Generational Curses – The Sins of the Fathers
Some believers suffer in the area of Generational Curses. Recent studies of the body and mind of man by medical science confirm what was plainly written several thousand years ago in Exodus 20:4-5. They have given it a new name, hereditary, but the principle is the same. However, medical science doesn’t trace it back to sin as the Bible does, and therefore has no remedy as the Bible does.
You shall not make for yourself any carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me.
Verse four, about images, is very important if you want to understand how a generation curse is passed on. Sins, personality traits, and curses are passed on through the power of images. For example, when the image of your earthly father doesn’t resemble your heavenly Father, a distorted view comes into play. The power of that relationship shapes and molds a person into the example set before them. A person can grow up hating and detesting the role model in their life, whether it is an alcoholic, an abuser or whatever, and grow up and be just like them. Such is the power of a generation curse.
I heard a story of a prison chaplain that gave free Mother’s Day cards to the inmates. Over 500 men took one and sent it to their mother. When Father’s Day rolled around he expected the same kind of response and ordered 500 cards. Not one inmate came and took a card for his father. Such is the power of a generational curse. In the area of domestic abuse and violence, studies reveal that men are 700 times more likely to batter their wives if they saw the fathers do it (source: CNN News). Such is the power of a generational curse.
Generational curses can also be in the form of physical disease. Some people believe they are going to have heart problems at a certain age because their father and grandfather did. This may be true outside of Christ, but as a new creation in Christ, old things are passed away and all things are, become new (II Corinthians 5:17). You have to change your outlook and confession! You have the life of Father God in you now! Jesus bore that heart problem at the cross (Matthew 8:17)! You’re not under the curse! Tell that heart condition that it doesn’t belong to you! Its power is broken in Jesus’ name! Instead of doing this, some Christians just accept it and suffer the consequences.
How do you break a generational curse? The first thing to do is to RENOUNCE the sins of your fathers and ask for God’s mercy. Then you need to deal with the issue of FORGIVENESS. Jesus taught that when we don’t forgive sins, we retain them. If we don’t release and let go the offenses perpetrated against us, we will never be free.
Mark 11:25 (Amplified Bible)
And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him and let it drop – leave it, let it go – in order that your Father Who is in heaven may also forgive you your [own] failings and shortcomings and let them drop.
Let go and let God! The only person that you injure through unforgiveness is yourself. It does not mean that you condone what happened to you. It is your acknowledgment that the offender is a sinner standing in need of the mercy of God, and as such, you forgive them and no longer carry a grudge against them. This is an act of your will not your emotions or feelings. You decide to forgive and let go. It is not required that you go to the person, though you may need to. However, if the potential for harm is still there, it is wise to forgive from a distance. You also need to forgive yourself; it was not your fault. Find God’s unconditional love through His healing of your life.
The next thing you need to do is renew your mind in that area to Who your Heavenly Father is (Romans 12:2). Seeking for identity in any other source than Jesus will result in an identity crisis. Find out who God created you to be before Satan came in and distorted your identity. You will find this in God’s Word. Allow the Word to transform you, little by little, until you have a new pattern of thinking – one of success and not failure!
Next, we will examine the Transference of Spirits.