Lesson 02: How Curses are Established
Lecturer: Chaifa Berry
Based on Chapters 2 of the Strategies of War book by Apostle Colette Toach
Yesterday, you made a list of curses that are most rampant in your life. You should have committed yourself to overcoming, and have decided what you are going to do to overcome. Today, we are going to look at sin - the origin of your curse.
When you come across somebody who has a spirit of bitterness, it is pretty clear to identify. You can taste and smell the fruit of bitterness in their lives. When somebody has so many hurts that have turned into bitterness, such a person does not take correction well, and they often feel like everybody is against them and that something is owed to them.
Yet, I tell you what... it did not start out that way.
The root of bitterness is a hurt that was nurtured into bitterness. It would have started out as a hurt, very likely, a very valid hurt inflicted from another person. It is not a sin to hurt, but it is a sin to be bitter. When that hurt is not dealt with properly, it grows into a tree of bitterness, and then that brings forth a bitter fruit in the person's life that defiles many.
They face rejection wherever they go, they don't have many friends, they do not take correction well, and so they will find themselves getting overlooked and ignored.
That seed of bitterness reaps a "reward."You will find yourself walking in sins like strife, jealousy, hatred, and other bitter fruit.
That seed that started out a mustard seed, begins to mature and grow every time the person chooses to react in bitterness. The license given to satan is devastating. You will see that it gives satan license to cause all kinds of havoc, like sickness and disease, disfavor, and relationships turning sour? just to name a few. With such an open door, do you see how God's blessing can be blocked by the enemy? You have here a full blown curse, originating from walking in the flesh.
1. In your own words, explain how a continual unrepented sin becomes a curse in your life?
2. Take it home even further. I've given you an illustration, using bitterness. Now, identify a continual unrepented sin that runs in your life. How has this seed grown from seed, to tree, to fruit, in your life?
3. List the fruit or curses that it has produced.