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How to Respond When You’ve Been Cursed

About 10 years ago, after I returned from a trip to Nigeria, I began itching all over my body. At first I assumed it was an allergic reaction to a food or detergent. But I had no rash, and my doctor was baffled. He told me there was no apparent cause for the itching.

My skin was crawling. Lotion gave me no relief. Was this a spiritual attack?

I’m not the kind of guy who sees a demon behind every bush. But during my trip, I had confronted a Nigerian occult healer, and this man did not like me. I started wondering if he had cursed me after I challenged his deception.

I called my friend Mosy Madugba, a respected Nigerian minister, and he confirmed that this witch doctor, who is popular in Nigeria, does in fact curse people he considers enemies. Mosy prayed for me and asked God to break the power of any witchcraft aimed in my direction. Within a day the itching totally stopped. It never returned.

Thankfully I don’t experience this type of spiritual warfare often. But last year I had an even weirder experience—this time involving Christians who believe they have biblical grounds to curse people they don’t like.

Believe it or not there are believers who routinely ask God to send tragedy, financial misfortune or sickness to people they are angry with. I even know of pastors who curse people who leave their churches. (NOTE: A true pastor cares for wayward sheep; he doesn’t wish them harm.) In Nigeria, there are Christians who believe they have the right to pray for their enemies to die—and they have sponsored conferences on this topic!

Maybe you’ve never been the victim of a voodoo curse, but “charismatic witchcraft”—soulish prayer that is aimed to harm you—is more common than any of us wants to believe. Here are five simple ways you should respond whenever you are cursed:

1. Bless the person who cursed you. Several years ago someone posted a video online to discredit me. Some of my friends urged me to retaliate, but I knew my first response was to maintain a Christ-like attitude. I didn’t even watch the video for several weeks until I had prayed blessings on the person who was denouncing me. Romans 12:19 says: “Never take your own revenge, but leave room for the wrath of God.” We must live by the law of love and resist all temptation to become bitter.

Our normal reaction is to get angry when we discover someone is gossiping about us, spreading lies or praying angry prayers. But Jesus told us to chill out and let Him handle it. He said in Luke 6:27-8: “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”

2. Put up your spiritual shield. If you are a believer in Christ, you are hidden with Him. The Name of Jesus is a strong tower, and you will find safety from all spiritual danger when you call on Him. No witchcraft, no slanderous accusation, no evil curse can harm you when God is shielding you. Get in a place of prayer, and ask God to defend you. When David was running from Saul, he prayed: “The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped” (Psalm 28:7).

3. Close the door to demonic influences. The only way the devil can gain a foothold in our lives is if we leave a door open for him. Close and lock all doors! Eph. 4:27 says: “Do not give the devil an opportunity.” This means renouncing all known sin and making sure you have not allowed anything in your life (such as resentment or pride) or in your house (such as pornography or occultic objects or books) that could attract demonic activity.

4. Keep praising God. Witchcraft unleashes discouragement. After Elijah challenged Jezebel, she threatened to kill him—and the mighty prophet ended up depressed and suicidal (see 1 Kings 19:1-4). Witchcraft cannot harm you, but it can bring a darkness that sucks the joy out of you. The best weapon against a spirit of heaviness is praise.

The book of Psalms provides us with a playlist of David’s joyful response to the threats of his enemies. If you are under spiritual attack, it is possible to sing and shout your way out. When we praise God, the enemy is wrapped in chains, and he must shut up!

5. Brush it off. Spiritual attacks should not be ignored. But we shouldn’t fret over them, either. You have the Word of God. You have the Blood of Jesus. Your confession is powerful against the enemy. Martin Luther once wrote: “The devil has no real power over believers. He hates prayer, and flees from the cross and from the Word of God as from a flaming fire.”

You do not have to fear the curses of your enemies or the misguided prayers of hateful traitors. When David looked around and heard a demonic chorus of critics telling him he had no hope in God, he said: “I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustains me” (see Psalm 3:1-2). You can sleep in peace knowing that God is fighting your battles.

J. Lee Grady is the former editor of Charisma. You can follow him on Twitter at leegrady. You can learn more about his ministry, The Mordecai Project, atthemordecaiproject.org.

Source: How to respond when you’ve been cursed

 

 


Closed door – Open window / Geschlossene Tür – Offenes Fenster

There are bible scriptures or even some sayings that stick with us for a long time, almost as if they are a „life – word“ for us. Have you ever noticed that? I have a few of those words that have been treasures of my life and always bring new features to it. One of those verses in my life is

“When God closes a door, he opens a window.”

Just recently I encountered this quite strongly. I walked through a door that I thought of being an open door from God for me. I ventured on this path and soon realized that this was a door that I wanted to go through, a door I opened myself and it was not at all GOD who had opened this door for me. Yes, there are doors that were never intended for us to walk through, even though they might look so wonderful from the other side. As we walk through those doors God doesn’t stop loving us, he still protects us from evil, but it clearly is not his path of full blessings for us. I had to learn that the hard way. God stopped me eventually. It was a sudden, almost emergency break like stop. It was painful realizing I had ventured on this “me-path”. All I could do in this moment was trust my heavenly Father, run right back into HIS arms and rely on HIM that HE would take me on the right path, showing me the window that HE opened for me. While resting in my Father’s arms from this journey of hurdles, I realized that I didn’t hear HIS voice anymore while on the “me-path”, that shocked me. I was so happy to be back home with Father God knowing that HE has a plan and a purpose for my life, leading me through the right doors at the right times.

“For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”     (Jeremiah 29:11)

I am so amazed to see what HE has done in the meantime. It’s so worth it to wait on HIM opening exact the right doors or windows, HE intended for us to walk through. Trust HIM your journey is unique, don’t look to others or how their life journey looks like. Take one step at a time, GOD opens the right doors for you. But don’t sit back, walk and you’ll see those doors fling wide open! God is faithful <><

There is a beautiful song from The Continentals …. Enjoy! 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3rIDsbcXwA

 

Es gibt Bibelstellen oder auch andere Sprüche, die wir lange im Sinn haben, fast so als ob es ein „Lebensspruch“ für uns ist. Ist dir das schon einmal aufgefallen? Ich habe ein paar solche Verse, die mir zu echten Schätzen wurden und immer neue Facetten hervorbringen. Einer dieser Sprüche ist

„Wenn Gott dir eine Tür zuschlägt, öffnet er dir ein Fenster.“

Erst kürzlich erlebte ich das sehr deutlich. Ich schritt durch eine Tür von der ich meinte, sie sei eine offene Tür Gottes für mich. Ich ging auf diesem Pfad und stellte bald fest, dass dies eine Tür war, durch die ich unbedingt gehen wollte. Eine Tür, die ich mir selbst öffnete. Es war keinesfalls Gott der mir diese Tür öffnete. Ja, es gibt Türen, die waren nie für uns bestimmt, dass wir sie durchschreiten, selbst wenn sie wunderbar von der einen Seite aussehen. Wenn wir dennoch durch diese Türen durchgehen, hört Gott nicht auf uns zu lieben, er beschützt uns noch immer vorm Argen, aber es ist sehr deutlich erkennbar, dass es nicht der Weg seines vollen Segens für uns ist. Das musste ich auf die harte Tour lernen. Gott stoppte mich ehe es zu spät war. Es war ein plötzlicher, Notbremsenmäßiger Stopp. Es war schmerzhaft festzustellen, dass ich auf diesem „Ich-Pfad“ gewandelt bin. Alles was ich in diesem Moment tun konnte, war meinem himmlischen Vater zu vertrauen, zurück in seine Arme zu rennen und IHM zu vertrauen, dass ER mich auf den richtigen Pfad bringt und mir das Fenster zeigt, welches er für mich öffnet. Während ich in den Armen meines Vaters von dieser hürdenreichen Wegesstrecke ausruhte, bemerkte ich, dass ich Seine Stimme nicht mehr gehört hatte während ich auf dem „Ich-Pfad“ wandelte. Das schockierte mich. Ich war unendlich glücklich zurück beim Vater zu sein, zu wissen, dass ER einen Plan für mein Leben hat und mich zur richtigen Zeit durch die richtigen Türen leitet.

„Denn ich weiß, was für Gedanken ich über euch habe, spricht der Herr, Gedanken des Friedens und nicht des Unheils, um euch eine Zukunft und eine Hoffnung zu geben.“ (Jeremia 29:11)

Ich staune wenn ich sehe, was Gott in der Zwischenzeit getan hat. Es lohnt sich auf Seinen Zeitpunkt zu warten, wenn ER die richtigen Türen oder Fenster für uns öffnet, durch die wir gehen dürfen. Vertraue IHM. Deine Lebensreise ist einmalig. Schau nicht auf andere oder wie ihre Reise aussieht. Nimm einen Schritt nach dem anderen. Gott öffnet dir die richtigen Türen. Aber lehn dich nicht zurück, geh und du wirst sehen wie sich die Türen vor dir öffnen! Gott ist treu <><

Es gibt auch ein wunderschönes Lied von den Continentals dazu ….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3rIDsbcXwA