Friday, November 15, 2019

Ancestral Curses

by Isaac Zadok

Some Christians today think curses are non- existent and yet they can not seem to explain why the same thing that happened to their parents or grandparents shows up in the lives of their family members.  We know Jesus came to redeem us from the curse of the Law (singular) which was passed unto all mankind, for it is written, “all have come short of the glory of God.” If you broke any part of the Law of Moses, the curse you encountered for breaking the Law was that your final destination would be Hell. There were other curses (plural) for determined by the actual sin. These curses can be passed down the generational line due to that sin.
When angry, do not sin; do not ever let your wrath (your exasperation, your fury or indignation) last until the sun goes down. Leave no [such] room or foothold for the devil [give no opportunity to him]. (Ephesians 4:26-27)
This is one of the many places that the New Testament encourages us to turn from our sin. If sin has no effect on our life then why should we turn from it? Here we see that it gives the enemy an opportunity in our life.
It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is your faithfulness. ( Lamentations 3:22-23)
If God’s mercy is new every day, so are His judgments. This is why we are encouraged to remove any sin before then. When the sins belong to our ancestors, they are labeled as curses which are strongholds for demons to influence us. They are negative things that are passed on from our ancestors to us as a result of sin, often carrying with them demonic attachments. Thank goodness that when we know how ancestral curses impact us, we can renounce them (Daniel 9) and repent if we ourselves have personally opened the door to them.

The word, 'trait' will be used in conjunction with ancestral curses. The Cambridge dictionary defines trait as a particular characteristic that can produce a particular type of behavior. This behavior in the context of this article is demonically induced due to sin.

Ancestral curses have roots and traits which hinders or limits one's life, just like trees (which are symbolic of people) have bark, branches, leaves and fruits. (Luke 6:43-45) When we allow certain traits to dominate our lives they hinder us from bearing fruit. In every generation something takes place which is either good or bad. The good brings generational blessings. Jacob blesses all his children in Genesis 49:1-27 and reminds his first born Reuben of the consequences of going into his father's bed (In this case Jacob's bed). The bad brings curses.

Before there were curses, there were blessings. Lack of good fruit brings judgment which may attract curses that lead to death (Matthew 21:18–22). If our ancestors went against God's way, their sin would most certainly give a curse a place to stick to our life. This can clearly be seen in these two scriptures.
As the bird by wandering, as the Swallow by flying; so the Curse causeless shall not come. (Proverbs 26:2)
Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them; for I, the Lord thy God, I am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me. (Deuteronomy 5:9) 
The word translated “hate” is the Hebrew word “sane’” which can be also translated enemy. Sins are actions against God’s ways and His kingdom. This aligns us with Satan instead of God which then gives a curse a place to land in our lives. Let’s look at the effects of curses, starting with polygamy and show how other traits are connected.

Polygamy

This was a common practice in the Old Testament pre and post the Law. Today it is practiced in many parts of the world and in many religions. It is illegitimate when a man engages in sex with multiple women having children outside wedlock. It is legitimate when a man is married to more than one wife in accordance to religious laws.

Either way it goes against the will of God in the New Testament. From the beginning God established the institution of marriage between Adam and Eve:
God said “It is not good for the man (in this case Adam) to be alone. I will make a helper (Eve or a woman) suitable for him.” (Genesis 2:18) 
Notice that he didn't say “helpers” but rather it was “helper:” it  is singular and not plural.
For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh? (Genesis 2:24)
Did you notice the last part of “two shall become one flesh”. Here “flesh” means becoming one whether it is in the soul or body. No wonder generational curses can travel down from one's ancestry through soul ties and the blood line. It is inherent in our Physical DNA why should it surprise us if it is so with our spiritual DNA.

New Testament Proof

A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife… (1Timothy 3:2 & Titus 1:6-7)
Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. (1 Corinthians 7:2)
“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” (Ephesians 5:31)
This is from the New Testament. It is clear that we are to have one “wife” not “wives.” Think of this for a moment. Why did God say that the two shall become one flesh? I believe it is because of the consequences that come with having more than one wife. 2 Corinthians 4:7 describes us as earthen vessels.  We all know vessels need cleansing from time to time. This is confirmed here:
Jesus said “Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.” (Matthew 23:26)
If a man were to have more than one wife there may be generational issues that may arise from the many unions because of mixture. I wonder whether this is the reason why God encourages Christians to be sexually pure.
Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. (1 Corinthians 6:18)
Sexual sin is a major door which needs to be shut. This same sexual sin applies to those who have sex with others while they are married. It creates incredible anger and jealousy in the husband and this same jealousy can be passed down generationally.
For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.  (Proverbs 6:34 AKJV) 
Undealt with negative emotions stirred up by multiple wives such as jealousy, hate, anger, and mistrust breed sinful responses. This gives the curses a place to stick. A generational curse of polygamy often gives birth to idolatry as you focus on the relationships around you instead of God.

For generational or ancestral curses to take effect there is always an agreement between two or more parties (between human beings or human beings and demons). What makes the agreement binding is the wrong “will” and “action” between all parties involved. This is an unholy union and is what makes the curse possible.

Sin separates us from God but righteousness (right standing) in God makes all pieces of a man or a woman whole, so they can function as sons as He restores them. God said “Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power?” (Psalms 110:3) because we follow our will which is from our heart. This opens us up to either a blessings or curses.

Have you ever paused to wonder why a father, grandfather and great grandfather commit the same sin over and over again? Do you have jealousy issues, especially ones where others around you cannot understand where it is coming from? You can pray and ask the Holy Spirit if anyone in your generational line committed the sin of adultery or polygamy. You can then confess it and renounce it, covering the sin with the blood of Jesus.

If that is not generational then what is? As I said earlier ancestral curses have roots and traits. Here are some of the common ones:

Consequence: Childlessness 

...If any man’s wife go aside, and commit a trespass against him, and a man lie with her carnally, and it be hid from the eyes of her husband, and be kept close, and she be defiled, and there be no witness against her, neither she be taken with the manner; and the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be defiled...  (Numbers 5:12-23)
If a husband thought a wife had committed adultery but there was no proof, there was a test done by the priests. After drinking some cursed water, either she would become ill or:
And if the woman be not defiled, but be clean; then she shall be free, and shall conceive seed. (Numbers 5:28) 
If the positive result was that she could “conceive a seed,” meaning to get pregnant, then we know that faithfulness brings a curse of barrenness. This is a curse that cuts right to the heart. Bearing children in many African nations still adds to a woman’s stature. There is an element of polygamy in it. In Africa, many people look to other gods for the fruit of the womb. They visit mediums, sacrifice animals and do rituals which brings them deeper into bondage all because they want children. The medium may often ask for something in exchange that is hard to give. When we fall for this, more curses are added.

Sometimes they may have to dedicate the child to other gods. I witnessed a relative who was born into polygamy where jealousy resulting in actual  witchcraft was performed. There is never any unity as each wife with their children live in another section of the husband's mansion. I found rebellion takes root in these relatives especially against the father who is the breadwinner. The husband of many wives has rebelled against God, and his children rebelled against him.

Dedication to Other Gods or Idols

In Africa, there are shrines outside of many cities. To enter you must place a sacrifice there. This can cause demons to attach to them. Those spirits pursue that person and after the demise of the one who encouraged this act they will pursue the descendant. If they fall for the trap by participation in acts encouraged by these spirits, the curse continues. Unless this is renounced it goes on to generation after generation because it isn’t due solely to sin, but to the actual sacrifice and dedication of the ancestor. It is sort of like passing the buck.

These are passed from generation to generation. Often people who have a curse like this upon them become like vagabonds going from place to place, never making any real progress. They ask questions and look for answers everywhere except from God. If a person begins serving the gods they were dedicated to, the spirits behind the idols may go into hiding for a long while. However the path of their life leads to destruction even if they are drawn into the occult and secret society to upgrade their status.

All of these things cause their judgment to be clouded. The battle for their soul has been won by the enemy. Everything in their life is now based on vanity upon vanity. The scripture "what can a man give in exchange for his soul" Mark 8:37 becomes their theme.

At this stage, the hearts are hardened towards the gospel. Dedication to idols will block blessings. For me personally, it was a struggle to progress in different aspects of my life. I struggled with my mind, in education, finding work, relationships, owning properties. There was no reason for me not to succeed because my family had everything that only some could dream of. I found familiar spirits following me around and showing up even in church through false prophets who sought to speak into my life. The Lord revealed to me it was because my ancestors dedicated themselves to several other gods. Praise be to God, he showed me a way out and today I am progressing.

Blood Rituals 

These are a common practice in secret societies all around the world, though they are done more openly in Africa. The enemy always has a counterfeit to Biblical principles. In scripture, it says the life of the flesh is in the blood. In Christ we have access to eternal life because of our acceptance and faith in Jesus and his finished work.

When blood is shed, the enemy will sometimes allow those under him, to be preserved, prosper, and live longer on the earth. However the enemy's purpose is to kill, steal  and destroy all humanity and even those who serve him. This is throwing one stone to hit many targets. In other words both the perpetrators and the victims are destined for eternal destruction.

What have you done? the voice of your brother's blood cries to me from the ground. (Genesis 4:10) 
So you shall not pollute the land wherein you are: for blood it defiles the land: (Numbers 35:33)

Blood always speaks. The more blood is shed by the perpetrators, the more judgment they fall into and the more polluted the land becomes. Blood rituals or any form of agreement requires a witness. Paul said:
This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established. (2 Corinthians 13:1)
I have witnessed how the traditions of incisions of the body and mixed dead animal DNA brings a curse. For example dead turtles DNA coupled with ritualistic prayers to other gods cause a person to be as slow as a turtle in everything they do. Everything they do is always later in life. This common practice in some parts of the world means that it can pass from parents to children, who also experience the same thing.

Consequence: Premature Death

This is often a result of broken agreements. The enemy always has a counterfeit of what scripture says. Scripture says the wages of sin is death. I witnessed relatives who made different kinds of covenants with the enemy. Some were made for wealth and others for protection. This was a consciousness which was passed onto them by ancestors. That is why they can't seem to stay away from witchcraft. You will hear things like you may not wear certain colors, eat certain foods or travel over a river. Once that agreement is broken death comes to them. Praise be to God because we have life in Christ and His blood has paid for even these agreements when we take Him as Lord.

Pride

One of the things that will cause a curse to continue to function is pride. All of the things mentioned already give pride a stronghold in future generations. This means we must constantly battle pride. Because our ancestors didn’t humble themselves under the hand of the Almighty, they looked to the enemy to exalt themselves. As a result we tend to exalt ourselves and really don’t understand humility. There is a free Courts of Heaven Academy can help you with both of these.

Brothers and sisters, here is the good news. You can be FREE! In future chapters, you will see proof in the scriptures about why the blood needs to be applied to sin to become free. Once you have faith in this necessity, you are ready to claim your freedom.


  • First: acknowledge that there is a problem in your life, from what the Holy Spirit reveals to you about your ancestry.
  • Second: acknowledge that you need help to break free. Your help is found only in God, Almighty, whom we access through Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. No one can receive help unless they are truly open to receiving it. That is humility, which is one of the conditions God requires of us. 
  • Third: you must be willing to forgive God whom you and many others have blamed for all the challenges you faced. 
  • Fourth: acknowledge that “The Mighty Judge” was right to judge your ancestors as one who judges justly. 
  • Fifth: ask for the blood of Jesus to cover these sins.
  • Sixth: Ask the Lord to contend for you in the Courts, removing any cases where the sins have been blotted out.
  • Seventh: Break all curses that no longer have a place to land in your life.


Why do you think God sent his only begotten son to die for you and I? It is because of his deep love for you. Even an angel questioned God about his love for people who are a little lower than the angels. God has a purpose and a great destiny for each one of you. There is hope in Christ and once one becomes aware of what is against them, they can be free and testimonies will follow. However, it is a process and requires you to continue to walk in obedience. Keep your eyes focused on him.

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