PART 2, RECEIVING GOD’S BLESSINGS, 05.02.19
Tree of Life (TLV) Translation of the Bible. Copyright © 2015 by The Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society.
https://youtu.be/oGLCY_yL_nQ , Derek Prince, “Breaking Curses . . .”
https://youtu.be/Nj5xbqqIuE8 , “How To Pass From Curse To Blessing,” by Derek Prince.
Before proceeding, I want to make clear that when addressing the matter of “God’s blessings” this is not by any means confined to, or even referring to financial blessings, material, physical things. Throughout Scripture, God’s blessings, although they may have inadvertently included financial and material prosperity, were primarily referring to spiritual blessings such as peace of mind (Isa.26:3; John 14:27; Phil.4:7, 9), wisdom (James 1:5; Prov.2:6-8); and Psalm 34 is the ultimate depiction of every form of God’s blessings, from His goodness, to protection. The second important point here is that the ultimate experience of God’s blessings – the outcropping of total reliance on/surrender to HIM – is a life of true freedom (John 8:30-32) – a life lived in victory (victory over sin, the Enemy, and our own flesh).
Although it is true that much of the time, when believers are missing out on God’s blessings it is a simple straightforward matter of needing to align with God’s will. Walking closely, in line with Lk. 9:23, keeps one in the midst of God’s will, in obedience to His Word, His Call, His Ways, and will culminate in a life of victory/blessings. That is the most common reason, and very simple to correct. One simply needs to confess, repent, and begin to walk in accordance with His Word, for it is unavoidably clear:
- “If anyone wants to follow Me, he must give up himself and his own desires. He must take up his cross everyday and follow Me. If anyone wants to keep his own life safe, he must lose it. If anyone gives up his life because of Me, he will save it” (Lk.9:23,24).
- “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our dwelling with him . . . But the Helper, the Ruach ha-Kodesh whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you everything and remind you of everything that I said to you. Shalom I leave you, My shalom I give to you; but not as the world gives! Do not let your heart be troubled or afraid. You’ve heard Me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you’” (John 14:23,26-28).
Tie this back into His earlier statement, and arrive at the ultimate blessing: “Do not let your heart be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me. In My Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you to Myself, so that where I am you may also be” (John 14:1-3). Now, is that not the ultimate blessing one can hope for?
There are other instances, however, where the lack of blessings/the failure to live the victorious life Christ/Messiah offers is more complex. Generational curses steal blessings regardless of the individual’s walk; and more importantly, generational curses will most likely affect the individual’s walk whether or not they are aware of it. Individuals who are under curses will invariably open doors to additional curses due to the dysfunctional patterns/cycles/dynamics they learned in their family of origin.
“Both blessings and curses are usually expressed in words, words that are supernaturally charged, and can go on from generation to generation, affecting your destiny” (https://youtu.be/Nj5xbqqIuE8, Derek Prince). In Gen. 27:24-35, when Isaac was manipulated into blessing Jacob instead of Esau, despite the revealed deception, the prophetic Word supernaturally dispatched made it irreversible. Prince also cites as examples, such things as telling a child he will never amount to anything. This can place a curse of failure on that child. The person will not succeed no matter what (s)he does, how many degrees or whatever is acquired; success is interfered with through demonic activity dispatched through those cursing words.
As discussed in Part 1, curses from previous generations will need to be broken off the individual’s life before blessings will be realized. From Prince’s video, we learn that the “curse forms an invisible barrier to healing . . ..” (https://youtu.be/oGLCY_yL_nQ), and he states, “If there is a curse on your life, God can provide a solution” (https://youtu.be/Nj5xbqqIuE8 ). Prince points out that, although sometimes it may not be possible, or necessary, it often is necessary, and is always helpful, to trace the source of the curse to its root to whatever extent possible. Prince covers many sources of curses; for our purposes here, Study Corner can only cite an example or two; however, I recommend that readers consult and study Prince’s material.
“Make no covenant with them or with their gods” (Ex.23:32), warned Yahweh regarding nations the Israelites were encountering. Making a covenant with other people, nations, etc. who come under the authority of a wrong spirit/strongman/Principality/Power brings one under the authority of that same spirit (just as it does when one marries someone whose God is not our God, the One True God). “You cannot make a covenant with others who are under a wrong spirit” (https://youtu.be/Nj5xbqqIuE8), Prince points out. That is why it is against God’s laws to be unequally yoked (2 Cor.6:14). It brings a curse on the one who is under the submission of the unbeliever.
Submission to someone who is controlled by demonic forces, brings one under that same power/control. Thus, a father, having authority over the household is in a prime position to place curses on members of his household, whether he is aware of it or not, and most likely is passing down curses from his own family lineage. It frequently also occurs through the misuse or abuse of his position of authority/power. “There are no delinquent children; only delinquent parents . . . .” says Prince, referring to such things as “Elicit and unnatural sex, especially incest . . . it’s now estimated that in the U.S. one out of 4 girls under 10 have been sexually molested, and one out of every 5 boys, and I cannot imagine that it could ever happen without a curse setting in. . .. .” (https://youtu.be/Nj5xbqqIuE8). Anyone who has been sexually abused by any source will require deliverance, preceded by the breaking of curses in order to receive God’s blessings, the ability to live a life of full victory and freedom.
Keep in mind, too, that God’s Word makes it very clear what His priorities are (Ex.20:3-5). Yeshua reaffirms that no one must come before Him, not even parents, children, or spouses: “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate (usually interpreted as willingness to lay them aside for HIS purposes) his own father, mother, wife, children, brothers, and sisters—and yes, even his own life—he cannot be My disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and follow Me cannot be My disciple” (Lk.14:26,27). “He who loves father or mother more than Me isn’t worthy of Me, and he who loves son or daughter more than Me isn’t worthy of Me” (Matt.10:37). Putting anyone or anything before Him will bring a curse and prevent blessings.
Getting from curses to blessings requires making the self right before God in all areas and aspects of one’s life.
Stand by for Part 3 tomorrow.
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