What did you just say?

Our words carry so much weight, especially in the spiritual realm. The Bible says that death and life are in the power of the tongue. As always, the Bible is absolutely true.

Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words.” (Amplified Bible) (portion underlined for emphasis)

We need to be very careful about the words that we allow to come out of our mouths. Word curses are very real and they have significant power. People who are serving the kingdom of darkness know this very well. They speak word curses, curses, spells, and incantations, and they see the results of the words that come out of their mouths on a regular basis.

Christians are not exempt from speaking word curses. They do it all the time. I know numerous followers of Jesus, myself included, who have unintentionally spoken word curses over others. We can also bring curses upon ourselves based on things that we have said about ourselves! Once you become aware of this principle, then you are responsible for what you do and what words you speak in the future.

There is a difference between speaking a word curse and speaking the truth—saying something that is factual. An example of a factual statement would be saying, “My father just died.” That is not a word curse. That is a fact. “I just filed bankruptcy,” is also not a word curse. That is a fact. However, if someone says, “I am telling you right now, you are going to file bankruptcy within the next five years because… ,” that is a word curse. They are negating the power of God in someone’s life when they say those words. I know people who have told others, “You are going to end up divorced in the next ten years!” That is another example of a word curse. That does not take the Lord’s redemptive power into account and acknowledge that all things are possible with God. We must be very careful what we allow to come out of our mouths!

Many of the women and men to whom I have ministered in personal inner healing sessions or group workshops and seminars have been told as children that they were not good enough. They were told that they were stupid—that they were ugly, too this, or too that. Those were word curses that effected them throughout their lives in many, many ways. It is a form of brainwashing that is tremendously hurtful to the person receiving those word curses.

Another example of the power of word curses in someone’s life is when a person is told that they are not smart enough to do whatever they think they would like to do. If they are told that enough by people who have significant authority and influence in their life, they will many times just give up pursuing the dream they once had. Word curses can change the course of a person’s life!

My father told me before I married my ex-husband that my fiancé, Sam, not his real name, was too good for me. That was a horrible word curse. It impacted me greatly after we were married. Sam began hitting me and abusing me in other ways one week into our marriage. More than once while the abuse was happening, I remembered what my father had said. How could this man who was supposedly “too good for me” be abusing me? I tried to be a better wife, thinking that if I only did better, my husband would treat me well and not abuse me any longer. My father’s words did not cause my ex-husband to abuse me, but they did affect how I thought about that abuse and my decision to stay with him in spite of that abuse.

Word curses can also be spoken in anger to us or by us to others. Words said in anger can be very damaging. The effects of those words are long-lasting and hurtful to hearts and spirits.

One woman was told by several family members that if she divorced her husband, she would go to hell. All the people involved were professing Christians. Yet, they told this woman who was being abused physically, emotionally, mentally, verbally, and sexually that if she divorced her husband she would go to hell. Their words could have kept her in that horrific marriage. She had two small children who were also being impacted by the ungodly actions of their father. That woman did eventually divorce her husband. I don’t believe for one second that she is on her way to hell because she left her husband and his abuse. That does not line up with Scripture and the love of God for us!

Christians need to diligently watch their words! So many have used Scripture from the Bible, taken out of context, to speak word curses over others. That does not honor our Most High God, our loving heavenly Father. He says that He wants the best for us—that He has a future and a hope for us. He had a future and a hope for that young woman and her two children that did not include continuing to be subjected to that horrible abuse.

Another woman to whom I ministered told me of being involved with a practicing witch in her past before she became a Christian. She was told many ungodly things by the witch. I believe she was told that something terrible would happen if she discontinued her involvement with that witch. During the time when the witch was mentoring her, the woman began having visions of herself driving off a secluded road. She had those visions repeatedly. One day after discontinuing that relationship, the woman found herself driving on that road. She recognized the road from her visions. She ended up driving off the  side of the road and going down a cliff! Miraculously, she survived that “accident.” She believed that accident was the result of words spoken over her by the witch.

Word curses from any source, including curses and all of the evil words that people who are serving the devil and the kingdom of darkness speak, can have a huge impact on our lives. However, we can break word curses because of the power of the blood of Jesus Christ! What Jesus Christ did on the cross was more powerful than any word curse, than any spell, than any curse that can possibly be spoken over us by Christians or non-Christians. Jesus’ blood provided the means for us to be set free from those curses. Jesus’ resurrection provided the power to break word curses. We have to believe it is possible and we have to pursue freedom. We also have to be walking with the Lord in a way that is free of known sin in our life. We cannot be straddling the fence. We cannot have one foot in the kingdom of God and one foot in the kingdom of darkness and expect to have the authority we need to break word curses that have been spoken over us.

We must be fully and totally sold out to the Most High God, Yahweh, the Creator of heaven and earth. Then we can apply the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ, over us to cleanse ourselves from those curses. The most important part of that process is that we have fully given our hearts, minds, and spirits to our Most High God. We must have submitted ourselves to the Lord Jesus Christ and asked Him to be our personal Lord and Savior, not just our Savior, but our Lord and Savior. Repentance is crucial. Turning from ungodly habits and known sin is vital.

Following the Lord, following His leading, and obeying Him are essential for freedom. We cannot expect to have victory over the word curses that have been spoken to us, by us, or over us if we are not walking with the Lord to the best of our ability. It’s not a game. Satan is very serious about wanting to destroy as many people as he can on this planet. He is doing a really good job. Yes, the devil is very disappointed when people become Christians. He is very unhappy about that. However, the devil doesn’t stop when someone says, “I am a Christian. Jesus is my Lord and Savior.” Satan does not stop attacking us until the day we die. We have to stop giving him the pathway to attack us by our own words, or by words spoken over us by others. We have to break those word curses in Jesus’ name once we have surrendered our lives to the Lord Jesus Christ.

If you need help doing this, or if you feel like you are just drowning from word curses from others, or any other form of curses from the kingdom of darkness, there is help available. Check out our HELPFUL RESOURCES page or contact me for more information. Word curses can play a part in causing our hearts to be broken. God does not want us to continue living with broken hearts! He wants the work that His Son did on the cross when Jesus said, “It is finished,” to be the source of victory in our lives. Take steps towards your victory by pursuing the freedom that you need from word curses. Begin the habit of speaking words of blessing over yourself and others. Be blessed today as you surrender your life to the One who loves you more than you can imagine—Jesus Christ.

Kathy Shelton