Use Holy Objects

Fr. Fortea says that “A crucifix, even if it has not been blessed, is particularly powerful. It torments the demons because it reminds them of their defeat by Jesus’ death on the Cross.” He says the same of religious images and relics.

The thing about these holy and sacred objects is that you must not make an idol of them. A cross holds power because it reminds a demon of the true power behind it—God. By itself, it’s just two pieces of wood attached to one another.

You can place these upon the walls of your home to not only discourage the presence of demonic spirits, but to also remind yourself to keep growing in your spirituality and relationship with God. It can be easy to attend church on Sundays and forget about God for the rest of the week, but if you place a few items around your home that remind you of the sacred, you’ll be inspired to spiritual greatness every day.

Holy objects can help you fend of demonic attack, but only if you remember the real power behind them.

Embrace Humility

If there is anything that is the polar opposite of the Devil, it is humility. Even exorcists, in their bid to rid people of demonic spirits, must watch for signs of pride within themselves—a lack of humility can open you up to demonic attack like nothing else.

Satan’s chief sin, it seems, was pride. He thought himself greater than God, more worthy to rule. And so it is something he is intimately familiar with, and is uniquely capable of working through.

According to Fr. Fortea, pride can corrupt any gifts we receive from God, turning them toward evil or causing them to be lost altogether.

So what does humility look like? Humility, as C.S. Lewis once said, “is not thinking less of yourself; it’s thinking of yourself less.” You don’t have to denigrate yourself to be humble. You just have to think outwardly, paying attention to others rather than letting concerns of the self govern your actions.

Humility forms the links of your chainmail, keeping you safe. Don’t neglect this elusive quality if you want to be safe from demonic activity.

Invoke the Authority of Christ

Jesus Christ was the first exorcist, and He later gave all Christians the power and authority to repel demons. Because of that, His power flows down through the generations, and can be invoked at any time by you.

Fr. Fortea says that “Jesus Christ has won the victory over sin, evil, and death through His passion, death, and resurrection,” and so by His name, we can reject the Devil and His angels.

What’s more, Fr. Fortea says that Christ desires your freedom. He doesn’t want you to be oppressed, possessed, or in any way influenced by demonic spirits.

If you feel that a demonic spirit is causing you temptation or harm, and prayer doesn’t seem to quite do the trick, command the spirit to leave in the name of Christ.

You may need to do this a few times, but no spiritual creature can resist this name in the end. In the end, even demons know who’s boss.

Seek an Exorcist

Finally, if none of these forms of protection avail you, you may have an especially powerful demon on your hands. For this, you’ll need an expert—someone who has spent a lifetime familiarizing themselves with the world of the demonic, as well as the Word of God.

You need an exorcist.

Keep in mind, though, that exorcists don’t do exorcisms on request. A qualified priest will first ask that you undergo a health and psychological exam to rule out any naturalistic causes. The last thing they want is to keep you from seeing effective treatment if you have a mental or physical health issue.

If the exorcist does determine that you are in need of an exorcism, the process can sometimes take several sessions—exorcism is not an “I win” button against the demon. It is a battle.

During the ritual, a priest will order the demon to leave you, begging God to intervene. The demon is not “asked” to do anything, according to Fr. Fortea, nor is the exorcist the source of the demon’s exit. It is all God.

Once an exorcism is complete and you’re free of demonic possession or oppression—the two ways a demon interacts with people—you’re healed. But know this: to prevent a recurrence, any experienced exorcist will ask that you live by the rest of the recommendations on this list, that you make them engrained habits in your everyday life.

That is the way to freedom from the Devil.

Don’t be a Hostage to the Devil

Fr. Fortea, in his book, “Interview With an Exorcist,” writes that “For a Christian, fear of the Devil is completely unjustified, for faith in God casts out all fear.”

It is fortunate, then, that faith is not something that is out of your reach. Cultivate it by living a moral life, engaging with a church, praying, seeking holy objects, being humble, and invoking the authority of Christ, and you’ll be safe from any demonic attack.

You may stumble along the way, but above all, God knows that you are human. He’ll protect you. And if worse comes to worst, there will always be exorcists like Fr. Fortea waiting in the wings to save you.

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