Cloaked caustic and contagious . . .
Sticks and stones will hurt my bones
but names will never hurt me.
Are you sure about that?
We were in close fellowship, friends working together, pushing through and past the inevitable challenges that come. Certainly, these were friendships expected to last a lifetime, until they didn’t . . .
Have you ever experienced something like this? In my mind, there is no explanation, no logical reason for the division. That is, there is no way to understand it unless you see the enemy, front, center, and all around the edges!
Fast forward several years to the present.
There is an adage, out of sight, out of mind. Certainly, no one from that past gives a thought to it or to those shunned. I believe we all strove to bless and not curse, to move on.
God placed it on one woman’s heart to bring reconciliation. She first approached those she felt would be in favor. This was to strengthen her to face any opposition.
The opposition of the few exceeded her expectations. The response was so strong it unsettled her! You are being seduced, flattered! I rebuke that spirit . . . Words something like this spoken. We were stunned!
Days later, looking for books to take on a trip, I saw a book I bought years before. Intending to write on spiritual warfare, I took it along.
A cloud had settled over my life and ministry that I had been resisting for years. I had been warring against those very forces all along, and now I had more proof that I was not losing my mind.
I resonated with these words as I read them. Much like the author, I have been moving forward, experiencing a measure of success in ministry. Yet it perfectly described what I have been fighting.
As an eyewitness to curses and their effect, I know curses can and do affect believers. I did not need to be convinced.
This book describes blatant intentional cursing; the kind that often comes from Christian cult-like churches. I have ministered to people in similar situations and have seen the power of such curses.
Despite my understanding of the reality of curses, I became a victim nonetheless.
Decoupage anyone . . . Decoupage entails pasting cutouts to an object and then covering them with several coats of varnish or lacquer. The process gives flat cutouts an appearance of depth.
I believe the layer-upon-layer effect of words was disrupting my spiritual balance as well.
Layer upon layer, through continued prayer, they will be stripped of their power!
Words have power. They affect us from our conception onward. Who has not felt their power to affirm or tear down? Words accompany physical abuse also, abusive words. The abundance of Christian and secular counselors and psychologists stand as a testimony to this fact.
When do those words turn into curses? Scripture shines light on the source, connection to, and ultimate release of hell’s power.
But if you have bitter jealousy (envy) and contention (rivalry, selfish ambition) in your hearts, do not pride yourselves on it and thus be in defiance of and false to the Truth.
And the tongue is a fire. [The tongue is a] world of wickedness set among our members, contaminating and depraving the whole body and setting on fire the wheel of birth (the cycle of man’s nature), being itself ignited by hell (Gehenna).iii
We need a reawakening to the power of words for blessing and cursing. It will serve to put a guard on our thoughts, words, and prayers. Out from our thoughts proceed our words. Prayer, often inaudible, comes forth from this as well.
Can you afford to ignore the possibility of curses affecting you?
They stalk the airways . . .
Cloaked caustic and contagious . . .
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