Working with God in Self Deliverance


Every day I have people write to me, asking for help in personal deliverance issues.  As much as I want to give everyone personal attention, I’m beginning to understand the need to address some of these things publicly rather than spending copious amounts of time writing each person a lengthy email or series of emails trying to assist them with their issues.  With that said, please know that my heart is to help as much as possible, as time permits.

One issue that I seem to be addressing more and more frequently is the issue of incubus/ succubus and demons of a sexual nature. (See Prayer to Be Healed from Sexual Molestation and Deliverance from Incubus, Succubus, Lust and Perverse Spirits).

I have had over 200 hits on this topic in just the last week alone, and multiple emails.  I find that I tend to be repeating myself as I attempt to help individuals on this issue.  What I’m hearing from others is that they can’t find anyone to help them on this particular issue.  I also realize that people often feel deeply embarrassed and fearful of approaching their pastors or other ministers on this subject, and I think they tend to prefer the anonymity of email or internet ministry.  It’s really hard for people to gain the courage to say, “Umm, excuse me, but can you help me get free from this sexual demon that won’t go away?”

Those things plagued me for a long time too.  I seemed to have been born into it.  I struggled with lust and familiar spirits even as a child.  I was far too young to realize what was happening to me, it was just always a part of my life.  Once I got older and understood more about generational curses, I realized that there were things I had to deal with through my ancestors.

Lust, idolatry, familiar spirits and generational rebellion (which is a spirit of witchcraft) were very strong in my family line.  I didn’t understand any of that for a very long time.  It’s not like we had practicing witches casting spells over a black cauldron or anything; but the spirits were there none-the-less.

For your information: A spirit of rebellion will grow stronger with each generation if it is never renounced and repented for, allowing the blood of Jesus to cover that sin.  Thus, it becomes idolatry in the sense that God is not God in the person’s life; they become their own god and allow other spirits to have dominion over them.  Idolatry always has witchcraft connected to it in some form.

So how do you get them to go away?

The first thing people need to understand is that whether it concerns incubus/ succubus demons, addictions or any other demonic spirit that is attached to their life, the process of getting free is going to require work on the part of the individual.

While a Christian can exercise their authority in Christ and command a demon to leave another person, we have to consider that may not always be the best solution.  It can be irresponsible to cast out a demon if the person is not willing to take personal responsibility for their sin, because those demons will just come back even stronger.  A demon will come back into a house that hasn’t been swept clean and filled with the Holy Spirit. (See Matthew 12:43,33 and Luke 11:24-25).

It is very important to fill that void with good and godly things that fill up the space so that there isn’t room for demons to come back.  Prayer, worship, the infilling of the Holy Spirit, reading the word of God, speaking in tongues and good godly relationships are vital to spiritual health and personal growth.  It’s like hanging the “NO VACANCY” sign and letting them know there’s no more room for them here! Many people just want to be free from the demonic spirits that are tormenting them, but freedom never comes without personal responsibility.

We must own our sin. We must own the sin of our ancestors, whether we participated in it or not.  If it’s in our generational line, it’s ours by inheritance.  We must deal with the things that our ancestors opened a door to or the enemy has a legal right to access our life – and those of our family.  Kids will end up dealing with the junk that their parents and grandparents never brought under the atoning blood of Jesus.

It doesn’t matter if we agree with it or not.  We can argue our own ideas, philosophies and theology until the cows come home but it really doesn’t make a bit of difference whether or not we believe it, agree with it, or like it.  I agree it’s a bum deal, but it’s just the way the spiritual realm works.  We each have the responsibility of cleaning up our own backyard, so to speak.  For more information on how generational curses arrive in a person’s life, go see the page, “Understanding Generational Curses.”

Our “Breakthrough Prayer” is very thorough and it lists a lot of things, but consider it a starting point.  (Go to the link on the right, about half way down the page).  It’s important to be specific and name as much as you can that you know about.  Tell the Lord you want nothing to do with any of the things tied into generational rebellion, idolatry, the occult and other things.  Sincerely ask your heavenly Father to apply the blood of Jesus to any doors that were opened knowingly or unknowingly by yourself or your ancestors. Speak it out of your mouth that you divorce all unclean and ungodly spirits and that you choose to join yourself to the Lord Jesus Christ as the only God you will serve.

Every time God has delivered me from something, it wasn’t just because I said a particular prayer.  The prayer helped open the door to my understanding, but often I needed to go a bit deeper.  It can be different for everyone I”m just trying to tell you how God has worked in me.

I know we all want the quick fix and just get it over with, but that isn’t always the way God works.  He wants us to understand what got us in bondage to begin with so that we have the knowledge to stay free and then help others.  One thing we have to understand is that the Lord will wait until He knows that we not only desire our freedom, but we recognize that there is something He calls sin that has allowed those demons to attach themselves to us.  Working with Holy Spirit is imperative so that He can reveal your blind spots.  Ask Him to help you understand what has given those demons access.

One thing that is needed is to examine your heart to see if you have any open doors through unforgiveness or unhealed offense with someone.  If we carry unforgiveness it brings torment and affliction with it.  (See my previous article, “Healing the Breach“).

Those are common to many people and give demons a legal right to remain until the issues of the heart are resolved.  You must forgive and yes, it must be sincere.  Not just from your mouth, but from your heart.  Demonic spirits feel welcome when they’ve been a part of your life for a long time and they don’t want to leave easily, but the key is to figure out where you have an agreement in the spiritual realm.  Demons know when you’re sincere AND submitted to God.  If they see some open door from your ancestors that never got dealt with properly, they know they have a legal right to stay.

Also check your home for any cultural art such as tribal masks, or obelisks for instance.  Things such as unholy music or videos, statues or anything connected to other religions can possibly be used in occult practices.  Those things can also allow demons access without people recognizing them.  Again, Holy Spirit is your helper.  You need Him to reveal what things the enemy is tied to in your life.  If you prepare your heart to hear, God will answer. He never denies His children the answers they need to get free!

I mentioned the topic of sexual demons above, so let me just address this a bit.

Lust is not just sexual.  It’s also tied into a desire for promotion, a driven-ness to achieve personal success or even a need for recognition (selfish ambition).  It can manifest in your business or personal life in various ways.  Often when a person has wrestled with shame, rejection, insecurity or feelings of unworthiness – lust, selfish ambition and idolatry comes in as a by-product of other emotional wounds.

It took me many, many years to realize that I still had open doors to the enemy that I didn’t recognize as open doors.  Rejection was very strong in my life and the enemy had done a great deal to insure that I incurred wounds that wouldn’t heal quickly.  If you had asked me, I would have told you that I was not in sin or doing anything wrong, but I also had blind spots that the enemy didn’t want me to understand.

Often the key to deliverance from one issue is directly connected to healing of a heart issue.  The key to freedom is tied into your perspective of what it means to walk in true humility and submission to God’s Holy Spirit.  We all need to work with Him to heal the belief system that affects our identity.  When the identity and wound issues are healed it often helps a person regain control over other things too.

My suggestion is to pick a time when you can be alone with the Lord and put on some worship music that allows you to really connect with Him in a deeper way.  If you don’t know what to pick, Kari Jobe has some videos on You Tube and usually her songs are very intimate with a healing theme.  Just worship God for a while and tell him how grateful you are for Him.  Praise Him for being your healer and deliverer.  Then begin to pray from the heart, asking Holy Spirit to reveal specific things that will deliver you from everything unclean and ungodly in His sight.  Tell Him that you truly want your deliverance and you want no benefit from anything the enemy has brought into your life.  Let Him know you are ready and willing to face whatever He needs to show you.

In your worship and prayer time, ask Holy Spirit to reveal the lies that have affected your belief system, then be prepared to renounce and forsake them.  More than likely, you have come into agreement with something that the enemy has used to forge an agreement in the spiritual realm, which is why the demons haven’t left yet.  Somewhere a lie has registered in your belief system that you cannot be free unless or until………. (fill in the blank).

I used to feel that way when I was addicted to alcohol.  I was convinced I couldn’t quit, but that was a lie the enemy used to infiltrate my belief system so that I WOULD AGREE WITH HIM.  Once I realized every temptation had a lie connected to it, it became easier to resist the enemy and recover my will to overpower his.

As with any sin, you have to realize the lie, renounce it, and then exercise your will to resist that temptation.  You have more power than you realize!  Are you using the authority that Christ gave you?  You need to get in the enemy’s face and tell him in no uncertain terms that he is not welcome.  Let Satan know that He is not your god!  Devils are not welcome.  There is a no vacancy sign out front.  They must go in Jesus name!

You can get set free simply by working directly with the Holy Spirit. My husband and I did, and he can do it for you, too.  I pray that this article has been helpful.  Go through it again, taking time to click on the links and read the other articles and speak out the prayers.

Don’t give up!  If you are persistent with Holy Spirit, I promise He will not fail you!


~ Laura Gagnon

Laura GagnonLaura Gagnon is a woman who has been blessed with the gift of understanding God’s restorative work through her own personal experience.  Through her insights and revelation, God has led her to influence many individuals into a restored relationship with Jesus Christ.  She is a woman who stands on the promises of God, encouraging others in an elevated expectation of the miraculous and declares the gift of His life.  Laura is the author of Healing the Heart of a Woman and writes for her blog, Beyond the Barriers.

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Working with God in Self Deliverance — 3 Comments

  1. May the Lord bless you for your posts! I am grateful to Father God in exposing the lies and deception of the enemy!

  2. God Bless You sister,
    This is really a common demon and if one believes that God created sexuality to be a wondrous blessed expression between man and woman to fulfill the commandment of to multiply one can understand that this also is among the first things the devil will attack and destroy.