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Can A Believer, In Christ Jesus, Be Cursed By A Christian Leader?

Jesus Christ Crucifix

Jesus Christ Crucifix (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The issue of curses on Christians (Believers in Christ Jesus), especially by those who are supposed to be their leaders, has been a problem that bother many people but which they have not really confronted. I want to provide an insight into this matter because I believe God wants to break yokes that have been hanging on people’s necks. 2 Tim.1:7, says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

What is a curse?

The Webster Dictionary defines a curse as “a prayer or invocation for harm or injury to come upon one”

Dictionary.com defines a curse as “

1. The expression of a wish that misfortune, evil, doom, etc., befall a person, group, etc.

2. A formula or charm intended to cause such misfortune to another.

3. The act of reciting such a formula.

A curse is certainly an evil. It is intended to do a permanent harm or evil to its object.

Jesus’ Mission

Jesus declared his mission in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” This mission  gives life to the lost humanity through the love of God; this love took him to the cross.

“Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!” Phil. 2:6-8 (NIV)

“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.” 1 Peter 3:18 (NIV)

You can read more about the suffering of Jesus Christ for you and all who will believe in his name. The reason is clear in the scripture.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (NIV)

When Jesus died, he dealt with curse of the law

Gal.3:13-14 states, “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.” He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.”

And Rom. 8:1-4 says, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”

The scripture further shows who we are as believers and what it means,

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Rom.8:31-39 (NIV)

A believer in Christ Jesus cannot be cursed. The New Testament scriptures do not support the view that a believer can be cursed. Curse destroys and God will not destroy his children. God will not permit anyone to curse his children. In the Old Testament Balak and Balaam attempted to curse Israel but God stopped them.

“Then Balaam spoke his message: “Balak brought me from Aram, the king of Moab from the eastern mountains. ‘Come,’ he said, ‘curse Jacob for me; come, denounce Israel.’ How can I curse those whom God has not cursed? How can I denounce those whom the Lord has not denounced?” Num. 23:7-8 (NIV)

What do they want to curse you for? Whatever they want to curse you for has been paid for. “Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one.”

Those who delight in cursing believers will never accept that it is not approved by the word of God. I won’t be surprised if they go and fish out many reasons to justify their actions. I want to let you know that it is God that answers prayers and protects his people. You are under his cover (protection). (Even the devil quoted the scriptures – Luke 4:1-13).

Several scriptures used to support cursing a believer are simply misapplied. Mal.3:6-12, is one of the scriptures used to frighten people about God cursing his children. (I believe in tithing and that believers should give to support the work of God), but those who use those scriptures should go back to it again; they should search their motives and their plans and take them to the “cross of Jesus Christ.” It will not surpass what Jesus did on the cross for the salvation of his children. A believer cannot be cursed. New Testament scriptures do not provide any ground to curse a believer.

Ministering Life Not Death

“Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.  He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.2Cor.3:5-7 (NIV)

Ruling the people of God with fear and coercion only happens to serve self. We are to minister life not death. We give comfort not pains. If you are under the leadership that instils fear and spell of terror, the scripture say to the Galatians as well as to us,

“You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?Have you experienced so much in vain – if it really was in vain?” Gal.3:1-4 (NIV). Apostle Paul expressed his displeasure at the brethren who were drifting towards the law and threats of preachers who were pressuring them with the demands of the law. (Teaching that a believer can be cursed is similar to the doctrines that Paul attacked)

Having the privilege to lead the people of God does not offer anyone the right to put the burden of a curse on them. Curses are far from rebuke or correction. God does discipline his children but He will never put a curse on them; His discipline has a purpose and only brings a person (a believer) to a better life. The “mighty cursing-leaders” are not so; they aim for obliteration, pains and damnation. They desire to put the people of God into bondage and suffering, contrary to the will of God. Their “authority” transcends the love of God. The word of God says, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.” 1 Cor.13:4-8 (NIV); but the “cursing leader” commands authority through fear, threats and terror which finds implementation through curses.

1John 1:5-9 says, “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (NIV)

Psalm 103: 9-16 says, “He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.”

  • You need to know and believe that you, as a child of God, cannot be cursed and insist on it.
  • Cover yourself in the blood of Jesus and reject every threat of a curse
  • Study the word of God to understand who you are in Christ Jesus and live it
  • Love the Lord and obey him
  • Repent whenever you miss it and return to fellowship with God
  • If you are in a place where people insist you can be cursed, then, your time there is over.
  • You must not be involved in ungodly religion, cult or abominable practises

In future we shall look at the curses from all enemies including demonic attempts to make people live under spells. God has made provision for deliverance for his people.

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The Captive of the Mighty!

Jesus Christ Crucifix

Jesus Christ Crucifix (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the captives of the righteous be delivered? But thus says the Lord: “Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible be delivered; for I will contend with him who contends with you, and I will save your children. I will feed those who oppress you with their own flesh, and they shall be drunk with their own blood as with sweet wine. All flesh shall know that I, the Lord, am your Savior, and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.” Isaiah 49:24-26 (NKJV)

Luke 1:68-75 says, “Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people, and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David, as He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets, who have been since the world began, that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us, to perform the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember His holy covenant, the oath which He swore to our father Abraham: To grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life.” (NKJV)

It is the will of God that we are free from all forms of incarceration. Many people, all over the world, are in one form of captivity or another; these include political, economic, social and spiritual bondage. Many people are unaware of their situation and some others are simply helpless. The worst set of people in this problem are those who think it is the will of God for their lives. They see it as their spiritual obligation to God; Luke 1:68-75 shows that it is not the will of God.

Luke 13:10-17, says, “Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up.  But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, “There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day.” The Lord then answered him and said, “Hypocrite!Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound—think of it—for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?”And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him.” (NKJV)

The Jewish religious leaders were upset when Jesus healed the woman with the spirit of infirmity. They must have used her to challenge people about “spiritual devotion” but Jesus proved them wrong and the scripture says, “The Lord then answered him and said, “Hypocrite!Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound—think of it—for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?”And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him.”

“After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda,having five porches.  In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water.  For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had.Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath. The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.” He answered them, “He who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your bed and walk.’” John 5:1-11 (NKJV)

Some people, out of their own will, get into captivity; some people are held captives by other men.

“Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. And he said to his people, “Look, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we; come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and it happen, in the event of war, that they also join our enemies and fight against us, and so go up out of the land.” Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh supply cities, Pithom and Raamses.  But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were in dread of the children of Israel. So the Egyptians made the children of Israel serve with rigor. And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage—in mortar, in brick, and in all manner of service in the field. All their service in which they made them serve was with rigor.” Exodus 1:8-14 (NKJV)

The Egyptian took the Israelites captives in a very cunning manner. Some people sell themselves to captivity because of debts, some are war captives and some people even get into captivity because of their jobs. In a cynical way, drugs and alcohol put people into habit captivity. The prey groan in agony, humiliation, pain and shame; they lose the dignity, earning and future. The captor on the other hand brags about his exploits and deceit; he mounts constant pressure and watch whimsically at the agony on the face of  his victims.

“But thus says the Lord: “Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible be delivered; for I will contend with him who contends with you, and I will save your children. I will feed those who oppress you with their own flesh, and they shall be drunk with their own blood as with sweet wine. All flesh shall know that I, the Lord, am your Savior, and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”

God wants you free, if you are under any kind of captivity. He is willing to do it at the highest cost to the captors. That was why Jesus paid the price for your redemption. You can be free from now.

“He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,in whom we have redemption through His blood,the forgiveness of sins.” Col.1:13-14 (NKJV)

“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” Gal.3:13-14 (NKJV)

The scripture says that even the “lawful captive of the mighty shall be delivered”. God can do that too; nobody is hopeless in this matter. It is the will of God that we enjoy freedom. It is not everybody that will like the idea that you should be free but I am not here to serve their purpose or bother with their views. I am a servant of God declaring his counsel to you.

  • You need to know the truth
  • You must be willing to see that it happens (no violence please)
  • You must trust God to perfect that which concerns you.
  • You must keep praying until you possess your possession
  • Find out the promises of God for your life through the study of the word of God
  • You must never expose yourself to the dangers of captivity
  • Break and destroy every covenant of the enemy upon your life
  • Disconnect yourself from every form of religious captivity. Bondage is not a spiritual virtue. This is a very serious issue and difficult to do. (The captors are going to hotly contest your freedom in every way possible; they will do anything it takes to hold you in their chain)
  • Set yourself free from captivity of the mind. This tells you that you cannot be free; that is how you were made (you cannot change); you will die if you dare make a move to be free; you are too old to change; your background will not allow the change (it is in your DNA); there are many things your mind can suggest.
  • You must keep confessing your freedom, God wants you free. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jer. 29:11 (NKJV)

We cannot serve God as we should if we are in bondage. Captivity destroys every form of true expression in worship.  Psalm 137:1-4 says,

“By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept When we remembered Zion. We hung our harps upon the willows in the midst of it. For there those who carried us away captive asked of us a song, and those who plundered us requested mirth, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?” NKJV).

The Captive of the mighty shall be delivered. Be free; it is the will of God for you.

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