How does the Bible define being blessed and being cursed?

(Deuteronomy 28:1-14) ‘Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.

And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God: ‘Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country. ‘Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. ‘Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. ‘Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out. ‘The LORD will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways. ‘The LORD will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you. ‘The LORD will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the LORD your God and walk in His ways.

Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they shall be afraid of you. And the LORD will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the LORD swore to your fathers to give you. The LORD will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. And the LORD will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them. So you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them.’

Blessings are receiving good things from God.

The scripture above is God’s promise to His people to bless them. However, notice carefully, it comes with conditions:- if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments / if you heed the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them. So you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them. So to reap the benefits of God’s blessings we should obey God. That seems fair enough, right?

Moving from curse to blessed

Now being cursed is the total opposite of being blessed.

(Deuteronomy 28:15-22) ‘But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you: ‘Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the country. ‘Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.

‘Cursed shall be the fruit of your body and the produce of your land, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. ‘Cursed shall you be when you come in, and cursed shall you be when you go out. ‘The LORD will send on you cursing, confusion, and rebuke in all that you set your hand to do, until you are destroyed and until you perish quickly, because of the wickedness of your doings in which you have forsaken Me. The LORD will make the plague cling to you until He has consumed you from the land which you are going to possess. The LORD will strike you with consumption, with fever, with inflammation, with severe burning fever, with the sword, with scorching, and with mildew; they shall pursue you until you perish.’

You can read the rest of Deuteronomy Chapter 28, to get a clearer picture.

Trust me, it is indeed better to be blessed than to be cursed.

Based on what God said, if you do not obey His voice, the curses will come upon you. Suffice it to say, that being disobedient to God’s Word can cause a curse on your life.

Let us now deal with some of the primary causes of curses in our lives. Involvement in idolatry; worship of false gods & involvement of occult can effect a curse. Dishonoring parents; illicit or unnatural sex; sex with members of your family outside the permitted range; injustice to the weak and helpless; negative words spoken by persons in authority in a relationship e.g. husband, boss, teacher, preacher are common causes of curses being placed on people’s lives.

I used to call my wife clumsy because a week wouldn’t go by when she didn’t break a glass or a dish. I wanted to get her a job to test proof Rubbermaid Products because I swore she could break anything. Little did I know the power of my words? I was innocently putting a curse on her and every time I called her clumsy, she would break something else. After my eyes were opened I stopped calling her clumsy. I started to say the opposite ‘You are not clumsy” and I noticed that there was an extremely long period before she broke anything again. Our words are so powerful and most of us don’t even know it. We have the power to bless someone or to curse them with our words.

Words can cause a curse on your life:

Numerous occasions in the bible we see people placing curses upon others. Jacob unknowingly placed a curse on his wife Rachel. He didn’t know that she had stolen her father’s idols and he said to Laban her father, whoever had stolen the idols should be killed. Rachel died giving birth to her next child, which was her last son, Benjamin. Joshua imposed a curse on the man who would undertake to rebuild the city of Jericho stating that two of his children will be killed.

(Joshua 6:26) Cursed be the man before Jehovah that riseth up and buildeth this city Jericho: with the loss of his firstborn shall he lay the foundation thereof, and with the loss of his youngest son shall he set up the gates of it. Some five to six hundred years later we see in (1Kings 16:34) In his days Hiel of Bethel built Jericho. He laid its foundation with Abiram his firstborn, and with his youngest son Segub he set up its gates, according to the word of the LORD, which He had spoken through Joshua the son of Nun.

Even Jesus while he walked the earth proclaimed a curse on a fig tree that had no fruits and the tree died soon after. And Jesus then turned to His disciples and said (Matthew 21:21) ‘Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. Jesus gave the authority to do the same thing.

Friends be very careful, we have the power to curse and we may be using it unknowingly, to the detriment of our loved ones.

There are also self imposed curses:

Jacob’s mother, Rebecca, (Genesis 27:11-13) And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, ‘Look, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth-skinned man. Perhaps my father will feel me, and I shall seem to be a deceiver to him; and I shall bring a curse on myself and not a blessing.” But his mother said to him, ‘Let your curse be on me, my son; only obey my voice, and go, get them for me.” Do you see how Jacob knew that dishonoring his father would bring a curse upon himself? Saying things like ‘I wish I was dead” or ‘What’s the good in living?” these are all self imposed curses. Dabbling in witchcraft, freemasonry, cults, evil covenants, Ouija board, tarot cards, horoscope and the likes can all lead to curses on your life.

How to detect if there is a curse? Here is a list of commonalities:

  • Mental and emotional breakdown
  • Repeated or chronic sicknesses in the family
  • Repeated miscarriages and related female problems
  • Breakdown of marriage and family alienation (N.B. Witchcraft is the #1 home breaker)
  • Continuing financial insufficiency, even when finances appears to be enough
  • Accident prone
  • History of suicide or unnatural deaths

Now for the good news i.e. how to pass from being cursed to being blessed. (Galatians 3:13-14) 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”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

All the evil due to us, came upon Christ in exchange for all the good due to Him.

  • He was punished so that we might be forgiven.
  • He was wounded that we might be healed
  • He bore our shame that we might share His glory
  • He died that we might have life
  • He was made sin that we may be made righteous
  • He was rejected that we might be accepted
  • He endured our poverty that we might share in His abundance
  • He was made a curse that we might be blessed
A blessed family

That is the provision that God has provided for us to be delivered. All our deliverance has to be based on faith in what Christ has done for us on the cross. Through the death of Jesus, moving from a curse to blessing is legally ours. God does not have to do anything more. So how do we break a curse over our lives? First we recognize what caused it, second we repent, third we renounce and finally we resist.

Try to figure out what might have caused the curse, it could have been something done by our ancestors that we may not even know about. (Exodus 34:7) “Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting (punishing) the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.” (Lamentations 5:7) “Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne (been punished for) their iniquities.”

Therefore, we may have to repent for wrong things we have done in the past as well as things our ancestors did knowingly and unknowingly. We also need to forgive all other persons.

Unforgiveness is a barrier to our prayers.

Then we separate ourselves from the curse and release ourselves from it, in the name of Jesus Christ. The bible says whatever we release on earth is released in heaven and whatever we bind on earth is bound in heaven. Thereafter, resist the devil and he has to flee. Now my brothers and sisters, we have the knowledge to break any curses from our lives. Let us no longer be enslaved by the enemy. Let’s break these curses in the name of Jesus, obey the Word of God and receive the blessings that are rightfully ours.

We thank You Lord for your grace and mercy. For Your precious Son Jesus Christ who left His throne in heaven to come to this earth, to die for us so that by faith in Him, our curses would be changed into blessing. Lord we love you and we look forward to your continued blessings. In Jesus name, Amen.

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