How Do We Wrestle? Lessons In Warfare, Part Three
by Curt Klingeman
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For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12, KJV).
Continuing with blessing versus cursing, here is something to address in relation to our warfare: is there ever a time when a believer should curse anyone or anything? As stated in the previous lesson, in order for something to be truly spiritual, it has to be scriptural. There is a practice in which some curse sickness, diseases, demons and the like. The first question to be raised on this issue is what verses of Scripture is this practice based upon? Here is another question, why would someone curse something that is already cursed or a product of the curse? This leads to an additional question: are we supposed to employ the weapons of darkness used by the enemy? Romans 12:21 plainly answers the last question: “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good” (KJV). What part of, “Curse not” (Romans 12:14), is not understood?
Some have based this principle on Mark 11:21, “And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away” (read entire chapter, along with Matthew 21, for full context, KJV). To begin with, this is only one verse of Scripture that could possibly be construed as such. Secondly, the practice of cursing does not fit in relation to the context of the passages involved. The incident with the fig tree has some lessons of its own, apart from this one. Is there a single verse of Scripture where we read that Jesus or any of the disciples cursed an illness, disease, or demon, let alone speak death over them? Where is the example? Usually we find they said things such as, “Be healed,” “Woman, thou art loosed,” or “Rise up and walk.” From time to time, they may have rebuked sicknesses and demons, but they did not curse them. A rebuke and a curse are two different things (look them up).
We must keep in mind that we changed kingdoms. Colossians 1:12-13 says, “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son”(KJV). In the Kingdom of God there is only blessing. Since we are children of light, we employ weapons of light. When we walk into a dark room, we do not scream at the darkness; we turn on the light. Words of light and life raise us above the curse, which also means healing raises people above the things of the curse. Isaiah 53:5 does not say, “With His stripes the sickness is cursed;” it says, “With His stripes we are healed.” Healing vacates sickness and disease, and words of light vacate demons of darkness.
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