Arthur Burk (https://theslg.com/)thinks, researches and seeks deeply. One of the profound statements framed the basis of my understanding most Christiansâ€™ dilemma with sin and curses. He said, imagine if you were given a piece of land from a benefactor. On one part of the land was a gold mine, and on the remainder was a toxic waste dump. This is most Christiansâ€™ lives.
When God blesses us, it is true blessing. Much of it is inherited. We gain some by His great grace. On the other hand, some inherited predispositions â€” and sometimes curses â€” are tragic. Satan uses these to steal, kill and destroy. There are three responses to these statements: 1) You donâ€™t believe Christians can have curses. 2) You think afterAdeliverance, youâ€™re free. 3) You understand that sanctification is ongoing, and God is continuing to deliver and set us free to a greater degree so we can become more like Christ.
If youâ€™ve blown off the first two, Iâ€™m writing to the third group. You are likely overcomers, people who believe and live to walk in whatever God calls you to do to find your destiny. To you I say expect more trouble than most Christians, deeper revelation, possible mental and physical pain, but especially diabolical attacks against you and your family.
12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force (Matt. 11:12). Are you â€œviolentâ€?
The Truncated Gospel
One of my favorite teachers, now deceased, believed the violence is the work of the cross to bring to death the self-life. John the Baptist said, â€œHe must increase, and I must decrease.â€(John 3:30). In the modern gospel, how many sermons have you heard that teaches we must decrease? The popular sermonette is for everyone being blessed and getting all they want and can claim. You know, higher and higher. Really? Iâ€™d avoid that gospel because itâ€™s a half truth! Oh, boy, but millions embrace this. They should be listening to Paulâ€™s admonition to Timothy:
2 Timothy 4:3-5 The Message (MSG)
3-5 Youâ€™re going to find that there will be times when people will have no stomach for solid teaching, but will fill up on spiritual junk foodâ€”catchy opinions that tickle their fancy. Theyâ€™ll turn their backs on truth and chase mirages. But youâ€”keep your eye on what youâ€™re doing; accept the hard times along with the good; keep the Message alive; do a thorough job as Godâ€™s servant.
If you want a big crowd, preach a watered-down gospel. Theyâ€™ll flock to me-centeredness where God isnâ€™t the focus but only what He can do for us. God IS good, but our part is loving Him for Him and not only what He can do for us. This is called the Santa Claus gospel.
Let me get to the point of this message â€” deep rooted sin and curses. They go hand-in-hand. Let me say, unequivocally, that this can take a LONG time to deal with, wear us out and cause us to become highly aggravated, depressed and hopeless. This isnâ€™t a promise to all who read this but only those who follow this â€œformulaâ€ in Hebrews:
Hebrews 10:36 Amplified Bible (AMP)
36 For you have need of patient endurance [to bear up under difficult circumstances without compromising], so that when you have carried out the will of God, you may receive and enjoy to the full what is promised.
First, let me write that our faithful and sweet Father gives without grudging (Jas. 1:5). However, some deliverance takes a LONG time. He knows what you want and what youâ€™re willing to pursue to receive it. Iâ€™ve written about the milk drinkers (babes in Christ), bread eaters (this goes well with peanut butter) and the beef people. The author of Hebrews had this to say about this group:
11 Concerning this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull and sluggish in [your spiritual] hearing and disinclined to listen. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers [because of the time you have had to learn these truths], you actually need someone to teach you again the elementary principles of Godâ€™s word [from the beginning], and you have come to be continually in need of milk, not solid food. 13 For everyone who lives on milk is [doctrinally inexperienced and] unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a spiritual infant. 14 But solid food is for the [spiritually] mature, whose senses are trained by practice to distinguish between what is morally good and what is evil (Hebrews 5:11-14 Amp).
So, where do you find yourself? If youâ€™re eating steak and havenâ€™t found deliverance from your personal hell, I have some requisites for you.
- Much deep deliverance requires revelation and pursuit of early childhood woundedness. Everyone gets hurt. Some of this is satanically inspired. He seeks to find an opening in your soul through words of rejection, molestation or some other mental or physical trauma. This can stick with you into adulthood. If you deny your feelings, join the millions who â€œsuck it upâ€ and act as if nothing gotten to them. This is usually simply denial and much pride.
- In the journey to freedom, expect plenty of trials that test the fruit of the spirit in you. The advancement to maturity in Christ is laden with potholes, fair weather friends and people with lots of ways to skip your trials by speaking faith. Although we should speak faith, often much more is required. Personally, I trust very few people who havenâ€™t been tried in the fire. There is far too much Christian pretense in them:
6So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. 7These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies goldâ€”though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world (1 Pet. 1:6 NLT).
3 Gold and silver are tested by fire, and a person’s heart is tested by the Lord (Prov. 17:3).
- Deep sin is often removed by continuous repentance and sometimes pain:
This type of repentance isnâ€™t about daily sins but primarily about our character. Character involves many things â€” integrity, common sense, morality, which involves the fear of the Lord, and mostly wisdom. How much wisdom do we see today? In government, families, the church and corporations? Very little. Lots of intellect, technological advancement but little wisdom. We will perish without it!
Weâ€™re in deep manure in this country where little regard for truth and responsibility exist. As long as our character is tied to the old sin nature, our old character habits remain intact. Self-deceit is the main culprit since we may often think more of ourselves than we should:
Romans 12:3 Amplified Bible (AMP)
3 For by the grace [of God] given to me I say to everyone of you not to think more highly of himself [and of his importance and ability] than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has apportioned to each a degree of faith [and a purpose designed for service].
As a consequence, we defend ourselves to justify actions that arenâ€™t Christian.
As I mentioned above, some sin is removed through suffering from the reaping of our sin. In Godâ€™s mercy, He allows suffering to purge the desire to continue to commit the same sins repeatedly:
4 Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. 2 As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. 3 For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to doâ€”living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry.
This wouldnâ€™t be most peopleâ€™s refrigerator verse. It is clearly, however, the will of God to allow pain to penetrate deep into the SIN nature. For some, this is the only way to drive out their irrepressible desires. Been there!
All these are destructive spiritually, mentally or physically, or possibly all three.
By the same token deep-rooted curses require the same persistence and determination. Itâ€™s unbelievable but true that some curses require going back to the womb to discover the hatred of life, ill will toward toward God, people and self. Why is this?
Well, Some people donâ€™t respond well to being born into this earthly environment. In some cases, they leave a place of warmth and safety and totally detest being cast into a world a chaos. In other situations, there is extreme trauma in the womb caused by physical or psychological abandonment that leads to feelings of rejection that could be lifelong. Of course, there are other forms of abuse that can wreak havoc on our well-being.
Many curses are simply generational. The propensity to sin in certain ways is passed on from generation to generation. Believe me, if your ancestry participated in witchcraft or other forms of diabolical activities, thereâ€™s a good chance you may have trouble with the same. No, you may not be burning candles at midnight and wearing black hooded robes, but you may experience ungodly attitudes, compulsions, oppression, frightening dreams or inexplicable evil thoughts.
One major area where oppression enters is through Freemasonry. Iâ€™ve written on Freemasonry curses in other blogs, and they may indeed encompass the largest package of curses with demonic attachments, including many and varied physical and mental diseases. This transference often occurs in the womb, possibly causing the baby to be born with great hatred for his mother, father and God. Most of the attitudes are neatly tucked away into the childâ€™s psyche, where oppression remains until itâ€™s dealt with.
Being freed from these deep-rooted sins and curses requires much prayer and revelation. The main thing is being able to face what entered in when. Curses remain because the power that put them there has not been confessed and driven out. Iâ€™m not just talking about our own confession but also those of our ancestry. No, weâ€™re not asking God to forgive their sins â€” weâ€™re only saying confession of their sins is necessary to break the generational passage, and to bring the power of Jesusâ€™ powerful Name and Blood to heal and sever ties to the past.
God is always ready to set us free, but the timing and the conditions are also up to Him based on our willingness and perseverance.