Please read the entire chapter of Deuteronomy 28 to gain further explanation of the following post. I am highlighting a few scriptures to illustrate my points but I am referencing the entire chapter in my writing.
Deuteronomy 28: 1, 2 (NKJV)
1. "Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord you God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above the nations of the earth.
2. "And all these blessing shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God":
Deuteronomy then proceeds by stating how blessed you shall be. Read on verses 3-14. It states you're going to be blessed in the city, blessed in your body, blessed when you come and when you go, you will be the head and not the tail, above and not beneath and so on. Note the blessings came with conditions. No you were not just blessed because you were blessed but because of your obedience. Now read on: Deuteronomy 28 the remainder of the chapter. Many people love to read about the blessings, but what happens when we are disobedient. The consequences of disobedience ended up in GOD Himself cursing the same people He said He'd bless. So yes according to the scripture the same God that will bless you is the same God that will curse you when you act in disobedience.
Deuteronomy 28: 15 (NKJV)
15. "But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:"
Read on the rest of the verses.
Deuteronomy states in the following chapters you will be cursed in the city, cursed in your body, cursed wherever you go. Read verse 20
20. The LORD will send on you cursing, confusion an rebuke in all that you set your hand to do, until you are destroyed and until you perish quickly, because of the wickedness (turning away, rebellion, distaste to God) if your doing in which you have forsaken me.
Notice as you read on it continues to say what THE LORD WILL DO to you for disobedience, not the devil. The LORD. A curse that the devil puts on you, you don't have to be subjected to because you have authority over it. But a curse that God has puts on you is different. All curses are not from the devil. Many are from God because of disobedience.
Galatians 3:13 (NKJV)
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)"
The bible does not say that we won't be cursed but that because Christ died on the cross which was the tree, then we have a choice of whether we wish to be cursed. He redeemed us from the law of sin and death. Satan no longer has control over us and thereby cannot curse us unto death but listen further to the other scriptures.
Jeremiah 21: 8 (NKJV)
8. "Now you shall say to this people, 'Thus says the LORD: "Behold I set before you the way of life and the way of death.
So you can choose whether or not you wish to be blessed or cursed.
2 Peter 2:4-10 (NKJV)
4. For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment;
5. and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world from the ungodly;
6. and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making an example to those who afterward would live ungodly;
7. and delivered Lot, who was oppressed by the fifthly conducted of the wicked.
8. (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul
from day to day seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)-
9. then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment,
10. and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. (Rebellion) They are presumptuous self willed. They are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries.
2 Peter 2:21 (NKJV)
21. For it would have been better for them to have not known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.
** know –some translations say once having known or knew Him- it denotes having a personal intimidate relationship with. You having knew or known someone meaning being intimately acquainted with. Knew or known denotes past tense. As some saying you knew me then or once have known. You knew me then but don't know me now. Means of having once known someone but not seen or heard of them in years.You can know of someone and not know them personally but this scripture is talking about knowing as to know or once have been in personal relationship with.***
Whew what a mouth full. Isn't it ironic how we are always talking about how God is going to bless us? How many times have we heard "it doesn't matter what you do God's grace will get you to it" Unfortunately we are taught that God is going to bless us no matter what. But the scripture, not me is the final say on the matter. You can argue with a person but you can't argue with God or His words because they are the final truth on any given topic.
God's grace is not a license to do whatever we want. It does not imply in scripture that I can act in rebellion and sin and still get the promises of God. What God will always do is give His people grace or a grace period. Meaning He loves us enough to warn us of impending danger and consequence of rebellion. After one continues in disobedience, and not heeding to His warnings, He will release you to the curse. Not only that He will take the anointing off of you and place it on another because that individual has failed to repent and move on.(I don't have time to get into this more deeply, but I will say that God showed me in a dream, Him doing this to someone that I know because of this same reason) Repent meaning to ask for forgiveness and not keep sinning. Anyone can ask for forgiveness, but true repentance means you don't keep going back to sin. So if you repent and keep going back to the thing you were just delivered from you have not truly repented. Re-means to return or to turn back to God's way.
The point is God's blessing for His people in His kingdom are for believers who are faithful and obedient. When we continue in disobedience God then curses us to our own way not His. So yes, you will still be alive but are no longer in Eden (which is God's provision) but you are outside the garden where life is hard. No matter what you do or say, not matter how hard you work. You will never get anywhere because of the curse. The curse that God puts in and under us affects your family, finances, children and children's children to the third and fourth generation, livelihood and so on. Most of all the curse effects your destiny. You are no longer eligible for God to be used for His purpose. All because of rebellion and disobedience. Note greats in the bible: Moses couldn't take the people into the promise land. Saul lost his kingship to David, the people of Israel lost their inheritance to the gentiles and so on. Note that God's purpose was fulfilled it was not fulfilled through whom He originally intended it to be fulfilled through. So no it is not about us, but about His will; and His will be fulfilled on the earth. Matthew 25:29.
It is so ironic to me that people can continue to do whatever they want to do. Not heed to God's warning and still expect to be blessed. Not so according to the bible. We love to pick and choose the scripture that we want to comply with, but when reading the book in it's entirety you see again the same God that will bless, is the same God that will curse you. I don't know about you but I would rather die than to walk around the earth the rest of my life and not be doing what I was created for. And yes if I am disobedient that is just what will happen. I can still be saved, and get to heaven, but my life is dead to my destiny. I want to finish by bringing out a few principles, I know this post is really long but please read on, I promise you need to get this.
Principle of the Kingdom #1: there are windows of opportunity predetermined by God and not known by man for the releasing of the kingdom's authority to select men and women of God (otherwise known as the remnant) (Acts 1:7,8, Revelations 3:8, Eccle 3: 1, 11, 17, Eccl 12: 1, 2, 13, 14)
Principle of the Kingdom #2: It is very possible to miss God because you were not ready when the shift or transition occurs. Jesus referred to this as the hour of visitation. (Matthews 25:1-11, Habakkuk 2:3, Luke 19:44)
Principle of the Kingdom #3: Those who are not apart of the shift were not because of there disobedience and rebellion. Once you miss this hour it is not possible to revisit it because this time will never happen again. (Joshua 3:4) You see the importance of obedience.
Principle of the Kingdom #4: You must seek the kingdom of God. You cannot seek the kingdom of God if you don't have a heart for the king or His kingdom first. You cannot truly have a heart for the kingdom or it's advancement if you don't first walk in holiness. Hebrews 12:14
***Note there are many more principles to the kingdom of God, I chose to highlight these four. They are not in any particular order to mean sequence or level of importance.
Why is all this so important? READ on.
The prophetic word:
-God is getting ready to shift His people into His greater dimensions and realms of His Glory to possess, conquer and advance the Kingdom of God for His Glory.
-Great signs and wonders will follow them, with great outpours of the spirit like never before.
-Revival/Renewal is breaking out beginning in different pockets and regions all over the country and all over the world.
-God is revising the deliverance and healing ministries into the hands of the saints in unprecedent
eready to place many in unfamiliar/peculiar territories that will result in unanticipated divine connections by others who are like minded in unusual settings. For example you will run into a devine connection unintentionally.
-This is the time to understand your divine assignment. Prepare! Read and Study. Ser
-While the systems of this world begin to crash (no the crisis is not over nor will it be for quite some time) God is going to raise up His people to be used mightily for Him in all arenas. Particularly in the main systems that are crashing now as we speak. (Particularly in the area of land, business entrepreneurship, health care, finances, housing, social and global economic development) Also outside the four walls of the church.
-God is getting ready to release His kingdom authority through out the earth. But His kingdom is only going to be advanced through the remnant of obedient people and those walking in true kingdom mind sets and assignments.
- God is releasing prophetic mantles.
-Because the hour of urgency is here, God is taking His mantle (predetermined destiny off of those who have been disobedient and walking in sin) He is placing it on those who are true to God and His words.
-Areas of disobedience include; particularly those walking in rebellion, (not heeding to God and His warning), those not submitted to spiritual true authority (not your friends who tell you what you want to hear), those walking in perversions of all kinds (particularly sexual perversions) and sin. Those who are not in alignment. For example one may not be walking in sin but apostolically you are not where you supposed to be. (for example not being in the right region, sphere where God told you to go, not under apostolic alignment), those who refused to not rid themselves of relationships that are preventing them from walking in true authority. (it doesn't matter who it is family, friends you have known your whole life, soul ties, anyone who has influence over you and they are not supposed to be anywhere near your sphere of influence)
~these people will be the ones who will not be apart of the transition and will not see their destiny fulfilled. Note: they can still repent and make it to heaven should they choose but they will be dead to their destiny in God.~
In the words of Shakespeare "It was the best of times and the worst of times" For some the shift will be the greatest thing you have ever experienced in your life. It will be a time of great rejoicing, with unseen outpours of the Holy Spirit. For others it will be the worst of times. It will be a time of wailing, mourning and trevail with no results. It will be the worst time they have experienced in their life. It will be more worse than a dry desert with no water and no release or relieve from the pressure or pain
-Because of the greater judgment in this time, the level of grace that was extended in previous generations is not being extended in this one. So in years previous maybe you could mess up and still be on your way, but not in this time because of the sense of urgency in the kingdom.
-You can and will miss God in this hour for not being obedient. Thereby being cursed.
-Again you can reverse the curse over your life, when you repent, but your destiny and purpose are at stake. You can miss God and forfeit your destiny, while still being alive.
Amen, there is so much to say, but I think I will end this hear. So you see why obedience is so important. Get rid of anything that will prevent you from hearing, knowing and actualizing your destiny in God. Look out for soul ties. Everyone who is to be in your circle of influence must be there on divine assignment by God. This is a time to pray and fast. Really seek His face. Ask Him to remove anything that is in your life that is not of God. Don't give up your destiny for someone. You must be under apostolic alignment. Lay aside every weight and sin that so easily besets you. This is the hour to put your body under submission and divine alignment. PREPARE, PREPARE, PREPARE.
Study and read.
Note: My opinion, although the Holy Spirit is your ultimate guide in the area of your ministry. I highly recommend reading as much material on your area of ministry by others who are already in position. For example: if God has called you to healing ministry, then read and study the scriptures and other books about healing ministry. (Authors like: Smith Wigglesworth, Benny Hinn etc) If God has called you to be an intercessor then read as much as you can on intercessory prayer.
OH MY: Whatever you do pay your tithes! The surest way to be cursed by God is to not pay your tithes. I have been watching Benny Hinn recently who had Bishop McClendon on his broadcast and he was teaching on the tithes. It was powerful. I was just thanking God I am a tither.
Above all be obedient. Whatever God tells you to do, do it or whatever He tells you to get away from, obey. There is always a price to pay for disobedience always. Don't be deceived, like my mother use to say, "If you play with fire you will get burnt." Don't be so deceived that you think there will be no consequence for walking out of the will of God for your life. There is a consequence there is
P.S this is not meant in anyway to be mean or judgmental. One day I will write a post on what it really means to judge. Speaking the truth, warning people in love, and admonishing the saints is not the same as judging.
Samaria M. Colbert © 2010
For more information on Blessing and Curses I highly recommend the book: Blessing and Curses You Can Choose by: Derek Prince. Also visit youtube.com to see his teaching on blessing and cursing.