Is it possible to have some satanic curse upon us because of past involvement in the occult?
We must not forget that when we are born again, we are delivered from Satan's power and the kingdom of darkness (see Acts 26:18; Col. 1:13). Satan no longer has any hold on us unless we give it to him. Although the Bible indicates that the Ephesian Christians were heavily involved in practicing magic before their conversion (see Acts 19:18-19), there is no record of Paul breaking any "Satanic curses" or binding Satan's power over them after they were born again. The reason is because they were automatically set free from Satan's dominion the moment they first believed in Jesus.
Additionally, when Paul wrote to the Ephesian Christians, he gave no instructions regarding setting anyone free from generational or satanic curses. All he told them was "do not give the devil an opportunity" (Eph. 4:27), and to "put on the full armor of God" that they might "be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil" (Eph. 6:11). Those are every Christian's responsibilities.
But why, in some cases, have Christians apparently been helped when someone broke a "generational" or "satanic curse" over them? Possibly because the individual who needed help had faith that the devil would flee once the "curse" was broken. Faith is what puts the devil on the run, and every Christian can and should have faith that when he resists the devil, the devil will flee. There is no need, however, to call in a "deliverance specialist" in order to send Satan running.
Finally, the Bible tells us that Christ "became a curse for us," and in so doing, "redeemed us from the curse of the Law" (Gal 3:13, emphasis added). All of us were formerly under God's curse because we had sinned, but since Jesus bore our punishment, we have been released from that curse. Praise God! No longer cursed, we can rejoice that we have now been blessed "with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ" (Eph. 1:3).
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