Dear Partner, April 2018
You would probably think I was crazy if I asked you to show me the blueprints of your home and asked you to build a room on for the devil. You’d probably look at me like, “No way! I’m not building a room on my house for Satan! Are you crazy?” Yet there are many people who sometimes unwillingly and (often willingly) make accommodations for a curse to come into their lives, and unfortunately, they end up settling down with it. Many people get comfortable living with a little bit of pain, a little bit of debt, a little bit of sickness, a little bit of worry, and a little bit of unrest. As long as the devil doesn’t tip the boat to something too serious, people just learn to live with it.
Learning to live with a curse is like building a room on to your house and welcoming the enemy to dwell there. That’s crazy! You need to fight the good fight of faith and denounce the curse and its right to live in you or anywhere near you. Your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, and you are God’s, and everything that concerns you is God’s.
Do you remember in Mark 5 where Jesus crossed the sea to have an encounter with a demon- possessed man? That guy was out of his mind! He would rip his clothes off, cry out from among the tombs, and cut himself so that blood dripped from his body. His name was Legion (which means over 6,000). He had over 6,000 demons controlling his mind, his actions, his responses, HIS LIFE! Think about that! And we think it’s something to cast fear, depression, and worry (just 3) out of someone at the same time.
Can you imagine what this man felt like? Who knows what was tearing him up inside. But the situation wasn’t hopeless! Praise God! Jesus stepped off the boat, and the man came running to Him for freedom. Jesus cast the demons out into a herd of swine and ordained this man to proclaim the Gospel throughout the region.
The miracle of this man going from POSSESSED MAN to PREACHER MAN in a day is amazing! There’s no doubt this miracle had to “blow people’s minds”! But what is truly amazing is that the people had gotten so used to the demons living among them that they asked Jesus (JESUS of all people!) to leave their region. They wanted Him to go away, because He disrupted what they accommodated. They had become comfortable with the enemy having his way.
Ephesians 4:27 says, “Neither give place to the devil.” The Greek definitions of the words “give place” mean to yield, give opportunity to, or to make a home for. Isn’t that something?! The Apostle Paul taught the early church not to yield, give opportunity to, or make a home for the curse. As bad as it seems, there are people who, in essence, build a room onto their house and give the devil a place in their lives.
I once knew a man who was diagnosed with lung cancer but refused to quit smoking. He didn’t do anything to stop accommodating the curse of sickness, cancer, and disease. I also knew a lady who had diabetes, and the doctors told her to cut sugar out of her diet. She said, “I may as well die if I have to stop eating sugar”, and she did. She refused to stop accommodating the curse. On the other hand, I’ve known many people who have taken advice from doctors once diagnosed with cancer and seen them come out of it. And I’ve seen many get their diabetes under control where it didn’t affect them physically anymore, because they refused to yield to things that made it worse.
Proverbs 26:2 says, “As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.” There is a reason- whether it be you, the enemy, another person, a generational thing- that the curse comes. And it’s up to you to fight it with the Word and to overcome it. The most dangerous thing you could do, if you want to live the abundant life, is to make room for the curse and give the devil a place in your life. If you’ve built a room onto your house and have just learned to live with it, tear those walls down and kick the devil out. You have been given authority over him. He has no rights to what belongs to God.
I’m very excited about this month’s gift offer, “Never Accommodate The Curse”. You can get your copy today at www.charlesvance.org or use the enclosed envelope and order form. You don’t have to live cursed! Jesus made the way for you to live the Blessed Life Now!
In His Awesome Love,