Beware Dark Proclamations

woman against board with judgments

On Friday, I talked about the power of proclamation, and today I am reminded that this power goes both ways.  I hinted at that when I quoted Derek Prince’s observations on the Middle East, but the Lord is showing me the effects of proclamation on a much more intricate – and personal – scale.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it
[for death or life].
Prov. 18:21 AMP

I recently returned home from the grocery store and realized that I forgot something that I really needed.  Almost reflexively, I hissed at myself, “Idiot!” In that moment, I believed with perfect conviction that I was a very stupid woman. In point of fact, I was not.  Forgetting an item is not actually a causal indicator of intelligence – or its lack.  So there I was, cursing myself, darkly proclaiming, over my own brain, a lie. I proclaimed that I was an idiot! Now, I have a dramatic bent, I freely admit that.  But I submit to you that it is NOT an exaggeration to term my reflexive response a dark proclamation.

As humans age, we tend to become measurably duller in neural reactions, situational recall, and response time.  I wonder today if that’s as much the product of decades of accumulated cursing – aka, dark proclamations – as any natural biological decay of the brain.  After all, some people retain the mental acuity of their youth, while others do not. Is it so impossible to believe that some people do not curse themselves into insensibility, while others do?

The more God shows me, the less I know—and this is a perfect example of that. Growing up, I always thought that God’s commandments were for the sake of goodness alone. I thought that we weren’t supposed to curse because bad people cursed and good people didn’t, that sort of thing. It was a very shallow and childish accusation made by a shallow, rebellious child, who resented that she couldn’t do whatever she wanted with impunity. That rebellious accusation is probably why I often find myself saying to God, “Oh, is that why You said that?!” Maybe God tells us not to curse – ourselves or anybody or anything else – precisely because the laws of the universe He created really DO react to those curses.

“It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man,
but what proceeds out of the mouth,
this defiles the man.”

Matthew 15:11 NASB

God is not some Mad Hatter who rules with an arbitrary and insane whimsy.  He is purposeful and observant and detailed and loving. When He says, “Do not,“ there is a reason.  It’s not because He wants me to suffer, and it’s not because He views me as a dancing monkey. That I look at God with squinty-eyed suspicion says everything about ME, not Him.

For today, I will take Him at His precious Word and tremble at what it tells me.

I tell you that on the day of judgment people will have to account
for every careless word they speak.

Matthew 12:36 HCSB

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    • r.l.

      I listened to the sermon by Prince. Powerful. I thank you so much for these postings. It’s made me want to go back to Martha’s prayer about self-hatred/condemnation. I have experienced the fruit of doing this but the good news is He always gives us the choice to change our direction, right? I just lifted my hands to Him this morning in helplessness as His child and He was there. He knows what I’ve done. I’ve condemned myself so much, being my own god, and I guess your posting has just made me see my guilt before God but my incredible choice to change. I’m living what I have proclaimed over myself. I’ve been in a fearful striving to give myself over to God while living in self-condemnation at the same time, accompanied by fear and attacks/lies. This morning Martha’s post made me remember that He didn’t want anything from me. He is ALL. He is really the Father who wants to do it ALL for us. Well, I’m glad His mercies are new every morning and I can choose to believe, stop the negative proclamation and begin to positively proclaim His goodness, His promises, choose to rest from striving and let HIM be God giving up my powers to care for myself. I just deeply believe in my heart if I could just stop striving, He’d be there to do it ALL. I’m truly grateful for the insight of your posts.

    • Wanda

      Amen, rl you said it better than I ever could. You just opened my eyes to something I’ve heard before, but it just struck me what I have been doing. I am so guilty of pronouncing curses on myself and others. God forgive me

    • Irene

      Thank you Jennifer for bringing Derek Prince to my remembrance. I listened to this message and agree with R.L. It is powerful. Again, I thank you for sharing your journey with us.

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