This excerpt is taken from the book, You’re Crazy If You Don’t Talk To Yourself, by Steve Backlund.
How to Overcome Self-Imposed Word Curses
“Pilate said to them, ‘What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?’ They all said to him, ‘Let Him be crucified!’ Then the governor said, ‘Why, what evil has He done?’ But they cried out all the more, saying, ‘Let Him be crucified!’ When Pilate saw that he could not prevail at all, but rather that a tumult was rising, he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, ‘I am innocent of the blood of this just Person. You see to it.’ And all the people answered and said, ‘His blood be on us and on our children.’ Then he released Barabbas to them; and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified” (Matthew 27:22-26).
The Jews foolishly placed a word curse on themselves at a crucial moment in their history. Not long after this, in 70 AD, Jerusalem was destroyed with many dying. Was there a connection between what the Jews told Pilate and what happened when Jerusalem was destroyed? It is hard not to think so.
It is wonderful that in Jesus we have been redeemed from the curse. Galations 3:13-14 tells us that Jesus became a curse so that we would not have to experience cursed living. Even though this is so, we must at times renounce specific generational mindsets that attract the curse back to us. We have to renew our minds away from patterns of thinking that draw the enemy into our realms of living. We also need to not complicate the problem by pronouncing imprudent words over our lives (like the Jews did before Pilate and like we probably all have done).
We can move forward in this by becoming students of our words. We often say the strangest things. Have you ever asked yourself why we speak such things as:
- I am sick and tired of this
- This is killing me
- It drives me nuts
- I’m so stupid
- Shame on me
- Shame on you
- That scared me to death
- This is driving me crazy
- You make me sick
- I am ready for the funny farm
- I can’t do anything right
- I just can’t believe it
- Over my dead body
Are these sayings simply harmless expressions that only a legalistic wordmonger would even mention, or are they words that could actually impact us negatively in some way? It is an interesting question, isn’t it?
Whatever your response is to that question, let me give you something to ponder: Could it be that if we can freely say such things, then we must not believe we are as powerful as God says we are? Could it reveal that our core beliefs cause us to think we are a pawn in God’s big chess game and that we don’t have the ability to alter what God has planned for us anyway? Jesus said that we will give an account for every idle word that we speak (Matthew 12:36). This is not just a truth to evoke fear in us, but it is a truth to let us know that our words have tremendous influence. Again, only an individual who believes he is spiritually impotent would speak without careful reflection on the impact of the words spoken.
It is tough to speak on such matters because of the tendency to get all bound up concerning what we say. This propensity gets worse when we encounter self-appointed speech policemen in our mindst who jump on every wrong thing said. Even though there are these risks, it would be wise to listen carefully to what we say and discontinue saying things that would indicate we don’t believe we are powerful beings in Christ.
In closing, let me illustrate this futher by addressing something that at first glance may not seem related to the topic at hand, but it really is. Have you ever considered the phrase “traveling mercies?” (This expression is often used as a form of blessing those who are going on some sort of trip.) It certainly is not a word curse, but it does appear to reflect a wrong belief system. Do we need mercy when we travel? The definition of mercy is “to not get what we deserve.” Do we deserve accidents and problems when we journey to another place? No, in Jesus we have a covenant of blessing and protection, thereofore proclaiming mercy would seem to indicate that we don’t believe our covenant is as big as it is. The words we speak do reflect our core beliefs. “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34). So it is not just the negative influence of wrong words that we concern ourselves with, but, more importantly, we recognize that our words reflect our true beliefs. And it is our beliefs that will launch us or bind us.
Let’s cut off the word curses, go on a negativity fast, and then speak life in everything we say. Truly, LIFE IS IN THE POWER OF THE TONGUE.
Jesus did not just think His way out of the wilderness and neither can we. He spoke truth to invisible beings and mindsets that sought to restrict and defeat Him. This book reveals that life and death are truly in the power of the tongue and emphasize the necessity of speaking truth to our souls. Our words really do set the course of our lives and the lives of others. (Proverbs 18:21)
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