The Bible speaks of the tremendous power of words; both for good and evil, for blessing and cursing.

God spoke creation into existence. His words have ultimate power and authority. Since we are created in the image of God, it stands to reason that our words also carry power. Obviously, our words are not on the same level as God’s, but they are powerful nonetheless.

The book of Proverbs has a lot to say about the power of words. Here are just two examples:

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”
-Proverbs 18:21 

“The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”
-Proverbs 12:18 (NIV) 

It is true: words can bring life or death, healing or hurt, blessing or cursing. Whoever said, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” was a liar.

The Power to Curse

James said that the tongue is “an unruly evil, full of deadly poison” (James 3:8). He goes on to say this: “With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so” (James 3:9-10).

Just like we can speak in such a way that it blesses people and builds them up, we can also speak curses over people’s lives. James is not talking about profanity here; he is saying that our words can literally curse people.

A curse is a supernatural force to bring harm and destruction to a person’s life. Curses may manifest in various ways, but be sure that this is not some superstitious or primitive belief. The Bible speaks about blessings and curses, and these are both real forces in the world.

Word Curses

Having been involved in deliverance ministry over the past several years, I have prayed over people to break curses that have been spoken over their lives. A “word curse” is the opposite of a spoken blessing. It is speaking words over people’s lives that take the form of a curse, bringing harm and destruction.

Word curses have the most power when they come from those in authority: parents, teachers, coaches, and even pastors. Those who speak them are usually not intentionally putting a curse on people; they just don’t realize the power that their words have.

Here are some examples of a word curses from a parent to a child:

“You are so stupid. You are never going to amount to anything in life.”

“You are going to end up just like your father” (in a negative sense).

“You are such a failure. Can’t you do anything right?”

“Nobody would ever want to marry you.”

When words such as this are declared over a child, the parent is cursing that child. The curse does not automatically take effect, but when a child believes and receives these words, they become lodged into their soul and become a force for harm. It is not uncommon for evil spirits to be attached to these words, reinforcing the lies that have been spoken.

I have seen amazing things happen when I have prayed to break word curses off of people. Some begin weeping uncontrollably as the words are broken from them and the spirits cast out. Others report actually feeling things being uprooted from their soul.

Breaking Free from Word Curses

Are you living under the power of a word curse? Are there things that have been spoken over your life—even years ago—that have taken the effect of a curse? To break free from these curses you must renounce your agreement with them. Any way that you have agreed with and accepted them must be revoked; then replace these words with the truth of God’s Word. Be sure to forgive the one who spoke them and release any bitterness or anger you may feel toward them.

As I mentioned earlier, it may be necessary to cast an evil spirit out. Once the words are broken, simply command any spirit attached to the curse to go. Demons have no right to be there once the words have been renounced and broken. This is something you can do on your own, but it may be helpful to receive prayer ministry from someone you trust, who is equipped in healing or deliverance ministry.

Renew your mind with God’s Word. Know that you are blessed by God as a redeemed son or daughter, and that Jesus paid the price for every curse to be broken. Walk in the blessings of God and believe that He has good plans for you!

Questions: Have you ever lived under the power of a word curse? Are there any words over your life that need to be broken?


14 Responses to “Breaking the Power of Word Curses”

  1. i think som curses must b broken from my lif.exp nit mares pray 4 mi.

  2. saro chetty says:

    i need to know more about curses because i feel that people are cursing me knowing and unknowing please help me to break these curse i do believe god can help me thru you

  3. Thank you so much am helped.I feel there people who has cursed me knowingly and unknowingly. I confess forgiveness from this day. please help me to break these curse i do believe god can help me thru you.

  4. Glory be to God for this devine message.

    Yes i think i have lived under a power of word curse in a way because, life has been hard in times of finances and keeping friendship. I suffer from quite rejection of relative and some of my brothers who used to cherish me nolonger do. I get terrible dreams and it seems my spirit was taken to the world of the dead. I need a special prayer.

  5. I think Need help to enjoy Gods full blessings and promises and plans of my life. I need to break the words of curses that have been spoken and operating against me.

  6. Mamando Pain says:

    I thank God for this message. My late mother, just before she died some cursing words which said that I would be employed and earn an income to live a balanced life. My life has been really hard. No job and no accomodation and no good income. I need to be set free from my mother’s cursing words that I would not work for money. Please pray for me. Mamando

    • Liz Cuero says:

      I feel your pain. Moms have a way to destroy with words. I pray that Jesus heals your wounds and brings you a “NEW” beginning for 2017. God bless You.

      • Pastor Mamando Pain from says:

        I thank you so much for your Prayers. I am now beginning to see new breakthroughs in my life. Amen. I God bless you.

  7. I desperately wonder if I have been cursed by an ex love. The last words spoken to meby him were very harsh and binding. Since, my life has spiralled out of control, suffering from severe anxiety and depression. I have been stuck in this hole I seem to have tripped into. I am the one who ended our relationship, and was ok to do so. I’m not feeling regret, I’m just wondering if this person was angry enough, could his words have been binding to me and cursed me?

    • Hey Autumn,

      Yes, it is possible that his words have had the effect of a curse on you. The good news is that you don’t have to live under that power any more! Choose to forgive him from your heart, and pray a prayer to renounce the words that were spoken over you. You can say something like “I choose to forgive __________, and I break the power of the words he spoke over me in Jesus’ name…” Check out this prayer of deliverance for more: Prayer of Deliverance. Hope that helps!

      God Bless,


  8. I definitely believe and know I had been cursed by the negative, punishing words of my parents. As I child I was rejected by my father. My parents had divorced when I was a baby. My father always tells me I should have never been born, he did not want me, he just wanted sex with my mother. All my life I was rejected by people and had very few friends and even they had betrayed me at the end. Now, as an adult I suffer from depression and anxiety and take medication for it. I still did not manage to get married or to have a family. What is strange is that people reject me and dislike me so much, that when I give people they don’t even appreciate it by at least saying thanks and when I thank people even for simple things they are not willing to say even you welcome. When I greet my neighbors they don’t even return it by at least saying hello. I feel so lonely in this world and often have nightmares. I prayed to God so many times, but things have not changed. I even read the book called THE SECRET, about the law of attraction, but I realized it does not work the way the narrators claim it. Thanks for reading.

    • Thanks for sharing all of that, Henry. Sorry for what you have been through. I know that God can break the curses and release you to move forward!

      God Bless,


  9. This is amazingly helpful! Thanks so much! I do have questions:

    Do we have to know what words were spoken? Or by whom? Pastor’s wife, here, and of course, lots of negative things said about us, probably.

    Also, I’m feeling a bit convicted about a few things I’ve said re: a girl in our congregation who is living in sin. No need to pile more one her, for sure. 🙁 Can I break things I’ve said, in a similar fashion?

    Thanks so much!

    • Kate,

      Glad you were blessed by this article! Its great to pray specifically when you know the words that were spoken, but you can also pray general prayers of protection. As a pastor, I can relate! I pray regularly over myself and family for protection from any curses, false accusations, etc.

      Yes, you can pray to break things that you have said.

      Hope that helps!

      God bless,



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