I have been pastoring for a number of years now. I began as a youth pastor for a number of years, and then transitioned to pastoring young adults and college students in 2007. In February of this year we began to train what we call a POWER TEAM, or an Apostolic Team to form the infrastructure of a City Church called Embassy International Worship Center in Atlanta, Georgia. We have seen tremendous things.. things that some might say are impossible or even unbelievable. Over the course of the past few months, one of the things that I have to come to believe with my whole heart is that the Ministry of Deliverance must be present and ACTIVE in every 21st Century Church. Regardless of what name is on your door, your affiliation or doctrinal leaning, the Ministry of Deliverance is absolutely necessary. There must be the anointing to eject demons and break curses in our Houses if our people will ever enter the freedom they need to be effective. One of the curses that I have observed hindering believers significantly is what I call the Curse of the Vagabond.
Curses are very real. They affect Believers and Unbelievers alike. There are Self-Inflicted Curses which are usually caused by blatant, pre-meditated, and consistent sin, and then you have Generational Curses which are usually hereditary weaknesses to particular sins and or disadvantages. Some families struggle with particular sins, while other families struggle with other sins.. these are generational curses that attach themselves, because of past pacts and contracts, to entire families. A curse is simply defined as being empowered to fail. A blessing means to be empowered to prosper. So a curse then is a legal hold that binds people to failure. God told Abraham that He would CURSE those that CURSED Abraham (Gen. 12:3). Anyone that made it hard for Abraham to complete his assignment, God would make it hard for them. Now let’s look at the Curse of the Vagabond.
Genesis 4:9-15, And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper? 10And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground. 11And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand; 12When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth. 13And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear. 14Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me. 15And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.
A Vagabond is defined as wandering from place to place without any settled home. It has the connotation of being disreputable,worthless and or shiftless. And this is many times how people who are under this curse feel. This curse is usually activated by deep rejection. Rejection from pastors, parents and close friends. It attacks ones confidence with people and scars their personality. Vagabond also means one who is leading an unsettled or carefree life, a life of no direction or purpose. A life lived haphazardly and not intentionally.
The Curse of the Vagabond is found predominantly in the lives of church hoppers, those who reject the ministry of fathers and those who despise the authority of leaders. The Curse of the Vagabond inhibits one from having the ability to BE PLANTED which results in aimless wandering. This curse was placed on Cain because he offered a tainted sacrifice (another message altogether) and killed his brother Abel out of jealously. Cain’s life became opened to this curse through REJECTION. The Lord rejected Cain’s offering and this rejection opened the door to this curse. Many people have been rejected, and this rejection must be dealt with. Rejection causes people to reside in resentment and distrust. Resentment, Offense and Distrust is the breeding ground for curses and demonic activity.
Genesis 4:12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.
The Curse of the Vagabond infects a person’s ability to produce. It says that because of the Curse upon Cain, the Earth would not lend her support to Cain in his endeavor to be productive. It would be harder for him to succeed than those around him. And many of you reading this blog have this same testimony. You find it hard to do what seems to come easy for others. You have been unemployed for months but you fill out countless applications. Your vehicle always has problems while others are getting by just fine.. this Curse makes life difficult for everyone it comes upon. The Curse of the Vagabond dries up wombs and makes ministries barren. You may be a pastor and your church has not grown in years, it could be because the Curse of the Vagabond is upon the House, or the majority of the people that come into your House. It also says that with this curse comes the identity of the fugitive. Now this is seen upon many believers. A fugitive is one who is always running away from the law. Fugitives hate correction. These are people that enjoy church as long as they are getting “star” treatment, but as soon as they get correction, they run. Fugitives run from leaders, authority and submission. The Curse of the Vagabond amplifies pride in a persons life, not allowing them to submit to proper authority or hear sound counsel. This curse also brings with it the Spirit of Suspicion. I am sure you have met people like this, they always think that the preacher is picking on them, or preaching about them. They are always the victim, no one understand what they are going through and their pain is always unique. This is the Curse of the Vagabond. Cain says in verse 13, that this curse is MORE than he can bear. People who are under this Vagabond Curse always have a false sense of responsibility. They try to compensate for their lack commitment and stability with more tasks. They join every organization, they partner with every ministry to hide the fact that they are really doing nothing. A consistent Lack of Commitment and Fear of Stability and Covenant is always a RED FLAG that this Curse of the Vagabond might be active in your life.
Genesis 4:14 Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid..
One of the effects of being under the Curse of the Vagabond is a hinderance in worship. The inability to see the face of God is a side-effect of being ejected from the presence of God because of the Vagabond Curse. In the area of worship, people who are under this particular curse tend to be very critical. The music is always too loud or too soft; they always have a suggestion with how service should go, but never offer the commitment or service to see change, they are “back seat” drivers. During worship they are very uncomfortable, and always seem to find a reason not to engage.
Genesis 4:15 And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.
Now this is very important for pastors to understand. People who have been stricken with the Curse of the Vagabond must be treated with delicacy because they are frail and very distrusting; they have been wounded and beaten by rejection so much that all contact with authority must be engaged through wisdom and understanding. One of the most important things about the Curse of the Vagabond is the mark that God put upon the head of Cain. This mark was a symbol to the entire Earth that this man was rejected by God, and that no man should kill him. The Mark upon the head of Cain represent the effect that this curse has on the thinking of the individual. People who are bound by the Vagabond Curse are distinguished by their thinking patterns. You can see them coming a mile away.. they never commit to a church and every week they have a different Spiritual Father.
Psalm 92:13 Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.
In order to grow one must be PLANTED. Some believers never reach their full potential because they are never planted long enough so that their roots are able to reach the life source of a particular ministry or Father. Every time one is planted, this Curse of the Vagabond goes into action and uproots them, causing their growth to be significantly stunted and dwarfed. This believers reside in the church for years and never grow, never change and never develop. In a place like Atlanta, this curse is prevalent among church goers.. no one wants to commit to anything or anyone and because of that we have shallow Christians. Make it your priority to BREAK this CURSE through covenant relationships, commitment, and constructive responsibility. Search your heart and see if there is any symptom of this curse.. address and seek deliverance.. #beplanted
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