One of the most common questions asked about the Courts of Heaven is also one of the most prevalent items discovered in the Courts. How can a Christian have a curse? To understand the answer, you will need to know a simple, basic principle. Everything God created in the first chapter of the Bible, He did by speaking words.
And God said, “Let there be light:” and there was light. (Genesis 1:3 ASV)
And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” (Genesis 1:6 ASV)
And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear:” and it was so. (Genesis 1:9 ASV)
In order for anything to happen, God had to declare it, speak it out loud. The Bible tells us that we have been justified and saved from God’s wrath by the blood of Jesus. (Romans 5:9) Salvation is not automatic or something that “just happens” when we learn that Jesus is the Son of God. Even the demons know this and they tremble at His name. (James 2:19) We have to know He is the Son of God in our hearts and confess with our mouth that He is our Lord. (Romans 10:9) Only those who confess that He is Lord, go to Heaven. This same principle applies to curses. The New Testament tells us that Jesus redeems us from the curse of the Law:
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us. (Galatians 3:13)
The word curse is singular. The single curse was that you went to Hell for violating any part of the law. This is what taking Jesus as Lord has redeemed us from. We no longer go to Hell for violating even a tiny part of the law as the Hebrew people did. That is the curse of the Law that Jesus paid for and we receive, by taking Him as Lord. Our sins can still give the enemy access to us and hinder us from achieving the destiny God has for us. The Bible tells us then there will be no more curses:
And there shall be no more curse… (Revelation 22:3)
After the 1000 year reign, when there is a “new earth” then there will be no more curse, until that time, they work under this same principle as salvation. Curses are not immediately broken when we take Jesus as Lord. We have to confess that we turn from whatever allowed that curse to come upon us, then it can be broken/removed by the blood of Jesus.
Many Christians will quote this verse about sin, reasoning that if we have no sin or guilt, we cannot have a curse either:
…the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses (removes) us from all sin and guilt… (1 John 1:7)
Taken out of context, this verse seems to say that Jesus did it all, once we accept Him as Lord, all our sin is taken care of. This is partially true. We no longer have to PAY for our sins. His blood pays for any sin, however, just like with salvation, there is something for us to do. Let’s look at this verse in the context of what is said around it in the Amplified Version where more accurate meanings are given:
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleans us from all sin. (1 John 1:7 AKJV)
Our sin is continually removed from us “if we really are living and walking in the Light and we are in fellowship with one another.” How is sin cleansed from us? Jesus is the Light, we must be walking with Him and He will reveal our sin to us. Also when we fellowship with other Christians, there is someone to help us realize when we are in sin! Two verses later, John makes this point:
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (1 John 1:9-10)
We have a part to do, we must confess our sins. The blood of Jesus blots out our sin, but we must ‘appropriate it.’ When scriptures are taken out of context, they can easily be seen to say there are no consequences for our sin, however that is not so. Everywhere the topic of not being judged or condemned is discussed you need to look at the surrounding scriptures to see how to apply it. Let's look at one more scripture to find out how to apply what is being said:
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Romans 8:1)
Condemnation is a Greek word, κατάκριμα which means “damnatory sentence,” as in damnation or sentenced to Hell. This lack of condemnation is conditional: you must walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh. This means you must be focusing on the things of God and His Spirit and not on sin.
This verse begins with “There is therefore…” which means it is referring to something previously stated. You will need to read the chapter before this one to put it in the right context. This letter was addressing Jews in Rome who were trying to follow the Law instead of Jesus. The key verse to understanding Romans 8:1 is this:
Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God. (Romans 7:4 ESV)
Paul is trying to show his Jewish brothers that they are no longer justified by the Law but by the sacrifice of Jesus. Throughout these two chapters, Paul is showing them that they need to be led by the Spirit and stop trying to be justified by the Law of Moses. It is through Jesus that we are no longer condemned.
In Chapter Eight, Paul also states that someone who is focused on doing things of the flesh (sin) and not following God’s ways has not really received Christ as Lord but nowhere in this chapter does it say that sin does not affect us in this life. The topic is our eternal life and being righteous or in right standing before God.
Another verse in Hebrews is often quoted to state that we are perfect and no sin or curse can affect us. There are some who have even gone as far as to say that we have the perfect blood or perfect DNA by using this scripture out of context. Let’s take a look at that as well.
For by a single offering He has forever completely cleansed and perfected those who are consecrated and made holy. (Hebrews 10:14)
You must keep reading to find out how to apply this verse:
And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying, “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds...” (Hebrews 10:16)
Hebrews 10:16 is about our heart, our spirit, not our bodies. Most of the New Testament speaks of the corruption of the flesh (the body) and the need to continually crucify it. It is important to remove sin, because it will allow a curse to attach to us.
....the curse causeless shall not come. (Proverbs 26:2)
A curse must have a reason to come upon a Christian. That reason is sin. In order to remove the generational curse, we must remove the sin from our lives. The blood of Jesus has paid the price, it will cleanse us and set us free.
One thing we have discovered by visiting the Courts of Heaven with thousands of people is that curses are not the only thing passed on from our ancestors. A few other things passed down are:
These are easily broken by confessing the sins on behalf of our ancestors, renouncing them and stating the blood of Jesus as payment for our freedom. He has done it all, we only need to correctly ‘appropriate it’. This can be done in or outside of the Courts of Heaven. The Courts are just an easy place to find out what needs to be confessed and turned from.
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- Knowing what weapons are available
- Learning how to use those weapons
- Receiving orders and following them