When tragedies occur in life or simply when things don’t turn out like we think they should, we may find ourselves caught up in a Victim Spirit.
This situation is comprised of a number of things: 1) true victimization when a person, through no real fault of their own, falls prey to a predator, as in sexual abuse; 2) inheriting ancestral curses that are the result of iniquity from generational involvement in Freemasonry or Druidic practices. (These come with large demonic “packages” that will wreak havoc on the lives of those who are affected until they are broken); 3) Numerous personal failures that seem to have no rhyme or reason. All these can lead to a person’s acceptance of victimization as a way of life.
In the book, Overcoming the Victim Spirit, by Arthur Burk (click here for a free download of a PDF file – http://files.meetup.com/1623682/Overcoming_the_Victim_Spirit.pdf), Arthur addresses the “Five Faces of the Victim Spirit.” Most people find themselves in one or more of these, some of which have plagued them all their lives. The acceptance of these situations as “the way things are” allow demonic clusters to continue to create circumstances that block, deny and perpetuate unreasonable failure.
Although God can use our failures to teach us His ways, He wants us to succeed and overcome. Accepting victimization isn’t part of His plan. If we are not careful and discerning, we can adopt victimization as a way of life and use it to continually excuse ourselves from taking initiative to overcome. There is no doubt that a “poor ole me” mentality can slip into our thinking, with depression and despair waiting in the wings. Christian teacher and author Derek Prince stated it quite simply, “We either overcome in life or we are overcome.”
If you choose to read “Overcoming the Victim Spirit,” you may want to use the prayer I’ve written to help you choose a new way:
Prayer for Breaking Free From the Victim Spirit
I’ve come to realize I’ve given into a victim mentality in (name the area/s – victim of discrimination by authorities, and cyclic financial failures, injustices, etc.). This isn’t your will for my life. I know your Word says when I was born again, I received power to the have rights of a child of God (John 1:12) and this means many wonderful things. I realize, too, that when Jesus came into my heart, He gave me everything I need for LIFE and godliness through His promises (II Peter 1:3-4). Second Corinthians 5:17 says if anyone is in Christ, he or she is a new creation, old things – old ways of thinking, acting, and responding and believing are gone – the new ways have come! And, though this isn’t automatic, my desire is to completely change in these ways.
You have promised me freedom from my old ways by reckoning my old life dead on the cross (Romans 6:6), but to experience this I must relinquish all that I am to you because you are my Lord. I also know that when Christ died, I died with Him (Galatians 2:20), and now I choose to die daily to my own selfish ways to live in victory (1 Corinthians 15:31.)
Further, I cannot give place for satan to work in my thought life, speech or reactions to people who wrong me or have done so in the past (Ephesians 4:27). I choose to forgive everyone who has used, abused or spitefully taken advantage of me, and, in turn, I choose to bless and pray for my enemies (Matthew 5:44). Father, I’m powerless in myself, but all power has been given to Jesus Christ in heaven and earth (Matthew 28:18), and it is He who gives me power to overcome and to believe Him to do everything for me above all I can think of or imagine because of His power working in me (Ephesians 3:20).
I understand that through various circumstances of life and unbelief in your Word and character that my mind was not conformed to your truth but to the ways of this world system, primarily, the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh (or my carnal nature) and the pride of life. This caused my mind to be at war with you, even after I became a Christian (Romans 8:7). Pride in my own ways caused you to have to resist me in certain ways (James 4:6), but you have said if I‘ll humble myself before you, you’ll set me free to flow with your will and desires and be blessed.
You have specifically said if I would humble myself under your Hand that governs all authorities (1 Peter 5:5-6), you would lift me up out of my circumstances “in due time,” if I don’t give up. I choose to humble myself, and I know that without your intervention, I can’t do this alone. I realize because you are sovereign, you will allow me to be tested in hard places so I can learn to submit to you when my will can’t do it. Thank you, Father, for loving me enough to allow my faith to be tested, which you said will be shown for what it is on the day you are revealed to us (I Peter 1: 6-7).
I realize all too clearly that the victim spirit has blinded, robbed and deceived me from understanding your destiny for my life. I wanted an easy road in life, Lord, and I became careless and in my own innocence and sometimes rebellion, knowing that I was wrong to do so. I allowed this process to slip into my belief system and to become exalted above your Word (2 Corinthians 10:4-5). Romans 12:1-2) tells me that I’m no longer to be subject the world system’s ways or thinking, of whom satan is the current despot (2 Corinthians 4:4), but I am to undergo a metamorphosis of my mind, heart and spirit.
Because you love me so much, you have revealed this truth to me so I can be free from the tyranny of satan and his minions. It is clear to me that because of my woundedness, emotional pain and lack of asking for wisdom (James 1:5), these evil spirits worked together to empower people to use my victim mentality against me, whether these people did this consciously or unconsciously. I’m grateful today that you, Father, have kept these things from the so-called “wise” but revealed to those who are childlike, and this pleases you (Matthew 11:25).
Knowing now that you have given me a kingdom mandate to reign and rule through the power of my victorious Lord Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 2:14), I declare openly to the powers of darkness that I will no longer be subject to their whims, emotional attacks and mental fortresses, and that I will now take back what is rightfully mine. I declare and renounce that all clusters of evil spirits working against me must be separated, cease their operation and their influence destroyed. I also confess that no one can exercise manipulative methodologies against or over me or take advantage of me, use me or otherwise subject me to their own will without my will being willingly submitted to their authority, according to what the Bible teaches. I hereby take captive every thought in obedience to Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
I agree with your Word that my carnal mind has been slain by Christ’s work on the cross, and that my mind is being renewed daily by presenting it to you, Father, and rebuilding and renewing it with the truth of your eternal Word. If I fail to do this, I will not fall under self-condemnation or that of satan and his minions (Romans 8:1), but I will exercise my right as a child of God to boldly take my stand to regain my former position and posture. I will also persevere until the victim spirit no longer holds sway over me in any manner. I realize this, like most forms of spiritual warfare, will require me to “wrestle” (Ephesians 6:12) until the victory is won.
Thank you, Father, for your relentless and steadfast love for me as you reveal the depths of Christ Jesus in me that I am indeed an overcomer by faith (1 John 5:4-5) and that I am seated with Christ in heavenly places far above all rule and authority (Ephesians 2:5-6).
Your loving child for all eternity,