The Battle for Your Breath

I believe the Lord is saying to many, “I am restoring your breath. And I am breathing new life into you!”

  • That assignment of the enemy—that python spirit—that has tried to shut you down, cannot hold you back any longer!

Breath is life.
When God brought Adam to life, He breathed into him.
‘Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.’ (Gen 2:7, NIV)

It’s a picture of your relationship with God. Intimacy. Face-to-face.

The breath of God is also associated with your new life in Christ. At the close of the Gospels, Jesus breathed on His disciples, saying ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’. (John 20:22)

God has created us to be alive with his breath—in body, soul and spirit.

So, it’s not surprising that there are certain types of spiritual attack aimed at stealing our breath, taking our life-flow and depleting us spiritually.

Some signs you may be battling this include:

  • An overall sense of weariness for which there seems to be no natural cause
  • Losing your desire or hunger for God
  • You are breathing out – giving a lot to others – but feel as though the flow to you personally has been stifled
  • You are experiencing pressure, or oppression
  • You identify with feeling limited, or held back, whether personally or in relationships, work, ministry and so on
  • You are being tempted to give up because you have lost energy, physically, emotionally, spiritually
  • You are being assailed with thoughts that you must pull back because you cannot sustain the course you are meant to be on

Stealing the Breath—the Python

Recently, my husband and I were at wildlife park here in Australia and we had the opportunity to be photographed with a python. Having a photo with a snake draped around me is something I have always said I would never do!
But in the moment, I felt, ‘do it!’

It was a great opportunity to overcome fear and also enjoy what is a beautiful and fascinating animal.

In the Bible, snakes and serpents are symbolically associated with the devil. Satan appears in the form of a snake in the temptation of Adam and Eve. In the Gospels, Jesus likened victory over the demonic realm to trampling upon snakes and scorpions without harm. (Luke 10:19, Ps 91:13)

When it comes to spiritual warfare, it can be a helpful metaphor to see that there are two main types of attacks you can see from snakes.

  • The first one is a venom attack
  • And the second is an asphyxiation attack

Some snakes, such as pythons, kill their prey by constricting them. As their prey breathes out, the coils of the snake grow tighter, until it cannot breathe in any more.
It literally kills through starving the breath!

And that is a picture of this type of spiritual warfare—but don’t be alarmed by this; instead, be filled with anticipation and faith.

Even the slightest pressure from this kind of demonic attack must give way in Jesus’ Name!

Your Father has a plan to release your breath and bring enlargement to you!

You shall overcome every way the enemy has tried to rob you of God’s best.[2]

Life Overcomes the Spirit of Death

If you can identify with the signs I mentioned at the outset, be assured that you have the ability to overcome this.

Today, be encouraged by these words of Jesus: ‘The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.’ (John 10:10, NIV)
Hear Him say,

‘Do not be dismayed! This assignment that has tried to come heavily against you will fail.

Life is within you. Your breath is being released!

8 Keys to Break Free of a Python-Type Spiritual Attack

Do you recognize that you are battling a python-like spirit?
As you pray through these, the Holy Spirit may highlight one or more specific areas needed for your breakthrough.

1. Simply, Call on the Lord

The Psalmist writes:
‘The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came over me; I was overcome by distress and sorrow. Then I called on the name of the Lord: “Lord, save me!” (Psalm 116:3-4 NIV)

Don’t underestimate the power of simply crying out to Jesus! Meditate on Psalm 18. This is the power of grace—that when we don’t have the strength to act or speak, we can cry to Him in Jesus’ Name and He hears us.
God acts mightily on our behalf!

2. Apply Forgiveness

‘Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” (John 20:21-23, NIV)

Receiving the breath of the Spirit and forgiveness go hand in hand! So, a good place to start is to release forgiveness to any person or group who has been used of the enemy to injure you. [1]

3. Make Any Needed Confession

Confess any way you have personally contributed, sinned or missed the mark, that has opened the door to that spirit operating.

Repent of any way in which you have (actively or passively) allowed it to operate and to steal God’s breath and His best from your life, relationships, ministry, work and so on.

4. Declare the Power of Christ’s Blood

The enemy’s lies cannot hold power against your declaration of what the blood of Jesus has accomplished for you.

Neither can they stand against the truth of what God’s Word says, about who you are in Christ.

5. ‘Cut off the coils’ of the Python spirit

‘But the Lord is righteous; he has cut me free from the cords of the wicked.’ (Psalm 129:4 NIV)
That word translated ‘cut me free’ here means to chop off! To cut off! What great imagery!

It is the Lord Who is cutting us free—we are participating with Him, using declaration and command. [3]

6. Breathe!

‘I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.’ (Psalm 118:17, NKJV)

Breathe in! Receive by faith a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit!

In Isaiah 10:27, we often use the phrase from the KJV ‘the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing’. And it is a powerful truth—truly the Presence of God does break bondages!

The imagery in the Scripture is of a neck that has grown so strong and ‘fat’ that the yoke has broken off it.

Know that bondage of the enemy cannot stay, it cannot contain you, because what God is doing in your life is GREATER.

That constriction that has been around you, in your circumstances, body or atmosphere, cannot remain. You are breaking out, in Jesus’ Name!

7. Receive Help

Receive help and prayer from others as needed.

And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.” (John 11:44, NKJV)

When Lazarus came forth from the tomb at Jesus’ word, he was resurrected, he was healed. But he was still bound in grave-clothes; he still needed the assistance of others to have the bindings removed.

There are times when we also need the help, prayer and ministry of others to break completely free. This love and caring is what the church body is all about.

8. Be Kind to Yourself

Finally, realize that sometimes there are natural causes for depletion, such as going through crises, or extended transition and so on. We are spirit, soul and body, so depletion needs to be addressed on every level.
This takes wisdom and self-care.

Your Hedge of Protection

Confess that the breath of God, the Holy Spirit is filling you, your family, workplace, ministry, NOW! Make a declaration about every arena you recognize has been under attack.

Say, ‘Lord, I receive Your resurrection power!’

Know that where that enemy once contended for your breath, you are loosed!

Those python coils of limitation have no power over you. Instead, see yourself surrounded by God’s Presence and glory. ‘For I,’ says the Lord, ‘will be a wall of fire all around her, and I will be the glory in her midst.’ (Zech 2:5, NKJV)

See it. Know it. Rejoice in it. Your Father says,

‘I am the only protection you need. I am faithful, I am trustworthy. I am yours, and you belong to Me.’


[1] If someone has broken trust, forgiveness does not mean you have to put your confidence in them again. Forgiveness and wisdom must go together.
[2] A python spirit appears as a ‘counterfeit prophetic’ demonic spirit, in Acts 16:16. More info in course, per below.
[3] The course contains more information on ‘how to cut off the coils’ and has a session on binding and loosing. See below for details.

Spiritual Warfare Online Course:

‘Because of early traumas I had with the demonic realm, there was once a distortion in my thinking. 

Now, I am grateful for those who have instilled the truth of God’s Word into my life; a truth that has set me free, and given me a different perspective. 
And whether or not you can relate to my experiences, I can tell you that you do not have to put up with demonic pressure, however it comes. You are not helpless, you are not a victim, but you are more than a Conqueror in Christ.’
The article, ‘8 Keys to Breaking Free from a Python Spirit’ is an excerpt from my online course, ‘Spiritual Warfare: How to Identify and Overcome Spiritual Attack’.

This course includes around 30 mini-lectures on video, and is full of Biblical wisdom and faith-filled strategies to help you overcome in time of oppression or spiritual battle.

If you prefer a faith-based approach to spiritual warfare that is focused more on God’s supremacy than on the demonic realm, this course is for you.

I give you clear guidelines and step by step points on how to recognize and combat spiritual attack. There is also a downloadable full transcript in PDF version.

Find out more about the course, ‘Spiritual Warfare: How to Identify and Overcome Spiritual Attack’ here.
Alternatively, you can view all online courses here.

Related Posts:

How to Overcome the Battle in Your Mind

5 Signs You Are In A Spiritual Battle (And How To Overcome)

© 2019 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
Enliven Ministries
In the David McCracken Ministries family

54 thoughts on “Breath Back! 8 Keys to Breaking Free From a ‘Python Spirit’”


    1. Hi Hilda, I’m praying for you right now and that you will have discernment and wisdom in your relationship. These are the kinds of situations I urge people to journey with wise leaders who know them, and submit their prophetic guidance (what they believe God is saying) to oversight, because there is a lot at stake and emotions involved. I encourage you to do that too. Take care and know you are precious to God.<3

      1. I am going through the same type of thing as the woman you replied to about the boyfriend, only the man is my husband. I pray for a release from the pain of rejection and betrayal. It’s better, but I cannot trust him. I love him and want us to move beyond where we are now, into a greater bond in the Word and God. I feel like he doesn’t want to because he wants that infidelity door to stay open. It’s not the first time but the last time he said he would never let anyone come between us again, and I believed him. I think that’s why I’m really struggling with it. I forgave him. And I told him we can move past this if we spend time in the Word together, fasting and praying too. He said he’ll let me know. That was 6weeks ago. Nothing has changed with him and I don’t want to know if he is still seeing this woman, it would crush me if he is. They both claim to be Godly, but not the One I serve. Thanks for being an ear. I will spend more time in the Word and less time concerning myself about my husband and his soul,he doesn’t seem to care much about it himself. I like the content of your courses, looking forward to the spiritual growth. I need.

  2. Such a timely word Helen, thank you once again for being committed to sharing your insights and heart. God bless you guys lots!

  3. Hi prophet Helen. This messgage has come in time. I had adream He said He is coming to pick me up like Paul. I pray in Jesus name that you must not be away so that I can see Him picking me up. It was written in the sky through the cloud twice with different message. On 1 January. FREE Long Life in 2019. Another day He said Look up like Paul I am coming to pivk you up in 2019 help me in prayers to Finish this sweet Journey.

  4. Glory be to God in the highest!!! Thanks Helen, for this glorious prophecy. I am grateful for such an uplifting words.

  5. a God dream of like a Soul breath like “dunimus type of explosion” today. It has taken up my whole day thinking about it and another dream. I feel exhausted too. Does yhis happen to you? If so, what do you do?

    1. If it’s oppression, you may find praise and worship helpful – but sometimes it’s great just to take a break, go for a walk, have some leisure time, Sabbath moments. I believe God blesses our rest as well as our work for Him. I heard Him say to someone, ‘I take pleasure in your leisure!’

      1. Stephen Williams Williams

        I just learned about python spirit it wrap around my liver and I felt it turn loose amen hallelujah thanks Jesus my name Stephen Williams Glory be to GOD

  6. Hello, Helen! 🙂 Wow, this came just in time. I woke up today with an overwhelming sense of dread and the feeling that I cannot breathe. I am pregnant so I cannot have this toxic emotion. It seems to have sprung up from taking a training membership that does not seem to fit. I have taken a big amount from my savings to join because I felt the Lord tell me and my husband to go for it. I did, but when I surveyed it, I felt not ready for what it entails and it’s not really what I needed to propel my ministry and calling forward. I feel trapped. It’s not just this but other things at the back of my mind, causing me to have stifled breath. If you look at it in the natural, it seems silly but the oppression is real. Thank you for sharing this word. I am so amazed at how spot on this word. is. Thank so, so much!

    1. Hi Jennifer, yes I understand, am praying for you now – may those feelings of overwhelm dissipate , in Jesus’ Name.
      Psalm 124:7
      We have escaped like a bird
      from the fowler’s snare;
      the snare has been broken,
      and we have escaped.

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