Demonic Doorways for Demons. By Leigh Fuller.

What is a doorway? Just like the doorways in your home that you open and shut as you go in and out so are demonic doorways in your personal life. They are those that are open or unlocked for demons to use. They come and go as they please. The Word of God says that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit {1 Cor. 6: 19-20} and most Christians would say so where the Holy Spirit resides there can be no demons. I beg to differ as over the past 29 years of deliverance ministry I have personally delivered scores of “born again” Christians from demons that have resided in their bodies, and in their minds.

I need to show you from scripture that Satan and his evil spirits can occupy the same temple as the Spirit of God.

“Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.” Job 1: 6.

It is clear that Satan and the angels are in the presence of Almighty God. In the very next Chapter of Job we see the scenario repeated and in verse 7 of Job Chapter 2 it says clearly,

“So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.”

Again in Zachariah 3: 1-2 we again see Satan ready to accuse Joshua in the presence of the Lord.

“And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him. And the LORD said unto Satan, the LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?”

What about in the New Testament? Well everyone knows that when Jesus was in the wilderness for 40 days and 40 nights Satan came to tempt him. Was not Jesus Christ both man and God while on earth?

“Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” Matthew 4: 10.

In Luke 32: 31 Jesus knew that Satan wanted to control Peter and cause him to fall.

“And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:” Satan wanted to own him but Jesus intervened in this situation but in the next encounter not so,

“.. But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God,” Matthew 16: 23.

Jesus looked directly at Peter yet spoke to Satan. The implication is clear that Satan was using Peter’s mind to cause division. Paul was also a victim to the attacks of Satan.

"And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong." (2 Cor. 12:7-10)

Many ill-informed Christians and even well known Bible Commentaries say here that the term “the messenger of Satan” refers to a illness or weakness that kept him humble but it is clear when examining the original Greek that the word is “messenger “ here is always translated as angel or messenger and refers to a created being. So, Paul's thorn was literally a demon sent to strike him repeatedly as waves would buffet the shore.

OK we have seen scriptural proof that demons can be in the presence of God and even reside in the Christian’s body where the Holy Spirit resides. Let me explain this to you. We are triune beings and consist of body, soul, and spirit. The Jewish Temple is an example. It consisted of the outer courtyard where any person might move around, this represents the body shell, next the inner courtyard, where only Jews and priests could congregate to do sacrifices, this is our soul, and the Holy of Holies where only the High Priest can enter once a year. This represents our spirit or our eternal being. For the Christian this is where the Holy Spirit resides and He has sealed it by redemption for Eternity. No evil spirit can dwell in the glorious Presence of the Trinity within our spirit.

“Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” John 14: 23.

Evil spirits are without mass which means they cannot be weighed; also they cannot be seen unless they take on physical appearance. We know that evil spirits were once angels in Heaven before Satan rebelled against God and was kicked out and made his residence on earth and in its atmosphere where they seek out human bodies to inhabit.

“When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.” Luke 11: 24-26

How was the demon allowed to return with seven other spirits? The home or body was clean but not occupied, the door was open with a welcome sign hung outside, a perfect invitation to spirits looking for a home. So it is with us if we do not close doorways with the blood of Christ and be filled with the Holy Spirit they will have unhindered access to our bodies and our minds.

What creates Doorways?

There are several areas of sin that allow demons to afflict Christians and we will explain them carefully so that you can take spiritual steps to bring about eviction of these squatters and remove the welcome sign from the front door. Sins of the Ancestors.

“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or 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. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.” Exodus 20: 4-6.

Here it shows that the sins of the forefathers can be passed down through the generations. This is what we call ancestral sin. The demons we call Familiar spirits because they are in the Family lineage. As each generation has children the strongholds are inflicted upon the new born. Unless the Christian parents take charge and cleanse the bloodline these sins will continue. Have you noticed that children of alcoholics are usually alcoholics themselves? A parent with extreme temper will have children who grow up very angry also. Even early death or suicide can be attributed to spirits of death and destruction working in the family line.

Let’s look at scripture to see other signs that lead to bondage.

“When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch. Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.

For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God.” Deut 18: 9-13.

There is a price to pay when the Lord’s commands are not followed. Deuteronomy 28:58-61says,

“ If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, THE LORD THY GOD; Then the LORD will make thy plagues wonderful, and the plagues of thy seed, even great plagues, and of long continuance, and sore sicknesses, and of long continuance. Moreover he will bring upon thee all the diseases of Egypt, which thou wast afraid of; and they shall cleave unto thee. Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will the LORD bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed.”

You say but Jesus paid the penalty for my sins? Yes He did but what is spoken of here is a curse that was put upon your ancestors who sinned against a Hoy God. If you play with the same fire you will be burned. Notice that the ancestors hated God; we must seek forgiveness for their sin and cancel it off our family line.

Occultic Sin.

The previous passage in Deuteronomy 18 mentions several occult practices including divination which can be broken down into other practices like Tarot Cards, Fortune Telling, Astrology, Horoscopes, Ouija boards, séances, and divining for water or other metals. If you have dabbled in any these even if it was just for fun you have opened a door for spirits. The Devil doesn’t recognize fun. Fun to him is having you in bondage any way he can so by having legal right over you. He is a smart lawyer and will not release you until every right he has is cancelled by seeking forgiveness, reclaiming the ground given {must be specific}, and closing the demonic doorway with the Blood of Christ.

For a full list of occultic involvement read Kurt Koch book “Occultic ABC”.

Prayer. “Lord Jesus Christ, I realize that I have given ground to the enemy Satan, by the sins of …………….. I repent of these sins and reclaim every bit of ground surrender to the Devil. Please cover them and seal the doorways with Your precious blood. I command every evil spirit attached to these sins to leave me and go to where Christ would send you. AMEN.

Soul Ties.

What is a soul tie? This is created when you participate in adultery and fornication before marriage, during marriage or even should you not be married. By committing these sins you create a spiritual tie between both of you. There are good souls that are godly as in a relationship between husband and wife or in other healthy relationships. Examples of a godly soul tie can be seen in the relationship between David and Jonathan in 1 Samuel 18: 1. David unfortunately created an ungodly soul tie when he saw Bathesaba and he lusted after her and then had sexual intercourse with her. 2 Samuel 11: 1-4.

There are several areas that we must cover in this step to freedom.

1. Sexual Sin. When we indulge in sex outside of marriage this unites us to the other partner physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The Bible states, 'When the two unite they become one flesh.' Genesis 2: 24. This is where evil spirits can flow from one partner to the other and vice versa, we call this shared spirits.

1 Corinthians 6: 15-16 says.

'Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.'

It is important that all these be dealt with as spirits work on using previous sexual relationships to cause friction between Husband and Wife. They will always make out the previous sexual contact is more satisfying than the present that way driving a wedge in the current relationship. Anything to destroy the Christian marriage.

2. Visual Sexual Sin. Looking at pornography either on the internet, films on TV, buying porn DVDs, going to strip shows again cause bad soul ties that allow evil spirits to enter. The Bible says that to look upon a woman with lust is the same as actually committing the sexual act in person. {Matthew 5: 27-28.} This sin can also be committed by having objects from previous sexual partners that take your mind and memory back to the sexual acts with that person.

3. Molestation or Incest. I would say that this act almost always allows evil spirits to enter because of the trauma caused by the act. A soul tie is established between the perpetrator and the abused victim. Healing of the mind and memories needs to take place because this is the garbage that the spirits feed on. The ground being removed now they can be evicted. We will have more to say on healing later in your freedom journey.

4. Unhealthy Soul Ties. As astounding as this may seem these are often prevalent in families. A domineering, manipulative parent can cause a bad soul tie. A child who receives less attention and becomes envious or starved for attention will often unwittingly allow spirits to create a bad soul tie. I have seen unnatural attention or affection from a relative or friend set the stage for the same unhealthy soul tie.

Signs to look for in this area.

Firstly ask the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you are you remember the past associations with those that you have been intimate. Make a list of all the names so that when you pray to cut the soul ties you will be prepared. Next ask the Holy Spirit to show you any non-sexual relationships that are unholy. The test is as follows in the Word of God.

'Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.' Matthew 7: 16-18.

So any tie that bears rotten fruit such as anger, resentment, bitterness, hatred, jealousy, any situation in which you are manipulated into doing something against your will. Make a list of these people also. Unholy soul ties are often formed in families that are dysfunction in need of Christian counseling. The order and purpose in a Biblical family is where the man is head of the household and the wife is submissive. Yes the Husband must love the Wife as Christ loved the Church. Children today are often not disciplined, often rebellious and seem not to remember the Lords command to obey and honor the parents. They take it for granted that the world owed them something.

Inanimate objects

Should you have a strong desire towards objects that are unholy in the eyes of the Lord this need to be destroyed? Demons can use these objects to create doorways into your life. For instance religious objects like statues of Buddha, Mary and other Catholic saints, Egyptian Sphinx heads, Indian Dream Catchers, African masks, and personal items like rings, photo's of old lovers, all these need to be destroyed. Please do not give any objects that may be cursed to others. You could be passing a demon onto them.

I could do a whole page just on the objects that many Christians have in their home but a few more are, violent movies, occult jewelry, bad music, and horror books, New Age material, Halloween costumes and much more. ALL these items need to be destroyed; not given away or sold as the curse on the object can be transferred to the next owner. We have a Biblical example of this in the New Testament book of Acts. This is the background of the incident in Acts 19: 11-20.

And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them. Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the LORD Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.

And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds. Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed."

Here we see that miracles were worked through the apostle Paul. So great was the power of the Holy Spirit that just by pieces of cloth diseases were healed and demons cast out. We see also that demons respect and obey only those who are servants of the Most High God. Those not filled with the Holy Spirit were attacked by the demons and ran away bleeding and naked.

The power of God working through Paul was so great that wizards and sorcerers were converted to Christ and renounced their occultic deeds. The example follows as they set fire to their books of spells. These books were embossed with gold and silver and worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in our present time value.

No matter what it’s worth if the item is cursed or of the occult it MUST be destroyed lest the demons still have an entrance into your home.

Trauma.

In our ministry we are seeing more and more Christians who have experienced trauma in their lives. The majority of these occur by far in early childhood, or abuse by the parent or another family member. Traumas like these are always likely to open doorways for evil spirits to enter and begin their malicious work of destroying the soul and spirit of the victim. They cause the victim to even think that they, not the abuser are guilty or in one particular case the demons made the child think that sex with her father was normal expected relationship to the extent that she enjoyed it.

How perverted are these demons? How malicious is their intent? How far will they drive the victim? Of course every child is 'Fearfully and wonderfully made' in the image of God. Satan from the moment he was thrown out of Heaven began to vent his hatred of God on God's human creation, mankind. He will do whatever it takes to destroy a soul. To bring down into Hell where he full well knows is his destination one more of God's children. Nothing but salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ will prevent his diabolical schemes from eventuating.

We have found in our ministry in over 29 years that if one can find the earliest trauma in the life of the victim, this is usually where the doorway was opened for spirits to enter. There are at times suppressed memories that can only be uncovered as the demons are forced to reveal their entrance point. This is where care and discernment of the Holy Spirit is essential.

Trauma does not have to be violent in nature. We have found cases where there was no bonding with the parents mostly with the mother who did not want this child. Even an infant can tell when they are loved. Being abandoned by parents is another area that can cause spirits to enter. Other doorways may be caused by lack of esteem when parents say stuff like “you’re dumb” or “you will never amount to anything”. Demons seize on these situations because every child is “fearfully and wonderfully made by God.” and demons want revenge on God.

It says in the Word that God will not forgive us unless we forgive others. Matthew 6: 15. Inner healing needs to take place to destroy the garbage that Satan feeds on in the mind. A great book for this is David Seamands “Healing of the Memories”. It is also essential to be able to forgive those who were the abusers cause demons hold onto unforgiveness as a doorway.

Addictions.

We have found in this ministry of deliverance and healing that most addictions can be caused by trauma also. In up to 90% of our cases of addicted individuals we have found trauma. Other doorways are rejection, bitterness and unforgiveness. The traumatized person turns to alcohol or drugs to numb the pain and this allows demons to come right in and set up house. Mind altered states shut down the process of the will and then self control. When the self control is handed over to demons the downhill progression can lead to death by overdosing on drugs or death by bodily organs being destroyed by alcohol.

Of course there are many other addictions besides the previously mentioned. Addicted to porn, to body building, to TV, to sport, and so on. Any area that in reality you don’t control is an addiction. The Holy Spirit is to be in control of our lives, not another usurper from the Devil.

Extreme Pentecostal Practices.

I know that I will be stepping on many toes here but after 28 years in deliverance I have seen many shipwrecked Pentecostal Christians. It seems that most Pentecostals have a mindset that because they have the so called gifts like tongues, interpretation, prophesy they are superior to other Christians. Some of their Churches teach that you do not have salvation unless you manifest the gift of tongues. This is not scriptural as many in the Word of God had the baptism of the Holy Spirit yet did not speak in tongues. The first martyr Stephen was filled with the Holy Spirit but no mention of tongues, Jesus Himself never taught the apostles to do this if it was so important instead He taught them the Lord’s Prayer. { for a more in discussion go to the article on The Modern Tongues Movement.}

In my ministry I have had many Pentecostals come for deliverance but I always ask them to obey scripture in 1John 4: 1-4 where it says to test the spirits to see if they are of God. Upon doing this test while they are speaking in tongues and the scriptural test is applies “spirit do you confess that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh” it is not the Holy Spirit that comes forth but a blaspheming unholy demon. These have entered usually by transference by laying on of hands and praying over them in tongues.

Slain in the Spirit.

But which spirit I ask. This is another extreme Pentecostal practice that has no scriptural basis. I fact the scriptures clearly show that the way that they fall to the floor is demonic and they are receiving an unholy spirit. In my ministry again every Pentecostal coming for help who was slain in the spirit received many evil spirits.

In one case a lady who was in extreme danger from powerful evil spirits had been to six Pentecostal Churches seeking help and had been slain in the spirit man times received six false tongue spirits plus false spirits of prophesy and revelation. Another Pastor’s wife receives similar spirits when she allowed a female Pentecostal evangelist to lay hands on her. It was revealed in ministry that the strongman in charge of the false tongues, revelation and prophesy was a spirit called “the physical manifestations of the Pentecostal Church”. It said its ground was jumping up and down singing praises to Satan in tongues.

The question that we, as Bible believing Christians must ask is, what scriptural evidence is there to support or refute this doctrine of being “slain in the spirit”.1 Thessalonians 5:21 says, “Test all things; hold fast to what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.”

Let us examine this "doctrine" in the Light of God's Word. What happens when people come face to face with the Presence, Power, and Glory of Almighty God Please do not take my word for this, search the following scriptures out for yourself.

The Glory of the Lord.

1. “ when I saw it, I fell on my face.” Ezekiel 1: 28.

2. “ like the Glory and I fell on my face.” Ezekiel 3: 23.

3. “ behold the Glory of the God of Israel, I fell on my face”.Ezekiel 43: 1-.4

4 “The Glory of the Lord and I fell on my face.” Ezekiel. 44: 4.

5. “Then the Glory of the Lord they fell on their faces” Numbers 16: 19-22, 45

The Presence of God.

1. “Abram fell on his face and God talked with him.” Genesis 17:

2. “...Balaam saw the Angel of the Lord and fell on his face”. Nunbers 22: 31.

3. “ the Commander of the army of the Lord. Joshua fell on his face”. Josh 5:14-15.

4. “ the Angel of the Lord... Manoah and his wife fell on their faces.” Judges 13:20

What happens when people are healed by the Lord?

“...and when one of them saw that he was healed, glorified God and fell on his face..” Luke 17: 15-16.

Others in the Presence of Christ ALWAYS fell forward. See the following scriptures. Luke 5: 12.Luke 5: 8. Note the Greek “prospipto “means fell forward. Luke 8:47 As above. Mark 5: 33. As above. Mark 7:25. As above. Revelation 7: 11. Even angels fall on their faces. Revelation 11: 16. And even the twenty-four elders fall on their faces.

The previous scriptures prove without a doubt that where God is manifest ALL fall forward on their faces, as an act of reverence and humility at His Majesty and Glory. There are three references to falling backwards in the Old Testament and they all are to do with evil coming upon a person. In Genesis 49:17 a rider falls backwards as a serpent bites the horses heels; 1 Samuel 4:18 Eli fell off his seat backwards and broke his neck; Isaiah 28:13 the drunken priests fall backwards and are broken, snared, and taken captive.

Anyone should be able to see that the power behind this “slain in the spirit” from the previous references, is certainly not the Holy Spirit but comes from the enemy, Satan.

1Corinthians 14: 25 says it plainly. “the secrets of his heart are disclosed; and so falling on his face, he will worship God and declare that God is really among you.”

Paul gives excellent advice to Timothy on how to correct those who are in error in 2 Tim. 2:24-26.

“ and a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentile to all, able to teach, patient, in humility collecting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his wi11.”

If you have been deceived in this area of being “slain in the spirit”, seek the Lord's Face and repent of any involvement in Satan's lying wonders. Christ is faithful and just, and His Blood will cleanse you from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1: 9.

A well respected Christian researcher on Biblical Demonology, Merrill Unger once believed that a Christian could not be invaded by demons. He had to review his stand when a relative who was born-again had to be delivered from demons.

He makes a pertinent statement in his book, “What demons can do to Saints.”

“ …many Christians, however, do not wage a successful battle against the enemy. Instead they parley or compromise with evil. They fellowship with the darkness or unite with error. They yield to the old Adamic nature and through carnality and sin open the door to evil spirits to affect their thinking and their conduct.” pp 48.

This article has been written to help those who are troubled by demons, identify the symptoms and recognize that help is available. It is sadly a fact that the true teaching on spiritual warfare is being lost. This is a plan from Satan so that Christians remain wounded and crippled and cannot get free to serve our Lord to their fullest extent.

For more in depth information on the symptoms of demonic invasion see our article on the same subject.