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Binding, Bloodlines, and Pleading the Blood

Is there a right and a wrong way to “plead the blood”? If we do it wrong, can it bring trouble upon us? Anyone can become a victim of wrong teaching, however well-meaning they are.

The phrase “plead the blood of Jesus” has been around for a long time. For decades, many in the body of Christ have embraced the revelation that this is not “begging” for God to do something but appropriating all that Jesus has done through the shedding of His blood. The word “plead” is a legal term. Instead of guilty or not guilty, you are entering a plea to God, the just and righteous Judge of Heaven and Earth, that the blood of Jesus has paid the price for the sin you are confessing.

The Word of God is clear. Jesus’ blood paid the price for us to receive eternal life. However, we are expected to turn from our sin while we remain on the Earth.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9 AKJV)

The word “confess” is from the Greek word homologeō, which means to see things the way God does. If we see our sin the way He does, we would see it as the vilest thing on the planet. I look at it this way: sin is like a big pile of dog poop; not something we want anywhere near us and would definitely want to avoid stepping into. The word “unrighteousness” means “the wrong of depriving another of what is his,” according to “Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon.” In plain English, “to cleanses us from all unrighteousness” means to put us in right standing with God, to have what is legally ours.

Only by removing sin from our life and seeing it the way God does will we be in right standing with the Kingdom of God, so that all His promises can come into our lives. We must look to a couple of verses before this to find out how to obtain this promise.

But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin. (1 John 1:7 AKJV)

Take note that this is about walking in the light, which means God reveals things by shedding light or understanding upon it. This is where we are supposed to be. Sin is darkness. So, if God reveals sin in our lives, we must walk away from that and into the light. We can “plead” that the blood has paid the price to remove that sin from our lives once we turn from it!

  • God’s people used to have to sacrifice an animal to have the sin removed for a year.

  • Jesus’ blood removes it permanently so we can be righteous or in right standing before God.

This revelation has allowed many to become free from attacks of the enemy by “pleading the blood” over themselves. Once this freedom was seen, God’s children began “pleading the blood” over everything. What could be the harm? Surely if the blood could help, it would. But if it couldn’t, well, at least we tried, right?

Using the Blood

Now that we know “pleading the blood” is stating the payment of the blood of Jesus for our sin, how should it be used? People have been told to plead the blood over anything and everything, even demons. This shows great ignorance.

Unless it is paying for a sin which we have turned from, pleading the blood does no good! Demons cannot be redeemed by the blood because they choose to stay in rebellion against God and His ways. If we plead the blood without removing the sin or without hearing from the Holy Spirit, then we have abused the authority Jesus gave us. 

Applying the Blood to Items

According to the Passover story, the blood can be applied to a home to prevent the Destroyer (Satan) from entering. (Exodus 12:13-14) Unfortunately, many Christians have taken the message of this story literally and applied the blood to:

  • Neighborhoods 

  • Cities

  • Countries

This is very presumptuous. We have no authority over things we do not own. We cannot plead the blood when a neighbor may not have turned from their sin or is even a Christian! The blood can only pay for what belongs to the Lord. By claiming more than what is ours, we are abusing the authority given to us by Jesus. We can protect what is ours, no more. Why? Let me explain:

Jeremiah 17 shows that principalities are put into place by God over cities and areas according to the hearts of the men in that area. If the hearts of the majority of men are evil, an evil Principality will rule. The Book of Daniel, Chapter 10, shows that the Archangel of God had to fight with the King of Persia to bring a message to Daniel. That wasn’t a physical king, but the Principality over the area residing in the heavens over that country.

If we “plead the blood” over a geographical area, we are stating the blood as payment to claim it for the Kingdom of God. This is trying to take it out of the hands of the Principality who has been assigned to rule over that area by God. That is not our place; only God can appoint and remove those appointed to rule in the heavens. Jesus showed us our place when He was given ALL authority by His Father, as we discussed in Our Authority. 

Binding the Enemy

How to correctly apply the blood to redeem the property from sin was shown at the first gathering of our church. We were directed to meet at Niagara Falls for Pentecost. The Lord told us what house to rent. We were so delighted to see our family whom we had never met face-to-face, that we forgot to take care of business.

Moving our stuff into the beautiful rooms, we decided to walk to the falls, then it was dinner time. We played a few card games, then got ready for bed. My neck began to ache as the day got later and later, yet I never stopped and asked the Holy Spirit what was going on. Several times during the day someone would ask, “Have you prayed over the house.”

Each time we replied, “We will get to that later.”

At 11 PM, the elders gathered with the team members to pray over the home. A quick prayer was said, “Heavenly Father, we thank you for bringing us here. We have paid for this place to stay and ask that the blood of Jesus remove all sin from this home, the beds and even the pillows so the enemy can be removed. We also ask that you send angels to stand guard over us, to protect us tonight. In Jesus’ name, amen.” Confident that the home was now in the hands of the Lord, we sought our beds. Ashley’s shriek of alarm quickly pierced the quiet night. Figuring she had seen a spider, we took our time going to investigate.

Inside the room of two of the team members, the walls and ceiling were speckled with well over a hundred mayflies. Walking into the room made my skin crawl and I quickly left to fetch Lydia who quickly discerned that something demonic was afoot. Another brave team member fetched a vacuum to take care of the bugs, as the elders began to pray.

Imagine our surprise when one of the group told us that she found out the house was known for having a “ghost” appear to the renters of this vacation rental property. The guest book at the front door had written accounts of those who claimed it was a “friendly ghost.” As you know, ghosts are either fallen angels, what many call demons, or evil spirits, who are the product of the fallen angels who took women as wives.

We asked the Holy Spirit what allowed this intrusion into the house. When we tried to enter the “bug room” elders in the group were so affected they couldn't enter; one nearly doubled over like they had been hit in the stomach. I had to pray to break some of the hold of the enemy before they could enter. Later, I learned these two elders had the same open door to a particular spirit.

I will not talk with you much more, for the prince (evil genius, ruler) of the world is coming. And he has no claim on Me. [He has nothing in common with Me; there is nothing in Me that belongs to him, and he has no power over Me.] (John 14:30 AMPC)

This shows us that we have to be in agreement with the enemy to be affected by him. If there is no open door, the enemy cannot stop you. If you have an open door to a spirit, then that spirit can affect you. If you are having trouble getting rid of demons, you will want to ask God what you have in common with them. What sin is giving them power in your life? If you need help finding the open door, please schedule an appointment to chat with us about it!

This began an hour-and-a-half crusade through the house, going from room to room, asking the Holy Spirit what allowed the enemy to remain. I will not repeat the long list of horrific sins that were revealed, but because many had to do with murder, actual witchcraft (spell casting), and demon worship we assumed that this was the reason the prayer for the blood of Jesus to cleanse the home had not been enough for the house; we thought we needed to confess that each act was a sin, renounce the sin, and confess its removal through the blood of Jesus so that the enemy could be removed. We could not have been more wrong.

Over and over again, other seers heard, “Greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world.” We continued to declare how great Jesus is. We took time to worship Jesus, our voices blending into a beautiful harmony though many of us had no natural ability to sing. Eventually, we felt that 90% of the presence of the enemy was gone. Since it was 2 AM, we took refuge in the Lord and trusted His angels to guard us through the night.

On the way to lunch the next morning, we had to do three U-turns after turning the wrong way. That was more than we had done for the last two days of driving across a half-dozen states! As I left the restaurant after lunch the next day, I asked the others, “My head was ‘fuzzy’ when I woke. It hasn’t left. It feels like much more than just being tired from the long night. How are you doing?”

One nodded, “My head has been cloudy too. Let’s pray.”

Still seated in the car, we asked the Holy Spirit what was going on. We both received, “old wineskin.” (See the class Remaining Effective in the Courts of Heaven to learn about the New and Old Wineskins) We had charged off after the enemy and tried to spiritually clean the house without consulting the Lord to see if that was what He wanted us to do or how He wanted us to do it!

That night when another elder arrived, after dinner, I was filling him and everyone else in on the details. When I got to the part about not consulting the Lord, both of them felt the enemy enter the room and stand right in the midst of us. When we repented for blindly following the traditions of man instead of asking the Lord what He wanted us to do, the Holy Spirit brought a revelation through His gifts:

  • An Agape seer literally gagged as if she was vomiting.

  • Someone saw (in the spirit) someone swallowing something then vomiting it back up.

Vomiting is “rejecting something with extreme prejudice.” There was something very wrong! It was after 11 PM again, and many of the others had retired to their rooms. We went and brought them downstairs, knowing that they had participated in something that had made the Lord unhappy. Swiftly we confessed to the the others that we had led them down the wrong path. Another vision was discussed:

  • Someone told us they saw a bell that had fallen from its tower and heard “eviction”.

As is often the case, what we receive from the Holy Spirit needed interpretation. Both Ashley and I said, “could it be the liberty bell?”

Someone who had never operated in the gifts of the Spirit before spoke a word of wisdom, “The Liberty Bell is in Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love. Agape Christian Fellowship (the prior name of our ministry) is the Philadelphia Church and Agape means the ‘God kind of love’ we should show one another!”

“Ah!” I cried, “That bell rings to declare freedom, Agape has lost its ability to set people free!”

The four elders gathered began to pray, asking the Holy Spirit for revelation about where we had gone wrong:

  • Why had the enemy remained last night?

  • Why was it still in the middle of our meeting?

As we should have done the night before, we began to ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom. We had used a typical prayer based on a simple fact we had been taught, “When you pay for something, it is yours and you have legal rights over it.” However, is this statement true?

When you buy something, like a house, it is legally yours. You own it and can make changes to it physically. If you owned a house, would you want a renter putting in new carpet or painting the walls any color they wanted? When you pay rent for a place on an airplane, a car, or a house, you cannot physically change it, it is not your property. You are paying for temporary use of it.

If you cannot make physical changes to something, you cannot make spiritual changes! 

It is abusing the authority Jesus grants us if we try to redeem something with His blood that we do not own. Renting is not the same as owning. Misapplying the blood may allow the enemy to hinder your authority. Though you cannot remove the sin from what you are renting, there are other ways the Lord provides protection.

Truly I tell you, whatever you forbid and declare to be improper and unlawful on Earth must be what is already forbidden in Heaven, and whatever you permit and declare proper and lawful on Earth must be what is already permitted in Heaven. (Matthew 18:18 AMPC)

The Amplified Classic Version shows the proper tense of the phrases in this scripture. We can only bind what we know has already been bound in Heaven. If you cannot remove the sin giving the enemy access, there is another course of action. Jesus demonstrated this with His disciples:

The seventy returned with joy, saying, Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name! And He said to them, I saw Satan falling like a lightning [flash] from Heaven. Behold! I have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents and scorpions, and [physical and mental strength and ability] over all the power that the enemy [possesses]; and nothing shall in any way harm you. (Luke 10:17-19 AMPC)

When you are walking with the Lord, He can give you authority over the enemy. This isn’t the permanent “binding,” but a temporary victory so that His will can be accomplished. To clear the way for the coming of the Lord, the followers of Jesus were sent out with words of His coming. They were given authority over the enemy to show that they were speaking with the authority of God. When Jesus rose, He received the fullness of authority:

Jesus approached and, breaking the silence, said to them, All authority (all power of rule) in Heaven and on Earth has been given to Me. (Matthew 28:18 AMPC)

Jesus has all authority, we have whatever He gives us. This is why we kept hearing, “Greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world.” We were focusing on the power of the enemy, but Jesus has overcome the enemy. As long as we focus on Jesus, we have nothing to fear. When we tried to lead the charge against the enemy, we stepped away from His protection and were acting apart from Him.

When the servant of the man of God rose early and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was around the city. Elisha’s servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?”
[Elisha] answered, “Fear not; for those with us are more than those with them.”
Then Elisha prayed, “Lord, I pray You, open his eyes that he may see.” And the Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. (2 Kings 6:15-17 AMPC)

Elisha walked boldly in the midst of the enemy because he knew the army of God was with them. The prophet didn’t attack the enemy, he listened to God and did what He told him to do. If we are walking with the Lord, the Son of God who has all authority, we should rest assured that He is greater and has overcome the world (John 16:33). We can be in the middle of the enemy, in a haunted house, and the power of God will still flow and His will shall still be done!

When we are resting inside the Lord, His authority will automatically overpower the enemy when we are acting under His direction. Though a judgment has been rendered in favor of the enemy, they are unable to enforce it because Someone greater is present. When the disciples were sent out, we see this principle in action:

Whatever house you enter, first say, “Peace be to this household! [Freedom from all the distresses that result from sin be with this family].” And if anyone [worthy] of peace and blessedness is there, the peace and blessedness you wish shall come upon him; but if not, it shall come back to you. (Luke 10:5-6 AMPC)

You must be “worthy of peace,” which means in right standing with God. If you are intentionally and repeatedly sinning, you will not receive the peace that comes from being free of the effects of sin. The freedom from sin is a type of binding and loosing that is temporary.

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap. For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. (Galatians 6:7-8 AKJV)

If we sow to the flesh, or worse, to sin, then we will not receive protection. We had gone into the house and acted in the flesh, doing what we assumed was our right to do. We did not consult the Holy Spirit or the Lord. As a result, the peace of the Lord did not come, instead, the enemy was able to lead us into a merry chase!

Our prayer should have been something like this, “Jesus, you are our Lord, our God, and our King. Thank you for bringing us here. All authority is Yours. Greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world. Let your peace rest upon this house and watch over us while we are here.” A few of us may have added a prayer as they slept for the night, “Heavenly Father, please send Your angels to stand guard around us to protect us in spirit, mind, and body.”

It is that simple, if you do not own the place in which you are staying. If you are renting out a place, you should always ask the Lord if this is the person you should rent it to. Then, when they are staying there, pray, “Lord, I wash my hands of what takes place in this area for I am not in control of their actions. Let any sin remain on the people alone.”


A “bloodline” is a barrier between us and the enemy. It is simply asking the blood of Jesus to be a barrier between you and the enemy. You should not do this lightly because His blood is so very precious.

The Israelites had to do exactly what God said to do for the blood of the lamb to be effective against the angel of death. You must be in complete agreement and in obedience to the Lord for a bloodline to be effective. You cannot place it between yourself and a sinful or evil object you don’t want to get rid of. For example, if there is a Buddha statue handed down for the last three generations in your family, you cannot place a bloodline around it to keep it. That statue is an idol of another god and Jesus expects you to be devoted and holy unto Him only. You must remove that statue. 

The blood of Jesus cries out for mercy from the enemy, but God will not be mocked. You must be willing to remove the sin in order to receive mercy. If an object you do not own is the issue, then, the blood of Jesus may be used to receive mercy. Find out more about cursed objects in the Persistent Attacks class (chapter), but please remember, you can only use a bloodline under the direction of the Lord and you must be in obedience to Him for it to be effective.

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