Mal 2:2 If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart.

It seems that this time of year that features the dark side–witchcraft etc.  Most people see it as another way to have fun and to be silly. I personally don’t have any part with Halloween–I think the one who is most happy with all the festivities is the Enemy of all mankind, who wants nothing more than to be seen as a big joke.

Spiritual power is real, and there is real consequence to our actions, good and bad.  People experience real bondage to habits, disorders, obsessive thoughts, illness, bad feelings.  Christ came not just to whisk people off to heaven one day, but to deal with those issues that bind them and keep them from enjoying the Abundant life He came to give.

Isa 61:1 ¶ The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

 Joh 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

What causes us to suffer in our homes, our relationships, our body, our minds? Isn’t it the effects of the brokenness of sin in our lives, our sin, or someone else’s? And don’t we feel those effects the most when we try to fix ourselves and situation and can’t seem to find any solution?

Sin is a force, a real force, that cuts us off from God.  Jesus mission was to defeat that force, not just in a global way , but on the level of every individual on the planet.  How does that really work out in practical terms?  It is as simple as hearing what He is saying and doing it.

How do we hear from God?  Reading the Bible.  In the verse at the top, people were cursed, they had enduring persistent issues of defeat and suffering in their lives.  God pointed out that this was a result of not listening to him and taking it to heart.

Many people, good church-going people, can fall into the trap of thinking that God is in one part of their life, but that a doctor, or psychiatrist or their spouse, or a book, or a video is going to set them free from something that troubles them.  God can use all these things, but ultimately, He is the one who holds the power to set a person free.

God really wants us to go to Him personally, expectantly, persistently for healing and deliverance from the things that curse us.  He will not let us accept less than the intimate, passionate love that He has for us that heals and cleanses us. God wants us to come to him to be free because He made us and knows the only thing that will cure us is Him.

When we are able to put aside our pride and ideas about our own power and come to Jesus humbly, He will correct and heal us.   This hearing and obeying, letting God change our heart and in that, change our behavior is what breaks a curse.