THE UNSEEN BARRIER
Dr. D. K. Olukoya
It is my prayer that the problem of anyone who
reads this message and prays the accompanying prayer with faith
shall receive solution and all the things hindering him from serving
the Lord will be removed, in the name of Jesus.
Colossians 2:14 : “Blotting out the
handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to
us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross. And having
spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly,
triumphing over them in it.”
If you see somebody writing something on a paper,
and you know that what he is writing will not favour you and you
could see it with your own eyes, for example if:
1. You see the person writing the thing.
2. You see the instrument he is using to write it.
3. You see the material on which he is writing it.
You will either attack him, the instrument he is
using or the material on which the thing is being written. Then you
will be sure that the thing will not work.
In the above passage, the Bible is talking about
contrary handwriting and things that were written against us. Those
things were not written in the physical world but in the spiritual.
Certain things could be written in the world of the spirits that
could work against people who are living here physically. Although
you cannot see them, they are binding on the people’s lives and
would create an invisible barrier that they cannot see. Since the
things have been written in the spirit world, God would read them,
the devil would read them and witches and wizards would read them.
Unless something is done to remove them, they would be there and the
invisible barrier would remain with those affected.
So, in this message, we would be revealing some
secrets of one of the greatest problems of man. Many Christians have
been deceived that they can only be happy when they get to heaven.
The devil, who is the most successful thief in the universe, has
been capitalizing on people’s ignorance to steal so many things from
them. Unfortunately, every individual on the face of the earth has
in some little or big way been defrauded and robbed by the devil.
This message will help us to serve a final notice to the devil. For
too long, he has robbed believers of their possessions, he has
plundered even the saints of God. He has reduced their quality of
life and has taken the lion’s share of their possessions and assets.
So, right now, pray like this: “Satan, I command you to depart from
my life, and I reverse your past victories over me, in the name of
HOW DOES GOD OPERATE WHEN THERE IS A PROBLEM?
He starts with the diagnosis not the remedy. The
problem with most people who bring their problems to the churches is
that they want God to start with the remedy straight away without
waiting to know the diagnosis. It is true that certain problems have
defied natural solution, some have defied normal prayers and some
have roots that are difficult to determine. The roots of some are
determined but they still stay in place. Some pray for deliverance,
no way. Some pray for healing, no way. There seems to be an
invisible barrier somewhere keeping people from obtaining the
promise that God has for them. All these are terrible things written
down in the spirit world, but the strongest of the handwritings is
what the Bible calls curses.
A curse is an invisible barrier. It can keep
people from receiving what God has for them. That is, God carries
something and says, “Take,” but the person is unable
to receive it because he is under a curse. A curse can keep somebody
from receiving physical healing, financial blessing, salvation,
academic success or even having a happy marital life. Somebody who
is under a curse would not see God’s blessings at all because curses
are vehicles of supernatural power, which can control from
generation to generation. They are the opposite of what the Bible
calls blessings. A person working under a curse will be struggling
against something he does not understand, he would not be unable to
overcome it, neither would he be able to master it. He could be very
hardworking and plan very well but just at the verge of success
something goes wrong and everything scatters.
There are many curses in the Bible that are still
in operation today. The book of Matthew shows that at the time of
Jesus’ trial before Pilate, Pilate found that He was innocent and
was about to let Him go. He said, “This man has not done
anything wrong.” But the people cried, “Crucify Him,
crucify Him.” “But why? He is your king,” said Pilate. They
said, “He said He is a king, crucify Him.” As Pilate
was still looking at them, they said, “Let His blood be upon
us and upon our children.” In their desperation to have
Jesus crucified, they put a curse on themselves and their
generations to come. Till date, the Israelites are still labouring
under that curse.
The right word to describe the situation of a
person operating under a curse is “frustration.” The
person is frustrated on every side, no matter how carefully or how
hard he works, he will not be successful. The qualifications for
success are there but the person will continue to stumble and fall.
A single lady who is under a curse would always be disappointed by
men on the issue of marriage. They would come at different times,
propose marriage and then run away. Also somebody who has great
difficulty receiving the Holy Spirit might be under a curse.
In Deuteronomy 28, Moses spells out clearly what
are blessings and curses. We must understand that we either enjoy
God’s blessings or suffer curses, there is no neutral ground.
Deuteronomy 28: 1: “And it shall come to
pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord
thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command
thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all
nations of the earth.” Verse 15 says, “But it shall come to
pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God,
to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I
command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee
and overtake thee.” We have two opposite things: blessing and curse.
I counsel you to read the whole of Deuteronomy 28. The blessings
that are listed there are exaltation, health, prosperity,
productiveness, victory, favour, etc. The curses are humiliation,
mental and physical sickness, family breakdown, poverty, defeat,
oppression, failure and disfavour. Although the curses are more than
the blessings, a single blessing can cancel almost all the curses.
HOW DOES SOMEBODY COME UNDER A CURSE?
Curses can come from two directions: vertical or
horizontal, that is, either directly from God or from people. You
may ask: “So, somebody can be under a curse from God?” Oh yes. It
was God that cursed Adam, Eve and the snake. It is still happening
now unless you get born again.
HOW DO PEOPLE COME UNDER CURSES FROM GOD?
Deuteronomy 27:15 says, “Cursed be the man
that maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the
Lord, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a
secret place. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen.”
So if you make an image of cross, Mary, Sango, Ogun or anything at
all and worship it, the Bible says you are cursed.
Verse 16 says, “Cursed be he that setteth
light by his father or his mother. And all the people shall say,
Amen.” So, if you have no respect for your parents, the
Bible says you are cursed.
Verse 17-18: “Cursed be he that removeth
his neighbour’s landmark. And all the people shall say, Amen. Cursed
be he that maketh the blind to wander out of the way. And all the
people shall say, Amen.”
A long time ago, in an all girls secondary
school, two girls were fighting in their dormitory. The matron saw
them and went to find out why they were fighting and one of them
said, “When I arrived in this school, I was the girlfriend of
the principal and this girl is now competing with me.” The
two girls were fighting because they wanted to befriend the
principal. To the amazement of a Christian standing by, the matron
said to them, “Don’t be so childish, it is a simple thing. Both of
you should make a timetable. If you are sleeping with him Monday to
Wednesday, let the other girl take over from Thursday to Sunday. No
problem at all.” Both of them said, “Thank you, ma” and stopped
fighting. The Christian called the matron and said, “Mama, how
can you give this type of advice when you have your own children.”
The woman said, “The children whose lives are already spoilt,
let us spoil it more for them.” “Cursed be he that maketh the blind
to wander out of the way.” Those girls were already blind
and the matron helped them to wander out of the way. The Bible says,
“cursed be such people.”
Verse 19 - 26: “Cursed be he that
perverteth the judgment of the stranger, fatherless, and widows. And
all the people shall say, Amen. Cursed be he that lieth with his
father’s wife; because he uncovereth his father’s skirt. And all the
people shall say, Amen. Cursed be he that lieth with any manner of
beast. And all the people shall say, Amen. Cursed be he that lieth
with his sister, the daughter of his father or the daughter of his
mother. And all the people shall say, Amen. Cursed be he that lieth
with his mother in law. And all the people shall say, Amen. Cursed
be he that smiteth his neighbour secretly. And all the people shall
say, Amen. Cursed be he that taketh reward to slay an innocent
person. And all the people shall say, Amen. Cursed be he that
confirmeth not all the words of this law to do them. And all the
people shall say, Amen.”
All these twelve things qualify one to be under
God’s curse. It is not a matter of whether we think it is right or
wrong. God has so ordained that if you do certain things you
automatically come under His curse.
THESE TWELVE THINGS CAN BE GROUPED INTO FOUR:
1. Idolatry: Serving and worshipping false
gods, occult involvement, special baths in the sea, etc. could place
a person under a curse. A person whose ancestors were involved in
these things also comes under the curse even though he did not do so
himself. Out of their activities some forefathers put their
descendants under a curse. Until anyone concerned releases himself
from the curse and breaks it, he will not be free. Idolatry or
involvement in occult practices puts one under automatic curse.
There is no prayer that can help such a person except he repents.
2. Dishonouring one’s parents: The reason
so many people are cursed is because they dishonour their parents.
It is not possible for anybody with wrong attitudes towards his or
her parents to come under the full blessing of the Lord. The Bible
says, “Honour your father and your mother that your days may be long
upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, this is the first
commandment with a promise” (Ephesians 6:2-3). Dishonouring parents
puts somebody under God’s curse.
3. Sexual perversion: Adultery, fornication or
incest puts a person under a curse.
4. Injustice to the meek or the helpless:
Exploiting your neighbour's weakness, stealing money from the blind,
telling lies to somebody who is not educated so that you can extract
money from him, abusing a person in a language he does not
understand, procuring abortion, etc. put a person automatically
under God’s curse.
5. Hatred for Jews: There are people who
hate the Jews and always speak against them. Such people place
themselves under a curse because the Bible says, “Abraham,
anyone who curses your children shall be cursed, anyone who blesses
them shall be blessed.” If somebody hates the Jews, he
automatically comes under God’s curse.
6. Stealing and cursing: Zechariah 5:1-3
says, “Then I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and
behold a flying roll. And he said unto me, what seest thou? And I
answered, I see a flying roll ; the length thereof is twenty cubits
and the breadth thereof ten cubits. Then said he unto me, this is
the curse that goeth forth over the face of the whole earth; for
everyone that stealeth shall be cut off as on this side according to
it; and every one that sweareth shall be cut off as on that side
according to it.” So, stealing and cursing puts a person
under God’s curse. Somebody takes something and swears under oath
that he did not take it, such a person automatically comes under
God’s curse. Somebody goes to the court and swears to tell the truth
and nothing but the truth, but his next sentence is a lie. Such a
person automatically comes under a curse. That is what the Bible
says. Such people need to repent. Repentance is the answer.
Jeremiah 17:5-6 tells us why another type of
curse can come upon people. It says, “Thus saith the Lord, cursed be
the man that trusteth in man and maketh flesh his arm and whose
heart departeth from the Lord. For he shall be like the heath in the
desert and shall not see when good cometh but shall inhabit the
parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.”
Trusting in man or yourself, your natural ability, cleverness or
education instead of depending on God, brings one under the curse of
Malachi 3:8-9 tells us about another curse. It is
about being stingy with God. The passage says, “Will a man rob
God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee?
In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have
robbed me, even this whole nation.” Anyone who wants to be
cursed should be stingy with God. But the person that wants to be
blessed should be generous with God. When people do the work of God
miserably, they pronounce curses on themselves.
These are the vertical ones. If you have come
under any of them, repentance is the only solution. No prayer can
help you out. Any prophet that says he can help you is lying. You
These are curses from fellow men. Some people are
under curses by their parents, husbands or wives. A teacher may also
curse a pupil in the school. All these things would be binding
because those who issued them have authority over those they cursed.
The Bible says that the husband is the head of the home. If you are
a woman and you do not really agree with that, it does not matter
because the word of the Bible is final. If God says the husband is
the head and the husband issues a curse on his wife, it could be
binding on that wife until she looses herself. Likewise if parents
issue curses on their children, it could come to pass.
The Bible says a fearful thing in Proverbs 28: 9:
"He that turneth away his ears from learning the law, even his
prayer shall be abomination." So, a person’s prayer can become an
abomination. It means that when those who do not have God in their
lives, who are not born again start to pray, they are indirectly
Many parents who do not understand this and curse
their children everyday are putting the children in serious problem.
In many parts of this country, they do not count it as a serious
matter to curse somebody. One day, a mother was cursing her child.
She said that the life of the boy would be like the life of a gate.
It took me time to understand what she meant. I reasoned that truly
gates do not have rest. When somebody issues that type of curse and
thinks it is a play thing, the person is joking. It would be
recorded in the spiritual world against the child. When you say a
child is a bastard, it is recorded. So, we have to be careful with
what we say even as we are entering a New Year. In many places, it
is a common thing to see children cursing one another with the names
of the idols of that particular place. When somebody says, “Well,
your children will do that to you.” It will happen. If your parents
say you will never succeed, it will happen. These are some of the
reasons you find many people with natural talents or gifted
suffering. They are struggling against curses that have been issued
on them by their parents. At that time it was just a plaything. You
can help those parents to ask for God’s forgiveness and loose the
children from such curses. Many people are still under the curses
pronounced on them by their teachers in school. We must loose
ourselves from all these things.
There is also what we call self-imposed curses.
These are curses people put on themselves everyday. When somebody
says, “I wish I were dead.” What is the good in
living? The whole of life is a big bag of frustration,” or he says,
“I am always having bad luck, I don’t have any friend,” the person
is cursing himself and it is binding. A lot of people do that
everyday, they commit spiritual murder with their mouth.
Another form of horizontal curses are those from
some people representing the devil. Herbalists and diviners that
claim to be able to see things belong to this group. Sometimes, it
is when you accept the vision that they see that it happens. They
are curses indirectly. If somebody says, “I see a vision that
you will marry four husbands or you will have accident or you will
loose your money,” and you do not reject it immediately, it
will become binding. You must reject such things straight away.
HOW DO YOU RECOGNISE THAT THERE IS A CURSE IN
If a particular tragedy is happening to all the
members of a family then you know there is a curse in place. It has
to be cancelled. If there are serious marital problems, every lady
in a particular family finds it difficult to find a husband, or they
are not able to stay with one man or their husbands just continually
beat them up or they are always getting unserious men, or all the
girls are prostitutes, or all the men are have troublesome wives who
disorganise the home. These are evidences that there is an unseen
barrier in operation.
When somebody is experiencing mental or emotional
breakdown, stubborn sicknesses, inherited sickness or sicknesses
without any medical diagnosis, there is an unseen barrier in place
or when a woman experiences incessant female problems, regular child
death, bearing illegitimate children and things that are contrary to
the life of a woman. When somebody has financial problems all the
time. Although he comes in contact with money, he is duped by
robbers or invests in the wrong business, such a person is under a
If you are a teacher it is good for you to have
the power of God in your life. Some of the children you teach can be
anything in the spirit world and when these children issue curses on
you, it can be serious. Ten years after I left primary school, I met
one of my old teachers in the bus. His shirt was still tattered like
it was before and he was wearing a bathroom slippers. I greeted him
and he nodded at me. I said, “I would like to pay your fare.” He
said, “Yes, but I don’t know you,” I said, “You were my teacher
sir.” He thanked me, shook my hands and asked what I was doing then.
When I asked the Lord what was wrong with him, the Lord said, “The
school children put them under curses and that is why they have
financial difficulties and they never really balance.” Unless they
have the power of God in their lives, they will not be able to break
Being prone to accidents, accumulation of
problems and history of suicide or sudden deaths are all signs of
curses. Does God want us to be under these kinds of things? No.
Galatians. 3:13 says, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the
law, being made a curse for us; for it is written, cursed is
everyone that hangeth on a tree that the blessings of Abraham might
come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ.” So, Jesus is our
exchange. Matthew 18:18 says, “Whatsoever you bind on earth shall be
bound in heaven, and whatsoever you loose on earth shall be loosed
in heaven.” 1 John 3:8 says, “For this purpose the Son of God was
manifested that He might destroy the works of the devil.”
HOW DO YOU BREAK FREE?
1. You must confess your faith in the Lord
2. You must commit your obedience to God.
3. You must repent of your own sins and those of your ancestors.
4. You must forgive everyone who has offended you.
5. You must renounce all false gods.
6. If you still have any occult material in your house, destroy
them. Loose yourself from the curse and things will change for
Beloved, the heavens are watching to see the
choice that you will make. One of the most salient passages in the
Bible is Deuteronomy 30:19 which says, “I call heaven and
earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you
life and death, blessing and cursing, therefore choose life, that
both thou and thy seed will live.” Likewise through this
message, I have put life before you as put forth by Jesus Christ and
blessings as put forth by the Lord Jesus Christ and also curse and
death. But I pray that you must choose life and blessings and reject
curse and death.
Anyone whom God has cursed cannot be blessed by
anybody. It would be a wasteful exercise to pray for somebody who is
under God’s curse. God bless you as you make the right choice.
I renounce completely every contact with
satan or any occult society that I have gotten involved with in
the past, in the name of Jesus.
Father Lord, forgive and blot out any sin
committed by me or by my ancestors that has placed me under any
curse, in Jesus’ name.
I break every curse brought upon my life by
past generations in my family, in Jesus’ name.
I loose myself from every parental curse
working against my life, in the name of Jesus.
I break and loose myself from any curse
working against my life, in Jesus’ name ( Pray this three