As we begin to wrap up this series, I am more sensitive than ever to the chains that keep us vulnerable to the enemy’s hindrance in our lives. There are areas where we’ve opened the door to the enemy by our own sin, and then there are those areas where we’ve been sinned against, and either the sin itself or our ungodly response to the sin gives the enemy a foothold.
We’re going to discuss how to do our part in preparing our hearts for freedom. The first set of chains that must be broken in our lives are soul ties.
Is this not the fast I choose, to loosen the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, and to let the oppressed go free, and break every yoke? (Isaiah 58:6 11)
“Soul tie” is a definitive word, like “trinity” and “rapture”. It defines the act of being knit together, cleaving, or bonding. So, think about it…this can be a good thing, or a not so good thing.
Let’s visit the dictionary to get some clarification on this soul tie concept.
“Knit” (Webster’s) is a verb:
- grow together; be joined closely and firmly.
The Greek root is “sumbibazo,” to force or drive together, i.e. unite (in association or affection).
“Cleave” (Webster’s) is a verb:
- hold fast; cling; adhere.
The Hebrew root is “dabaq,” to abide, follow close, be joined together, overtake.
“Bond or tie” (Webster’s) is a noun:
- used figuratively means something that joins or unites people. Bond applies particularly to a connection that brings two people or a group so closely together that they may be considered as one.
The Greek root is “sundesmos,” a joint tie, i.e. ligament; uniting principle, control.
“Bondage” (Webster’s) is a noun:
- Lack of freedom; slavery
- Condition of being under some power or influence
The Hebrew root is “abad” – to work or serve, to become a servant, servitude, worshipper.
So, now we have that foundation, let’s take a look at godly and ungodly soul ties, since there are very likely both in existence in all our lives.
GODLY SOUL TIES
“For this cause (marriage) a man shall leave his father and his mother and shall cleave to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24)
“That their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love.” (Colossians 2:2)
“And not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase which is from God.” (Colossians 2:19)
“Now it came about when he had finished speaking to Saul, that the soul of Jonathon was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathon loved him as himself.” (1 Samuel 18:1)
“Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:3)
UNGODLY SOUL TIES
- Are a curse—they steal your joy, peace, life
- Can be with someone who is no longer alive
- Can even be with organizations and things
- Must be renounced and cut off with the Sword of the Spirit – OUT LOUD! After all, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Prov 18:21
The last definition in Webster’s , I believe, most accurately describes an ungodly soul tie. Bondage. Slavery. Under some power or influence.
Ungodly soul ties are created if you have:
- Harbored bitterness, unforgiveness or hatred for someone
- Been involved in witchcraft on any level (to include cults, lodges, or any new age practices)
- Been involved in hypnosis (biblical term: charming)
- Been sexually involved outside of (or before) marriage
- “Shecham lay with Dinah (he raped her) and his soul cleaved unto Dinah.” Genesis 34:2-3
- “Or do you not know and realize that when a man joins himself to a prostitute he becomes one body with her? The two, it is written, shall become one flesh.” 1 Corinthians 6:16
(Man in this scripture comes from the Greek root “anthropos” meaning human being. In other words, we can’t just assume this scripture applies to men…it applies to us as women equally. Anyone we join ourselves to outside of marriage we become one flesh with)
- Been the victim of someone else’s sin
- Sexual abuse
- Child abuse
- Domestic violence
- You can even have a soul tie with an inanimate object
- Things (houses, cars, etc.)
- Places (home town, etc.)
- Other churches
- Old friends
- Your job (ministry?)
The cords, bonds, ties and bands to those people, organizations, and things must be cut off in Jesus ‘ Name. I’d dare say it is pruning time. Time to cut off those dead branches in order to grow in Him.
As I review this segment of the teaching I shared oh, so many years ago, I am struck by the clarity that seemed to be missing for me before. So much of the power of soul ties is linked to the idolatry in our lives…Wow. Amazing that I could have so easily missed that before!
Below is some suggested wording to break the power of the soul ties in your life.
PRAYER FOR BREAKING SOUL TIES
IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH, I CHOOSE TO PUT OFF ALL OF THE OLD CREATION. RIGHT NOW I REPENT FOR MY INVOLVEMENT IN ANY ACTIVITY, PAST OR PRESENT, WHICH HAS CREATED THESE SOUL TIES IN MY LIFE.
I PUT OFF ANY REMAINING SOUL TIE WITH PERSONS OR THINGS IN THE PAST WHICH WOULD BIND OR HINDER MY CHRISTIAN GROWTH AND WALK. I COME AGAINST ANY SUCH SOUL TIES NOW. I REJECT THEM AND PUT THEM OFF IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.
JESUS CHRIST IS MY VICTORY, MY SANCTIFIER, SEPARATING ME UNTO THE BODY OF CHRIST INTO LIBERTY, UNTO FREEDOM. PRAISE THE NAME OF JESUS.
I DECLARE EVERY SOUL TIE TO BE BROKEN. I RENOUNCE EACH ONE IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. I DECLARE ANY SUCH BONDAGE TO BE OVER BECAUSE I AM CLEANSED BY THE SHED BLOOD OF JESUS AND BORN AGAIN. HIS RESURRECTION VICTORY OVER THE GRAVE GIVES ME POWER AND AUTHORITY OVER ALL SUCH THINGS.
SATAN, I DECLARE MYSELF TO BE LOOSED FROM YOU AND YOUR DEMONS. I DECLARE MYSELF TO BE BOUND ONLY UNTO THE LIBERATED BODY OF CHRIST; TO BE KNIT TOGETHER IN LOVE IN THE GLORIOUS LIBERTY OF THE CHILDREN OF GOD.
RIGHT NOW I TAKE THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT AND I CUT AWAY THAT UNGODLY TIE TO:
(NOW SPECIFICALLY NAME ANY PERSON, GROUP, ORGANIZATION OR THING THAT COMES TO MIND)
IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH, I DECLARE MYSELF FREE FROM THE CORDS, BANDS, TIES, AND TENTACLES OF EVERY SOUL TIE IN MY LIFE AND COMMAND ANY SPIRIT CONNECTED TO ANY OTHER PERSON OR PERSONS, DEAD OR ALIVE, TO LEAVE ME NOW.
THIS DAY, JESUS SETS ME FREE. I DECLARE THAT I AM LOOSED, THE POWER OF GOD RULES AND I AM FREE IN JESUS NAME! AMEN!
Lord, I pray for every woman who just declared themselves free from every soul tie holding them in bondage. I thank You for the power of Your shed blood and the redemption we can experience through You. I thank You for each woman willing to take responsibility for the soul ties in their lives and their willingness to address them head on. Whether caused by our own sin or the sin of someone else, we can use the weapons You’ve provided to break their power. Thank You Jesus, Amen!