Scripture: Genesis 3:19

In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; …


Work in this world can be classified in many ways: executive jobs, political jobs, construction jobs, architectural jobs, computer related jobs, spiritual jobs, administrative jobs, and low-skill jobs. Whatever the classification and whatever the job, all work has the characteristics of toiling, suffering, struggling, and laboring. If you look at the classification of jobs listed below, you will discover that no category of work has escaped the curse.


 1. Managerial work: Presidents, Chief Executives, Managing Directors, Administrative Managers.

 “In the sweat of thy face shall thou be a manager….”

 Presidents, chief executives, managing directors are in so many meetings and involved in so many discussions that they soon realize they have lost control of their own time. Indeed, chief executives can become bottlenecks in their own organizations because they are unable to find the time to take needed decisions. Managers are often isolated people with few friends in the organization they work for. Most managers spend all their time and their life running these organizations that depend extensively on them. Managers and chief executives have so much stress that they have their own set of “executive illnesses”. For instance, diseases like stomach ulcers, high blood pressure, heart attacks are more associated with highly stressed executives.

 2. Medical work: Doctors, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, paramedical staff, laboratory, radiology, computer, and medical engineers.

 “In the sweat of thy face shall thou be a doctor, dentist, pharmacist, nurse …”

 Medical workers are perhaps those who sweat more than anyone else. Medical doctors go to school for many years. They lose their friends whilst they are at school because they are glued to their books and must pass many exams. After qualifying as doctors, they may study for another ten years in order to become specialists. After qualifying, they work for such long hours that they hardly get to go home to enjoy their salaries. Many doctors are forced to deal with death, bad news, sadness, and sorrow on a daily basis. The other medical professions are equally stressful. All medical workers are in danger of contracting dangerous diseases like yellow fever, dengue fever, HIV, bird flu, hepatitis, Ebola and Zika virus. Truly, it is only in the sweat, struggle, toil, suffering, and labour of their lives that medical workers are eating bread!

 3. Scientific work: Inventors, researchers, developers, astrophysicists, nuclear scientists.

 “In the sweat of thy face shall thou be a researcher, developer, scientist…”

Scientists are greatly stressed individuals because of the momentous value of the work they do. Thousands of hours go into research that often yields nothing. Many hours, many days are spent in fruitless research whose value may be seen only after the death of the researcher. There are many dangers of infections, explosions and accidents that threaten scientists.

 4. Legal work: Judges, lawyers, paralegal workers.

 “In the sweat of thy face shall thou be a lawyer….”

 Lawyers go to school for many years. They study, toil, struggle and suffer for years in school. They must have very high grades in school. Many people who study Law are unable to qualify for the Bar, because they do not make the grade. After graduating, a lawyer struggles to develop a good reputation as a lawyer so that he can have a successful practice.

 Many lawyers work in their firms till very late. Many young lawyers do not sleep much as they strive to climb the ladder in their law firm. There are many unsuccessful lawyers. Many lawyers must do other jobs in order to survive. In the sweat of their faces the lawyers are eating bread!

 5. Educational work: Teachers, professors, lecturers, administrators of schools.

 “In the sweat of thy face shall thou be a teacher, professor, lecturer and administrator…”

 Teachers work hard and for long hours. You may not have to give your life for your teaching job, but you might lose many other things. Disrespectful students, unappreciative parents, endless assignments, taking work home, low salaries and poverty are among the great difficulties that teachers face. In the sweat of their face teachers are earning low salaries and struggling to survive in this life.

I could list a plethora of professions that work in finance, including bankers, traders, stockbrokers, actuaries, and many more. But there’s this expression that’s attached to everything as- “In the sweat of thy face shall thou be a banker, trader, stockbroker and bank worker…”

It is important and urgent that we understand how to neutralize these curses and do away with them completely in our lives.


Dear Lord! Please, help us to continually stick to your Words of wisdom through this teaching and learn how to completely neutralize whatever curse hanging around, amen.

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Pastor Bob (Idamiebi Benson Bob-Manuel) is a husband and father of three. Born and raised in Nigeria he moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 2019 to pursue a calling from the Lord to build an in-person and online ministry. After serving in various ministerial capacities for 18 years, Bob was ordained as a Pastor in January 2018. Since coming to Canada he has served at The Bridge Church, a ministry under the covering of the Foursquare Church of Canada and currently serves as an associate pastor with Wellsprings Victory Church in Regina, Saskatchewan. Bob has a passion for sharing the word of God through preaching, teaching, and worship. He believes in the power and righteousness of servant leadership and has devoted his life to walking the path that God has placed before him. Bob is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Christian Leadership through distance learning with Trinity Western University British Columbia, Canada.

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