Every decision you make is a choice that will result in either life or death; in either a blessing or a curse. And your choices can very well make the difference between a blessing or a curse for your seed for generations to come…
There are some Christians who believe that Jesus came to put an end to God’s law. Not so. Jesus did not come to dismiss God’s law. He came to redeem us from the curses associated with violating God’s law. That is, provided Christians have met God’s conditions concerning deliverance from the curse.
There are those who believe that once a Christian has been saved, redemption from the curse becomes automatic. Not so. Curses are no more automatically removed after conversion to Jesus Christ than sickness and disease is automatically removed, although this can happen in rare cases if it is God’s will. Most commonly though, after a Christian has been saved, they still have to claim their healing by faith. They still have to confess the redemptive healing Jesus delivered to us on Calvary. And they still have to meet God’s conditions of deliverance.
There are those who believe it is impossible for a Christian to be possessed by a demon. Their belief is that devils cannot inhabit a Believer because they belong to God and are indwelled by the Holy Spirit. Not so. Just as there were three parts that made up the Holy Temple (the Outer Court, the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies), there are three parts that make up the body that inhabits the temple of the Holy Spirit. The body consists of flesh, a soul and (in Believers of Jesus Christ) a spirit. The Holy Spirit resides in our spirit, not in our flesh or in our soul.
When sin is committed – even by a Christian – it opens a ‘door’ for demonic spirits to enter the body and the soul (emotions, personality, will, etc.) of that person. It is not only possible for a Christian to be possessed by a demon, it is, in fact, very common.
Of those who become followers of Jesus Christ, many are still in bondage to the demonic power that is attached to curses. This is why many Believers continue to find it difficult to abandon certain sin in their lives – even after they have come to the Lord. Freedom from strongholds can only come to those who understand and adhere to God’s conditions for deliverance.
THE FOUR PRINCIPLES OF CURSES
- Sin opens its ‘door’ to the curse associated with violating God’s law.
- The power behind the curse is demonic.
- God’s law, in and of itself, lends no grace, mercy or provision for the curse.
- Jesus Christ came to redeem His Believers from the power of curse.
- To be freed from strongholds (the power behind the curse), God’s conditions of deliverance must be met.
CURSES BROUGHT ON BY DISOBEDIENCE
Before Jesus came, there was no provision for grace or mercy when one violated God’s law. This was the reason for the sacrifices that were made by the Israelites. Even if one repented – as did Saul when he sinned by not destroying the Amalekites and David when he sinned with Bathsheba – justice still had to be served. The spirit of God left Saul and his kingship was removed from him, and God caused David and Bathsheba’s baby to die. There will always be consequences to sin. The penalty of disobeying God’s law always involved suffering in a variety of ways that included death. These penalties came in the form of a curse.
CURSES BROUGHT ON BY THE SPOKEN WORD
The power of life and death is in the tongue. Blessings and curses can be pronounced over self, as well as others, simply by speaking them forth. WORDS CARRY POWER. As it was when Jesus spoke forth a curse over the fig tree that soon afterwards withered and died, people will have what they say. Be slow to speak and be mindful of the words you choose for you will be held responsible for them by God… and held accountable to them by the devil.
When people speak words to you and over you, be quick to take authority over those words. Verbally agree with them or cancel them, in Jesus’ name. Whether words are spoken intentionally or unintentionally, they still carry power.
COMMON CAUSES FOR CURSES
- Idolatry (in all of its forms)
- Unforgiveness (regardless of the offense)
- Dishonouring Parents (disrespect, disobedience, rebellion)
- Fraud (cheating others)
- Cruelty (causing hardship on others)
- Injustice (especially to those who cannot fend for themselves)
- Sexual Sin (adultery, fornication, incest, beastiality, adultery, homosexuality, rape, etc.)
- Murder (even by thought)
COMMON EFFECTS OF A CURSE
- A reverse of blessings
- Loss of income, material things and productivity
- Everything seems to go wrong and nothing seems to work out
- Problems increase
- Pestilence (plagues, epidemics, i.e. “A pestilence of flies surrounded the house.”
- Illness & disease
- Weather-related problems
- Strange body ailments
- Mental illness
- Oppression/not prospering
GOD’S CONDITIONS FOR DELIVERANCE
- Forgive everyone who has wronged you. “Forgive and you will be forgiven.” Luke 6:37
- If you have wronged anyone, go to them and confess your sin against them. Humbly, and in all sincerity, ask for their forgiveness. “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.” James 5:16
- Then go before the Lord and pray (see A Prayer For Deliverance) to confess your sins, as well as the sins of your forefathers, and permanently turn from your sins. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
- Verbally renounce the devil, in Jesus’ name, breaking the power of the curse. “Submit yourself therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
- Use the authority given to you by Jesus and command evil spirits to come out of you, your family and from your dwelling, in Jesus’ name. If you are not comfortable doing this yourself, have an experienced deliverance minister pray for you. “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in My name they will cast out demons…” Mark 16:16-17