Curses mount invisible barriers

CURSES can mount invisible barriers in your life, leaving you struggling, frustrated and confused.

 

Curses are a contradiction of  God’s goodness in our lives as believers and make us sometimes to doubt if what God  promises us in the Bible about living victoriously is actually true.

 

A curse is an invisible barrier that can  hijack a person’s destiny and relegate them to a position where they desire not to change.

 

A knowledge of generational curses can help you understand why there are failures that present themselves as invisible barriers and how to overcome them.

 

A curse draws its strength from guilt. It has a right to land on a person who is guilty of a particular crime that made it be pronounced in the first place.

 

Proverbs 26:2 tells us curses have a cause- Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest.

 

A dictionary meaning of the word curse says it is solemn utterance intended to invoke a supernatural power to inflict harm or punishment on someone or on something.

 

A curse can come from God or from man.

 

Curse from God

 

Deuteronomy 28:14-15. “Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them . 

 

However, if you do not obey the Lord your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come on you and overtake you.”

 

God is warning us of the punishment of idolatry, the worshipping of other  gods and the subsequent punishment that touches four generations.

 

Deuteronomy 5:8-9. You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 

 

You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me.

 

Exodus 20:3-5 . You shall have no other gods before  me. You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 

 

You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me.

 

Numbers 14:18,The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”

 

Jeremiah 32:18, “You show love to thousands but bring the punishment for the parents’ sins into the laps of their children after them. Great and mighty God, whose name is the Lord Almighty.”

 

Lamentations 5:7, “Our fathers sinned but we bear the punishment.”

 

Aaron’s bloodline

 

An example of a curse from God is like the one that affected Aaron’s bloodline.

 

Exodus 32: 1-4, When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.

 

Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.”

 

So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.”

 

His bloodline had the curse of early death and barrenness.

 

Aaron’s two sons Nadab and Abihu died. Leviticus 10:12. Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in them and added incense; and they offered unauthorized fire before the Lord, contrary to his command. 

 

So fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord.”

 

Elizabeth a descendant of Aaron was barren. Luke 1:5-7. “ In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron.

 

Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old.”

 

A curse from Man

 

When a man or woman speaks forth bitter words out of anger due toa sin committed against him or someone else, a curse is released.

 

The curse will have effect only if the person is an authority figure like a husband , parent, teacher, boss, doctor, pastor.

 

The tongue has got power to bring about supernatural events like death, accidents unemployment, poverty or even sickness.

 

Ephesians 4:29. Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

 

Proverbs 18:21The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

 

James 3:6The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

 

That’s is why the bible exhorts us in James 1:19- My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.

 

In Genesis 49:1-7 we see how Jacob cursed his sons. In Verses 2 and 7, Jacob cursed Reuben that “he would no longer excel”. He also cursed Simeon and Levi for not being able to control their anger.

 

Personal curse

 

There is a difference between a generational curse and a personal curse.

 

A personal curse is directed towards an individual, while a generational curse is directed towards a lineage or descendants.

 

Unfortunately many people suffer from individual curses  they have inflicted upon themselves with their own mouths by speaking defeat, “ I will never make it…I will not get healed!”

 

The Bible however, tells us to make positive affirmations. “Let the weak say I am strong, and let the poor say I am rich.”

 

Parents also are guilty of pronouncing individual curses on their children when angry: You will never make it in life, you are the most stupid child…!

 

Doctors can curse their patients by telling them they are going to die. Teachers can curse students, husbands can curse their wives and pastors can curse their congregation by making solemn utterances that have a negative impact on their lives.

 

There are curses that God reminded Moses (Leviticus 27:16-26) that would come upon the Israelites if they disobeyed. Anybody who did these detestable things would incur a curse;

 

1.Dishonour of parents

 

2.Stealing from one’s neighbours

 

3.Leading the blind a stray-misleading someone because of their ignorance about something

 

4. Withholding justice from those who deserve it

 

6. Sleeping with one’s father wife

 

7. Bestiality

 

8. Incest

 

9.Sleeping with a mother-in-law

 

10.Accepting bribes to harm the innocent

 

11.Failure to obey God’s commandments

 

Whoever committed these sins was individually liable for a curse and the punishment that the curses came along with, for example, if a man slept with his father’s wife both were to be killed.

 

Leviticus 20:11. “If a man has sexual relations with his father’s wife, he has dishonored his father. Both the man and the woman are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”

 

Generational curse

 

The only time we see curses following a generation  is when another god is worshipped.

 

In Deuteronomy 28:18, we see the only situation of punishment where descendants would bear punishment for a sin not committed directly by them(generational curse).  The fruit of your womb will be cursed, and the crops of your land, and the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.”

 

For committing the sin of Idolatry, the Lord himself was going to send curses. He is angry with His own children!

 

Exodus 34:7, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”

 

Isaiah 65: 6-7, “Behold, it is written before Me: I will not keep silence but will repay; yes, I will repay into their bosom Both your own iniquities and the iniquities of your fathers, says the Lord.

 

Because they too burned incense upon the mountains and reviled and blasphemed Me upon the hills, therefore will I measure and stretch out their former doings into their own bosom.”

 

Jeremiah 25:3-7, “For twenty-three years—from the thirteenth year of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah until this very day—the word of the Lord has come to me and I have spoken to you again and again, but you have not listened.

 

 And though the Lord has sent all his servants the prophets to you again and again, you have not listened or paid any attention. 

 

They said, “Turn now, each of you, from your evil ways and your evil practices, and you can stay in the land the Lord gave to you and your ancestors for ever and ever. 

 

Do not follow other gods to serve and worship them; do not arouse my anger with what your hands have made. Then I will not harm you. 

 

But you did not listen to me,” declares the Lord, “and you have aroused my anger with what your hands have made, and you have brought harm to yourselves.”

 

Common signs

 

In Kenya idolatry is practiced today in Freemasonry, Divination, Ancestor worship, white garment churches, blood oaths, libations. Any religion that dos not acknowledge salivation or the finished work of Jesus on the cross is idolatrous.

 

Idolatry bring curses that cause misery, failure, sorrow, poverty and even death in a people.

 

Suspect the presence of a curse when you have prayed, fasted, done your bible study, meditated on the word and done everything you know how to do right and yet the circumstance is not changing.

 

When you are under a curse you will try hard but experience little or no success. It is the curse mounting an invisible barrier against you.

 

Failure at the edge of breakthrough or Pisgah is a common feature of a person whose life is cursed.

 

Pisgah is where the Lord showed Moses the Promised Land and told him he would not enter. Moses had a curse of anger inherited from his ancestor, Levi, who was his great-grandfather!

 

Divorce and separation, barrenness and early death could signal a patterns of  an active a curse in a family bloodline.

 

Incurable diseases, lack, poverty and struggling, no promotion,  depression, confusion, suicide, are also signs of a cursed life.

 

It is punishment from the Lord.

 

The late Derrick Prince in his teachings on curses and blessings put together the common signs that betray the presence of a curse: (Deuteronomy 28:15-68).

 

Humiliation

Failure to reproduce (in any given area of life)

Mental/Physical illness

Family breakdown

Alienation of children

Poverty

Defeat

Oppression

Failure

God’s disfavour

 

Come against everyone

 

A curse touches both the believer and non-believer alike.

 

When the curse of the Babylonian captivity came upon the Israelites because the forefathers disobeyed God and worshipped idols, Daniel, Meshack, Shadrack, Abednego, Ezra, Nehemiah who the Bible says were righteous men before God, were not spared either.

 

The saved and the unsaved can both the touched by the curse.

 

Ezekiel 21:3-4And say to her: ‘This is what the Lord says: I am against you. I will draw my sword from its sheath and cut off from you both the righteous and the wicked. 

 

Because I am going to cut off the righteous and the wicked, my sword will be unsheathed against everyone from south to north.

 

On the Cross of Calvary

 

A curses is a contradiction of God’s goodness in one’s life and can cause you to live a meaningless, useless life, living under limitation.

 

Some things that hinder our progress are tied to curses.

 

Unfortunately, the church has rejected the teachings on generational curses and how they affect the lives of believers!

 

God has given  us victory over curses  through Jesus’ work on the cross of Calvary.

 

On the cross He became a curse for us. Galatians 3:13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.

 

Jesus came that we may be free and not be defeated by the controversies of our bloodlines. Galatians 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

 

Acknowledge the curse

 

Although curses will not take you to hell, only rebellious and those who reject Jesus go to hell, they cause struggles and can make life meaningless.

 

Many people say a curse cannot follow a Christian because Jesus already died on the cross and carried the curse. That is the truth, however, you don’t have to look far to see the huge difference  displayed in the lives of Christians and the reality of this truth.

 

When you suspect the presence of a curse in your life take action and do the following;

 

  1. Acknowledge the curse- accept that you and your family are under a curse and it is affecting your lives. You cannot break the curse if you don’t acknowledge it.

 

  1. Repent –Daniel 9:1-2. When Daniel found out why they were bearing the punishment (curse) for the sins of their forefathers who worshipped a foreign God, he repents on behalf of himself and his forefathers. It is important to repent the sins of the forefathers to be released form the consequences of the curse.

 

 

  1. Ask God to remove the consequences of the curse- in our time Chris died and arose. He took the curse that we may display the blessing God has promised us through Abraham

 

  1. Actively resist attempts by Satan to keep you under a curse

 

We need to  come to agreement that since Jesus became a curse for us, we need not live a life characteristic of a curse. We are legally free from the curse.

 

Jesus has opened the door

 

There is a benefit that will come if we have a personal relationship with God.

 

Like Salvation, Jesus has  opened the door  but man has to decide to walk through it!

 

We come to salvation by faith, repenting and asking God for forgiveness and Jesus to dwell in us. He died for the sins of the whole world  but many people  are still not enjoying the gift of eternal life.

 

It is the same way many people are still not enjoying the benefit of release from the curse.

 

The same way  the power of sin has been broken over our lives through accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and saviour, the power of the curse also has been broken over our lives through repentance of the sins of our forefathers.

 

In both cases the release is not automatic and we have business to do with God.

 

Hebrews 12:1 tells us not be pulled back by curses. Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,

 

We must understand and appropriate all the benefits of the cross Sin for righteousness 2 Corinthians 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

 

Curse for blessings Galatians 3:13. Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.

 

Sickness for health 1 Peter 2:24 He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.

 

He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Isaiah 53:3.

 

Poverty for riches. 2 Corinthians 8:9. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

 

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