Blessings and Curses – Fathers Day Part 2

Blessings and Curses

These two terms are nearly the most misused and misunderstood expressions heard today. We hear performers and actors say how blessed they are to receive an award as if the accolades of their contemporaries were a gift from God. We read the headlines of tabloid magazines how the curse of this family has taken another life or how a celebrity cursed out the paparazzi in a drunken rage.

Although these usages could be considered appropriate they don’t quite follow what the Word of God regards them to mean.  Merriam-Webster defines Blessing as, in part, approval that allows you to do something; Help and approval from God; something that helps you or brings you happiness. Dictionary.com defines Blessed, in part, as consecrated; sacred; holy; sanctified; worthy of adoration; reverence; or worship; divinely or supremely favored.

Likewise, Curse is defined in part, by Merriam-Webster, as an offensive word that people say when they are angry: magical words that are said to cause trouble or bad luck for someone or the condition that results when such words are said: a cause of trouble or bad luck. Dictionary.com defines, in part, Curse as the expression of a wish that misfortune, evil, doom, etc., befall a person, group, etc.a formula or charm intended to cause such misfortune to another. the act of reciting such a formula. a profane oath; curse word.

So, without doing any further references we can see where our current use of these words comes from. Lets look at what the Bible says about these terms and their usage.

 Deuteronomy 28 is often referred to as the Blessings and Curses chapter of the Book of the Law. Verses 1- 14 spell out the blessings for obedience to God and verses 15-68 lists the curses that will come from disobedience.

In Genesis 27 we see Issac Bless Jacob (thinking he is Esau) by simply speaking over him and into his life –

May God give you of Heaven’s dew and Earth’s bounty of grain and wine. May peoples serve you and nations honor you. You will master your brothers, and your mother’s sons will honor you. Those who curse you will be cursed, those who bless you will be blessed.

We see Jesus blessing a group of children and using the opportunity to teach a valuable lesson at the same time.

Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them. Mark 10:15-16 NKJV

It is these examples of how blessings were given that brings us to my point. The blessings were given out orally. The blesser spoke the words over the blessed and they were received.

Likewise, curses are simply spoken over and into the life of the recipient. Today we don’t think much of curses. We place the idea of curses off to the mythical world of witchcraft and magic. But if we look at how very easy it is to “Bless” someone by speaking words of life and prosperity into and over them why would it be so hard to consider the opposite?

If we can speak blessings (life); “You can do anything you set your mind to do.” “You are a talented girl and should not be afraid to try anything.” “You are a really strong boy and will succeed at whatever sport you play.” How hard is it to realize that we can curse (speak death); “You’re just a stupid idiot! You’ll never amount to anything!” “You’re not as pretty as the other girls why even try to be?” “You’re just a skinny little boy what makes you think you can play with the big boys?”

Care for you

Care for you

I subtitled this post Fathers Day Part 2 because I think it’s important to shed light on just how powerful our words can be. Fathers and Mothers and anyone in authority over a young person can “speak” over and into their lives, words that will shape them for years to come.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue Proverbs 18:21 NKJV

Blessings and Curses. Balloons to lift one up or darts to shoot one down. Are there any words, spoken over you years ago, that still resound in your ear?

Jesus wants you to know that you can overcome those darts by reading what he has to say over and about you. You are His child and He loves you dearly. He has a future and hope for you. Your name is written on the palm of His hand and he holds your tears in a jar. The hairs on your head are numbered by Him.

Jesus is the hot air balloon you need to be lifted up and blessed beyond the darts and dashed dreams of the past into a glorious new life. Trust in Him because He cares for you.

2 thoughts on “Blessings and Curses – Fathers Day Part 2

  1. tknot57 Post author

    Hi Anne and thank you so very much for all that you shared here today. As I read your words I was reminded of what Jesus taught as about being true and real – God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. John 4:24 NKJV Thank you for being real and speaking the truth. Also thanks about the theme I choose. God Bless, Al

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  2. Freedomborn ... Aussie Christian Focus

    A wonderful message and a great focus, thank you Al and Betty and it is True words spoken and believed can hurt us as well as bless us, this is why as you shared in your About, we need to check them out not just accept them as True. Scripture yes100% but also other peoples negative words to us and even some positive ones because they may not be genuine but others seeking to gain for themselves, the big Con!.

    As a child I was told when I showed emotion, other than being Happy Clappy, I was acting, so later I became Happy Annie and was invited to the Party because I made others laugh, not that good humour is wrong but inside I was hurting greatly and would go home and cry, it took me many years to be real and honest with others and myself, I remember thinking that every time I expressed hurt, I’m just acting or feeling sorry for myself, I would think… go on Annie put on a Happy face and you will be liked, Laugh and the world laughs with you cry and you cry alone and this is True for the worldly but Jesus says come to me all you who are hurting…………..

    Just as a point of interest Al and Betty, the Twenty Fourteen Theme has a very big problem which I have noticed on other Blogs who use it too, as you can see above in your message, it cuts words in half which can cause confusion.

    I often wonder why people do not check important details before they promote something new but instead when they find their faulty they will often cover up their error instead of admitting they are wrong, it’s called fleshy pride.

    This is also True about God’s Truth, when some are shown they are in error, instead of humbling themselves, they either ignore it or reject it or both.

    Christian Love in our Unity in Christ Jesus – Anne

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