ADOPTED CHILDREN are quite often attacked because of openings in their past: rejection, illegitimacy, rape (mother or them), abuse or many other things.  There are often many generational demons at work.  Deliverance should be sought early for adopted children who show signs of difficulties adjusting and adapting to their new family.  Any child who has experienced a traumatic experience when young can have demonic openings from it.  A car or other kind of accident or any situation that causes terror can be the reason. So can abuse, rape, molestation or any form of rejection.

In order to bring deliverance to adopted children first of all the bond with the natural mother must be broken.  It’s like cutting an invisible spiritual umbilical cord.  Pray to break any claim by sprits of abandonment, resentment, anger, lust, low self-esteem, self-centeredness, jealousy, rejection, self-rejection, etc., and pray for them to be free from any generational spirits who would be claiming them.  Pray against any family curses, spirits of occultism or anything that had access to the family through the ancestors.  For more information about children and deliverance see pages 57-58, 60.

REJECTIONIf, before birth, one or both of the parents reject the pregnancy and the baby is unwanted, demons can step in and claim the baby.  Also, if there is a difficult birth or the parents are disappointed because of the sex or a physical feature (or handicap) of the baby then demons can claim it.  Sometimes even extreme sibling rejection can cause this. Rejection can come later too, especially if a baby cries a lot or causes problems for the parents, or if it interferes in their life or career.

            If you felt rejection in your childhood, what can you now do about it?  First, make a free will decision to forgive the person/parent.  In Jesus’ name break anything they said/felt against you (as with curses above).  Freely accept God’s love to fill and heal you.  In Jesus name forbid any demons of rejection to do any work against you.  From then on take every thought captive (II Corinthians 10:4-5) and don’t let negative thoughts about your past rejection dominate (Philippians 4:8).  Claim your new relationship to God (II Corinthians 5:17).

ABUSE  This includes any form of incest or physical abuse (physical or emotional).  As seen before, sexual union gives demons access (I Corinthians 6:16).  The trauma of abuse creates openings that demons often use in the child’s life from then on.

REBELLION  Rebellion is often seen as “natural,” but can be as much an invitation for demonizing as direct occult involvement (I Samuel 15:23 says so!). There is a difference between normal “trying to find one’s self” and real rebellion.  In Israel older children who rebelled were stoned to death.  How can we tell normal rebellion from abnormal?

            It is normal for a child to want his curfew extended to that of his friends but abnormal to ignore their curfew and sometimes stay out all night.  It is normal for a child to exhibit mood swings (without violence of destruction) but abnormal when they become more and more irrational and violent.  Showing less interest in family activities as they grow older is normal for children, but becoming so withdrawn they only use the home for a bed and breakfast is abnormal.  Showing some impatience with rules and restrictions is normal, but purposefully disobeying and speaking disrespectfully are not.  A gradual change in interests and friends as a child grows in normal, but suddenly dropping all former interests and activities is not.  It is normal that a child will not confide in a parent as much as they used to as they mature, but abnormal for them to be sneaky and secretive, even dishonest and manipulative.  Children may want to stretch the dress code you lay down, but it is abnormal to purposely dress in a way that will shock and offend you.  The Bible says this abnormal rebellion will grow in the last days (II Timothy 3:1-5) and it certainly has been. 

            If you sense this in your child please pray specifically and regularly for them.  Confront them in love.  Reestablish the relationship so grounds of communication can be opened.  Counseling can be helpful, too.  Try to distinguish between their attitude and their action.  Sometimes one must be addressed first, other times the other.  Ask God for wisdom (James 1). 


FROM YOUR OWN CHILDHOOD  Confess (admit) what happened as sin and put it under the blood of Jesus (I John 1:9).  Even if it isn’t your sin, you must label what happened as sin and break its power over you by Jesus’ blood. Forgive anyone that has been influential or guilty in any of these areas.  In Jesus’ name take back any access demons can try to use.  Ask to be filled by the Holy Spirit and healed from the results of any of these.  Claim II Corinthians 5:17, that you are now a new creation in Jesus and all those old things are gone and passed away.

IN YOUR OWN CHILDREN  Confess the sin and especially your part in it, putting it under the blood of Jesus (I John 1:9).  Forgive anyone involved (others or yourself).  In Jesus’ name take back any access demons can try to use from it.  Ask to be filled by the Holy Spirit and healed from the results of any of these.  Pray for them regularly and specifically.  Claim II Corinthians 5:17 for them if they are believers (they are a new creation and all these things in the past are gone).  If they aren’t a believer pray for their salvation.

God’s promise to us in this area is: Therefore if anyone is in Christ, He is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!  II Corinthians 5:17

          Do you see any of these things in your own childhood?  Pray and ask God to remove them and put them under the blood of Jesus.  Ask for wisdom to understand them and courage to pray against them.  Ask him to heal you from them, fill you with His presence, and move ahead in your life for Him.


(If I can answer questions or offer personal counsel, or if you would like a free copy of my Spiritual Warfare Handbook, email me at or download it from  My next book, Spiritual Warfare in the Bible, which is a more advanced treatment of spiritual warfare, is also available there for free.)



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