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 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.
- The Captive of the Mighty! (holyspiritcomfort.com)