In my last few articles, I have been writing about the reality of curses. Curses are not merely part of a superstitious belief system from a primitive age; they are very real forces in the world. It is good to be able to recognize various types of curses and know how to break free from them. But as believers in Christ, we are not meant to simply be free of curses; we are meant to walk in God’s blessing.
In Galatians 3:13-14 the apostle Paul explains that when Jesus died on the cross, He became a curse for us. Not only does this enable us to be redeemed from every curse, but it also means that “the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus.” Through our relationship with God in Christ Jesus, we are to walk in the blessing of God even as our father Abraham did.
How was Abraham blessed? The Bible summarizes it like this:
“Now Abraham was old, well advanced in age; and the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things.” Genesis 24:1
The Lord blessed Abraham in all things! And in Christ, we are to experience the same blessing of Abraham. As God’s people–and as His sons and daughters–we are to walk in God’s abundant blessings. This does not mean that we will not experience trials or suffering; but we should have a sense of God’s blessing and favor shining upon us throughout our lives.
Blessings are Greater than Curses
Light is always stronger than darkness. Perfect love casts out fear. The peace of God calms the storms around us. And the blessing of God is more powerful than any curse.
When an enemy king named Balak tried to have Israel cursed by the “prophet” Balaam, this was the response of God:
And God said to Balaam, ‘You shall not go with them; you shall not curse the people, for they are blessed.’ ” Numbers 22:12
Even after Balaam eventually went with Balak, he was unable to put a curse on God’s people. Only blessing would flow out of his mouth, to the great frustration of Balak. God had already decided to bless His people Israel, and no curse would land on them. Only if they chose to walk in disobedience and turn from God and His ways would they fall into curses.
The same is true for us. As believers in Jesus, we are blessed simply because of our identification with Him. If there have been curses in our lives, we can identify and break free from them. But God does not just want to remove the curses, He wants to take us into the fullness of His blessings. God’s blessing is more powerful than any curse!
I pray that the power of God’s blessing will come upon you and overtake your life in a fresh way!
What does it look like to walk in the “blessing of Abraham”? Do you struggle to believe that God wants to bless you? If so, why?