Edition 104. December 11th 2011
Turning curses to blessings
News events and comment.
●Iran: All nuclear installations including uranium enrichment now moved to underground facilities.
●The Palestinian Authority (PA) says that they will continue to purse United Nations recognition of a PA state. You can absolutely sure that this will continue until they get it. The failed bid at the last UN session, but that was the groundwork and first step in the process. The Bible shows that the land of Israel will be divided evoking the fury of God. (Joel 3)
Turning curses to blessings
This edition is based on the principles and brilliant exposition by Derek Prince many years ago on the subject. I've used my own experiences and related it to our prophetic time.
►Also see edition 83 titled "Counselling believers in perilous times."
It is God's will and plan for all believers to walk in victory and success. Because we are essentially living in a spiritual environment, we are susceptible to spiritual conflict. There are varying degrees of the influence of evil spiritual powers in the lives of some believers.
This edition is aimed at the more severe issue of curses and how those affected can be completely set free and delivered into a life of blessing.
Why are there curses:
The very curse fell upon Lucifer in pre-Adamic times, because of his rebellion to God. The second curse fell upon Adam in Eden. It went right through to nature itself. The world system itself is of its god Satan and is therefore also cursed to ultimate destruction.
It's all because of unseen spiritual forces at work and in battle in the air. The eternal antagonism between God and the devil is the cause of all these things. God wants people saved and free and the devil wants the opposite, hence the conflict.
What are curses.
Curses result in many things going wrong in people's lives. Sometimes they end in , bi-polar manic depression, defeat, torment, death, suicide and ultimately, hell.
A curse is a bad or evil force that sticks to you like glue! It's source is Satan and his demons, but it can be induced by people and their own actions. God Himself has declared that if you get involved in certain things you will end up under a curse.
Curses manifest in many forms. Some are:
Continuing poor health, poverty, depression, defeat, despair, panic, confusion, strife, addictions, barrenness, being prone to failure, accidents, injury and the like. Curses leave you with a feeling of helplessness, inadequacy, feelings of worthlessness, and permanent pessimism. Addictions are most times the results of a curse.
Curses have a lingering nature. If these things mentioned above are temporary in nature, they are not necessarily a result of a curse. If you have a string of bad luck, that's called Murphy's law and is not the result of a curse. If you're in a hurry and you get stuck in traffic and them five lights turn red on you...hey welcome to the real world!
The verse below is part of a list of curses that come upon people for their rebellion to God, but note that the characteristic is in its enduring or repeating nature.
Deuteronomy 28:28-29 "The Lord will strike you with madness and blindness and confusion of heart...you shall not prosper in your ways; you shall be only oppressed and plundered continually and no one shall save you."
A curse is often experienced as a feeling of helplessness. It's like a dark night with no dawn or like a dark cloud hanging permanently over the victim.
All the works of Satan are cursed, but this doesn't mean that a curse will suddenly jump out onto you. Sometimes simple repentance sets you free right away.
If you feel you may be under the domination of a curse here's one way of knowing:
Proverbs 26:2 "Like a flitting sparrow, like a flying swallow, so a curse without a cause shall not alight."
The interesting thing about a swallow, is it always returns to the same nesting site. BUT if there is no cause in your life or lifestyle for the curse to nest in you, you're not under a curse.
You know that little guy "Pigpen" in the Peanuts comics? He's always seen with a swarm of flies around him looking like a dark cloud? A curse is like that. It's a frustrating dark cloud, an invisible shadow that won't leave you alone.
Are you plagued with failure and things always going wrong? Do you battle besetting problems that you just can't get victory over?
The causes of curses.
There are a great many causes, some are clear and obvious like witchcraft and others a lot more subtle.
False religion, false gods and false doctrine are dangerous playgrounds of devils and demons that will bring you under their spell. Much worse though is direct Satanic, occult or witchcraft activity. These will always bring you under a curse, be absolutely sure of that.
Deuteronomy 18:10-12 "There shall not be found among anyone who makes his son or daughter pass through the fire, or anyone who practices witchcraft or a soothsayer, or anyone who interprets omens or a sorcerer, or who conjures spells, or a medium or a spiritist or one who call up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord..."
In fact I know of some preachers who will never appoint someone into leadership who has previously been in direct Satanic activity or worship, simply because there is often something deeply lodged in that person that always draws them back.
The mixture of religions, or the interfaith movement is cursed. You can't get into heaven without the cross of Calvary applied into your life. If there were other legitimate ways to salvation, the cross and shed blood would have been meaningless.
John 14:6 "No one comes to the Father but by the Son."
There is a danger in Biblical error. The Bible itself talks of the "Spirit of truth and the spirit of error."
Error is a spirit! Now, of course every little wrong belief doesn't mean that you're now cursed. The end of error will almost always result in cursed religion.
Changing or interfering with the veracity of the Bible brings a curse.
Revelation 22:18 "I testify to everyone hearing the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book. (Deuteronomy 4:2)
You may not like to believe it, but poverty is a curse. Large scale poverty, pestilence disease and infant mortality can always be traced back to curses upon an entire group or nation that originates in witchcraft and illegitimate worship of false gods.
These nation-wide curses almost always become generational curses handed down from one generation to the next.
This is where the real call to mission work begins. There is no such thing as national deliverance. Each person has to be set free individually. There are a few wonderful stories of the Lord sweeping into an ethnic group and bringing salvation to masses. I've personally been involved with much mission work into areas dominated by witchcraft strongholds.
Isaiah 24:6 "Therefore a curse has devoured the earth..."
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 "Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you? If anyone defiles (lit destroys) the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are."
There are so many activities today that the world calls normal, but are completely cursed from beginning to end.
The homosexual lifestyle is cursed.
Giving yourself hook line and sinker to the modern entertainment world will bring you into defeat. Computer games are Satanically charged and will often end in possession. (Yes, yes I know you don't agree...that's fine!)
The Jezebel spirit in the church and family is a cursed spirit. (See edition 67 for more)
2 Kings 9:34 "...Go now see to this accursed woman (Jezebel) and bury her for she was the kings daughter."
Rejecting your faith.
Hebrews 6:4 "For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift , and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit and have tasted of the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away to renew them again to repentance the, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame."
The above verse is shocking. It speaks of a deliberate rejection of faith and the fact that you can never get it back. obviously this is not related to backsliders, because they haven't yet fully rejected their faith.
The devil always comes in and fills the gap and these people are perpetually cursed. I know of a number who ended up in suicide! They are a great misery to be around.
Watch your words:
Throwing a tantrum after a bad day is no problem, but be careful of a lingering bad mood. Beware of an uncontrollable downward spiral of thoughts. This often leads to an overall disposition of pessimism. You then prepare your own doomed future with your mouth.
James 3:14-15 "If you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly sensual demonic."
Parents are often guilty of pronouncing failure over their own kids.
Here's a tragic example of a self inflicted curse that the Jews spoke over themselves when demanding the crucifixion of Jesus instead of Barabbas, which has been in existence for nearly 200 years.
Matthew 27:25 "The people answered and said, "His blood be upon us and on our children."
Anti-Semitism is forever cursed. Replacement theology in all its forms is cursed. You may think your nice happy little preacher coming against Israel is doing God's will. He is doing the will of Satan himself and spewing curses over poor unsuspecting sheep!
Isaiah 34:5 "My sword shall be bathed in heaven; indeed it shall come down on Edom (Arabs) and on the people of My curse for judgement."
Genesis 12:3 "I will bless those who bless you (Israel) and curse those who curse you and in you all the families of the world will be blessed."
Doing anything in the religious realm out of a spirit of legalism is cursed.
Galatians 3:10-13 "For as many as are under the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written "cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law." but that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God...Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law."
The end point of curses.
The end of a curses is the desire of Satan. It is to nullify your walk with our Lord. It is to make you irrelevant and useless. More than that though it is to rob you of your salvation and get you to join up with him and his team. At the end he will kill you and spit out the pieces.
The one and only answer
The cross and shed blood of our Lord is what separates the holy from the unholy. Nothing that hasn't been sanitised by the cross will survive.
Philippians 3:10 "that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death."
The answer for a homosexual is not to become heterosexual. The answer for the murderer or thief is not to stop murdering and stealing. The answer is the cross of Christ. The answer is His death working in us. The answer is the power of His resurrection working in us to bring us to newness of life.
Once the cross has given us the power to overcome, we can then see clearly what must be done...and do it.
As we apply and embrace the cross of Christ, it kills us, but then comes the supernatural, miracle resurrection. It is that power that transforms and sets us free.
If necessary, go on a fast. Fasting has surprising power. It is an outward manifestation of an inner application of death.
James 4:7 "Submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you."
Some will never get free from curses.
Some people will forever be trapped by the devil. I present you now with some powerful verses of scripture as a deep warning from our Lord Himself. I'm not applying any interpretation. Just read them straight as they are and let them speak to your heart.
Proverbs 28:9 "One who turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be an abomination."
Proverbs 15:29 "The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous."
James 4:3 "You ask but you do not receive, because you ask amiss, so that you may spend it on your pleasures."
Job 35:12 "There they cry out, but He does not answer, because of the pride of evil men."
Psalm 66:18 "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear."
Jeremiah 11:10-11 "They have turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, who refused to hear My words...therefore thus says the Lord; Behold I will surely bring calamity on them, which they will not be able to escape; and though they call out to me I will not listen to them."
Micah 3:4 "Then they will cry to the Lord, but He will not hear them; He will even hide His face from them at that time, because they have been evil in their deeds."
The above verses are all easy to understand, yet it's the reason people stay trapped.
Arising into a life of blessing.
A curse leaves you stranded in a dry, lifeless desert with a feeling of enduring helplessness. When deliverance comes along it's like a metamorphosis into a beautiful new abundant life as you fly above the problems below.
This is what must be done: Identify any curses with the help of our Lord in prayer.
●Repent of any and all known sin that may have been involved in the curse being generated.
●Renounce evil, sin or lifestyles that conflict with God's word.
●Proclaim your freedom.
●Have communion. Even if this is on your own or with one or two people. As you do so make your proclamations of victory.
●To fully break free. you may have to go even further and get rid of contact, defiled objects. Burn anything that is of satanic origin.
Isaiah 54:17 "No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgement you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me."
Deuteronomy 30:19 "I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life..."
Deuteronomy 23:5 "The Lord your God would not listen to Balaam, but the Lord your God turned the curse into blessing for you, because the Lord loves you."
Luke 10:19-20 "Behold I give you authority to trample on serpents and scorpions (demons) and over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means hurt you...do not rejoice that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven."
Sustaining and keeping your deliverance.
Don't go back! If you go back into cursed activity, beware your end may be seven times worse than before. I've personally seen just this. In fact I've seen a number of people whom I knew go all the way back right into suicide!
Matthew 12:43-45 "When an unclean spirit goes out of a man he goes through dry places seeking rest and finds none. Then he says, "I will return to my house from which I came and when he comes he finds it empty, swept and put in order. Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself and they enter and dwell there and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation."
These days there's a lot of scepticism about positive confession, because it's been greatly misused, but don't throw the baby out with the bathwater! There is a lot of truth in it.
As we've seen your own mouth has potential to pave your way into curses. Your own confession, backed by the authority of God will lead you to blessing and victory.
Give thanks. In many languages the word for thanks is the same word for grace. Thankfulness is closely associated with the grace of God. A thankful person is always a pleasure to be around. Thankfulness is giving. It is directed out away from self. A self-centred person is not thankful and has no grace upon him.
Give thanks in all things, even before your deliverance comes alone.
The end point of a cursed life is death and defeat. The end point of blessing is abundant life and eternal reward...pick your choice!
In fact at the end of the day even the earth will be reeased from the curse upon it.
Romans 8:19-21 "For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility (curse) ...The creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God."
Revelation 1:3 "Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy (the whole book of Revelation) and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near."
Ephesians 1:3 "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realm with every spiritual blessing in Christ."
Here's a painting by Rembrandt titled "Repentant apostle Peter"
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!