Sermon: Contending for the Promised LandApril 7, 2013
Speaking Words of LifeApril 12, 2013
The Bible speaks of the tremendous power of words; both for good and evil, for blessing and cursing.
God spoke creation into existence. His words have ultimate power and authority. Since we are created in the image of God, it stands to reason that our words also carry power. Obviously, our words are not on the same level as God’s, but they are powerful nonetheless.
The book of Proverbs has a lot to say about the power of words. Here are just two examples:
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”
“The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”
-Proverbs 12:18 (NIV)
It is true: words can bring life or death, healing or hurt, blessing or cursing. Whoever said, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” was a liar.
The Power to Curse
James said that the tongue is “an unruly evil, full of deadly poison” (James 3:8). He goes on to say this: “With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so” (James 3:9-10).
Just like we can speak in such a way that it blesses people and builds them up, we can also speak curses over people’s lives. James is not talking about profanity here; he is saying that our words can literally curse people.
A curse is a supernatural force to bring harm and destruction to a person’s life. Curses may manifest in various ways, but be sure that this is not some superstitious or primitive belief. The Bible speaks about blessings and curses, and these are both real forces in the world.
Having been involved in deliverance ministry over the past several years, I have prayed over people to break curses that have been spoken over their lives. A “word curse” is the opposite of a spoken blessing. It is speaking words over people’s lives that take the form of a curse, bringing harm and destruction.
Word curses have the most power when they come from those in authority: parents, teachers, coaches, and even pastors. Those who speak them are usually not intentionally putting a curse on people; they just don’t realize the power that their words have.
Here are some examples of a word curses from a parent to a child:
“You are so stupid. You are never going to amount to anything in life.”
“You are going to end up just like your father” (in a negative sense).
“You are such a failure. Can’t you do anything right?”
“Nobody would ever want to marry you.”
When words such as this are declared over a child, the parent is cursing that child. The curse does not automatically take effect, but when a child believes and receives these words, they become lodged into their soul and become a force for harm. It is not uncommon for evil spirits to be attached to these words, reinforcing the lies that have been spoken.
I have seen amazing things happen when I have prayed to break word curses off of people. Some begin weeping uncontrollably as the words are broken from them and the spirits cast out. Others report actually feeling things being uprooted from their soul.
Breaking Free from Word Curses
Are you living under the power of a word curse? Are there things that have been spoken over your life—even years ago—that have taken the effect of a curse? To break free from these curses you must renounce your agreement with them. Any way that you have agreed with and accepted them must be revoked; then replace these words with the truth of God’s Word. Be sure to forgive the one who spoke them and release any bitterness or anger you may feel toward them.
As I mentioned earlier, it may be necessary to cast an evil spirit out. Once the words are broken, simply command any spirit attached to the curse to go. Demons have no right to be there once the words have been renounced and broken. This is something you can do on your own, but it may be helpful to receive prayer ministry from someone you trust, who is equipped in healing or deliverance ministry.
Renew your mind with God’s Word. Know that you are blessed by God as a redeemed son or daughter, and that Jesus paid the price for every curse to be broken. Walk in the blessings of God and believe that He has good plans for you!
Questions: Have you ever lived under the power of a word curse? Are there any words over your life that need to be broken?