Let's talk about blessing our home and property.
There are many reasons for wanting to bless our home, but it is when we know why we should and in what ways we should do it is when we will be able to accomplish an effective blessing. The reasons for blessing our home and property varies, but have similar goals, to dedicate, cover over sin, sanctify, encourage God's presence and purge satan's.
bless - 1. To consecrate; make holy by religious rite. 2. To honor and exalt; glorify. 3. To make the sign of the cross over, as for sanctification or protection. 4. To invoke God’s favor upon (a person or thing). 5. To bestow prosperity upon; make happy. 6. To endow as with a gift: She was blessed with a beautiful face. 7. To guard; protect: Bless me! (OE bledsian to consecrate with blood)
Funk & Wagnalls Standard Desk Dictionary That being the case these are the reasons why we would want to (whether purchased or rented) bless our home and property. To spiritually cleanse our home and property with God's Spirit and displace any spiritual darkness that may be there, (to consecrate, sanctify, make it holy). To (honor, exalt, and glorify God) by dedicating our home and property unto Him. To invoke God's favor onto our family, home and property. To put God in a better position to guard and protect us, our family, home and property by covering over any spiritual darkness that had been operating there before we had blessed it. To bring us prosperity and happiness etc. Unless one knows the history of the home they are moving into and the people who have lived there over the years it is hard to know what may have taken place, good or bad in this home, or on this property which is now yours, or is at the very least now your responsibility. One doesn't know what un repented sins may have been committed on this property, what doors may have been opened, or legal rights been given to empower dark spirits and negative influences, to operate in this home/ or on this property because of it. Sin holds consequence. If a previous owner had indulged in (without remorse, or repentance) a particular sin, or many sins then the consequence would be that satan had been given his legal right to assign a dark spirit to operate in that person's life, (and he will) and around everything that person owns because of it. That spirit is assigned with the purpose to further entice that person to continue in their sin /their sins and to make them a prisoner to it and make a stronghold against them. Once a person crosses the line and opens the door to satan by their indulgence of a particular sin, their life is not strictly their own anymore when it comes to making free will decisions, for satan now has an empowerment to strongly influence that person in a way he had never been able to before, until that sin is repented for and the slate cleaned. indulge - to gratify one's own desire Funk & Wagnalls Standard Desk Dictionary Another consequence to this sinful behaviour is that this spirit, now legally released into this world to keep a stronghold against this person is now also in a position to influence, or affect other people who are associated to, or closely involved with this person. (It may not have the same rights to other people as it has with the person who had indulged in the sin, but none the less it can in some degree affect another person closely associated to that person, and even more so with people who may be struggling in the same, or similar sin.) Sin and anything that resembles it is satan's invitation into our life. We expose ourselves to the consequence of sin (its curses, its manifestations, its bondages) when we sin, when we don't grow in the knowledge of Christ, when we won't look at the sin that is in our life and turn away from it or even try to, when we continue to open new doors to satan instead of finding new ways to close these doors, etc. And we are exposed to the consequence of sin (its curses, its manifestations, its bondages) when someone else opens a door to it and gives it a place to live around us. Note: There are different spirits in this world just waiting for an invitation to come into our lives (e.g. spirits of righteousness that work under the Holy Spirit that brings God's fruit into our lives) and spirits of darkness that work under satan. As Jesus needs our invitation to come into our lives so does satan, and as we said satan gets his invitation through adversity, sin and anything that resembles it. One who sins (falls short of living by God's standards) and one who indulges in iniquities of sin, deliberate sin, wickedness, pagan practices, the occult, rebelliousness, perverted thinking, selfishness, negative thinking, false thinking, fantasizing/ not facing reality or truth (God's truth), etc. opens themselves up to let those type of spirits operate in their life, to operate in this world and to operate around other people. They validate them, empower them and give them a place to live to fulfil satan's agenda against us. I admit that a sin of ignorance does not empower a dark spirit to operate as strongly in our lives as what a sin of iniquity will (deliberate sin) but none the less both type of sin opens a door and gives satan a foothold into our lives. Deliberate sin is much more dark in nature for deliberate sin requires a more conscious effort, or requires a more conscious choice to be made to commit that sin. There is a difference in falling short of God's standards and deliberate sin. Exodus 20:1-6 NIV 1 And God spoke all these words: 2 "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the "land of slavery."NIV "house of bondage"NKJV 3 "You shall have no other gods before me. 4 "You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the "sin of the fathers"NIV "iniquity of the fathers"NKJV to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand [generations] of those who love me and keep my commandments. iniquity >noun (pl. iniquities) injustice or immoral behavior. Oxford University Press in-iq-ui-ty Grievous violation of right or injustice; wickedness Funk & Wagnalls Dictionary I am not going to go into the dynamics of how demonic spirits operate and affect us, not in this writing anyways, but the basic principle is that spirits can attach themselves to us (be validated to work in our life for satan's purpose) by sins of iniquity deliberate sin, by sins of ignorance lack of knowing we are doing something that is allowing the devil into our life and by being a victim of sin. Yes satan is able to build a stronghold against a person's mind (in their thinking) when a person has been a victim to abuse (mental, emotional, verbal, physical, sexual etc.) Satan is also able to release a spirit to operate in a person's life not only by sin and iniquities of sin, but also by the mental anguish a abuse, or a sin has caused them and by how that abuse has caused that person to form negative beliefs about themself, or life itself. God did not intend for us to be bound by negative emotions in that those emotions would rule over us, but God had intended that we should rule over all works of satan and so when we show that we are bound by fear, worry, guilt, discouragement, depression, feeling rejected, unloved etc then we are showing that we fall short of living the way God had intended for us and this gives satan the right to work in those areas we fall short until we address those issues.
Barry McLaughlin Freedom Deliverance Ministry