POWER AGAINST UNCLEAN SPIRIT
Dr. D. K. Olukoya
This week, by the grace of God, we are going to
learn about power against unclean spirits. The Bible makes us to
know that God has given believers authority to be able to do certain
things. We have to learn about those things and walk in that
authority which is the birthright of every child of God.
The first one is authority to overcome sin and
all bad habits in all areas of our lives. Matthew 1: 21 says,
“And she shall bring forth a Son and thou shalt call his name JESUS,
for he shall save his people from their sins.” The Bible
also says, “In whom we have forgiveness, we have redemption."
Therefore, we have power from God to overcome sin and evil habits.
As from today, you have to walk in this authority that God has given
Another authority that we have is immunity
against poison and control of wild beasts. Luke 10:19 says,
“Behold I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions,
and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall by any means
Another one is the authority to heal the sick.
James 5: 14 says, “Is any sick among you let him call for the
elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with
oil in the name of the Lord.” And Mark 16:17 says:
“And these signs shall follow them that believe. In my name shall
they cast out demons; they shall speak with new tongues. They shall
lay hand on the sick and the sick shall recover.”
Another authority that has been given to you and
I is the authority to raise the dead. John 14: 12 says,
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works
that I do shall he do also, and greater works than these shall he
do, because I go unto my Father.” Jesus raised the dead, and
He has given us the authority to be able to raise the dead like Him.
Another authority that the Lord Jesus Christ
promises us is the authority to be able to bind and loose anything.
Matthew 18: 18 says, “Verily, I say unto you, whatsoever ye
shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven and whatsoever ye shall
loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
Another authority that the word of God promises
us is the authority to destroy the works of satan. Jesus has also
given us authority to be able to control the elements and do all
kinds of miracles. That was why Joshua was able to command the sun
to stand still and work in his favour. We too, can do so.
Another thing that the Bible says we can do is
that we can execute judgment upon the powers of darkness. Psalm
149:6 says, “Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a
two-edged sword in their hand. To execute vengeance upon the
heathen, and punishments upon the people.” So we are authorised to
execute judgment, not on one another or on pastors and ministers of
God but on all the works of darkness. You are to judge yourself, and
also the powers of darkness.
Another thing that the Bible promises us is the
authority to get abundant provision for living. Philippians 4:19
says, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches
in glory by Christ Jesus.”
The word of God has also promised us the
authority to have complete knowledge of the truth of the word of God
beyond all doubt. That is why the Bible says in 2 Timothy 2:15,
“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not
to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
Another authority that we have is authority to
experience the river of living water flowing out of our innermost
being. John 7: 37-39 says, “In the last day, that great day of the
feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him
come unto me and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture
hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But
this spake he of the Spirit which they that believe on him should
receive: for the Holy Ghost was not given; because that Jesus was
not yet glorified).”
So, we have the authority to have rivers of
living water flowing out of our innermost being. We have the
authority to do the work of Christ, even greater authority to do
greater works than He did. We have authority to have freedom from
darkness and experience complete life in all areas of our lives. We
have authority to have healing and sound health. For you to remain
in sound health, you have the authority to able to do so.
We have the authority to receive the fruit of the
Spirit, and impart the gifts unto others. Also we have authority to
exercise power over all unclean spirits. Matthew 10:1 says, “And
when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power
against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of
sickness and all manner of disease.” Let us look at another word of
God that establishes that as well. Mark 6:7 says, “And he called
unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two,
and gave them power over unclean spirits.” Luke 10:1 says, “After
these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them
two by two before his face, into every city and place, whither he
himself would come.” We can see in these Scriptures how the
disciples were sent out and how they received power to be able to
stand against unclean spirits. When they came back, their report was
that they saw satan himself falling before them.
Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God from God.
Likewise unclean spirits are the spirits that come from the devil.
These unclean spirits are obedient to him; they are in subjection to
him. We need not argue whether there are demons or not or whether
unclean spirits exist or not. Whether you believe it or not, the
word of God has said that there are unclean spirits. Jesus also made
us to know that there are unclean spirits. Whether you doubt the
existence of satan or not, satan exists as well. What we should know
is what we can do against these unclean spirits.
Some people meet unclean spirits at different
places. Unclean spirits are personalities. They are spirit beings
that exist spiritually, although they often appear physically as
well. We need not know how they came to the earth, but the Bible
says they came to the surface of the earth. Although they don’t have
physical bodies, one of their aims is to indwell human beings to be
able to carry out their activities on the surface of the earth. To
express their will and personality in our natural world, they attach
themselves to objects, especially those dedicated to them. They
attach themselves to idols, amulets, charms, fetish materials and
instruments of ritual worship. Any one who has any charm,
concoction, amulet or idol at home has a ready material for unclean
spirits. Such a person would be attacked or oppressed day and night.
Apart from using or looking for human beings to
possess, they can also inhabit physical places such as houses,
buildings or an apartment within a building. There are other names
that the Bible calls unclean spirits. It calls them seducing
spirits. 1 Timothy 4:1 says, “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly that
in the latter times, some shall depart from the faith, giving heed
to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” And Matthew 12: 45
says: “Then goeth he, and taketh with himself 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. Even so shall it be
also unto this wicked generation.” So, the Bible tells us that there
are evil spirits. We really need to war against them.
At this juncture, please take this prayer point:
“My life is not the habitation of evil spirits. My body is the
temple of the living God. Therefore no power of darkness can enter
into me, in the name of Jesus.”
The Bible also calls them devil’s agents. It
calls them principalities and powers. Ephesians 6:12 says,
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against
principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of
this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
Whatever names they are called, they are unclean spirits. They are
not holy and that qualifies them to be called unclean spirits.
WHAT ARE THE FEATURES OF THESE UNCLEAN
SPIRITS, DEMONS OR POWERS OF DARKNESS?
They can speak. When Jesus went to the temple,
the first personalities to recognise Him were demons. The Pharisees,
Saducees, high persons and teachers that were there in the temple
did not recognise that Jesus was there with them. But immediately He
came, the person that was possessed with demons said, “What have you
to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to torment us before
They have understanding and they are very
intelligent. The Bible says that the children of darkness are wiser
in their generation than the children of light. So, anyone who
copies something from unbelievers is undoing himself. If the people
he is copying are children of darkness, then he will not be able to
know that they are demonic spirits and they would just undo him
because they are wiser in their own generation. Unbelievers can
commit sin and get away with it because it is part of their life. If
you follow them, one day you will be caught.
They can believe to a limited extent. The Bible
says that there is only one God. The demons also believe that. They
believe that there is Jesus as well, only that they don’t want to
accept that Jesus is greater than them.
They co-operate with one another. Sometimes the
one that has greater demons would cast out the one with lesser
demons, and would say he is powerful. That is why sometimes you see
a child of the devil say, “I am the husband of witches, I am the
wife of wizards.” Such a person must be using the power of the devil
against the devil. So, when you go to them with a problem, they
pretend to solve it but actually they are replacing the problem.
They will deceive you so that you will not know that that problem is
still there and multiplying in your life. That is why we have fake
prophets or white garment herbalists. They use the power of the
devil to subdue smaller demons and to exercise authority over them.
They seek for bodies to enter and to control.
They know their end. They know where they are
going to end up, that was why the possessed man who challenged Jesus
asked Him whether He had come to torment them before their time.
They recognise divine powers. They know those
that have divine authority. They know you as you are. They know your
spiritual level. That is why they would deal seriously with someone
who is not living a clean life and wants to cast them out. The sons
of Sceva wanted to cast them out, whereas they did not have the
authority and disaster befell them.
They also know those that say, “Me, my own
blood is bitter, nobody can suck my blood,” but do not have
any power. Such people are easy prey for them. So if you have not
received the Holy Spirit, try to do so because they know us as we
are. They know those that are not living a clean life and merely
say, “Let me follow them to church, maybe one day God will do it.”
They recognise those who have divine authority
and can exercise it over them. I pray that you can exercise the
authority that Jesus Christ has given to you, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
THE WORKS OF THESE POWERS IN THE LIVES OF
They cause spiritual blindness, so that whenever
you are talking to them or preaching the gospel to them they will
not believe or agree with you. During evangelism, you will come
across some people talking and arguing with you, recognise that they
are under the control of these evil sprits. What you should do is to
bind the demon and you will recognise a break immediately.
They attack the doctrines of Jesus Christ. For
example, they disagree with the death of Jesus as a substitute.
Another thing they do is to blind the eyes of unbelievers to their
sins and the consequences. They cause them to believe that God is a
good God and cannot punish anybody.
They fill their hearts with hatred against
ministers of the living God, so that they go to attack them wherever
they go and preach.
They cause sicknesses. They possess a person in
order to kill him, so that he will not be able to hear about Christ.
WHAT THEY DO TO BELIEVERS
It is important for you to know what unclean
spirits do to believers. The first thing they do is that they always
deceive believers into believing that committing a sin just once is
not a big deal and that God will pardon them. Immediately the
believers go ahead to commit the sin, they will be the ones that
will attack them.
They attack the word of God in the life of
believers. They make sure they render to naught the teachings of
Christ in the life of many believers. In the Parable of the Sowers,
we see how they distort the words of God that are planted in the
hearts of people.
Sometimes they oppress believers who allow
themselves to be oppressed.
They tempt believers to sin and when they commit
sin, the devil will go to God and say something like this: “That
your daughter or son has just cursed somebody before coming to
fellowship. And because of that, his prayer should not be answered.”
Therefore, we need to be wiser than the devil. The evil ones are
wiser in their own generation, but the Bible says that you can
receive the wisdom of God so that you can know how to deal with
WHAT DO WE DO TO THEM?
Ephesians 5: 11-12 says, “And have no
fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove
them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done
of them in secret.” The word of God does not say we should
be petting evil spirits. It says, we should rebuke them. Mark 16:17
also says, “And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my
name shall they cast out demons, they shall speak with new tongues.”
The devil is a liar and has failed woefully. The
Bible says, “You shall cast out devils.” And we saw that in the
ministry of Jesus Christ. He was always casting out devils, healing
the sick and raising the dead. Paul also cast out devils. We have
been given the authority to cast out devils.
Power of the Christian over and against unclean
spirits lies in the name of Jesus. Philippians 2: 9-10 says,
“Wherefore, God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name
which is above every name. That at the name of Jesus, every knee
should bow of things in heaven and things in earth, and things under
the earth.” So, we have the name of Jesus as a weapon with
which we can exercise authority against them and over them. Let us
see what was done in Luke 10:17. It says, “And the seventy
returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the demons are subject
unto us through thy name.” Why were they subject to them? It
is because of the name of Jesus. So the name of Jesus is powerful.
No power can withstand it and no demon can near it. The name of
Jesus is too great.
Another thing we must know was that the disciples
were working in full obedience to the Lord’s instruction. When Jesus
sent them forth, to be able to cast out devils, He gave them power
against unclean spirits. Remember that those that were sent to cast
out devils were those that were called disciples or believers. They
were working in full obedience. For you to be able to exercise power
against unclean spirits, you need to work in full obedience to the
Lord and not in partial obedience. You should not be like those who
say, “My own Christianity is different. Let me be doing it little by
little, later on I will join them.” If you are like that the unclean
spirits will attack you even when you say the name of Jesus.
Another ingredient is faith, and not fear, faith
in the word of God that makes you to believe that when you mention
the name of Jesus, something will happen, and nothing can stand
Another thing is that the disciples worked under
God’s appointed authority. A believer who wants to exercise power
over unclean spirits must be under God’s authority. You must
recognise that you did not earn the authority by yourself, that the
authority is inherent from God and it is a right that is given to
you. Devil does not submit to you or to us as believers or as
individuals because of our name or because of our birth. He submits
to us because of the power that we have as believers. If we call our
own name, say in the name of so and so, demons will not listen to
us. But immediately we say, “In the name of Jesus,” they will obey.
What happens during the new birth is that you are
promoted from the rank of a private in the army to that of a full
general. In the hierarchy of power, God has greater power than all
the powers of darkness. Therefore devil is always subject unto us.
Now that you know all these, what do you want to
do? You should recognise the fact that all our actions everyday have
full effect on us. How do you contribute to the building up of the
kingdom of God in your attitude, behaviour and thought.
The second thing is that you must know that your
own work is not only to build-up the work of God, but also to
contribute in breaking down and overthrowing the kingdom of
darkness. Your name must be known in hell and in heaven as well.
Your name must be known in hell so that whenever you are praying the
beings in hell will say, “That is a believer, do not touch him.” But
if you are living a careless life, you will not be able to operate.
The devil does not want your name written in the Book of life.
In everything you do, you must be pulling down
the kingdom of darkness. Some people are contributing to the kingdom
of darkness consciously or unconsciously. If you commit sin, you are
reestablishing the kingdom of the devil. When you are not working in
full obedience to God, you are contributing to the kingdom of
darkness. I pray that the Lord will help us to work in His side, in
Before we attack the kingdom of darkness with
some prayer points, let us make sure that the kingdom of darkness
does not have a legal hold on our lives. I want you to pray like
this: “All the legal hold that unclean spirits have over my life, I
command you to receive the fire of God now and be consumed, in the
name of Jesus.”
Your body must be under the control of your soul.
Your soul must be under the control of your spirit. Your spirit must
be under the control of God. If your spirit is not under control and
in that line of authority, you cannot exercise authority over any
other power. That is why you will talk to yourself like this: “My
body, be under the control of my soul, my soul be in subjection to
my spirit, and my spirit be in subjection to the Spirit of God, in
I bind you devil and all unclean spirits in
all areas of my life. I declare my life a danger zone for you,
in the name of Jesus.
Anything that unclean spirits have eaten in
my life, or whatever they have destroyed, let there be a
complete restoration, in the name of Jesus.
I remove my name from the book of demonic
casualties, in Jesus’ name.
I break every family covenant that may be
affecting me negatively, in the name of Jesus.
I remove myself from the hold of any demonic
power, in the name of Jesus.
I bind every spirit of infirmity, in the name
I break and lose myself from every
bewitchment, in the name of Jesus.
Every link connecting me to evil things,
break now, in the name of Jesus.
I reject any evil thing that I have inherited
from my father and mother, in the name of Jesus.
I release all my helpers that are locked up
in prison, in Jesus’ name.
I invite the fire of God to destroy every
evil altar constructed against my life in my village, town, or
where I was born, in the name of Jesus.
I break every witchcraft curse, in the name
I bind every spirit of marriage destruction,
in the name of Jesus.
I bind every spirit of untimely death, in the
name of Jesus.
I bind every spirit of marital failure, in
the name of Jesus.
I break every covenant of late marriage, in
the name of Jesus.
I break every spirit of financial failure, in
the name of Jesus.
I release right now, my materials in satanic
bank, in the name of Jesus.
I release myself from the hold of every evil
remote controlling power, in Jesus’ name.
I refuse to be controlled by any power, which
is not the Spirit of God, in the name of Jesus.
I destroy the remote-controlling powers, in
the name of Jesus.
Any strongman attached to any bad thing
happening to me at present, I bind you and paralyse you, in the
name of Jesus.
Any evil that has been done to my life within
the hours of midnight and 3 a.m. I cancel you, in the name of
Any organ in my body that a strange hand has
been laid upon, I set you free, in the name of Jesus.
Thank God for answered prayers, in Jesus’