Summary: Jesus became a curse so we could receive the blessings...

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December 11, 2016

Morning Worship

Text: Galatians 3:9,13-14; Deuteronomy 28

Subject: Redeemed from the Curse

Title: Redeemed From the Curse of Sickness – Redeemed Part 5

We have been talking for quite a few weeks now about our redemption and what it means. Are you happy that you are redeemed from the curse of the Law?

Galatians 3:13 (NKJV)

13 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"),

Did Jesus hang on a tree? Was HE nailed to a cross? And if He did, then it must be true that He was a cursed and became a curse so you wouldn’t be! Now, you have to understand this… the only reason that Jesus took the curse was not so you wouldn’t have to. We don’t stop reading with verse 13 and then stop.

13 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") - comma -

14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Over the last 4 weeks I think that we have established that fact haven’t we?

We Are Blessed… and not cursed.

Let’s go back and read verse 9 and then we’ll get started…

Galatians 3:9 (NKJV)

9 So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.

I believe this is God’s word…

I believe it is for me…

I accept it as mine…

I will appropriate it to my life today…

If you look at verse 9 where it says those who are of faith… I want you to think about that. A lot of people think that if you just get saved… and how does it happen? It is by grace you are saved through faith – that once you get saved grace automatically kicks in. And though it is true that grace is readily available to you because God has already done His part, it is your part to accept by faith all the blessings of Abraham. Faith is required to get you to the place where by faith you can receive them. Are you with me so far?

Now we know from our previous studies that Abraham was truly blessed. Financially blessed, spiritually blessed, and blessed with good health and long life… He lived 175 years. Does the Lord want His people to have the same blessing that Abraham had?

those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham…

Turn to Deuteronomy 28. Today we want you to see how Jesus has redeemed you from the curse that includes sickness and disease. You know it may seem like repetition but because Jesus took the curse for us even though He didn’t deserve it and provided the blessing for us that we didn’t deserve and we cannot let anyone convince us that somehow we are cursed. We are blessed because whomever God has blessed, who can curse? Cause if you believe you are cursed, and it doesn’t matter what kind of curse you call it, generational curse or this or that kind of curse, if you believe you are cursed you can’t be blessed. It’s either one or the other.

Now is sickness and disease part of the curse? Are you cursed? No! You are blessed. Jesus not only took our curse that we deserved the scripture says that Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us… that we might be blessed…

In Deuteronomy 28 as well as Leviticus 26 wee see the consequences for disobedience. Even though we have been redeemed from the curse when we live in disobedience and rebellion to the Lord He has to remove His hand from us and give the enemy access to bring curses. I want you to understand this… rebellion or disobedience isn’t just some act you have committed. Rebellion can simply mean not believing that what God has written in His word through the Holy Spirit. He doesn’t want to but disobedience or rebellion, which are other words for sin causes that break in our relationship with Him and removes the blessing. But with a simple act of repentance the blessing can be restored.

I am blessed and not cursed…

Once again, in Deuteronomy 28 it talks about the blessings for those who are obedient and the curses for those who are disobedience. And we know that obedience for the Christian is believing in the One whom God has sent and believing His word.

We have spent a lot of time talking about the blessing, but what is the curse? What does it mean to be cursed?

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