I have a very pesky and aggressive weed that comes back every year in my backyard. It looks like a poor cousin of that wonderful flower, the morning glory. It’s a very sneaky intruder, prolifically putting out runners underground and then popping up to encroach and quickly strangle all that is good and lovely in my garden. While I’ve kept it as bay better some years than others I’ve never totally obliterated it.
That weed is the perfect picture of the way a curse works in a family. It comes back generation after generation, encroaching and strangling everything that is good and lovely. That’s why such things as addictions pop up over and over in family histories. They need to be obliterated.
How can we cause family curses to wither at the root? Jesus knew how. He spoke to a fig tree once that had produced no fruit and said; ”’May no one ever eat fruit from you again!”’ (Mark 11:14) The next day they saw the result. “And as they were passing by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots up.“ Just think, only one day. Pretty powerful words.
When you get at the root the remainder can’t survive. We shouldn’t tolerate curses in our families the way I tolerate that annoying weed in my backyard. It’s possible to stop them if you really mean business the way our Lord did. Jesus said: “Whoever says to this mountain, ‘be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it shall be granted him.'” (Mark 11:23)
Say it like you mean it. Curse the curse!