We continue our word study in our series on curses.
The Hebrew word “alah” is the curse of the law. Deuteronomy 29:14-21 details this curse. Of importance are the symptoms of this curse found in verse 19:
And so it may not happen, when he hears the words of this curse, that he blesses himself in his heart. saying, “I shall have peace even though I walk in the imagination of my heart” – as though the drunkard could be included with the sober.
The curse of the law came because of rebellion – refusal to conform to God’s laws. This verse tells us that there is such a thing as “false peace” – blessing yourself because of the absence of God’s blessing. As a pastor, I have personally witnessed people walk away from the holiness that God’s Word commands. Many of them have done so under a spirit of delusion, that somehow God was blessing them, even sanctioning their activity. They hear voices tell them, “Yes, this is My will.” However, when these voices contradict the Word of God, we know that we are dealing with demon spirits, or at best our own imagination.
Jesus redeemed us from the curse of the law (Galations 3:13). But when our hearts turn away from the God of the Bible, we get out from under God’s protection – His umbrella. I wouldn’t want to live a day outside of God’s divine protection (Psalm 91).
In Numbers chapter 23 we find the story of Balaam and his attempt to curse the children of Israel. In this story, the Hebrew word “qabab” is used for curse. Qabab means “to utter a magical formula designed to utterly undo the target.” Balak had hired Balaam to pronounce a curse on God’s people. He was fearful of their military might (22:3). In futility, Balaam spoke these words:
Numbers 23:8, 20, 23a
How shall I curse whom God has not cursed? And how shall I denounce whom the LORD has not denounced?… Behold, I have received a commandment to bless; He has blessed, and I cannot reverse it… For there is no sorcery against Jacob, nor is there any divination against Israel.
Satan cannot curse what God has blessed! That is the protection of God’s umbrella. When we put our sins under the blood of Jesus Christ. Satan has no legal grounds to accuse us and bring his curses upon us. God told Abraham, “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you” (Gen. 12:3).
The only way that a spell can be of force upon a Christian is if he gets in FEAR. Fear is a drawing force in the realm of darkness. Job said, “The thing which I greatly feared has come upon me” (Job 3:25). The literal Hebrew says, “The fear which I have feared has come upon me.” I John 4:18 tells us that “fear has torment.” God hasn’t given any of His children a spirit of fear (II Timothy 1:7). When fear comes on you, resist it in Jesus’ name, it will flee (James 4:7).
While these kind of curses cannot stop a Christian in the will of God, they can be a hindering force. Therefore, it is good to regularly pray: “Father, in the name of Jesus, undo any spell or curse spoken against me, may those words be cancelled and nullified in Jesus’ name!” The Apostle Paul himself acknowledged that he had been hindered by Satan in doing the will of God (I Thes. 2:18).
Also, if a person has come out of a background of occultic involvement, that person should renounce all ties and completely break away. It should be expected that those with whom the person was associated with will be spiritually opposing. Therefore the above type of prayer should be applied consistently.
Joshua 6:18 speaks of the accursed thing. It says, “Lest you become accursed when you take of the accursed things.” The Hebrew word “nagab” is used here. Achan disobeyed the commandment of God and took unto himself the things that God had forbidden. As a result of that sin in the camp, Israel lost in battle to little Ai (Joshua 7).
For they have taken some of the accursed things… Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies.
Deuteronomy 7:26 says:
Nor shall you bring an abomination into your house, lest you be doomed to destruction like it; but you shall utterly detest it and utterly abhor it, for it is an accursed thing.
Many Christians bring into their home accursed things then wonder why there is no spiritual power in their lives. As a Christian, you cannot bring the filth of the world into your home without becoming like it. The filth and pornography that is played on the televisions and computers in some Christian homes – it is an abomination! Begin to detest it and abhor it before you are doomed to destruction! Some say, “I am mature enough to watch it without it affecting me.” That is deception – that person has already been affected.
Anything of a cultic or occultic nature should also be removed from the home. Things like statues of Buddha and other idols should be destroyed. Ouija boards, tarot cards and other occultic items are not toys and should be destroyed. I realize that some people can go to the extreme in this area of cleansing the home, but the reality remains that these things are an abomination to God.
We will continue to examine the Word of God in the area of curses in our next installment.