WHEN a curse is overtaking you it means it is getting to your destination way ahead of you and will be there waiting for you.
Curses come about because of disobedience. Deuteronomy 28:15, “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 upon you and overtake you.”
A curse overtaking you means that on the day of your marriage, if there is a curse of broken marriage it is already contending with you and has gone ahead of you on the altar!
The curse is waiting for you, it has gone ahead of you, such that whatever you do to save your marriage you will still be chased away.
A curse is an utterance intended to invoke a supernatural power to inflict harm on a person or on something.
Curses follow people
Curses follow people wherever they go, overtake and get there before them.
Deuteronomy 28:16 says, “you will be cursed in the city and cursed in the country,” meaning the curse is in you and wherever you go, the curse overtakes you and gets there ahead of you, waiting to destroy you.
Some people have tried to fly abroad to other cities to get away from the cursed situations in their homes, but guess who is waiting for them at the airport in the foreign country?
The curse has overtaken them and is waiting for them on the other side!
A majority of Christians mistakenly think curses come from Satan, but according to Deuteronomy 28:20, curses come from God. The LORD will send on you curses, confusion and rebuke in everything you put your hand to, until you are destroyed and come to sudden ruin because of the evil you have done in forsaking him.
Worshipping other gods
Which is this sin that makes God to punish to the third and fourth generation?
Exodus 20:1-6 And God spoke all these words: “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. “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, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
We also need to understand what the Bible describes as Idolatry
Deuteronomy 18:10-13 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD; because of these same detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the LORD your God.
What gives a curse power or the right to land is guilt. Proverbs 26:2. Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest.
There are personal curses that only affect and individual and generational curses that affect a family bloodline.
It is God sending the curse because of worshiping other gods. A family where a curse is in operation will show certain fruit that will give away the fact that along the family life someone worshipped an idol.
The horrendous thing about Idolatry is that future generations who had no part in it will be affected. That is why we should take heed when God warns us in verses like Isaiah 8:19 When someone tells you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?
The late Derrick Prince in his teachings on curses and blessings put together a summary of how you identify when curses overtake; Are there patterns you see from the list below in your own life or the life of a loved one?
Failure to reproduce(in any area of your life- Barrenness, Early death)
Mental/Physical sickness (Infirmity, Incurable diseases)
Family breakdown (No marriage, Divorce, Separation, Strife, Violence )
Alienation of children (Drugs, Alcohol, Sex, Illegitimacy, LGBTQ)
Poverty (Financial struggle)
Defeat (Accidents, Depression, Despondency, Suicide)
Failure at the edge of breakthrough
Curse in the bloodline
Unless the curse is broken- the person remains oppressed by evil spirits attracted by the circumstance like parasites.
The consequences of disobedience include;
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
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.’
Isaiah 65:6-7 “See, it stands written before me: I will not keep silent but will pay back in full; I will pay it back into their laps— both your sins and the sins of your ancestors,” says the Lord. “Because they burned sacrifices on the mountains and defied me on the hills, I will measure into their laps the full payment for their former deeds.”
Jeremiah 25:6-7 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.”
Most of the time we think it is the devil doing it, but it is punishment coming from God for disobedience.
When we notice the hallmarks of a curse we turn to God in repentance.
Like Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego, we turn to God when we notice the presence a curse in our lives. These servants of God found themselves in Babylon like everyone else and they asked themselves how it had happened despite being righteous servants of God.
They found out that their forefathers sinned by worshipping foreign gods and they turned to God asking for forgiveness.
When we pray and we don’t get answers, we mistakenly turn to wage warfare with Satan, but “he is not the one who sent the curses.”
The curse has overtake us because of our forefathers who worshipped other gods. We bear the punishment of their sin. Lamentations 5:7. Our ancestors sinned and are no more, and we bear their punishment.
To break a curse we turn to God in repentance asking Him to forgive us for our own sins and the sins of the forefathers that provoked Him to send the curse.
Daniel saw the reason why he needed to repent for the sins of the ancestors and repented on behalf of his forefathers’ idolatry.
It is important to repent the sins of our forefathers as well as ours. We need to acknowledge that their sinful actions are affecting our lives. Exodus 34:7 says that God “visits the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.
We sinned with our forefathers because we were in their loins, they did not sin alone. Hebrews 7: 9-10 One might even say that Levi, who collects the tenth, paid the tenth through Abraham, 10 because when Melchizedek met Abraham, Levi was still in the body of his ancestor.
When we repent on behalf of our ancestors it is called identificational repentance., we identify with the sins of our forefathers. We are not only guilty of our own sin but also for the iniquity of the forefathers.
The same way that the power of sin is broken over our lives through accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, the power of the curse is also broken through repentance for the sins of the forefathers-in both cases we look upto the cross.
Acknowledge the presence of a curse( we cannot break it of we cannot accept it is affecting us). Repent and renounce the sins of the fathers (that brought the curse). Ask God to remove the consequence of the curse and the evil spirits that it attracted. Resist attempts by Satan to keep you under the curse.