By Messianic Rabbi K.A. Schneider
If we believe the Word of God, we have to believe that much of the pressure on our lives comes from powers of darkness that surround us and are operating in our world. If we want to walk in the apostolic calling of the Church, we must recognize that people are in bondage and need to be set free. We need to be set free.
Now this is nothing to be afraid of. Jesus has prepared the way through His victory at the cross. We can defend ourselves; we have everything we need to deliver ourselves from demons!
Scripture tells us that God offers us protective spiritual armor. As believers who love Jesus, we might assume that our armor is securely locked into place. How, then, can demons find a way through? In the case of open sin, the inroad seems obvious. But what if we are sincerely living in the love and charity of Jesus, confessing our wrongs and trying to do right? How do they still get in?
Three Main Points of Entry
First, demonic attachment to our lives might not have anything to do with us at all, but everything to do with our family histories. The iniquities of our ancestors, called “generational sins,” can open the door for demons. These patterns of sin and rebellion can appear in our families and our own lives in any number of ways—immorality, depression, anxiety, chronic sickness.
If you grew up with a parent who was covered by a dark spirit such as anxiety, nervousness, depression, demonic lust or inferiority, if some pattern of bondage is part of your family history, it is imperative to remove it. Praise God, there is nothing to fear! In fact, this knowledge can help you identify the particular demons you might be facing. Begin to look for patterns in your family—alcoholism, early deaths, accidents, anger, miscarriages, broken relationships—whatever it might be. Write them down and keep the list.
Second, as we might assume, any decision we make to indulge in sin opens the door to demons. Even if this sinful behavior occurred before we knew Jesus, and even if we have repented, we sometimes continue to struggle with demons that attached at that time.
Sometimes it is our participation in one regrettable sinful action that gives demons the green light to harass us. Whether we sin willfully or “innocently,” we remove ourselves from God’s covering and open ourselves to demons. We are no longer in a place of protection; we enter into the realm of spiritual darkness through our sin, and demons will attach themselves to our lives.
This is really serious. This should makes us afraid to sin. The Lord says that His people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (see Hosea 4:6). Begin to think about areas in your life in which you might be sensing demonic activity due to sin, and write them down as they come to you.
Remember, there is no fear in knowing the truth. Fear is one of the biggest areas that Satan uses to keep people in darkness and bondage. It is an agreement with the lie that God is not concerned with our particular needs or not powerful enough to help us.
He is “the way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). There is no aspect of darkness that He has not overcome through His cross, and no valley of sin so deep that He cannot show us the way out.
The third primary way that demons gain access to us is through wounds that others inflict on us—or, more particularly, our negative response to those wounds. We live in a world, the Bible says, where Satan dwells (see Revelation 2:13). Going about life with a wounded soul is like living in a house in a dangerous neighborhood with a broken front door; the enemy can intrude any time he wants to.
Just as we often struggle in vain against the effects of generational sins because we are not aware of the root of the problem, so we can feel impotent when our hearts are wounded and we do not know why. If parts of our lives are critically broken and not healed, then we feel vulnerable and lacking power in those areas—even though we are doing our best to reject Satan. Until those wounded places are made whole, we are going to lose ground.
There are many, many ways that you might have been wounded at this level. Perhaps someone spoke a word curse over you when you were young. A parent or teacher, for example, said that you were lazy or not as smart or talented or good-looking as the others. Maybe your employer cut you off professionally or you were rejected by an ex-boyfriend, ex-girlfriend, ex-husband or ex-wife.
Even though we are on the receiving end of a wound and not at fault, nevertheless, we can fall into sin because of it. A wounded soul that is not healed is susceptible to darkness even as one with a weakened immune system is susceptible to infection.
We can come into agreement with darkness through that wound by accepting any lie that is connected to it. In other words, if we limp along believing that we can never be successful or that it was probably our fault that we were hurt as children, then we are turning from God’s Word and aligning ourselves with darkness.
In addition, we come into agreement with darkness any time that we embrace bitterness toward the ones who hurt us. If we do not come to Jesus to heal the hurt, but rather nurse the pain, we usually build resentment and hold on to unforgiveness.
Demons that enter through an unhealed break attach themselves to the wound and feed on the inner pain. Sadly, to make things worse, the demons will work to keep the initial pain alive by promoting self-fulfilling prophecies in the person’s life.
How do we find healing from this torment that grew out of wounding? The answer is simple but not always easy: It is to recognize the lies we are believing, replace them with the truth and forgive just as Jesus forgave. Otherwise, if we continue holding on to the torment, then we are blocking the healing balm of the Father’s love.
Are you beginning to recognize a wound in your life that has not yet been healed? Make a note of that hurt. Then be encouraged, because Jesus came to heal that wound. Look at what Scripture says. When Jesus went into the Temple to begin His ministry, He read these words from the scroll of the prophet Isaiah: “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted” (Isaiah 61:1; see Luke 4:18).
You Can Be Free
Until we resolve to combat the demons afflicting us, we will never enter into the peace and happiness we are looking for. It is just that simple. We must fight, and we must overcome. There is really no other way to fullness of life in Messiah Jesus.
If you sense that demonic activity is harassing you, you do not need to run from reality. The truth is uncomfortable sometimes, but we cannot pursue freedom without also pursuing the truth. Jesus said, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:31–32, emphasis added). We continue to fight, and Jesus leads us into greater and greater freedom.
Excerpt from Self-Deliverance: How to Gain Victory Over the Powers of Darkness by Messianic Rabbi K.A. Schneider; copyright Chosen Book, a division of Baker Publishing Group, 2015.
Messianic Rabbi K. A. Schneider a Jewish believer in Jesus and end-times messenger of the LORD, deli-vers the Word of the LORD with true passion of the Holy Spirit. At the age of 20 years old, the LORD appeared to him, supernaturally, as Jesus, the Messiah. He serves as rabbi of Lion Of Judah World Outreach Center and is the host of the international te-levision broadcast “Discovering The Jewish Jesus” (www.Discovering-TheJewishJesus.com) which can be seen on most Christian networks.