The world is cursed! This curse is the source of all the problems and sufferings we see on the planet. From starvation in parts of Africa to violence in America to poverty in India to terrorism around the earth; it’s all the result of a curse. The good news is that as Kingdom citizens Christ redeemed us from this curse.
What’s a curse?
The Merriam Webster dictionary defines a curse as evil or misfortune that comes in response to imprecations or as retribution. Bible teacher Jerry Savelle defines a curse as a blessing blocker. And I define a curse as the tendency to suffer disaster and hardship. Any way one describes a curse, it’s not a good thing.
Where does the curse originate?
People blame God for curses, but He doesn’t curse people. He blesses people. He allows the curse to function, but He’s the not the originator of it. So then where do curses originate? The curse originated and is released in three primary ways.
The original curse came from satan
The devil used Adam to curse the world when he deceived Adam into disobeying God in the Garden of Eden. That disobedience released the curse into the human family. Life hasn’t been the same since Adam’s deadly sin.
Yes, the curse came into the world as punishment for Adam breaking or violating God’s law. Everyone is now born under that curse regardless of race, nationality, or any other demographic factor. It’s global and universal. It affects every continent, nation, state, city, and town on the planet. No one is exempt except for us Kingdom citizens whom Christ has redeemed. We can live free from the curse unless we open the door.
People release the curse
Some people attempt to release the curse on others with their words or practices. I call this “word curses.” You can understand word curses better if you don’t confuse them with cussing. Cussing merely is the use of expletives. It’s the not the same as word curses.
Word curses are the use of words intended to invoke the curse upon someone’s life. They are designed to bring or cause harm. They’re not intended to be harmless. They’re meant to be harmful. Here are a few examples of word curses:
- I hope you die.
- You will always be a failure.
- You will never be anything.
- You’re nothing like your no good daddy
Christ followers needn’t fear word curses because God shields us from them. They’ll not affect us according to Proverbs 26:2, which says the curse causeless does not affect the intended victim.
Words release the curse
We can release the curse upon ourselves in several ways. The Scriptures repeatedly warn us that words have power. Words can build up or destroy. For instance, Proverbs 18:21 says death and life are in the power of the tongue. This Scripture informs us that whether we have death or life, blessings or curses, has much to do with what we’re always saying. The late Bible teacher Charles Capps used to say some people are hung by their tongue.
Disobedience releases the curse
Unrepentant disobedience will release the curse into our lives. Proverbs 3:33 (Amplified Bible) says “The curse of the Lord is in and on the house of the wicked, but He declares blessed (joyful and favored with blessings) the home of the just and consistently righteous.” As Christ followers, He indeed redeemed us from the curse but the curse still exists, and disobedience will release it in our lives.
The curse manifests in three ways. Another deceased Bible teacher, Dr. Kenneth Hagin, taught the curse manifests as spiritual death, sickness, and poverty.
Death merely means separation from life, which means separation from God who is the basis of life. Spiritual death, therefore; is to be spiritually separated from God. Everyone is born spiritually dead. That’s the curse in operation. The only solution to the curse of spiritual death is the new birth, which is to be born again as Jesus prescribed in John 3:3.
All sickness and diseases are manifestations of the curse. Examples of the curse of sickness are cancers, heart attack, strokes, heart diseases, diabetes, kidney disease, hypertension, allergies, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, asthma, chronic pain, cold & flu, fever, depression/mental illness, digestive problems, infertility, blindness, HIV/aids, menopause, baldness, lupus, acne, etc. This list isn’t exhaustive.
Last, the curse can manifest as poverty and failure. When I think of poverty and failure, I think of lack, struggle, defeat, business failure, violence, accident-prone, divorce, floods, tornadoes, droughts, oppression, enslavement, children failure, helplessness, hopelessness, ridicule, crop failure, excessive debt, wretchedness, or anything like these. Here too this list isn’t exhaustive.
There’s a massive curse on the earth, and it’s destroying many lives. Most people are unaware this curse is wreaking havoc and causing mayhem in their lives. That’s my reason for writing this blog and teaching my church about the curse of the law. My goal is to inform the unwary and help them break this awful curse. In part two, I’ll discuss specifically the ways Christ breaks the curse and how the Blessing of Abraham can work once Christ redeems us.
Check back soon.