Today it seems that there is a lot of confusion over curses. The devil has managed to convince many that curses don’t exist, and still others say curses have no power since the blood of Jesus breaks all curses, and still others stir up fear and are convinced that curses are the cause of everything that is wrong in their lives. But what does God’s Word say about curses?
What is a Curse?
A curse is a prophetic word of ill will. A curse is the opposite of a blessing.
Some things God has cursed….
[Bible]Overlooking poverty is a cursed thing…
Proverbs 28:27 – He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.
[Bible]Robbing God is a cursed thing….
Malachi 3:9 – Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
[Bible]God cursed the ground after Adam sinned, and this is a curse that we still see working today…
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;
[Bible]You and I have the ability to curse or to bless….
James 3:10 – Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
Proverbs 18:21 – Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
[Bible]Curses can exist or have power only where there is authority…
Proverbs 26:2 – As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.
[Prayer] How is this authority given?
We give authority when we sin….
[Prayer] Jacob feared that he would bring a curse upon HIMSELF by deceiving his father….
Why didn’t he??? Because Rebekka took the curse herself. (of course Jacob was already the child to receive the blessing… but Rebekka took matters into her own hands here)
Genesis 27:12 – My father peradventure will feel me, and I shall seem to him as a deceiver; and I shall bring a curse upon me, and not a blessing.
[Bible] Curses can come by taking up something that is cursed…..
Deuteronomy 7:26 – Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing.
[Bible] We can accept a curse willingly….[Prayer] When the God’s people returned to Jerusalem after having been in Babylonian captivity, they placed themselves under a curse, by agreeing to keep the commandments….(there is a curse that comes with the law….Jesus broke the curse of law.)
You can read all the curses of the law, in Deuteronomy 27
Nehemiah 10:29 – They clave to their brethren, their nobles, and entered into a curse, and into an oath, to walk in God’s law, which was given by Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all the commandments of the LORD our Lord, and his judgments and his statutes;
[Prayer] Those who reject Jesus and live under the law, willingly accept the curse of the law
Galatians 3:13 – Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
[Bible]Through Christ we can break the effects of curses, by speaking blessings…..
[Prayer] We are given the power by God through Christ to bind and loose on earth, what we will and it will be done in heaven…
Matthew 18:18 – Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
[Prayer] You will remember that back in the Garden, God cursed the earth. The earth is still under a curse, even though we who are saved are not under the curse of the law…the curse on the earth will eventually lead to the earth passing away, and a new earth will be created…
Revelation 21:1 – And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
[Prayer] But, because we through Christ have the ability to bind and loose… we can speak blessing over our little plot of land and bring blessing upon it. We cannot undo the curse that God has placed upon the whole earth.
Proverbs 11:11 – By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
[Bible] We can bring blessing where there is injury and sickness…
Proverbs 12:18 – There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.
[Bible] Curses can have effect on the whole household…..
Proverbs 3:33 – The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just.
[Bible] Curses can last generations…..
Genesis 12:3 – And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
[Bible] The disciples cursed anyone who would preach another gospel….
Galatians 1:8 – But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
[Prayer] What we do with our mouth is so important. Do you use it for life or death? Our words are not to be taken lightly. There is power in the spoken word, power to speak blessings or cursings… against your children, your grandchildren, your health.
[Bible] We are held accountable for every idle word:
Matthew 12:36 – But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
So, we see that curses are real; and we have the power to bless and to curse; Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, but that doesn’t mean that other curses cannot come.
The disciples themselves cursed anyone who would preach another gospel! The power of life and death are still in the tongue.
Are you using your mouth to bring blessing or cursing?