14 March 2019, Curses and Blessings by Bro C. Ebenezer Paul at Jesus Calls Singapore.
Why curse comes into our life. How and when God can turn it into blessings?
- Disobedience caused first curse.
In Genesis, we read the serpent was cursed, the earth was cursed, Adam was cursed, Eve was cursed due to disobedience.
17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’:
“Cursed is the ground for your sake;
In toil you shall eat of it
All the days of your life.
Because of generational curses, many families are suffering.
Curse came on mankind for not heeding the Word of God.
Many times we heed the voice of friends/family instead of the Word of God.
If you’re disrespecting the Word of God, you are not honouring God.
You must obey the Word of God.
2. There are many people using curse against us.
Who sharpen their tongue like a sword,
And bend their bows to shoot their arrows—bitter words,
4 That they may shoot in secret at the blameless;
Suddenly they shoot at him and do not fear.
5 They encourage themselves in an evil matter;
They talk of laying snares secretly;
They say, “Who will see them?”
His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and oppression;
Under his tongue is trouble and iniquity.
8 He sits in the lurking places of the villages;
In the secret places he murders the innocent;
His eyes are secretly fixed on the helpless.
3. Taking the defiled things into our house
24 And He will deliver their kings into your hand, and you will destroy their name from under heaven; no one shall be able to stand [a]against you until you have destroyed them. 25 You shall burn the carved images of their gods with fire; you shall not covet[b] the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it for yourselves, lest you be snared by it; for it is an abomination to the Lord your God. 26 Nor shall you bring an abomination into your house, lest you be doomed to destruction like it. You shall utterly detest it and utterly abhor it, for it is an [c]accursed thing.
4. We are not faithful in our job.
2 Kings 5:26, 27
26 Then he said to him, “Did not my heart go with you when the man turned back from his chariot to meet you? Is it time to receive money and to receive clothing, olive groves and vineyards, sheep and oxen, male and female servants? 27 Therefore the leprosy of Naaman shall cling to you and your descendants forever.” And he went out from his presence leprous, as white as snow.
You must be faithful to your wife/husband/family.
5. When we curse God’s children who are under God’s covenant, that curse will come upon you. Many times, unknowingly we talk ill of God’s children/servant.
How to overcome curses
And it shall come to pass
That just as you were a curse among the nations,
O house of Judah and house of Israel,
So I will save you, and you shall be a blessing.
Do not fear,
Let your hands be strong.’
Sin is the one that blocks our blessings!!
God wants to bless but sin blocks!!
When you violate the Word of God and do it according to your own ways, you are incurring sin.
Jesus shed His blood to cast off all sins. He will cleanse you when you dedicate your life. He’s the Saviour. Blood of Jesus has the power to cleanse you totally.
Because of Love of God, all curses will turn into Blessings.
5 Nevertheless the Lord your God would not listen to Balaam, but the Lord your God turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the Lord your God loves you.
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us
13 Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end
13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”)
Finally, he prayed for every individuals. The Power of God was awesome.