Many people Ė including many Christians Ė are
cursed! I know that sounds way out, but itís not. Itís a reality. A large
percentage of believers Ė the majority, probably Ė are blithely unaware of
There is a precept that goes back thousands
of years, which affects them even today. It is recorded in Genesis:
Cursed be every one who curses you, and
blessed be those who bless you (Gen 27:29).
ďWhatís that got to do with us now? That
promise was uttered by Isaac to Jacob. It doesnít apply to Christians today.
We are absolved from all that Old Testament stuff. We are free in Christ Ė
totally free from the curse of the law, like Paul told the Galatians (Gal
3:13).Ē That is what many think, but theyíre missing something vitally
WHY did God say that everyone who cursed
Jacob would be cursed by God? Because access to God Ė and the truth of God
at that time Ė was with Jacob and His descendants, as portrayed symbolically
in his dream of the ladder to heaven (Gen 28:12-17). So, everyone who did
not want to be at peace with Jacob, was actually also not wanting peace with
God. Jacob represented God, as did Abraham his forefather.
You can see the selfsame promise also given
to Abraham (Gen 12:2,3).
Abraham was a prophet (Gen 20:7).
Why So Many Are Under A Curse
Jesus reiterated the same precept with
He who hears you hears Me,
he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me
That should send shivers down the spine of
all who have disdained Godís prophets! Those who speak for God, as His
prophets, are actually the ones most opposed! In the Church, I mean; opposed
On 19th August 2005, after giving me three
dreams, God said this as I was waking up:
"Whoever resists your words resists Me,
and whoever rejects you rejects Me.Ē
Tragically (for them), the majority of
Christians resist the prophets whom God has raised up to fulfil the work of
Elijah in this end time.
People donít like change. They donít like to
be told where they are wrong and need to make radical changes to their lives
or to their thinking.
The ones who resist most are church leaders!
They throw out the prophets and slam the door in their face, excommunicating
them for Ďgood measureí.
Pride, self-will and rebellion are at the
Causes of Curses
A curse can have variable intensity.
Essentially it is the absence of the blessing God prefers to give. But He
doesnít prevent people going the way they choose. Everyone has to choose.
What God said to Israel of old applies to everyone else during their
I call heaven and earth as witnesses today
against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and
cursing; therefore choose life that both you and your descendants may live;
that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that
you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days (Deut
If you reject God, either in whole or in
part, demons take the place of His Spirit in your life. Itís like pouring
water out of a jar. Air comes in to replace it.
People can be cursed because of:
Ignorance and deception.
Subservience to church
Lukewarmness and apathy.
Other wrong attitudes or
Jesus came to reverse the curse. And, today,
He works through the five-fold ministry gifts to restore what Satan has
stolen. Chief among these (not in a hierarchic sense, because human
hierarchy is an evil that should not be tolerated in the Church) is the
But because human nature is:
...deceitful above all things, and
desperately wicked; who can know it? (Jer 17:9.)
...people resent and reject prophets.
I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the
mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit
of his doings (Jer 17:10).
Thatís why so many reap a curse.
Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes
flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord (Jer 17:5).
That reveals the root cause Ė inner
The trouble is, itís easier to reject what is
right. Itís harder to crucify the inner desire or urge. Itís hard to say no
to what is wrong when it is far more appeal- ing to your emotions to protect
Watch and Pray
One fundamentally important command from
Jesus to all disciples is to watch and pray (Matt 26:41).
We all need to scrutinise our attitudes, our
inner motives, our desires. This is not just vital prior to taking Passover
(1 Cor 11:28), for the reasons stated (11:29, 30), but also on a daily
Pursue peace with all people and HOLINESS,
without which no one will see the Lord (Heb 12:14).
Most Christians are simply not pursuing
holiness. Most are pursuing selfishness.
Herein is a reason many fall. They are not
taking Jesusí words seriously. They think they can just drift into the
Kingdom. They are content with themselves the way they are, and they
foolishly assume that God must be content with them too. What a deception!
One fiery dart the devil uses to defeat
countless others is resentment. Thatís why it is written:
Looking carefully lest anyone fall short of
the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble,
and by this MANY become defiled (Heb 12:15).
Watching involves listening carefully to the
Spirit. It necessitates being sensitive to Godís feelings, not our own. God
will speak to us when He is not happy with our behaviour or attitudes. But
where believers are too self-centred to Ďhearí what God is saying, often the
next avenue God will use to reach them is via a prophet. If they wonít
listen to Godís Spirit and wonít heed the exhortation of a prophet, calamity
is the next means God will use to try and reach these ones He dearly loves,
but dearly yearns for them to change.
One day we were meeting together and a
visitor was with us who was not dealing with inner hurt for which they
harboured resentment Ė that dreaded root of bitterness that the devil
claimed as his entry point. This person was then finding fault with others,
instead of dealing with the fault within.
I was given a scripture. It was where Jesus
[meaning, donít try to condemn others]
that you be not judged [condemned]. For with what judgment you judge,
you will be judged... [those who harbour unforgiving attitudes against
others will not be forgiven by God].
And why do you look at the speck in your
brotherís eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? (Matt 7:1-3.)
Itís quite a widespread problem, and so hard
for many to counter. Where people have been hurt, the more they have been
hurt, the harder it is for them to relinquish their bitterness or hate. But
you must. Jesus wonít accept you otherwise (Matt 6:15).
You grieve His Spirit if you donít forgive
from the heart.
The visitor was not willing to renounce this
sin. The next time they came, the same scripture was given again, amongst
the various things God gave us through His Spirit. It seemed strange to me
at the time and I wondered why we had the same text yet again! It was only
later that I realised why, and found out the problem.
The person was not watching and praying. Oh
they were praying Ė of a fashion. But where you donít deal with the wrong
inner attitudes, those prayers become ineffective. You might just as well
talk to the cows in the field. They will have more sympathy for you than
God! He hates hypocrisy! (Matt 7:5.)
God spoke twice. The person didnít heed. God
rejected them, according to His biblical principle (Titus 3:10). He is
always true to His Word! It is errant humans who are not true to it, who
The person went from bad to worse. Demons
Thereís very little you can do to help such
self- willed people.
Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and
stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the Word
of the Lord, He has rejected you... (1 Sam 15:23).
God has to let such people eat the fruit of
their own ways. They have welcomed demons into their lives. If they want
that sort of company, they will have to live with such vile spirits, and
Peter reminds us that one of the functions of
suffering is to urge us to put away sin (1 Pet 4). It is to humble us if we
are not humble.
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty
hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time (1 Pet 5:6).
Where people exalt themselves, all sorts of
problems erupt! Pride was the first sin. Lucifer lifted up himself. He
became self-willed, arrogant, resentful, bitter. One sin led to another.
There was now no containing it. He had thrown the dice. He had made his
decision. He reaped the curse, and it follows him wherever he goes.
Too many people follow the same course. And,
followers of Jesus, who should know better, are either too asleep, too lazy,
or too stubborn to care!
They have left their First Love (Rev 2:4).
They are travelling the road to spiritual death.
Remember, therefore, how you have received
and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore, if you will not watch, I will
come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon
you (Rev 3:3).
In this context, Jesus is not coming to
bless, but to remove whatever you formerly had! (Luke 8:18.)
Malcolm B Heap,