Breaking Free from Curses
The Oxford dictionary defines a curse as ‘a solemn utterance intended to invoke a supernatural power to inflict harm or punishment on someone or something’. A curse has to be uttered by words or in writing. There are many sources of a curse: God, sin, unforgiveness, people, ancestral or self-imposed. A curse is the opposite of a blessing.
The only positive of a curse is, you can break free from it. The way to break free from curses, is Jesus Christ. Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6).” You don’t need to live in bondage to curses for the rest of your life.
A blessing, when it’s given, cannot be reversed or taken back, but a curse can be undone. Listen, I received a command to bless; God has blessed, and I cannot reverse it! (Numbers 23:20). When Isaac was tricked by his wife Rebecca and his youngest son Jacob, to take the blessing of the first born son Esau, Isaac was unable to reverse it or take it back, even though he had given a blessing by mistake. Isaac began to tremble uncontrollably and said, “Then who just served me wild game? I have already eaten it, and I blessed him just before you came. And yes, that blessing must stand! (Genesis 27:33).”
Do you need to fear curses? Not at all, if you’re walking in righteousness, curses will have no effect on you. Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse will not land on its intended victim (Proverbs 26:2). To receive a curse one has to deserve a curse, otherwise it has no effect, and in some cases, dangerous to the one who cursed.
If you are walking in the righteousness of God, then you have the blessing of God on your life and so, no one can curse that which God has blessed. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse (Genesis 12:3a). It is dangerous for anybody to curse a person that is righteous, since the curse can return like a boomerang and hit the person that has uttered the cursed. The LORD’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous (Proverbs 3:33).
When a person curses someone, demons are released to hurt the person cursed. If the person that is cursed, is a believer in Jesus Christ and is living a holy life, those demons have no legal entry into that person’s life, in which case, those demons return to the sender of the curse and torment them instead.
Therefore, we are advised to, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who insult you (Luke 6:28). Whatever we sow in life, we reap the same. If we bless others, we are blessed in return; if we curse others, we are cursed in return. “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing (1 Peter 3:9).”
Obedience to God brings us blessings and disobedience brings upon a curse. We have a choice, as to how we live our lives. This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live (Deuteronomy 30: 19).
Supposing, you did sin or offended and grieved someone greatly, your offender takes on their revenge by cursing you and in this case you fully deserved it. The curse takes effect in your life and you realize the manifestations of those curses. It could be a broken marriage, sickness, financial difficulties, accidents, hardships, emotional and mental breakdown, etc.
Whether the source of your curse is sin, unforgiveness or people, you can lift it up to Jesus and repent and ask for forgiveness, live a life pleasing to God and be set free. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed (John 8: 36). Mostly, a sincere repentance is enough to break a curse. At other times, you may need help from someone in the deliverance ministry to pray with you and break the curse.
Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” Through Christ Jesus, God has blessed the Gentiles with the same blessing he promised to Abraham, so that we who are believers might receive the promised Holy Spirit through faith. (Galatians 3:13-14). Nail your curse to the cross of Jesus and receive His blessing in return and be free from every curse.