Some weeks ago, I was listening to a sermon from one of my favourite preachers (Derek Prince) and in that message Mr. Prince was speaking about curses. I did not listen to most of the message, but something that he said very early on jumped out at me.
He indicated that in the very first book in the bible (Genesis) that the word curse is mentioned and it is also mentioned in the last book (Revelation) of the bible. Actually, the word curse appears very early in Genesis and in the very last chapter of Revelation. I am going to include the scriptures here for reference.
Genesis 3:14 And the Lord God said unto the serpent, “Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life.”
Genesis 3:17 And unto Adam he said, “Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life.”
Revelation 22:3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
This is not a coincidence guys that this word cursed is placed at the beginning and also at the end of the bible! Coupled with this, the bible also mentions curses throughout its pages and therefore we have a responsibility to talk about it. This even had me thinking that in my 24+ years of being a Christian, I cannot recall hearing messages on this topic. Even when I was thinking about writing, this topic and I shared the idea with a friend, the friend was apprehensive about me proceeding along this topical line. So, I have to ask, why is this topic so taboo? Shouldn’t something that causes so much harm and hurt, and which is real among us, be a topic of discussion? I say yes, so let us discuss and talk about it.
Now, what is a curse? A curse is a solemn utterance or charm intended to invoke a spiritual power to inflict evil, harm, or punishment on a person, group, or thing, with the aim of bringing destruction. A curse is also an offensive word or phrase used to express anger or annoyance, but for this blog we will be dealing mainly with the former. If I had to put it into my simple words, “A curse is like your life being marked for destruction, and this mark can span generations”
With the definition out of the way, let us take a snapshot of God’s word and see what He has to say about curses.
Psalms 37:22 For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth;
and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off.
Psalms 119:21 Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed,
which do err from thy commandments.
Jeremiah 17:5 Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord.
Jeremiah 48:10 “Cursed be he that doeth the work of the Lord deceitfully,…”
Malachi 2:1-2 And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you. If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the Lord of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings:
John 7:49 But this people who knoweth not the law are cursed.
2 Peter 2:14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: a heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:
Malachi 3:9-10 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me,
even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse,
that there may be meat in mine house,
Malachi 4:6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children,
and the heart of the children to their fathers,
lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
Ok, that is enough scriptures for now. I encourage you to do a bible word search and explore some of the other scriptures where the word “cursed” or “curse” is found and see what it unearths.
There are many ways that a curse can come about, but I want to focus on the ones I listed above. Note that a curse (destruction) can come about by being filled with pride, you can be cursed because you trust in men and the things of this earth which are fickle and fade. Believers who are walking in God can be cursed when they walk away and their hearts depart from the Lord. Cursed are men and women of God who conduct God’s work deceitfully (this is not Pastors only but all of us who are called to do God’s work), cursed are those who knoweth not the law of God and who don’t apply it, cursed are those who cannot cease from sin and cursed are those people who rob God of what is due to Him. Yes, curses are real and they are myriad!
There are things we can do to bring a curse upon ourselves, and as you can see God Himself also sends curses to deal with our sinful and stiffed necked behaviour. The bible declares that “people perish for lack of knowledge”. Now that we are armed with the above reminder, what are we going to do? This is serious business! Are we going to continue approaching this one and only life in a manner signalling we can do anything we please? There are consequences for our actions, and these consequences can affect not only us but our linage for generations.
If you look at history, you can clearly see instances where some families (secularly or spiritually) have been blessed through the years. Examples of these and be the Kennedy’s and the spiritual linage of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Now on the flip side, I am sure many of us can look back 2 or 3 generations in families we know and see hardship and difficulty in the forms of broken homes, alcoholism, abuse, poverty, criminality and the list goes. Generation after generation hardship was there, or might I say, generation after generation, the CURSE was there.
People of God, curses are real and still very much an important thing. In this modern world, we have played into the hands of Satan, who has blinded us to God and deadened our hearts and minds to the fullest workings of the spiritual realm and the impact it has on our everyday lives.
But I thank God that by the blood of Jesus Christ ALL curses can be broken from our lives. The way is already paved for us to obtain true life and free ourselves from all death and curses. Fully accept Jesus today and be free my friend. Do it for you, and do it for your children’s, children.
Part 2 of this Blog can be found here – Be Mindful of Curses – Part 2
PS: Dane Miller was last seen thanking God for the gift of His son and the power He has over all things.
Your Brother in the Lord,
Dane Miller | Author
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