Did you know that when we were born, we were cursed? Or stated another way,  that we were born under the effects of curses? Then as we grew older we put ourselves under even more curses through sin.  I will show you a little later how we got into this situation, but first the good news. One of the benefits of the gospel is that Jesus was made a curse for us (Galatians 3:13). He redeemed us from our curses.  All we have to do is believe on him.

So how were we cursed when we were born? We inherited curses from our ancestors. In Exodus 34, the Lord passed before Moses and proclaimed His nature to him and said,

"...The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth (v6),

Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and fourth generation."(v7)

So any iniquities committed by our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents, caused curses to pass on to us. And if we don't seek to make Jesus Lord of our lives, we pass these iniquities (plus the ones we commit) on to our children and their children. These curses go even further back than a few generations. When Adam transgressed, all of creation came under a curse. But just as the whole world came under a curse from one man's disobedience, the whole world was redeemed from this curse by the obedience of one man, Jesus Christ.

Cursed through the law of Moses

We put ourselves under a curse when we try to keep the law of Moses. Read Galatians chapter 3:

"For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them". (v. 10)

If we transgress just one of the commandants, we are guilty of transgressing them all.

"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" (the cross). (v13)

So, we come under curses through the law of Moses when we break just one of them. Not only do we commit sin when we break the law, but we put ourselves and our children under a curse. But thank God, Jesus took our curses on his body on the cross.

In Galatians chapter 1, Paul states:

"I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: (v6)

Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. (v7)

As we have said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that you have received, let him be accursed". (v9)

John 1:16 states,

"For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ".

This is in line with Galatians 1:6 above which talks about the grace of Christ. We do not come under the grace of God by keeping a set of commandments. Paul in his letter to the Galatians, marveled at how this group of people had received the gospel of the resurrected Jesus Christ and then when back under the law of Moses.

In chapter 3, verse 1, he asks,

"Who hath bewitched you...?".

This along with chapter 1, tells us that to receive Jesus and then go back under the law is a work of witchcraft and we become cursed. We reject the work that Jesus did on the cross by trying to keep a set of laws that were set aside by the new covenant mediated by Jesus Christ.

Cursed in our giving

Both the old and new testament writings tell us that the "earth and the fulness thereof are the Lord's". It also states that "all the silver and gold" is His. When we covet money and cannot turn it loose, we put ourselves under a curse.

Let's read Malachi 3.

"Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. (v8)
Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation". (v9)

If we cannot give the Lord a tithe (10%) of ALL plus an offering (anything over 10%), we put ourselves and our entire household under a curse. Even the money we covet becomes cursed. It belongs to the Lord anyway, so why can't you give him back a portion. Obedience in giving brings more blessings!

Continuing on in Malachi:

"Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. (v10)

And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts. (v11)

And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts". (v12)

Paul in writing to Timothy stated:

"For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows". (1 Timothy 6:10)

It is very clear that if we cannot obey God with our money, we bring curses and their related sorrows upon ourselves.

Cursed for disobedience

Read Deuteronomy 28. The 68 versus are too lengthy to repeat here, but verses 1 states:

"And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments..."

Verse 1 continues on and through verse 14, lists all the blessings that come upon a people (one or many) that obey God. Verses 15 through 68 lists the curses that come upon a people that will not hearken to the voice of God nor observe his commandments. (Obey His words). You can see many of the woes plaguing mankind today are listed here and are the direct result of not hearkening to the voice of God.

As Christians, we know that the law of Moses has been set aside, but we have received commandments from heaven through Jesus while he walked the earth and through his apostles and prophets in the new testament who have the spirit of Jesus in them. Stated another way, if we do not hearken to the words of Jesus and the words of his servants, when our iniquity is fulfilled (complete), these curses will begin to manifest.

The second half of Chronicles 20:20 states,

"Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall you prosper".

Pride brings curses

Both the books of James and 1st Peter state that "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble".

In Ezekiel 16, where the prophet lists the sins of Sodom, the first one listed is pride. And we all know what happened to Sodom.

Isaiah tells us in chapter 14 that Lucifer was cast out of heaven for pride and that he will be brought down to hell.

There are many examples in Proverbs of the consequences of pride, so we can get a clear understanding of how God views a prideful heart.

Psalm 119, verse 21 states (speaking about God):

"Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do err from the commandments" (words).

Redeemed by the blood of Jesus

As stated in the opening paragraph, Jesus was made a curse for us. When he took our curses, sins and iniquities on his body on the cross, he redeemed us from the curse of the law and all other curses when he was raised from the dead. The end result of sin and curses is hell for eternity but Jesus paid this penalty on our behalf when he went to hell as our substitute. The power of God raised him from hell and death. All we have to do is believe in (trust in) this power and our sins and curses will not trouble us!

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