I have had several occasions on which we were experiencing what I can only describe as supernatural attacks or manifestations in our home. In talking with others, it seems that this may not be that isolated of an occurrence! Therefore, I have put together these guidelines for cleansing and blessing your home. This will dedicate your home and household to the Lord. It should be performed by the spiritual head of the home. If you are new in the faith, you may wish to have a more mature believer assist you.
The Name of Jesus
First of all, let me emphasize that there is only one Name that causes demons to flee, and that is the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11
And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” Mark 1:27
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” Matthew 28:18
The true Jesus Christ of the Christian Bible is the One who has all authority in heaven and on earth. (Which Jesus Do You Follow?)
Unequally Yoked Homes
In homes where only one spouse or roommate is a believer, the believer should encourage the other members of the household to participate. However, the believer must respect the other housemates’ boundaries. If spiritual battles continue, the believer may have to move out in a non-marital situation. In a marriage, the believer is called to stay (1 Corinthians 7:14). If you are in a conjugal relationship, you should get married 😉
Cleansing the Home
Before blessing the home, the house must be cleansed of all that is offensive to God. This should be done by all believing members of the family. None of the items should be given away or sold; they should be burned or destroyed and discarded.
The carved images of their gods you shall burn with fire. You shall not covet the silver or the gold that is on them or take it for yourselves, lest you be ensnared by it, for it is an abomination to the Lord your God. And you shall not bring an abominable thing into your house and become devoted to destruction like it. You shall utterly detest and abhor it, for it is devoted to destruction. Deuteronomy 7:25-26
Before going around the home, I pray something like this, “Father, please reveal to me anything that is a stumbling block in this home. Please reveal to me all idols and all things which glorify the enemy. Please convict me of anything in this home that doesn’t please You.”
If you feel a struggle in your heart about something it means it should go. This is an indication of your conscience bearing witness against you!
OCCULT: Destroy every item that has any association with the occult. This includes images, games, books, clothing, CDs, DVDs, art pieces, masks, charms, literature, and any objects that elicit fear. Pay particular attention to games dealing with the occult and forces of darkness – this is a common theme in video games. Examples include Dungeons and Dragons and Ouija Boards. Common occult symbols include Ankh, Black Sun, Circled Dot, All-Seeing Eye, Hexagram, Magic Circle, Pentacle (upside down star in circle).
PAGAN RELIGION: Destroy and discard all items that arise from pagan religion. This includes new age crystals, images, games, books, clothing, art pieces, masks, charms, and yoga programs. Yes, yoga. Links – What is the Christian View of Yoga?, The Truth About Yoga, The Spiritual Deception of Yoga. For gentle exercise, try Pilates instead.
PORNOGRAPHY: This includes all pornographic books, novels, magazines, videos, computer files, and television. If a person cannot overcome his or her desire for pornographic TV or internet sites, then the internet or TV service must be cut off until the addiction is overcome. Materials that advocate an immoral lifestyle or anti-Christian principles should also be destroyed. God’s standards are very high for sexual purity. Keep this in mind when cleansing your home of materials that are offensive to Him.
MUSIC: Music that glorifies promiscuity, sex, drugs, or immorality must be destroyed. Music that opposes God must also be destroyed. Lyrics should be examined.
DVDs: Movies and entertainment programming that advocates an immoral lifestyle or anti-Christian principles should be eliminated.
DRUGS: Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, so we must not be under the control of any substance. Prescription drugs are obviously fine when used as directed, but all illicit drugs and abused drugs should be destroyed and discarded safely.
ADDICTIVE MATERIALS: People are addicted to all kinds of things. If there is an obvious addiction in your life, you need to destroy and discard anything associated with that addiction. This might include drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, masturbation materials, sex-related materials, etc.
FALSE TEACHINGS: All books and materials that advocate other religions and/or humanism should be discarded. Most Christians have no need to study cults and other false teachings.
IDOLS: There should not be images of Mary, Jesus, or the saints in the home. The tendency is to focus on the image rather than the person if the image is present. This takes away glory that is due God alone. Unfortunately there are many false teachings within Catholicism and I encourage you to read through this with an open heart if you have been following the Catholic religion.
Dedicating the Home
In dedicating the cleansed home to God, you declare it to be used for His glory and His kingdom.
ANOINT: I bring a small container of pure virgin olive oil with me around the house. Over EACH window and EACH door frame (interior and exterior), I draw an oil cross while I pray.
PRAY: I pray over EACH window and EACH door frame (interior and exterior). For the exterior entrances, I pray something similar to this: “Father, I declare this home to be Yours. I pray that all forces of darkness would flee from this place in the mighty Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. I dedicate this home to You for Your glory and for Your kingdom. I ask for You to place a hedge of protection around THIS window (door), that the forces of darkness would not be able to enter. I ask for the protection of your angels day and night over this home, that you and you alone might be glorified and lifted high in this place. Amen”
For the interior doors, I pray specifically for the purpose of the room and/or the person who sleeps there. For example, “Father I pray that your Name would be lifted high in this bedroom. I pray that all forces of darkness that linger here would flee, in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. May your blessing and protection be upon ___ as she sleeps and works in this room. I claim this room for Jesus Christ. Amen”
Blessing the Home
The home blessing can be as formal or informal as you like.
FAMILY BLESSING: In a family situation, Psalm 127 and 128 may be read out loud.
THANKSGIVING: Thanks is offered to God for each member of the household.
PRAYER: A final prayer may be offered to bless the home. An example might be “Father, we praise and thank you for each member of this household: _________________. We dedicate each member to you. Grant them hearts to fear you. Help them to walk in your ways. Teach them to live in contentment and peace. Let your glory shine forth from this home, and may it be a beacon of your light in the neighborhood. May this home be a place of comfort and rest, where people are drawn to relationship with Jesus Christ. Amen”