CHAPTER SIX : CURSES OBSERVED IN THE COURSE OF MINISTRY
In ministry situations around the world, we have dealt with many cases that are too numerous to record here. But here are some different accounts of how curses can work in the lives of people.
We often hear people speak of the things that had happened to them that were similar or identical to a grandparent’s or someone before them; or they have a gut-feeling as if they are paying for the sins and mistakes of one or both their parents; or they feel resigned to the fact that this is just the way it has always been in the family.
Curses and bondages can run in the family line without remedy or relief unless their causes are discovered and stopped.
I know too, of many that have learning disabilities or an inability to advance or make progress in one’s life because of certain word-curses spoken over their lives by authority figures. Words such as, “You are stupid; You are dumb like your father; You can never do anything right; you will never make it in life” and so forth.And their lives are shaped just as the word-curses spoken over them.The power and potent of these curses prevents them from succeeding in life. These word-curses must be renounced to be free from their potent and its continuing power to harm you. (See the prayers on how to break word curses at the end of the manual).
There seems to be a gut-feeling that some power is blocking one’s progress. The word-curses release a power that works and brings to pass effectually the very words spoken. Demon spirits immediately pick up or seize these words and engineer the circumstances to make it happen. . Unseen but real – conditions are created by these powerful demonic forces to entirely block, hinder or hamper your efforts to get ahead in life. Jesus said that the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy. That is their mission. So, take extreme care of what you say, for the Bible says, “Life and death are in the power of the tongue.”
It is the Word of God that must shape our lives. One must refuse to be affected and to remain unaffected by what others say to us or about us. You must shield your heart, mind and emotions from negative or evil words spoken over or against you. Refuse them and do not allow them to have power over you or otherwise they can hurt and harm you especially when you react and respond to them.
When such words are spoken, cleanse yourself by pleading the blood of Jesus and the power of these words will be broken, thereby losing its power and you will remain free and unaffected. Those who speak such words of bitterness, anger, hatred and evil are doing these under and by the influence and power of demonic spirits whether they realize it or not.
The Spirit of Christ is the Spirit of love, peace, joy, gentleness, forgiveness and wisdom. You can discern what is of Christ and what is of the Devil. Allow the Spirit of God to have control of all what you will say and do.
There are those wounded in their emotions and shaped by words of curses spoken by others over them. There are some whose lives are shaped by soulish words spoken by one’s own self. We call it programming.These words have forever shaped their personalities and future.
There are those I know who have always been plagued with poverty regardless of trying to better themselves in school, computer training, and hard work ethics. They have done everything within their own strength, fasting, tithing, devotion to God, faithfulness – you name it. They have never prospered though they having the most giving heart of many I have met. I believe it is a curse of poverty which has been passed down and is now resisting, restricting & choking out the blessings that should be in their lives.
I know of many people who struggle with this. But there is one man specifically who feels like something is out to get him. He has wondered who or what it is that is opposing his success in life. He is not in any known sin and has done all the right things to prosper. He seems to be clumsy, sloppy and messy in almost everything he does. Nothing he does prospers. He is accident prone, breaking whatever he touches as if there is a curse around him of some sort. Sometimes, they believe they are ‘jinxed’.
The curse of under-achievements and lack has long been a part of some members of certain families. Some of the hardest workers in certain families struggle to do anything else than laborer’s work or part-time employment and raised on welfare. Few that I know in these families finished regular school education. You can sense a spiritual block to attaining excellence. They had developed a poverty mindset and had resolved to accept their fate believing the notion – “Why it should it be any better or different in the future?”
I know many ministries that are gifted and anointed with gifts of preaching and teaching. They are called of God to great things. Their ministry never had enough; the church would never grow past a certain number. Some had to work part time and there seemed to be always a lack not just in money but in numbers. The spirit and curse of poverty says, “Why should you expect any different?”
We had to break the curse and spirit of poverty countless numbers of time over many individuals and families during the course of ministry over the years. These are powerful forces that resist deliverance. Whole families, communities and nations are under the power of this curse of poverty.Many have resolved to accept their present circumstances.And others give up all effort to progress thinking it is fruitless to try to change their fate and accept it as their family or nation’s history as has always been. We sense a hidden power resisting anything good and believe that when any abundance would happen to them, they would quickly lose it. Jeremiah 17 says that, “When good comes, they will not see it” because of the curse.
Some people like to call it luck or bad luck. Those who supposedly had bad luckand who worked for companies, the companies went broke; others when they ventured into business or started any enterprise, never had enough work or business. When they looked for employment they sensed a resistance to favor.
It is not bad luck but a powerful curse that could be in operation to turn whatever they touched or tried to failure and ruin.
When ministering to such people, the Lord would show me about all of this and the poverty mindset they have and the spirits of curses that are operating in their circumstances or environment. Many have stopped asking big, dreaming big because they have never been satisfied with what they got and could not believe for anything better or more. Theyare being programmed to accept the curse and they continue to live and struggle under its power.
Whenever the curse or curses are broken, from that point onwards it is nothing but favor, favor and favor like a river. Opportunities are always knocking.
I also have ministered to many individuals with myriads of physical disorders or sicknesses like crippling brain disorders, cancers or tumors and where the spirit of death seemed to hang over them. I have noticed these people have past histories where members in their families had already died from some of these diseases. These are generational curses passed down from one generation to another. Many times, it has been observed and said that just as they had occurred to their parents or ancestors, it is happening again. “It is happening again!” you can hear them say,“just like our father and many others in the family line.”The father like his father and so on. We see children inheriting the ungodly traits of alcoholism, pornography or different addictions. Just the same with males, so also with the female members of the family.,Many times we encounter while ministering in healing or breaking curses and bondages meetings,theones with the same infirmity as their parents or grandparents.
Numerous times the Holy Spirit has given words of knowledge of individuals who have been afflicted with sicknesses and other physical maladies. I remember many encounters with witchcraft or curses spoken over their lives. By the prompting of the Spirit,they are called out by the word of knowledge, things that have happened like accidents or a history of accidents or trauma in certain families.
Sometimes, some other evil would be discerned which have their origins in curses spoken against or over them by witches,other agents of the devil or by those are enemies. There are also those who find themselves in the some really bad and abusive relationship with unbearable emotional trauma repeatedly. There may be a history of certain kinds of trauma or abuse in the family because of a curse or curses being repeated. In some families, strife, contentions and quarrels never end.
There are many occasions during ministry that the spirit and curse suicides or suicidal tendencies have been discerned. If there had been a suicide in the family line, the curse or spirit of suicide is sure to remain in the same family generational line and claim someone who is weak. Unless this curse is broken, there surely will be a repetition.
There are too many testimonies of re-occurring illnesses in the families where they get ill over and over again. There seems to be an endless cycle of sicknesses and other maladies which never cease to afflict one’s body or family. How many are the times medical and scientific tests have failed to confirm the illness and the only thing the doctor scan say is that they are inherited. How many members in a family are often afflicted with heart disease or diabetes or any of the numerous illnesses that have no remedy!
God created us as a three part being and if one part doesn’t function right, it is like a car with only three wheels. God’s design has always been that we be a whole person. In right relationship with Him (spirit), healed in our emotions and minds (souls), and healed of every sickness and disease in our bodies.
Curses are designed to keep us from the fullest experience of Gods blessing.
CHAPTER SEVEN : DIFFERENT CURSES AND HOW THEY OPERATE
Curses do not or cannot have an effect without a cause. There has to be a reason or a cause. As the saying goes, “No smoke without a fire,”
Prov. 26:2 – “Like a flitting sparrow, like a flying swallow, so a curse without cause shall not alight.”
Here is a brief list of how curses can work in our lives:
Curses are released by words we speak.
Prov. 18:21 – “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit”.
On numerous occasions, especially while praying for pastors and their wives who take most of the judgment, complaints and gossip in the church, I have found that they are the objects of slander, gossip, criticism and back-biting.
This also happens in family circles where such practices can bring curses, afflictions and break-ups to relationships. This can give power to the enemy to afflict them with infirmities and other problems.
Here is a promise in Isaiah, a great way to be free from how you have been affected by the words others have spoken. Isaiah 54:17 – “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises up against you in judgment, you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord.”
Be sure to first repent if at any time or times you have slandered, gossiped, judged, criticized or spoken evil of any other. Then release them in Jesus name.
“Lord God, I release any man or woman affected by my speech and I break in Jesus name how my words have affected them. Please release and free them now I pray, in Jesus Name.” Then you can ask the same of the Lord for yourself.
Curses are released by keeping Forbidden Objects.
I believe that even different objects we have in our homes can be an open door for curses. There is the story of a young girl aged five or so with a patch doll in the home. She said that it would turn into an old woman and torment her at night. They threw it away and it stopped.
“I use to have different kinds of music in my home even after I was first saved. I remember how evil spirits were tormenting my mother at night and I was sensing the presence of demons. When I got rid of it, even though I was not listening to it, it stopped.” (excerpt).
I was invited to visit a home where there seemed to be a strong demonic presence. There was a young girl who was deformed and the features looked elephant-like. Surprisingly, there was a four feet high wooden elephant in the home. Apparently, they must have been worshiping an elephant deity. The demons in the elephant statue had taken control of this girl from birth or from a child.
There was another similar case of a young sixteen year old girl whose features was changing to look like a bear. Indeed, her whole physical appearance looked like a bear. The father sought help because this girl was having nightmares and having disturbances every night. When I visited their home, I saw there was a huge teddy-bear. I questioned the father how long they had the teddy bear. He said they had given their daughter this gift when she was still a child. There was a demonic presence in the teddy-bear and had to be destroyed. The spirits in this teddy bear were affecting this girl. I instructed the father to destroy the teddy bear.Then the whole family received true salvation, deliverance and healing. And further, the house was cleansed and sanctified.
Maybe you have something in your home that needs to be put away or that needs to be cleaned out. Could be a picture you’re holding onto, a good luck charm or a symbol of demonic power or even a stolen item.
“I have traveled around the world and at times I pick up different crafts and what not, toys and gifts for the kids. Many times the very night I bring it home and every night after until we got rid of it, my one daughter had nightmares. I brought an African drum home and every night my son was tormented with nightmares. The Lord showed my wife the drum may have been used in rituals in Africa, so we got rid of it and the dreams stopped.”
In the same way God worked miracles by Paul’s hands so that aprons and handkerchiefs were brought to the sick and demonized and they were healed. (Acts 19:11) The Lord uses the symbol of oil to empower and sanctify. He even uses the emblems of communion to impart the blessing of the blood and body of the Lord.
Witch doctors, witches, temple priests and mediums do the same with different symbols (pieces of paper on which things are written, strings, rings, bracelets, medallions etc.) that supposedly grant the wearer healing, protection or magical power. They can also deliver curses by placing them on different articles of clothing, objects, houses, land and even animals. Never possess or keep things that are cursed.
Remember the curse of defeat Israel experienced because of Achan’s sin.
Joshua 7:10-11 – So the Lord said to Joshua: “Get up! Why do you lie thus on your face? Israel has sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them. For they have even taken some of the accursed things, and have both stolen and deceived; and they have also put it among their own stuff.”
I have ministered to countless Christian homes where demons have caused untold harm because of ignorance. The Bible warns many times not to give room, opportunity or avenue for the enemy or these evil powers to infiltrate our lives and homes because of willful ignorance.
Curses Are Released By Disobedience to God in any area of our life.
Deut. 28:15 – “But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you…”.
Any area of disobedience to any of Gods laws and principles can be an open door for curses and demons to enter.
I have prayed for people many times who have felt a tight band or pressure around their head or a force resisting them. It was witchcraft. The power of witchcraft is an external attack unless you have opened the door through continued sin and rebellion. I have had to break witchcraft off numerous people who have been controlled, manipulated and dominated in a relationship with a wife or husband, family or even ministry. The power of witchcraft works like prayer in many ways but their intent is harm. They petition, request and loose evil spirits or the devil himself to cause harm or tempt, destroy, working through unregenerate persons to cause evil; or even to create evil circumstances to afflict your life. They may not be able to directly hurt me but may cause hurt and harm to others or situations around me that are unprotected. They can create external struggles around you. Being a deliverance minister, I dare not be defeated by them. Once, when I became weak due to discouragement, the devil took a great toll on my circumstances, family and ministry.
Witchcraft or sorcery can work through some of the following:
Any object used in idolatrous worship. These can even be the so called Christian religious items.
Any object that represent or illustrate false religions or occult practices.
Any item that have been used as a vehicle of the occult to bring harm or even good like healing or blessing (white magic). If the person invoking the supernatural power is of the occult, it carries a curse.
Superstitious objects like a rabbit’s foot, a lucky coin, a religious picture, medallion or figurine, horoscope or zodiacal symbol, crystal, ring, amulet or a charm.
Generational Curses Because of Idolatry
Exodus 20:5 – You shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me.
Deut. 28:45-46 – Moreover all these curses shall come upon you and pursue and overtake you, until you are destroyed, because you did not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which He commanded you. And they shall be upon you for a sign and a wonder, and on your descendants forever.
These are the sins of the fathers and spirits of infirmity and other curses passed down through the family lines. The same demons that had an opportunity to work through those in your family through witchcraft, alcohol, drugs, sexual immorality and perversion, and the spirits of false religion, still believe it has a right to you. Remember that all the curses in these verses, Deut. 15 to 68, God has ordained to come upon your descendants forever, until there is someone who repents and puts a stop to them.
False Religion and Images.
God has also ordained curses on false religion and idol images.
Deut. 27:15 – “Cursed is the one who makes a carved or molded image, an abomination to the Lord, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and sets it up in secret.” – the altar place or place of prayer.
We see this around the world in families and nations given over to believing in many god’s, idols, and false religions. There is in these countries destruction, confusion, poverty, famine and all kinds of disease.
Rebellion against our parents.
Eph. 6:1-3 – “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with promise, that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”
When we make another man stumble.
Deut. 27: 20-23 – Cursed is the one who lies with his father’s wife, because he has uncovered his father’s bed. Cursed is the one who lies with any kind of animal. Cursed is the one who lies with his sister, the daughter of his father or the daughter of his mother. Cursed is the one who lies with his mother-in-law.
In this category: homosexuals / lesbians / rape / incest, prostituting, adultery.
Forgetting the Poor.
Prov. 28:27- He who gives to the poor will not lack, but he who hides his eyes will have many curses.
Dishonest in our business dealings or life’s affairs.
We don’t cut corners, that is a way of repaying evil for good. One man said to me recently, to make it in this economy we need to be shady in our deals. Another man I know and can even testify that years ago of not being honest with welfare or unemployment earnings. It was a hindrance to God’s blessing. (excerpt)
Religion and dead works.
Jer. 17:5 – Thus says the Lord: Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord.
When we put our trust in traditions, rituals, and our own dead works we are not depending on the supernatural grace of God. Man always wants to help God do what he said he would do and we end up with an Ishmael instead.
Curses by authority figures
Ham was cursed because he insulted his father. His father cursed him and his descendants. Many believe that the African people are the descendants of Ham. Praise God that no person or people need to continue to suffer curses if they believe in Jesus Christ because He broke the power of the curses when He died on the cross.
Curses by prophets – Divine judgment / divine discipline
Elisha cursed the students who mocked him.
Curses by servants of Satan – witches / witch doctors
Curses by rulers
Saul curses Jonathan – Jonathan died in battle.
David curses MountGilboa– never rains on Mt.Gilboa to this day.
David curses his wife Michal when she mocked him and she was barren all her life.
Curses by man
Curses come and remain in the family unit if God’s order is not established in the Home especially, godly and biblical authority, structure and function.
BEWARE ! The Bible warns us of the danger of being unprotected! – WEAR THE FULL ARMOUR OF GOD.