Before you Gentiles knew God, you were slaves to so-called gods that do not even exist. So now that you know God (or should I say, now that God knows you), why do you want to go back again and become slaves once more to the weak and useless spirits of this world? [NLT]
How free are you before you’re reborn?
Most people are completely unaware of the spiritual world before they are born again from above. Did you know anything about this before Jesus?
This phrase is similar to the one found in Colossians 2: “the elemental spirits of the universe” in the RSV. It is easy for us to dismiss these things as ancient superstitions, but that is really not the case. What has happened is that these spirits have gone underground and we do not talk about them anymore—but they have not gone away.
Paul calls them weak and useless, or worthless, and this is certainly true. However, many of these so-called gods, like Buddhas, kokopellis, kachinas, totems, and the like have demon spirits attached to them. They are only a harassment to believers, but cleaning them up is a good idea.
Many of the things we can purchase today are made in other countries. Many of these items, while they are being made, are often prayed over during their construction. All we have to do is clean them up with a simple prayer (see below). They are nothing to be afraid of—as Jesus’ power and position makes them into a bad (but still evil) joke. But you should be aware that these things are real.
Is there a demon under every bush?
One of the problems you will have as you begin to have victory in spiritual warfare is the tendency to blame everything on demons.
Most of the time the trouble will be the fallen state of the world or your own sinful nature. However, there is reality here and many times you will see quick and powerful deliverance with a simple quiet prayer
No! You do not need to shout. The power comes from Jesus, not your vocalizations.
Don’t give the evil one more glory and attention than you give God.
Where do we run across these spirits?
We have found that we drag them home with purchases we make—especially purchases of products made in countries where these spirits are worshipped like India, Bali, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and so on. You should check out the country of origin when you buy. If you start having strange dreams, irrational anger, and things like that—you dragged something home. It’s no big deal, but we find that we have to spiritually clean everything we buy and bring into the house any more.
Of course, nonbelievers in our spaces can drag things in also. I used to pray for my classroom every morning before I started teaching. I found I had authority over my lab, but nowhere else at that school. But the lab I used full-time, where I taught all my classes, was given to me as my spiritual responsibility. Praying made a great difference to my students—though they had no idea that this was even going on. There were some students who were into wicca and the like who were obviously frustrated by the cleansed and protected spiritual environment of that lab.
It just takes a simple prayer
You can pray something like this: “Any demons attached to these things we just bought (or any demons brought in here by non-believers), we bind you and cast you into the outer darkness. Father, in Jesus’ name, clean up these things (or this place) and bless it for our use. Protect our loved ones and pets. Keep us safe and make our home a sanctuary for your Holy Spirit.”
Spiritual house cleaning?
As head of the household, master of your personal space, you are responsible to keep that space spiritually clean.
You should regularly command all bad spirits to leave and ask the Holy Spirit to fill your space with His presence, wisdom, and love. He’s pleased to do that in response to a simple request. Again, prayer volume has no special beneficial affect.
This is just the normal spiritual house cleaning that you should be doing on a regular basis as the head of your household. Of course it gets more complicated if you are living with others who may not be believers. Then you can only cover what you have authority over.
For example, if you are living with your parents and they do not believe, your authority will be limited to your areas of the property (if your parents allow that). You will be able to protect yourself, but cleaning the whole house may be beyond your authority.
The Lord is not going to override the will of the owners of the property. He’s a gentleman and only goes where He is invited. It is interesting to see what works and what does not work.
For example, we lost much of our authority to pray for our daughter when she grew up—especially when she got married. We got a lot of it back when she asked us to pray for her and the children. But this is why some prayers never seem to be answered. You do not have the authority.
For example, when praying for the United States, your authority is on a completely different level than the person who has the responsibility, the president. Pray that President Obama learns this. Governors, mayors, CEOs, sole proprietors, and people like this with responsibility need to be praying. If you are the head of your department, teacher in a specific classroom, leader of a Bible study, and so on, you need to be praying to keep your ministry clean and holy. Husbands, single mothers or fathers, pastors, and so on all have areas of responsibility and the authority to back it up. You need to be constantly aware of your responsibilities. God will give you the authority to protect those areas of responsibility.
If you do not have the authority, pray for those who do have the authority in these situations which effect your life.