Breaking the Midianite curse allows you to accumulate your resources from year to year and from generation to generation.
Judges 6:1-6 Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD, and for seven years he gave them into the hands of the Midianites. Because the power of Midian was so oppressive, the Israelites prepared shelters for themselves in mountain clefts, caves and strongholds. Whenever the Israelites planted their crops, the Midianites, Amalekites and other eastern peoples invaded the country. They camped on the land and ruined the crops all the way to Gaza and did not spare a living thing for Israel, neither sheep nor cattle nor donkeys. They came up with their livestock and their tents like swarms of locusts. It was impossible to count the men and their camels; they invaded the land to ravage it. Midian so impoverished the Israelites that they cried out to the LORD for help.
Who were the Midianites?
Abraham took another wife, whose name was Keturah. She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuah. Jokshan was the father of Sheba and Dedan; the descendants of Dedan were the Asshurites, the Letushites and the Leummites. The sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida and Eldaah. All these were descendants of Keturah. Abraham left everything he owned to Isaac. But while he was still living, he gave gifts to the sons of his concubines and sent them away from his son Isaac to the land of the east.
What was God’s agenda for Abraham? He was to be the Father of a covenant nation. He tried to help God fulfill His agenda with human resources when Ishmael was conceived.
Abraham sinned in taking Katurah. He knew that he had sinned. He didn’t marry her but had her as a concubine. Before he died he sent them away to the east. Why? He sent them away from his son Isaac. He knew Isaac was his responsibility. He wanted some comfort. He created an enemy. God wanted to fulfill His agenda in a supernatural way. So, the individual who puts comfort and security ahead of God’s agenda, who limits God’s agenda to what they can do safely, is opening up the door to the Midianite curse
Judges 6:12-16 - Gideon
When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, "The LORD is with you, mighty warrior." "But sir," Gideon replied, "if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our fathers told us about when they said, 'Did not the LORD bring us up out of Egypt?' But now the LORD has abandoned us and put us into the hand of Midian." The LORD turned to him and said, "Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian's hand. Am I not sending you?" "But Lord , " Gideon asked, "how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family." The LORD answered, "I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites together."
Judges 7: 22-26 When the three hundred trumpets sounded, the LORD caused the men throughout the camp to turn on each other with their swords. The army fled to Beth Shittah toward Zererah as far as the border of Abel Meholah near Tabbath. Israelites from Naphtali, Asher and all Manasseh were called out, and they pursued the Midianites. Gideon sent messengers throughout the hill country of Ephraim, saying, "Come down against the Midianites and seize the waters of the Jordan ahead of them as far as Beth Barah." So all the men of Ephraim were called out and they took the waters of the Jordan as far as Beth Barah. They also captured two of the Midianite leaders, Oreb and Zeeb. They killed Oreb at the rock of Oreb, and Zeeb at the winepress of Zeeb. They pursued the Midianites and brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon, who was by the Jordan.
Oreb – Raven
Zeeb - Wolf
Zebah - man-killer, or sacrifice
Zalmunna – shade has been denied
The sign of the Midianite curse is the seasonal devouring. It comes in a predictable manner. The pattern will vary. The most obvious pattern is an annual pattern. Which month is difficult? It could be odd and even years. It could be every 10 years. Patterns will vary from individual to individual. (Churches, cities, families)
The other sign is the inability to get ahead. As soon as you get ahead there is something that happens with the devouring of funds. As soon as there is some savings or credit cards paid off there is a devouring of those assets. Either one of these signs are an indication that you are operating under the Midianite curse in your finances.
Where does this come from?
The gift of giving was designed to give the resources necessary to help others to possess their birthright. The Jews have the redemptive gift of giving.
3 most important gifts the world has ever received:
The written Word and the Living Word and Davidic worship
These 3 gifts that we use to possess our birthright are much more important than all the money that the world has received.
The gift of giving functions in many diverse applications. This is has so many different ways to operate.
Legitimacy lie: I am legitimate when I can provide the resources for others to possess their birthright.
The giver gives far more wisely then any of the other gifts. They give strategic gifts that leverage others into their birthright.
Therefore the giver is prone to control. The worse case scenario is that the giver creates an unhealthy dependence on the part of other people. They get their legitimacy from having individuals need them at all times.
Frequently the giver has their own agenda. Their own agenda is for them to either feel comfortable or safe. That is what devours the stewardship work of the giver.
Israel was commanded to possess the land. God said you’re to drive out everybody. They drove out enough to the enemy to be comfortable, they settled down, began to farm, to develop their communities and they failed to accomplish all of God’s agenda.
God is not interested in the comfort and security that the giver can produce for himself. God never intended money to provide security or stasis. God wants to fulfill His agenda in a supernatural way. So the individual who puts comfort and security ahead of God’s agenda, who limits God’s agenda to what they can do safely, is opening up the door to the Midianite curse.
The opposite of stewardship is ownership. The gift of giving is very prone to ownership using God’s resources for themselves. God has not called us to own. In the Old Testament there was a measure of ownership. You gave your tithe and you owned the rest and you could do what you wanted. But in the New Testament God is very plain, He wants it all. Every single thing that we are and that we have belongs to Him.
Jesus never did anything to get anything in return. He allowed His needs to be seen. The giver desires to meet his own needs, and have his own security, and then out of that position of security give to others. Jesus was tired and thirsty at the well in Samaria. He never used God’s power to avoid pain for himself. People met Jesus needs. He allowed himself to be dependant on the people.
Who has authority over this curse?
1. Those who want to possess their birthright badly enough that comfort and security are expendable.
2. Those who are willing to risk whatever it takes to possess their birthright. Whatever God has called them to do, pay the priceand not count the cost. Those people will have a high degree of authority over the Midianite curse. Those who are willing to be dependant upon God in the process.
3. A giver who seeks to empower others and not to control them.
America has been under the Midianite Curse: Every 69 years
1791 – Virginia ratified the bill of rights to make the constitution viable
1860 – Civil War began when So. Carolina voted to succeed from the Union.
1929 – Great Depression
1998 – Because of intercession God held it off.
Midianite Curse: (Fill the below in the blank in the SOFC blank)
Poverty, Devouring, Stealing, Fear, Hiding, Slavery, Trauma, Death, Deprived, Unprotected, Comfort, Hope deferred, Abuse, Control, Wrong use of Finances, Selfishness, Self-Centeredness, Strife, Deception, Greed, Rebellion, Pride, Idolatry, Occult
1. I confess the sin of my ancestors, my parents and my own sin of ________________.
2. I choose to forgive and release my ancestors, as well as all others who have influenced me, for these sins and curses, and for the consequences in my life (Be specific).
3. I ask You to forgive me, Lord, for these sins; for yielding to them and to the curses. I receive Your forgiveness.
4. On the basis for Your forgiveness, Lord, I choose to forgive myself for entering into these sins.
5. I renounce the sins and curses of __________. I break these powers from my life and from the lives of my descendants through the redemptive work of Christ on the Cross.
6. I receive God’s freedom from these sins and from the resulting curses. I receive ________________________.
DELIVERANCE:(Use the same list as above for deliverance.)
1. In the name of Jesus, I renounce and break all agreements with the demons (stronghold) of__________, including all associated demons of (see list above)
2. I take authority over the demons (stronghold) of ________ and command you to leave me now based on the finished work of Christ on the Cross and my authority as a believer.
Prayer to Breaking the Curse of Poverty
Father I come in the name of Jesus to repent for the sins and transgressions of my ancestors. I repent for all disobedience of Your commands, turning away and listening to the enemy or to other people. Father I receive the redemption from the curse by the Blood of Jesus and ask You to break all curses of poverty upon my family line and me. I declare that the Blood of Jesus has broken all the curses!
I repent for any generational dishonesty, even the smallest, hidden, accepted or self justified dishonesty.
Lord, I repent for all of my ancestors that were liars, hasty, lovers of the world and it’s pleasure, proud, arrogant and selfish. I repent for the lack of diligence, oppression of the needy, exploitation and favoritism. I repent for all rejection of God and any cursing or blasphemy of God.
Lord I repent for all family sluggishness, laziness, neglect, lack of judgment or for any charging exorbitant interest. I repent for any and all family concealed sins. I repent for spiritual pride in those that would not repent.
I repent for anyone in my family that followed deceptive words and relied on their social or religious identity for salvation. I repent for injustice, oppressing the widows and fatherless. I repent for any idolatry, ungodly sacrifices, adultery, perjury and murder. I repent for all backsliding, rebellion, pride, and spiritual pride. Lord please break all connections and control that the queen of heaven has on my family and Lord please restore in us wholeness. Please make our hearts pure, noble, faithful, humble and sensitive to you.
Lord I repent for all my ancestors that were boastful and proud of their position, standing and authority. I renounce all the love of sin and iniquity. I repent for all that became comfortable, selfish, hoarders, and trusted in their wealth. I repent for all that sold their righteousness, for all slavery and for all trampling of the poor. I repent for all who were stingy and controlling of wealth.
Lord I repent for everyone that was controlling, deceptive, and put ungodly burdens on others. I repent for those that tried to please man rather than please God and accepted the praise, honor worship or ungodly authority and titles from men. I renounce all religious spirits, spirits of legalism, self-exaltation and hypocrisy. I repent for all who did not enter the door to heaven and shut it on others. I repent for all who were blind guides and I ask You Lord to break all ungodly oaths, covenants, pledged, dedications and alliances. I repent for all ungodly and insincere sacrifices or any sacrifices on an ungodly alter. I repent for everyone who was unjust, merciless, unfaithful and greedy. I repent for any harboring of sin or wickedness. I repent for anyone that rejected, mocked, cursed or killed the prophets and messengers of God. I renounce any spiritual pride that rebels against repentance and I apply the Blood of Jesus to all the roots. Lord, please break all curses that have come upon my family because they were rich, comfortable, well fed and accepted the praises of men.
I repent for all generational wrong attitudes about wealth and poverty, and I place the cross between me and all iniquity relating to poverty in my family line in the precious name of Jesus, Amen!!
(This teaching is a combination of RTF, Arthur Burke, Paul Cox and Danice Duda)