Jesus Curses the Fig Tree

And Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered. (Mk. 11:21 ESV).

jesus curses the fig tree

The verse above reminds us of the story in which Jesus curses the fig tree. I would like to draw your attention to the word “curse” and how it applies to our every day lives.

First, please notice that Jesus did not say anything like, “I curse you fig tree”. Jesus did not personally use the word “curse”. His words to the fig tree were “And He (Jesus) said to it, ‘May no one ever eat fruit from you again’ ” (Mk. 11:14 ESV). Peter interprets Jesus’ words as a curse in verse 21.

Why is this important? How many of us would have recognized the simple words Jesus spoke to the fig tree as the very definition of a curse? How many times do we say things just as simple, without realizing we are actually cursing our own lives or the lives of our loved ones? Life and death, blessing and cursing, are in your mouth. When you say “this cold is killing me”, you just cursed your life! Beware of what comes out of your mouth. There are no jokes, slangs, or “just kidding” in the spirit. Once it comes out of your mouth, you trigger spiritual energy that Satan will gladly take advantage of. Do not curse your own life, or the lives of those around you.


What is the meaning of the verb “to curse”? Please look it up in a dictionary. Declare that “My mouth is a fountain of life and a blessing to those around me”.


If your mouth has no boundaries, you are calling for things you never intended upon your own life. Do not seal your mouth, rather train yourself to declare the life of God’s Word!


Pray that the Spirit will enable you to learn to discipline your mouth.

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