When someone mentions the word “curse”, how do you react? For many Christians, fear comes over them when they hear of curses… they are afraid that they can be cursed – and some that I have spoken with, even believed that a curse was on them already.
It seems that when it comes to curses, many of us have lost sight of the finished work of Christ and the truth of His redemption. We have more trust in the power of the curse, than the power of Jesus’ redemption; or we just don’t believe that He has redeemed us. In either case, the false belief must give way to the truth, and in this study today, I want to share with you the truth regarding curses – that just like the title of this study says: No Curse Can Touch You!
As we begin today, I want to show you some amazing details from the story of Balak and Balaam. Balak was the king of Moab, and he hired Balaam to curse Israel – but Balak’s plan to curse on Israel did not go as he had planned. Balaam found that it was utterly impossible for him to enact a curse on Israel – and the details of why that is, can show us an amazing picture of Jesus, and our identity in Him today.
Let’s begin by picking up at Numbers 23:8, just this verse to start with:
“How shall I curse, whom God has not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the LORD has not defied?”
Take a look at this very amazing statement by Balaam. He says How shall I curse, whom God has not cursed? How shall I defy, whom the LORD has not defied?
Wow! And this is the key to everything. We often give dark forces far too much credit, when something very important is missing… Child of God, this is what you need to know, and this is something for you to remember and carry with you always… If God has not cursed you – no-one else can either! If God has not defied you, no-one else can either! Learn this, and keep this truth with you, because it will give you strength and resolve against the lies and scare tactics of the enemy.
How so? Well, let me ask you one simple question… Do you think that God has cursed or defied you?
There are honestly some Christians today that hesitate when answering that question. There are some that truthfully do not know the answer. If that happens to be you today, my friend, don’t despair; let’s clear up the issue right now. Drop down to verses 20 and 21, and let’s look at the reason behind why God had not cursed or defied Israel:
“Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he has blessed; and I cannot reverse it.
He has not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither has he seen perverseness in Israel: the LORD his God is with him, and the shout of a king is among them.”
Now again, these are some amazing statements here! First in verse 20, we see Balaam saying, that he has received a commandment to bless (in contrast to king Balak’s command to curse), and Balaam says and He has blessed; and I cannot reverse it.
This should fill your heart with joy and confidence in your God, when God blesses you, then you simply cannot be cursed. Just as when God pronounces you righteous, you simply cannot be unrighteous. The two are mutually exclusive. Yet there are many Christians walking around today acting as if they are a mixed-bag of blessings and cursings; righteousness and unrighteousness. However it is not true! It’s a lie from the enemy designed to keep you confused and timid. It’s a demonic doctrine crafted by the enemy to get to you to accept things into your life that really have no place or power at all in your life.
Let these verses which we are examining today speak to you regarding the truth of it all… when God has not cursed you, no-one can enforce a curse upon you. And when God has blessed you, no-one can reverse it either!
Now, what we see in verse 21, is the reason behind why all of this is true. Why is it exactly that God was able to bless Israel and not curse? As you see this today, it will start to bring into focus why this is also true for you today in Christ Jesus. Let’s look at verse 21 now:
He has not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither has he seen perverseness in Israel.
Stop right here and meditate on this, because this is going to change your perspective if you let it. God has not sen iniquity in Jacob, or any perverseness in Israel. That’s quite a statement! Especially considering the many scriptures which tell us that Israel committed vast amounts of iniquity and sin!
So what is going on here? The key is in the second half of the verse: the LORD his God is with him, and the shout of a king is among them.
We see here that the LORD is with them. This is everything… this is the reason why Israel cannot be cursed, and it’s also why you, dear child of God cannot be cursed either. This is why God sees no iniquity in them, and it is why He sees no iniquity in you either. Where God is, iniquity cannot be. And what is one of the names of Jesus? Matthew 1:23, which quotes Isaiah the prophet, as Jesus fulfilled the prophecy:
“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”
Today, you who have received Jesus Christ, you have God with you always. You have His spirit indwelling you forever. And just as with Israel back then, even more-so now that Christ has offered the ultimate permanent sacrifice of Himself; this scripture is true for you today; that God has not beheld iniquity in you, nor has He seen perverseness in you. He has blessed you and no-one can reverse it!
Now, some may ask, “well what about generational curses, magic spells, or other things? Surely this doesn’t cover everything, right?
I’m glad you asked… because if we don’t cover this from every angle, then there will always be a sliver of doubt that people love to latch on to and the enemy loves to try to use. So return to numbers 23, and now let’s read verse 23:
“Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination against Israel: according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What has God worked!”
As with the other verses, let this speak to you. Surely there is no enchantment, no divination! The only thing that is going to be said about them, is a statement of sheer awestruck wonder of: What has God worked! In other words: Wow! These people are so blessed, look and see what God has done!
That is what people will say about you! Because they will see the difference! It will be real and tangible. A difference met with the same statement of amazement. Testifying of the finished work of Jesus Christ, bearing divine fruit and manifesting blessings in your life.
Does that sound too good to be true? It didn’t seem to good for David who wrote in the culmination of Psalms 23:6 that goodness and mercy will follow him all the days of his life.
This, as with everything else, comes with the realization of who you are today, right now, in Christ Jesus. You are a new creation; righteous not unrighteous; holy not unholy, blessed not cursed.
Today in Christ, surely no curse can touch you.