Blessings and Curses
When I think of a blessed life, I think about a long life without troubles.
When I think of a cursed life, I think of a short life with a lot of troubles.
We can curse our lives by not being obedient to God’s word.
Disobedience to God brings curses.
Obedience brings blessings.
Why are some lives blessed and some lives cursed?
We can actually curse another person’s life by speaking badly of them.
God’s word specifically tells us if we honor our mother and father on this earth we are promised a long life.
Ephesians 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3“so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”
I question the child that speaks badly of a parent when they never went without anything and their father set them up for success. I question the child that openly defies his parent by slamming them publicly with hatred when their parent was always there for them. I question the child that turns a blessed marriage into a cursed marriage for financial gain. I question the siblings that turn father and mother against sister or brother for financial gain.
I will tell you what I remember about your father. I remember sitting in church and the pastor pointing to the first four rows of church attendance and bragging about how many souls your father was saving, how many people he was leading to the Lord. And why wasn't the rest of the church congregation doing the same thing? I remember a young man that could turn nothing into something. So please don't ever misuse what I've ever said about him. I remember a hurting broken man taking his terminally ill wife out on date night, and how we sat across from them. And how she had to hurry back to sit and gloat over her new grandbaby. I remember it all! I remember a father talking about how proud he was of his two beautiful daughters and the young women that they turned out to be. He never had a bad word to say. I remember too, about a worried father being concerned about the choices one of his daughter's was making. And asking me to pray! I remember it all!
Psalm 5:9 Not a word from their mouth can be trusted, their heart is filled with malice. Their throat is an open grave, with their tongues they tell lies. 10 Declare them guilty, O God! Let their intrigues be their downfall.
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? 10 I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.” 11 Like a partridge that hatches eggs it did not lay are those who gain riches by unjust means. When their lives are half gone, their riches will desert them, and in the end they will prove to be fools.
Romans 3:13 Their throats are open graves, their tongues practice deceit. The poison of vipers is on their lips. 14 Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. 15 Their feet are swift to shed blood. 16 ruin and misery mark their ways. 17 and the way of peace they do not know. 18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.
Proverbs 29:11 Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.
Proverbs 26:17 Like one who grabs a stray dog by the ears is someone who rushes into a quarrel not their own.
Proverbs 19:13 A foolish child is a father’s ruin, and a quarrelsome wife is like the constant dripping of a leaky roof.
You have the opportunity to reverse the curse that you’ve accepted on your life by rebuking and forgiving those that have hurt you, and by living in peace.
Luke 17:3 Be on your guard if your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.
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