams became darker. There were shadowy figures I would run from on many occasions. One night, these figures caught me. My eyes were damaged. I could only pry them open briefly to look around, then I would run through the dark, trying to escape the monsters chasing me.
I now realize that these were not dreams, but trips into the spirit realm. Demons and evil spirits live there. They are much more powerful than we are which is why we should always have the escort of the Holy Spirit when moving in His realm. Religions that practice astral projection will often warn you about moving too far from your body, that there are “other inhabitants” which may attack you.
For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. (Matthew 26:28 NKJV)
If you were committing adultery before you knew it was wrong, you’d ask forgiveness for that, right? Traveling without permission in the spirit is no different. After taking care of the sin, Jesus is also our healer. He can heal any damage done to our spirit bodies.
There are meditation techniques taught by many different religions that encourage “astral projection” which is merely another name for traveling in the spirit realm. This incudes “ascension groups.” If you ascend into Heaven without Jesus greeting you, then you have come in a wrong way. Many spiritual attacks may be due to either accidental or intentional spiritual traveling which has left a spiritual gate cracked open.
Praise God that He has the answer! Even if you traveled in a dream without really knowing what you are doing, you will still need to ask forgiveness for that sin. A blood covenant is one of many things which can affect the spiritual realm for generations to come and travel down a family line. Others are:
- blood sacrifices to other gods
- dedications - in the form a prayers
- agreements with other spirits
- Unholy oaths or entering into unholy covenants with other gods.
- being next in line to a high priest or priestess
Should these be present in your family line, you will need to confess the sins of your ancestors as well as your sin to be healed and seal the door.
To close any open doors you must remove the sin which created it. Your prayer should include the following:
- I confess my ancestors were guilty of (name any sins that apply to your family line)
- I am guilty of… (operating in the spiritual realm without God, listening to other spirits… or whatever applies.)
- Ask for the blood of Jesus to blot out these sins.
- Ask for the blood to seal any spiritual gates.
- Ask Holy Spirit to reveal any other sins you need to confess and turn from.
The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. (Psalm 18:2 KJV)
The Lord is our deliverer. He will never fail us if we cry out to Him. Make sure and trust that He is able to deliver you! If you will listen to what Holy Spirit brings and act upon it, you will be free.
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Eager hearts cry out, hoping for a single word to confirm that He hears us. Yet, many times the only sound is silence. Over the years I have heard several reasons why God speaks to some and not to others. One night, as I tossed and turned, I brought each of these reasons before the Lord, stating why each of them did not line up with who I thought He was.
Words rose from my soul, pleading for Him to reveal why He has remained silent when a single word from Him would mean so much to so many. For the next few hours, God used things I learned about years ago and things I had just discovered to show why He talks to some and why He doesn’t, and in demonstrative ways.
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