by Pastor Brenda Patterson
Any person can give demons power or a legal right to oppress them. Because we, Christians, were given power by Jesus to cast out demons, as it says in Matthew 10, we must understand what gives them power or a legal right to come in us or demonize us. Notice he says to cast them out, if they were outside of you they would be cast off, they dwell inside of us.
Matthew 10:1 NKJV
And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.
The six most common things that we do, or our ancestors have done, to give a demon a legal right to torment us or enter us is:
1. Participation with Witchcraft/Occult
2. Willful Sin
4. Abuse and Abandonment
5. Generational Curses
Witchcraft and the Occult
In Leviticus the Lord told Moses how to deal with different types of people and he was told to put to death all the mediums and those who had familiar spirits.
Leviticus 20:27 NKJV
A man or a woman who is a medium, or who has familiar spirits, shall surely be put to death; they shall stone them with stones. Their blood shall be upon them.
Pretty harsh punishment, but God knew how this would bring about a lot of problems for mankind. There are two spirit realms and if it is not of God, it is of the devil. In our society it is so easy to be in the spirit realm of the demonic. TV shows are full of witchcraft and the occult. We don’t even realize some of the things we do that are demonic. We watched Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie as kids and participated with Halloween. Today you have Harry Potter, Ghost Hunters, and vampire shows of all kinds.
1 Samuel 28:7-13 NKJV
7 Then Saul said to his servants, "Find me a woman who is a medium that I may go to her and inquire of her." And his servants said to him, "In fact, there is a woman who is a medium at En Dor." 8 So Saul disguised himself and put on other clothes, and he went, and two men with him; and they came to the woman by night. And he said, "Please conduct a séance for me, and bring up for me the one I shall name to you." 9 Then the woman said to him, "Look, you know what Saul has done, how he has cut off the mediums and the spiritists from the land. Why then do you lay a snare for my life, to cause me to die?"
Inside of each of us is a God given desire for the things of the spirit (supernatural); we have to choose the things of God. Saul had seen the mighty hand of God work in his life and when it no longer was there he still wanted it.
Let’s take a look at some of David’s family life and see how legal rights were given to the demonic realm.
2 Samuel 13:1-18 NKJV
After this Absalom the son of David had a lovely sister, whose name was Tamar; and Amnon the son of David loved her. 2 Amnon was so distressed over his sister Tamar that he became sick; for she was a virgin. And it was improper for Amnon to do anything to her. 3 But Amnon had a friend whose name was Jonadab the son of Shimeah, David's brother. Now Jonadab was a very crafty man. 4 And he said to him, "Why are you, the king's son, becoming thinner day after day? Will you not tell me?" Amnon said to him, "I love Tamar, my brother Absalom's sister."
5 So Jonadab said to him, "Lie down on your bed and pretend to be ill. And when your father comes to see you, say to him, 'Please let my sister Tamar come and give me food, and prepare the food in my sight, that I may see it and eat it from her hand.'" 6 Then Amnon lay down and pretended to be ill; and when the king came to see him, Amnon said to the king, "Please let Tamar my sister come and make a couple of cakes for me in my sight, that I may eat from her hand." 7 And David sent home to Tamar, saying, "Now go to your brother Amnon's house, and prepare food for him."
8 So Tamar went to her brother Amnon's house; and he was lying down. Then she took flour and kneaded it, made cakes in his sight, and baked the cakes. 9 And she took the pan and placed them out before him, but he refused to eat. Then Amnon said,” Have everyone go out from me." And they all went out from him. 10 Then Amnon said to Tamar, "Bring the food into the bedroom, that I may eat from your hand." And Tamar took the cakes which she had made, and brought them to Amnon her brother in the bedroom. 11 Now when she had brought them to him to eat, he took hold of her and said to her, "Come, lie with me, my sister." 12 But she answered him, "No, my brother, do not force me, for no such thing should be done in Israel. Do not do this disgraceful thing! 13 And I, where could I take my shame? And as for you, you would be like one of the fools in Israel. Now therefore, please speak to the king; for he will not withhold me from you."
14 However, he would not heed her voice; and being stronger than she, he forced her and lay with her. 15 Then Amnon hated her exceedingly, so that the hatred with which he hated her was greater than the love with which he had loved her. And Amnon said to her, "Arise, be gone!" 16 So she said to him, "No, indeed! This evil of sending me away is worse than the other that you did to me." But he would not listen to her. 17 Then he called his servant who attended him, and said, "Here! Put this woman out, away from me, and bolt the door behind her." 18 Now she had on a robe of many colors, for the king's virgin daughters wore such apparel. And his servant put her out and bolted the door behind her.
19 Then Tamar put ashes on her head, and tore her robe of many colors that was on her, and laid her hand on her head and went away crying bitterly. 20 And Absalom her brother said to her, "Has Amnon your brother been with you? But now hold your peace, my sister. He is your brother; do not take this thing to heart." So Tamar remained desolate in her brother Absalom's house. 21 But when King David heard of all these things, he was very angry. 22 And Absalom spoke to his brother Amnon neither good nor bad. For Absalom hated Amnon, because he had forced his sister Tamar.
We see Willful Sin, Rejection, Abuse and Abandonment in this story.
In order to participate in willful sin, we have to know what sin is. You may think that is a dumb statement, but we minister to people all the time that don’t know that reading their horoscope is sin. In the story above Amnon knew it was sin to rape his sister but he did it anyway. It all comes down to being aware of what sin is and choosing to not do it, sounds simple but Paul tells us he had the same problem.
Romans 7:15-17 NKJV
15 For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. 16 If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17 But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.
After Amnon raped Tamar then he rejected her, notice she says this is worse than the rape! Rejection causes people to feel unworthy. People who have been adopted deal with rejection a lot. It goes on to say that Tamar lived in her brother Absalom’s home the rest of her life. She chose to allow the rejection to keep her locked away and never live out her life. We deal with so much rejection today. Helping rejected people to understand who they are in Christ will heal the rejection so they can live fulfilled lives and break out of the hurt that rejection causes. A lot of what we perceive as rejection is looking at things from our perception.
I was taught that it is rude to hang up the phone on someone. When I was in the process of divorce from my first husband, he would call and curse at me on the phone, on one of these occasions a friend was at my house and said, “Why don’t you just hang up the phone? Say good-bye and just hang up”. That was a very different, but freeing point of view.
Abuse and Abandonment
A study done in 2010 called the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, with the support of the National Institute of Justice and the Department of Defense interviewed a sample of 16,507 adults, to define intimate partner and sexual violence. Nearly one in five women surveyed said they had been raped or had experienced an attempted rape at some point, and one in four reported having been beaten by an intimate partner.
As in the story of Tamar, abuse, abandonment, and rejection have life-long affects. If the hurt is not dealt with, it will open up a person to be abused again.
I was at a Bob Larson event in Ft. Lauderdale a few years ago and a lady manifested a demon. Bob brought her up to the front and started asking her about her life. Her mom had committed adultery, her aunts had committed adultery and she had committed adultery. She was a Christian and wanted to know why the Godly women in her family kept committing adultery. When the demon was questioned it went back to her heritage of Inca Indians where the priest would deflower the virgins with a statue. The curses were broken and there was a visual difference in the lady’s countenance.
The affects of abuse, whether it is sexual, physical, emotional, or verbal is one of the biggest areas we minister to. More and more we are seeing men in this category as well.
Let’s look again at David’s life.
2 Samuel 14:5-8 NKJV
5 Then the king said to her, "What troubles you?" And she answered, "Indeed I am a widow, my husband is dead. 6 Now your maidservant had two sons; and the two fought with each other in the field, (sound familiar? Cain and Abel) and there was no one to part them, but the one struck the other and killed him. 7 And now the whole family has risen up against your maidservant, and they said, 'Deliver him who struck his brother, that we may execute him for the life of his brother whom he killed; and we will destroy the heir also.' So they would extinguish my ember that is left, and leave to my husband neither name nor remnant on the earth." 8 Then the king said to the woman, "Go to your house, and I will give orders concerning you." 9 And the woman of Tekoa said to the king, "My lord, O king, let the iniquity be on me and on my father's house, and the king and his throne be guiltless.
She retained the sins of her family and brought a curse in the family. Absalom did the same thing he took on the sin of rape and held it for two years and he plotted to have his brother Amnon killed and did have him killed. Absalom was so mad at his dad, King David, he plotted to take over the kingdom and was killed himself because of it. See how the rejection led to more sin.
A generational curse can be started just like this, holding onto sin. I have two scriptures here that talk about generational curses.
Exodus 20:4-6 NKJV
4 "You shall not make for yourself a carved image — any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
Deuteronomy 23:2 NKJV
One of illegitimate birth shall not enter the assembly of the LORD; even to the tenth generation none of his descendants shall enter the assembly of the LORD.
It is important to listen to people when ministering to them so you can see the sins in the family to break any strongholds that have come in the blood line. Sometimes in a ministry session you might think we just talk; but it is a good way to help the one ministering to get an idea of what is in the persons back ground.
You can see here how Participation with the Occult, Willful sin, Rejection, Abuse and Abandonment, and Generational Curses played a part in the destruction of lives and relationships not just with each other but with our relationship with God.
We ministered to a lady that had been sexually abused by her brother, when the Dissociated Identity part of her was healed she started crying. She realized she had never experienced Jesus’ love as a brother.
Of the six most common sins, only addictions is not directly mentioned in these scriptures but in Ephesians 5:18 NIV Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.
Definition of DEBAUCHERY
1a: extreme indulgence in sensuality b plural: ORGIES 2 archaic: seduction from virtue or duty
Amnon certainly allowed his extreme indulgence in sensuality to destroy his sister’s virtue.
We see addictions in people that have destroyed their relationships; they have lost all their possessions because they have sold everything to get the next fix. They end up in jail or worse dead. A big part of helping people to break the cycle of addictions is to help them know WHO they are in Christ and the power and authority they have over that stronghold. Joyce Myers says, “No cookie will have power over me.”
Another important part of legal rights is who we should minister to.
Matthew 12:43-45 (also told in Luke 11:24-26) NKJV
"When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. 44 Then he says, 'I will return to my house from which I came.' And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. 45 Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation."
This scripture shows us not to do deliverance on unsaved people. If you haven’t accepted Jesus, you don’t have a legal right to ask the Holy Spirit to fill you back up. It is hard to turn people away when they come and you have the answer for their problems, but we don’t want to make them worse and it is THEIR choice to live for God or continue with their demons.
We have ministered inner-healing to some that have come to us, that were not living sold out to God, but in the course of that a demon manifested and I had to command it down and I hurt so much for the person that I’ve not done that anymore.
Also if the person is taught in deliverance what sin opened the door for the demons and they choose to keep sinning, I will stop ministering to them. I had a case of a lady that refused to change her ways and the fourth time the same demon came up it was so strong it took two hours to get it to go. The sheer terror of the demon being in so much control that we couldn’t get the lady to come back up showed me not to do this again. I cried for days, I felt her pain and yet I have a responsibility not to make people worse. I tell people I will not work harder on your problems than you will, and I had to learn that too. I would fast and pray for people and they would show up knowing they had continued in the sin that opened the door.
We now tell people right up front deliverance is 90% you and 10% casting out demons. Ninety percent is you changing your mind set to line up with who God said you are and 10% JESUS casting out demons. If you don’t do your 90%, my 10% will not help and could make you worse than before deliverance began.