Blessing and Cursing, by Evan Cockerham

A few weeks ago during worship, I saw a vision of a book being opened. I heard the Lord say, "I have given Living Word a book". I asked, "what is this book and what is written in this book?" He said, "it is my book of blessing which is connected to my promises. Will you read from my book?"

Every day we have the amazing privilege to read from His book of blessings and promises. In this book, we can see His blessings and promises for our lives and those around us.

His promises and blessings are connected. You cannot separate the two.

However, there is silent accuser, "FEAR". Fear aligns our minds and mouths with curses. Instead of speaking only blessing, which is the joy we have been commissioned to, we align ourselves with fear and speak things that are the opposite of of God's blessing and promises.

Let us choose only to speak "LIFE" and not "DEATH", "BLESSING" and not "CURSING".

Now if we put bits into the horses’ mouths to make them obey us, we guide their whole body as well. 4 And look at the ships. Even though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the impulse of the helmsman determines. 5 In the same sense, the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things.

See [by comparison] how great a forest is set on fire by a small spark! 6 And the tongue is [in a sense] a fire, the very world of injustice and unrighteousness; the tongue is set among our members as that which contaminates the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life [the cycle of man’s existence], and is itself set on fire by hell (Gehenna). 7 For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and sea creatures, is tamed and has been tamed by the human race. 8 But no one can tame the human tongue; it is a restless evil [undisciplined, unstable], full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God. 10 Out of the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. These things, my brothers, should not be this way [for we have a moral obligation to speak in a manner that reflects our fear of God and profound respect for His precepts]. 11 Does a spring send out from the same opening both [c]fresh and bitter water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brothers, produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Nor can salt water produce fresh. - James 3:3-12 (AMP)