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Addressing legal grounds

Properly breaking up legal ground also plays a vital role in this type of ministry. Sometimes, even if a demon is present, they can leave once their legal grounds have been broken up. However, I would never count on it... while it happens every now and then, if it happened all the time, there would be no point in casting out demons!

A legal ground is something in our lives that has given an unclean spirit the permission or right to involve itself in our life, body or mind (soul). A good example of how a legal grounds works is found in Matthew 18:23-35, where Jesus talks about unforgiveness. Jesus wraps up the story by saying that if we are unforgiving, tormenters are allowed access to us:

Matthew 18:34-35, "And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses."

Unforgiveness, which gives birth to bitterness, is known in the Bible to spiritually defile a person:

Hebrews 12:15, "Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled."

Things such as unforgiveness, unrepented sin, ungodly soul ties, foolish spoken vows, curses, and so fourth can give unclean spirits the right to hang around and influence us. These things must be cleaned up in order for the person to experience lasting genuine freedom. Legal grounds can be cleaned up through repentance, renunciation, breaking soul ties, etc. Even physical possessions can give demons rights into our homes (Deuteronomy 7:26), so it is also important to destroy and remove any cursed or ungodly items from our homes as well. Here is a brief look at some of the most common means for spiritual defilement and how to break the legal grounds:

1. Unrepented sins must be repented of and turned from. No if's and's or but's about it. Trying to minister freedom to somebody who is not ready to give up that sin in their life is not ready to be delivered.

2. Ungodly soul ties are formed when a person has an ungodly relationship with another person or makes a foolish covenant with them. Becoming a blood brother with somebody will create a strong soul tie that must be renounced and broken. Ungodly sexual relationships will surely create soul ties that must be broken. The key to breaking an ungodly soul tie is to first repent of any sins committed in the development of that soul tie, and then the soul tie must be renounced by the person receiving ministry, and then broken in Jesus' name. If gifts or physical items were involved in that relationship, then it may be necessary to destroy, give away or throw them out as well. Gifts between a man and woman involved in an adultery should be sold, given away or thrown out as they can symbolize that relationship.

3. Foolish vows are known to bind the soul, and must be repented of, verbally taken back (renounced) and broken in Jesus' name.

4. Cursed possessions, such as occult books, Satanic symbols, etc. must be thrown out. For God's Word is clear that bringing a cursed item into your home can bring a curse upon yourself: Deuteronomy 7:26, "Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing."

5. Spoken curses, such as, "I'll never get out of debt!" must be renounced (taken back verbally) and broken in Jesus' name.

These are a few examples of how you would go about breaking up legal grounds. It is often helpful to stop and ask the demon if it has a right to be there, as they may reveal something to you that the person either forgot about, or has not told you.

Additional reading:
- Demonic legal rights
- The root of bitterness
- Breaking our hedge (Defilement explained)
- Soul ties
- Generational curses
- How to break ungodly soul ties


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