UNDERSTANDING CURSES 

“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.” Galatians 3:13

 

Contrary to popular opinion, curses are absolutely real. They cause havoc in many lives today.

As Jesus approached a fig tree one day, He found  no fruit on it. He spoke to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.”  Passing by the tree the next morning, He and the disciples saw that the fig tree had withered from the roots.

Peter said: “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!” (Mark 11).

Jesus had cursed the fig tree with His spoken words.

A curse is defined as: “uttering a wish of evil against one; to imprecate evil; to call for mischief or injury to fall upon; to execrate, to bring evil upon or to; blast,  vex, harass or torment with great calamities.

Curses are activated through spoken words. The Scriptures tell us that words are not mere sounds on the lips, but death and life are in the power of the tongue. Words are agents sent forth for good or bad - for ourselves or for others.

You can read about the blessings and cursings in Deuteronomy 27 thru 30. When Moses spoke these words to the people, blessings and cursings were activated for all time, although Jesus came to redeem us from these curses activated by our sin and the sins of our forefathers. To protect ourselves from curses, we must walk in obedience to the principles in God’s Word. Sin opens the door for curses to come into our lives.

We sometimes reach an impasse when ministering to individuals.  Rebuking the demons, praying, confessing the Word, even fasting will not break the enemy’s hold. Often, through Word of Knowledge, the Holy Spirit reveals a curse is blocking the believer’s way to freedom. After having them verbally break the curse, deliverance flows and changes take place in their lives!

“Jesus has taken care of all that for us. We don’t need to do that.”  So say some.

YES we do need to do that!  Certainly Jesus has taken the curses of the law to the cross, but what He has done is not automatically applied to our lives. Were you saved automatically?  Did you receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit automatically? We must appropriate what Jesus has done for us. The giants in the land of our soul do not automatically go away. We must takeup our sword and slay them ourselves.

Suppose  someone gives you a Sears catalogue and tells you everything in it is paid for in full. You can have anything in it you want. To receive the merchandise you must meet the condition of properly filling-out an order and submitting it to the appropriate party. No order - no merchandise - paid for or not!

Similarly, Jesus paid for every promise in the Scriptures by what He did on the cross. The promises are for every believer - BUT NOT AUTOMATICALLY. We must appropriate them - take hold of them in faith!  It must be done God’s way.