Scripture: Mark 11:23

For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.


Jesus’s words in Mark 11:23 are therefore about an accomplished reality (forgiveness), not a future reality (moving figurative “mountains” through great faith). Gospel of Mark, mountain, sea, temple, faith, forgiveness, inaugurated eschatology, intertextuality, biblical theology.

However, we would be looking at why curses are so powerful from the Bible perspective.

1. Curses are powerful because Jesus taught us that we can have what we say.

 Jesus said, “You can have what you say” (Mark 11:23). This principle teaches that when a person speaks out words of faith; whether to a mountain, a hill, a valley or a river, there will be a response to the declarations. Even the inanimate, non-living object will respond to words spoken.

 Throughout the Bible, men of authority have spoken curses and blessings over people, individuals, and nations. The years have gone by, and it has proven that their words were not idle words but powerful creative words that determined the outcome of lives.

2. Curses are powerful because they are a manifestation of faith. Hebrews 11:3

 Faith is a very powerful force because it is the force that was deployed in the creation of the planets, the stars, the sun, and the moon. Our sun is one of many stars in the universe. We are taught that the world was created by faith. God spoke the world into existence when He said, “Let there be light.” Spoken words are the reason for Jupiter and its sixty-two moons, Saturn with its fifty-three named moons and Neptune and its fourteen moons.

 The fantastic planet, Saturn, with its amazing rings of colour is a favorite for those who study the planets and the stars. These wonders were all created by faith. We understand that the worlds were created by the word of God through faith. Faith is a great force that can create a life of blessings or a life of curses. When a man of faith speaks words, they can create a world of blessings or a world of curses. Watch out for authority figures that speak words of faith. Watch out for these people, for they speak words that can change your life forever.

 3. Curses are powerful because death and life are in the power of the tongue. Proverbs 18:21

 Life and death are truly in the power of the tongue. The Bible says, “The tongue is a little member…” (James 3:5), but it is through the words we speak that life and death are released. I remember a mother who angrily told her daughter, “You will sell beans.” Her daughter was on her way to university. This young girl felt she was a twentieth century modern highflyer. She felt she was now superior to her mother and the entire family who had been selling beans in the market for years. Her mother declared over this university student; “You will sell beans”. It was amazing to see this young lady finish studying Information Technology at the university and return to sell beans at the exact same spot where her mother had been selling beans for years. Watch out for an authority figure when they make declarations, because life and death is in the power of the tongue.

 4. Curses are powerful because snares are released through the power of the spoken word. Proverbs 6:2

 Curses are powerful because they trap you and tie you down. When Noah discovered that Ham had dishonored him, he spoke curses that tied down the descendants of Ham forever.

 He said, “A servant of servants shall thou be.” Across the globe today, perhaps, six thousand years later, the majority of the black race are tied down in a state of deep servanthood. They are caught, ensnared, and trapped by the words of Noah. Words are powerful! You must not joke about things you do not mean.

 Even your jokes can turn against you. There are girls who have jokingly said, “I don’t want to marry.” Today, they are still unable to marry even though they are beautiful and now desire to be married. There are people who said, “I can’t pass this exam.” Today, they are tied down by their constant failures.

 There are people who joke with their children, calling one a devil and the other an angel. As the years went by, one of them grew to be an angel while the other turned into a veritable devil.

 Indeed, you are snared by the words of your mouth! This is why spoken blessings and spoken curses are so powerful. You are snared by what you say. A word spoken creates snares and traps, preventing people from ever escaping. Life and death are released when words are spoken. Worlds are created when faith words are spoken! You can have what you say, and you will have what you say when you speak forth blessings or curses!


Dear, indeed! We are snared by the words of our mouth! May we consciously begin to speak positive words into our lives, children, friends, and family, amen.

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Pastor Bob (Idamiebi Benson Bob-Manuel) is a husband and father of three. Born and raised in Nigeria he moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 2019 to pursue a calling from the Lord to build an in-person and online ministry. After serving in various ministerial capacities for 18 years, Bob was ordained as a Pastor in January 2018. Since coming to Canada he has served at The Bridge Church, a ministry under the covering of the Foursquare Church of Canada and currently serves as an associate pastor with Wellsprings Victory Church in Regina, Saskatchewan. Bob has a passion for sharing the word of God through preaching, teaching, and worship. He believes in the power and righteousness of servant leadership and has devoted his life to walking the path that God has placed before him. Bob is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Christian Leadership through distance learning with Trinity Western University British Columbia, Canada.

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