Frank and Ida Mae Hammond of Children’s Bread Ministry, pioneers in the field of deliverance, setting the captives free from the oppression of evil spirits, author of the book ‘Pigs in the Parlor’ have written an excellent article ‘Confronting Familiar Spirits’ where they have brought out the following points

Deception is one of the great tools of the devil that he uses on all people including Christians. Deception is always present in one’s relationship with a familiar spirit even though the person is not aware it is a familiar spirit but thinks it’s just an idea or thought. The person having a familiar spirit may not recognize that it is a spirit entity with whom he is having a relationship. He may think that his experiences are only within his imaginations and fantasies or part of his personality.

There are many avenues through which familiar spirits can be acquired.
1) Divination -Through divination, an attempt to discern future events or to discover that which cannot be known by normal methods, a familiar spirit is sought to assist a person in his quest for hidden knowledge, guidance and power. There are many expressions of divination. Divination includes the practices of occultists, spiritist mediums, witches, Haitian voodoo priests, American medicine men and Siberian shamans and the Ouija Board.

2) Transcendental Meditation -Through Transcendental Meditation passive meditation coupled with trance-producing techniques and the chanting of a mantra, opens a person directly to the demonic realm. In his attempt to discover true enlightenment, the TM practitioner empties himself of all self-identity and will-power. He opens himself to deceiving spirits who impersonate Deity and divulge false revelation of secret and hidden mysteries. It is not unusual to find a child who has an imaginary playmate.

3) Imaginary Playmates – The invisible companion is very real to the child. In fact, the playmate may be invisible to others but appear visibly to the child. The imaginary playmate becomes a companion and a teacher of the child. What begins, in the child’s imagination, as a technique to offset loneliness, evolves into a relationship with a familiar spirit which brings about a change in the child’s personality and behavior.

4) Visualization – Visualization is a method used for centuries by sorcerers to contact demonic powers. Visualization which is a counterfeit of faith is an attempt to see, by the function of the natural mind, that which can only be seen by the spiritual eye of faith. Faith has spiritual eyes which enable one to see the invisible. “Faith is the evidence of things not seen” Heb. 11:1.

5) Drugs – Drugs, especially the hallucinatory drugs, provide a straight corridor into the demonic realm. This is true of all sorts of drugs ranging from the ancient peyote to modern drugs known as LSD and PCP. Such drugs alter the function of brain cells, and pave the way for an infinite variety of supposed revelation which are fostered by familiar spirits that were contacted via the drug-induced hallucinations.

6) Necromancy – God’s Word clearly forbids communication with spirits of the dead. “There shall not be found among you anyone who…calls up the dead” Deut. 18:10, 11. Some, whose loved ones have died, are tempted to communicate with them. Instead of contacting the spirit of their loved ones, they come into contact with familiar spirits who impersonate deceased friends or relatives. Sometimes, displayed pictures of deceased parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents or other dead persons can attract familiar spirits. At one time, a friend of ours kept pictures of her deceased parents and other family members in our bedroom. It gave her a sense of their continued presence in her life. The Holy Spirit convicted her that her dead parents were not her source of comfort, security or help. The pictures were put away.
There are some people; however, who have been taught to pray to Mary, the mother of Jesus, or to other departed saints, as mediators. When men pray to the spirits of the dead, they are practicing necromancy and courting familiar spirits. Therefore, it is easy to understand why there are so many reported visitations by these forbidden mediators. For example, there is the “Virgin of Guadalupe” and the “Virgin of Medjugore”, because familiar spirits manifested themselves when people prayed to Mary, the mother of Jesus.

7) Games and toys and rock music – Games and toys and music are a powerful influence in the training of children but the devil has used many of these things to introduce them to or seduce them by familiar spirits and people get influence by them without knowing it. They develop quirks and behavior patters that become part of their personality. A five-year-old-boy, was emotionally attached to the hideous looking little creature known as E.T., an extra-terrestrial being. E.T. had ceased to be a mere fictional character in this young boy’s experience. E.T. had become a living companion and friend who visited his bedroom and talked with him. He was conversing with a demon: a familiar spirit. In such ways the devil is conditioning children to relate to demons as friends. The child becomes accustomed to these demonic creatures to the extent that he is even comfortable with them when they materialize. Tom, a young man in his late teens, was controlled by a false personality. The alter ego was acquired through his involvement with the game “Dungeons & Dragons.” The game requires role playing, and the player becomes totally identified with a fictional character. Often, the players dress in identifying costumes which portray the character they are to represent. Tom had gradually lost his own identity and had taken on the identity of his familiar spirit. God’s word is unchanging:
Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 1 Timothy 4:1

8) Great Crisis – When a person goes through a devastating trauma or situation like a loss of a family member, a loss of a job, a loss of a home or a loss of other things, he or she becomes very wounded and open to the operations of familiar spirits who come in through the disguise of sympathy, wishful thinking or a suggestion such as committing suicide! When demons gain entrance to the physical body, they work singly or in numbers. Demons will attempt to evade detection, or to call reinforcements. (Matt. 12:43-45) Jesus pointed out that even after being cast out, if the person does not fortify His life with the full armor of God, a demon can enter with others more wickedly than itself. Jesus therefore warned: Sin no more lest a worse thing come upon you. (John 5:14)
NOTE: “Obesity may be a side effect of PTSD in women, study finds” reports the La Times
It’s an intriguing question, considering that one out of every nine women will meet the diagnostic criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder at some point in their lives. People with PTSD are known to eat and drink things that aren’t good for them and to blow off chances to exercise. PTSD and depression are often fellow travelers, and depression can lead to weight gain. PTSD is also thought to be a risk factor for cardiometabolic diseases.


9) Sexual Promiscuity- Yes, unclean familiar spirits are found to have been acquired through sexual promiscuity. Fornication, adultery, pornography and any sort of sexual deviation will give opportunity to spirits of sexual lust. Some familiar spirits come to people when they are sleeping and interact with them through vivid sexual dreams or fantasies to carry out different evil and wicked desires for the mind is a gateway the enemy uses to influence many people. God’s word is unchanging:
And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. Ephesians 2:1-3

10) Spirit of religion – This is a spirit that deceives many people, even Christians, and doesn’t allow them to truly understand the dimensions of God’s grace and glory, God’s grace breaks all human boundaries and crushes the religious spirit of man. The Lord is Spirit and He has made man in His image. And man can once again walk in a loving, blessed and humble confidence on the inside and boldness on the outside. God’s word is true:
Who is the man who fears the Lord? He will instruct him in the way he should choose. His soul will abide in prosperity, and his descendants will inherit the land.”Psalm 25:12-13

11) Spirit of Infirmity – This is a spirit that deceives many people that they have an infirmity because of old age or because this kind of sickness has been in their family! The spirit of infirmity creates a weakness in the physical body, or comes to reinforce weakness in the body. There is nothing in scripture which indicates that this spirit limits its influence to that of bodily weakness. But in operating in the physical realm, it can and does work in conjunction with other disease causing spirits. Many forms of disease such as cancers, diabetes, etc. come in this way. As disease has a gateway or an entrance to the body, the “spirit of infirmity” then is the initial “life giving spirit” of many a disease. Jesus illustrates in the gospels that “the spirit of infirmity” is a demonic spirit working even in the lives of those people of God who have faith, when Jesus said: Shall not this daughter of Abraham whom Satan has bound, lo, these 18 years; be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day? (Luke 13:16)
Observe that Jesus in no way condemns this child of God, but rather He commends her, calling her a “daughter of Abraham.” We notice here, that this demon as some do, resided within the body for many years, and in this case occupied this person’s physical body for 18 long years, the woman bent over so that she was unable to lift herself up.
Many people are bound by the spirit of infirmity and demons even today. Only our gracious Lord Jesus Christ can deliver them from such spirit of infirmity. Irrespective of the nature of our infirmities and the number of years we suffer from, only our Almighty God can grant us complete deliverance from such infirmities.

Solution – God’s people need to repent and renounce all familiar spirits that have entered their lives through whatever means possible and be delivered from all the lies and deceptions of familiar spirits by the power and anointing of God. Here is a suggested prayer.

Satan, I renounce you, and I take back all the ground that I ever yielded to you. God is my source of wisdom, knowledge, guidance, victory, strength and power. In Jesus name I declare total and complete victory over every enemy!  You familiar spirit, leave me, in the name of Jesus. Lord Jesus, I belong to You. You have saved me and redeemed me by Your blood. I have need of no spirit other than The Holy Spirit. Forgive me for having sought from other spirits that which should only come from You. I renounce and separate myself from all familiar spirits, however acquired. I call upon You, Lord, to deliver me from the lies and deceptions of familiar spirits, all the works and wiles of the enemy  and to heal me of all their works and all things. Teach me Your truth and Your ways. It is my earnest desire to walk in Your will and to glorify Your name. Amen.
Father God, You are the wonder-working God. I come boldly before Your throne of mercy and grace seeking healing for my body, blessings in my finances and total victory over every enemy. Deliver me from every bondage and enemy. Heal me from every infirmity. Guard me from all forces of darkness. Cleanse me from all unrighteousness by Your precious blood. Remove every fear from my heart and let Your divine light shine in my heart. Grant me the strength of Your divine spirit and strengthen me.   Lord Your word says that You are the God that heals us of all our diseases, all our sickness, redeem us from destruction, gives us victory over all our enemies and satisfy us with good things and my enemies would flee from me seven ways.  You said that You would take my sickness away from me, bless me coming in and going out and I would thread the high places of my enemies.  Your word says that You desire above all things that we prosper and be in good health.  Therefore I know that it is Your will for me to be in good health.  Therefore, in the name of Jesus, I come against this spirit of infirmity and spirit of poverty that is trying to overtake me, and render it helpless in the mighty name of Jesus.  Father in the name of Jesus, I bind every spirit of sickness and disease, every spirit of infirmity, and every other demonic spirit that the enemy is trying to use against my life in any way.  By the authority of Jesus Christ, I pull down every stronghold of the adversary against my body, and command him to flee from every area of my body, as well as my life and my finances, in the name of Jesus.  Satan I render You helpless, powerless, and ineffective against my body and my finances in the name of Jesus.   For greater is He that is in me that he that is in the world, therefore You will not overcome me, for I have overcome by the blood of the lamb and the word of my testimony, and I say to You “ BY THE STRIPES OF JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH I AM HEALED, BLESSED AND MADE PERFECT, WHOLE AND COMPLETE!
Heavenly Father, we come in faith believing that Jesus Christ is healer. We are created in your image and we speak as you speak. We command bones in the feet and legs to be strengthened so that the lame may walk. We speak to sores, cankers, diseases, infirmities, cancers, growths and tumors and decree by the shed blood of Jesus Christ that they are healed! We praise you Lord God that is so. Amen.
Father, You said if we had faith the grain of a mustard seed, we could speak to the mountain and it would be removed.  So I speak to my mountain of sickness, poverty and lack in my life and in the name of Jesus Christ, I command  it to be removed, uprooted, and cast into the sea.  In the name of Jesus, I command it to die at the root, and never to spring up again.  By the authority of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I claim total restoration of every organ, every cell, every part of my body, and in the name of Jesus my body will function in perfection, the way God made it to and for my finances that my storehouse be filled to the brim and be overflowing . I loose great and wonderful miracles of healing and restoration and blessing of every kind spiritual, physical and financial for me my family my loved ones my special friends and for your people in Jesus name.
Father, I thank You for hearing my prayer.  I thank You for interceding for me, and not letting Your word return void.  I thank You that You watch over Your word to perform it, and that Your word will always accomplish that which You sent it to do.   Father in the name of Jesus, I receive my healing, my deliverance, my blessing and prosperity this day and I praise the name of Jesus for all of it. In Jesus name, I pray all this and give you all the praise and glory and honor for what You have done, are doing and shall do! Amen and amen!



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6 thoughts on “FAMILIAR SPIRITS

  1. david rose

    I followed Frank and Idae Mays ministry years ago, had the book pigs in the parlor, great book on deliverance, no one even believes a christian can have a demon nowadays, yet during the week half of them are in bars and smoke marajuana on a regular basis and go to church carrying a blble.

    1. WALTHOPE Post author

      In my book most Christians are not Christians for if any man is in Christ he is a new creation and the old things have passed away and the Holy Spirit gives power to overcome all things

      1 John 3
      6 Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.

      9 Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.

  2. Marcus

    That was a powerful revelation.I pray that you grow in the wisdom of Him and of the revelation of the Holy spirit.Grace be unto through Jesus Christ our Lord.

  3. EpicSurvivor

    Very good read! powerful anointing of Truth! Praise to the Most High God! for the Words of the Holy Spirit!

    For I see my self being set free as I seek the Lord and learn more how many of my own family members are operating under a False Anointing! The Spirit of Religion Vexes the Holy Spirit, and it allows Familiar Spirits to enter if we allow them.

    I pray to the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth that I may be delivered but that I may learn how to deliver others as well, in his name. Amen.

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