Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, December 14th, 2011
Days Of Cursing
Our God turned the curse into a blessing.
Nehemiah 13:2 (NAS)
God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.
Genesis 41:52 (NAS)
In my past I have cursed others. Surely, others have cursed me. For both, I ask forgiveness. If you have been cursed by those who should love you, be encouraged! You're in great company. Consider Joseph, David, and Jesus. Consider curses as opportunities.

Jesus said, 'Bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you' (Luke 6:28). He lived these words. During Jesus' trial, Peter began to curse and swear, 'I do not know this Man of Whom you speak!'' (Mark 14:71). Jesus blessed Peter all the more.

King David blessed many who cursed him. When he was insulted on the road by a householder, David's soldiers wanted to kill the man, but the king said...

'Let him alone, and let him curse; for so the Lord has ordered him. It may be that the Lord will look on my affliction, and that the Lord will repay me with good for his cursing this day' (2 Samuel 16:11-12). David understood the power of forgiveness.

When we bless those who curse us, we exceed forgiveness. When we exceed forgiveness, God exceedingly restores. He gives us more than we lost. 'Return to the stronghold, O prisoners who have the hope; this very day I am declaring that I will restore double to you' (Zechariah 9:12).

We might think, 'Don't we have a right to be angry when we are cursed?' Maybe, but that's a right that turns quickly to wrong unless we give it to God. 'Be angry, and do not sin: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil' (Ephesians 4:26-27).

The power of our anger opens one of two doors: one is to God, and the other is to Satan. Choose God. Give away your right to anger to the One Who rights all wrongs, to the One Who restores, to the One Who will help you.

'Let them curse, but You bless; when they arise, they shall be ashamed, but Your servant shall be glad' (Psalm 109:28).

Through the supernatural positive-for-negative exchanges for which our Father is famous, blessing those who curse us invites God's blessings to chase us down. And they will.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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