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How to Perform an Exorcism Step-By-Step: Do It Yourself

Dexter is a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ who finds joy in helping others succeed.

Evil Spirits Are Attracted To Darkness

Evil Spirits Are Attracted To Darkness

What is an Exorcism?

Ever wondered how to perform an exorcism step by step? This is the simplest step by step guide on how to cast out demons from someone. But first, what is an exorcism? Exorcism is defined as a spiritual practice that attempts to oust or cast out demons from a person or place. Demons are evil spirits from the Paranormal world.

What is Demonic Possession?

Demonic possession is when a person has no control over their own actions or decision, they come under the complete influence of demons. Demons reside in the seat of power and cause the individual to do whatsoever it wants of them; almost to the point where the victim becomes superhuman: doing astonishing things they don't otherwise do.

Many examples of demonic possession are found in the bible but the verses that truly illustrate the nature of demonic possession is found in Mark 1:1-5.

"They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes. When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him. This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones"(Mark 5:1-5 NIV).

The stated bible example above of demonic possession shows that the man was demonized, he had no self-control neither could anyone control him, he was left to the mercy of demons.

Is Demonic Possession the Same as Mental Illness?

Not entirely but in most cases, there are the same. Evil spirits are usually involved in most cases of mental illness except when there's a severe drug abuse or brain injuries. In the Bible, there are two separate accounts of demonic possession; one in (Mark 5:1-5) and the other (Mark 9:17-18,22). In each account, both the man and the child who were possessed by evil spirits were limited and challenged both physically and mentally. It, therefore, concludes that what is consider as a mental illness in the modern day, Jesus and his followers considered as demonic possession in their time.

Can Demon Posses Christians?

The simple answer is no. One who is a true follower of Jesus Christ cannot be possessed by evil spirits. True Christians are protected by God, they have the Holy Spirit living in them, and the Holy Spirit and demons cannot dwell in a person at the same time. But it's quite possible for those who profess to be Christian but are really not to be possessed by evil spirits.

How to Perform an Exorcism on a Person

Can you really perform an exorcism on another person by yourself? Contrary to popular belief, any believer (someone who confess faith in Jesus Christ) can perform an exorcism on a demon posses person. I personally know it to be true; as I write this article I can't stop but thinking of the countless exorcisms I have conducted, even before I became a pastor. So, I'm here to tell you that you can perform an exorcism on a person. Just follow this guide on how to perform an exorcism step-by-step.

Things You Need to Perform an Exorcism?

Things NeededNecessityUse



To quote bible verse

Anointed Water


To sprinkle on the possessed person

Anointed Oil


To sprinkle on the possessed person

Other than the Bible to quote a few scriptures, the other things are optional. Even though I have seen some minister using anointed water and oil to sprinkle upon the demon-possessed person and around the scene of exorcism.

The Word of God Has Power Over Demons

The Word of God Has Power Over Demons

5 Steps to Perform an Exorcism

1. Be Bold and Confident

2. Secure the Immediate Surrounding of the Exorcism

3. Stabilise the Demon Possed Person to Avoid Injuries

4. Identify the Strongman Demon

5. Cast out all Evil Spirits in the Name of Jesus Christ

1. Be Bold and Confident

Before you attempt to perform an exorcism on someone you must believe in your ability to call upon the name of Jesus, being confident that he will hear and respond to you. You must be bold, not timid or fearful.

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Demons can sense if you have fear and doubts, and feed on those negative energies. Evil spirits wouldn't leave if you have fear and doubts, a matter of fact, they can quite easily attach themselves to you as well. It's very important therefore to be confident and bold. Spending time reading the Bible and meditation will help a great deal to increase your self-confidence and boldness.

2. Secure the Immediate Surrounding of the Exorcism

Carefully set up the scene. Demons are dangerous, powerful and unpredictable so, it's of utmost importance to scan the area of the exorcism to ensure that there aren't any tossable objects which can be used as weapons by the demon possed person to inflict harm.

3. Stabilise the Demon Possed Person to Avoid Injuries

Get the person under your control. If you aren't physically strong then I recommend you to seek the help of at least one other person to assist to stabilize (hold down) the demon possessed.

Some Exorcists are known to use ropes or traps to stabilize the person but I don't endorse using them: some demons are aggressive, using ropes or traps to hold the person down can lead to serious injuries to the demon-possessed person.

It isn't always required to hold down the afflicted person, sometimes demons leave without putting up a fight. But it is better to be safe than sorry. So now that the person is under safe control, let's move on to the other step.

4. Identify the Strongman Demon

Find the strongman demon. Scared? don't be. You must identify and call out the strongman spirit before can free the person from its power.

Pray to the Lord Jesus that he may reveal the strongman spirit if you are having difficulty in identifying what spirit is responsible for the possession.

Try this prayer: "I confront and expose the operation of every evil spirit in the name of Jesus. I break every demonic stronghold, and I command every evil spirit to speak in Jesus name." Prayers along these lines will help to identify the type of evil spirit s you are dealing with.

You can't skip this step - demons wouldn't leave unless you first call them out by their names.

5. Cast out all Evil Spirits in the Name of Jesus Christ

Command evil spirits to leave. This step is relatively easy: once you had completed the preceding steps.

Time to cast the evil spirits out! Stretch your hand towards the demon-possessed person and say "you ( the name of the spirit you identified), I cast you out in the name of Jesus Christ". Example: "You familiar spirit, I cast you out of this body in the name of Jesus Christ."

Depending on the ranks of the spirits they may or may not leave all at once, but continue with the prayers and eventually, they would depart.

Congratulations! you have just performed your first exorcism by following my step by step exorcism guide.

Signs That the Exorcism was Successful

Usually, the person's demeanor is a clear indicator that the demonic powers have left: if the person is silence or is acting strange like folding their hands, holding their head or swirling their tongue, it means that the demons have not departed yet.

Another indicator is to ask the person questions about themselves; if they answer correctly in their own voice it means that the spirits have left but if they don't answer or answer incorrectly in a strange voice it means that the spirit has not departed.

Other common signs are:

  • Screaming and then an immediate sense of peace and calmness
  • Bright radiant on the person's face
  • Screaming and then vomiting (not all person would vomit but in most cases, they would; the content of the vomit are sometimes brown or reddish clumps of dirt mixed with saliva.

Common Signs of Demonic Possession

There are many other signs of demonic possession, however, I have listed the most common ones:

  • Withdrawal from people especially loved ones
  • Alcohol and Drugs Abuse
  • Abnormal behaviors
  • Hearing Strange Voices
  • Schizophrenia (inappropriate talking to self)
  • Dreams of Eating Food
  • Dreams of being Killed
  • Suicidal attempts
  • Strange Voice Changes
  • Attracted To Darkness
  • Attracted To The Occult

Three Main Types Of Evil Spirits

There are 9 types of evil spirit but the focus is on the three most common.

1. Familiar Spirits: are known to be the most common type of spirit that possesses a person. They are animal-like in form and are also called personal demons because of their obedience to witches and warlocks. Familiar spirits, even though they can be attached or attracted to you by themselves: they are usually sent or summoned by a witch.

Possible signs that you are under attack from familiar spirits are:

  • Sudden illness
  • Sudden marital problems
  • Sudden relationships problems
  • Sudden desire to quit school, college, or job
  • Sudden desires to be alone
  • Sudden loss of appetite
  • Sudden abuse of others
  • Often Depressed
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Forgetfulness
  • Can't sleep at nights
  • Countless nightmares

If someone is already possessed by a familiar spirit then you can recognize the spirit based on the animal-like behavior of the possessed person.

2. Incubus Spirit: attacks women while they sleep, usually in dreams. These spirits feed on lust and are very aggressive when attacking women. Incubus spirits are known to sit on the women's chest or cover her mouth so that she can't breathe or cry-out for help.

Common signs that you may be under attack from an Incubus spirit are:

  • Strange marks on the body, especially in the private areas of the body
  • Midnight trysts
  • Restless sleeping
  • Unusual tiredness
  • Strange movements inside your belly
  • Bloated abdomen
  • Unusual vomiting of blood
  • Avoiding sexual advancement from your spouse

3. Succubus Spirit: a seductive female-like qualities demon that seduces men while they sleep or in a subconscious state. The Succubus spirit is dangerous even though some men enjoy her pleasure.

Common signs that you may be under attack from a Succubus spirit are:

  • Strange marks on the body, especially around the private areas of the body
  • Midnight trysts
  • Restless sleeping
  • Unusual tiredness
  • Dreams of sexual nature

Why Do Demons Possess People and How to Avoid Another Demonic Possession?

As previously mentioned, evil spirits are attracted by negative energies and environment, but here are some more specific causes:

  • Constant Depression
  • Constant Anxiety
  • Constant Frustration
  • Dealing with the Occult
  • Envious Mind
  • Jealousy
  • Fear
  • Drug Abuse
  • Unforgiveness
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Lingering Regrets
  • Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse
  • Ransomed to the Devil: as strange as this may sound, it's true; I have performed exorcisms for persons who were sold to the devil by a family member in exchange for favors such as money, power, influence, promotion and good health.

In most cases, familiar spirits are sent to oppress and possess you by people who are envious or dislike you; it starts out with demon oppression which then leads to demon possession.

The best way to avoid demon oppression and possession is to believe in Jesus Christ and have confidence in his divine protection. The power of God is far superior to any other power whether it be of man or of the devil.

© 2018 Dexter Whinfield


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