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Hidden Spiritual Darkness Destroyed


Spirit-Spiritual Warfare is something that we

cannot escape as Holy Spirit-Filled Believers.

The Lord Jesus Christ said He would build His Church and that the gates of Hell would not prevail against it. 

They are still trying and they have had thousands of years of practice. It’s interesting to note that demonic wiles manifest themselves through people. So even though we are not in a fight with people we are in a fight against Spirits that form strongholds within our Spirit, Soul and Body.

A stronghold is a fortified value system.

Scripture declares, “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.” One way to better understand strongholds is by looking at values.

Understanding the conflict between Christian values and Demonic values is important.

The apostle John makes it plain that every Christian is a child of God (1 John 3:1), and Paul points out that all Christians enjoy the dignity of sons of God (Galatians 3:26; 4:6). Thus, as we represent God we represent our Father. Regardless of where we were born or where we live, our citizenship is intrinsically a heavenly one, as Philippians 3:20 assures us: “Our citizenship is in heaven.” The Lord Jesus has “washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father” (Revelations 1:5-6). We have thus been given a rank higher than that of angels, who, mighty in power as they are, are only “ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation” 

(Hebrews 1:14). 

You are an ambassador for God.

So, you must understand that as an ambassador for God you are a sent one, you carry and advance the values of your king and “His Kingdom”.

The nature of Christ’s Church is apostolic.

Jesus was sent, the Holy Ghost was sent, and you too are sent. 

“Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this he breathed on them and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost.” (John 20:21-22)

If you are born again then you are a citizen of the Kingdom of God.

There is a kingdom within you.

The kingdom has a king.

The king is The Lord Jesus Christ and “He” has certain expectations of His followers.

Not only is Jesus Christ your Savior but He is also the one that sets standards for citizenship in His kingdom. You already know you must repent of sin, turn from your wicked ways but you must also uphold the standards of your king.

Standards are values.

Said another way they are

Kingdom Values.

Values are beliefs of a person,

Or social group in which they have an Emotional Investment

Either for or against something.

· Values reflect a person’s sense of right and wrong.

· Values influence behavior.

· Values can be seen by what people and societies honor, award, celebrate and fund. 

Psalm 139:1-4 (KJV) O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. 2. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. 3. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. 4. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.

1 Corinthians 4:5

Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come,

Who both will bring to light?


And will make manifest the counsels of the HEARTS; 

And then shall every man have 




Proverbs 20:5

Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water;

But a man of understanding will draw it out.

Proverbs 20:18

Every purpose is established by counsel:

And with good advice make war.


Galatians 1:4 

Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:

Jesus Overcame this world.

John 16:33 (KJV) These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

God gave us The Word Jesus,

Hebrews 4:12 (KJV) For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Jesus gave us The Power of (GOD) Holy Ghost, 

Acts 1:8 (KJV) But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

God, Jesus, The Holy Ghost gave us Authority, 

Over all Evil,

Luke 10:19

Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

There exists today, EVIL SPIRITS that are the spiritual enemies of our very Soul’s and they are in the employ of the devil.


If you belong to God, you should understand that for whatever reason God has permitted them to come close to you,


Because you will, have been or are being personally tried by the enemy

To weaken your faith and get you away from your




The Hidden Things of darkness that the devil uses against you and has been using for a long time are not easily recognized because they are

So deeply imbed within the Souls and many times within the physical bodies of human beings.

These Hidden things have been there so long that they cannot be distinguished from the human spirit by reasoning or by the intellect.


Because the persons that these spirits inhabit have been tricked into accepting them.


Satan, the devil uses THESE EVIL SPIRITS IN varying strengths, types AND THESE Evil Spirits are the enemies of the SPIRITS, SOULS AND BODIES Of every LIVING human being, both Believer and Non-Believer

These Evil Spirits that the devil uses all have specific destructive inclinations and their purpose being to lodge themselves within the heart, mind, will, emotions and the intellect of a person and then reveal themselves within the Human Spirit, Soul or Body in order to Unloose spiritual bondage to that individual and to their family line.

Spiritual bondage unloosed by Hidden Things, Hidden Oppression within the Human Spirit, Soul or Body of a person that has not been able to surrender totally to God because of some sort of spiritual hindrance.

Working against them without them being completely aware and many times without them being aware of it at all.

But nevertheless, it is continually working against the person within their Soul or Body that has been surrendered to God but not fully. 

This spiritual bondage is released through something called demonic influence, demonic infestation or demonic oppression all coming from EVIL SPIRITS WITH EVIL DESIGNS.

Demonic Subjection is how Demonic spirits inflict Sickness, Diseases, Curses, Misery, Pain and Poverty upon people.

The apostles of Christ and the early Church fathers cast out devils and healed the sick. They taught that all believers were given spiritual authority by Christ and equipped by the power of the Holy Ghost to cast out spirits and heal all manners of sickness: They knew demons and evil spirits existed. They understood that demons possessed, influenced, and made people sick. They taught that Christ gave His disciples authority over all devils. They knew devils had no choice but obey the name of Jesus. Tertullian, (160-220 AD) was an early church father and defender of the Christian faith. In “Apology of Tertullian” [i] he responds to “treason against the gods” in a letter to Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus and the Roman Senate. In his defense of Christianity, he emphasized power over demons (and the gods of Rome) through the name of Christ. How demonic spirits inflict diseases and stir up mischief. “It will be sufficient to my purpose to explain their operations, or their ways of acting upon the sons of men. I say, then, that the ruin of mankind is their whole employment; these malicious spirits were bent upon mischief from the beginning, and fatally auspicious in their first attempt, in undoing man as soon as he was made; and in like manner they practice the same destructive methods upon all his posterity, by inflicting diseases upon their bodies, and throwing them into sad disasters, and stirring up sudden tempests and preternatural (abnormal) emotions in the soul; and they are fitted by nature for both these kinds of evil, the subtlety (difficult to detect) and fineness of their substance giving them an easy access to body and soul both. These spirits certainly have great abilities for mischief.” Philosophy (school of thought or belief system) is not what demons respond but the name of Christ. “Philosopher is a name the devil’s value not; they stand in no awe of a philosopher’s beard, nor will the hem of his pallium (garment) cure any diseases. But Christians did not only outlive them in virtue but outdid them in power. For Christ was a name that made the very devils tremble; a thing which the philosophers with all their mighty wisdom were so far from pretending to, that they worshipped those very demons next to their gods. So that Christianity and philosophy differ just as much as heaven and earth, as a name that can do everything, and a mere empty title.” All authority and power over devils is in the name of Christ. “All the authority and power we have over them is from our naming the name of Jesus Christ and recalling to their memory the woes with which God threatens them at the hand of “Jesus” their judge, and which they expect one day to overtake them. Fearing Christ in God and God in Christ, they become subject to the servants of God and Christ. So at one touch and breathing, overwhelmed by the thought and realization of those judgment fires, they leave at our command the bodies they have entered, unwilling and distressed, and before your very eyes, put to an open shame.”

Justin Martyr, (103-165AD) was a second century Christian writer. In his letter to the Roman Senate, “Second Apology” [ii], he wrote about healing the sick and having power over demon spirits. Demon spirits sow murders, wars, adulteries, extreme behaviors, and all kinds of wickedness. “God, when He had made the whole world, and subjected things earthly to man, and arranged the heavenly elements for the increase of fruits and rotation of the seasons and appointed this divine law—for these things also He evidently made for man—committed the care of men and of all things under heaven to angels whom He appointed over them. But the angels transgressed this appointment, and were captivated by love of women, and begat children who are those that are called demons; and besides, they afterwards subdued the human race to themselves, partly by magical writings, and partly by fears and the punishments they occasioned, and partly by teaching them to offer sacrifices, and incense, and libations, of which things they stood in need after they were enslaved by lustful passions; and among men they sowed murders, wars, adulteries, intemperate deeds, and all wickedness.”

Deliverance (THE CASTING OUT OF DEMONS) was common with “many of our Jewish fore fathers’ men who were the disciples of Christ Jesus the apostles (dispelling) exorcising demons in the name of Jesus Christ.”

“Numberless demoniacs throughout the whole world and in your city, many of our Christian men, exorcising them in the name of Jesus Christ who was crucified under Pontius Pilate, have healed and do heal, rendering helpless, and driving the possessing demons out of men and women though they could not be cured by all other exorcists or by those who used incantations and drugs.” Cyprian was Bishop of Carthage, modern Tunis wedged between Algeria and Libya in North Africa, and died September 14, 258 AD. Cyprian was introduced into magic and sorcery by his parents [iii] but later converted to Christianity. He wrote that evil spirits “immediately obey us” and are cast out.

“Nevertheless these evil spirits adjured by the living God immediately obey us, submit to us, own our power, and are forced to come out of the bodies they possess.”

Deliverance ministry and healing the sick was common and practiced by the followers of Christ throughout the world in the first and second century. When Christ called his disciples he “gave them authority over unclean spirits to cast them out and to preach the gospel” (Matthew 10:1), to “bind the strong man” (Mark 3:27), and then to take his goods. The goods were captive people harassed and made sick by demonic powers. Jesus taught when unclean, vexing, harassing, tormenting or demonizing spirits are cast out of people the Kingdom of God is manifesting.  “But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you” Luke 11:20. Deliverance is the children’s bread. If we want what the early church had then we must preach what the early church preached. You have been given spiritual authority to cast out demons and heal the sick in the Mighty Name of Jesus. Use your authority just as the early disciples and early church fathers did. Jesus went to church and cast an unclean spirit out of a man. This even amazed those present. They said, “For with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits and they do obey him. And immediately his fame spread abroad throughout all the region round about Galilee” (Mark 1:27-28). We all want to see the honor of our Lord spread. This scripture says deliverance ministry launched Christ’s fame immediately. Jesus didn’t waste any time flowing in Holy Ghost power after the Spirit of the Lord came upon him. At the River Jordan, Jesus was baptized by John. John was the last of the Old Testament prophets. I consider him a transitional prophet. Today’s prophets, five-fold ascension gift prophets, are of a different order, the order of Melchizedek (Ephesians 4:11). During this baptism of water, the heavens were opened unto him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him” (Matthew 3:16). This baptism is the start of Christ’s ministry. Christ means the anointed one. Jesus did not anoint himself. He was anointed by the Holy Ghost. This is when the anointing came on him. The Holy Ghost coming on Jesus activated his ministry. It will put your ministry in motion too. In the church, an unclean spirit spoke saying “let us alone” (Mark 1:23-28). “Unclean”, Greek akathartos, means morally corrupted, sexually perverted, debased, lustful, lewd in thought and life. Jesus rebuked it and cast it out. In other words, he told it to shut up and come out of the man. This unclean spirit is also known as a pneuma spirit. There are several demonic pneuma spirits mentioned in scripture including: Pneuma poneron, an evil spirit (Acts 19:15). Pneuma python, a python spirit or spirit of divination (Acts 16:16). Pneuma plana, a seducing spirit or spirit of error (1 Timothy 4:1). Pneuma astheneias, the spirit of infirmity (Luke 13:11). Pneuma alalon, a dumb spirit, one without speech (Mark 9:17). Pneuma akathartos, an unclean spirit (Mark 1:23).

Christ did not ignore this unclean spirit, he cast it out. Christ never taught his followers to ignore demonic spirits.  He modeled the way for us regarding confrontations with demon powers and healing the sick. Scripture declares, “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested that he might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8). When Holy Ghost anointing falls so do blessings, miracles, breakthroughs, demonic confrontations, healings and deliverance. Christ did not perform any miracles, heal any sick, raise any dead, or cast out any devils until the anointing of the Holy Ghost came on him. This is why He told his disciples after his resurrection to wait for the promise of the Father, the gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts 1:4). That gift would endue them with power, the same power that launched Christ into ministry, cast out devils, healed the sick, and performed mighty signs and miracles among the people. These waiting believers and later others were baptized with the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues (Acts 2:1-8; 8:14-18; 10:45-46; 19:5-6). 

They were ready to cast out devils, heal the sick and testify of the resurrection of Christ. Word got out that Jesus was anointed by the Holy Ghost. He was the Son of God with power. Multitudes followed him and were healed of sickness and delivered from demon powers. “For he had healed many; insomuch that they pressed upon him for to touch him, as many as had plagues. And unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God” (Mark 3:10-11).

A house divided cannot stand and demon spirits cannot cast out demon spirits. Another time Jesus cast a deaf spirit out of a person. Afterwards, he was accused of casting out devils through Beelzebub the chief among devils. “And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake and the people wondered. But some of them said, He casteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils.” (Luke 11:14-15). Instead of these religious rejoicing over the miracle of deliverance and healing they moved into a false accusation against the King of kings. They were treading on dangerous turf, blaspheming the Holy Ghost. Blaspheming the Holy Ghost happens when people “continually practice” calling the wonderful works of the Holy Spirit the works of Satan.

Beelzebub was known as the chief of devils and lord of unclean spirits. This is like saying Jesus cast out devils by the power of Satan. Jesus responded by asking, “How can Satan cast out Satan? And if a kingdom be divided against itself that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house be divided against itself that house cannot stand. And if Satan rise up against himself and be divided he cannot stand but hath an end” (Mark 3:23-26). Notice how Jesus answered:

Satan cannot cast out Satan.

A kingdom divided against itself cannot stand.

A house divided against itself cannot stand.

If Satan attacks himself he is divided and cannot stand.

A “house divided” can also mean a family divided or a family of devils divided. “And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils by whom do your children cast them out? Therefore, they shall be your judges” (Matthew 12:27). The answer is these religious accusers were not casting out demons or healing the sick, therefore, the fruit of their own ministries would judge them. 

These Evil Spirits are crafty opportunists always on the look-out for weaknesses and human frailties.

Anything that will provide them with an invitation to come on in visit and sit down and stay for a while.

Resident within the soul of a person. Until the body is either killed, destroyed or stolen from God, by means of misery, torment and or Heartache just to name a few.

A Hidden Thing or Hidden Work of Darkness by example is like a cave that David hid in from his son to protect his life.

It’s a cave in the mountain where you could hide and then place a rock in front of it to disguise it as the mountain.

Once you were in there, no one would know because the rock looked like the mountain.

Well, in the spirit realm, Hidden Oppression, Hidden Works of Darkness and Hidden Things are exactly the same thing. It’s a place where the enemies (Spirits) are hiding within your soul.

It’s a place where Evil, Unclean Spirits of Bondage have access to you and so that they can have access to you and can remain in your life undetected because the area where they hide looks like the rest of you.

The Spirits that are working against you puts a spiritual rock there to protect themselves and make what they are doing through you look like your personality and or your character.

So then, you begin to claim it as “your struggle” or “your issue” when in reality, it is a Spirit hiding in there protected by your will, your emotions, your intellect, your mind or your heart.

That’s why so many Christians struggle with the same things over and over.

Because they have claimed it as a part of themselves and cannot see their spiritual enemies (The Spirits hiding within them) the real problem.

But God says that our weapons 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (KJV) 3. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;

(5. Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;)

That he gives us are mighty and can discover where the stronghold or spirit is expose, it uncover it, and destroy its works, actions, thoughts and deeds.  Casting them out along with their seeds and roots.

Thereby exposing the demonic spirits along with their fruit and then they can be dealt with. 

You cannot deal with an enemy that you don’t know is there and cannot see.

That’s why it’s so important to allow the power of God to reveal and heal with what is hiding in your soul.

You are not a liar, you are not a thief. You are not a gossiper, and you are not a slut!

You are not a homosexual or a lesbian.

You are not a backstabber, and you are not a murderer.

You are not lazy and you are not a deadbeat.

You are not a bad mother or bad father.

You are not a player and you are not a failure.

You are not a bad person.

The hidden strongholds of the enemy need to be exposed so that you can see that it is the enemy working within your soul and body, causing you to accept something that you should not. 

It’s not you; it’s the enemy working in you.

These Evil Spirits don’t know boundaries and they have no respect for anything, anyone, any situation or any circumstance they are Spiritual Predators.

The objective of these Evil Spirits is to reveal themselves within a human Flesh and Body through as much Misery, Torment and Pain as they are able to inflict upon a person by

Way of:

Marital Disharmony,

Emotional Upheaval,

Mental Disorders,

Bizarre Sexual Appetites,

Verbal, Physical, Sexual Abuse,

Economic Frustration,

Physical Infirmities of Sickness and Disease.

Today, you must face the fact that there could be something wrong and that it could be Spiritual.

Today you must come to the conclusion that you are tired of dealing with the same issues year after year, day after day.

Today you must make a decision by the Faith of the Lord Jesus Christ that you are going to confront the enemy by the Spirit of God and allow God to deal with the hidden things of darkness, and the hidden oppression.

Acknowledging the possibility that there could be something hidden, something wrong that you need God to fix.

Acknowledging the fact that His power can expose the enemy and with the power of “His” Holy Spirit, cast him or it out, Overcoming that Thing whatever it may be!

Today you must come to an understanding that natural methods have not up to now, so obviously natural means cannot destroy a spiritual stronghold or yoke of spiritual bondage especially if it has been HIDDEN from the natural world’s knowledge. 

The Bible says that it is the anointing that destroys the yoke of bondage according to the word of God. You must deal with this thing in the spiritual realm once and for all.

That way, you can be free.

You need permanent deliverance, not a quick fix.

You need deliverance and inner-healing, not an excuse.

The hidden spirits operating through strongholds must be exposed, uncovered and the spiritual enemy must be dealt with according to the Bible.

You must not allow hidden spirits, hidden things and Hidden Oppression access to your soul and body any longer.

You must not accept the spiritual hidden things and their agenda as a character flaw that you have, at this point in your walk with God,

At this point in our relationship with God you must be able to respond as Jesus did when “He” said, John 14:30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh and hath nothing in me.

Accept nothing from the devil and his demonic hosts.

Cast them out, In Jesus name and then walk in the victory that belongs to you as a believer.

Then you too will be able to say; for the prince of this world hath nothing in me.

Jesus died to free you from the power of sin.

Let the light of Christ, the power of the Holy Spirit, shine on you and set you free.

Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Ephesians 5:15-20.

Be wise and not foolish. Understand what the will of the Lord is and make the most of every opportunity. 

Every day, choose to serve and obey Him and not yield to your fleshly desires or the temptations of the devil.

Be filled with the Holy Spirit of God and give Him thanks for everything.

If you do this the Blessing of God will be on your life. Freedom from all of the Hidden Works of Darkness and Hidden Oppression and you will enter into the Covenantal Promises and Blessings of God.

Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Shall be delivered.

Joel 2:32

Erica Joseph Shepherd Ministries, Spirit-Spiritual WarFighters. Where “we win spirit-spiritual warfare” Utilizing the Integrated Healing Prayer Model.

The Integrated Healing Prayer Model is a prayer model that integrates Deliverance, Healing, Exorcism and Inner-healing. It is a prayer model that has been proven to work for over twenty five years of use.

The Integrated Healing Prayer Model operates Exposing and Destroying, Hidden Works of Darkness and Hidden Oppression that once exposed brings Healing to the Spirit, Soul and Body, while it restores the Individual, bringing them into a new level of spiritual maturity, growth and power, opening them up to receive peace, joy and righteousness. Enabling a person to now appropriate their covenantal power, promises and blessings from God. 

Erica Joseph Shepherd Ministries, 

Spirit-Spiritual WarFighters, is a Ministry of Winning Spirit-Spiritual Warfare that defeats the enemies of God. It is a ministry that works throughout and within the Spiritual, Soulish and the Physical Realms by the power of God; this is a ministry that allows a person to connect with the fullness of God. 

It is an effective prayer ministry because it works directly upon The Spirit, Soul and Body meaning within the physical body of an individual through the heart, mind, will, intellect and emotions uncovering, exposing and revealing anything opposing or against the Lordship of Jesus Christ, including but not limited to evil spirits, demons, demonic influence, demonic infestation and the hidden strategies of Satan against that person. Our ministry Exposes the past generational spirits, the present spirits and destroys the future or familiar spirits and the bondage that is, was and are working unhindered, undercover and in secret, hindering, opposing God’s plans and purposes for the destiny of the person. Satan and Demons are the enemies of God, they seek continually to bring chaos and disorder to the Spirits, Souls and the Bodies of human beings. By using spirits that work continually under the cover of past and present darkness and evil. Through the ministry of Erica Joseph Shepherd Ministries, Spirit-Spiritual WarFighters, utilizing the Integrated Healing Prayer Model these works of Hidden Darkness, 

Hidden Oppression and Hidden Word based programming are exposed by the Holy Spirit and we then confront the spiritual hindrances and obstacles that have been secretly operating through them against the person opposing the plans and purposes of God for that individual.


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