Robert Henderson: "Breaking Curses in the Courts of Heaven"
Curses are very real things. For many people when they hear the word “curse,” they think of a fairytale. Perhaps they think about a prince being turned into a frog through the incantation of a witch. Maybe their mind goes to a television show or movie where through black magic or white magic a spell is placed on someone or something. It could be that our minds return to a childhood time when a story was read to us of witchcraft in action. There are various ideas that accompany the word “curse.”
The problem with these that I have mentioned and others is that it can make us think curses are fictitious in nature. Nothing can be further from the truth. Curses are real. If we do not realize this, we can be living under a curse and not know it. We have accepted the problems in our life as normal, not realizing they could have a spiritual root. This poses a problem. You cannot get free from something you don’t know is there. The Lord wants us free to enjoy and experience the life we were created to live. The devil wants to steal it away. John 10:10 tells us the passion of the Lord for us: “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. (John 10:10).”
The devil’s purpose as “the thief” is to steal, kill and destroy. Jesus said that He, on the other hand, has come that we might have life and have it more abundantly. We have a God-ordained destiny that we were built and fashioned for. We struggle to get into this destiny so often. Psalm 139:16, tells us there is a book in Heaven that contains the destiny planned for us.
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them. (Psalm 139:16)
My substance or DNA was written in this book. In other words, what makes me tick. What resonates on the inside of me is determined by what was written in my book before time began. The things I am interested in, gifted in and gravitate towards were determined and written in my book. Plus, my days, which means how long I live and what my Kingdom purpose is during that time period were written in my book.
The problem is most people are frustrated because they intuitively know they were created for more than what they have experienced. They know more is in their book than they have seen happen. The primary reason for this is curses against us that are denying and delaying our futures. We are being stolen from and need to know how to go into the Courts of Heaven and unlock our destinies by dissolving curses against us.
Some of the things the devil uses to steal our God-ordained life are these curses. My definition for a curse is “a spiritual force used by the devil to sabotage success and futures.” When a curse is operating people are filled with frustration because they can never quite reach what they intuitively know they were created for. But the answer is not to stop dreaming. The answer is to get the curse removed and their powers broken so dreams are not sabotaged and can come true. Life without dreams is not worth living. We were built by God to dream.
The key to dealing with adverse forces that resist and work against us is to remove their legal rights. Everything is legal in the spirit realm. Curses can only operate from a legal position. Proverbs, chapter 26, verse 2, gives us some insight into the operation of curses: “Like a flitting sparrow, like a flying swallow, so a curse without cause shall not alight. (Proverbs 26:2)”
Curses must have a cause or a legal right to land. They cannot land just anywhere. They have to find a cause or legal reason to put their feet down. To be able to undo or remove a curse and stop its power against us we must remove the legal reason it has found to land and operate. When this occurs the limitations imposed by the devil legally are removed.
The key to undoing curses is to recognize they are a legal issue and not a warfare issue. In other words, we must go into Courts of Heaven to dissolve curses. The spiritual conflict we are in is a real one. It is just in the judicial system of the spirit realm and not first on a battlefield. (I cover this extensively in Operating In The Courts Of Heaven.)
Another crucial issue to dissolving curses is to recognize they can operate among a New Testament people. I meet many people who think that if you have prayed a prayer to be born again then it is impossible for you to be cursed. They quote scriptures like Galatians, chapter 3, verse 13: “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’) (Galatians 3:13).”
I want to be very clear. I believe that when Jesus provided His atoning work on the cross and was raised again and ascended to His place at the right hand of the Father that He dealt with every curse ... legally! When Jesus declared, “It is finished” on the cross, He was declaring that every legal requirement had been met for the reconciliation and reclaiming of all things back to God.
The problem is that it is one thing for a legal verdict to be rendered and another for the execution of it to take place. When a judge sits on a bench and renders a verdict, he doesn’t then come down from that bench and enforce it. There are others who must take the legal rendering of the judge and execute it into place until it has practical and functional ramifications.
The Holy Spirit came to empower us to be the officers of the court to execute into place that judgment. We have to have the anointing and power of Holy Spirit to put into place the verdict that has been rendered.
When we do this as God’s anointed vessels and ecclesia, we break the curses that have been legally operating against us. This is our job and position in the process of the Lord to dissolve curses. We take the finished works of the cross and execute them into place so the legal verdict of Calvary has functional power.
The truth is that there will always be curses looking for a place to land until Jesus comes back. Revelation 22:1-3, shows us the heavenly city and its influence in the earth at the coming of the Lord.
And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. (Revelation 22:1-3)
Notice that in this city coming to earth at the coming of the Lord, there is a declaration of “no more curse.” In other words, at this point, curses will have no more right to land because of a full execution and enforcement of what Jesus did on the cross. The greatness of His sacrifice will have fully been set in place. The full demonstration of all that Jesus legally accomplished on the cross will not be manifest until His coming.
Until that time, we must individually take the sacrifice of the cross and annul the right of curses to operate against our families and us as individuals. Not until the coming of the Lord, will there be “no more curse.” This is so important, or else we will keep stating we believe things, we do not experience.