Been doing alot more reading, and study in preparation for something later in the month… and the thought that words have power keeps echoing back through all that i read. Words can build us up, or cut us down. Words, not just letters on a page, but audible sounds that we recognize as language can be spoken to bring life, or take it.
We are all guilty of either speaking things that are not life, or receiving such things. The bible calls anything that is negative, and destructive a curse. Curses have power.
So i ask you today – what was spoken over you, to you, about you, by you? Were the words uplifting, inspiring, and a shining example that you followed to this point? Or were they words that limited you, sensitized you to some area of life, words you grew into, or words that prophecized that you would never amount to anything.
I think we need the good ear of Jesus as we bear our hearts before him, and take time to remember these curses… not to give them more power but to share them with Jesus, and turn them over to him… clean house, get rid of them. Like those boxes of stuff we all accumulate, curses sit heavy on our hears and minds. They reduce the capacity we were designed for. They limit who we have become. And they ought not.
So what have you been called? What were you told you would never be free of? In my life it was weight… i was often told i would never be anything but fat. As a child, as an adolescent, and certainly as an adult.
It is a falacy to recite that kids ditty “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” Names hurt… they sting deep into the core of our being. They break down who we are designed to be. They limit. The give life to curses.
So today, in the name of Jesus i give you Jesus, all of the curses spoken over me by others. spoken to myself, and those lived out. Your body was broken and poured out for our sins. You were called cursed for hanging on a tree… I send these curses to you and ask that you wash this life clean, break every curse, and the grip they have had on my life, our lives…. amen