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CHRIST MADE CURSE FOR US – II

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What God intended for man to have when He created Adam and Eve was for them to have a blessed life.

First of all the “original sin” caused by Adam and Eve caused a great impact on the human race. The blood of Jesus took care of the curse that came as a result of the sin Adam and Eve committed. Galatians 3:13 says, “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”).

Secondly, when the enemy tempts the believers, they can over come him by the blood of the lamb. Revelations 12:11 says, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”.

But, when a believer out of his arrogance and pride chooses to walk away from obedience to the word of God, then he is in a dangerous position. However, there is something more alarming for a believer to be in such a place…the curse of fruitlessness in the life of a believer. Spiritual barrenness is a result of not receiving and obeying the Word of God and not having the blessing on one’s life.

Everyone that desired to pass from curse to blessing must pass through the same door, JESUS. We need to recognize the issues and then know the response. On the basis of God’s Holy Word, we need to make our response.

There is no set pattern that every one should follow to come out of the curse and to the blessing. There are seven suggested steps that would help any believer get a release from the curses.

1. Confess your faith in Christ and the sacrifice in your place:

Romans 10: 9-10 says, “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”.

There must be a belief and a confession. To believe that God raised Jesus from the dead and to confess with the mouth that Jesus is Lord. Faith is not complete unless it is spoken. Hebrews 3:1 says, “the High Priest of our confession.” When we make the right scriptural confession concerning Him, it releases His priestly ministry on our behalf. Suggested prayer: Jesus, I believe that You are the Son of the living God and the only true way to God and that You did on the cross for my sins and rose again from the dead.

2. Repent of all your sins:

There may have been many external factors like going back to previous generations that have contributed to the curse over your life. The root of all your problems however lies within yourself. John the Baptist in his first message said, “Repent” (Matthew 3:2) when Jesus commenced His public ministry, He took up where John had left off: “Repent, and believe in the gospel’ (Mark 1:15). Without repentance, no effective faith is possible. Suggested confession: Jesus, I give up all my rebellion and all my sin, and I submit to you, my Lord.

3. Claim forgiveness of all sins:

Unforgiveness is one of the barriers that block the blessing of God in the life of a believer. God will not forgive our sins unless we ask His forgiveness. We need to confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. God is faithful to perform because He has promised us. God is just because He has paid the price for us. Suggested prayer: I confess all my sins before You and ask for Your forgiveness – especially for any sins that exposed me to a curse. Release me also from the consequences of my ancestors’ sins.

4. Forgive all the people who have ever offended you:

Mark 11:25 says, “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses”.

If we want God to forgive us, we must forgive others too. Forgiving another person is not an emotion. It is a decision. God does not forgive us unless we forgive the ones that wronged us. The ones you find it hardest to name is the ones you most need to forgive!
Suggested prayer: By a decision I forgive all who have offended me – just as I want God to forgive me. In particular, I forgive … name the person or persons.

5. Renounce all contact with anything occult or satanic:

If you have involved at some time in activities or practices, you have crossed an invisible border into the kingdom of Satan. Whether you want it or not, Satan has regarded you as one of his subjects. The kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan are in total opposition to each other. Therefore in order to enjoy the full benefits of one kingdom, you need to cut all connections with Satan and totally cancel any claim he may have against you.

2 Corinthians 6:14-15 says, “Come out from among them and be separate says the Lord, Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you”.

6. Pray the prayer of release:

To pray the prayer for release, you have to base your petition on the work of the cross. You do not have to earn your release. You do not have to be worthy. God responds to us only on the basis of what Jesus did on our behalf, not of any merits we may have in ourselves.

If you pray with this basis for your faith, your prayer should end not merely with asking, but with receiving. In Mark 11: 24, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

There are two things, related as cause and effect: receiving and having. ‘Receiving’ is the cause from which ‘having’ follows as the effect. Receiving is in the past tense; having is in the future. Receiving takes place right when we pray. Then having follows at a time and in a way determined by God. Jesus emphasized: if we do not receive at the time we pray, we have no assurance that we will ever have. Suggested prayer: I believe that on the cross You took every curse that could come upon me. So I ask You not to release me from every curse over my life – in Jesus’ name. Lord Jesus, by faith I receive my release and I thank You for it.

7. Now believe that you have received, and go on in God’s blessing!

Never analyze what form the blessing will take or how God will impart it to you. Leave it in God’s hands. Your part is simply to open yourself, without reservation, to all that God wants to do in you and for you through His blessing. Do not limit God to doing only what you think. Suggested prayer: Lord, I now open myself to receive Your blessing in every way You want to impart it to me.

May the Lord help you get to a place where the blessing will overflow in Jesus’ name.