Have you ever felt your relationship with the Lord just does not get anywhere? You’re putting in the time to pray, fellow-shipping with Him, being obedient but it’s remaining stagnant, inconsistent and you even battle to read the Bible? Or there’s a recurring illness you have, or bouts of ‘bad luck’, unsolved problems and you’re praying and praying but it is just not improving? Have you seen this in your own life, or people you know?
I have a pressing from the Lord to write about curses over the next few weeks. Yes, curses. I have prayed for a few weeks if this really is from Him and I feel it is.
I think my resisting is partly to not really wanting to write about it. I have heard many comments from Christians who refuse to believe curses exist or that Christians can be affected by them, such as “If I don’t believe it, it won’t happen” (that one irks me) or “But I’m under Jesus’ blood now, Christians can’t get cursed.” I’m afraid we can.
Jesus came to fulfill the law but not abolish it (Matt 5:17) so all the spiritual principles you see in the Old Testament still apply today. We can see a lot of information about curses in the Old Testament, but Jesus defeated Satan, has given us His authority to trample every scorpion, to break every curse and to be set free from every curse!
Christianity is militant. It’s governed by love but it is a war between good and evil. Blessed be the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war! We even have our own armour (Ephesians 6)!
It won’t be much of a war if Satan was unable to touch us in any way. But how can we fight a war we don’t even know exists? We have no excuse! In Leviticus 5:17 God emphatically stated, “If a person sins, and commits any of these things which are forbidden to be done by the commandments of the Lord, though he does not know it, yet he is guilty and shall bear his iniquity.” Just because you don’t know about it, or refuse to believe it exists does not mean you are automatically protected!
“Therefore my people have gone into captivity,
Because they have no knowledge;
Their honorable men are famished,
And their multitude dried up with thirst” (Isaiah 5:13)
“For wisdom is a defense as money is a defense,
But the excellence of knowledge is that wisdom gives life to those who have it.” (Eccl 7:12)
People, the aim is to stop us. To stop being effective in God’s kingdom. Satan needs to do whatever is necessary in order to ensure people do not receive salvation, hinder our walk with God, not be a blessing to others, not grow the church etc. He is literally on the warpath. The Bible says we are not ignorant of his devices (2 Corinthians 2:11), yet God also says that his people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6). Keeping knowledge hidden about curses is Satan’s great weapon because they are so very easy to place and very effective unfortunately.
The definition of a curse according to Mirriam Webster’s Dictionary is:
– a prayer or invocation for harm or injury to come upon one
– evil or misfortune that comes as if in response to imprecation or as retribution
– a cause of great harm or misfortune : torment
– to use profanely insolent language against: blaspheme
– to call upon divine or supernatural power to send injury upon
– to bring great evil upon
You will see as I post, how those definitions fit into the different types of curses.
But the good news is, even though most of Satan’s schemes are clandestine, most curses are quite easy to identify and to break! Because Jesus’ power and authority is so absolute, complete and above all things. We can never discern or break them without Jesus. It is futile. I have been on the receiving end of curses myself and knowledge about curses and how to break them has helped me tremendously in removing those stumbling blocks from my walk with the Lord!
Living in Africa, witchcraft is in full swing here and I have sadly seen many people cursed, yet many who have broken them in Jesus’ name and set free from such a horribly stifling bondage.
I am certain I will face much opposition with these next posts, but I’m biting the bullet as I really feel this is what the Lord is leading me to do. I encourage you to pray over each post so the Lord can give you understanding. What I offer you these next few weeks is what the Lord has taught me in my own experiences and what Scripture has to say about it. My prayer is that no one is left in bondage anymore! There is no time left, we need to be prepared and walk all over the enemy and stop being done in by his schemes.