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Foundations for Freedom (2 of 8)

Mike Connell

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The second scripture’s found in Galatians 3:13-14 – “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”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” You notice now that the issue of curses are addressed. These two verses talks about blessings and cursings.

Let’s have a look at blessing. “The blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ, we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith”. A blessing are: words spoken that bring power. Notice that blessing means: receiving the Holy Spirit. To be blessed, is to receive an impartation of the Holy Spirit, enables us to go forward in life. So, the blessed life is empowered by the Holy Spirit. A blessed life is living in the flow of God’s spirit.

It says in verse 13 – “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law”. Cursings are words spoken that have spiritual power behind them, spiritual power that’s destructive. The power behind a curse is an evil spirit. So, it says that Jesus became a curse for us. There is a little known verse in the Old Testament that says that everyone who goes to death on a tree is a cursed person. This was written hundreds of years before the Romans invented crucifixion. So, when the Romans put Jesus to death by crucifixion, the very method of death that they chose meant all curses of humanity fell on Him – all generational curses, the curses of God’s laws being broken, all the curses of Deuteronomy 27, all of those curses were broken at the cross. Christ redeemed us. In other words, He paid the full price. It is a legal price. He paid the price to ransom us away from the captor.

So, when you are dealing with people, if there’re cursings resting on their life, whether they are generational or other kinds of cursing, the blood of Jesus shed at Calvary is the remedy. We must bring curses to the cross, where their power is broken. So, every time you face someone who has a cursing around their life, there is a process of bringing that cursing to the cross, where its power is broken, and release of the Holy Spirit and blessing comes. When we are ministering in the area of cursings, we would expect deliverance from evil spirits, and a release of the presence of the Holy Spirit. We’ll show you what to do with those a little later.

Let’s have a look at Isaiah 53. These are good scriptures to know and to memorise. There is a legal ground for us to be set free. If evil spirits use legal grounds to enter us, then God removes the legal grounds to free us. So, when you are ministering to someone, remove the legal grounds; and the evil spirit has no room to remain there. Let’s have a look in Isaiah 53:3, and I want you to notice as we read these 3 verses, I want you to read the scope of Jesus’ work on the cross.

“He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.” Here it is – “Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows”. Grief means to be weak, sick, diseased, to be afflicted. Sorrow means mental and emotional pain. So, He bore our griefs and our sorrows. Verse 5 – “He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities”. Transgression is an intentional breaking of God’s law. Iniquity is the crookedness inside us that bends us towards sin. Iniquity is the twist towards sin. So, He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquity. “The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”

So, we see here, in the 3 scriptures we’ve read, at the cross, Jesus dealt with our sins and transgressions. He dealt with all curses that are against us, He dealt with our griefs and sorrows, our traumas and painful experiences we’ve had, and He dealt with our iniquities, the crookedness in us that leads us away from God. So, Jesus made full reconciliation for us.