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"A curse without cause shall not alight" (Proverbs 26:2)
A curse is a spiritual force that works against the success, protection, health and relationships of a person or group of people. It creates an environment where much effort yields little reward. Deuteronomy 28 lists many symptoms of being under a curse. These include unfruitfulness, sickness, poverty and failure. On the contrary, blessing creates success far beyond what is deserved (think about what happened to Obed Edom's house in 2 Samuel 6:10-12). We will study the force of blessing later.
"A curse without cause shall not alight" (Proverbs 26:2). In other words, there is always a root reason for the blessing's decrease and the curse's corresponding increase. Curses do not result from some random happening of chance, nor is it an act of God's sovereignty that predestinated some for abundant life and others for hardship. There is a cause to every curse.
This awareness can be both discouraging and encouraging. It can discourage us because we realize that our choices and beliefs have contributed to our negative curcumstances. However, it encourages us as we understand that we can reverse the curse in us and around us.
Haggai 1:6-7-9 dramatically illustrates the effects of a curse: "You have sown much, and bring in little; you eat, but do not have enough; you drink, but you are not filled with drink; you clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; And he who earns wages, earns wages to put into a bag with holes. Thus says the LORD of hosts: 'Consider your ways...You looked for much, but indeed it came to little; and when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why?' says the LORD of hosts. 'Because of My house that is in ruins, while every one of you runs to his own house. therefore the heavens above you withhold the dew, and the earth witholds its fruit. For I called for a drought on the land and the mountains, on the grain and the new wine and the oil, on whatever the ground brings forth, on men and livestock, and on all the labor of your hands.'" God described what happened to them (being unfruitful, difficulty, frustration, etc). Then He gives the cause for this curse: "Because of my house that is in ruins." They violated the law of kingdom priority (see Matthew 6:33).
In Haggai, the people didn't think they were victims of rotten luck, but they believed the prophetic word that revealed the curse had a cause that they could remedy (which they did). They were not discouraged or hopeless when they heard this, but empowered. We can be, too!
DIVINE STRATEGIES FOR INCREASE
by Steve Backlund
"But his delight is in the law of the Lord . . . and whatever he does shall prosper" (Psalm 1:3).
The laws of the spirit are more real than the natural laws. Just as the law of gravity can work for us or against us, so do God's spiritual laws.
God's laws primarily are principles to release blessing, not rules to be obeyed to gain right standing with God. The Psalmist talks of one whose prime delight is in the law of the Lord. This person not only discovers how to cheerfully make life-changing deposits into the spirit realm, but, more importantly, how to find new aspects of the nature of God (hidden in each law) to behold and worship. The end result of this delighting is a transformed life that prospers in every endeavor. His experience can be our experience, and this book unlocks the blessings hidden in the spiritual realm.
It is time for the church to become aware of the powerful realm of the spirit and the laws that are at work within that realm.