Immune to Fear Week 3

Day 3 of 7 • This day’s reading

Devotional

 You Are Immune to the Curse! 


  Fear plays into the hands of the devil. The truth is, he can do no real damage, except to make us fear that he can. The devil is a con artist. Try as he may to stop the people of God with his wicked schemes, he is forever a failure because we are forever covered by the blood of the lamb! 


The story of Balak’s plot to curse Israel in Numbers 22-24 shows us this example. Up until this point, Israel had been undefeated on the battlefield. Balak, the king of Moab, was determined to change Israel’s winning streak. He desired to rid the land of God’s people, so he resorted to other means to come against them. He offered Balaam, the prophet, money to put a curse on Israel. Unfortunately, Balaam was willing, because he loved money. He knew that the Lord did not want to curse Israel, but he asked anyway, just in case. He sought the Lord, hoping that God would give him that kind of a prophecy. 


Balak and Balaam clambered up to the rocky peaks of “the high places of Baal” and built seven altars. There they offered seven bulls and seven rams in sacrifice, hoping that some dark, occult force might oblige them and hinder the progress of God’s people. However, God does not deal in curses against His own people! Yet Balaam and Balak persisted, trying hard from every angle, but they found the attempt was utterly futile. They looked at the tents of Israel at the foot of the high hills. In the midst of the camp was the tabernacle, with the cloud of God’s presence, the very banner of the Lord, constantly there. “He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep” (Ps. 121:4). Early in the morning, Israel was resting, safe beneath the outspread wings of Jehovah, which were invisible to Israel’s enemies.


Balaam was forced to speak the truth and speak a blessing over Israel. He showed us that God’s people are not for cursing. We are immune. We are redeemed, as was Israel. What was true of God’s redeemed people then, it is true of the redeemed today! Fear hears the shout of the enemy, but faith hears the shout of the King of kings. “There is no sorcery against Jacob, nor any divination against Israel. It now must be said of Jacob and of Israel, ‘Oh, what God has done!’” (Num. 23:23). 


Incidentally, this verse reminds me of the many times that witch doctors have attempted to curse our gospel campaigns. Many times, the proclamation of a simple but anointed “Hallelujah!” from the platform has broken the yoke of oppression and sent witches wheezing and choking for breath! Their attempts to curse us and call up demons have been foiled by God’s mighty protection. Truly, “The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him” (Ps. 34:7). 


When the howling winds of death were heard across Egypt at the Passover, no Israeli home knew its cold breath. When the Lord passed through Egypt smiting all the firstborn in the land, He passed over all the houses on which He saw the blood of the lamb. 


“On that night I will pass through the land of Egypt and strike down every firstborn son and firstborn male animal in the land of Egypt. I will execute judgment against all the gods of Egypt, for I am the Lord! But the blood on your doorposts will serve as a sign, marking the houses where you are staying. When I see the blood, I will pass over you. This plague of death will not touch you when I strike the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 12:12-13) 


Every child of God today is covered and marked by the blood of Jesus. Each one of us is beyond the reach of the powers of hell, witches, spells, curses, demons, or all the devil’s minions. The principalities and powers in heavenly places cannot touch us while we rest beneath the banner of the precious blood of our Savior, our Passover Lamb. His protection surrounding us is impenetrable and invulnerable. Psalm 121:5-8 describes the Lord’s protective banner over us, “The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade. The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night. The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.”


Source: (Evangelism by Fire pg. 224-226.)