Thursday, August 16, 2012

A Field Guide to Spiritual House Blessing

The most highly requested information for my ministry, M16 Ministries, is for house blessing. We have been involved in a broad spectrum of spiritual cases requiring house blessing. We have been to houses where violent crimes have occurred all the way to the other extreme where we dealt with a house with a demonic legion in it. I can't say that we've seen it all, but we've certainly seen a lot.

During a missions trip to Guyana, South America, my close friend, Mark Neitz, of WhyNotNow Ministries, and I were called out to bless a home where spiritual activity was taking place. We were staying in Guyana at our missionary friends' house of Don and Maria Whitney. One hot afternoon, while we were at Don and Maria's, we were preparing for our 4 day trip into the Guyanese interior (the rain forest) to meet with Amer Indian pastors. A pastor came to the Whitney's house and requested Don, Mark and myself (Michael), to come out with him to bless a house. A woman, recently widowed, was in need of deliverance prayer and her house needed blessing. The three of us were in our shorts and t-shirts, it was hot. But we figured we were adequately dressed for deliverance and house blessing. What did catch my attention was that the pastor was dressed in his Sunday best. It was hot but I figured this pastor just stayed in uniform all week long. Don, Mark and I got into the pastor's little Toyota car and off we went for a house blessing.

When we pulled up to the house we were supposed to bless, we noticed a large number of people already there. They, too, were dressed in their Sunday best and this was the middle of the work week. It didn't take long for Don, Mark and I to figure out that something was wrong with this picture. Mark boldly asked the pastor, “hey, what is going on?”.

The pastor replied, “It's a 9th day funeral.”

A 9th day funeral is literally a funeral held 9 days after a person dies. It gives family members the opportunity to get their lives in order and make travel arrangements to get to the funeral. In Guyana, the biggest method of transportation is by boat. Some have power boats and some have canoes. Nine days is adequate time for the word to get out and for the family members to make it to the funeral.

I became more uneasy with the situation as we got out of the pastor's car. The Holy Spirit started giving me things to speak on at a funeral. I looked over at Mark and told him, if we get led up to the front of the people – I think we're doing this funeral. Mark looked at me and grimaced, “I was thinking the same thing.”

Low and behold the pastor led us to the front of the families and introduced us as pastors. And yes we did an impromptu funeral. In our shorts and t-shirts. When the funeral was done, the pastor led the widow up to the front where we were and asked us to pray deliverance prayer. I didn't like this one bit. Deliverance prayer is personal and I don't do it in front of an audience. So I gave the woman a quick blessing and whispered to her that we needed to pray in private after this was over.

When the opportunity lent itself, and the family members had expressed their condolences, Don, Mark, the pastor, and I were able to go into the house with the widow and bless it. I had the woman tell me what was happening in the house. The house itself was small, maybe 20x20, two rooms, built up on cement stilts. The woman proceeded to tell me how a hindu god (a demon) would come at night, manifest at their front door and terrify the family. I was then informed that one night the activity was so horrifying her husband dropped dead of a heart attack.

I asked the woman how she knew it was a hindu demon. She said because her family's fields were blessed by hindus. And her and her husband were hindu followers before they became followers of Jesus a year ago. And that is when the activity started. The four of us proceeded to bless the house and prayed over it in the blood of Christ. We blessed the doorways, the windows and the four corners of the house. We instructed the pastor on how to work with this woman in keeping the spirit from returning.

M16 Ministries gets requests from all over the world. Especially, from areas where witchcraft is prevalent. How do I protect my house from witches next door to me? This is a pretty common question. But that question is a double-edged sword that frequently requires discernment. Either the person requesting help is actually in need of help from a battle with the occult, or the person is in a spiritual battle where they are being deceived into believing they are under attack by the occult.

In any case, it doesn't hurt to simply bless your house! If you are a follower of Jesus you should bless your house often just to make your mansion a pleasing abode for the creator of the universe. Since I am in spiritual warfare I frequently bless my home. Many weary people step through the threshold of my front door and the first thing they always comment on is the peace in the house. We keep the spiritual blessing at a constant setting in our home. Regardless if you are under a spiritual attack or just wanting the peace of Jesus to descend on your home, bless it!

For starters, if your house is a mess and in complete chaos. Clean it! Hey, I have teenagers and my house can look worse that tornado stricken mobile home in seconds. FEMA doesn't cover teenagers, so we train the kids to routinely clean up. If you can't take normal steps down your hallway and you have to leap and jump to open spaces of carpet – it is time to clean your home!

Step One – Clean the House

Step one of house blessing is cleaning and spring (seasonal cleaning). Get rid of stuff you no longer need. Also, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you items you need to get rid of. You may be surprised what turns up. And you may stumble upon an item that spirits are attached too.

You're scratching your head right now and saying, gosh, my problem is paranormal and this doesn't make an ounce of sense. That's because you watch too much reality tv. The stuff on the paranormal shows is all bovine excrement. You are better off getting your advice from Jersey Shores. M16 Ministries is the team that gets called in after the paranormal investigators and demonologists fail. It's all New Age and spiritist mojo that doesn't work!!! If you truly have spiritual activity in your home it is a demon. It is not a ghost or a wraith or some other thing having its roots in spiritist and New Age lore.

Again. Step one – clean your house. Make it pleasing to yourself and the God most high. We're calling in the big guns. The capital-G God and not the lower case g (which are actually demons). Clean house! No psychics, no paranormal team and no paranormal clergy!!! This is a supernatural problem!

If you feel weird in any one room of the house make note of it while you are cleaning everything out. Get an idea of what the spirits are attached to in the house. Make note of it. We're cleaning right now. If you're a follower of Jesus put on some Elijah streams soaking music. Psalm 149, worship is a double-edged sword that puts kings in chains!

Let the godly ones exult in glory;
Let them sing for joy on their beds.
6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth,
And a two-edged sword in their hand,
To execute vengeance on the nations
And punishment on the peoples,
To bind their kings with chains
And their nobles with fetters of iron,
To execute on them the judgment written;
This is an honor for all His godly ones.
Praise the Lord!
Psalm 149:5-9

This will be the spiritual beating of the battle drums off in the distance. If you're going to war in your house -start the singing and praising! Jesus is going to do something about the situation you are in.

If you are New Age or any other faith or belief and you are stuck in a really tight spot that requires a house blessing. Do the same as I instruct here. Jesus will answer you when you call to him. He wants to reveal to you that he does care about you. Forget the hate speech from your local self-appointed religious experts, they don't speak for him. Jesus is powerful enough to speak on his own behalf. If you are under a spiritual attack – call on him.

Step Two Bless the House

Very important you follow this guideline at this point. No psychics, no paranormal teams, and no paranormal clergy! Now let's proceed.

The paranormal tv shows love to bless a house in the dark. Why??? Do demons sleep during the day? All my battles have carried out during the day. I don't fight on demons time, I fight on my time. I am not at their beck and call. So I kick them out during the day. America has been spoon fed bovine excrement by paranormal tv shows! My team doesn't “Go Dark”, or have “Dead time.” or do EVP sweeps or use spirit boxes. These are all seances. M16 Ministries doesn't do seances we do evictions!

If you go to church, pick a nice Sunday afternoon after church and invite a few church friends over. Preferably, some mature followers of Jesus who won't be afraid of a spirit manifestation. Believe me, I know these people are hard to find. But if you have them at your church, bring them on your team for a praise and worship setting at your house. I strongly recommend it at your house where the battle will take place. If the activity is too intense. Start the praise and worship at your church and then move the party over to your house for the cleansing.

If it is your house that has activity I recommend appointing someone to be a prayer leader at your blessing. Why? Because if a spirit is attached to you, you will unwittingly be steered away from the areas that need blessing. Yes. The spirit will use you as the distraction. A prayer leader will lead the session and you will follow them. You will, however, stand in your spiritual authority with them. Having a prayer leader is also beneficial in the event the spirit manifests in you or one of your family members. This is spiritual warfare and stuff happens! Never ever bless your own home alone if it is a spiritual war zone.

Pick up some anointing oil. If you don't have some, just buy some olive oil and have your team pray over it and bless it. I recommend that you turn on spiritual music at this time too. Let it play low as background music.

If it is your house you must stand in your spiritual authority. Pray over and bless the people on your team. If you have a prayer warrior, have them pray and bless the team members for protection. If you know someone who is operating in the gifts of the spirit have them prophetically speak over your team.

Now you are ready for battle. Start in the front room of the house where the front entrance to the house is. Step outside to face the threshold of the front door and pray over the front door. I like using the method Moses described in Exodus 12, for anointing doorways. 

7 Moreover, they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses in which they eat it.Exodus 12:7

We wont be applying lambs blood, remember Jesus was the final sacrifice. We will apply dabs of olive oil onto the doorframe. At the top of the door frame I draw a small cross with my finger dipped in olive oil. The two side frames I swipe with olive oil like the Hebrews did on their door jams.

Front Door Blessing Prayer:

1 Holy Spirit we turn this house over to you.
2 We invite you into this house and we pray over this house with the blood of Jesus Christ.
3 I bind darkness from entering this door.
4 Only the light of Jesus Christ may enter.
5 We expel the enemy from this house in the name of Jesus.

In the front room, declare your victory over the spirits. Read Revelation 20:7-10. You will start in the front room and systematically move through the entire house. Evil spirits that claim Jesus is a myth seem to always go berserk over that scripture. Inside the house, in the first room, read Psalm 91.

Bless all doors inside the house, including closets and basement doors too. Bless all the windows and the attic and the basement. Move slowly through the house and let the Holy Spirit guide you. When the Holy Spirit is with you, there is a supernatural protection you can feel. It literally is a tangible feeling You must not give in to fear and unbelief which is a weapon of the enemy.

Blessing doors:

1 I bind darkness from entering this door.
2 Only the light of Jesus Christ may enter.
3 We expel the enemy from this house in the name of Jesus.

Blessing windows:

1 I bind darkness from entering this window.
2 Only the light of Jesus Christ may enter.
3 We expel the enemy from this house in the name of Jesus.
Bless the property line. Walk your property line and anoint the fence on the four corners of the compass. Take your anointing oil and draw a cross with your finger on the four compass corners of your land. Read Joshua 6:1-6 in the Bible about tearing down strongholds.
I have kept the prayers pretty simple for people trying to bless their own homes. Be slow and methodical and pray through each room. Take time in each room and listen to what the Holy Spirit is telling you.

Step 3 Dealing with Manifestations

Now what happens when the magic show starts? You hear a growl, clawing, or a chair slides across the floor in front of you. You got the spirit's attention. It is fighting back using fear. When objects move shut it down immediately.

“I bind you from moving my stuff. I own this property and I own this house and I demand you leave now and go where the Holy Spirit tells you to go! In the name of Jesus Christ!”

Whatever you do -don't play exorcist. I have seen too many times in the middle of my deliverance sessions where a spouse decides to jump in and help me. It's always a binder with exorcist prayers and it is nothing more than a distraction when it is read by the untrained! No exorcism. Period!

The battle is all about you no longer fearing the unclean spirit. You have the authority over evil spirits handed to you by Jesus Christ and his work on the cross.

Read Luke 10:17-29

I have been in numerous situations where I confronted the spirit based on the intel the Holy Spirit was telling me. I was in a house where a psychic woman was channeling legion. She was not Christian, of another faith, and a foreign national. She had no idea what legion was other than it was making her life a living hell. Yet, she didn't want to part with it because it gave her psychic abilities. Be aware of these things too when blessing a house. And don't ever cast demons out of a person that doesn't want them gone.

Read Matthew 12:45.

This is where my wife and I have to come in and clean up after paranormal investigators because they casted demons out of people who weren't willing to have their demons cast out. Yes, there are people who want their demons and yet can't figure out why they're in torment. Anyhow, while my wife and I were working with the psychic, I heard from the Holy Spirit, the spiritual portal was upstairs in an empty bedroom's closet. So I walked up there and sat down, indian style on the carpet, in that room and stared at the closet and prayed in the language of the Holy Spirit. The spirits didn't touch me. The oppression was so thick in that room you could have cut it with a knife. The spirits didn't try to do anything to me other than they wanted me out of the room. The woman manifested downstairs with my wife and the psychic let out a scream. I have encountered legion numerous times and they know that I know they're fallen angels. I also know they must obey God.

Philippians 2:8-10

I don't do anything stupid during warfare. I know how to listen to the Holy Spirit during battle. The point to get across here is that demons are not a ying and yang thing with God. Demons are not the evil equal to God. God is omnipotent and powerful. Demons are creations of God and they have powers, but they're limited. When you understand this in battle, it makes all the difference in the world.

Now if a person manifests during the prayer session, it is an attempt by the spirit to shutdown the prayer walk. It means your efforts are working and the spirits are trying to stop you from finishing. Several things are now possible when a manifestation occurs. One, the spirit feels they have a legal right to the family for some strange reason. It could be they have freemason or witchcraft in their background. Those are examples. We don't know. The prayer leader must discern if the spirit attacks are focused on one family member. If they are there is an attachment that must be broken. This is difficult because now we are dealing with past sins that must be addressed and we're talking about deliverance prayer session which is different from a house blessing. I use prophetic ministry when I work with people. That is the Holy Spirit reveals the sin that the spirit has attached too. Wait a minute Michael! Did I just read that correctly. Yes. You did and this is why the paranormal clergy is ineffective. When we use prophetic ministry the Holy Spirit will reveal the sin that is causing the familiar spirit to attach to the victim. We can go for sessions with an individual lying to us and finally admit the sin that was revealed was in fact correct. Deliverance is a whole other topic. But if you have a familiar spirit attaching itself to a family member this is what is going on. If you have never dealt with a demonic manifestation before just order it to shutdown.

Speak the person's name and order them to come up. For example, “Sarah. Sarah listen to me. I am speaking to Sarah. I order her in the name of Jesus Christ to come back up. I bind you unclean spirit and I order you to stop manifesting. I bind you. Release Sarah. In the name of Jesus!” This is how to shutdown the manifestation. Now you know there is a spiritual attachment to the person for some strange reason. I give more detail on how to deal with manifestations in my book, A Field Guide to Spiritual Warfare.

Don't prolong the battle if you don't know what you're doing. It only makes things worse for the person under attack. You break the yoke of sin off the person and then you cast the demon out. The demonic rights must be revoked or else it won't leave!

Now keep in mind too, this is different from children seeing spirits. Many children have the gift of discernment and spirits try to use this to attach a spirit of fear on the kids at a very young age. Paranormal tv calls these kids psychic kids. THEY ARE NOT!! They are operating with a discerning gift from God that must be redeemed. This is a different style of work we do when kids have this gift from God.

There are lots of factors involved in a house blessing with spirit activity. It may take more than one battle. If this occurs, move the kids and the pets out of the house. There is victory in these battles. The spirits theater of operation is to convince you that you can't win.

God always does amazing things in this battle. Let him battle his enemies!

I hope this information blesses you. Again, Jesus helps everyone who is in torment. If you don't believe in Jesus and you are under spiritual attack, just find a place of peace and reach out to him. There is a spiritual war going on and it is very real.

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