The Bible tells us that just as individuals can become spiritually defiled, homes and property can also be defiled:
Leviticus 18:24, 25, “Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you: And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.”
There are some people with the gift of spiritual discernment who when traveling to certain countries today, cannot get off the plane and take a breath of air without picking up on the demonic bondage in that country. In the book of Revelations, the Bible speaks of how a country or land can become inhabited with unclean spirits:
Revelations 18:2, “And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.”
Likewise, land, homes and even buildings can become habitations of demonic spirits. In my area of the state, there is an old mental hospital that is loaded with unclean spirits. From what I hear, even a group of those involved with the demonic won’t go near this place on devils’ night, because it is so haunted. One person who lived in an old funeral home said that place was possessed, which was evident by strange happenings, opening and slamming doors, and so forth. My father was friends with a deliverance minister who would have a lot of fun driving out spirits from homes, and he would have demons screaming at him as he drove them out! On the other hand, this is the same thing you feel when you enter a true church building, with a true altar where the Spirit of God dwells. In such a place, there are resident angels there to maintain the divine presence, and so when you enter such buildings, your spirit will definitely bear witness.
What are some of the symptoms of a haunted house?
There are many signs we can look for in a possessed home or building. Some of the things a person can look for are doors slamming when nobody is there, strange noises, reputation for calamities (people being pushed down stairs, finances always being drained, etc.), the air seems heavy (making it harder to breathe), animals acting fearful or weird (dogs barking like mad for no reason), and so forth. Often somebody with spiritual discernment will often pick up on a spiritual presence that doesn’t feel right. It’s not uncommon to visit a home and pick up on demonic presence before even finding out that there was demonic activity that’s taken place there. I’ve picked up on something demonic before even entering a home before… just standing on the property is enough to sense out an unclean presence.
HOW DO HOMES AND LANDS BECOME HAUNTED?
Sins of the inhabitants: One of the ways which a place can become defiled is through the deeds of its inhabitants. If things such as seances, voodoo, adultery or incest have been practiced in a home, then demonic spirits may inhabit there. The Word of God tells us that the deeds of its inhabitants can defile even the land on which it is practiced:
Leviticus 18:24-25,27, “Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you: And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants… (For all these abominations have the men of the land done, which [were] before you, and the land is defiled;)”
Jeremiah 3:9, “And it came to pass through the lightness of her whoredom, that she defiled the land, and committed adultery with stones and with stocks.”
Ezekiel 36:17, “Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their own way and by their doings: their way was before me as the uncleanness of a removed woman.”
Jeremiah 2:7, “And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled my land, and made mine heritage an abomination.”
Possession of cursed things: Another means by which a home can be defiled is through the possession of cursed items, such as idols/images, occult books, rings, satanic symbols, and so forth. The Word of God gives us a good indication that possessing idols can pollute the land and bring a curse upon it:
Ezekiel 36:18, “Wherefore I poured my fury upon them for the blood that they had shed upon the land, and for their idols wherewith they had polluted it.”
Jeremiah 50:38, “A drought is upon her waters; and they shall be dried up: for it is the land of graven images, and they are mad upon their idols.”
Demons can actually draw power (and legal right) from nearby cursed objects, such as idols, occult items, satanic rings, and even demonic photos. It is vital to rid a home or land from such items before dedicating it to the Lord and driving out the unclean spirits. The Bible lets us know clearly that physical items can indeed carry spiritual value:
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.”
HOW DO YOU CLEANSE A HAUNTED HOME OR LAND?
Get rid of the cursed objects: The first step to cleansing a home, building, church or property, is to get rid of any cursed items that it is possessing. If there are occult books, Ouija boards, crystal balls, new age drawings, dream catchers or other items used to glorify Satan hanging around, then they need to go. Just like we need to break up legal grounds in a person before casting out their demons, it is also vital to break up legal grounds in our homes, buildings, churches and land before driving out the demons. It is very helpful to pray and ask the Lord to reveal any unclean items that must be taken out. The Holy Spirit is great at revealing things that we would never think of! Here are a few examples of items that usually carry accursed value: occult books, pornography, satanic symbols, demonic/occult rings, skulls, frogs, owls, new age drawings, items used for divination, Ouija boards, etc.
Pray and anoint the house or land: The next step is to go through each room, and pray over it, dedicating it to the Lord. I would even pray over a glass of water, and ask the Lord that the water represent the Blood of Christ Jesus, then take the water around the house and sprinkle the water in each room and closet, etc. Olive oil could also be used to anoint the house walls, doors, windows, floors while praying over them.
Cast out the spirits: It is time to begin taking authority over the spirits in that home or land, and command them to leave in Jesus’ name. Go through each room, closet, nook and cranny, and command the unclean spirits residing there to come out in Jesus’ name and to leave the property. Just remember that you, as a believer in Christ, have the authority needed to drive those spirits out… don’t let them walk all over you!
Build an altar there: This is very important because after the evil spirits are cast out of the house, they wander in dry places and may come back again to check their former house to see if they can come back. The very best way to maintain a permanent divine presence in a haunted house or lands is to build an altar there unto God. The house used to be a gateway for those demons to enter and operate, therefore, it is important you replace their former gateway with an altar of God such that the presence of God will always remain there. The best altar to put there is the altar of fire, using the same pattern Elijah laid on Mount Carmel in 1st Kings 18, because it’s a battle of dominion and the higher power rules. The procedure is very simple and no sacrifice is involved.