And so, we see the difference between a monotheistic environment and a polytheistic one. In the monotheistic one, it is only YHWH who can give the curse substance. In a polytheistic one, it can be any deity—and there are lots of them willing to do so!
So, let's return to our Word of Faith musings from the other day...
By saying that a "word of faith" will happen automatically, we are saying that we are gods (as Nick pointed out in a comment). But even more, by saying that a curse directed against us needs to be broken off, we are saying that God is not our defender! WE are our defender. In order for God to act, we need to move him by faith...
And that leads to a lot of introspection and works and beating oneself up and... Well, you get the idea. Far from resulting in a victorious life, most WOF people I know of are living in constant fear and worry that their faith isn't measuring up and that the devil is going to get them—or God is going to.
I know there is a measure of truth to the necessity of exercising faith! I do it all the time. But, what I am pushing back against is the mechanistic, reflex reaction of blaming the devil or lack of faith for every setback we encounter. What was that song that the recently graduated Andráe Crouch sang? "If I never had a problem, I wouldn't know that God could solve them. I wouldn't know what faith in His name could do."
So, yes, faith is important. But...we must learn to listen to the Holy Spirit and we must submit it all to the judgment of scripture, with a healthy dose of humility and respect for the other three legs of the Wesleyan quadrilateral: tradition, reason, and experience.