I want to continue our study of curses by examining the nature of the curses found in Deut. 28:15-68. If Jesus has redeemed us from these, we should view them as enemies, if they are in our lives. The curses of Deut. 28 fall into 10 main categories:
- Humiliation: e.g., shame, rejection, disgrace. Webster’s defines shame as “Emotion caused by consciousness of something wrong or dishonoring in one’s conduct or state; to disgrace, to degrade.”
- Barrenness: unable to reproduce physically: can be, applied to the spiritual condition of a churches’ inability to grow.
- Mental Illness: i.e., insanity, instability, mental retardation.
- Physical Sickness: i.e., disease, infirmity.
- Family Breakdown: e.g., divorce, incest, physical and verbal abuse, dysfunctional traits.
- Poverty: e.g., lack, debt, bankruptcy, financial pressure.
- Military Defeat: the inability to overcome enemies and protect independent freedoms.
- Oppression: pressures of the physical, emotional, and mental type; torment.
- Failure: the inability to succeed, even when the right pieces are all in place.
- God’s Disfavor: the Holy Spirit’s resistance in endeavors and projects. To literally have God fight against you.
It is easy to see that many of these curses are still operating in believer’s lives. Christians must take the authority that Jesus gave them. Sadly, many don’t acknowledge the above problems as curses, but just the hand that life dealt them. It is not fate that has brought these dilemmas into your life, it is the oppressor! Until you see them for what they are, you will do nothing about them. Jesus has paid the price. He has bought you out and away from these curses. We must accept that payment and enforce it upon the devil. Jesus said in John 10:10: The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.