The first tactic of Lilith, the vampire spirit and architect of dispossession, is—not surprisingly—staking.  We should beware of attempting to ‘stake it down’ in return, however, following those old vampire movies. All that does is grant Lilith spiritual legal rights to continue the cycle. Instead, as for all spirits at the principality level or above, we should follow the directions in the epistle of Jude and ask God to rebuke her.

The second tactic of Lilith is similar to the first. However, it has a critical difference. She’ll employ it when her first tactic, the staking or spearing to the spot, is dismantled. When we’ve been sufficiently healed that the stake is removed from our spirit, we are no longer stuck in the past, no longer pinned by unprocessed pain to the moment of attack, no longer unable to move towards the future, no longer transfixed by the trauma. In addition to our ‘unstuckness’, we’ve gained an awareness of Lilith’s schemes. If she tried staking us again, we’d resolve the problem much more quickly—because we now know what we’re dealing with and we won’t be held down or held back by her that way again.

All of which means Lilith won’t try the same trick. We’ve finally woken up to the fact something is decidedly wrong and, despite countless acts of forgiveness and repentance, declarations and blessings, Lilith has used past trauma to nail us tight. So she won’t try ‘stuckness’ again because we’re now aware of it. Consequently  her second tactic bypasses all our alerts and warnings about ‘stuckness’ by allowing us to move.

Instead of a spear that impales us to the ground, she uses spears with ropes attached: harpoons to draw us backward. She’s slowing us down, pulling us back. We’re still moving towards the appointed time for our calling but much more slowly than we should be. The hooks are in us, draining us, sucking us dry, bleeding us out, depleting us, exhausting us.

The reason we don’t notice the harpoons is because we’re so used to mega-trauma that mini-trauma barely rates. We’re still moving, after all. And that is so unlike our previous experience of being totally stuck, it feels like freedom. Once again, it takes a long period of time before we begin to suspect something is wrong.

Now it’s a simple matter for Jesus to remove the harpoons—just as it was for the spear. However, the harpoons are often barbed. They’re designed to cause greater damage coming out than going in. So it’s important to begin by asking Jesus to remove the barbs. I like to ask Him to sing over them—to sing at a resonant frequency that will turn them to dust. Next, ask Him to cut away the ropes and pull out any remains of the spear, all at the same time as the Holy Spirit pours in anointing balm to heal and seal the wound.

This is Grace Drops and I’m Anne Hamilton. May Jesus of Nazareth rebuke Lilith for you today.

Thank you to Lorna Skinner of for the background music.

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