We collect a lot of garbage as we journey through life. And most of us have amassed a pretty big sack of spiritual and emotional garbage that weighs us down. Some of us even look like the city dump (emotionally and spiritually) if we were to pull back the curtain.

If we were to pile our real garbage on our back porches day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year, sooner or later, the rats would come to feed on it. Inner vows, ungodly soul ties, unhealed inner hurts and wounds, and personal sin and generation iniquities all create a spiritual feeding ground for demons. Demons are like spiritual rats. They feed on the garbage we carry.

If you kill the rats but don’t clean up the garbage on your patio, what happens? The rats come back! The same is true in the spirit. You can kill the “spiritual rats” (demons), but if you don’t deal with the spiritual and emotional garbage, those rats will come back.

That’s why we do freedom and inner healing ministry. When rats have nothing to feed on, they have no power over you. So we can’t leave sin unresolved.

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Unresolved Sins and Iniquities

Unresolved sins and iniquities in our lives open the door to the enemy to harass and oppress us and our bloodline. But what’s the difference between the two?

What is Sin?

The Bible talks about sin 786 times in scripture. Sin means “to miss the mark.” It can refer to doing something against God or someone else. (Exodus 10:16) It’s also a general term for anything that “falls short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

Sin leads to a downward progression that, without restoration, leads to trespassing. Trespassing is when you cross a line or a fence that you shouldn’t. A trespass may be intentional or not. It can also mean “to fall away after being close or beside.” To transgress means to disobey, willful trespassing intentionally.

What are Iniquities?

Iniquity is deeper than sin. It’s a conscious choice to continue without repentance. The build-up of unrepentant sin is sometimes referred to as “the cup of iniquity.” The sons of Eli are examples. Rather than repent, they continued their abominations. Generational strongholds are often formed in inequities.

It Runs in the Family

Have you ever heard someone say “it runs in the family” when referring to behaviors, struggles, or illnesses? This could indicate an enemy stronghold in the bloodline.

It was all bought and paid for on the cross. But the enemy is a legalist and doesn’t play fair. He will use our sins and generational iniquities to hold us, and our children in bondage for generations.

Sin, especially unresolved sin, affects more than the perpetrator. It spills over into the family bloodline, which shows up in the form of generational patterns. You see things in families that seem to pass down through the generations; for example, his daddy, grandfather, and great-granddaddy was an alcoholic.

What patterns of behavior, struggles, or illnesses “run in your family?” You might have an enemy-controlled stronghold in the bloodline. Additionally, the sins you have committed, along with unforgiveness, allowed unclean spirits a “legal right” to torment you.

The fact that enemy strongholds can be passed on from one generation to the next is well-known by those who counsel the afflicted. This is not to deny that many problems are transmitted genetically or acquired from an immoral atmosphere. All three conditions can predispose an individual to repeat a particular sin.

Tearing Down the Enemy Stronghold

Are you ready to tear down the enemy’s stronghold in your life and bloodline? Let’s get started. First, print out the Common Problems list below:


Next, circle the areas on the list you’ve struggled in within your life or that someone in your family (parents, grandparents, siblings, uncles, etc.) has struggled with. This isn’t an exhaustive list of unresolved sins and iniquities, but it’s a good place to start. Don’t panic if you find yourself circling A LOT! The average person circles about 170 items. So, you’re in good company.

Read this prayer out loud before you get started moving through the freedom steps. 

Step 1 Prayer of Repentance

When you tear down an enemy stronghold which has been established in your family, or through your own repetitive sin, expect resistance. The enemy does not want to give up his territory and will try to interrupt you when you take authority over him.

**I Highly recommend getting someone to pray with you when you go through these steps. 

Confessing and renouncing our sin and our ancestors’ sin stops the legal right or open door that the enemy claims in our life and our bloodline.

Instructions: To confess and renounce sin, pray the following prayer aloud.  When you get to the part where you have to fill in the blank, read every item you circled on the list of the common problems. Then, continue the prayer. 

Repentance Prayer for Unresolved Sins and Iniquities

Dear Heavenly Father, You have told us to clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh (Romans 13:14). I agree that I have given into sinful desires which wage war against my soul (1Peter 2:11).

I thank You that in Christ, my sins are forgiven, but I have given the enemy an opening to attack and torment me (Ephesians 4:27; James 4:1; 1 Peter 5:8). I come before Your presence and others here to admit these sins and seek Your healing (James 5:16) that I may be freed from the bondage of sin (Galatians 5:1). In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.

Heavenly Father, on behalf of myself and my ancestors, I confess as sin and renounce all of the things circled here on this list as well as any others that you bring to mind at this time.

Lord, I confess (read the List) as sin, and thank you for your forgiveness. 

Through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, I now proclaim and receive my full forgiveness, cleansing, and healing. I cancel any and all right to harass me that unclean spirits have gained through my ancestor’s sin or through my willful involvement in sin.

I declare this to be so…that Jesus has washed me in His blood, and I am as white as snow. In Christ, I have been given the gift of righteousness (Romans 5:17). Thank you, Lord! In Jesus name, I pray. Amen

Step 2 Tear Down the Stronghold in the Bloodline

Remember, read this out loud. When you get to “I bind every spirit of ________,” read every item you circled on the list of the common problems. Then, continue the prayer.

Prayer to Cancel Unresolved Sins and Iniquities in the Bloodline

Lord Jesus Christ, I believe that You are the Son of God. I believe you died on the cross for my sins and rose again from the dead. On the basis of what you did for me, I BELIEVE THE ENEMY’S CLAIMS AGAINST ME ARE NOW CANCELED. I submit myself to you, Lord Jesus. I commit myself to serve and obey you.

On that foundation of faith, I take my stand against every dark, evil force that in any way has come into my life; whether it be through my own acts or because of acts of my family, friends or of my ancestors; or because of some larger group that I am a part of; or because of curses that other people have made directly against me.

Wherever there’s any darkness in my life, or any evil force, Lord, I renounce it now. I refuse to submit to it any longer, and in the Almighty Name of Jesus, the Son of God, I take authority over all these evil forces.

Specifically, I bind every spirit of (name of spirit)

I loose myself from them, and I release myself completely from their power. I now command every familiar spirit and every enemy of the Lord Jesus Christ in or around me to LEAVE ME NOW and NEVER RETURN, in the Name of Jesus!

I invite, and I call upon the Holy Spirit of God to move right in to fill me and make my deliverance and freedom fully effective, as only the Spirit of God can do. I submit my body as an instrument of righteousness, a living sacrifice, that I may glorify God.

All this I do in the Mighty Name and authority of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

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