Many people experience situations in their lives for which they cannot find logical causes. They work hard, but have nothing to show for it; have it all together, but can’t find a marriage partner; fail at the verge of success, and the like. What these people may have ignored is the spiritual aspect of the human life. The spiritual governs the physical. When things fall apart in the spirit against an individual, the center cannot hold in the physical for this person. Spiritual chaining is a term used to describe a condition of life struggles that have their root causes in the spirit.
Those who have been bitten by a snake in the past will testify that the experience is awful. Snakebite is so poisonous that if it’s not quickly treated it could lead to death. God uses a snake as a symbol of Satan. The problems of mankind can be likened to snakebites, and they are the handiwork of Satan. His ultimate goal is to kill (John 10:10). But God has provided an unmatched solution to the bites of a snake. Whether it be a bite of sin or of sickness. Whether it be an emotional bite, a spiritual bite, or an economic bite, the solution remains the same. God first gave the picture of this solution in Numbers 21:4-9 where the children of Israel were bitten by snakes in the wilderness as a result of their sin against God. These bites led to the death of several Israelites until they cried out to Moses for help.
He went to the sea to fish and labored all night in vain and caught nothing. Little did he know that what he was laboring to get was right beside him: His eyes were blinded to reality. He had missed it because of his wrong focus aided by a rash decision. He had allowed outward attraction and the opinion of others around him, rather than divine leading, to be his guide. The six with him could not help him locate the place of his blessing: confirming that breakthroughs do not come by human wisdom, but by divine direction. Many people struggle through life and live in want because they have failed to locate their place in life. A lot of people that work hard often wonder why their efforts do not produce their expected result. But it is important for them to know that hard work alone cannot produce a significant success.
There is an invisible war ravaging the entire human race. This is not the global war on terrorism, neither is it the war between two earthly nations. Rather, it is the warfare against the unseen forces of darkness. This war is more real and fiercer than the visible war that most people are familiar with. Believe it or not, like it or not, know it or not, every human being on the earth surface is involved in this warfare. You might escape going to Iraq, but you cannot escape fighting in this battle. In fact, you enter into the battlefield the very day that your mother became pregnant with you, and you’ll continue to fight until the day you’ll leave the earth. As you read this article, there are invisible arrows directed against you, on a lighter or a heavier scale, by the powers of darkness.
So many people find it difficult to tell whether or not the troubles they have in their lives originate from a curse. Webster’s New World Dictionary and Thesaurus defines a curse as, “a calling on God or the gods to send evil or injury down o n some person or thing.” A curse is sent therefore, for the purpose of causing injuries and destruction. Although there are many factors that can give birth to a particular problem, an often-overlooked cause by people is a hidden curse, which allows rooms for demonic operations. When a curse is placed upon someone, the evil forces are authorized and released to execute the stipulations of the curse and an evil spirit (demon) is assigned by the evil forces to enforce that curse.
As I sat at the altar, I listened to her give a testimony of how the Lord had delivered her from a hopeless situation, yes! A hopeless situation indeed, my mind reflected on how she had had many sleepless nights crying unto God, up to a couple of days prior to this testimony. I remembered how distressed she was because it was uncertain to her what the outcome of her asylum petition would be. She had enough reasons to be fearful: the statements she had given to the immigration were evidently full of contradictions, and unexpected to pass the credibility test; Her attorney had mocked her and told her that, if God would come down from heaven, the judge before whom she would stand would not grant her petition; Loved ones had reported their dreams seeing her being served with a deportation letter, to say but a few; so her fears were “justified.”