Several years ago my wife and I received a prophetic word from Keith Hazell. Keith passed away in 2013, but he was one of a handful of people who I consider to be a full-blown prophet. Our church had brought him in for a time of prophetic ministry.
He prophesied a number of things including that we would be writing. But then his prophetic word took an odd turn. He said that I had the ability to start a business. Then he added that God wasn’t saying that I should start a business, but only that I was capable of doing it.
It is amazing how words people say can haunt you for decades. They hang like a dark cloud over your head.
Years before this prophetic word, someone had told me that I was not capable of running a business. It was an off the cuff remark and I am not even sure the person meant it.
It is not that I even had a personal interest in starting a business, but those words haunted me.
They had hung over me for probably ten years before this prophetic word. I am not sure how much those words impacted me, but obviously enough that completely out of the blue God wanted to tear them down.
Because God was not necessarily calling me to start a business, but rather He wanted to deal with that lie that was hindering me in ways that I wasn’t even aware of.
The prophet Isaiah said there were two kinds of weapons:
No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And their righteousness is from Me,”
Says the Lord. (Isaiah 54:17 NKJV)
In this powerful declaration, God says that words are as much a weapon as a sword and spear. Words can be used to accuse and limit us.
The Hebrew word ‘rises against’ is ‘qum.’ It means to rise up, become powerful, to persist, to be fulfilled or to be proven. It means that words have power. They can control you to the point that they determine your reality.
But in God we can condemn these words. Note it is not the people we condemn, but rather the words.
God will vindicate us.
So how do you deal with word curses? You need to do two things.
First we need to recognize the word curses. Over the years, people have said hundreds of things to me — some good, some bad. Most I can’t remember, but a few, like the one I mentioned, have stuck with me.
We need to rise up and condemn these words that have restrained and limited what we can accomplish.
The second thing we need to do is forgive the person who uttered those words.
In Luke 6:28, Jesus says “ bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.”
You can’t bless someone who has cursed you unless you first forgive them. I believe forgiving is the critical first step in breaking the power of a word curse that is over you. If you find it difficult to pray for the person who said those words, then you probably haven’t completely forgiven them.
These words can come from parents, friends, coworkers, employers or teachers. I remember in high school, a teacher pointed to a group in class and said they would succeed academically and the rest of us — and I was part of this second group — would not.
At times, they can be said in jest or in a moment of anger. The person saying it may not even mean it, but the words hit you like a brick.
God wants to condemn these words that are haunting you — words that said you would never amount to anything. He wants to break them off you. He wants to liberate you into your destiny.