Curses


16/03/2006
My nephew is walking down the same path his father walked down. He accepted Jesus as his personal Savior, but he’s not walking that life. Could this be a generational curse?

In Deuteronomy and Leviticus, there are indications of curses that are passed down to the third and fourth generations. However, those curses are the very curses that Jesus declared were null and void when He became a curse for us. According to Galatians 3:13, He became a curse for us, for “cursed is one who hangs on a tree.” That is what we’re redeemed from. We’re not just redeemed from the law; we’re redeemed from the curses that come upon people because they don’t follow the law. The law is not a curse. The law is good, it is right, and it’s appropriate. The laws of the Old Testament are good laws.

Your nephew is not in bondage because of a curse. He is in bondage because he hasn’t been informed about his redemption from that curse. In the same way you have to preach the Gospel of salvation to people, you also need to tell them that Jesus paid for them to be delivered from generation curses. There is a new bloodline – that’s what people need to know. God said in Hosea 4:6, “My people are destroyed because of a lack of knowledge.” That’s a lack of knowing that they are free from what their parents or grandparents or any other generation did. They need to be told that. Then they need to change the way they think, then the actions will follow.


Curses


16/03/2006
My husband is not saved and will not tithe. Does that mean I live under the curse?

If you believe in Jesus, Galatians 3:13 says that Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law. So, first of all, not tithing doesn’t bring the curse of Deuteronomy 28 to our lives, as many people think.
The curse that Malachi is talking about, the curse that comes from not tithing, really means “to be hemmed in.” It means that if you don’t tithe, you’re going to be hemmed in by problems and circumstances, trapped and surrounded financially and in other ways as well. But to be cursed with sickness and plagues and frogs – things like that are not the sort of curses the Bible talks about. Instead, you are going to be hemmed in by obstacles. And you’re going to be cursed with missing out – that’s really the ultimate curse, missing out on the ultimate blessing. That’s the curse that we need to define when people don’t tithe.

I remember someone whose child committed suicide. Of course, he was devastated. Not just because, he said, of what the loss meant to him personally but because he would not be able to bestow upon the child all of the blessings that he had planned to. That’s really the curse. If we don’t tithe, we hinder God from bestowing upon us all that He wants to give.

Now, God will not hold you responsible for a bad decision that your husband makes. You’re not going to be hindered by the decision of someone to whom you’re married. However, maybe you can work out an allowance so that you can give all of it to the Lord as a tithe on your husband’s behalf. Or maybe you can give a tithe of the allowance you receive. Or maybe you’ve got to get a job. Seek the Lord’s wisdom on how you can best give some money to God and be responsible for you. Tithe off of what God brings into your life. And pray that God will open the eyes of your husband so that he will see the importance of tithing in his life.


Curses


16/03/2006
How can I tell the difference between afflictions and curses in my life?

The Bible says in Psalm 34:19, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.” We’re all going to deal with affliction. Affliction means things that are coming against us, things that are coming at us from different directions, to afflict or to press. That’s what that is when financial affliction is pressing you or emotional affliction is pressing against you or relationship affliction is pressing against you.
A curse is something that’s passed down from generation to generation. Because your father had heart disease and your grandfather had heart disease, you’re now dealing with heart disease. But the good news is, Jesus became a curse for us for “cursed is one that hangs on a tree,” the Bible says in Galatians 3:13. So, I know we wonder sometimes, “am I doing this because I’m cursed? Is this happening to me because I’m cursed?” Well, if it is, you need to know that you’re redeemed from the curse.

You can go to God and claim your covenant right. You can go to God and say, “Lord, I thank you that I’m redeemed from the curse of destruction and the curse of the law and therefore I’m free from all curses and I’m free from these things following my generation even though they followed my parents’, my grandparents’, and my great-grandparents’ generation, it does not have to come to me. So, be encouraged; you are redeemed from the curse and God will deliver you from all affliction. So it really doesn’t matter if it’s an affliction or if it’s a curse, you’ll be delivered either way if you put your trust in God.