When the Lord began to lead me into the ministry of deliverance from demons, it was as if a whole new world was opened up to me. I began to recognize the pervasive influence of the spiritual world and how it impacts peoples’ daily lives. And I began to understand–at least in part–about some of the seemingly unexplainable problems that people face.
One of the concepts that was opened up to me is the reality of blessings and curses. Though some in Western society would see this teaching as mere superstition, it is a subject that is seen throughout the Scriptures in both the Old and New Testament. Blessings and curses are very real forces in this world, and have a tangible impact on our lives. (I would highly recommend the book Blessing or Curse: You Can Choose by Derek Prince for a great study on this subject).
A curse is a supernatural force that works to bring harm and destruction to us, and/or hinder us from receiving the blessings of God. It may result in constant and mysterious health problems, unusual and consistent relational breakdowns, ongoing financial insufficiency, barriers to receiving God’s love and favor, and overall frustration and torment in life. I have seen great breakthrough come to people when curses were broken.
I am not at all trying to imply that life should be problem free. We will have trials, difficulties, and experience suffering. But when Jesus died on the cross, He paid the price for us to be delivered from curses and inherit God’s blessing:
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.
Jesus actually became a curse for us when He died on the cross! This means that we do not have to live with any curses over our lives. Through faith in Jesus and His finished work, we can break free from the destructive influence of a curse and move into the reality of God’s blessing.
In my next article I will explain various types of curses. But if you suspect that a curse is present in your life, pray this prayer and break free:
Lord Jesus, thank You for dying on the cross and becoming a curse, so that I could be redeemed from every curse and receive God’s blessing. Because of Your finished work, I ask you to set me free from every curse that is over my life. I renounce the sins of previous generations and break away from any generational curse that is over my life. Specifically, __________________… I also break any word curses that have ever been spoken over me, and command any spirits associated with curses to leave my life now!
What is your experience with curses? Have you ever considered that they are real, or do you see them as superstition?
I have a friend who I think struggles because of curses that were probably spoken on her…maybe inadvertently by her critical mother or on purpose by a spiritualist mother-in-law. What part does a person’s behavior play in receiving the release? She continues to open the doors of bad unhealthy choices and ignores sound counsel. It is a 35 year relationship, so I can’t believe that I have never initiated a time of praying to break off a curse. Does a person have to believe they have one before they can believe they are free of it ?