Blessing Beyond the Curse part 1

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The power of blessing always transcends the power of curse.

Today’s Text: “The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”” (Genesis 3:14–15, ESV)

We are, indeed, in a spiritual battle. There must not be a day when we forget that we fight. There must not be a day that we neglect to don the spiritual armor. The battle is real, but be not dismayed. God has declared the rules of war.

When Adam and Eve sinned, curse entered the world. But the curse upon humanity was nothing like the curse upon the serpent. From Genesis 3 we surmise that these were God’s ground rules:

1)  The serpent is not allowed to speak or negotiate with regard to the curse assigned to him. God declared it. The serpent wasn’t allowed even to voice a complaint.

2)  The serpent must abide by the Lord’s word – he has no power to undo or revoke the edict of God. We don’t see the snake announcing his refusal to submit to the rules. The creature never tells the Creator what to do.

3)  The serpent is cursed with limitations. The tempter must go on his belly – that’s a limit of his mobility. And dust he must eat – that’s a limit to what he can consume.

4)  The curse on the serpent is permanent. It was declared: “… all the days of your life.” It will not be revoked.

We must acknowledge the battlefield and never underestimate the wickedness or wiles of our enemy. But we must never, never assign to the devil more than his due.

Humanity came under a curse when sin entered the world, but it was not like the curse upon the serpent. Ours is a curse that could be, and has been, revoked through the cross of Christ. You were born into the curse, but redeemed out of it. The serpent still crawls on his belly and feeds on the dust. You are invited to soar with wings of an eagle. In Christ, you have all the strength you need to resist the devil every day. And that’s the Gospel!

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