The basic premise of a house cleansing is very simple. When there is an unwanted spiritual presence or curse on a home, office, church, piece of land or other place it needs to be removed. A spiritual house cleansing, when done correctly, breaks curses and removes demonic beings. It also dedicates the place or thing to the Lord and invites His blessings and presence to dwell there.
Because Spiritual House Cleansing is not a commonly taught subject it is important to know five biblical principles before you start. Understanding these will affect how serious you take the spiritual house cleansing and will impact how effective you are. These five principles apply even more to us as individual believers than they do physical structures because we are the house or dwelling place of the Lord.
1. Spiritual Warfare. Demonic spirits desire to enter, disrupt, cause confusion, inhabit and multiply in people as well as places. They do this when there is a legal right given to them. A legal right is simply a way of saying that a person has authorized the demon to operate in their lives. A good example of this is Eph. 4:27 “and do not give the devil an opportunity.” The King James uses the word “place” instead of opportunity. The Greek word used here is “topos” Strong’s # 5117. It has several meanings, but they all have the idea of a place, spot or room. Metaphorically it can mean a “license.”
People can give a legal right for a demonic spirit to invade or torment them, their homes, offices or other areas of their life. Christians should be careful not to believe they are exempt from sin in their lives giving a legal right.
2. The Authority of Believers. When the seventy disciples returned they commented “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name” and Jesus replied “I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning. Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall injure you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven” (Luke 10:17b – 20 NASB).
It is clear that believers have authority over demonic spirits and over all the work of the enemy. We also have power when baptized in the Holy Spirit as Acts 1:4-8. However, we would be wise to follow the instructions that Jesus gave to the seventy and guard ourselves so that we don’t become prideful or focus on the wrong things.
Outside of Jesus there is no real authority to cast out demonic spirits. The seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, found this out the hard way. The demonic spirits overpowered them to the point that they left naked and injured (Acts 19:14-17). Make sure that you are in Christ before you confront the enemy.
3. Cleansing. The Old Testament has many examples of cleansing, but in this context the Tabernacle and Temple being cleansed stands out. In 2 Chronicles 29:3 King Hezekiah “…he opened the doors of the house of the Lord and repaired them” and then in verse 15 we read “and they assembled their brothers, consecrated themselves, and went in to cleanse the house of the Lord…”
After Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead there was a significant change. God no longer dwells in a building constructed by man. He now dwells in us when we repent of our sin and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. As the dwelling place of God we should be far more concerned with cleansing ourselves than a building (2 Corinthians 7:1). However, this doesn’t mean that we should neglect our physical houses, churches and other dwelling places. The Lord dwells in us and we dwell in them. They should be clean of anything that will defile, tempt, open spiritual doors and grieve the Holy Spirit.
When performing a spiritual house cleansing you must make sure the place is free of anything that creates a legal right. This may be a sin by the occupants that needs to be renounced and repented of or it may be physical things. There are obvious things such as pornography, drugs or idols and there are things that are much more accepted in western Christianity such as Harry Potter books, Vampire books and movies, dream catchers and other items that open spiritual doors.
4. Dedication and anointing. It was a common practice throughout the Bible to dedicate and anoint both people and things unto the Lord. Anointing and dedicating is simply a way to set a person or thing aside for God and His service (Gen. 28:18; 1 Kings 1:16; Ex. 28:41, 29:7; Lev. 8:12-30).
5. God’s presence. Anytime a demonic spirit is kicked out of a person or place it is critical that it be filled with the presence of the Lord. “When the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and not finding any, it says ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds it swept and put in order. Then it goes and takes along seven other spirits more evil than itself and they go in and live there…” (Luke 11:24-25).
A spiritual house cleansing is a great opportunity to examine not only the places that we dwell in, but an effective reminder that we need to keep ourselves clean and dedicated to the Lord Jesus. Part three of this series is the practical how to. Don’t miss it!