2 Corinthians 2:11 says, “Do not let the enemy let Satan outwit you for we are not unaware of his schemes.” The reason why this is in scripture is that many people are unaware of Satan’s schemes. They have no idea what he’s doing and the tactics he uses. The Bible says in Romans 10:14, “How will we know about these things of the spirit unless a teacher is sent?” I’ve been sent to teach you about the schemes of the devil so that he does not outwit you and cause you to accept something that looks normal and common but can destroy you.
Here are the 10 most common cursed objects that you might have in your home.
1. Dream catchers
Commonly, dream catchers are placed above beds. People put them there symbolically to catch their bad dreams and enable good dreams. The Bible says that Satan comes imitating an angel of light. Witchcraft always comes in the form of false hope and false help. So just like you see this picture of a dream catcher and it looks peaceful and serene, the reality is, it is witchcraft.
Oftentimes people will criticize teachings like this and say, “Pastor Mike, you’re not being culturally sensitive. That’s Native American culture.” Let me be clear: I am not bashing a culture. I am a pastor and I must teach the scriptures. The Bible says we wrestle not against flesh and blood but principalities, powers, and rulers in high places (Ephesians 6:12). I am not fighting a culture or a person.There are demonic spirits behind certain objects. If we are not wise, we will end up being taken captive by these spirits who are operating in, through, and around these objects.
In Deuteronomy 7:26 it says, “Nor shall you bring an abomination into your house, lest you be doomed to destruction like it. You shall utterly detest it and utterly abhor it, for it is an accursed thing.” This verse references how Israel was bordered by many pagan nations. Oftentimes the children of Israel would sin by bringing the other nations’ idols into their homes. Over and over again in scripture, God said, “You shall not have any other gods beside me.” I think Deuteronomy 7:26 is very important because it says you always become the thing that you worship. So what happens when you bring these idols into your life is that you begin to conform your identity to the idol. Instead of becoming more like Christ, you become more like that thing. You’re not putting your trust in Jesus, you’re putting your trust in that idol. If you have a dream catcher, you need to destroy it.
I’m not referring to what you rub your turkey with at Thanksgiving or what you use to season your chicken soup. I’m referring to the ritualistic burning of sage. Some people claim that burning sage has medicinal purposes, that it is antimicrobial, and that when you burn it in your house it helps destroy bacteria. Truthfully, though, there are many other products that you can use to destroy bacteria.
The enemy is crafty. In scripture, the enemy first shows up in the garden in the form of a serpent and that means that he is stealthy. He is always stalking and creeping. The enemy will cause you to normalize things that should not be normalized. So you’ll say, “Well, I burned sage for anti-microbial and antibacterial purposes.” But if you have studied witchcraft, sage is a very very common part of the practice. It’s used for summoning, conjuring, and creating atmospheres and environments that are conducive to witchcraft practices. My advice: get rid of it.
3. Ouija boards
Some people say, Pastor Mike, we don’t have an ouija board. But I want to increase your awareness because there are digital forms of Ouija boards. Or it’s possible that your child has one hidden in their room and you may not know. There have been times when I’ve gone into my teenager’s room and played video games with her, and together we have found that the internet browsers within her gaming system will involuntarily bring up horoscopes and things of the occult. So don’t assume that because you don’t see it, it’s not there.
If your kid lives in your house, that means it’s your house, your rules. You are not powerless. You can declare, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” In other words, they don’t get a choice. If you’re my child, I choose for you. I program you. Some will be offended by that and call it brainwashing, but it’s not. Everyone has a belief system, and the world doesn’t get to determine what my children believe. If you live in my house, I get to determine what you learn.
4. Tarot cards
Tarot cards are becoming more and more common. And just like Ouija boards, just because you don’t see them doesn’t mean they’re not there. I’ve talked to parents who have gone to their kids and said, “Hey, you don’t own any tarot cards do you?” To their amazement that their kid has said, “I don’t have a full deck, but I do have one because my friend gave it to me. I use it as a bookmark.”
Take inventory of what is in your house because if you don’t, it might hold your family back from the next level. Tarot cards are consulting the demonic realm. To get information about your future and get “wisdom” about your decisions from a counterfeit source is a sin. The Bible says the Holy Spirit will teach you all things and that God will give you revelation, wisdom, and knowledge, and that He uses the church to make his manifold wisdom known. We don’t have to consult tarot cards. We have scripture.
The New Age gets packaged with everyday things. Candles, linens, and home decor are packaged right along with crystals. You won’t see many Bibles or crosses in home stores, but the New Age is becoming a commonplace piece of decor in people’s homes. The reason crystals are so popular is that they’re aesthetically beautiful. You can collect stones and enjoy nature; God created crystals, gems, and stones. But you need to discern the spirit behind these items. Deuteronomy 7:26 says “Nor shall you bring an abomination into your house, lest you be doomed to destruction like it. You shall utterly detest it and utterly abhor it, for it is an accursed thing.” When you purchase these crystals, often they’ll come with packaging that has statements or phrases that have ungodly intentions. These are cursed items because of the system behind them.
So if you’re a geologist, wonderful. But if you’re buying something and the source of it has a value system that is cursed, then re-evaluate. Take, for instance, healing crystals. As believers, we’re supposed to help the world understand that by the stripes that Jesus Christ bore on his back we are healed. So it’s not healing crystals that help us, it’s our healing Savior. These crystals disconnect the Savior from healing and connect healing to crystals. It’s pure idolatry.
6. Religious statues
Years ago, I visited the home of a woman who was experiencing strange phenomena in her home. There were strange noises and things were falling off the walls. I set up my GoPro cameras to try to capture demonic activity. Now I knew that the woman needed deliverance, but at the same time, I do believe that there are cursed objects and things that demons draw strength from and create a value system around objects so that they can get access to your life. (In fact, demons don’t even want you to read this right now because after you hear the truth, you’re going to get rid of these items and they’re going to lose a source of power in your life!)
Back to the story. I remember walking through the house and trying to discern the source of the evil. In one room, there was a picture that in real-time, while I was praying through the house, fell right off the wall. It was a bizarre experience. As the picture flew off the wall, I heard it crash down to the ground.
Oftentimes people purchase religious statues because they represent luck or blessings. These are cursed items. Now again, I want to be culturally sensitive. I’m not ignorant or bashing another religion or culture. Jesus said, ”I am the way, the truth, and the life.” There is no such thing as truth in Buddha, in the prophet of Islam, or Hinduism. If you are a true Christian, you believe that those gods do not coexist with the one true God. The only way to heaven is Jesus Christ.
7. Evil books
I used to document a lot of experiences. This guy called me and said, “You’ve got to get to my house now. Something is physically turning off the light switch.” He said, “I turned the light on, took a shower, and I heard it click in the other direction. I came out, and sure enough, it was off.” He lives alone. He said, “I turned it on again and then I was walking around the living room and I heard the click and it turned off. I’m hearing all kinds of noises and I’m having these Poltergeist supernatural experiences.” I told him I would come over and pray for him. He was a tough guy, a bodybuilder, but he was completely powerless because this thing was spiritual and he didn’t have any resources to fight this spiritual battle.
As I was driving, I said, “Holy Spirit, give me a revelation as to what the source of this is. Why is he experiencing this supernatural activity? Why does a demon in his house have the ability to flip a light switch on and off?” Immediately, the Holy Spirit showed me a picture of a book on his bookshelf. I called the guy and I said, “I need you to go into a bedroom. I saw that there was a bookcase in the bedroom. Is that true?” He said, “Yes, in my bedroom.” I said, “Go into your bedroom. I saw on the top shelf somewhere in the middle, a book.” All of a sudden he said, “I know exactly what book you’re talking about. You’re freaking me out right now. I’m so scared. I have goosebumps all over the back of my neck and head. I feel like something is physically standing in front of me.” He said, “This is a book of Witchcraft and world religions, rituals, incantations, and spells from different cultures.” He said he bought the book from a sociological perspective, he didn’t buy it to do the Witchcraft in it. He wanted to learn about these different cultures so he bought this book thinking it was an innocent purchase. But again, it was a cursed object.
When we talk about evil books, who does the book glorify? What does the book glorify? How do you determine whether or not it’s cursed? A lot of women are addicted to sexual fantasy books. I would say it’s a cursed object because what that book is doing is unrighteously fulfilling a sexual desire.
You have to be led by the Holy Spirit as you are going on this journey to determine what is cursed and what’s not. What many people will want me to do is to make a master list of every single item that is cursed so they can be sure to get rid of all of them. But I’m not the Holy Spirit. I am a Bible teacher and trying to help you. So to determine if a book is cursed, ask the question, “Who is this book glorifying? What is this book glorifying?” And then go from there.
8. Evil toys
If you grew up in a Pentecostal family where your mom made you throw away your Ninja Turtles, Transformers, and GI Joes, you’re thinking, “I get it, Pastor Mike! You want me to throw away all my toys!” But there are overtly evil toys. Some toys depict murder, mischief, and evil that have a value system connected to them. Some of the belief systems behind the creators of these toys, including the comic books and the television series that they come from are antichrist. Do your research and look up the creators of these toys and how they talk about Jesus in interviews.
If you’re in doubt, just throw it out. Our kids act out the behaviors. Do you want your kid walking around with a meat cleaver with a mischievous face? When I was a kid, I was into WWF wrestling and I thought I was Hulk Hogan. Back in the day, Hulk Hogan said, “Take your vitamins and say your prayers.” So the worst thing I would do is bodyslam my little brother. There’s a big difference between WWF action figures and some of the things that are systematically programming our kids for murder. As each generation increases, so do the number of mass shootings. At some point, we’ve got to acknowledge that these things do have a spiritual effect.
9. Evil jewelry
These are items like the all-seeing eye, and Masonic rings that are sometimes handed down from generation to generation. “But Pastor Mike, it’s supposed to help me, it’s supposed to ward off evil!” No, it’s not, it’s attracting evil! It’s bringing evil into your life! How do I know that? Because I have helped thousands upon thousands of people be delivered from demons and many times I’ve had to make them take off the jewelry.
Many times we will excuse keeping these items because of the value of the gold or stones. But we don’t realize that the cost of keeping it is greater than the value of the gold inside of it. It’s a form of deception. One scripture in the Old Testament says don’t even be attracted to the gold that’s in it, get rid of it!
I’ve done deliverance on people and the Holy Spirit has told me to tell them to take their earrings out and then I come to find out that the earrings were bought as a part of a ritual at a music festival. There are a lot of new-age Reiki healers, tattoos, piercings, and things that happen that are associated with ritualistic practices, evil eye jewelry, and jewelry connected to the Saints. Saints become an idol, they are dead people. Stop praying to the saints! The sacrifice of Jesus Christ means that there’s no veil between you and God. You can come boldly before the throne of grace. It grieves the heart of God. Stop praying to Peter. Peter was just a man. Pray to God. He’s the one who adopted you and made you a son or a daughter. Peter was just a person.
10. Soul tie objects
A soul tie object is an object that is connected to an experience that you had. Maybe a sexual experience, maybe an experience with a lover or a past relationship. There have been instances where people have given me photographs and have said, “Pastor Mike, I’ve got to give this to you. I feel like it’s a form of idolatry because I’ve looked at this picture and longed to be back in that moment. I’ve longed to be with that person.” Some people are even married or have moved on to new relationships, but they can’t get rid of these old pictures. There have been instances where someone committed suicide, unfortunately, and a person who loved them holds onto a single photo, maybe in their wallet, and what that picture ends up representing is not the love that they have for that person but the grief that they’re stuck in. And there’s a demonic connection to the grief.
In the book of Ecclesiastes, the Bible says there’s a season for everything. There is a season for mourning and then there’s also a time to wash your face, put a fresh anointing on, and move on with your life. We’re going to grieve. But then there comes a point where we need to move on.
In deliverance, I’ve encountered people having a picture that represents grieving that is turned into demonic grief. It’s a nostalgic longing and desire to reconnect with a person. They become so fixated that they can’t get free.
This is not a to-do list but rather a way to increase your wisdom and discernment to be equipped to go into your home and make the decision to get rid of items. It’s not just about removing objects, but about removing the belief systems and ideologies that are connected to them. I want you to be free indeed. You have to take this in phases.
First, find and destroy the objects. Don’t keep them. Second, examine your heart and ask yourself what you were going through in your life, what trauma and pain were you trying to address when you brought that item into your life? What were you trying to replace the Holy Spirit with? Then, repent and boldly pray and declare that you are placing Jesus back in his rightful place in your life. Whatever protection you were seeking from jewelry or crystals or sage, or whatever knowledge or wisdom you were searching for outside of Christ, you now turn to Jesus for, and ask His favor and protection and guidance on your Life.
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