This is a very big subject and many books have been written about how we can break curses over our lives. One of the first questions we need to ask is; “can a Christian, who has been redeemed by the Blood of Jesus, be under a curse?” For example, we read in 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 hangs on a tree;” If Jesus was made a curse for us, how can we still be cursed?
To answer to this question, we must know the difference between what is legally ours and experientially ours. Can a Christian legally be under a curse? The answer is obviously, “no.” The next question is, “can a Christian experientially be under a curse?” To answer this, let us ask another question; “can a Christian be legally sick?” The answer is obviously no, because Jesus carried all our sicknesses and all our pains on the Cross (Matthew 8:17) and by His stripes we were healed. (1 Peter 2:24) However, a Christian can be experientially sick! Let us ask another question, can a Christian sin? Let us at 1 John 3:9, “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin …” Therefore, legally we cannot sin, but experientially, many of us still sin and we need to regularly confess and repent of our sins. The same applies to curses. Legally we cannot be under a curse, but many believers do experience curses operating in their lives. Just as in every aspect of the Christian life, we have to transfer that which is legally ours and make it our experience, by applying God’s word to our lives and being obedient to the Holy Spirit.
We read in Proverbs 26:2, “As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.” The Passion Bible says that “an undeserved curse will not land on its intended victim.” For a curse to operate there must be a reason! Therefore, to be free from a curse, we simply need to remove all the reasons for the curse to operate.
Furthermore, the Bible says in Numbers 23:8, “How shall I curse whom God has not cursed? This implies, that as a Born-Again believer, if there are no reasons for the curse to operate, then no-one can put a curse on us and even a thousand satanists and witches cannot curse us. I once read the story of Reinhart Bonnke in Africa. A large group of witch doctors gathered outside of his hotel to curse him and his ministry. He simply ignored them and had a good night sleep. The following day he had a great revival meeting.
Years ago, I knew a young man who used to put curses on people through his dreams and many of his curses came to pass. For example, he once said to a married couple, “I dreamt last night that your child died and I saw him in a coffin.” The parents moved in fear, believed him and what he said came to pass. One day he was riding with me in my car and said, “I had a dream and I saw your car hitting a tree in an accident.” I immediately responded and said, “I refuse to receive what you say, this will not happen.” Therefore, nothing happened because I did not give the curse a reason ‘to land on me!’ There are two very important things that we must never do when people curse us. Firstly, we must never believe the curse. Secondly, we must never fear the curse. If we fear and believe the curse, we give it a reason to come upon us!
What causes curses to come upon us?
Firstly, a curse is negative fruit that we reap in our lives or the lives of our descendants as a result of iniquity. Iniquity can be described as a “moral evil”. That means that there are certain sins that open the door to curses. For example:
a. Sexual sins. Sins such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, incest, etc. These can open us up to the demonic realm and cause us to be under a curse. Sexual sin is so serious in the sight of God because it violates one of God’s highest values, the value of covenant. We read in Deuteronomy 7:9 that God is a covenant keeping God, and only because of covenant, we can have the assurance of eternal life. Sexual sins, violate the covenant of marriage, which God highly esteems. The Bible says in Hebrews 13:4, “Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.”
b. Financial sins: These are sins such as stealing, dishonesty, extortion, greed, gambling and gaining money through unjust means. We read in Proverbs 13:11, “Wealth gotten by vanity shall be taken away, but he who gathers by hand shall increase.” There are many scriptures that speak about the importance of financial integrity. Therefore, to be free from this curse, it is important that we put our finances in order, especially if we have stolen money or not returned money that we have borrowed.
c. Religious iniquity: Any form of religion, outside of our faith in Jesus Christ, is idolatry and can place us under a curse. For example, ancestral worship or worshipping people or objects. Furthermore, if we have belonged to any sect such as Mormonism, Jehovah Witnesses, Scientology, etc. we can be under a curse. We need to renounce and repent of any involvement in any type of religious sect.
d. Spiritual iniquity: This included all forms of occult, such as spiritism, occult, witchcraft, satanism, etc. Any spiritual manifestation apart from the Holy Spirit and our faith in Christ, is spiritual iniquity. This type of iniquity will bring a curse on us as well as our bloodline descendants.
e. Sinful behavior: These include sins of excessive drunkenness, violence, murder, abuse, excessive pride, un-forgiveness, etc. Jesus gave a parable of an un-forgiving servant who was thrown to the tormenters because of his un-forgiveness. He said, that His Heavenly Father will also do so to those who do not forgive from their hearts. (Matthew 18:34) The Bible also says if we “sow to the flesh we will reap corruption.” (Galatians 6:8) Therefore deep repentance and the turning away from these sins are essential if we want to be free from the curses that result from sinful behavior.
f. Iniquity in the family: This is a huge topic; the Bible says that husbands are to love their wives and dwell with them with understanding. If they do not, this could result in a curse of un-answered prayer and can affect a husband’s relationship with God. (1 Peter 3:7) Likewise wives are to respect their husbands. (Ephesians 5:33) If a wife fails to do so, it breaks the chain of authority and protection over her, (1 Corinthians 11:3) and gives the enemy a legal hold over her to torment her.
Iniquity in the family can also open us up to the influence of a Jezebel spirit. This is a huge topic and is covered in more detail in this course. A Jezebel spirit usually operates as a result of a dominating wife or a weak husband who does not take the responsibility in the family. The Bible also has a very serious word to children in Ephesians 6:2-3, “Honor thy father and mother. That it may be well with thee, and thou may live long on the earth.” Dishonoring parents can bring a curse on the children! It is so important that we keep the harmony in our family relationships. In James 3:16 we read, “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.” Notice it says “every evil work.” If we have a breakdown in family relationships, we open a wide door for a curse to operate.
Secondly, a curse is negative fruit that we reap in our lives as a result of the words we speak:
For example, the Bible says in the Book of Proverbs, “Life and death are under the power of the tongue.” (Proverbs 18:21) If we continually speak negative, destructive words, we will reap the negative fruit of the words we speak. We have the example of Jacob and Rachel. In Genesis 31:19, we read how Rachel stole her father’s image. In verse 32 we read how Jacob cursed her and said, “With whomsoever thou find thy gods, let him not live.” A short while later Rachel died in childbirth. The sins of the tongue do not only apply to negative words that we speak, but the sins of lying, boasting, swearing, criticism, etc.
Thirdly, curses can be as the result sins of our ancestors.
In Exodus 20:5 we read, “… For I Jehovah your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the sons to the third and fourth generation of those that hate me. Although this is an Old Testament verse, it still applies to our lives today. In Jeremiah 32:18 we read, You show loving-kindness to thousands, and repay the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their sons after them.” Therefore, it is useful to find out what our ancestors did. If any of them were involved in spiritual iniquity or gross sinful behavior, we may need to break a bloodline curse over our lives. I have come across quite a few people who had to break a bloodline curse where their ancestors were involved in the occult or in Free Masonry.
Fourthly, a curse can be as a result of what happened to us in our mother’s womb.
David said in Psalm 51:5, “Behold, I was shaped in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” One of the meanings of this verse is that we are all born as sinners. On the other hand, the way we were conceived could affect our lives. For example, if we were conceived as a result of rape or fornication, we could be under a curse that causes us to be bound by sexual sins.
Furthermore, if we were unwanted in the womb, we could be under the curse of rejection. For example, if there was excessive strife between the husband and the wife during the pregnancy, this could cause a curse of anger and hatred to come upon the child. If there is some un-explained curse, it may be useful to find out what happened during our mother’s pregnancy or at the time of our birth.
How can we know that we are under a curse?
A curse can be likened as a dark shadow that follows a person or like a dark thick cloud that covers a person, family or even a nation. A curse gives the devil the legal grounds to influence our lives. Therefore, it is important to identify the curse so that we can destroy Satan’s work over our lives. In Proverbs 25:28, we read, “He who has no rule over his spirit, is like a city with walls broken down, and without walls.” Our Christian lives are like a city with walls of protection around it. Curses are like the gaps in the wall through which the enemy gains access to influence our lives. If we do not “close these gaps,” the enemy will continually defeat us.
There are usually two important words that will let us know whether or not we are under a curse. The first word is CYCLE. This means that the same problems and failures occur over and over for no apparent reason. Furthermore, we notice that the same problems seem to reoccur in the family bloodline. For example, “This happened to my grandfather, my father and now it is happening to me.” We once prayed for a girl in Russia, who had pains in her legs. Her mother and grandmother had the same problem. When we broke the generational curse, she was healed. The second word is the word, FRUSTRATION. This means no matter how hard we try, we just cannot get the victory in some area of our lives and we get so frustrated. If continual frustration is a characteristic of our lives, we can suspect a curse.
Curses can be recognized by the following:
1. Bad financial problems. We can never keep a job, we are always in debt and we are always losing money. We read in Haggai 1:6, “and he that earns wages earns wages to put it into a bag with holes.”
2. Sickness and disease. There are some sicknesses that won’t respond to prayer or medication. This could be as a result of a curse. For example, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes and any sickness that continues for a long time.
3. Female problems. This curse manifests in continual miscarriages, the inability to conceive or terrible pain during monthly cycles. These are contrary to God’s will. We read in Genesis 1:28, “When the Lord created Adam and Eve He said, “Be fruitful and multiply.”
4. Always having accidents. Some people seem to be accident prone. They continually have accidents, bump their heads and hurt themselves. This could be as a result of a curse which is usually related to negative words that have been spoken over our lives.
5. Marriage problems. If there is continual arguing and strife that seems out of control, we can suspect a generational curse or a curse spoken by a parent. This curse can even cause people to marry and divorce over and over.
6. Premature deaths: This often happens where members of a family die early from suicides, cancers, heart attacks, murders etc. We read in Proverbs 2:22, “But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth,” Long life is a blessing from the Lord (1 Peter 3:10) and if members of the same family all die young, it could be a sign of a curse on the family.
7. Mental illness: A sound mind is the will of God for everyone. (2 Timothy 1:7) Therefore if there is un-explained mental problems such us schizophrenia, mental breakdowns, severe depression or paranoia we can suspect a curse. Mental illness is often rooted in severe insecurity and rejection.
8. Abuse: There are some people who are continually abused. For example, there are women who have been raped over and over. This does not only apply to sexual abuse but verbal and physical abuse as well. We knew a man in Russia that was always beaten up wherever he went. He seemed to attract violent people.
9. Vagabond spirit: These are those who are always moving around. They can never settle down in one place, remain in a relationship or keep down a steady job. They are always starting something new, but never able to bring anything to completion. This could be as a result of a curse that needs to be broken. We read in Psalm 109:10 “Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg…”
How to break curses:
We must remove the reason or the cause for the curse to exist. We can go through the reasons mentioned in this study and apply the four things mentioned below.
First of all, we must repent of that which has caused the curse. This could be the sins that we have committed or we can repent on behalf of those who caused the curse to come on us. In 2 Corinthians 7:10, we read that “Repentance lead to salvation (deliverance).” Repentance is not only confessing the sin, but taking the necessary action to prove our repentance. We may need to repent on behalf of someone else, even if they have already passed away. For example, I can ask God to forgive my grandfather for being involved in Free Masonry.
Secondly, we need to forgive. Forgiveness breaks the legal right for the enemy to influence us. (Matthew 18:34) Therefore we need to forgive those who sinned against us and caused the curse. This could even apply to those of our ancestors who are not alive today.
Thirdly we need to reverse the curse by declaring the word and will of God. For example, we can use Galatians 3:13-14, “Christ has redeemed (me) from the curse of the law, being made a curse for (me) that the blessing of Abraham might come on (me) through Jesus Christ.” We can use our authority in Christ and verbally break the curses over our lives.
Fourthly, we need to need to command the demons behind the curses to leave. It is no use cleaning the house and letting the illegal occupants remain. The Bible says that we must “resist the devil and he will flee from us.” (James 4:7)
We can use this declaration: In the name of Jesus, by the blood of Jesus I break this curse (Give the name of the curse or how it operates) By faith I declare that I am blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. I refuse to let this curse to continue in the name of Jesus. I now declare the Blood of Jesus against this curse and this curse has no more legal grounds to influence my life. I am now under the blessing of Abraham according to my Blood covenant that I have with God because of my faith in Jesus. I now declare God’s blessing (in that area where the curse once existed) and I now command every demon spirit that is behind this curse to flee. (James 4:7) Jesus, I now surrender this area of my life to You and declare that You are my Victory and Freedom. Amen
Finally, we need to build healthy spiritual disciplines into our lives such as prayer, reading the Bible and fellowship with other Christians. As we control our spirits, (our inner man) we will be like a city with strong walls able to withstand the attacks of the enemy. (Proverbs 25:28) Amen.