A Familiar Spirit, is a demon or evil spirit supposed to attend at call. A supernatural spirit or demon supposed to attend on or serve the calling person.
A "Familiar spirit" is the designation of a specific type of evil spirit. It is so classified because of its chief characteristic: namely, familiarity. It is a relationship, a familiarity, with a person or personality. For example, a woman, whom Paul encountered in Macedonia, had a familiar spirit which gave her powers of divination. (Acts 16:16-18 KJV )
Familiar spirits are common amid the practices of spiritism and witchcraft, but their activity is by no means limited to persons and practices so obviously occult. Evil spirits are personalities. They can reason, decide, express emotions and communicate. Personalities have the capacity to relate to one another. Two human personalities can form a relationship; and, through communication and communion, that relationship can be enhanced. Likewise, a person can form and develop a close relationship with an evil spirit. When a person forms a relationship with an evil spirit (which can be done either willfully or through ignorance - even by christans), he/she then has a familiar spirit.
The seriousness of entertaining familiar spirits is plainly set forth in God's Word. Familiar spirits are counterfeits of the Holy Spirit's work. As with anything occult, involvement with familiar spirits constitutes idolatry and creates spiritual defilement: "Regard not them that have familiar spirits...to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God" Lev. 19:31. Anyone who has fellowship with God, and who is led by the Holy Spirit, does not need a familiar spirit, for God provides him with all that he needs. THIS BEHAVIOR IS STRICKLY FORBIDDEN BY GOD - IT IS AN ABOMINATION !! See Deuteronomy 18:9-13
THE DELIVERANCE FOR THE BELIEVER:
Repent of each sin that has given opportunities for relationships with familiar spirits. God's Word warns that it is a sin to have a familiar spirit. A familiar spirit is not judged by whether or not it appears to be of benefit, but by what God has said about it.
Renounce the familiar spirits. (Note: An individual can have more than one familiar spirit operating in his life.) Fall out of agreement with the familiar spirits. Destroy any thing that you have in your possession that would give a legal right for such a spirit to remain. Tell it that it is not needed or wanted.
Resist and cast out the demonic spirits, using your spiritual authority as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. Employ the spiritual weapons of the blood of the Lamb, the name of Jesus and the Word of God, for these weapons "are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds" (II Cor. 10:5) .
PRAYER & WARFARE: (read aloud the following prayer with conviction)
"Lord Jesus, I belong to You. You have saved me and redeemed me by Your blood. I have need of no spirit other than The Holy Spirit. Forgive me for having sought from other spirits that which should only come from You. I renounce and separate myself from all familiar spirits, however acquired. I call upon You, Lord, to deliver me from the lies and deceptions of familiar spirits. Teach me Your truth and Your ways. It is my earnest desire to walk in Your will and to glorify Your name. Amen."
"Satan, I renounce you, and I take back all the ground that I ever yielded to you. God is my source of wisdom, knowledge, guidance and power. You familiar spirit, leave me, in the name of Jesus." "Thank you Lord Jesus for delivering me and cleansing me from all unrighteousness by Your precious blood. In Jesus' name. Amen."
Let's stay under the Blood of Jesus beloved.....
Pastor Charles Turner III
New Hope International Ministries
Cooper City, Fl.