Tuesday, April 24, 2012

What is a Generational Curse?

- personal teaching notes of Deborah Ross -

Perpetual sin (iniquity)... or, the results of perpetual sin that is passed from one generation to another. 

The effects caused by a generational curse doesn't necessarily mean that someone is not born-again.  A Christian can be a victim of Satan's evil devices, perhaps, because they have not yet learned how to walk in love, they are harboring unforgiveness or they need to repent of certain sinful "gates" that have allowed the enemy to occupy their soul.  In essence, they haven't learned how to appropriate the blood of Jesus for overcoming the presence, power and penalty of generational sin(s).

The generational curse can bring with it bondage, paralyzation, fear, torment, brokenness, sickness, isolation, inferiority and dysfunction (to name a few). 

Christians are given the power and authority to break free from the effects of all curses - once and for all! 

Jesus paid the price for us to be FREE INDEED! 

Galatians 3:13, "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:"

"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death."


Ezekiel 18:14-20

Ezekiel 18:30-32


Have you ever felt CURSED?  Bad Luck?  Nothing goes right?
If only I had this or that...
parents divorced...
feel tension between my parents & I...
feel different...
always broke, busted and disgusted...
born into an addictive or abusive family...
married an abuser or what seems to be a loser...
my children are in rebellion...
how did I end up here?...
jail or prison...
why do I keep choosing sin?

Maybe you ARE experiencing a Generational Curse...
Or, Perhaps You Have Strong Holds of the Mind that need to be Torn Down

Exodus 20:5-6 – "... for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments."

Where do Generational Curses come from?
This is not an exhaustive list...

1)  Words spoken over you -

Proverbs 18:21- "Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof."

2)  Ungodly traditions that are in your family heritage -

Colossians 2:8  - "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ."

Mark 7:13 - "Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye."

3)  Spiritual DNA passed down your blood line – iniquity & SIN, doubt & unbelief, worship of false gods, idol worship, weakness toward an addictive behavior, depression, spirit of fear, tendency toward sexual perversions, false religions, occult practices, witchcraft, voodoo, rebellion, anger, vulgar & abusive language, dishonesty, believing Satan's lies, laziness, pride, ignorance, anger, laziness, negativity, etc. (see scripture below)  

4)  Physical DNA passed down your blood line – cancer, diabetes, any health issue that your ancestors have had, alcoholism, drug addictions, pornography addictions, gambling addictions, adultery, rape, incest, abusive behavior, mental illness, offenses that you or your family were victims of, poverty, divorce, unhappy marriages, wishing death on others or on yourself, violent acts, murder, etc. (see scripture below)

5)  Cults / False Gods

2 Chronicles 33:1-6  -
"Manasseh did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD...  And he caused his children to pass through the fire (generational curse) in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger."

6)  Choosing a lifestyle of SIN...

All Iniquity, including - extortion, cursing, murder, lying, greed, lust, adultery, gambling, drinking & drugs, rage, hatred, bitterness, manipulation, pornography, rape, incest, worldly living, rebellion, false gods, idol worship, occult practices, witchcraft, etc. - These all can start a curse.  Maybe you started it, or maybe your parents or grandparents started it...  Break this pattern NOW through salvation and then by applying the power of the blood of Jesus to your life!


Let's look at Strong Holds -
2 Corinthians 10:3-6

What is a Strong Hold? 

Wrong Thoughts
Wrong Attitudes
Wrong Perceptions
... that justify SIN or some GENERATIONAL CURSE in your family tree.

Strong Holds can develop from EXPERIENCES that have...
*offended you
*hurt you
*magnified you
*failed you
.......Then, we create walls (Strong Holds) in our minds.

We esteem these Strong Holds as truth in our minds, although they are not the truth when compared to God's Word.

Dictionary.com = 1) a well-fortified place; fortress. 2)a place that serves as the center of a group, as of militants or of persons holding a controversial viewpoint

Strong's Concordance:  fortress, hold, snare, strong hold, castle, net, strong place, hunted, fort, defense, fenced, stones, rock, cliff, security, fortified city  

Demonstrate FACT and TRUTH by holding up one hand to show the fact (listed below) and then by raising the other hand higher than the first hand to show how we should esteem the TRUTH above all of the FACTS...

*Fact:  I'm a Failure = Truth:  I can do all things through Christ!
*Fact:  My life is so messed up = Truth:  God's plans are to do me good and give me an expected end
*Fact:  I suffer depression = Truth:  God has not give me a spirit of fear, but of power & love and a SOUND MIND!
*Fact:  Can’t pay the bills = Truth:  He is Jehovah Jirah / my provider - He says I should be in health & prosper, even as my soul prospers 
*Fact:  Sickness and disease = Jehovah Rapha / my healer - all my diseases (Psalm 103:3)!
*Fact:  Trouble at work = Truth:  God will cause those that rise up against me in one direction to flee before me in 7 directions.
*Fact:  Husband / Wife left me = Truth:  God’s covenant of restoration – He will restore what the canker worm and locust have eaten.

Matthew 16:21-23 - Many Strongholds hide behind sympathy and fear.  (Also go back to verses 16-19)

The first Strong Hold that God must remove is PRIDE. 

Until someone is willing to admit that they need deliverance, they will never be free from their Strong Holds, Generational Curses, or Demonic Influence.
Keys to Being Free:
First, You must be BORN AGAIN, then...
Turn & Live!
- In Jesus Name!
- Do it NOW!

See my next blog post for the continuation of this message entitled: 

Turning Generational Curses into Generational Blessings
Subtitle: 10 Steps to Breaking Generational Curses


This Study is From the Personal Teaching Notes of Deborah Ross
Mother in Zion Series

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