A curse without a cause cannot harm us. Thank God for Proverbs 28:19.
Here's another big Promise in God's Word: lying schemers will fall in their own traps. 'Yes, he conceives trouble and brings forth falsehood. He made a pit and dug it out, and has fallen into the ditch which he made. His trouble shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down on his own crown' (Psalm 7:14-16, NKJV).
Nevertheless, consider a question: If fiery darts hurled from venomous mouths can't make us bleed or ruin our futures, why do word curses upset us so much?
Is it because we choose to believe them? Is it because we choose to take offense?*
Actors, models and talent for Christ: You broadcast the power of good words, so curses have no place in your life. Therefore, consider two safety plans:
1) Speak on the Armor of God daily. Recently, someone asked how that works. In prayer, I make It personal: applying His armament to me, and extending it over my house.**
2) Shake the dust of bad words from your feet.*** Jesus walked away per God's Command. So did Paul and the first disciples. So forgive, move on and don't look back when mean-mouthed bullies try to curse you.
## Proverbs For Performers: Curses Without Cause (Part 92).
* Previous Devotion, Be Unoffendable: http://careylewisdevotions.com/be-unoffendable
* Previous Devotion, Offended? Don't Be: http://careylewisdevotions.com/proverbs-for-performers-part-81-offended-dont-be
** The Armor of God Verses: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians+6%3A10-18&version=NKJV
** Following is a paraphrase of a prayer, which I speak out loud (if possible) because spoken words have power. Whether or not God receives it and how He fulfills it is His business. But in hope, I choose to believe He hears and protects.
'Dear Lord: If You are willing to fulfill these words, I pray on the Armor of God over me, my house, and those I love. I pray on the belt of truth, which is of Your Holy Spirit. He is not only within us, but He surrounds us. We won't believe or receive lies. Through You, we discern the truth. I pray on the breastplate of righteousness, which is the Blood of Jesus. He died to forgive our sins and make our hearts righteous before You. Over me and my house, I pray on the footgear of peace. We seek peace and pursue it. Over me and my house, I hold up the shield of faith, so the fiery darts of the enemy won't stick. We may feel the impact, but they cannot harm us. I pray on the helmet of salvation, which is the sure knowledge that we are of you. We belong to you. Our minds are clear and strong. Bad thoughts cannot penetrate this helmet. Through you, we have the Mind of Christ. Through You, we take up the Sword of the Spirit, Which is the Word of God. It is written, 'If you continue in My Word, then you are My disciples indeed, and you shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you free.' We continue in Your Word, Lord. Therefore, we are your disciples. We are free of Satan's lies and chains. Thank You, Lord. In Jesus' Name I pray.'
*** Short article: What does it mean to shake the dust off your feet? http://www.gotquestions.org/shake-dust-off-feet.html
NOTE: This is a republished edit of a 2016 devotion series, 'Proverbs For Performers.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Every disciple in every field performs for Christ. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs For Performers series.