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Curses are real and Christians are not exempt from them. In fact, God used curses in Deuteronomy 28:15-68 to warn his people (believers, like Christians today), what would happen to them if they disobeyed the commandments that God had given them. Curses are simply one of the weapons in Satan’s arsenal to trick, trap, harm and enslave any one he can. Our protection as Christians comes when we wear the full armour of God, then we can deflect these fiery darts from the evil one. But how many Christians don’t put on this armour every day? Curses aren’t always initiated by evil forces. Consider these examples. For years, your father always said you were useless, worthless and would never amount to anything in life. Such a statement can operate as a curse controlling a person’s self image and inhibiting their potential. You have an appointment with your doctor to review some test results. The doctor says you have cancer and there is no effective treatment for it. Such a statement can act like a curse preventing them from having faith in God’s healing power. Curses are even present in the New Testament. Peter called down curses upon himself when he denied that he knew Jesus. The apostle James said with our tongue we praise our Lord and Father and then we curse human beings who have been made in his image. Jesus said we were to bless those who curse us and pray for those who mistreat us. The apostle Paul said he wished he could be cursed and cutoff from Christ if it meant that the nation of Israel could be saved. The good news is that any and every curse can be broken by the truth of the Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. Christians ministering in the spiritual gifts of Word of Wisdom, Word of Knowledge and Discerning of Spirits can identify the curse, any evil force associated with it, and break the curse with a pronouncement in Jesus name. Additional healing and pastoral care ministry will likely be required to repair the harm caused by the curse. Healing and wholeness will follow.
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