Day 12 – Overcoming

Day 12     |     Overcoming


For today’s devotional, “Do not say . . . “ I want to post an excerpt out of my book, You’re Crazy if You Don’t Talk to Yourself. Enjoy!

OVERCOMING WORD CURSES – Why Was Zacharias Muted? 

“And the angel answered and said to him [Zacharias], ‘I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings. But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time’” (Luke 1:19-20). “Now Joshua had commanded the people, saying, ‘You shall not shout or make any noise with your voice, nor shall a word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I say to you, “Shout!” Then you shall shout’” (Joshua 6:10).

The silencing of Zacharias tells us much about the kingdom of God. What was his transgression that caused this consequence? Zacharias asked the angel about the feasibility of Elizabeth and him having a child at their age. The angel detected something in this questioning that threatened God’s prophetic purposes. The solution to this was to hush Zacharias for the duration of the pregnancy.

Something similar happened in Joshua 6. The Children of Israel were about to conquer the first piece of their promised land (Jericho). To accomplish this, “General Joshua” gave a very unusual command. The people were to walk around the city in silence. No talking was allowed until the seventh day when they were to “shout the walls down.” This unusual strategy was done because Joshua remembered that forty years earlier ten of the twelve spies spoke a contagiously bad report that led to forty years ofwilderness living (see Numbers 13 and 14). As with the angel who was speaking to Zacharias, Joshua was not going to risk having word curses spoken that might hinder or stop the promises of God from being fulfilled. James says this about the tongue, “With it we curse men” (James 3:9). A curse is a negative force that adversely affects individuals, families, groups of people and geographical locations. It is caused by a violation of a spiritual law or through words spoken. A simple biblical study reveals the power of curses (and, of course, blessings).

Jesus came to redeem us from the curse (Galatians 3:13-14), but we must receive this deliverance and blessing that He has provided. Many people (including Christians) unwittingly live under the shadow of word curses spoken by themselves or by others. Remember that James said, “With it [words] we curse men.” One of these cursed men certainly can be our self.

We can hinder our lives through self-pronounced word curses when we make concluding statements like, “I am dumb”; “I cannot do that”; “I am accident prone”; “this will never change”; etc. These types of statements reflect that we don’t understand how powerful we are. We carelessly speak and then find ourselves living in a prison of restriction and difficulty. “My brothers, these things ought not to be so” (James 3:10). 

All overcoming Christians need to silence themselves from speaking word curses over their lives, others, their circumstances and their future. This “negativity fast” does not mean we live in denial and never discuss difficulties, but it is a purposing to not speak out negative, unbelieving conclusions about these matters. Like Zacharias, let’s ask God to give us a Holy Spirit zipper for our mouths so that we won’t curse and abort the great things that have been conceived through prayer, faith, prophecy and obedience. Like Joshua, let’s remind ourselves that if we cannot say anything good, then we need a new perspective before speaking anything at all. Remember, LIFE IS IN THE POWER OF THE TONGUE, so let’s use our words to create blessings and not curses.

Unreasonably Optimistic,

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“As I speak God’s word, He sends it to heal and deliver me from my destruction!”
(Psalm 107:20)



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