What is a Curse?

Chapter 3 – What Is A Curse?

A curse: to utter a wish of evil against someone, to utter or call for mischief, or for injury that can cause one to fall, to vex or arrest, all meant to bring people into great calamities.

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary (which used the KJV to explain it’s definitions)

      Have you ever wondered why things go certain ways in your family? Have you ever wondered why certain things happened in your childhood? Or why cancer keeps showing up every generation in one family line but not others, or why alcohol or drug abuse keeps afflicting good people? Or how about why somebody is retarded? Why do we have such continuing violence in our family; and why do we seem to always want to get even? We claim things like, “I could never forgive you,” and hold onto our unforgiveness toward others for years. We could go on and on about problems. But we want to get to the solutions.

Have you ever wondered why weeds grow in your garden?

Genesis 3:17-19
And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;

In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

Obviously curses exist today. They are the fruit of disobedience and double-mindedness (Deuteronomy 28:15-29; James 1:6-8, 22). Curses were well known in the Old Testament. For example, Balaam was hired by King Balak to curse God’s people (Numbers 22:6). God cursed not only the serpent, the ground of Adam, and the capacity of Cain to grow anything at all, but he also cursed the woman in childbearing (Genesis 3 and 4).

Do curses exist still today? Well, do women still anguish in childbirth? Do men still have to sweat to make a living? In fact, why is it that women in many modern cultures even find it necessary to work to help with family finances? Are neglected, television baby-sat latch-key children the product of a family living under the blessings of God or under a curse in their alienation from God? Are fathers or mothers who abandon their families a blessing or a curse to them and their future generations?

The Power of Words

Notice in the examples of curses on Balaam and Adam, on Cain, and on other men and women, that the curses were delivered through words. Statements were made involving words. You see, words transmit spiritual power. God Himself used words to create the universe. When words are spoken by a being that has spiritual authority, the words they speak carry power. Of course, when God speaks, things happen! But realize also, that when we speak words from God, things happen also. This is how miracles are done in the name of Jesus Christ.

Just as the Holy Spirit brooded upon the waters, and then moved when God spoke the world into being, so does the Holy Spirit move as we speak words from God. Angels also help, as noted in Hebrews 1:14; ministering spirits are to help carry out the words of God spoken by believers. But oppositely, when a being with spiritual authority speaks evil, for example a curse, those words authorize devils (evil spirits), to exercise power against the object authorized by those cursed words. A drunken father, for example, who curses his children does more than just speak evil words. He literally authorizes devils to act upon those words that he has spoken because he has authority over those children.
The Bible says that curses remain with mankind all the way through the Bible, even up to the last chapter in Revelation.

Revelation 22:3
And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

The Bible also declares that Jesus Christ became a curse for every man, and that He hung on a tree for our curses.12 How can it be that curses still exist among Christians and non-Christians alike, yet Jesus’ accomplished work on the cross set us free from curses?

We will explore this question more fully in chapter five. But the short answer is that Jesus Christ certainly did handle our curses. But like all of His works, each one must be received by faith. For example, I Peter 2:24 declares that by His stripes, we were healed. We already were healed of every sickness, disease, bruise, and infirmity. So why are so many Christians sick? For the very same reason they continue to labor under curses: they have not learned to receive by faith the deliverance that Jesus authorized us to freely take for ourselves.

Let’s take a look at how this often affects believers today. Believers frequently forget to consult God when they are sick or injured. They immediately go to a doctor or a hospital, or perhaps their medicine chest. Yet God said that by the stripes of Jesus Christ they were healed, and that His will is that all believers be healthy and prosperous. Jesus taught the twelve and then the seventy to heal and cast out demons, and declared in Mark 16 that all who believe shall heal the sick. In spite of all this, believers run to the doctor first instead of to God’s solution first. This is certainly idolatry of the first order!

So the believer consults with the doctor who diagnoses a sickness or a horrible disease. Because the believer’s faith is so completely hinged on the words of the doctor instead of on the words of the Lord, the doctor’s words often become an article of faith to the believer. God commonly changes the “facts” of a condition as the believer begins to step toward Him in faith. But having shown little faith at all in God from the very start, the believer is usually so overwhelmed by the medical “facts”, that whatever faith they had for their healing is completely undermined.

What has happened? The words spoken by the medical professional became a curse. The dire diagnosis is, in fact, a prophecy which, when received in faith, gives authority to the words spoken. This is how a word curse works. Words are spoken, which give authority to devils such as fear, doubt, worry, cancer, and all kinds of sickness and disease.

Are all medical professionals bad? Of course not. They are handy for when our faith is weak. We all experience times of weak faith as human beings, so if you have been through a time such as this, don’t condemn yourself. Just get bigger in your faith the next time! God permits doctors because of our unbelief. But in having weak faith we get on such thin spiritual ice that devils have a ball manipulating our faith and emotions. This gives enormous authority to ravage God’s children!

Remember, satan was stripped of all his authority when he sinned against God. So where does he get his authority to work against God’s people? From the ones who have it – God’s people! How do they give it to him? Through their own words and unbelief. Remember again, words transmit spiritual power. Even when those words come from other people whom we trust, such as doctors, when those words are heard and believed as “fact”, they gain authority over us. How did these words get authority? By putting our faith in them as “fact.”

As the believer repeats the news of his or her malady, the “facts” gain even more authority with each repetition. Remember the Shunammite women of 2 Kings 4 whose son died in the field? She immediately went to find the man of God, Elisha, declaring “it is well” instead of reinforcing satan’s authority with faithless “facts.” She knew that Elisha had the faith and the authority that she needed, and that God was not bound by the “facts” of her son’s death. She refused to curse herself with words that gave authority to satan to make the death of her son into a permanent condition.

God turned the whole situation around by raising the boy back to life. Here’s how this worked: the Shunammite woman gave her authority to Elisha, who spoke the revelation that God gave him. Upon speaking those words, spiritual power was released, and the boy arose alive.

Jesus Christ said to the Pharisees that every idle word spoken by people will require an accounting. They will be judged by their words, and by them, condemned.

Matthew 12:36 and 37
But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

Thus, with the privilege of speaking words comes the necessity to speak them with caution. We must, at the very least, refuse to give satan authority to use the power of cursed words against ourselves or others; words that provide authority for evil spiritual attack against others.

God does not bring curses upon mankind to be mean or get even! Man brings them upon himself by willful disobedience or ignorance of God’s Word. The choice is ours.

In the next chapter we will discover God’s antidote to satan’s curses, and how they work. How wonderful God is to enable each believer to walk in the deliverance and continuous blessings that are available in Jesus Christ.



12Galatians 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 hangeth on a tree:

Chapter 4 – What Is A Blessing?

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  1. I first want to say i am and always been a believer of Jesus Christ. Lately i wonder what in the world has happened to my faith ? I’ll tell you- EVIL has slipped in through an open door or window of my life, and honesty i am afraid. I let him in through my words that i speak. Ugly words hateful words and i realized it just now and publicly I want to say please God forgive me PLEASE!!. My faith is weak ive never been so disappointediin myself in all my life. But i will stay in prayer because I need you Jesus in my life. Yes evil can find its way to you through the pain and distress of the world mine came through my children you see evil is attacking them- money is the root of all evil and society is praising them to proceed. .. My son is 28-year-old through selling of drugs ( marijuana) he hasn’t stolen or hurt anyone they put him away in prison for 30years.may God bless his soul.he has served 2 years so far and has suffered a heartattack there is no heart problems in our family. The day of the attack his tray of food flew to the floor on its own. When he stood up to reach for it he had the attack.EVIL is real- i raised him and I know he believe in God we pray together but its got him PLEASE evil let my son go in the name of Jesus amen.

    • Unique I will pray for your son for God to wipe the curse off him if he has one. Let’s hope and pray he repents for his crime. But I got to tell you man 30 years for just selling marijuana seems a little harsh to me. I’d rebuke the judge and see if he or she is a god faring man or woman. cause it doesn’t seem to me their following the even weights and measurements for punishment of your son, meaning they’re not fair. But always remember Yahweh is fair. I make this claim because marijuana is legal by some states now. If it’s just marijuana he sold I’d ask for an appeal. I’ll pray for him. Jesus is the Messiah and he will come again! The Lords promises always come true. Curses can be lifted one just has to believe. For years now I’ve thought I was a prophet or a false prophet or cursed. Now I believe Yahweh is God and Jesus is the Messiah and I can just be a man of god struggling to understand teachings and other stuff. I believe now I don’t have to be cursed and once I get over my pornography addiction I can move on with my life. As they say there’s no time like the present. Good morning and good day I wish you the best. In Jesus name. Amen.

  2. ‘Anybody who wants power over someone else is a witch’. Graham Powell, the well known deliverance minister in ‘Christian Set Yourself Free’. People can use Satan power to curse others simply by hating them. The more truth there is in the world the more reaction from the enemy, so there’s a lot of successful cursing going on today. Satan loves flawed Christians and will give them hex powers over other people. The victims don’t need to be doing anything particularly sinful, they just need to know that they have to call upon Jesus at all times and not just when they’re feeling uncomfortable.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Nick, you are listing all of these things about how your life is all out of whack. I myself am not going to talk, but am going to quote some Scriptures from the Bible (NIV)…

    Hebrews 10:35-37
    So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For in just a very little while.

    Hebrews 11:1
    Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

    1 Peter 4:12,13
    Dear friends, do not be suprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.

    Need I type more?

  4. how do i know if i am cursed. and what can i do to get it off of me. my entire life has been really messed up. i don’t know what to do with my self. up to my neck in debt, leading a double life, girlfriend dumped me, dad left mom and 6 siblings. and i can only see myself digging a deeper hole. i can’t even imagine leading a normal life anymore.

    • Timothy Luke says:

      Nick, I strongly recommend you read Derek Prince’s book on Blessing or Curse, You Can Choose. The Lord used it to break my wife and I free. You can read our story at http://perfectinglove.com/ourstory

      Order the book here….


      Blessings and Peace,

      • Jenny Delesandro says:

        “Blessing or Curse-You can Choose” by Derek Prince is THE best book one could ever read on this subject. It’s changed my life and those all around me…..the generations to come as well. Derek Prince is amazing and ALL of his books are eye opening/practical. One can google his bio—-a brilliant man of God whos’ legacy lives on!!

    • MelodyCat says:

      I agree with Timothy, the Derek Prince “Blessing or Curse” helped me with this many years ago.

      There is a booklet and a full sized book out there. You want to follow Timothy’s link to get the full book on this. Derek has deliverance prayers to follow in the back of the book.

      Prayed for your your situation under your prayer request.


    • NICKK422 says:

      i have done many of the things on the list that open a door to the devil, including doing unholy things with my ex girlfriend, drugs, alcohol, pornography, and even when i was like 15 or so i tried to make a pact with the devil to be rich. obviously i didn’t make a pact cuz i’m dirt poor. but i want to be cleansed.

      • Timothy Luke says:

        Nick, if you tried to make a pact with the devil, you made a pact with the devil. You invited evil spirits to do their work in your life and they always pounce on those opportunities. The fact you are ‘dirt poor’ does not indicate the pact was not made, it indicates the father of lies has not kept his end of the bargain, though he has certainly claimed you as his own. You need to renounce that pact and tell your unwanted guests to hit the road. Here is a sample prayer ….

        “Father in Heaven, blessed is your name. I confess that I made a pact with the devil that I may obtain the riches of this world. I repent to you for seeking after worldly wealth apart from you. The earth is yours and the fulness thereof. You are the Father of Lights from whom every good and perfect gift comes. I was a fool for seeking what is yours alone to give from the devil’s hand. I repent for asking him to be Lord and Ruler of my life. I need Jesus and I will serve Jesus Christ all the days of my life. Please receive me into your Kingdom and deliver me from the kingdom of darkness. Fill me with your spirit and lead me in your way everlasting. Cleanse me and make me new. Create in me a clean heart to follow after you. I love you, and I surrender my life to you in Jesus’ name. amen.”

        Blessings and Peace,

  5. A few months ago, I was praying in the Spirit, and the Lord led me to deliver my husband from a curse from his father. I had never heard these types of things before, and certainly not from my mouth! But prayed I did, and many, many times the Spirit led me to pound my fist and repeat ‘I break the curse on my husband’, in the name of Jesus Christ. Well, if I tell you that since that prayer, my husband has been a changed man. A very big weight has been lifted from his shoulders (he’s not a Christian yet, by the way). So I believe what you’ve said.

    And by the way, I don’t know what curse the Lord was referring to. Being Jewish, I thought maybe this was the curse the Spirit meant, but I still don’t know.

  6. Yes, I too had an ex-fiance who was involved in Satanism and masked it as wicca. I broke up with him because I was Christian and had a bad feeling about him. I went to college and while there 2 hrs. away, he went to my mother’s house and gave her all the gifts I gave him and said that he looked in a crystal ball – he had one and apparently still does- saw me praying to God and it made him sick because he couldn’t curse me. The weird thing was I was fervently praying to God for protection from evil due to the fact that I was living in a “haunted house” and I felt the presence of evil there. I have a very good spiritual sense. This is a long story and anyway- since then I have continually asked God to please protect me from him eventhough its been well over 10 years ago this happened.

    If you want to hear the whole story and pray you can email me….

  7. Yes, I too had an ex-fiance who was involved in Satanism and masked it as wicca. I broke up with him because I was Christian and had a bad feeling about him. I went to college and while there 2 hrs. away, he went to my mother’s house and gave her all the gifts I gave him and said that he looked in a crystal ball – he had one and apparently still does- saw me praying to God and it made him sick because he couldn’t curse me. The weird thing was I was fervently praying to God for protection from evil due to the fact that I was living in a “haunted house” and I felt the presence of evil there. I have a very good spiritual sense. This is a long story and anyway- since then I have continually asked God to please protect me from him eventhough its been well over 10 years ago this happened.

    If you want to hear the whole story and pray you can email me….

  8. charlie-harlon says:

    I think that curses from an ex boyfriend or an ex husband who are into the occult can have an effect.
    I have no idea who to turn to on earth to do something about this, but I am going to pray.
    Thing is,I’ve prayed before to no effect, and I wish I had somebody to confide in.

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