I believe that one of the many reasons that we are told not to judge people is because we do not know what opposition each person fights. Gambling is an example. I do not have the slightest interest in slot machines or poker. It is distasteful to me. What I know from family experience, however, is that this lack of interest is by God’s grace. This is because I come from a long line of gamblers. This addiction runs through my family line and has resulted in much suffering by many people. As a result of my experience and understanding of generational curses, and my witnessing the havoc the spirit of gambling has on families, I do not judge people who deal with this addiction. Instead, I understand that prayer is needed, and warfare. Compassion is the fruit of being shown grace and mercy. We wrestle not against flesh and blood.
Curses take many forms. Derek Prince lists seven indications that problems in your life may be a result of curses. I was surprised that some things that our family wrestled with were possibly curses. Here is Mr. Prince’s list;
- Mental and/or emotional breakdown
- Repeated or chronic illness (especially if hereditary)
- Barrenness, miscarriage or related female issues
- Breakdown of marriage and family alienation
- Continuing financial insufficiency
- History or suicide and unnatural or untimely deaths
When several of the above problems are present or if any are chronic, it’s appropriate to pray and ask the Lord to show you if a curse exists.
“This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.”
– Deuteronomy 30:19
After I gained understand of blessings and curses, followed the steps, and prayed as the book advised, I did see tremendous changes in my family. The Emergency Room visits lessened. So did the hospital bills. I began to see a reduction in the chaos and confusion of my home. The true victory, however, was in better understanding the cost of sin, careless words, and passivity in our lives. The devil is known to take unguarded territory. I became vigilant and more able to recognize signs that curses were effecting our family. Even now, years later, the Lord continues to reveal that curses are at the roots of some problems.
Blessing or Curse was originally written in 1990 and is still in print. It’s essential to understand blessings and curses to live in freedom. The amazing thing is that Jesus’ death on the cross paid the price to break every curse and pave the wave for every blessing. My prayer is that the Holy Spirit reveals to each of us the areas where curses are operating in our lives. After reading this book, the words “God bless you” take on new meaning. God bless you!