Some of the problems we face in life are effects of curse pronounced on our parents. It is unfortunate, but as these testimonies by Pastor Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian of God, show, we have to break the curse to move on.
The Rice Curse
Some time ago in my career, I transferred from the University of Lagos to the University of Ilorin. One evening, one young man who used to be my student at the University of Lagos was brought to me. He was undertaking the compulsory National Youth Service Corps (a kind of public service for university graduates) in the northern part of Nigeria.
He had a peculiar sickness which was that anytime he ate rice he became ill to the point of death – what the doctors would probably call allergy. But when you find someone who is allergic to rice, you know that it is a serious problem. There were no hospitals where this young man was serving. And in any case, hospitals elsewhere had not been able to help him. So, he had requested to be taken to a pastor which was why he was brought to me.
By that time, I was more experienced in my ministry. As soon as he explained the situation, I asked God, “Do I pray for this one or is he suffering from his sins?”
God said, “Don’t pray for him. He is not suffering from his own sin but from the sin of his father.”
So I sat the young man down and asked him to tell me how it all started. He hesitated for a while before he finally spoke up.
He told me how he had been told that when he was in the secondary school, he had gone home to his father to collect school fees only to be informed that there was no money.
To raise the money later, his father stole a bicycle from a neighbour, sold it and gave the money to him to go pay his school fees. When the owner of the bicycle woke up the following morning and discovered that his bicycle – which was to him like a Mercedes Benz car – was missing, he grieved and pronounced a curse on the family of whoever stole his bicycle.
The curse was that if anybody in their family ever ate rice, knowing full well that they would eat rice, they should have problems from eating it. Of course, the man who stole the bicycle didn’t know a curse had been placed on the family, so he went on eating rice and died from it, and the curse moved on to his son.
The all-knowing God however revealed this to one of His servants. When I heard this story, I said, “Well your father is dead, what about the man who owned the bicycle?”
“He too is dead.”
“Did he have he a son?
“Yes, he left a son, who, in fact, happened to be in the same secondary school with me at the time.”
I said, “Good! Will you promise before God and man that if God should heal you now, you will buy a bicycle for that boy as a form of restitution?
He said, “If only I can live, I will do that. I will buy a brand new one. The one my father stole was a second-hand bicycle but I will repay it with a brand new one.”
As soon as he took that decision, I asked God again, “Can I pray for him now?”
God said, “There is no need. The problem is solved.”
So, we said one little prayer and he got well. Soon after, he said, “I am hungry.” And right there, my meal was on the dining table. Maybe if I had known he was coming, I would have finished my food first (laughter). And guess what, the food on the table was rice. He went there and finished everything. And he has been well ever since.
Remember this – your parents’ sin could be responsible for your problem.
The Flowing Curse
A sister once came to us. She said, “I am 33 years old, I am married, I have three children but I am still bedwetting.”
She lived with that horrible secret. Every night she would wake up to find her bed wet.
I asked her, “But why haven’t you done something about it?”
And she said, “Ah, I have been to many doctors and have spent a fortune, but the problem still remains. But I have made inquiries and discovered that my mother had the same problem; my grandmother had the same problem, all my sisters have the same problem.”
With that I knew it was not an ordinary case. And so I asked her, “What happened?”
And she responded, “I discovered that my great grandmother offended somebody and the fellow pronounced a curse on her family and said every lady born into her family throughout their lives would wet the bed.”
There was a beautiful lady who was not even born when her great grandmother quarreled with somebody else. But because of a curse that had been pronounced on the family, she was suffering.
I told her, “This is a small problem. All you have to do to escape the curse is to surrender your life to Jesus Christ. If you do so, you will become a brand new creature. As far as you are concerned, old things, old curses, old covenants, anything evil will pass away. Behold all things will become new.”
In a situation like this, you don’t have to preach for long.
She was more than willing to do that. She said, “I have been looking for a way out. If the way out is to surrender to Jesus, here I come.”
She surrendered her life to Jesus, we prayed a simple prayer and she left. The following day, she was back excited.
“Sister, what is the problem?” I asked.
“No, no, no problem anymore.” She said that for the first time in 33 years, she woke up and the bed was dry. Then she added, “Please, can I go and bring my sisters? Can I go and bring my daughters?”
She brought her sisters and their daughters, who all gave their lives to Jesus and that was the end of the curse.
The Almighty God looks at you from the moment you surrender to Jesus Christ and says, “This person is no longer under the curse, let’s put her/him under a blessing.”