DEFINITION: Curses are powerful forces that operate in the spiritual realm. A curse–also sometimes referred to as a jinx, hex, or execration–is any expressed wish that some sort of adversity or misfortune will befall a person. It can also be a command for evil powers to attach themselves to a certain place or object.
FACTS ABOUT CURSES:
Curses are not primitive superstitions. Curses are mentioned over 200 times in Scripture. People in the western world are not as aware of the power of curses as people in nations where witchcraft, Wicca, and Shamanism are common–but they are strong spiritual forces that cannot be ignored.
Both blessings and curses are invisible forces of spiritual power which are transmitted by words (Proverbs 18:21). You can speak positive words of blessing over someone, or negative words of curses that cause despair, discouragement, and destruction in a person’s life.
The first instance of blessing and curses is found in Genesis. God blessed mankind (Genesis 1:28). In Genesis 3, due to the entrance of sin into the world, the first curses result. Curses are always linked in some way to a violation of God’s Word–either by the person themselves or by a person who is putting a curse on someone.
Curses have causes. The Bible says “…the curse causeless shall not come” (Proverbs 26:2), meaning there is always a root cause behind a curse. Curses can result from witchcraft and the occult, of course, but they also arise from:
-Having false gods: Exodus 20:3- 4; Deuteronomy 27: 15.
-Disrespect for parents: Deuteronomy 27:16.
-Treachery against a neighbor: Deuteronomy 27: 17.
-Committing injustices: Deuteronomy 27: 18-19.
-Sexual sins: Deuteronomy 27: 20-23.
-Lying: Deuteronomy 27: 25.
-Stealing: Zechariah 5:1-4.
-Robbing God: Malachi 3: 9.
-Perverting the gospel: Galatians 1:8- 9.
-Depending on the flesh instead of God: Jeremiah 17:5.
-Acts of racial discrimination: Genesis 12:3, Genesis 28:3 and 14.
Self-imposed curses result when you make declarations like: “I’ll never be any good. I am so stupid. God doesn’t love me. I hate myself. I will never forgive myself. No one cares. I am better off dead. ” You are actually putting a curse on yourself by your own words.
Curses imposed by others–authority figures in your life, your spouse, your parents, etc.–include statements such as “You are no good, you are useless, you are stupid, you are a failure, you will never achieve anything, you are ugly.” Curses can also be imposed by those engaged in witchcraft and from maintaining relationships with those engaged in such satanic practices..
Generational curses are negative spiritual traits passed down from a previous generation. These are sinful spiritual strongholds that have controlled the attitudes and actions of your ancestors. In the natural world it is possible to have a propensity towards certain physical conditions–cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc.–due to heredity. The same is true in the spiritual world. For example, if your ancestors were involved in the occult, you may have a predisposition to dabble in it also and/or you may be affected by it. Chronic sickness can be a generational curse passed down from your ancestors, as well as a tendency to use addictive substances. Children often repeat the sins of their parents. Through your sin, you can erect spiritual strongholds that will be passed on as generational curses to your children and succeeding generations. You can also pass on spiritual blessings. Just as curses can be passed to a succeeding generation, so can blessings (Deuteronomy 5:8-10 and Psalm 103:17).
Curses can be broken through the blood of Jesus. Galatians 3:13 confirms that: “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” Jesus not only redeemed you from sin when He died at Calvary, but He also redeemed you from every curse.
DEALING WITH CURSES:
Recognize the signs of a curse operating in your life. Your life may seem to get increasingly harder. You may experience constant hardships, frustration, poverty, or be unproductive in your labors. You may live in continual defeat or experience chronic mental, emotional, or physical problems. Barrenness and being accident-prone are also signs of a curse.
Recognize that you have the power to choose either blessings or curses. God told Israel: “See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse–the blessing if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today; the curse if you disobey the commands of the Lord your God and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods, which you have not known” (Deuteronomy 11:26-28). You do not have to be a victim of curses.
Go to the root cause of curses. The Bible says “…the curse causeless shall not come” (Proverbs 26:2), meaning there is always a root cause behind a curse. Curses can result from witchcraft and the occult, of course, but you can also operate under a curse because of your own words and sins. See the causes of curses in the previous section. Cut the root and you will kill the fruit!
Acknowledge your sin. Acknowledge your sin and take personal responsibility for any sinful practices in which you are engaged. Confess and repent of these sins (Ezekiel 18:20). Freeing yourself from the results of your own sinful behavior is the first step in breaking curses. For example, if you are participating in a cult, a curse may be on you because of your participation. Idolatry opens the door to spiritual curses, as does sexual immorality and deliberate disobedience to God and His Word.
Identify generational curses. If you are struggling with issues passed down from your parents–and if your siblings also struggle in these areas–you most likely are living under a generational curse. (See “Generational Curses” in this database.)
Break every curse in the name of Jesus. A stronghold is an area in your life where the enemy has established control. It may be a hold he has over your attitudes, behaviors, emotions, or your finances. The Bible declares that you have power over all the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19). Claim the power of the blood of Jesus and take authority over Satan in every area of your life. Pray a prayer of deliverance, binding the power of Satan and breaking every curse or generational curse operating in your life. Here is a sample prayer: “In the name of Jesus, I confess my sins and break any curses operating in my life. The strongholds of curses have no hold over my life. In the name of Jesus, and by the power of His blood, I declare that every curse is broken over my life. I am no longer in bondage and I declare myself to be free from all curses.”
Put on the spiritual armor of God. Study Ephesians 6:10-21 and the topic of “Spiritual Warfare” in this database. The armor of God will protect you against curses.
Refuse to engage in curse-causing behavior. Things like rebellion, negative emotions, witchcraft, the occult, addictive substances, and sexual sins all can result in spiritual curses in your life.
Destroy objects associated with the occult–things associated with idolatry, witchcraft, books, charms, tarot cards, games, etc. Break relationships with people involved in the occult or witchcraft.
WHAT GOD’S WORD SAYS ABOUT CURSES:
You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand [ generations] of those who love me and keep my commandments. (Deuteronomy 5:8-10)
See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse–the blessing if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today; the curse if you disobey the commands of the Lord your God and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods, which you have not known. (Deuteronomy 11:26-18)
But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children–with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts. (Psalm 103:17-18)
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.(Proverbs 18:21)
…the curse causeless shall not come. (Proverbs 26:2)
In those days people will no longer say, ‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes and the children’s teeth are set on edge.’ Instead, everyone will die for his own sin; whoever eats sour grapes–his own teeth will be set on edge. (Jeremiah 31:29-30)
You show love to thousands but bring the punishment for the fathers’ sins into the laps of their children after them. O great and powerful God, whose name is the Lord Almighty, great are your purposes and mighty are your deeds. Your eyes are open to all the ways of men; you reward everyone according to his conduct and as his deeds deserve. (Jeremiah 32:18-19)
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8:36)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” (Galatians 3:13)
(See also “Generational Curses” in this database.)