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Bible Articles > TEACHINGS IN ENGLISH > HOW TO RECOGNISE A CURSE FROM A BLESSING
HOW TO RECOGNISE A CURSE FROM A BLESSING
Worshipping God in spirit and truth

How to recognise a curse from a blessing?

Essentially and invariably a curse takes place by breaking the Law of God or to be more accurate, a Covenant. You will understand this more clearly when you realize that God is a God of Covenant and every thing He does, He does it through a covenant! In Genesis chapter 2 to 3 we see where Adam and Eve disobeyed the first Law (commandment-covenant) that God gave them and they came under a curse. Until that point of breaking God’s Law they had immeasurable amounts of blessings as opposed to curses.

 They had perfect fellowship with God instead of broken fellowship with Him;
 Health instead of sickness;
 Strength instead of weakness;
 Prosperity instead of poverty;
 Abundance instead of lack;
 Faith instead of fear;
 And light instead of darkness;
 Etc etc…

The fifth book of the Bible-Deuteronomy, God makes this even clearer to us:

Deuteronomy 11:26-28, “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”.

Simply put: Obedience will make you open to blessingsi]Disobedience will make you open to curses![/i]

When one walks within the confines of God’s Word-which in essence it’s God’s character [and through it we discover Who He is, His will and plan for our lives] and not in direct violation of it, the person positions himself in line with God’s blessing to flow through him/her. In this way [and it’s the only way] one is not opening up his/her life to the potential opposites of all that is good-which in essence is Evil!

Everything ‘Good’ is despised by everything ‘Evil’!
Everything good is paralleled with everything evil!

Easy to discern a blessing from a curse

When we witness a curse, it is not the same when we are witnessing the normal daily challenges of our lives. Sometimes my only concern about writing such articles is that some one may grab something out of context and make it mean not what it’s truly saying-and runs off with it like a crazy chicken with it’s head cut off! Please keep in mind that trouble and problems and challenges come to every one from heaven down! If it happened to Jesus, than it will surely happen to you also! Normal life challenges are over come daily by faith and obedience to God’s principles in His Holy Unchanging Word!(1John 5:4-5) Although an article like this can be beneficial to many who read it, I must clarify that this article is mostly for those who are experiencing more than just a regular life challenge! This article is for people who may be operating under a demonic assignment from Satan-a curse! When we are trying to achieve something as a goal and keep failing (in Maltese we say ‘ma tistax tiehu ruh’) there is a huge possibility that a curse is operating in our life.

I believe I can safely say that the most common curse operating in the world is the disobedience of God’s law, as stated above! The opposite of disciple (a disciplined person) is unbeliever and someone who is undisciplined-some one in direct rebellion to what is right and Godly. Whoever is not a disciple and does not want to believe is letting a curse operate in his/her life. That would be the deadliest curse, which is the first and most important on the list above! It is called, spiritual death (John 5:24-25, John 11: 25, Ephesians 2: 1-10, etc…). This would constitute of all those who have rejected Christ Jesus!

While Christians have been made spiritually alive in Christ (See: Colossians 3:1-4, Romans 6:1-14, Galatians 2:20…etc), yet many of them are still living in great lack in various areas of their life. This is because of ignorance in God’s Word or because they are in direct rebellion in some area in their life to God.

One of the most common way Christians can bring such curses is through the wrong use of the tongue (by their words):

James 3:9-12, “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, (That includes you man or woman!!!)Who have been made in God's likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water”. (I will cover this in detail in another separate article all dedicated just to this truth).

Something to seriously consider!

When Satan looks at a true Christian, he sees somebody who looks (in the spirit) exactly like Jesus. This is because Christian means Christ-like; some one who looks like Christ! However, it does not mean that every Christian is walking in this understanding or revelation! Because Satan knows that Christians are much more above every devil in this world (Ephesians 2:6 and Ephesians 1:19-21, Like 10:19, 1 John 4:4, etc…), he is waiting for us to ‘volunteer’ to his attacks through our ignorance. Indeed, it is through lack of knowledge that we perish (Hosea 4:6). Because Satan knows your authority that every Christian has in and through Christ, all he needs is that we act in ignorance, or simply not act at all. This way the devil knows that our authority in Christ will work against us.

Let me give you an example: If I hand you a hand-grenade/dynamite to attack your enemy with it but you don’t know it’s purpose and it’s function, you run the danger of ending up killing yourself with it cause you didn’t know how to utilize it! The Lord has given the same authority and power [Dynamis-from which we get the word dynamite] every Christian, no matter how old is he or she, but because many remain on milk (1Corinthians:1-5) and not mature on to the meat of the Word (Hebrews 6), the devil ends up using against themselves, what they have been handed to be used against him-the devil!

The positive power of faith against curses

Mark 11:22-23, “So Jesus answered and said to them, "Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will come to pass, he will have whatever he says”. NKJV

Proverbs 18:21, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit”. NIV

Many people, including Christians are indeed getting what they believe and what they say, but unfortunately it’s negative and it’s not part of the blessing but rather it’s a curse because they keep speaking curses over their life! If you want to know if what you are saying is right or wrong, ask this question to your self, “Does Jesus talk like this?” After all we are supposed to be imitators of Christ and do the things that He did as we see in the Bible (See John 14:12-13 and Ephesians 5; 1, etc…)

Let me give you an example! The above scripture reference is typical of a person whose attitude is: ‘Oh! Well I know I am not going to make it.’ ‘It is the flu season and I am sure that I am going to get it. I know because I always get it’. This view of life is an indirect condemnation on the person and acts as ‘a self fulfilling prophesy’. When Satan hears this kind of reasoning by a Christian, he will wonder and say: ‘this is a strange Christian. I never heard Jesus talk like that! However I agree with his words. Ok, let me accommodate him/her’. In this way you have invited a curse on yourself and your authority in Christ is working ok, but against you! This way you are opening your ‘spiritual’ door wide open to Satan’s attacks and nothing can stop him!

Primary and most effective way to be rid of curses

The number one way for any curse to be broken is to be genuinely ‘born again’ by accepting and proclaiming Jesus as your Saviour and Lord over your life-that is in every area of your life. Also this must be done from your heart! Not parroting! Unfortunately, we must be very careful that we are truly Christians following the Word of God, just like Christ Himself after all did! Religion may enhance the possibility of curses operating in our lives if we do not be careful! ‘God is not religion’ and certainly neither is Jesus! Jesus is the only leader from all the religions in the world who is immortal and who is still alive now! Halleluiah! The pagan culture of adoring statues and making idols of them is in itself breaking God’s commandment. Idolatry is not a mere cultural tradition! It is by itself a source of curse to any one. Idolatry is not just a cultural thing, or a custom; the Bible clearly states that Idolatry brings upon a person, people, place, a thing or a whole city and country; curses!

What is the blessing like?

In Psalm 133:2, 3 we find that Blessing is like precious oil and like dew that brings good things in a person’s life. “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron's beard, down upon the collar of his robes. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore”. NIV

One way you can find out what some thing is, is by first finding out what something is not…or at least the way it produces fruit!

While the blessing is a good thing and it comes as, “the dew falling…or like oil poured upon”, so like wise the curse is very similar or the same in its operation, but instead it is bad and evil and it comes to steal, kill and destroy your life” (John 10:10)

This is a common experience I have witnessed in my life. Very often people I have led personally to saving knowledge and understanding in The Lord Jesus Christ, have commented how after they make a commitment to Jesus to come into their life, they feel some thing tangible lifted up from over their life and something else as if it came down upon them! It is the obvious: The blessing have just taken place of the curse, over their life!

Persons who are released from a curse feel as if a load has been removed and lifted from upon their being. Blessings make the person feel lighter in his spirit and often it is some thing even experienced tangibly in the physical realm!

How are curses imparted?

There are several ways curses can be imparted. This can be also done unconsciously as well as consciously. If the curse or blessing is the direct operation over a person influencing another person than this depends from the person who is bringing the curse along with him/her!

One of the primary ways a curse is brought about is like I mentioned above. That is; through the tongue and by speaking negatively over someone or even ourselves!

Another common way curses are imparted are just like we impart blessings by the laying of hands. In other words curses can be imparted in a similar way that blessings are-through the touch or the laying on of hands. To take an illustration, the seemingly innocent white magic that many people involve themselves in will surely open up a person to curses- and be sure the curses won’t be white either!

An example that can result dangerous even if not necessarily intended curses can come through the practice of Reiki on the person who attends for a massage session at a Reiki practitioner, especially so when the one receiving (as well as giving)is an unbeliever. If you are reading this article and feel alerted I highly encourage you to check with your masseur to see if he or she has a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. (Don’t ask the question if he or she is religious because before God Almighty that doesn’t amount to anything more than a ‘hill of beans!’) Hands do impart negative energy as much as they can impart the positive energy of the Holy Spirit when one is walking closely with the Lord!

Other impartations of curses

People, who gossip, commit adultery, practice fortune-telling, living a sexually immoral lifestyle etc... are opening themselves to curses and if there is no true repentance then a person will be cursed and risk dying dammned. God does guarantee you protection from such demonic assignments but is not automatic. You must obey Him when you have been corrected. Change of heart must follow repentance and repentance must be followed with fruits of repentance. If you heed it you will benefit of the blessing and that more abundantly! (John 10:10)

People in the world fall under one of two categories automatically!

The Christian-the person who truly have a genuine relationship with Christ which makes him/her Born Again,

And

The non-Christian (which makes that person still spiritually dead)!

Old and New Testament: Abram and Christ.

Genesis 12:1-3, “The LORD had said to Abram, "Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you."NIV

What God said to Abraham as per above, He is saying it also to every Christian because we have been blessed by Abraham through Christ:

Galatians 3:8-10, "The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: "All nations (all people groups) will be blessed through you." So those who have faith (in the Messiah-Christ Jesus) are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. All who rely on observing the Law are under a curse, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law”. NIV

God indeed has blessed us-The Christians into a great nation as he did to Abraham. We are blessed to be a blessing and whoever curses us God Himself will curse. Through Christ all our families are blessed. It is for this reason that God Himself will fight our battles and that is why Saul was told by The Lord Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus, "Why are you persecuting Me?"(Exodus 14:14, Acts 9)

In Matthew 10:1, 12-13, The scriptures says, “And having summoned His twelve disciples, He gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness…And into whatever city or village you enter, inquire who is worthy in it; and abide there until you go away. "And as you enter the house, give it your greeting. If the house is worthy, give it your blessing of peace(shalom). But if it is not worthy, take back your blessing of peace. Whoever does not receive you, nor heed your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake the dust off your feet”. (See also Luke 10 about the 72 disciples)

Based upon what Jesus said to the 12 Apostles and to the 72 Disciples we discover that Christians are suppose to be carriers and bringers of blessings. So than we find that curses are imparted and brought by people, because Jesus told them that as they enter into a house give it greetings or in other words, give it The blessing. The Shalom!

Interestingly Shalom means peace but not simply mental peace as some people think it does! It means a lot more than just mental peace! It means, ‘Wholeness; Healing, Prosperity; Salvation; and abundance where there is nothing missing and nothing broken”.

It follows that if we are a genuine Christian we are a blessing wherever we may be present: work, family, recreation, fellowship, supermarket etc... That’s exactly what Jesus was when He walked upon the earth 2000 years ago and now He is alive by His Spirit through His Body- The Body of Christ-CHRISTIANS! (John 3:17) Wherever you go you bring a blessing with you. In similar fashion if your house is a tabernacle and sanctuary of blessing and someone enters your house or your workplace and that person is cursed he/she will take the curse back with him. (Of course unless you are an unashamed witness of Christ and share Jesus with that person than impart your blessing to that person by giving him/her Jesus. If he or she receives from you, you have just turned his cursed-condemned life into a blessed-God-life) [Halleluiah!]

Whatever prevents us from receiving blessings will bring us curses. Unforgiveness is a very common force that will easily accommodate a curse to find refuge and rest in your home and heart.

We are serving a loving, faithful, powerful God; however let us not forget that we are also serving a Holy God. He is not Father Christmas or Santa Clause as some seem to assume He is. As Father God He has zero tolerance for sin. He does not pat us on the back and say: ‘Oh! Poor fellow he is watching a porno movie. Ok I understand, it’s ok because otherwise he will go to a prostitute.’ Although He is merciful God (Full of Mercy) He is a Just God and will not accommodate sin in whatever form it comes.

We should pray to be a blessing:

As Christians, being salt of the earth and light of the world we should be bringing blessings every where we go; Blessings for my job, my family, my town, my street. I am serving my nation by being at fellowship through Christ. The truth is that the world needs Christians (genuine love filled and serious Christians). God has places us here for that reason. You are a blessing where ever you go if you are walking with Christ; and your job, your school, your community and the whole world needs you-especially so that they may see Christ in you. Amen!

Objects of Curses:

All over the world there are hurting people every where carrying heavy loads of burdens-curses upon them, and many of them don’t know that they can be set free from that, unless you and I tell them and demonstrate to them the One and Only true Risen Christ! Many bring these curses because their Christianity is not Biblically based Christianity but a pagan form of Christianity and no one has told them the truth of the words of Christ yet…but that is changing praise the Lord!

Joshua 6:18-19, “And you, by all means abstain from the accursed things, lest you become accursed when you take of the accursed things, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it”.NKJV

God is a just God and He is always The God for the innocent and weak. God warned Pharaoh many times through Moses to repent while there was still time but instead he rebelled every time.

God delivered His people from Egypt. To us Christians, Egypt today represents 'the world-or in other words', 'our sinful sate’. It was not hard for God to deliver His people out of Egypt, but it was a hard thing for God to deliver ‘Egypt-the sinful state’ out of His people! In their camp they worshipped idols and practiced the sacrifice of their children to their gods as well as all kinds of demonic worship through immoral sexual activities with each other, offering children to false 'gods', exchanging mates etc… God had to wipe this culture and its demonic practices.

Till this very day, God commands us not to touch any idolatrous objects or collect them. Many people around the world have build huge antique memorabilia made of things that are cursed; things which were used for demonic and pagan worship. These idols are cursed and if you take them home with you, you bring a curse (demonic presence) in your camp as explained above in Joshua 6:18. These warnings apply to us today still, whether they are false gods of the eastern religions or names synonymous with Christian history. If we know that they have been used for false worship they are bringing a snare into our homes, marriages, families, health, fiancés and peace-wellbeing!

The Israelis had to remove these idols from their camp. When they fought against other enemy nations they defeated them as long as they obeyed the Lord but when ‘a cursed’ item was found, God abandoned them and the small nation of Ai defeated them because of this curse. God does not accommodate nor compromises with sin. The Bible is clear where it says, Joshua 7:10-12, “The LORD said to Joshua, "Stand up! What are you doing down on your face? Israel has sinned; they have violated my covenant, which I commanded them to keep. They have taken some of the [cursed] devoted-(to demons) things; they have stolen, they have lied, they have put them with their own possessions. That is why the Israelites cannot stand against their enemies; they turn their backs and run because they have been made liable to destruction. I will not be with you anymore unless you destroy whatever among you is devoted to destruction".( NIV

I know that when someone discovers this truth he or she may be thinking of selling what you may think may be opening the door for curses in your house but God clearly tells His people to destroy these things and not make a business out of it! Never use idols-statues-and Christainity to make money! God doesn't mind you making money the godly way, but clearly, for whoever wants to face up to the truth, the Bible clearly shows us that God hates these things!

1 Corinthians 10:20, the Word tells us, “No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons”. NIV

God does not want us to make sacrifices to demons or sharers with demons, nor indirectly through ignorance and even more by disobedience and rebellion-which will ultimately destroy our souls. This is a direct provocation to God’s jealously. One cannot serve God and the devil at the same time.

When many of the people of Israel and those is the Roman Empire heard the Gospel preached by the Apostle Paul, many were saved and turned from their hearts to a living Christ. Many who had idols and witchcraft items burned them, they did not sell them or give them to an auction sale!

Acts 19:18-20, “Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed their evil deeds [The Bible did not call it, ‘their hobbies or mistakes-These things are evil before the eyes of Almighty and Holy God]. A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas. In this way the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power”. NIV

Now you know a good reason why in many churches in the world and in Malta there is no power and evidence of the True Risen Savior and this is one of the reasons why many instead of turning to Christ are turning away from the Him! Let those who have ears to hear, hear the very Word of God!

“Christianity is not a buffet; you pick and choose what you would like and walk away as you pay at the counter!” Christianity is serving whole heartedly a Holy and Awesome Loving and Merciful Righteous God and Father-as His grace works mightily within you!

Worshipping God in spirit and truth

God wants us to get rid of anything that is not Godly. All idols should be removed and no incense or candles burned before them. God is indeed interested in Christianity and not religion and those who truly have a heart for Him must come to Him as He directs not based upon our own opinion!

There is only one true way to worship the Lord in this dispensation that we now are in, and that is: WORSHIP GOD IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH!

Jesus left us no room about the clarity of this issue and this is the way that He wants all of us to come to Him!

Jesus said to the woman at the well in John 4:24, “God is Spirit, and His worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth”.( NIV

Jesus did not say, “Well if they like…or if they feel like it… or are up to it…” He said that, “They must worship in Spirit and in Truth”. Don’t mistaken what God has not left any room for opinion!

John 4:23, “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks”. NIV

So dear friend if you want to be part of the list that God calls, “His worshipers, or a true worshiper” that God seeks after, you too must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth!

2 Corinthians 5:16-17, “So stop evaluating Christians by what the world thinks about them or by what they seem to be like on the outside. Once I mistakenly thought of Christ that way, merely as a human being like myself. How differently I feel now! When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun!” TLB

2 Corinthians 5:16, “Therefore from now on we recognize no man according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer”. NAS

So my dear friend, bottom line is; If you want to enjoy God’s blessing realize that you only have that God’s way not man’s way! Yes, some may think that is narrow minded, but that is exactly way Jesus said! The choice is yours!

Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it”. NAS

Notes compiled by Anthony Zarb Dimech
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