"I never seem to have enough!"
"It seems like I'm just living from paycheck to paycheck!"
"I know God loves me, but why do bad things keep happening to me?"
"I can't seem to make ends meet."
"Why are my kids such a challenge?"
"Why don't things seem to be getting any better?"
"I can't seem to shake off this sickness."
If you've ever thought any of these things, you are not alone!
These are some of the many questions I hear from Christian people whose daily struggles in life seem to be a continual problem ... without a solution in sight.
Have you ever known someone who always seems to have something bad happening to them? If it's not money problems, then it's family problems; if it's not family problems, then it is an accident or tragedy or sickness.
Maybe you have felt like that at times—that just when it seems like you're getting some momentum, just when it seems like something good is about to happen, you're hit with an unexpected bill or sickness or job loss or family problem that seems to complicate everything.
Why is that? The answer is: It's a curse! Genesis 3 says that ever since Adam's sin, the earth and mankind have been under a curse.
The curse in its simplest definition is summed up in Murphy's Law: Whatever can go wrong will go wrong.
Can we ever be truly free from it? The answer is YES! Yes, you can absolutely be free! In fact, you already are!
Listen to what God says in Galatians 3:13: "Christ has redeemed us from THE CURSE of the law having become a curse for us, (for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree) that the blessing [of Abraham] might come..."
I want to show you how to reverse this curse, so that this pattern of failure, or lack of what you need, never happens again!
You can get to the point where everything that can go right does go right!
As I have studied the Word of God concerning the curse and why bad things happen to good people, I found that there are seven areas of our life that it affects. I listed them here for you because I want to show you how to walk in total freedom beginning today.
According to Deuteronomy, Chapter 28, the curse brings the following things to mankind (pinch yourself and say, "That seems like me!"):
Poverty: v. 29, 38 (Poverty simply means not having enough)
Emotional problems: v. 28, 65
Family problems, including marriage problems and problems with our children: v. 30-34, 41
Sickness, disease, cancer: v. 22, 27, 35
Terrorism: v. 49-50 (yes, it's in this scripture!)
Failure and defeat: v. 20, 25
Fear: v. 65-67
The good news is that if any of these things are operating in your life, they don't have a right to operate any more, and you can experience real freedom.
When Jesus went to the cross, He nailed these curses to it. He redeemed you. He bought you back from the bondage of the curse. He paid in full for every punishment, problem and curse that should have fallen on you and me.
Most Christians tolerate bad things happening in their life because they think that they are unavoidable. They expect it. THEY DO NOT UNDERSTAND what they are really free from.
Imagine being jailed for a crime or accident you unintentionally committed. Regardless of your innocence, the jury finds you guilty. You would be frustrated, bitter and confused.
That is what the curse is like—you don't intend for bad things to happen, but they do. This confuses and frustrates you, which so often leads to emotions such as bitterness, fear and anger, just to name a few.
Here is an answer to your problems. Here's how you can reverse this and stop these things from happening in your life:
Be convinced you are redeemed. Take a look in the mirror and tell yourself what Job proclaimed: "I know that my Redeemer lives..." (Job 19:25).
We are also reminded in Galatians 3:13 that Christ has redeemed us. Ephesians 1:7 tells us that we have redemption through the shed blood of our Savior.
Declare who you are in Christ. Psalm 107:2 says "Let the redeemed of the Lord say so..." You have to use your words to declare who you are. You are redeemed, so say it. Say it when you feel like it; and say it when you don't feel like it. Use your words to direct the outcome of your life. Proverbs 18:21 reminds us that life and death are in the power of the tongue.
Stop expecting bad things to happen to you. Sometimes we "brace ourselves" for bad news and bad things so they don't jolt us too much. Stop conditioning yourself to expect negative things to happen. Your spirit has enough energy and chemistry in it to bring those things upon you. That's what Job meant when he said, "For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me..." (Job 3:25).
Finally, let me share with you how to deliver an absolute knockout blow to these nagging curses and see them reversed in your life.
The first thing God asked of Adam and Eve's sons after the curse came was a sacrificial gift (see Gen. 4:3-12).
Remember this spiritual key to victory. A gift always acts as a point of contact.
But when you bring a sacrificial gift to God, it's not as if God needs it; but you do! Your gift, or your seed, releases your faith to get God involved in your situation.
Throughout scripture, it was a way in which man approached God—and rightly so. We should never approach royalty without a gift. It demonstrates respect, honor, and confidence in that person's power and ability.
So claim your freedom from poverty, emotional problems, family problems, sickness, terrorism, failure and fear today!
Gregory Dickow is the founder and pastor of Life Changers International Church, one of the largest churches in the Chicagoland area. He also is the host of The Power to Change Today—an international television ministry that reaches a potential audience of more than 900 million households weekly.
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