Living Under The Blessing Of God
The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.1 John 3:8
"You mark my words, you are going to meet a dreadful end” was the damning curse a woman put on her sister. For the rest of her life this poor woman lived in abject fear, wondering what sort of dreadful end she would suffer. The woman’s daughter happened to attend a meeting in Exeter where I preached on the subject of breaking curses. Once again I strongly emphasized obeying the command of Jesus to “Bless those who curse you” The daughter returned home and told her mother what I had been preaching and then invited her to bless her sister. Her mother, by now an elderly lady, gladly agreed. When they concluded praying the blessing, the mother leaned back in her armchair, sighed, breathed her last, and went to be with the Lord she loved.
A few weeks later I received a letter from her daughter telling me what had happened and how grateful she was to God for the beautiful way in which He had called her mother home. For the last eighteen months I have been preaching almost exclusively from the Scriptures on the subject of “breaking curses” Almost in every place I have preached, somewhere between 50 and 80% of the congregation have responded by standing to pray a blessing on person or persons who have cursed them, or to repent for cursing themselves or for cursing others.
Curses In The Bible
The first account was the LORD God cursing the serpent for his part in the fall of Adam and Eve; they in turn were cursed by the LORD God for breaking His command not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The next was Cain for murdering his brother Abel.
Self Inflicted Curses
Job 3:11&16, Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth… “Why did I not die at birth”? “Why was I not as a hidden stillborn child?” Jeremiah also cursed himself Jeremiah 20:14-15 “Cursed be the day I was born” ... ”Cursed be the man that brought the news to my father, ‘A son is born to you’ making him very glad.” I have come across women who look in the mirror at themselves and say “you’re ugly” or “I hate you” or “I wish you were dead”
Self Inflicted Generational Curses
And all the people answered (Pilate) “His blood be on us and on our children” Matthew 27:25
Cursed by Others
To paraphrase Gen 9:24-25 When Noah awoke from his wine, he knew that his youngest son had uncovered his nakedness. So he said, “Cursed be Canaan; A servant of servants he shall be to his brothers.” A Father who raises his voice at his son and say’s “You stupid boy, you’ll never amount to anything.” is speaking a curse into that young man’s soul. My nephew Jonathan and I were ministering together in Germany. The pastor was very warm and readily made us feel at home. The church car park was quite slippery due to snow and ice. As we were leaving we noticed the pastor’s son struggling to put some loud speaker equipment into the boot of the car. We also observed that his father was fairly agitated. All of a sudden the boy’s feet slipped on the ice and the equipment fell on the ground. His father’s face turned livid with rage. I will never forget watching that boy walking away, looking utterly downcast and despondent, and I asked myself, “I wonder how many times he has been the recipient of such fury?”
Bless Or Curse?
In James 3:8 -10 we read that, “no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.”
Negative words such as “You’re accident prone”, “damn you” and “go to hell” are evidence of an untamed tongue full of deadly poison and Christians are frequently used by the devil to unwittingly curse one another. Recently I talked to a young woman whose mother in front of others had verbally attacked her with “You know what: You’re ugly, you’re fat, in fact you should never have been born” Her daughter was devastated! In closing let me say this.
Because Jesus was made a curse for me at Calvary’s cross, the curse I have put on myself or has been put on me by others can be broken! And because of Calvary, I can repent and be forgiven of the sinful curses that I have placed on others.
Remember! “The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.” 1 John 3:8