CHAPTER EIGHT ; Breaking Curses From Our Lives
What the Bible Says About Breaking Curses From Our Lives?
Today, we think of “cursing” as someone using foul language, profanity, or perhaps, even blasphemous words against God. Our definition usually is synonymous with “swearing.” This is a form of cursing, but it is only a small portion of what curses mean in the Bible. Cursing in the Bible is not only speaking evil of someone, but evil coming upon someone.
According to the Bible, if a person or persons are under a curse, evil has come upon them in some way. Sickness, tragedy, or bad circumstances are occurring in their lives. Please note,this does not mean that every difficult circumstance that we go through is a curse. Sometimes God leads us through circumstances to stretch our faith. This is for our own good, as it is helping us to grow stronger and identify ourselves with Him. However, He is not bringing anything upon us, but rather leading us through a circumstance or circumstances so that we might experience His overcoming power. Here, we are referring particularly to an evil curse that comes not from the hand of God but from the enemy. Even today, in many cultures, witch doctors or shamans (in Malaysia & Indonesia they are called bomohs) put curses on people through demonic powers. In some cultures, for example, “voodoo” is practiced.
This includes such practices as sticking pins in a doll made in the image of a person, usually with some of that person’s hair, fingernail clippings, and so forth incorporated into the doll. Even pictures of the person targeted are used. Hateful words are projected as the doll or picture is stabbed over and over with pins or other instruments. There also are more gruesome practices used. However, with all evil witchcraft rituals, it is the hatred and evil projected from these people that is aimed at the targeted person that causes the harm. The curses spoken over that doll do not come to pass because of the doll or the pins. There is no power in those inanimate objects. They come to pass because of the demonic power operating through the person speaking forth the curses. Demonic spirits go forth from the witch or agent of the devil to hurt and harm the person targeted. In many cultures, other than Western societies, people have no problem understanding these curses and blessings, because the presence of demonic beings is very real to them. In fact, in many places, they leave offerings to appease evil spirits, for the purpose of warding them off, so they will leave them alone.
If you have been affected or afflicted by a curse such as listed in this manual, we have good news for you. By accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you can be freed from demonic oppression and actually have authority over the devil and his curses according to Luke 9:1 rather than this spirits having power over you, your family or circumstances.
Does a Christian Need to Fear Curses? Read the chapter on this subject.
The present world we live in is rapidly losing all sense of what is right and wrong, what is holy and abominable, what is acceptable or unacceptable to a righteous God. There are many Christians who still have curses operating against them because of ignorance of the warnings given by God’s Word, the Holy Bible. This willful ignorance has many Christians wallowing in the mire of this world’s evil culture. This is because of various occult practices that are practiced openly in our societies and they have not made a committed decision to separate themselves from the evil culture of this world. John the apostle warns in his epistle, “Love not the world (the culture, beliefs, practices, customs, sinful pleasures) neither the things that are in the world.”
Christians also need to be freed from curses spoken against or over them before they were saved. There are many Christians who are contaminated or defiled unwittingly by coming into contact or involvement with evil persons; or coming into contact withobjects that are spiritually uncleanthereby became defiled and cursed because they had touched them willfullyor ignorantly; or they may have come in contact with some form of evil or the occult through involvement in idolatry, witchcraft or games Deuteronom(y 29:24-28).
We have been redeemed from the curse, but if we walk in willful ignorance, disobedience or rebellion, we are “breaking covenant” and that leaves holes or breaches for the enemy to come in, bringing a curse or curses upon us. In Proverbs, it is written, “When the hedge is broken the serpent enters.” The hedge is the wall of protection. When the wall of divine protection is broken or breached because of sin, the devil or demons come in to cause great harm to the Christian and his circumstances. Many Christians mistakenly believe that the devil cannot come near them in any way. The Bible does not support this theory. When Paul wrote, “not give the devil any foothold, or a place” (Ephesians 4:27), he was writing to warn Christians!
Curses can work against Christians if they are in rebellion, out of the will of God, or not walking in faith and love; being unprotected, having the covering of protection breached or broken because of sin in their lives. However, if we are walking where God wants us to walk, a hundred curses against us would just bounce off and would do us no harm. The story of Balaam and Israel gives us a good example of this principle (Numbers 22). Although Balaam was not an Israelite, he was a prophet of God. The kings of Moab and Midian wanted him to curse the Israelites during their journey from Egypt to Canaan. Rulers of those nations offered him what apparently was a lot of money, and he tried to do what their king wanted — but he could not. He tried three times but was unable to do anything, but bless Israel.
Jesus Christ took the curse for us. Before we were born again, we walked under the law of sin and death; but after we were regenerated, we came under the law of liberty and life in Christ Jesus who became a curse for us. “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:2)
“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us; for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree; That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” (Galatians 3:13-14)
How wonderful is our inheritance as Christians! We do not get the evil that should be ours. We all deserve hell, but when we came to Jesus, we got Heaven. We are not under the curse of sickness and death any longer. We now have power over sin and evil through Jesus and His Blood. Sin or Satan can no longer pull us around like bulls with rings in our noses. You know, leading an animal by that ring must hurt its nose sometimes. Many of us have been led around hurting with rings in our noses! However, we must have the strongest desire to want to overcome the habit of sinning and yielding to the devil.
God will not violate our wills. If we want to keep on sinning after we are saved from the law of sin and death, He will allow us to do so. We need to clearly understand that when we sin, it produces the death principle in our lives. Although we are the children of God and have been given the covenant of blessing but keeping ‘idols’ in our hearts and lives can cause us to be open in some ways to the curse. Those who come under the curses of God are unbelievers and Christians who knowingly and deliberately continue to sin.
HOW ARE CURSES BROKEN?
Once the curse is identified, then you know that there is sin in the life or camp of the person. The sin must be dealt with by the individual, not the leader. The individual must confess his sins and the sins of the fathers. (Lev. 26:40-42) He should then forgive his ancestors, especially his parents, for bringing curses and torment into his life and family. After you have asked God to forgive all parties involved in the sin that brought the curse and repent yourself, then you have a right to break the curse in the Name of Jesus Christ.
Breaking a Curse or Curses
The way to break a curse is to repent for whatever involvement has occurred on the enemy’s territory and rebuke the devil out of your life. You should also pray something like along the following lines:
“Heavenly Father, I ask you first to forgive me for all my sins and through the Blood of Jesus Christ, cleanse me from every sin and any area where I have allowed the devil to enter my life. I renounce any involvement with the works of darkness. In the name of Jesus, I now cancel every curse. And Father, I ask you to forgive the people who have spoken them against me.
I thank you that those curses will no longer operate against me. In Jesus’ name, they are broken right now, by the power of Almighty God. I cancel every evil curse that was spoken against me and ask You to cover me and my family with Your protection according to Your Word in Psalm 91 and the precious Blood of Jesus. In Jesus name, Amen.
The Bible tells us in James 4:7 to “Submit your selves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” If we think that someone is speaking a curse upon us, we should not send a curse back on the one who sent it to us. We are not to return evil for evil, but rather overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21).
Ask God to forgive them, because many times they do not know what they are doing. If you intercede for such persons, you are obeying the Word, which allows the Holy Spirit to cancel the curse automatically if we are speaking good and praying for those who would seek to harm us. We should also quote the scriptures that promise us protection such as Psalm 91. Remember the devil is the fallen one and we have power over him, so we need not fear him.
As we use our authority over him in faith, he cannot hurt us. We have power over all curses through our Lord, Jesus Christ. Luke 10:18,”And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
WHAT IS DONE AFTER THE CURSE IS BROKEN?
Once the curse is broken, cast out the demons that came in through the curse by their names. After the demons are cast out, pray for physical healing of the body and mental and emotional healing. After you have been delivered and healed, “Go and sin no more lest a worse thing come upon you”. You must change your way of thinking and acting even though this curse was brought upon yourself by your ancestors.
RESULTS OF BREAKING CURSES
We have seen people begin to experience deliverance as the curses are being broken and the identified demons were verbally cast out in the Name of Jesus Christ. Deliverance sessions become more easier with less manifestations of demons and less violent manifestation by the people. When the demons tell us that they have a right to remain because of a curse, we break the curse and then we are able to cast out the demons when they refuse to leave.
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