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Deliverance from Unclean Spirits

by Rhonda Jones  
4/24/2008 / Self Help

I believe there are two reasons we suffer from negative thoughts and toxic emotions. The first reason is our lack of control over our minds. The second reason is spiritual warfare. "For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against rules and principalities, against wicked forces in the heavenly realm. We have a real enemy that wants us to live a defeated life in Christ and he's like a lion looking day and night for someone to devour. We give the enemy entrance into our lives by having an unrestrained mind. He creeps in with debilitating thoughts and mindsets, then he makes resident by bounding us with strongholds and evil influences. That is why you can pray and pray for deliverance but if you're not saying the right prayer, you'll continue to be tormented day and night in your mind.

The Lord led me to this story in the Bible to show you what I mean. It is a long story but I'm going to try and summarize it. In Mark 5, there was a man who lived in the tombs. This man had been possessed by a demon for many years. As people walked by they could hear him screaming in torment. He often cut himself and he was so strong that others could not restrain him. Jesus was walking near the tombs when the demon possessed man ran out to meet him. The man fell at Jesus feet and asked Him if he had come to torment him before the appointed time? Jesus replied by saying, "What is your name?" The demon replied, "My name is Legion, for we are many." Then Jesus command of the demons to come out of the man and go into a herd of pigs.

For those who suffer from tormenting thoughts, raging emotions, and uncontrollable and debilitating behaviors, there is so much to be gleaned from this story. Here have a man living in the tombs, a place of darkness and death. Stagnation had set in. He was no longer fulfilling his purpose. He was paralyzed by inner demons. The joy, love, and peace had gone out of his life. He lived alone, withdrawn from his family and friends. He was filled with so much emotional and physical pain that you could hear him screaming from a distance. His ongoing pain caused him to want to hurt himself, so as an act of self-debasement, he cut himself with sharp objects and stones. Everyone had given up on this man. He was doomed to live forever in a state of hopelessness and anxiety.

I don't know about you, but I've been at this place many times in my life. We all have. A dark cloud lingers overhead, we're paralyzed by our own fears and physical or emotional pain causes us to withdraw from loved ones. Peace, joy, and well-being are replaced with worry, fear, anxiety and depression. If we're not verbally screaming on the outside, we're moaning and groaning on the inside. We may have even had thoughts about hurting ourselves or others. People commit suicide to stop the pain they feel inside everyday, even Christians. If you've watched Oprah, you've heard stories about people cutting themselves.

From close observation, I don't see much difference between the struggle of the man in the tomb and the conditions that plague many believers today. As Christians, we may not be outright possessed, but we are heavily influenced by the spirit world to the point that we lived in mental torment, depression, anxiety, and a host of other depraved behaviors and habits. Somewhere along the line, we opened the door and gave the enemy and entrance into our lives and our thoughts.

There are several more aspects of this story I want you to see. The first is that this man wanted to be delivered. This man sought out Jesus. He left the security of the tombs to meet Jesus. Even the most hopeless people want help. Secondly, before Jesus commanded the demon to come out of the man, he asked him, 'What is your name?" That was an odd request, why would Jesus care what his name was? Because Jesus wanted to know what type of demon he was dealing with. Similarly, we can't change or eliminate what we don't see or recognize. If you have a problem, but you don't see it, what is going to motivate you to take action?

Mark tells us "no one can enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man." The enemy comes in subtly then gains control of our mind and emotions and plunders the fruit of the Spirit right out of our lives.

According to this story, I believe if our lives are plagued with fear, worry, anger, lust, low self-esteem, depression, insecurity, anxiety, overeatingand nothing you do seems to help (prayer, counseling, affirmations, even meditation) spiritual influences are suspect.

So how do we gain our freedom again? We do what Jesus did, we identify what is ailing us and then we speak to these entities directly and cast them out, in the authority and the name of Jesus Christ. Last week I asked you to record your thoughts and categorize them by themes. Your list is similar to Jesus asking the demon to identify itself. This list represents the unclean spirits that are stealing your joy and causing you to live in mental torment. Now it is time to CAST THEM OUT! Praise the Lord. Are you ready!

BEFORE you get out of bed, read the the following UnClean Spirit Prayer. Also read it as the very last thing you do before going to bed at night. You need day and night protection! Read it with authority and confidence, like you mean business. Read it like the armies of God are standing behind you ready for battle. Before you read it, you'll need to add your list of unclean spirits in the blanks. I've already included the most common ones, but make sure you included the ones on your list.

Unclean Spirit Prayer:

God is the ruler of heaven and earth and the creator of everything under the sun. He is my present help in time of trouble and a snare against the enemy in my life. God has given me kingdom authority in the power of his son Jesus Christ. Under that authority I am protected from deadly substances, I can cast out demons, I can heal the sick, I have a mountain moving faith, and nothing can hurt or harm me. Therefore under the authority which I have in Jesus Christ and in the name of Jesus Christ I cast out every unclean spirit and demons influencing my life and disturbing my peace of mind. In the authority of the name of Jesus Christ

I cast out the unclean spirit of worry.
I cast out the unclean spirit of depression.
I cast out the unclean spirit of oppression.
I cast out the unclean spirit of low self-esteem.
I cast out the unclean spirit of anger.
I cast out the unclean spirit of fear.
I cast out the unclean spirit of the restlessness.
I cast out the unclean spirit of addiction.
I cast out the unclean spirit of lust.
I cast out the unclean spirit of unbelief.
I cast out the unclean spirit of gluttony.
I cast out the unclean spirit of _______________________. (Add yours)
I cast out the unclean spirit of _______________________.
I cast out the unclean spirit of _______________________.
I cast out the unclean spirit of _______________________.
I cast out the unclean spirit of _______________________.

and every other unclean spirit tormenting my mind. I command them to leave my presence and enter into the swine and be cast into utter darkness never to return again. Right now, God's angels are ministering unto me and by faith I receive my deliverance from evil spirits and God's peace that passes all understanding. In the mighty name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Praying this prayer and casting out demons completely changed my life. Although I had gained authority over my thoughts, for some time I walked around with a low-grade feeling of fear and worry. Identifying and casting out these unclean spirits gave me the peace that does pass all understanding, even in the midst of storms.

Rhonda Jones is the creator of over 25 Christian meditation and affirmation Cds and the author of the Christian makeover program, Help Me God Change My Life and A Date with God. Learn more at and

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I find the article on Unclean Spirits very interesting. As a foster parent I see so many young children that have so many of these symptoms of unclean spirits. There is one thing I caught out of this article. If it is so important for the Savior to know the name of the unclean spirit then would it no also be improtant for us to use the right name. This is food for thought the name Jesus did not come into existance for several hundred years after this death. So by what name did Mary, and his followers us when addressing him. He also said "in my name" you will cast out unclean spirits. So what is this name? When Mary called him to supper she did not call him Jesus for that was not his name. His hebrew name was Yeshoua or Jousha and it is in this name that He did all his work. It is this name that the unclean spirits feared it was not Jesus for they had never heard of that name. Yeshua means salvation, Jesus means nothing it is simply a name like Tom. The authority is behind the name Yeshua. It might seem a little thing one might say well Elohim (God) knows what I mean and he does but that is not what he said for us to do. How important is a name must be pretty important for Elohim or God to tell mary what to name him. To get the right results one needs to do it the right way. Thanks for the artilce I learned a lot.
Just a comment regarding the name of our savior. While I do not disagree about the importance of names, it was only a couple years ago I discovered Jesus Christ was born as Yeshua. Before this, I was literally delivered from death (not near death) at a tender age as I prayed (in my ignorance) in the name of Jesus. I have been victorious in spiritual battles that were as real as any in the physical world by uttering the name of Jesus. My only point is this, we call upon Our Lord and Savior in many tongues and He is recognized in every realm regardless of this. Shalom, and may the peace of Yeshua Ha Mashiach be with you.
About deliverance from unclean spirits, no one unless you are the christian that goes through mind torments, emotional breakdowns realy understands, other christians especially family tell you to get a hold of yourself and get some peace. When I am told that i get a rush of anger and a knot in my throat because i dont want to be this way. No one wants to lose control or cry over petty things. The unnatural thing is that petty things seem to mean the world to me and painfully feels like others dont care or its not a big deal. E have been married ten years, seven of those I lived with my husband who was deported to Mexico who backslid and fell in to drugs. The Lord had mercy on us and he rededicated his life but rededication was also reconcilation with me, its like if we barely got married again and were getting to know each other, that was rough, I was always in church and he would come once in a while because he was trying to build back what he had torn down for so many years. So sometimes i would have to beg him to come to church with me which would make him more rebelious to coming with me even though he came on Sundays. He finally felt the call to work with drug addicts but that implied going through the training and leaving home to another part of Mexico for three months and i would take a trip every Sunday with my three kids to visit him. So I am blessed my husband is living for Jesus doing something awsome knowing what is Gods will but why am i feeling such a strong oppression over my life that affects my kids and drives my husband crazy when he hears me crying and rambling about how i need him to understand me. The thing is my whole marriage has been praying interceeding for my husband, backing him up giving to him time,money energy and love. But now all of a sudden and in may times in our marriage i always felt my end of the deal is unfair. I am always stuck with the kids, responsible financily not that my husband doesnt work its just that since he took up this training i have to hold up the family with some christian sponsering and family help. What starts the fire on in me is when i dont get my way. This is a real problem that oppresses me because i feel i should be recompensed or if i ask a simple favor it should be fulfilled cause its no big deal i do even more. This mind complex of mine even if i should be more mature and just accept the fact that i am told no is excruciating to the point i want to lose my mind and even began to consider divorce, leave my children to my husband, get locked up in a cookoo house or worse of all sucide. I know this is all demonic activity but it is something i am ashamed to fight cause i know disappoints will always come my way and i will have to pray and fight back and honestly I am tired of fighting back even if i know the Lord is my stay and His shed blood is more powerful than a legion of demons. Please write back. Laura Facundo
I have battled with low self-esteem and depression as long as I can remember. I'm 31 years old now. I have had broken relationships with men, friends and family due to it. Some times I'm okay but I'm never filled with Joy and if I am it's in short spurts. My relationship suffers now because I have mood swings an anger. My feelings are easily hurt and often I feel like the victim. When I look at my situation I get upset with myself b/c I shouldn't get so sad and angry. And I shouldn't despise my boyfriend but I do. I bring so much turmoil on myself. I realize that I must fight the battle with the Lord. I have slacked in my prayer life and the enemy is here wrecking havoc in my mind. it effects my body, I'm tired all the time. I can cry easily. I have aches and pains an just feel like I am losing it. I have sucicidal thoughts a lot but I don't act on it because I have 2 children and I don't want to leave them behind. I don't want to be weak anymore. I don't want to be sad and I don't want to live alone because I can't deal with people. I want to be delivered. I am going to start praying this prayer tonight and I have to put on my full armour of the lord everyday. Life isn't supposed to be this way. And when it is, I just wish it was all over. I don't live up to my potential b/c of this cloud that tries to engulf me. My boyfriend of almost 2 years hasn't left me yet but I know he's fed up. He has given me 2 months to get my emotions together or he will leave me. When i get mad he's like a different person. Sometimes I want to hurt him. I know I disappoint him so much by not being OK. I have to start fighting or the enemy is sure to win. He has wanted me sinceI was a little girl. Email me at if you have any thoughts.
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