Genesis 3:17-19 KJV. And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: c for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;  Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;  In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art , and unto dust shalt thou return.
You will notice from the above scripture that man disobeyed and God cursed the ground for his sake. The ground which is the source of everything and the source of his livelihood became caused and could no longer yield to the man like it used to. Man therefore began to operate under a cursed environment making life difficult for him. This is material death, such that everything around him became dead because of him. He had to labour, suffer and toil to make a living. This was never the plan of God for man but because of his disobedience, he incurred the wrought and the curse was released. Because the ground is cursed, it could only produce what it can produce not what you want it to produce. The land will not be able to produce above the limit it is allowed because it is under a curse. This was the genesis of scarcity and man began to be in want. Prior to this material death, he first died spiritually losing the life of God. The spirit of God was separated from the man, he lost his dominion to the devil and he became an ordinary mortal being. The life he lost was the same life that was at work during creation and perhaps if he had not lost that life, he could still have been able to recreate his world and his environment even after the curse but unfortunately this was not the case.
This miserable life of perpetual scarcity was intolerable for man and even God his creator because of his compassionate love for mankind. A lot of provisions and avenues were established for man to regain his status and be restored. The blood sacrifice was instituted by Moses but this was only able to temporarily cover the sins of man and therefore could not guarantee his redemption. The law was established so that through the observance of the law man may become justified and be reconciled with God and restore the Zoe life, but all was to no avail because of the nature of sin and disobedience inherited from Adam. Man lacked the capacity to observe and fulfill the laws because of the sin nature. This however paved way for the ultimate redemption of man through the ultimate sacrifice of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, through his life and his body, he observed and fulfilled the law and through his blood he paid the price for our sins and reconciled man back to God, bringing back the Zoe life, the very nature of God lost in the Garden.
Romans 5:18-19. Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.  For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
Through Christ’s obedience, the judgment that was passed on man in the garden and the curse was revoked, the life was restored and man received the ability to recreate his environment. The bible says in Galatians 3:13-14 that Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hung on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. That promise is the promise of the Holy Spirit which Christ himself first received when he was baptized in Mark 1:10, the bible records that heaven was open and the Holy Spirit descended upon him like a dove heralding the beginning of a new life. This same Spirit, Christ promised the disciples and the first 120 people received the same life in the book of Acts 2:1-4, thereafter as many that believes and received the Lord Jesus, received this new life and by this received the empowerment and the ability to re-create their cursed environment to produce.
You will recall that at creation man looked to the ground to produce for him but at new birth the direction changed. The heavens were open and the blessing came from heaven. The blessing is the anointing, the empowerment and the endowment of the spirit to prosper. So man no longer need to wait on the cursed ground and his environment as the source of his livelihood but connect with the blessing from above and by this receive the power to make the ground yield and his environment cooperate. Man now lives a superior life from above just as it was prior to the fall of Adam.
So Jesus obeyed and the heavens opened, it follows therefore that every time we walk in obedience to God by the spirit, heavens will open and the blessing will be released again. In Christ Jesus, we are free from the curse and every consequence of the curse which includes lack, poverty, sickness, death, debt etc. We now have the blessing which is the endowment to prosper. This we attained not by the law but by obedience to the faith in Christ Jesus. Friend, you have a superior life in Christ Jesus and if you don’t, surrender your life to him today and start enjoying
the abundant life as today.
For Further Study:
Galatians 2:20, 2 Corinthians 8:9
Questions for Reflection:
- Do you depend on your hard work to succeed or do you look to God?
- Do you still think that a setback is as a result of the curse?
I am joint heirs with Christ Jesus!