Choose Blessing Over Curse
And when the LORD your God brings you into the land that you are entering to take possession of it, you shall set the blessing on Mount Gerizim and the curse on Mount Ebal. Deuteronomy 11:29
God’s people were on the verge of taking back the land which was given to them through His promise. When that occurred, they were directed to a place called Shechem which is situated between two peaks. They were told to build altars on each mountain. The mountain to the north was Ebal (to proclaim curses) and to the south was Gerizim (for blessings). Interesting to note that there were 14 total verses in Deuteronomy devoted to blessings and 54 verses devoted to curses (I’m pretty sure there’s a message in that analogy somewhere...).
A curse is an affliction (in any form) brought on by disobedience to God. A blessing is any form of God’s mercy, grace, or protection in response to our love and obedience.
I can’t answer for anyone except me on this, but over the years I have brought many curses upon myself with my disobedience and, at times, my outright rebellion against God. I’ll spare you the details, and instead offer up a formula for moving from curse to blessing that comes straight from The instruction Book:
Recognize - We have to see where we went wrong.
Repent - We have to turn away from whatever brought on the problem from the start.
Resist- We must take an active stand against our sin and weakness moving forward.
Daily Battle Order:
I can’t say this any plainer:
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Now THAT is a blessing!