Years ago we used to teach a lot from Deuteronomy chapter 28 which deals with the blessings and cursings that come from either obeying or not obeying God. The bottom line was that if you walked in full obedience to God, He would bless you. If you didn't He would curse you. Wow! Talk about a lot of condemnation!
Verse 15 states, "But if you refuse to listen to the Lord your God and do not obey all the commands and decrees I am given you today, all of these curses will come and overwhelm you:" Then in verses 16-19 some of the curses are listed. They include:
- Your towns and fields will be cursed
- Your fruit and bread will be cursed
- Your children will be cursed
- The offspring of you herds and flocks will be cursed
- and...wherever you go and whatever you do will be cursed! And the list goes on in the following verses.
Wow! Talk about a heavy trip!
I'm ashamed to say, that I too used to preach this stuff! My, how I've changed! In the past I was pretty religious and didn't have the foggiest idea of what New Covenant Life was. Later, I learned some rules of proper Bible interpretation. Rule #1 is: Who is it written to? So, the question here is; are the verses written in Deuteronomy 28: 15-68 written to us, living on this side of the cross? The answer is....NO! Yet, many in the Church still teach that they are, and if we don't live just right God will punish us with a very severe curse. I am calling this teaching out, even though I used to teach it, as rubbish!
Instead, here is what I now teach: Galatians 3:13, "But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law (Dt. 28: 15-68). When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree."
Friends... No matter what you've been told and no matter how difficult the battle is that you are now involved in....GOD HAS NOT CURSED YOU! That means that nothing you have done, even while you were in complete rebellion to God, has prompted Him to place a curse on your life! You are NOT cursed, no matter what! Therefore, stop believing that you have been cursed by God. That dog no longer hunts!
Grace and peace!