“I (says the Lord) call Heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;” Deuteronomy 30:19
For the past few years, the Lord has been showing me much concerning two major subjects found throughout the Holy Bible. Though not often discussed, this topic greatly affects each and every one of us more than we may realize. It gives us insight into our personal circumstances and explains why things seem to always work out for some and yet never seem to work out for others. It also gives explanation to so-called unexplained circumstances that plague certain people where family, health and financial issues are concerned.
THE TRUTH CONCERNING BLESSINGS & CURSES
It is worth noting that all things are subject to God’s control. However, with everything there is a cause and an effect. Though things of the spiritual realm often reach far beyond our limited understanding , the following statement offers a simple surmise that we can all comprehend: We reap God’s blessings when we listen to God’s voice and do what God says. We suffer the consequences of God’s curses when we do not listen to God’s voice and do not do what God says.
With that being said, let’s move on.
“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God.” Deuteronomy 28:1-2
God loves His children which is why He has given His blessings, through His supernatural power, to those who seek Him and obey Him. This is why He has also given His word demonstrating to us the importance of righteous living – that is living according to His word and His ways. He tells us not to fear those who are in the world for He is with us to strengthen us, to help us and to uphold us with His right hand making even our enemies to be at peace with us (Isaiah 41:10). He tells us to seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness and everything we need will be added to us (Matthew 6:33).
God’s blessings also come by way of circumstances that are not so comfortable. He uses these things to bless us with lessons He teaches us and intimacy we develop in relationship with Him when we go through, endure and overcome trials and tests He allows into our lives.
Below, I have listed some of the blessings we can expect to receive when we are in right relationship with the Lord, according to Deuteronomy, Chapter 28.
- Prosperity or Success
- Being the head and not the tail
- Being above and not beneath
“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” Galatians 3:13-14
Many people are not familiar with what governs blessings as well as curses. Because of this, many of God’s people suffer unnecessarily. As a Christian, you are not immune to the effects of sin and curses. You can subject yourself to them by violating the word of God. Curses cause barriers that block the blessings of God.
There are many analogies used to describe the effects of a curse. One analogy describes a curse as being “a dark, heavy shadow hanging over your life that shuts out the sunlight of God’s blessings.” Another analogy describes generational curses as being like “a long, evil arm stretching out from the past that trips you up every time you are on the brink of success or moving forward.”
CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE
Scripture tells us that when Jesus was beaten, crucified and died on the cross, He took on a divinely ordained exchange on our behalf. It is written that “everyone who is hanged on a tree is cursed.” Therefore, Jesus became the curse that was due us in order that we might receive God’s blessing. However, there are conditions that we must meet in order for us to receive what Jesus so selflessly and generously gave for us.
I must note that not all hardships suffered are the result of curses. As mentioned above, sometimes God allows trials and tests for our edification. If you are going through struggles in your life that don’t seem to make sense, pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you the reasons behind your particular circumstances. Only God and those involved know the true nature of each person’s situation.
Below, I list some of the curses, according to Deuteronomy Chapter 28, that can afflict when one falls out of right relationship with the Lord.
- Illnesses of all kinds
- Perpetual Failure
- Perpetual Defeat
- Being the tail and not the head
- Being beneath and not above
COMMON INDICATIONS OF A POSSIBLE CURSE
- Mental/Emotional Breakdowns
- Repeated or chronic illnesses (especially those that are hereditary and cannot be diagnosed by doctors.)
- Female problems: Barrenness, repeat miscarriages, issues with menstruation, problems with female organs
- Generational breakdowns of marriages & families
- Perpetual financial problems
- Being accident prone
- A family history of suicides and unnatural deaths
Curses are not respecters of persons. They are equal opportunity attackers. That “long, evil arm” stretches out to reach the lives of spouses, children and other family members into three and possibly four generations.
WHERE THERE IS A CURSE THERE IS A CAUSE
Curses come, through supernatural power, as the result of sin with intent to inflict harm or punishment on someone. They oppress, destroy and can sometimes even cause death. Curses can also be passed down to people from one generation to the other as the result of sin committed by our ancestors. These are called generational curses. All curses have the ability to continue into future generations until someone, operating by the power of Jesus Christ, takes action to break them. Only then can one be released and loosed from their tormenting effects.
COMMON CAUSES OF CURSES
- Placing other gods before the one and only true God
- Practicing idolatry – this includes all forms of the occult
- Disrespecting/dishonoring parents
- Deceitfulness towards your neighbor
- Injustice towards the weak or the helpless
- Participating in illicit or unnatural sex, including incest
- Cursing God’s chosen ones
- Anti-Semitism (cursing the Jewish people)
- Knowing God but choosing to turn from Him to trust in man or self
- Theft and lying
- Stinginess towards God
- Perverting the gospel of Jesus Christ
- Falsely claiming to be a mouthpiece of God or falsely speaking on behalf of God
- Making covenants with people who make covenants with false gods, (including affiliations with the demonic, Freemasons, Illuminati, etc.)
- By bringing anything associated with idolatry or the occult into your house, you also bring on a curse by giving Satan right of access into your life and the lives of others under your authority.
THERE IS POWER IN WORDS
Curses can also come by way of spoken words, written words and words spoken inwardly from those who have authority over us either in relationships or position for there is authority behind words spoken in these relationships. For example, husbands have authority over their wives and therefore have the power to bless as well as to curse by words. Fathers and mothers have authority over their children and therefore have the power to bless as well as to curse by words. Churches have authority over their congregation and therefore have the power to bless as well as to curse by words. Teachers have authority over their students and therefore have the power to bless as well as to curse by words.
People also have authority over themselves and therefore have the power to self-impose blessings and curses by their words. Be careful in choosing what you say about yourself. Choose to speak forth words that bless, such as: “I shall not die, but live and declare the works of the Lord.” Psalm 118:17
CURSES CAN FOLLOW PHYSICAL OBJECTS
Curses are not only associated with sin and words, they can also be attached to physical objects such as those used for idolatry and witchcraft. Anything can be dedicated to evil for demonic purposes such as objects that have had spells cast on them and objects that are used in occult ceremonies. These objects take on dark, demonic entities that can even gain access to you if you allow them into your home.
As unbelievable as all of this may seem, I can attest through personal experience that it is actually true. I share this experience in the story below.
MY VISION OF THE FOUR EVIL SPIRITS
Months ago, while helping a couple pack to move out of state, my husband was offered a seemingly innocent framed picture of four African American people standing side by side in costume performing a ballet. When my husband showed me the picture, I didn’t particularly care for it but I agreed to take it home because he expressed interest in it. When we arrived home, I proceeded to hang the picture. Later that afternoon, my husband decided to organize the closet in our master bedroom so he could make room for a prayer bench he had made. He placed a large black bag at the end of our bed and used it to dispose of the trash he removed from our closet. That evening, I decided to go to bed early. My husband stayed up and continued to clean out our closet. It was at that time that he saw the ballet picture hanging on the wall and noticed what he believed to be demonic hand signs on the fingers of one of the women in the picture. Unbeknownst to me, he decided to remove the picture from the wall and threw it away in the black trash bag that sat on the floor at the end of our bed. Later that night, I awoke to a very disturbing vision. I felt a dark presence in the room and when I looked up, there at the foot of our bed (where the trash bag that held the ballet picture sat), I saw what appeared to me as four African American people standing side by side smiling at me. The ‘people’ I saw were actually spirits. I woke my husband and told him what I had seen. It was then that he told me that he had thrown the ballet picture into the black trash bag that sat on the floor at the foot of our bed. That morning, my husband removed the picture from the black trash bag and destroyed it. We then anointed and prayed over the entire house. I never saw the spirits again.
HOW TO BE RELEASED FROM CURSES
Now that you have a better understanding of blessings and curses, you are ready to take action. Jesus Christ has redeemed us from the curse because He became the curse for us on the cross. Through the power of Jesus Christ and being in right relationship with Him, you can cancel curses and be released from what is afflicting you and your family – including generational curses.
First, you must identify your problem and repent of anything you have done that has exposed you to the curse. Then you must renounce that thing and commit to no longer being subject to it. Next, resist the devil – and continue to resist him – and he will flee from you.
Now, use your words to do the following for they have power behind them.
- Vocally claim a Scripture basis: “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” Galatians 3:13-14
- Vocally confess your faith in Jesus Christ.
- Vocally commit yourself to obedience to God.
- Vocally confess any known sins including those of your ancestors that you are aware of. (Although you are not guilty of your ancestors’ sins, you are affected by them.)
- Vocally forgive anything against anyone. (Unforgiveness is a barrier that will block answers to your prayers.)
- Vocally renounce all contact with the occult.
- Rid yourself of all contact objects.
- Vocally release yourself from the curse by praying the following prayer in the name of Jesus for Scripture tells us: “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in Heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in Heaven.” Matthew 18:18
PRAY THIS PRAYER TO CANCEL THE CURSE
“Lord Jesus Christ, I believe that You are the son of God and the only way to God. I believe that You died on the cross for my sins and You rose from the dead. On the cross, You were made a curse with every curse that is due to me that I might be redeemed from the curse and enter into the blessing. Lord, I confess any sins committed by me or by my ancestors and I ask for your forgiveness. I also forgive every person who has ever harmed me. I forgive them as I would have God forgive me. I also forgive myself. I renounce all contact with the occult in any form and I commit myself to get rid of any contact object. Now, Lord having received by faith Your forgiveness by the authority I have as a child of God, I now release myself and those who are under my authority from any curse over our lives right now, in the name of Jesus. I declare it and I receive it by faith. Thank you, Lord Jesus. Amen.”