Covenant Blessings and Curses
By Pastor R.S. “Bud” Miller
We have seen in the last issue of the Digest that (generally speaking) curses are “evil happenings” that come on those who reject God and His ways through unbelief in Jesus, or rebellion, and/or disobedience. Now let us take a look at what the specific blessings and curses are. The blessings cover every area of life:
Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store. Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out. The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways. The Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. . . . And the Lord shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers to give thee. And the Lord shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of the body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers to give thee. The Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow. And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the Lord thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them.
It does not matter where you live or what occupation you follow, God has provided blessings for His children. His blessings through our blood covenant adoption bring life and protection to our children as well (Psalm 103:17).
Miscarriages and deaths of children mean that the enemy was able somehow to rob that family through the curse. That does not necessarily mean the parents had sin in their lives. There are chains of iniquity from forefathers–generational curses–that the enemy uses as “legal” loopholes to steal, kill, and destroy.
When things go wrong in our lives, we need to examine ourselves to make sure we are not disobedient or in rebellion in some area. However, in doing this we must guard not to become so introspective that our focus is solely on ourselves and our failings that we lose sight of God’s ability to change us.
We are not to measure our lives by our own standards, but by “the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13c). Sin in someone’s life may not be something obvious such as drinking, smoking, or committing adultery. James 4:17 defines sin as simply knowing to do good and not doing it.
According to the blessings that are our benefits under the covenant, the devil has no right to even attack our pets and animals, much less our children. And it does not make any difference if circumstances look as if someone is on the bottom of the heap.
God raised Joseph from slavery and released him from a prison term to become the second-highest official in Egypt (Genesis 41:38-46). He can do the same thing with us, if we follow Him as closely as Joseph did.
There are three times as many curses listed in Deuteronomy 28:15-68 as blessings. We would suggest that our readers find that chapter in the Bible and read the entire listings.
Briefly, covenant-breakers were to be cursed in the city and field (when they “came in” and when they “went out”), which pretty much covers all of life! Everything they did would be destroyed. They would be susceptible to pestilence, terrible diseases, and lack of rain and food. Their enemies would get the best of them. Insanity, fear, and despair would be the consequences.
Their animals would be stolen or destroyed by disease, as well as the crops in the field, and their children would have no protection from God. The state of those under the curse is described very graphically in the following verse:
“In the morning thou shalt say, Would God it were evening! and at evening thou shalt say, Would God it were morning! for the fear of thine heart wherewith thou shalt fear, and for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see”
The current sights that we are seeing in America clearly show how much we have turned from being a godly nation. We now have an epidemic of fear, violence in the streets that is killing our youth, the plague of abortion, and many of the pestilence and “natural disasters” that are describes in Deuteronomy 28. We are like the nations of Israel and Judah were in their last days (See Amos, Jeremiah, and the Gospels).
We are under judgment because of evil doings in our nation. As Christians, we should be repenting for our country as Daniel did for Judah when the 70 years of captivity were almost over (Daniel 9:5-19). We must pray for repentance to come upon the United States, or we will not continue to be as blessed as we have been in the past but will have increased cursings as a part of our national life.
God wants to have mercy on the United States and all the nations of the world. His heart is always for mercy and blessing. However, for us to receive the greatest blessings, God will not hesitate to discipline us, that we may repent and be healed. The dealings of God are always done in love.
If you feel that there is an area of your life that has come under the curse, ask the Lord to help you examine your life, actions and motives to see if there is an area where you are in sin. Ask Him to reveal to you if there are unbroken chains of iniquity that have come down upon you through your bloodline. Whatever the source of the curses, you can be sure that the Lord wants you to overcome them and walk in blessing and victory. That is the promise of blessing that is ours as His children.