Friday, June 12, 2015

Are you under an umbrella of curses?

I thought she had the victory and we would be rejoicing together in her healing and her travels with her friend.
Instead, I heard Sue crying once again on the phone, and it's true she has serious reason to feel betrayed.
This kind of thing happens way too often in her life. I love her and want this pattern to stop! She has been crying over various painful situations in her life for years, and while I do hurt for her, I want her to break out of this cycle. Sympathy from me is not the answer.
I have been seeking the Lord on this: He showed me through a very wise friend, the umbrella -principle which leads to victimization.
Some people can inadvertently keep themselves under a curse by having a victim mentality.
They see themselves as victims in almost every situation in life. It usually starts in childhood when they actually have been victims of abuse, neglect, parental dysfunction. They do not have much control over this. This umbrella brings a generational victimization curse which must be dealt with.  Deeply dealt with at the very roots.
When they grow up, they  still see themselves as victims, even when they become Christians. They do not learn that they don't have to be victims. They pray and worship, but they want God to be their Rescuer, perpetually. They do not learn how to get out of toxic situations.
They cry and complain about every wound in their souls, and yet they set themselves up for defeat time and time again by that very reaction of crying and complaining instead of singing praises.
They bring themselves  under the victim's curse by their associations.
Whoever you allow into your life brings an umbrella of curses or blessings.  This includes husband, family members,  especially those who are still living under the umbrella of generational curses ( such as a dependent brother or sister). The victim, Sue, supports or agrees with them and soon takes on their curses. Once again, she becomes a victim.
She can stop it by refusing the association. This must be done for her own spiritual and mental health. Mistaken charity can bring a curse. It is also not biblically correct to support a relative who chooses not to work. If a man does not work, let him not eat, said Paul.
Then there is another umbrella of curses or blessings in the work place. If an employer is honest, has integrity, kindness, etc. he will bring blessings. And the opposite is also true. I have seen this in effect in my own life to a startling degree.
The perpetual victim has a choice to make. She does not have to remain in toxic relationships. She does not have to allow the victim-wounds to remain in her soul. She can pull these out one at a time and ask the Lord to replace them with the good seed that brings forth the fruit of the spirit. She can continue to bless others and focus on being a blessing, rather than to focus on licking her wounds. That is the quickest way to heal soul wounds and defeat the curse.
It may take confessing to the Father and asking Him to forgive the victim mentality, because He says we are more than a conqueror through Christ, and if we don't see ourselves that way, and break off the old chains of bondage, we are not free.

You shall know the truth, and the truth will set you free!!
Love you with all my heart, faith, and soul,


Thursday, June 4, 2015

"You Must Curse God," she said

"You Must Curse God"
Children's laughter came from the wooden horse carousel and the Ferris wheel. Smells of popcorn and cotton candy filled the air.
Carney barkers enticed visitors to drop their hard-earned coins on side shows, ball tosses, games, and weird exhibits, including the Cherokee alligator wrestlers.
A young woman walked along the midway at the 1920s Arkansas state fair.
Caroline stopped at a curtained booth painted with the image of an exotic gypsy woman gazing into a crystal ball. Out of curiosity, she went inside, plunked down a coin and said, "Okay, tell my fortune."
The woman asked for her hand and studied the palm lines a few moments. Her eyes suddenly grew wide. With something like fear in her eyes, she said in a low voice, "I cannot tell your fortune. But you have the power to read the fortunes of others."
What power? What was this? Caroline puzzled. She asked, "What do I have to do?"
The gypsy woman spoke slowly and deliberately, a serious expression in her eyes, "You must curse God."
Caroline drew back. She answered, "I'm not going to curse God. Give me back my coin."
She left the booth and never looked back.
That young woman was my grandmother, who later married a cotton farmer and settled in eastern Oklahoma.
Upon hearing that bit of family history, I became curious in my adult years. Why couldn't the gypsy simply make up some kind of fortune and keep the coin? Why would she urge Caroline to curse God? Was there really some mysterious force at work here?
In my Bible, I soon found numerous scriptures warning people not to seek information about the future from any source but true prophets of God and His Holy Word. Why would God forbid this activity if it is harmless?
The desire to know one's future through oracles, astrologers, and people with "psychic gifts" goes back for thousands of years. All pagan nations have practiced it.
Following is a quote from Deuteronomy 18:9-13: “When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire [human sacrifice], who practices divination [obtaining knowledge of the future through spiritualist practices, i.e. psychics] or sorcery, interprets omens [signs of activity of pagan gods, i.e. palm readers, astrology], engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead [séances and those who try to speak to the dead]. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord, and because of these detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the Lord your God."
Galatians 5: 19-20 is just one of many scriptures repeating this same instruction.
I have an acquaintance, an author who was once a satanic priest. He is now an ordained evangelist who devotes his ministry to delivering people ensnared by these practices. "They are not harmless pass times or mere games," says Tim Thompson. More about Tim in another post.