Text: Proverbs 26:2 Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest. [NIV84]
The Big Idea: He became a curse of us, and by doing so, He has removed any curses.
First of all, a curse is some form of distain or contempt. It could take the shape of four letter words, like ‘fool’ or worse, maybe even some five letter words, like ‘stupid’ & “idiot”, or even some formalized statement. But what makes a curse undeserved? Well, I guess we could first ask, what if we deserve the contempt? My response used to be to beat myself up over it: “You, fool, you knew better.” But then the Lord shouted to me once, “Don’t call one of my children a fool!” (Okay, maybe He didn’t shout, but He sure seemed intense….) Now, however, I’ve learned to forgive myself, extending to myself the grace He has so lavished on me–and thus removing any curse, self-inflicted or no…
Lifestyle worshipers, in truth, whether we ‘deserve’ the curse or no, it is of no consequence when we do not receive it. Whether it be an expletive or a formalized ‘curse,’ it is of no matter because we are in the Lord Jesus. He became a curse of us, and by doing so, He has removed any curses: They are all undeserved in Him. And because of His Grace and Love flowing down on us, we do not need to let “it” nest in our lives….
So do you struggle with receiving silly, sad “curses” of all flavors and shapes? What do you do to not let them nest?
Scriptures to Renew Your Thoughts
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
— Eph. 4:29 (NIV84)
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.
— Galatians 3:13-14 (NIV84)
Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above….”
— John 19:11a (NIV84)
Heavenly Father, by the shed blood of Your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and through His Power, I ask You to remove any curses that have been hurled at or placed on me. I announce that I am Your child. Because the Lord Jesus Christ has bought me with a price, any curses sent against me are undeserved. I thank You that Your Son, Jesus, is my Lord and I am Your child . In the Lord Jesus’ Name Amen.