What causes a Demonic Stronghold?
ENTRY POINTS FOR DEMONIC STRONGHOLDS:
What exactly is an entry point? It is what it sounds like. It is a spiritual door whereby spiritual entities can enter. The PRIMARY (but not only) ENTRY POINT is WILLFUL, REPEATED, UNCONFESSED SIN. When we willfully sin, we create a breach in God’s protective hedge that we receive at the time of our salvation. This breach is commonly referred to as an “open a door” which permits entry to whatever demon(s) is/are aware of the opening. Willful and repeated sin gives demon(s) LEGAL right to come and go AT WILL for the express purpose of our destruction.
Ephesians 4:25-27 Therefore, rejecting all falsehood [whether lying, defrauding, telling half-truths, spreading rumors, any such as these], speak truth each one with his neighbor, for we are all parts of one another [and we are all parts of the body of Christ]. 26 Be angry [at sin—at immorality, at injustice, at ungodly behavior], yet do not sin; do not let your anger continue past when the sun goes down. 27 And do not give the devil an opportunity [to lead you into sin by holding a grudge, or nurturing anger, or harboring resentment, or cultivating bitterness].
Let’s talk about lies: Thou Shalt Not Lie. The Enemy deceives us by subtly changing the Truth into a LIE. One example is a “white” lie. Most Christians would say there is no harm in a white lie. It’s a lie you tell in order “not” to hurt someone or to protect someone, so why wouldn’t it be okay? The Enemy, of course, wants you to believe there’s nothing wrong with a white lie. Remember, the Enemy comes ONLY to steal, kill and destroy. So whatever he’s selling Warriors, DON’T BUY INTO IT! ALL lies are SIN to God. Even a “white” lie can open a spiritual door for demonic entry.
Remember this old Cherokee saying: “The battle that goes on inside us is between two wolves. One is evil (the Enemy) and the other is good (God). The one that wins is the one you feed the most.” This is also true in the spirit realm. The more you “feed” the demons with continual, willful sin, the stronger they become. The problem is that whatever enters through the “open door” will affect you both spiritually, physically and mentally.
A blood bought, believing Christian cannot be possessed by the Enemy or his minions, because possession is “ownership.” Christ bought us back from the Enemy and sin at the cross so that NOW God owns us. Therefore, the Enemy cannot possess a believer. However, IF a believer gives the Enemy legal right through willful, repeated sin, he and his evil minions have legal right to oppress us AT WILL . . . and HE WILL.
2 Timothy 2:26 KJV "And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are TAKEN CAPTIVE by him (Satan) AT HIS WILL."
Some Christians do not believe that all sickness is a result of sin. What did God tell Adam would happen if he ate from the forbidden tree (doing so was disobedience to God=SIN)? God replied, “You will surely die.” Adam and Eve did not die immediately. God created them to live eternally, but their sin brought about eventual death.
Psalm 107:17 KJV "Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted."
Psalm 38:3 KJV "There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin."
Micah 6:13 KJV "Therefore also will I make thee sick in smiting thee, in making thee desolate because of thy sins."
ENTRY POINTS (Those where WE create the open door):
1) DISOBEDIENCE/SIN (Works of the Flesh):
Galatians 5:19-21 “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Sexual immorality (adultery/fornication/masturbation), impurity, sensuality (total irresponsibility, lack of self-control), idolatry, sorcery, hatred, hostility, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions (that promote heresies), envy, drunkenness, murder, riotous behavior
2) LISTENING TO/STUDYING ERRONEOUS DOCTRINE/SERMONS
Whatever we listen to the most, watch the most, think about the most, becomes part of us. We also know that what goes in/comes out. We cannot add to our diet of God's Word (which produces life and renews our mind) any kind of erroneous or false teachings.
Luke 6:45 KJV "A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh."
Matthew 15:18 KJV "But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man."
Matthew 6:24a KJV "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other."
3) DABBLING IN THE OCCULT, which includes:
Acupuncture; All animal guides, All Indian witchcraft, All magic, black or white; All spirit guides; Astral projection; Automatic handwriting and handwriting analysis; Birth charts; Charms; charismatic witchcraft; demonic movies, games, books & music; drug use, illegal or prescription; Druid & Celtic witchcraft; false prophets; familiar spirit of divination & witchcraft; fascination with evil; fortune teller, soothsayer and psychics; Freemasonry; gypsy; Harry Potter; hypnotism and enchanting; Imaginary friend; Island witchcraft; manipulation and control; martial arts; mind control; numerology & reflexology; Ouija Board; horoscopes; Satanism; self-will; shamanism and witchdoctors; Spiritism; stargazer, zodiac, and horoscopes; superstitions & old wives’ tales; tattoos & piercings; warlocks, witches, sorcerer, and wizard; water spirits; water witching and divination; WICCA; and Voodoo & Santeria
Deuteronomy 18:10-12 KJV “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. 11 OR a charmer, OR a consulter with familiar spirits, OR a wizard, OR a necromancer. 12 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. 13 THOU SHALT BE PERFECT WITH THE LORD THY GOD. 14 For these nations, which thou shalt possess, HEARKENED UNTO OBSERVERS OF TIMES, AND UNTO DIVINERS: but as for thee, THE LORD THY GOD HATH NOT SUFFERED THEE TO DO SO.”
Exodus 34:14-17 KJV “For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God: 15 Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice; 16 And thou take of their daughters unto thy sons, and their daughters go a whoring after their gods, and make thy sons go a whoring after their gods. 17 Thou shalt make thee no molten gods.”
Leviticus 19:31 KJV “Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God.”
1 Samuel 15:23 KJV "For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king."
4) CURSES (types listed below)
A. Spoken words (spoken by us or others);
B. Curses that result from the consequences of our own personal sin;
C. Generational curses, which are inherited from our forefathers and
foremothers due to their sins (up to the 3rd, 4th, 10th generation)
[Exodus 20:5-6; Exodus 34: 6-7; Deuteronomy 23:2; also 1 Samuel
3:12-14 re Eli]
D. Broken vows (i.e. marriage is a vow; therefore, divorce is a broken
E. Witchcraft/sorcery curses.
5) VICTIMIZATION, TRAGEDIES and TRANSITIONS