CURSINGS AND BLESSINGS by Merwin
The other day while driving to work I was going through the normal routine for getting from point "A" to point "B", alive and on time. This near-daily ritual has certain rites of passage that need to be observed by everyone that participates in the exercise, and, of course all the appropriate phrases need to be uttered at just the right time to ensure exodus safety. One declaration for an incident in Idaho, may require modification for utterance in Washington. For instance if you are in your own lane and someone cuts you off on the I-90 in Idaho and you call him a "Bonehead"... just across the border on the same road, the appropriate label should be "Pinhead", the difference is subtle I know, but proper "road protocols" must be respected. And on this one particular day two weeks back, while listening to really great worship on the radio, and hurling the incident appropriate insults at "offenders", Jesus intervened.
I love music, especially that which is Spirit filled. Quite often when Worship is heard by myself, I am more accessible, meaning, I am not as 'full' of myself and am more sensitive to the move of the Spirit. So this day while I am 'listening' and 'driving' and insulting the road offenders with the appropriate names, Jesus stops my harangue. He reminds me of the many conversations Scooter and I have had as to why these events seem to come in strings, one after another and sometimes for days. I recognized immediately (no flies on me) that I was about to gain understanding from our Lord as to why this is.
Some people actually "hear" Jesus speaking to them from time to time with their ears, I am not one of these blessed types... I get His revelations in my knower, as Joyce Meyer calls it. I get a flood of understanding and knowledge from His Holy Spirit that always sets me upright, or closer to upright. Anyway, these strings of offending circumstances, one after another takes on a 'supernatural' condition, and at some point (even for me), is easily recognized to be a series of attacks orchestrated by the enemy, and of course... allowed by Jesus. Why? For the sake of the Revelation... of course!
Here is the Revelation I received... and I want to be able to deliver this appropriately, I don't want anything lost in the translation. Please bear in mind that the entire episode lasted maybe fifteen seconds in the car but was for me, far reaching and continues even now... days later.
We (I) walk in His authority, our words have power, the enemy knows of this Authority that has been given to us and would seek to at the very least, dilute it. Now, when we get upset with anything/anyone and we "curse it or them" with any curse... "bonehead" or "pinhead" or even worse curses, we likely don't even really mean it. It is our way of dealing with frustrations and it becomes a habitual knee jerk response that is little more than wasted words.
It is the wasting of our emphasis, our words and expressions, that keeps us in this devilish loop. The devil will continue to orchestrate circumstances that are frustrating, as long as we continue to deal with the circumstances in an in-appropriate manner, it has an effect of diminishing and distracting us. So... what is the appropriate manner, and how should we react?
Well, when the brother or sister on the road makes a mistake that infuriates us or "nearly" gets us in an accident, instead of leveling a curse, bless them. One can even find some humor in it while blessing them... "Lord, please bless - all us - boneheads on the road, bless me and especially, please bless sister bonehead over there, with a really great day in You Lord. Give her a day full of an awareness of Your love and Your ever present attentions, a day, that she cannot gainsay nor resist! Please flood her with the truth of Your love today."
This is sooooo true that, with these "opportunities" for blessing others and all the other frustrating circumstances that beset us... if we simply bless the circumstances and people that offend us, the devil will not want to "bring it" anymore. But, you will find that you will want these opportunities... because they have made you more aware of your calling and Authority.
I "know" down deep in my guts, that these sweet saints that appear not to have frustrations, simply deal with their frustrations "appropriately" by blessing and praying for their enemies... the enemies of their peace.