Where did people get the “God will never put more on you than you can handle” idea?
It’s a legitimate question. Where’s that in the Bible?
God is not out looking to weigh you down with just enough struggles before you collapse. Jesus said in John 10:10 that He came so that you might have abundant life.
In fact, most of what Christians think God has dealt them is actually a curse. And we are free from the curse of the law.
For example, God has promised us victory after victory after victory. The path of the righteous is like the light of the dawn, that shines brighter and brighter until the perfect day. (Proverbs 4:18)
I love how Evangelist Jonathan Shuttlesworth puts it: The sun doesn’t zig zag. It doesn’t get depressed and quit. ? It keeps shining and going up!
That is God’s best. Just because you’ve had a failure in life doesn’t mean you are a failure. And it’s wrong to base theology on life experiences—on anything except the Word of God.
God calls you a victor—more than a conqueror. (Romans 8:37) God causes you to triumph. (2 Cor. 2:14) And God sent His Son to redeem you from what the majority of the church thinks God places on them! (Galatians 3:13)
I am SO GLAD that Jesus has made a way for us to walk free of anxiety, sickness, and defeat. We are free from the curse of the law!
Does it sound too good to be true? Well, God is too good—but it is all true!
Let me show you!
From perpetual defeat to perpetual victory
A few posts ago we talked about that it doesn’t suck to serve God. In fact, just the opposite—get connected with the Answer to all life’s problems and things start looking up.
I showed you Deuteronomy 28, which lists blessings for those who serve God and curses that automatically come for those who don’t.
Don’t disregard this chapter, thinking it only applies to the children of Israel. Yes, context is very important when interpreting Scripture…
But let Scripture interpret Scripture.
We share Abraham’s blessing through faith
Deuteronomy 28 still pertains to us today because we are all children of Abraham through faith:
In the same way, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” The real children of Abraham, then, are those who put their faith in God.
What’s more, the Scriptures looked forward to this time when God would make the Gentiles right in his sight because of their faith. God proclaimed this good news to Abraham long ago when he said, “All nations will be blessed through you.” So all who put their faith in Christ share the same blessing Abraham received because of his faith.
But those who depend on the law to make them right with God are under his curse, for the Scriptures say, “Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the commands that are written in God’s Book of the Law.” So it is clear that no one can be made right with God by trying to keep the law. For the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.” This way of faith is very different from the way of law, which says, “It is through obeying the law that a person has life.”
But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” Through Christ Jesus, God has blessed the Gentiles with the same blessing he promised to Abraham, so that we who are believers might receive the promised Holy Spirit through faith.
The Abrahamic blessing
I covered some of the amazing Abrahamic blessings in my post It Doesn’t Suck to Serve God, but I’ll recap with:
- God setting us high above all the nations of the earth (Deut. 28:1)
- Blessed and prosperous shall we be wherever we go (Deut 28:3-6)
- Perpetual victory; all enemies defeated (Deut. 28:7)
- The nations of the earth will be in awe of us (Deut. 28:10)
- Our work will be blessed (Deut. 28:12)
- We will lend and not borrow (Deut. 28:12)
- We are ALWAYS ON TOP (Deut. 28:13)
These are the blessings that come with serving God and having Jesus in our hearts, so I don’t understand why people are constantly negative about Christianity.
You can continue reading about the beautiful, undeserved benefits of serving the Lord in my other post, but today I want to talk about even more undeserved benefits:
The stuff Jesus Christ has redeemed us from.
The curse of the Law
The following is a key, pinnacle Scripture for interpreting all of the Bible.
But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When He was hung on the cross, He took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”
Jesus has rescued us from the curse of the Law and loosed the blessing of Abraham to us. This is SERIOUSLY GREAT NEWS if you will read the entire chapter of Deuteronomy 28.
However, what is the curse of the Law? What exactly did Jesus rescue us from?
Now, if you don’t realize that Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, the following will be depressing. This is a list of the curses that came from sin.
But now Christ has redeemed us from this specific curse, if you have Him in your heart—and none of these things have any access to your life. We are free from the curse of the law!
The curse of the law (that we are free from!)
I’m going to paraphrase for the sake of length (the curse is an entire 53 verses!).
All these curses will come and overwhelm you. …
Wherever you go and whatever you do, you will be cursed. …
The Lord will afflict you with diseases until none of you are left in the land you are about to enter and occupy. The Lord will strike you with wasting diseases, fever, and inflammation, with scorching heat and drought, and with blight and mildew. These disasters will pursue you until you die. …
The Lord will cause you to be defeated by your enemies. You will attack your enemies from one direction, but you will scatter from them in seven! …
The Lord will afflict you with the boils of Egypt and with tumors, scurvy, and the itch, from which you cannot be cured. The Lord will strike you with madness, blindness, and panic. …
You will plant a vineyard, but you will never enjoy its fruit. …
The Lord will overwhelm you and your children with indescribable plagues. These plagues will be intense and without relief, making you miserable and unbearably sick. He will afflict you with all the diseases of Egypt that you feared so much, and you will have no relief. The Lord will afflict you with every sickness and plague there is, even those not mentioned in this Book of Instruction, until you are destroyed. …
(Deuteronomy 28:15-68 paraphrased)
Just a note
Just a note: Robert Young, a respected Bible scholar, says in the original Hebrew there is no causative tense. When it got translated, sometimes we see it say “the Lord will send” and then it keeps cycling to “these curses will come”. It should have always been translated “these curses will come”, because it’s not God who curses you.
As Jonathan Shuttlesworth puts it: “God doesn’t have to make you wet if you’re standing in the river. God doesn’t have any sickness up in Heaven to send to you. When you’re on the devil’s domain, he has access to do what he wants to do.” The curses do it all on their own.
Our redemption from the curse of the Law
This is why I don’t understand why people claim their sickness is from God:
These plagues will be intense and without relief, making you miserable and unbearably sick. … you will have no relief. [You will be afflicted with] every sickness and plague there is, even those not mentioned in this Book of Instruction.
Sickness: clearly listed as a curse. A curse God sent Jesus to rescue us from. Not a blessing!
Acts 10:38 calls sickness an oppression of the devil. It’s an agent of death. Jesus worked to destroy sickness and disease all throughout all the Gospels—and in taking stripes on His back for sickness. (1 Peter 2:24)
“Intense and without relief” — Long, chronic stuff that won’t go away? It’s a curse!
For instance, I’m dealing with a chronic condition right now. It’s not a blessing, it’s a curse. And I am free from the curse of the law.
Even if I led every nurse in a hospital to the Lord. That could be God taking something the devil meant for bad and turning it for good, but disease is not listed as a blessing. Disease: clearly listed as a curse. Christ has redeemed us from ALL the curse of the Law.
Feel free to save and share.
God’s will pertaining to living free from the curse of the Law
Yeah, God will “allow” you to get sick. He’ll also “allow” you to go rob a bank. That doesn’t mean He wills for you to do so. :o)
We must comply with His will. Contrary to popular Christian belief, He doesn’t want you to be sick!
Because God sent Jesus to take your sickness—clearly listed as a curse.
And by the grace of God, He has redeemed us from the curse of the Law!
We are free from the following curses of the Law
I’m focusing on sickness because that’s what I’m overcoming right now, but further curses of the Law include:
- Mental disorders (Deut. 28:28) — Madness, anxiety, panic attacks, blindness… these things are not for us!
- Failed marriages (Deut. 28:30)
- Not enjoying fruit of your labor (Deut. 28:30) — (Remember that story about an athlete who blew through $169 million in nine years in paying child support due to his sin? That’s the curse of sin.)
- Poverty (Deut. 28:45)
- Perpetual defeat (Deut. 28:25)
- Sickness (Deuteronomy 28:58-61)
- Especially chronic illness. (Deut. 28:59)
Chronic illnesses ticked Jesus off. Sometimes He didn’t wait for people to come to Him for healing; He went and healed them! The sickness that had that woman bent over double for years? Jesus had enough. (Luke 13:16)
And then He became a curse to officially free us from the curse of sickness forever.
These things are for the devil and his crowd. These things are the default.
But for children of God? We have a higher portion.
Living free from the curse
If you serve God, the curse of the Law has no right to inflict you. Kiss it goodbye!
For example, I talked about this in my post What Happens When You Live by the Truth; not the Facts, but I’ll reiterate here.
God’s Word says that Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the Law. Not WILL redeem us—HAS redeemed us. When Jesus said “it is finished” (John 19:30), it really was finished!
That’s the Truth.
So live by that Truth. Act on it. We walk by faith, not by sight; we live by the Truth, not the facts.
For instance, a condition I’m facing is from the pit of hell and I hate it. It’s chronic, it’s painful, and it’s a disease—which, according to Deuteronomy 28, is a curse.
In addition, Jesus paid too high a price for me to go around accepting this thing and saying it is from Him.
That’s the Truth I believe. And I will act on that Truth and thank God even before the facts line up.
People think I’m weird for this. Likewise, I think they’re weird! Weird for thinking God puts sickness on people. That’s WEIRD. That’s sick and twisted. The devil loves that!
“I thank God for my cancer”… well, you’re not bright. Cancer is a curse. (Deuteronomy 28:27) You don’t have to live with it!
This isn’t faking it ’til you make it. I’m not denying that I hurt a lot. But I do deny the sickness’s right to exist in my body. It is a curse, and I am free from the curse of the law.
That’s the fight of faith. And let me tell you, as someone who’s seen miracles already with my arthritis, it’s not lunacy.
It’s living by the Word of God, a much higher authority than any sickness or defeat!
So, GREAT NEWS: You can live free from the curse of the Law!
Live like it. Call the things that be not as though they were. (Romans 4:17)
And live free from the curse of the Law in Jesus’s Name.
In conclusion, Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the Law. Goodbye sickness, defeat, failure, and tragedy! Those things are not for us.
Whatever you’ve lost, God can restore it to you in seconds. Health, joy, peace—whatever it is.
I have this promise up on my wall:
“I will restore to you the years the enemy has stolen.” (From Joel 2:25)
Your book is not finished being written. No matter how your story began, today, you and God will begin to write a glorious conclusion.
– Evangelist Jonathan Shuttlesworth, “How to Emerge from Devastation Stronger Than You Were Before“
God is too good, but He’s all true.
Jesus has redeemed us from the curse. Thank God for victory that belongs to the child of God!
How do you feel about living free from the curse of the Law?