Do you wonder at how many areas can become fallow ground? Here are two more very subtle yet prominent players.
A pronouncement is an emphatic negative statement against the character of a person. It is usually spoken in anger. It impacts and crushes the spirit. It can cause the person to shrink back and wilt in defeat.
Jesus spoke something like a pronouncement over the fig tree. Matthew 21:18-19 says, “…He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, Let no fruit grow on you ever again. Immediately the fig tree withered away.”
Here are a few pronouncement examples. “You will never amount to anything, you never do anything right.” The death words of those two pronouncements were spewed out in a moment of frustration and anger. However they had an immediate impact on the heart of the receiver.
We often unknowingly speak pronouncements over ourselves. They come from hurts that are buried in our heart. Have you ever said something like, “I can’t do anything right” when you fail to meet your expectations in a new project? Maybe you have pronounced death words over your circumstances or your own body.
The power of a pronouncement spoken over us, or that which we have spoken over ourselves can be broken. True heart forgiveness releases us to live in the freedom we were designed to live in.
Contempt is a radical deflection to hide the hurts we have buried. If anyone comes close to discovering them, we treat them with disdain, disrespect, or an insolent attitude. It is in hopes that they will back away.
Michal, King David’s wife was contemptuous. At the beginning she loved David. Then her father gave her to another man. David brought her back to himself. You can read the whole narrative in 2 Samuel 6.
David danced before the Lord with all his might, as the ark was brought into the City of David. When he returned home, Michal greeted him with scathing words from a contemptuous heart. Verse 23 says, “Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.”
Contempt inhibits intimacy. We block others. Paul addressed the Corinthians over this issue. 2 Corinthians 6:1-2 says, “O Corinthians! We have spoken openly to you, our heart is wide open. You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted by your own affections.”
We are created for intimate communion with the Lord. It is a Heart-to-heart fellowship. Without it, we are barren. John 15:5 Amplified says, “I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me (cut off from vital union with Me) you can do nothing.”
The Lord never moves away from us. It is us moving away from Him because our heart is walled off from others. Walls block both ways.