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Scripture tells us that Satan intends not only to kill and destroy, but to steal as well. What is it that he wants? As believers, our salvation cannot be stolen from us: we are redeemed. But when we refuse to risk life, when we flee or turn away from it, Satan can step in to imprison our spirits, stealing our capacity to function in the fullness of life.

Captive spirit is a condition related to but more serious than that of a slumbering spirit. Rather than being wakened to life captive, or imprisoned spirits must be set free from powers of darkness. Discernment is needed. The gifts of knowledge and perception and a careful observation of the symptoms plaguing the individual are required. In this lesson, we will explore those symptoms and discuss helps for healing the person with a captive spirit.

'The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy; I have come that they may have 1ife, and have it to the full "John 10:10

This is a condition that occurs when an individual who has been wounded turns away from life, or becomes spiritually rebellious. We lock our selves in fleshly strongholds, unable to function; often demons take advantage.

A slumbering spirit does not know that it slumbers, but a captive spirit knows that there is more or that they possess gifts and talents that are not being realized and they don't know why they can't make it happen. There is frustration and torment associated with a captive spirit.

There are similarities to both a slumbering and captive spirit. The following questions will give you better insight

o Do you feel hollow, empty or vacant, as though something is missing?
Lamentations 3:6-9

o Do you feel alone, lonely, separate, even when with companions? Psalms 88:18

o Do you ever feel persecuted, afflicted or tormented, even when no one is bothering or hurting you? Psalms 88:15

o Do you sense that you have talents, powers and energies inside that you cannot reach, as though they are locked away? Psalms 88:14

o Is marital sex glorious and joyful, or just something that you do?

Healing the wounds that lead to captivity

Older children have ways of coping without detaching from life. They express feelings verbally, draw boundaries, say "NO", state an opinion, or even fight back. Infants, however, can only react to abuse or neglect by refusing to bond, or by "disconnecting". This disconnecting can become a practiced response to continued abuse, or neglect. Look for inner vows not to feel, not to need, not to express, and not to be. The absolute extreme to the disconnecting could result in multiple personality disorder,

Most captivity begins in infancy, but sometimes in later childhood and even adulthood. A powerful spiritual rebellion would have to take place for adulthood captivity. Deep and serious thoughts of suicide, or death wish would have to be in place. Final healing usually comes alter a series of "reconnections". The client must repent of the disconnections made from life.

If you are sensing in your spirit that there is a captive spirit, seek the Lord for The when and the whereabouts of the captive spirit. Ask the Lord to reveal the condition and the place of imprisonment of the captive spirit. Ask questions of the client for the confirmation of the condition. Help the client understand the conditions that may have created withdrawal and rebellion.

Confession and repentance

Have the client confess and repent for withdrawing from life, for this is rebellion against
God. He called him/her to life before the foundation of the world. Ask the client to
declare Ms/her desire to be free. Repent for his/her anger with God. He did not imprison


Enable the client to ask for, give, and receive forgiveness in prayer.


Ask the Lord to move into the area of imprisonment and free the person's spirit. Ask the Lard to destroy the prison. Pray hiding prayers over the person. Ask God to minister to the person's spiritual condition: emaciation, slumbering, etc. Pray for strength, and the willingness to choose life, Ask the Lord to resurrect gifts, talents, energy, and to restore the person's birthright and inheritance.


Give the person home work that will help him/her to continue to choose life daily. Have them knock down those walls that he/she erected to keep everyone out and him/her in. Have he/she ask God to help him/her knock down every wall, and have him/her crush every vow, and take every habit pattern, and structure of hiding and put them to death on the cross. Have him/her tell the Lord that he/she is ready to risk being loved and loving. Have him/her say that he/she is willing to risk the pain of rejection, because he/she knows that the lord will carry him/her through it all. Have him/her say, "I choose life! I choose life! I choose life! In Jesus' Holy name.

Recommended reading for this lesson "Healing the Wounded Spirit"; chapter 6


Psalm 28:1 -To you I call 0 Lord my Rock; do not turn a deaf ear to me, For if you remain silent, I will be like those who have gone down to the pit.

Psalm 30:2-3 -0 Lord my God, I called to you for help and you healed me. 0 Lord, you brought me up from the grave; you spared me from going down into the pit.

Psalm 40:1-3 - I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord,

Psalm 88:1-8 -0 Lord, the God who saves me, day and night I cry out before you. May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry. For my soul is full of trouble and my life draws near the grave. I am counted among those who go down to the pit; I am like a man without strength. I am set apart with the dead, like the slain who lie in the grave, whom you remember no more, who are cut off from your care. You have put me in the lowest pit, in the darkest depths. Your wrath lies heavily upon me; you have overwhelmed me with all your waves. You have taken from me my closest friends and have made me repulsive to them. I am confined and cannot escape.

Psalm 88:15 - From my youth I have been afflicted and close to death; I have suffered your terrors and am in despair.
Psalm 88:18 - You have taken my companion and loved ones from me; the darkness is my closest friend.

Isaiah 42:20-22 - [The Lord speaking] 'You have seen many things, but have paid no attention; your ears are open, but you hear nothing." It pleased the Lord for the sake of his righteousness to make his law great and glorious. But this is a people plundered and looted, all of them trapped in pits or hidden away in prisons. They have become plunder, with no one to rescue them; they have been made loot, with no one to say, "Send them back.'

Lamentations 3:6-9 - He has made me dwell in darkness like those long dead. He has walled me in so I cannot escape; he has weighed me down with chains. Even when I call out or cry for help, he shuts out my prayer. He has barred my way with blocks of stone; he has made my paths crooked.


John 10:10 - "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have Life, and have it to the full."

II Corinthians 4:4 - The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

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