Why does it feel like the fruit of my labour is always stolen away?

You work hard, but the fruit of your labour seems to slip away to others and Deut 28 (the curses part) seem to descibe how things are for you.

Deut 28:30-31 “You will be engaged to a woman, but another man will sleep with her. You will build a house, but someone else will live in it. You will plant a vineyard, but you will never enjoy its fruit. 31 Your ox will be butchered before your eyes, but you will not eat a single bite of the meat. Your donkey will be taken from you, never to be returned. Your sheep and goats will be given to your enemies, and no one will be there to help you”

It might be worth seeking God on any generational curses that might be coming down your family line.  (NB: Jesus didn’t come to replace the law, but to fulfill it.  We are not saved by the law – but by Grace – however, the consequences of the law have not been removed.  We are able to obey the law – because it is good – through Grace.  John 15:14 “You are my friends if you do what I command.”)

You may also be harbouring a bitter root judgement or expectation – ie. you expect things to go wrong in your life – so they do!  You expect things to be stolen from you – so they are!  The root of this is usually a lack of trust in God.  Ask Him to show you if this is the case!  Heb 12:15 “See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many”

Do you back down in response to pressure out on you by an overwhelming “angry” type of person, even though you’ve put in the work and deserve the fruit?  Maybe you fear man over God?  Prov 29:25 “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.”

The enemy wants to control and manipulate you, and you will need to stand up to this in order to overcome it.  We can see from the following Bible verse, that God considers it a sin to allow someone manipulate you:

Rev 2:20 “But I have this complaint against you. You are permitting that woman—that Jezebel who calls herself a prophet—to lead my servants astray. She teaches them to commit sexual sin and to eat food offered to idols”.

Yes, we are to turn the other cheeck – but it is my belief that we do that out of a strength in God, and not out of being manipulated and controlled.

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