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 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

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

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’

‘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
A part of the David McCracken Ministries family

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

  1. Thank you for this. I had my 1st panic for the first time in my life on Monday, I never want to feel like that again. It came at a time when I’m focusing on God’s will and calling for my life.

  2. Hi Ms. Calder, thank you for such a timely post!! I was under spiritual attack this week whereby the enemy attempted to steal my breath. God gave me the victory over this attack! Hallelujah!! Please continue to speak the word of the Lord because you are helping and delivering so many people. I’ll uplift you in prayer and I hope that you would do the same for me. God bless!!!

  3. Tesfaye Tessema Gintamo

    I received this message when I was waking up in the late night feeling that signs of battling. I said Amen for the message. It was a direct message for me.
    Praise Lord!! God bless you!!



  5. God bless you Helen? EVery message you have sent me has blessed me, but this one… I am in awe! This python spirit had a hold on me for over twenty years. I was going to emergency rooms for constricted breathing. God has freed me…. it feels amazing to breath again! No more nebulizzer machine to breath. I can hear the wind of God in my ears. His presence is amazing. Thank you. May God bless you and continue to use you in Jesus name??

  6. Veronica Guerrero

    This is what I have been going through for 3 months it started when I was on fire doing Deliverence and flowing in prophecy then I got attacked and then one of my sisters that I was close to told me a lie she said she heard from God about me and I believed it made me question my gifts who I am in Christ and I left the church I was confused and tormented I finally started to build my self up again then I heard a loud voice telling me to gift up something and I freaked out because God doesn’t talk to me like that but it sounded like it could be him and it knocked me back down again because I wouldn’t let it go made me feel ashamed and self condemning every day and tormented but when I would remember my relationship with Jesus I would feel his love and the holy Spirit and the anointing would flow but when the enemy would condemn me it would put fear in me the Lord has been speaking to my spirit to help me give me stradagy but it’s hard to get past a lie but the fails word she gave me and the loud voice that I heard those are fails prophecy? That’s how I let it in ?

    1. Veronica Guerrero

      The lie she told me was that I didn’t have the gift of discerning of spirits that I knew things from a medium door and familiar spirits and that hurt because she knew the fruit that has been for God and she said that didn’t matter and it made me question myself and everything and I didn’t want to lay hands on anybody again and I was rooted and grounded in my gifts and who I was in Jesus because I had a close relationship with him it made me question my identity and it stopped me and tormented me she was really close to me and that’s why I took it from her she texted calling me skitzo to but I know now that was all a lie but then when I got over that then the enemy tried attacking the way I look my hair I heard get rid of your hair ( I have very thin hair I wear hair pieces ) and that is not how God talks to me I know that the enemy talks to me loud but in my heart the enemy just kept making it bigger and bigger condemning me and the Lord has been speaking to my spirit because the enemy is so loud he delivered me from the lie and I’m back to my self happy and me but the enemy just in the back of my head and I saw a black thing whispering in my ear and I know it’s a lie it’s just healing the wounds and the enemy using everything that I hear to condemn me I am a person that I am very hard on myself especially for Jesus but the Lord told me I am the apple of my eye he dose not care what I look like I am unique he cares about my heart the devil is a lier

  7. Hi Helen,
    Greetings to you in Jesus name.
    Very touching message. So many times I get thought that how can its possible always I feel this message is for me because exact things I feel in my life what you describe.
    I need strength.

  8. I greet you woman of God prophetess Hellen. I completely identify with your message. For the past three years, I have been going through asphyxia by the python spirit. I had reached the end of my life. I knew at the back of mind that it was just a matter of time and I will be over. Everything was falling a part and my life was scattered in the areas of finance, relationships, burdens that I could not bear. Stress was the order of the day, I felt oppressed and the enemy was reminding me all the time what was awaiting me, suffocation. I took your advice that we need others to unbound us from ‘grave clothes’.
    God gave me a divine appointment with a prophet of God who ministered deliverance to me and I crawled on the ground like a python and I was set free. Now I am free and have victory over the python spirit. God bless you.

    1. What a wonderful testimony, Dr. Jemimah! It is a time of new beginnings for you and many will put their trust in our powerful God as they see what Jesus has done for you. (Psalm 40:1-3)

  9. Hi Helen – very apt word personally (as you know!), but also I feel for the wider church fellowship here where we live. We’ve faced many challenges including our own minister resigning this week after only two years in post. Everything seemed to become difficult for him straight after taking up the post, including severe sickness in himself and his offspring. I just sat with him and he has had the breath and energy squeezed out. And we feel the same as a congregation. It’s like the Lord has removed him very suddenly. We desperately need a new injection of awe and wonder from above. Strikes me that we also need to wake up to spiritual warfare in a way we have not done so before. All 8 keys you share could be exercised by us as a body corporately as well as personally.

    Thank you so much for these and all your words, they mean so so much – and may you enjoy a fruitful time of blessing in these coming months, with refreshing, restoration and unspeakable joy! May you be blessed financially and blessed in health and family life, experiencing peace in the inmost places.
    Love in His Name,

    1. Hi James, praying for you all – the intensity of the battle is usually proportionate to the level of calling – and you are called to release life, personally and locationally
      And thank you

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