Blessings are part of the Christian life and faith. Blessings are also part of the culture of the kingdom of God. People like the idea of blessings but seldom consider the consequences of sin. The Bible lets us know that the wages of sin is death. It also tells us that a man reaps what he sows. Scripture says, “The curse causeless shall not come.” Yet curses with a cause will. Here are six curses looking for a cause.
1. TRUSTING IN MAN
“Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.” (Jeremiah 17:5-6)
Jehovah is a jealous God (Exodus 20:5). Oprah Winfrey claimed this verse turned her away from Christianity. She is host of the highest-rated talk show in television history as seen by 15 million viewers daily in 132 countries. Winfrey started her own New Age church because she believes in a mystical New Age god calling it a force. She said, “…the force, I call it God.” Trusting in the spiritual self is nothing more than a perverted form of religious humanism cloaked in spiritualism. Oprah often weaves bible verses in her teachings but clearly holds to a misdirected view of God. If God does not direct a person through His Word then the only things left are humanistic inner voices, twisted antinomian mysticism, or familiar spirits to provide guidance.
On one program with new age authors Betty Eadie, Sophy Burnham, and Dannion Brinkley, Winfrey alluded to the book “Ishmael” by Daniel Quinn, saying, “One of the biggest mistakes humans make is to believe that there is only one way. Actually, there are many diverse paths leading to what you call God.” A Christian in the audience corrected her saying that Jesus was the only way to God. The panel was upset to say the least. Oprah responded, “There couldn’t possibly be only one way. Does God care about your heart or whether you called His Son Jesus?” The point is that man can’t save himself, he needs a savior. Only Christ can fill that role. He is King of kings and Lord of lords. Scripture confirms that Oprah is wrong, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
2. FALSE MINISTERS NOT CALLED BY GOD
“Cursed be he that doeth the work of the LORD deceitfully…” (Jeremiah 48:10)
Not every minister of the Gospel is called and approved by God. Some have departed from the faith teaching deceitful doctrines of devils (1 Timothy 4:1). One young man told me of a network of these Janus-faced preachers. He wanted to repent and renounce his involvement. He said the purpose of their conferences was only for raising money, not for advancing the ministry of Christ. After services they divide the offerings among themselves. These ministers are cursed with a curse. Avoid their gospel show and performances at all cost. Don’t go to their meetings or send them any money. The Holy Ghost is not with them.
3. GIVING CORRUPT OFFERINGS TO THE LORD
“Cursed be the deceiver which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrifices unto the Lord a corrupt thing: for I am a great King, saith the LORD of hosts, and my name is dreadful among the heathen.” (Malachi 1:14)
You don’t give to the Lord sullied offerings. One time a man knocked on the church office door. He said, “Pastor, I am on my way to the dump with these items on my truck. Come out to the parking lot and see if there is anything you might want?” I replied, “Sir, what makes you think God would want anything you are taking to the trash?”
4. NOT GIVING GOD ALL THE GLORY
“And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you. If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart.” (Malachi 2:1-2)
One that believes prosperity and success was because of his own intelligence or brilliance will face plenty of spiritual adversity. Jesus said apart from me you can do nothing. Another verse cautions us not to think too highly of ourselves or to forget our source of blessings. “When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the LORD thy God for the good land which he hath given thee. Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day: Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein; And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied; Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the LORD thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage” (Deuteronomy 8:10-14).
5. NOT TITHING (OR TITHING TO WRONG PLACE)
“Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” (Malachi 3:8-10)
Jehovah was concerned for His covenant people. They were cursed with a curse. The tithe is described in Lev. 27:30-33. A tenth of all produce or production is claimed by God as His due and is holy or set apart for Him. Christ did not repeal tithing nor did he condemn the Pharisees for tithing: “these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone,” meaning, “the weightier matters of the law, judgment (justice) mercy, and faith” (Matthew 23:23). To pay tithes demonstrates your oath of allegiance to Jehovah that owns all the cattle on a thousand hills. The earth is the Lords and the fullness therein. The Holy Spirit told me that “tithing is for believers.” That’s a simple, yet profound statement. Jehovah was clear that this curse could be broken by returning to Him with tithes and offerings. Obedience to tithing not only broke the curse but came with blessing. He promised to rebuke the devourer for their sakes and open the windows of heaven.
(Under the old Testament some of the tithes went to the poor, not just to the Temple. And that is why apostle Paul stated:
1 Corinthians 16:1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you must do also:
Galatians 2:10 They desired only that we should remember the poor, the very thing which I also was eager to do. )
6. SEXUAL SINS
“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.” (Romans 1:21-32)
Sexual sins such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, and lesbianism leads to destruction. As one practices these things God gives them over to uncleanness and reprobate minds. The nexus of all these sins is separation from God and doorways for generational curses.
Curses look for a cause. As already said, “The curse causeless shall not come” (Proverbs 26:2). Family curses are the result of sin or someone in the family rebelling against God. Rebellion discharges curses down the family tree. The good news is every curse can be broken through prayer, repentance, and the atoning blood of Christ.