One of the things God has been highlighting in my life lately are the power of words. Specifically, word curses.

Proverbs 18:21 say, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

Most of us are familiar with this scripture, but I wonder how many of us really take it seriously.

One way we can tell is by listening to the words that come out of our mouth on a daily basis.

Matthew 12:36 says, “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.”

I often think of this scripture.  If the word of God is true and it is, we will give account for our words…if that is not bad enough the very next verse says, “For by our words we will be justified and by your words you will condemned.”

Are you being justified with the words you speak or are you condemning yourself?  Only you know.

Today, I want to talk to you about word curses.

These are negative words you speak over yourself, your children, your finances, your marriage and other areas of your life.

Do you realize, these words put things in motion?

If you say to a child, “You will never pass this grade” you are setting failure in motion.  If you say to yourself, “That was a stupid mistake, you will never learn.”  You are setting something in motion – life or death comes out each time we speak.

How about this one?  “My marriage is horrible; I don’t want to live like this anymore.”  Are you justifying your marriage or condemning it?

The Bible says we have what we say.  Do we really believe that?

Don’t say, “I will never get out of debt, I am living paycheck to paycheck.”  Instead say, “Because of Jesus and His word, I am debt free.  All my bills are paid early and paid in full.  I have plenty left over to bless others with.  I am daily walking in the wealth Jesus died to give me.”

In God’s eyes there are only two things, blessing or curse.  He tells us this and then tells us it is our choice.  We find ourselves living under one or the other – but what causes us to live in the effects of the curse?  Often times, it is our words.

The Bible says a curse without a cause cannot come – could your words or the words someone is speaking over us be the reason we are not seeing victory or blessing?

Proverbs 13:3 says, “He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.”

Today, examine your words – are you speaking blessings or words that release the curse in life?

Is someone else speaking words contrary to the blessing over you? If so, the book of Isaiah says no weapon formed against us shall prosper and every tongue that rises against you will be condemned.  Declare those negative words ineffective and replace them with what God says about you.

God wants us to live continually in the blessings of God, however, the choice is ours.  Jesus took our curse at the cross, let’s not allow it back in our life by the words we speak.

Today, my prayer for all of us is… Psalm 19:14; Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.


Meditate on this!

Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.  Psalm 141:3