The Bible describes how through the cross of Christ, we can receive deliverance from enslavement to a tormenting fear of death: Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. (Hebrews 2:14-15)
When a person has a fascination with death, irrational fear of dying (or of a loved one dying), intrusive thoughts or images of death, or an unwarranted foreboding sense of death looming, a spirit of death might be at work. This spirit is employed by the devil to bring torment to our minds. But Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life, and He can set us free from any tormenting spirit of death.
How Does the Spirit of Death Gain Access?
I have seen that there are various ways that a spirit of death can seek to gain access to a person’s life. Some of them are listed below:
Traumatic and/or untimely death of a loved one
Traumatic near-death experience
Prolonged and life-threatening sickness
Harboring a deathwish
Fascination with death
Having an abortion
The following is an excerpt from Setting Captives Free and a testimony of freedom from the spirit of death:
Delivered from the Spirit of Death
There is a demon called the spirit of death. This is a spirit that seeks to bring terminal sickness, premature death, or tormenting fear of death. It works together with the spirit of infirmity to increase the affliction in a person’s life.
I have found that the spirit of death can come in sometimes during major and prolonged sicknesses. When a person is continually faced with the real possibility of death, it can be a traumatic experience. The dark spirit of death can seek to gain a place of influence during these times. It can settle in and hover over a person’s mind, trying to gain a stronghold of fear and torment.
Prayer for Deliverance from the Spirit of Death
If you are being tormented by a spirit of death, know that there is freedom in the name of Jesus. Below is a prayer that you can pray along with. Call on Jesus to set you free!
Heavenly Father, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I submit my life to you, and thank you that the blood of Jesus was shed for me so that I could be forgiven of sin and restored to you. I repent for any way that I have allowed a spirit of death in my life or for any way that I have partnered with it. I renounce the spirit of death in the name of Jesus, and I receive the abundant life that Jesus came to give me. In Jesus’ name, I command the spirit of death to come out of me right now!