The online Oxford Dictionaries define curse as “a cause of harm or misery” and to “be afflicted with.”
In my last article , I wrote about the curse against the earth and the inhabitants of the earth because of sin. We inherit sin from our natural parents. The curse (harm and misery) of sin has been passed down from generations, starting with Adam and Eve. We’re headed to hell.
Yes, God loves us more than we will ever fathom. But the perfect expression of love is holiness. To not look lustfully at another is holy. To not be envious of another is holy. To think more highly of another than yourself is holy. To not love to sin (bondage) is holy.
Holiness cannot abide sin, which at its core, is the enemy of love. Only in accepting Jesus Christ are we seen as righteous to the LORD, even though we continue to sin. Is the curse removed once you believe in Jesus as your Lord and Savior?
In the most significant sense, yes. You are rescued from hell because the LORD has forgiven your sins and made you holy through the blood sacrifice of Jesus, His perfect Son.
If the curse is removed, then you might be wondering why things keep happening as though you were still under the curse. Perhaps, your mom or dad is an alcoholic and now you find yourself using alcohol, or some other kind of substance. Maybe, you hate that your dad beats your mom and you’ve scared yourself with the rage that wells up in you, compelling you toward violence; or, you are bullied no matter where you go and can’t seem to break free from the victim vibe.
I have felt cursed as a Christian, and this is what I believe:
Although we are saved from the eternal punishment of our sin, we still have to deal with the consequences of our sin. Our decisions matter and the effects of sin are real. There is a terrible cost to the pleasure, relief, and momentary gratification of sin. The Lord is not mocked: we will reap what we sow. To sow His commandments is to reap His goodness in your life, in your soul, and in your mind.
We must renew our minds. Through Christ, our spirits are alive, but our souls still need healing, and our minds need new thoughts. Replacing our old ways of thinking with God’s way of thinking (reading and meditating on the Bible) will cause different results. Sometimes, our circumstances are a mirror of our carnal thoughts and actions. If you’re battling a mind problem, say paranoia, and you combat it with relevant verses, one day you will no longer be tormented by that fear and you will realize that Jesus set you free—by the power of His blood and the power of His Word. Plus you will feel closer to Him, the lover of your soul and your King!
The Lord disciplines those He loves, and it is for our good. Remember this. Do not think that God loves you any less because of hardship. The Bible states that “It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons . . . All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.”
(Hebrews 12: 7 & 11)
What curse have you defeated through the help of God in your life?