Cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Genesis 3:17-19 ESV
Cursing is when a supernatural power is called upon to injure something or someone. In this case, God initiates the curse upon the earth. Sin has brought about desperate consequences for the man and woman. The very planet that God had created for them to subdue will now hold them captive. The irony is that, in death, earth will swallow them up completely when they return to the dust of the ground.
The land still feels the effects of man’s sin. It holds the memory of whatever has been done upon it. God’s original purpose for His creation (including the land) was that it glorify Him, as well as bless and sustain the people He created. But man’s sin defiled the land. If we are responsible for defiling the land, it follows that we are critical to the healing and restoring of the land. If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chron. 7:14 Old Testament reformers like Hezekiah and Josiah repented and cleansed the land from defilement and they prospered.
In the Canadian Arctic, a very moving reconciliation ceremony was held between original inhabitants of the land and those who came afterwards to settle there. As the newcomers repented and rededicated a particular plot of land, they were overwhelmed with God’s immediate response. Although caribou (a mainstay of life) had been scarce in the area for nearly four years, suddenly 15,000 caribou showed up two days later. The caribou spontaneously gathered on the very spot where the land had been rededicated.
The power of God to heal and restore is released through repentance. I encourage those who attend my prayer mapping training to pray through their homes, pray over their property, and if needed, repent for whatever has historically happened there. Wherever there has been sin, residue remains and the land holds the scars.
God longs to bless His children. We must actively rule over every place the sole of our foot treads. Many today, because of reading this, will spiritually cleanse their homes and feel a powerful difference as they experience a peace never before felt on the land they own. God is true to His Word. “Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice, for the Lord has done great things! Fear not, you beasts of the field, for the pastures of the wilderness are green; the tree bears its fruit; the fig tree and vine give their full yield. “Be glad, O children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has given the early rain for your vindication; he has poured down for you abundant rain. Joel 2:21-23
You give me all the spiritual tools I need to live in freedom. Visit and bring life to my land. Amen