Twelve Root Strongholds

*information obtained from Spiritual Warfare Bible (Modern English Version)

  1. The spirit of infirmity affected a believing woman in the New Testament (LK 13:11 to 1311 and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” 13 Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.”) This woman was a faithful attendee of the synagogue. She was a daughter of Abraham, yet demons affected her health. Some examples are disorders of the body, attacks on male and female identity, allergies and strange syndromes.
  2. The spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.) Examples include fright, torment, inferiority, inadequacy, worry, critical spirit, tension, performance and fear of anything.
  3. The spirit of python, also called divination (Acts 16:16 to 1816 Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. 17 She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” 18 She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her.) Rebellion, witchcraft, occult practices, and black arts flow from the spirit. Curses follow involvement with these practices.
  4. The spirit of sexual immorality, called harloty or whoredoms (Hosea 4:12 “My people consult a wooden idol, and a diviner’s rod speaks to them. A spirit of prostitution leads them astray; they are unfaithful to their God.) Lust, adultery, pornography, rape, incest, pride, and love of the world are characteristics of this demon. Sexual addiction is also a result of this perverted spirit.
  5. An enslaving spirit that usually accompanies fear (Roman 8:15 “15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.[a] And by him we cry, “Abba,[b] Father.”) Addictions, bulimia, anorexia, wrong relationships, codependency, and other obsessive disorders are worsened by this demon.
  6. The spirit of pride that normally is accompanied by rebellion (Proverbs 16:18 to 19 “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.) Pride, scorn, mockery, lewdness, egotism, prejudice, arrogance, gossip, and criticism manifest from this wicked spirit.
  7. The spirit of perversion (Isaiah 19:14 “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. 19 Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.) Homosexuality, sexual perversion, and abnormal activities are incited by this spirit.
  8. The spirit of Antichrist (1 John 4:3but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.) This demon takes glory away from Christ; denies the supernatural gifts, attributing them to Satan; opposes; harasses; persecutes; and divides true ministries.
  9. The spirit of depression or heaviness (Isaiah 61:3 3and provide for those who grieve in Zion- to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.) Depression, abnormal grief, hopelessness, and suicidal thoughts flow from this malevolent demon.
  10. The lying spirit , one of Satan’s favorite tools (1 John 4:66We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.) Unbelief, deception, compromise, intellectualism, flattery, cults, and legalism flow from this divisive spirit.
  11. The spirit of jealousy, a relationship-destroying spirit (Numbers 5:1414 And the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be defiled: or if the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be not defiled) Jealousy, anger, rage, cruelty, suspicion, unnatural competition, insecurity, divorce, and division are the results of slowing the spirit to operate
  12. The spirit of stupor or slumber (Romans 11:8(According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.) Constant fatigue, passivity, feeling like a wallflower, and self-pity describe this demon. When allowed to control, this spirit blocks success and brings weariness to life.

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