“Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy reward. 9 Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and He shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity; 10 And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day: 11 And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. 12 And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.” Isaiah 58:8-12.
Religion is the yoke that speaks vanity to the religious. It feeds the flesh leaving the soul afflicted. Religion is about the religious teaching religious activities as the traditions of man. It is a mere form of Christianity and emptied of all significance. Speaking vanity, it causes the Believer to believe they are the Creator instead of the creation through speaking things into existence. This is a form of witchcraft using the Word of God as nothing more than an incantation or spell to further the will of man and not the Will of God.
In the New Testament there are three (3) instances where a Child of God can be cursed.
- “For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.” Matthew 15:4.
- “So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.” Galatians 3:9-10.
- “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1:8-9.
The word of faith doctrine teaches word curses, or blessings for that matter, are dependent upon the individual Believer’s actions. But the Word of God tells us the only three ways a Child of God can be cursed is by not honoring their Mother and Father, observing the works of the law or preaching another gospel. Out of our mouth flows the abundance of the heart (Luke 6:45)…it is a heart matter. Look at the Israelites in the wilderness. Time and time again the Lord blessed them even though they were disobedient and did not trust Him. We can never mistake the Lord’s blessings as approval for our unbelief or disobedience, this is His mercy. The Lord will have mercy on whom he will have mercy (Romans 9:18). There are far too many rebuking the lesson the Lord is trying to teach them instead of seeking Him for understanding of the lesson.
“For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?” 1 Peter 3:12-13.
Do tell me, who is he that will harm a Child of God who is abiding in His Will? We cannot use God’s Word against Him to call into existence that which is not His Will. We abide in Him, believe in Him and follow Him. The Lord Jesus Christ will satisfy the afflicted soul but we must be about HIS business. We must seek to further HIS Kingdom and not our own. Are you seeking traditions? Are you seeking methods and means as a way to an end? Or are you seeking Jesus Christ, Who He is and what He has done?
Only you know the answer to these questions. The only thing I do know is The One Who satisfied this afflicted soul – Jesus Christ. I didn’t find Him in a religious organization teaching psychology as a method to victory. I found the Lord when I started searching for Him and leaned not onto my own understanding. Then as He authored my faith, it began to rise and I couldn’t help but to continually look to Him. He quickened my soul and I knew, Jesus Christ is alive. He’s not some religious activity that was empty and void. His Arm has not shortened. Seek Him for your victory. Seek Him for your deliverance. He is able! – Donna Clark Warren