Cursed for Our Own Good

In the Old Testament, if people were obedient to God, then they received a blessing in their lives because of it

In other words, the more of the 633 commands that the Israelites followed, the more blessings they received from the LORD and, therefore, people used this as a way to gauge how obedient others were by their possessions, fertility, and health

Yet, all this meant was that God poured out His blessings to them when people were closet to Him

When Adam and Eve sinned, God cursed the ground for “their sake” and also, sorrow came into their lives because God still wanted to give us a way to come back to Him

Therefore, because the ground was cursed, it was in that moment that man needed to rely on God to provide for them. Man needed to cry out to God for help, but in doing so, God would draw nearer to them

How beautiful is this image for us today, because although Jesus fulfilled the law, He is now our way to the Father

Friends, so many times, we can see our pain and heartache in our lives as punishment in some way from God, and yet, God said that because of sin, it would bring sorrow into our lives

I love this notion that hard times are not a punishment from the LORD but are opportunities for blessing

New Testament living isn’t about the amount we have in this life means we are blessed – we don’t live until the prosperity Gospel, but a Gospel of love and grace, and thus, although the ground is still cursed, our blessing today is found from being close to God – who loves us unconditionally and gives eternal life – when we cry out to Him for help

“cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;”

Genesis 3:17

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Rebecca Brand

My hearts desire is for everyone to have an intimate relationship with Christ. To hear the voice of God and to experience His presence. Also, to help disciple others to discover their purpose within the body of Christ - through the power of the Holy Spirit.

My God-given dream is to break down barriers within life and the Church as a whole to strengthen and develop relationships within every denomination and bring unity - so that we will collectively raise up together and fulfil the Great Commission, within this lifetime.

I am living proof that no matter what your past was or whatever your life has become - God will use you to fulfil what He created you to do, when you step out in obedience and faith.

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