Then we come to another tremendously important area. Perhaps the most common of all, what I call self-imposed curses. People pronounce curses on themselves. In Genesis 27 we have the story of how Isaac was going to bless Esau and the mother Rebekah who is the first Yiddish yamama, if you know what Yiddish yamama is, switched them and she got Jacob acting like Esau and claiming the blessing.  Jacob wasn’t reluctant but he was afraid and he said this in verse 11: 

“Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, Look, Esau my brother is a hairy man and I am a smooth skinned man. Perhaps my father will feel me and I shall seem to be a deceiver to him and I shall bring a curse on myself and not a blessing. But his mother said to him, Let your curse be on me, my son.” 

She took on herself the curse that would have been to Jacob. It was a self-imposed curse. If you go to the end of the chapter, just the last verse, you’ll find Rebekah beginning to use very negative language about herself. Rebekah said to Isaac in verse 46: 

“I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth: if Jacob takes a wife of the daughters of Heth, like those who are daughters of the land, what good will my life be to me?” 

“I’m tired of living. What’s the good of living?” That’s a typical statement by somebody who is under a curse. See? Never permit yourself to say that. Don’t make negative statements about yourself. Don’t say I’ll never be able to do this. I never succeed. I’m no use. I’m a failure. I just can’t take it anymore. And then you go on and you say I wish I were dead. I’d be better off dead. Do you know what you’re doing? You’re inviting the spirit of death. And he doesn’t take many invitations. 

Ruth and I have dealt with countless people who needed to be delivered from the spirit of death because they’d invited it, they imposed a curse upon themselves. And we’ve learned one beautiful verse that has helped hundreds of people. I’ll share it with you, Psalm 118:17: 

“I shall not die, but live, and declare [or proclaim] the works of the Lord.” 

If you have made a negative remark about yourself, if you’ve imposed something negative on yourself, you need to revoke it by the positive. You see, as a remarkable example you know that Peter denied three times he knew the Lord. Later on after the resurrection beside the Sea of Galilee Jesus had a personal talk with Peter. And three times he said, “Do you love me?” He made Peter affirm three times that he loved him. Why did he do that? Because Peter had to revoke the negative statements he’d made before the crucifixion. See? So if we’ve said something negative and brought some dark shadow over us, we need to revoke the negative and replace it by the positive. And this verse is a perfect one. “I shall not die . . .” It doesn’t mean you’ll never die but it means that Satan is not going to kill you before your time. 

“I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.” I think it would be good for all of us to say that. The first time you say it after me. “I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.” Now let’s all say it together this time. “I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.” Once more. “I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.” Now saying that may change the destiny of your life. 

All right. Let’s go on to another example, the great tragedy of the Jewish history. In Matthew 27 Jesus is before Pilate and Pilate is willing to release him. We read in Matthew 27:24–25: 

“When Pilate saw that he could not prevail at all, but rather 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.” 

What’s that? A self-imposed curse. The great tragedy of Jewish history. And by those words a strand of tragedy was woven into Jewish history which was run for nineteen centuries. What a lesson not to say the wrong thing about ourselves. 

I pointed out to you previously that God had protected Abraham against curses. He said, “Anyone that curses you, I will curse.” There’s just one area that God could not protect the Jewish people from, from themselves. And that’s true in our lives many times. God can protect us from everything except what we say about ourselves.


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  • Self imposed curses, curses that a person imposes on themselves. Wow, AMEN AMEN AAAGGGAAAPPPEEE!!! What a revelation!!

  • Very profound. This is a great example of Porverbs 18:21......"Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof".

  • My God ,My God I like that if we sometimes out of ignorance curse ourselves, I thank God for his promises of his word of life and truth , we shall live and not die , and declare the works of the Lord ! we have to be wise as serpents ,and harmless as doves and we must always ask the Holy Spirit to show us anything that is not of us and we should always ask for sensitive discernment. amen

  • If we speak the Word of God, then our words will always be uplifting and encouraging.  Knowing that we are made in the likeness of God should predicate what we say.  Proverb 18:21 states "Death and life are in the power of the tongue.....".  I choose to speak life and not death.  

  • I only seak positive confessions, concerning my life, my ministry,my children and everything that the Lord has ordained to me and for me. Self proclaimed curses very real, they are designed by the devil to keep you from receiving the blessings and the promises that God has stored up for you and your family. Speak positive always, and watch the hand of God movie by the power of your confession.


  • What you speak comes to life. speak positive affirmations over yourself daily. look in the mirror while you say them. after a while you will actually start to believe it if you didn't at first. for every negative comment that you speak, it takes a 11 positive comments to change the reaction of what you put out into the atmosphere, in your mind. We must be careful with the tongue, the Bible teaches that there is power in the tongue. what you speak about, what you think about,you bring about. Amen
  • I had to repent after reading this. I shall not die but live and proclaim the works of the Lord. I say stupid stuff some times about myself not meaning anything by it but the word says life and death is in the power of the tongue.

  • This is so true, my daughter and her teenage friends say crazy things like i don't want to live, or kill me i do not care, or why am i here? they say these things not realizing the power of there words like it's nothing. So I have a constant battle praying away the stronghold of destruction and self-condemnation, it's really bad among teens. I speak life into them and they shall not die they shall live in the name of Jesus, psalms 118:17

  • Wow very true.

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