Last week, I had a conversation with a Christian who believed that his unbelieving father-in-law was sending curses upon his daughter, the Christian man’s wife. Years ago someone told me they thought I was under somebody’s curse and that was why life was so challenging.
The question I raised years ago was raised again in my conversation with the Christian husband: What about the verse that says God in our lives is greater than the enemy in the world?
1 John 4:4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
I believe that if a person is genuinely saved by God, loving God and following God, then it is not possible that they would be vulnerable to someone putting a curse upon them. A person who looks religious, but is dabbling in the occult, or doing anything that is opposite of God’s ways is allowing the enemy to have footholds and strongholds in their lives. The Christian husband’s wife was not doing anything opposing God, but was a strong Christian herself.
God’s protection on your life is like an umbrella protecting you from rain or the burning sun. If you deliberately pursue things that are opposite of God’s way of living, then you walk away from God’s umbrella of protection. If you remain close to God, you remain under his loving, protective umbrella.
The Bible describes that protection as an armor which consists of God’s truth, God’s peace, God’s faith, God’s salvation, and God’s word.
Ephesians 6:10-18 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
Put on the armor and stay under the umbrella!
Do you agree?
How do you explain when bad things happen to Christians?