On this date in 1811, William Henry Harrison’s army prevailed over the Shawnee leader Tecumseh in the Battle of Tippecanoe. The Shawnee leader proceeded to place a curse on Harrison and every president who would be elected at 20-year intervals.
Harrison (elected in 1840) caught a cold and died one month into office. Abraham Lincoln (elected in 1860), James Garfield (1880), and William McKinley (1900) all died by assassination. Warren G. Harding (1920) and Franklin Roosevelt (1940) died of natural causes. John F. Kennedy (1960) was assassinated. Ronald Reagan (1980) finally ended the “Curse of Tippecanoe” when he survived a serious gunshot wound to the chest, early in his first term.
Paul wrote, “Christ redeemed us from the curse” (Galatians 3:13).
I have worked with a lot of men who felt like their addiction was a curse. They didn’t want the addiction any more than they wanted the childhood abuse, parental neglect, or porn stash they discovered under their dad’s mattress.
So how do you break this curse? I suggest four simple suggestions.
- Be desperate for freedom.
- Surrender to God – 100%.
- Go to recovery meetings.
- Work with a C.S.A.T.
Recovery Step: You can break the curse of addiction – if you really want to.