Today I want to speak about blessings and curses. Some of you believers in the Mashiach (Messiah) may want to skip reading this message. But I suggest you hold on, and read, for it could save your life.
Maybe you are a person that no matter how much you have tried to succeed in life, when you reach a certain point of success, you seem to hit a wall. No matter how hard you try to make ends meet, you are constantly struggling.
Or you may feel depressed and give up trying anything at all. You may also have a habit that you cannot quit, such as over-eating, drinking, drugs, pornography, or anything else. I want you to know that you can be set free and reach your goals in your lifetime. You do not have to be depressed, but experience joy and peace every day of your life. I know this to be a fact, for I, myself, had to have some curses broken off in my own life.
What is a curse?
A curse is the opposite of a blessing. I already have spoken on the subject of curses in the past, but I sense that we need to re-visit once again this area of ministry. It blesses me personally and I hope you will be also blessed in the process.
Why should we be concerned about curses?
We need to be concerned because curses affect every aspect of our lives; health, finances, relationships, especially but not only, marriages and family. Today I want to specifically speak on the subject of idolatry.
This curse will affect future generations, and most people are affected by it.
Shemoth (Exodus) 20:3-5 “You have no other mighty (gods) against My face. 4 “You do not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of that which is in the shamayim[i] above, or which is in the waters under the earth, 5 you do not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, YHWH[ii] your Elohim, am a jealous El, visiting the wickedness of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me.”
Depending on what religious group you and your ancestors belong, or did belong if they passed on, you may be under the curse of idolatry. You can be under the curse because of your own sin, but also because of the sin of your ancestors.
I was born into a family that openly worshiped Yahweh, but had little knowledge of His Word. My family belonged to particular church forbade the lay people to own a Bible. They also worshiped many idols. The result was disastrous for those who belong to that particular church. They did not know Yahweh’s Ben[iii] Yahoshua died on the stake to save them from sin and from the curses they may be under. Therefore, because of ignorance, the people sought help not from Yahweh, but from the “spirits” by going to some groups who contacted the dead.
Those spirits were in reality demons that afflicted my father, my mother, and my brothers and sisters with sickness and even death. My father died young, I believe as result of visiting such people. My mother lived a long time, but was always under doctor care taking some form of medication. He had ten or twelve pregnancies, but only my brother and myself survived, by the grace of Yahweh. However, we both had bad accidents and suffered broken bones. He fell from a ladder and broke his bones. He also had some form of cancer, but did get healed. He also suffered from other sickness, however he had to retire very young. He did not achieve the financial success he could have achieved in his profession as a builder.
My father, a mentioned above, visited people who claimed to have the answer to his problems, and instead of getting better, he eventually died. I believe he died because of a curse that was placed upon his life.
As a child, was sick for a long time, and the doctor gave me up to die, but Yahweh healed me.
I had several surgeries, including back surgery, and began using eye glasses in my twenties. I was hit by a car while walking and flew in the air, and then fell in the middle of a highway! It was a true miracle that I did not die, and I know that it was a demonic attack. It was a very bad accident. My left leg was broken in various places, and I have five metal sticks on that leg. One of my vertebras was flattened. This accident happened while I was a Christian, but did not yet deal with the curses.
I did not seem to succeed in anything I did, and my goals were out of reach to me, Finances were limited and barely enough to support me. I suffered financial losses at various ways and at various times.
Eventually I accepted Yahoshua as my Savior, and was filled with His Spirit. The curses began to be removed by my repentance and renouncing certain activities.
I had to repent not only for my own sin, but the sin of my parents and all my fore-fathers. The major curse was idolatry.
A friend introduced me to some form of witchcraft which left me wide open for more idolatry. I loved to read the Horoscope, and played with the Ouija board. I was in darkness, but did not know.
When we do not keep the commandments we are breaking the Torah, which is translated the “Law” in the English language. When we break the commandments we become lawless or without law.
Yochanan 1 (1 John) 3:4 Everyone doing sin also does lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.
The Torah is light.
Tehillim (Psalms) 119:105 Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.
Tehillim 119:130 The opening of Your Words gives light, giving understanding to the simple.
Devarim (Deuteronomy) 28 1-15 speaks to us of all the blessings we receive when we obey the commandments. However from verses 16 to 68 we read of all the curses that will come to the disobedient.
Devarim 30:18 -20 “ I have declared to you today that you shall certainly perish, you shall not prolong your days in the land which you are passing over the Yarden[iv] to enter and possess. 19 “I have called the shamayim and the earth as witnesses today against you: I have put before you chai[v]and death, the berakhah[vi]and the curse. Therefore you shall choose chai, so that you live, both you and your seed, 20 to love YHWH your Elohim, to obey His voice, and to cling to Him, -for He is your chai and the length of your days-to dwell in the land which YHWH swore to your fathers, to Avraham, to Yitschaq[vii], and to Ya’aqov[viii], to give them.”
Certainly my ancestors had been disobedient to the commandment, but the same curse came upon me in the moment I gave in to dabble into the occult. I was interested in the supernatural, but I did not know that I was going completely away from my Creator. I came to a point to deny His existence. I will not talk about all this now, but suffice to say that He did find me, and rescued me from going down to a place to no-return.
But there is a remedy for each of us, and we can be set free.