Blessings & Curses

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This is a real touchy subject in todays world. We all like the blessings, but no body wants to talk about curses. Balance is when you have two opposite ends to things. You love Heaven, but then there has to be a hell. We love faith, but you also have the opposite is fear. We embrace prosperity, but you have at the other end poverty. You have healing and wholeness but you must have sickness at the far end. We love blessings, but you must also have curses. We have light so you must have darkness. We have Jesus, you must have a Satan. Good bad, positive and negative.

PROVERBS 3:33 AMP. “The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked, But He blesses the home of the just and righteous.”

“The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just.”
Proverbs 3:33 KJV

This is touchy so hold on. There are those who say there is no curses anymore since Jesus came and said he did away with the law and we are under grace.

“And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
Galatians 3:12-14 KJV

What this is saying THE CURSE OF THE LAW. I believe God gave us the whole bible to search and understand the meaning. The law said we were not good enough to be with God. Our sins were filthy and we were stained so Jesus came and became the curse for us. We are salvation is by faith in Jesus and saved by His Grace.

This curse condemned us to Hell with no hope, but Jesus paid the price for our sins and we now by faith are saved by His grace. This curse does not hang over us anymore.

Proverbs 3:33 says, The curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked. This curse has nothing to do with salvation or eternity. Because the word of God says IS ON THE HOUSE OF THE WICKED.

WHEN YOU LOOK THIS WORD CURSE IN THE HEBREW THERE IS REALLY ONLY ONE WORD TO DEFINE IT, “EXECRATIONS.”

EXECRATIONS: STRONG FEELINGS OF DISLIKE, THE EMOTION OF INTENSE DISLIKE; A FEELING OF DISLIKE SO STRONG THAT IT DEMANDS ACTION.

CONSECRATION: TO MAKE OR DECLARE SACRED, TO DEVOTE TO A PURPOSE WITH OR AS IF WITH DEEP SOLEMNITY OR DEDICATION. STRESSES INVESTMENT WITH A SOLEMN OR SACRED QUALITY.

EXECRATIONS IS THE OTHER END OF CONSECRATION. WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT THE CURSE OF THE LAW.

EVERY BIBLE TRANSLATION IF FOUND USED THE WORD CURSE, BUT I FOUND ONLY ONE WHO WAS DIFFERENT.

DOUAY-RHEIMS BIBLE, “WANT IS FROM THE LORD IN THE HOUSE OF THE WICKED, BUT THE HABITATIONS OF THE JUST SHALL BE BLESSED.”

THE CURSE I BELIEVE GOD MEANS IS WANT OR LACK IS IN THE HOUSE OF THE WICKED.

HOUSE IN HEBREW IS FAMILY, YOUR HOME AND YOUR TEMPLE OR DWELLING.
WICKED IS MORALLY WRONG AND ACTIVELY BAD.

THIS CURSE IS NOT CONDEMNING US TO HELL. THIS CURSE IS SAYING THAT WHEN WE CHOOSE TO GO OPPOSITE TO WHAT GOD SAYS IS RIGHT YOU WILL HAVE WANT OR LACK.

WHEN YOU STEAL YOU ARE STILL SAVED BY GRACE BUT YOU WILL BE ARRESTED. YOU WILL GO TO JAIL BELIEVER AND YOU CAN ASK FOR FORGIVENESS.

WHEN you don’t put God first in your home, in your living in your time, resources your children see and others see. They begin to grow up just like us.

When you lie, cheat, steal whatever their are consequences.

“Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day: And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.”
Deuteronomy 11:26-28 KJV

The Bible is full of commands we are expected to obey and follow them. Yet many believe Grace is your get out of jail card. No grace says you will not be condemned but you will go to jail to learn your lesson.

I believe God does this everyday for us. Everyday we have before us a blessing and a curse. A blessing is I obey and a curse if I do not obey.

If I treat my wife with love and respect she will bless me with love and respect. If I treat her with hate and disrespect she will leave me. I have a choice in my day today.

I have a choice to give to God what He expects me to give. I have a choice if I forgive the blessings is I will receive forgiveness. If I choose to not forgive others Jesus says the curse is i will not receive forgiveness from Him.

Proverbs is full of wisdom commands God expects us to obey. If we obey, we receive His blessings. If we choose to not obey we receive the curse of our choices.

It’s like principles. Cause & Effect. Gods Word is full of them. If you do this you receive this, if you don’t this will be your consequences.

“Adversity pursues sinners, But the [consistently] upright will be rewarded with prosperity.”
PROVERBS 13:21 AMP
GW. “Disaster hunts down sinners, but righteous people are rewarded with good.”
Message Bible. “Disaster entraps sinners, but God-loyal people get a good life.”
NCV. “Trouble always comes to sinners, but good people enjoy success.”
Adversity, disaster, trouble pursues, hunts down, entraps, always comes to those who do not Trust in God, Put their faith in God, Love God.

These are talking about everyday life, not eternity. Now today, tomorrow. Our families, our business, our health, our ministries, our money, our

When we put our trust in man, money, the institution of religion, your job, our government, we will have, Adversity, disaster, trouble pursues, hunts down, entraps, always comes to those who do not Trust in God, Put their faith in God, Love God.

God and His Word and His Holy Spirit.

The word says a snare or trap is set for those who put their trust in man or themselves. They will receive the opposite of blessings and we call that curse.

I have seen people who’s relationships appear to be cursed, they do not honor God or His ways so they are so unhappy and yet they keep doing life their way.

As Christians we pray for Gods Blessings but what are choices and decisions you are choosing to do.

I have seen people who pray for Gods Financial Blessings but they do not honor God with their first fruits and tithes.

I believe this is the curse, that ties Gods Hands from blessings.

“Like the sparrow in her wandering, like the swallow in her flying, So the curse without cause does not come and alight [on the undeserving].”
PROVERBS 26:2 AMP

“Curses cannot hurt you unless you deserve them. They are like birds that fly by and never settle.”
Proverbs 26:2 GNB

Remember when Moses stood and God said the death angel would come and every first born would die. If they put the blood of the sacrificial lamb above the door the death would Passover.

I see so many people who profess Christ yet disobey His Words and commands. This curse we can call Blessings Blockers.
BLESSINGS BLOCKERS:
“The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just.”
Proverbs 3:33 KJV

HE BLESSETH THE HABITATION OF THE JUST.

BLESSETH MEANS TO KNEEL AS TO BLESS GOD AS AN ACT OF ADORATION. THIS IS GOD .
WHEN WE OBEY HIM, HE ADORES US. HE LOVES US ALL THE TIME. LOVE AND FAVOR ARE TO DIFFERENT THINGS.

LOVE IS JUST BECAUSE, BUT FAVOR IS BECAUSE OF WHAT YOU CHOOSE TO DO, OBEY HIM.
Habitation: to rest as at home, home of beauty, satisfaction, lovely, to celebrate with praises.

God kneels and adores us and our homes and families and businesses when we obey His Words Ways.

JUST: to be or make right in a moral or forensics sense, clear self. It’s like how you feel when you are so dirty or sweaty and you shower. You are fresh, clean, just.
When you repent for whatever and are real and true, you have a sense of freshness.

“But He said, “On the contrary, blessed (happy, favored by God) are those who hear the word of God and continually observe it.””
LUKE 11:28 AMP

“But Jesus answered, “Rather, how happy are those who hear the word of God and obey it!””
Luke 11:28 GNB

This level of blessings is not grace based, it is from obedience.

“But he who looks carefully into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and faithfully abides by it, not having become a [careless] listener who forgets but an active doer [who obeys], he will be blessed and favored by God in what he does [in his life of obedience].”
JAMES 1:25 AMP

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