Word Curses  
These types of curses can be intentional or unintentional by the person who originally spoke the words.  Unkind words spoken can be like a porcupine quill in a person’s soul that festers and causes pain for a very long time.  For instance, a parent might say to a child in a moment of anger that they wish the child had never been born.  The child then begins to repeat the message and wishes they were not born and the curse is solidified.  This child might feel a sense of rejection for the rest of his or her life unless the curse is broken.  Wounding words from a parent or authority figure are especially powerful when the words are accompanied by abuse of any kind.  James 3:7-9 says, "People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but no one can tame the tongue.  It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison.  Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God."  

Breaking Curses

Written by Jenny
Generational Curses
Have you ever heard the expression, "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree?"  That's the essence of a generational curse or generational iniquity.  It seems so unfair that we are prone to repeat the mistakes of our ancestors but we see it over and over.  It's a spiritual truth that we can't deny.  I was watching the movie Beauty and the Beast the other night and I kept pondering the scene where Belle took her father’s place in the castle jail after the Beast caught her father trespassing on his property.  Belle was taking on the burden of her father’s transgression much like we are inclined to do if we don't know how to properly break a generational curse.  Numbers 14:18 says, “The Lord is slow to anger and filled with unfailing love, forgiving every kind of sin and rebellion.  But he does not excuse the guilty.  He lays the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected – even children in the third and fourth generations.”  This scripture seems unfair to us and it’s one that people often gloss over or try to explain away.  However, we all know someone who repeats the sins of their parents or grandparents.  There is an unseen force that drives a person to commit the same transgressions as the previous generations in their family.  Satan is a legalist and when a person from a previous generation makes an agreement with sin, especially if that sin is unrepented, then it becomes a weak spot for you.  Every person makes their own choice to sin but you will be much more likely to make agreements with the enemy in similar ways as your ancestors did.  The enemy can have a strong case against you based on your ancestor’s sin because the agreements that they made are not bound by time.  Whenever there is a strong pattern through a family bloodline of divorce, addiction, anger, lust, depression or other things you can be sure there is a generational curse at work.  Every born again Christian should deal with generational iniquity or it will become a thorn that snags at the plans God has written for them.
Word Curses  
We have to be so careful with what we say to others, especially in times of frustration or stress.  Lashing out might feel good for a moment but have you ever had that sinking feeling right after you said something spiteful?  Sometimes unkind words aren’t meant to be cruel they are intended to be funny.  People often try to be comical by teasing their friends or loved ones but if the person on the receiving end of the “joke” is hurt by the words it’s not a laughing matter.  Be careful with your words because they matter!  I saw an illustration once where kids were asked to squeeze out an entire tube of toothpaste and then asked to put it back into the tube.  It was humorous to see them try to put the toothpaste back but they couldn’t do it.  The reality is that our words are like toothpaste; once squeezed out they can’t be put back.  So what should we do when we’ve said something really hurtful or when someone has said something that was hurtful to us?  The basic steps to healing this type of wound are: Repent, Forgive, Break-off and Replace.  If you have used wounding words go to the person you hurt and repent of your words.  Ask for their forgiveness and say you want them to remember the truth instead of the harmful words.  Speak a truth about how you feel about the person and pray a blessing over them and replace the wounding words with love.  You could even say, “I want to break off my hurtful words and the curse that came with them.”  If the unkind words were spoken to you and the person has not repented, you must forgive them anyway.  Just as we discussed in a previous lesson, forgiveness is a commandment and it benefits our hearts to forgive.  Also, keep in mind that forgiveness is not the same as forgetting and caution should be exercised so you are not hurt again and again in the same way.  There is a prayer below that you can use to break a word curse spoken to you or to pray with a friend to break word curses spoken to them.  This prayer can be used for insensitive words spoken to you this week or unkind words spoken thirty years ago.  If you can still feel the sting of hurtful words from a person in your life that is an indication that a word curse is affecting you.  God longs to heal all of your wounds and He welcomes you to run to Him with anything that is hurting your soul.  Before you pray think of the wounding words and ask God to give you the truth about you that He wants to speak into your heart.  It’s a good idea to write down the truth that you want to remember.  Speak the truth over yourself often!  You can do this silently in your mind or out loud.  Don’t be afraid to speak truth out loud and especially to proclaim the truth from scripture out loud over yourself daily.
Occult Curses
These types of curses are serious and they are intended to greatly wound the child of God.  Please take this message seriously and do not underestimate the power of an occult curse.  Even if you have never participated in any occult activity you could be under a curse from someone who used your name in a ritual or from any of your ancestors who participated in rituals.  Almost everyone can benefit from breaking these types of curses.  If you consider how many ancestors you have an how far back the enemy is able to use legal rights of occult curses to afflict you, it is easy to understand that virtually everyone is affected by an occult curse at some point.  Some of the organizations that would fall under the occult label are Freemasonry, Mormonism, The Order of Amaranth, Oddfellows, Buffaloes, Druids, Foresters, Orange, Elks, Moose and Eagles Lodges, the Ku Klux Klan, The Grange and the Woodmen of the World. Anything having to do with witchcraft, sorcery, astrology, fortune telling and mysticism would also be considered occult practices.  As with a generational curse it makes you more likely to come into agreement with the enemy.  Each person makes their own choice to sin but a curse makes a person more likely to sin in a certain way.

Prayer for Breaking Generational Curses
and Occult Curses
I proclaim Jesus Christ as my savior!  I bring Jesus Christ against all curses that have been written, spoken, unspoken or transferred to me.  I now renounce and break every curse brought about by my ancestors going back to Adam and Eve.  I specifically break the curse of ____________ (say any curse you believe is affecting your bloodline.  Examples are: Divorce, addiction, anger, lust, depression, etc).  I renounce every vow, every oath, every ritual and every ceremony that brought about a curse in my family and I break these curses now in the name of Jesus!  I renounce all sorcery, false beliefs, and false worship.  I break these curses and place them under the blood of Christ: All death and destruction; all suicide and hopelessness; all perversion and lust; all infirmity and disease; all sickness and suffering; all despair and depression.  I break all illnesses; mental and physical.  I break every emotional abuse, every sexual abuse, every spiritual abuse, every physical abuse and every curse attached to them must leave now!  I declare all these curses are broken, renounced, cut off and destroyed!  They can no more affect me or my descendants. I am now free from these curses, and every evil spirit attached to these curses must leave me now. I am now free in the name of Jesus Christ!
  
Prayer for Breaking Word Curses
Lord, I repent for all hurtful things that I have said out of anger, frustration or bitterness.  I break any curses and cancel any demonic assignments that have come as a result of my words to others.  Please forgive me for using my words for evil.  I want to love others and honor people with my speech.  As proverbs 16:23 says, “From a wise mind comes wise speech; the words of the wise are persuasive.”  Please give me wisdom when I speak.  I forgive__________ (say the name of the person who has hurt you with words) for how he/she was cruel, for how he/she failed to love me and for how he/she has judged me.  Jesus I release him/her; I remove him/her from the judgment seat of my heart.  God I put back __________ (insert the name of person who wounded you) onto your judgment seat and I ask you to deal with him/her justly.  I ask that you would restore my soul and heal it.  I forgive __________ (insert name of person who wounded you) for saying__________________ (insert the hurtful words).   I break this LIE off of me!  I break all of the curses and cancel all of the demonic assignments that might have come on me because of these words.  I pull this wounding arrow from my heart now (physically reach up and pull the arrow from your heart).  I proclaim the TRUTH over my life __________________ (insert the opposite of the hurtful words, truth from God).  Jesus, please make this truth real in my heart today (physically reach up and touch your heart).  Sink this truth deep into my heart that it may penetrate all the areas that have been wounded.  I accept your healing today Lord!  In the name of Jesus, Amen  
  
Self Inflicted Word Curse
Have you ever said something like one of these?
"I'm not good at anything; my spouse should divorce me", 
or "If I get sick my family will appreciate me", 
or "I'm probably going to get cancer and die at a young age", 
or "When I get old I know I will lose my mind".  
These negative thoughts come from the enemy and when we agree with them and speak them out loud we actually invite trouble into our lives through our own doing!  If you have perpetuated negative thoughts and practiced destructive self talk you have been asking for bad things to happen to you.  There is a strong connection between spiritual health and physical health so if you have been asking for sickness you should not be surprised if you get sick.  Please, do not fall into this trap!  First repent and tell the Lord that you do not want negative things to happen to you and then pray and ask God for blessings and good things.  You should believe that God wants to bless you because the Bible tells us that He does.  Matthew 7:11 says, "If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!"  If you have been asking and believing for bad things please go back to the prayer above and break off these word curses from your life.  You will be so glad you have done this.  Then change your thinking, your self-talk and your outward speech to be truthful, uplifting and full of blessings.
  
Word Curses
These types of curses can be intentional or unintentional by the person who originally spoke the words.  Unkind words spoken can be like a porcupine quill in a person’s soul that festers and causes pain for a very long time.  For instance, a parent might say to a child in a moment of anger that they wish the child had never been born.  The child then begins to repeat the message and wishes they were not born and the curse is solidified.  This child might feel a sense of rejection for the rest of his or her life unless the curse is broken.  Wounding words from a parent or authority figure are especially powerful when the words are accompanied by abuse of any kind.  James 3:7-9 says, "People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but no one can tame the tongue.  It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison.  Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God."