Cursed With A Cursed?
“Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. 9 You are cursed with a curse, For you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation. 10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it. 11 “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” Says the Lord of hosts; 12 And all nations will call you blessed, For you will be a delightful land,” Says the Lord of hosts. Malachi 3:8-12 NKJV
When you “rob God” you curse yourself. Robbery is an unlawful taking by force of another’s property. Since all the tithe of the land belongs to God, He calls not tithing, robbery (Leviticus 27:30). A curse, unlike a blessing, is something that brings or causes harm rather than well-being r prosperity (Jer. 17:5, 7). If one believes that he has cursed himself, then obedience in paying tithes and giving offerings are the only mojo to reverse the curse. You can never “return to God” until you stop living a lie (Matt. 19:16-22; Jas. 2:10).
But can a believer truly be cursed? Maybe: with an unacknowledged identity in Christ Jesus, this could be possible. In the Old Testament, God promised a dreadful punishment for the iniquity of idolatry: He said that He would visit the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hated Him (Deut. 5:9). Many have referred to this as a “generational curse.” Whose generation? Whose curse? “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith (Gal 3:13-14). If you think the question is a settled one in light of Galatians 3, think again.
Although believers in Christ have no legal right to be under any cursed, they still reserve the power to invite curses to come into their lives (Prov. 26:2; Gal. 6:7). Don’t give the curse a cause to come in your life because you will always have what you say!