Blessed or Cursed
<<favour or disfavour>>
Throughout the Bible blessings are contrasted with curses, with everyone either living under the blessing or the curse of God and there is
always an underlying reason why. The Bible makes it clear; listening to and obeying God’s voice results in blessing, while disobeying brings
a curse (Deut 27:10, 28:1,2,15). “I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse – the blessing if you obey the commands of the Lord
…the curse if you disobey…I have
set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life” (Deut 11:26-28, 30:19).
Blessed or cursed – we decide
Mt 7:24-27; Lk 11:28). God’s curse is on the wicked, but His blessing is on the righteous (Prov 3:33). We determine whether we will be blessed or cursed. It depends on our choice to go God’s way or our own self-centred way. If we want His blessing we must fulfill the conditions, obediently going through the challenge or the situation He has set up. Taken to the ultimate conclusion, those blessed will spend eternity in heaven while those who have rejected His right to rule and refuse His offer of salvation will be cursed, doomed to everlasting torment for their sin (Gal 3:13). Everyone is in one of these two groups.
By default humanity is automatically under the penalty of sin because of a failure to know and do the will of God. The Bible says, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the laws of Moses” (Deut 27:26; Gal 3:10). Satan’s aim is to cause us to revert to sinful ways, but those who proactively choose to accept Christ become adopted sons of God – the ultimate blessing (Jn 1:12; Rom 6:23).