What About Curses?

It is written:

“Like a flitting sparrow, like a flying swallow, So a curse without cause shall not alight.” (Proverbs 26:2)

Let me tell you a story.

One night while teaching in the local jail, I was brought a cell of gentlemen. One young man (we will call him Joe) did not want to look at me or shake my hand. The other men said that they wanted to learn what the Bible teaches about demons. When I mentioned that Jesus is stronger then all the demons and forces of darkness, Joe stood up and ran to the other side of the cell. I walked over to him and told him that I was there to help, and that Jesus loved him and so did I. He ran to the intercom and began punching the button to call the guards to take him out.

The other gentlemen told me that Joe was a committed Satanist, who had been for some time trying to convince the others in their cell to sell their soul to the devil. If they would do so, he would provide certain services for them.

A few days later, I was in the jail teaching and I was blessed to study with Joe. We talked for about two hours. At one point, he began to speak in tongues over me (just like what is practiced in modern charismatic churches), and he informed me that he was cursing me. He threatened to send his fifteen demons against me to torment and kill me. My response was simple:

“Bring it on.”

A lot more happened with Joe, but this raises the important question: do Christians need to fear black magic and curses from pagans?

It is certainly true that the Bible reminds us that demons and other forces of darkness empower those who are devoted to evil (Exodus 7:11-13, 22; 8:7, 18-19; 9:11; Matthew 24;24; 2 Thessalonians 2:9; Revelation 16:14). However, it is also true that God’s Word teaches that Christians do not need to live in fear of black magic and supernatural demonic attacks. One example of this may be seen from Proverbs 26:2.

One author has written:

“Some years ago during one of our church services, I was sitting on the platform during praise and worship and watching the crowd as we sang. A man four or five rows back caught my eye because he was moving his arms around strangely—up and down and all over the place. I thought, This guy is a granola Christian—as in fruits, nuts and flakes. Not a flattering term, I admit, but I had once talked to someone who was doing a similar thing with the arm waving, and she explained to me, “I’m weaving a glory cloud, Pastor.” I thought that was a little flaky, so when I saw this new guy’s wild gesticulations, I thought, Oh great, here’s another one. I got up to speak, and this guy kept doing his stuff even though he was now sitting down. On top of the arm gestures, he started speaking. He made so much noise that I had to keep talking as fast as I could to hold people’s attention. If I paused for even a second, heads would turn toward the granola man. I wish a deacon or an elder would haul that guy out or put tape over his mouth or something, I thought. He’s badly disrupting this service….After the service, some elders and ushers—politely—cornered the guy. Turned out he was a Satanist. He had attended our service in an attempt to put a curse on me and on our church. “You may be wondering what I did when I heard the sinister news. Did I pray and bind every kind of demon I could think of? Did I go on the alert for strange things happening around the building? Did I ask people to spend hours and hours in intercessory prayer? Did I fast for a week? Nope. Nothing of the sort. I left the building and went home to eat a sandwich. Why was I not alarmed? Because I knew the Word of God promises in Proverbs 26: 2 that “Like a flitting sparrow, like a flying swallow, so a curse without cause shall not alight.” I had done nothing to open the door to the demonic or to give the devil a foothold. I had given no cause for a curse to “stick.” I slept peacefully that same night, since I knew God also promises His children sweet sleep: “I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety” (Psalm 4: 8). Demons and nightmares were the furthest things from my mind. I knew my church family, my family at home and I were all safe. I was not concerned about the incident, not one little bit. “Over my years as a missionary and a pastor, any number of people—Christian people—have approached me and said, “I think I’ve been cursed. Somebody put a hex on me. Help me!” If you have ever thought that way, I want to tell you what I told them: A curse without cause will not stick. It cannot. The devil and his hordes cannot attach a curse to God’s people without cause. God’s Word assures us, “No curse can touch Jacob; no magic has any power against Israel” (Numbers 23: 23 NLT). What is true of the natural Israel is also true concerning the Church: “And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you” (Galatians 3: 29 NLT). The promises of Deuteronomy 28 belong to us. We will be blessed and not cursed, we will be above and not beneath, we will be the head and not the tail. As God’s people, we are the blessed, the healed, the delivered, the anointed, the protected. We need to use our faith to believe what God’s Word says about the question of curses. Hexes, spells and curses are all ineffective toward us. There is not a devil, demon or Satanist in existence who can put a curse on God’s children whom He has blessed. You need never concern yourself that someone will put an undeserved curse on you. It cannot happen. Your only concern need be that you might bring a curse upon yourself. What do I mean by that? Did you notice that little phrase “without cause” in Proverbs 26: 2? It says a curse “without cause” will not alight. But can you give a curse cause to stick? Can you somehow open the door to such an attack? Absolutely, or the phrase “without cause” would not be included in that verse.” (Duane Vander Klok, 21 Things the Devil Cannot Do, 87-89 (Kindle Edition); Bloomington, Minnesota; Chosen Books)

We have been told from Satanists in the area that they have been cursing us and working against us for years at Couchtown. But by the grace of God, we are still here, preaching and teaching the Word of God.

And by His grace, we will continue to do so!

If we are walking with the Lord, we need have no fear of supernatural attacks from demons and curses.

Jesus Christ came to set us free from the power of sin and death. Through His death in our place, burial, and resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:1-8), Jesus can save all who will come to God through Him (Hebrews 7:25). Why not today as a believer in Jesus Christ repent of your sins, and upon a confession of faith in Him, be baptized into Him for the remission of your sins (Acts 2:37-47; 8:35-38)?

If you are a baptized believer who has turned from the Lord, why not return to Him today in repentance and prayer (Acts 8:22; 1 John 1:9)?

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