Friday, November 15, 2019

Breaking Generational Curses

Q & A about Generational Curses

Some Christians today think curses are non-existent, and yet they cannot seem to explain why the same thing that happened to their parents or grandparents shows up in their life and the lives of their family members. It may be a sickness, attitude, or a sin that we have a hard time avoiding. When we see a pattern of behavior in our parents, grandparents, or siblings, there is a chance that a generational or ancestral curse is active. 
You shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me… (Deuteronomy 5:9 AMPC)
Certain sins can pass down to our offspring for several generations. 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) that were 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 AMPC)
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 to attack 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 AKJV)
If God’s mercy is new every day, so are His judgments. This is why we are encouraged to remove any sin immediately. When the sins belong to our ancestors, they are labeled as curses which are strongholds for demons to influence us. These influences are negative behaviors or even attacks from others that occur along our family line: they are passed on from our ancestors to us as a result of sin, often carrying with them demonic attachments. When we know how ancestral curses impact us, we can confess the sins of our ancestors (Daniel 9) and repent if we ourselves have personally opened the door to them. This allows the Lord to remove charges in the Courts of Heaven and remove access of enemy spirits.

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 influenced due to sin.

Ancestral curses have roots and traits which hinder or limit our life. When patterns of behavior dominate our lives, they hinder us from being productive for our Lord. In every generation, actions have consequences for the following generation. The good brings generational blessings and bad brings curses. Jacob pronounced both blessings and curses that would follow down the line of each of his children according to their actions in Genesis 49:1-27. If our ancestors went against God's ways, their sin would most certainly give a curse a place to attach itself 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 KJV)
Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them; 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. (Deuteronomy 5:9 KJV)
The word translated “hate” is the Hebrew word sane, which can also be translated as “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 and show how other traits are connected.


This was a common practice in the Old Testament pre and post Law. Today it is practiced in many parts of the world and in many religions. Though polygamy may be legal, it is not beneficial and can bring curses that travel down a family line. It goes against the perfect design of God. From the beginning, God established the institution of marriage between Adam and Eve:
Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” (Genesis 2:18 ESV)
Notice that he didn't say “helpers,” but rather it was “helper:” it is singular and not plural.
Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. (Genesis 2:24 ESV)
It was God’s will for each person to be joined perfectly with one other person. Once sin was introduced into mankind, polygamy was allowed for a time, but it was not God’s perfect will.

New Testament Proof

A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife… (1 Timothy 3:2 Titus 1:6-7 KJV)
Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. (1 Corinthians 7:2 AKJV)
“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 ESV)
This is from the New Testament. It is clear that in order to serve at the higher positions with God, we are to have one “wife,” not “wives.” 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. 

If a man were to have more than one wife, there might be generational issues that may arise from the many unions because of the nature of all humans is like God, who is a jealous God, not wanting to share our affections with another. Our jealousy in these situations isn’t the righteous jealousy like our Father, it is motivated by other sinful emotions. It can lead to anger and unforgiveness toward the husband and other wives, 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. There is often a lack of unity, as each wife with their children often live in other sections of the husband's house. Rebellion often takes root, especially against the father, who is usually the breadwinner. The husband of many wives has rebelled against God’s perfect will, and his children, in turn, rebel against him. These sins give 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.

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. We see the need for this in the New Testament:
“You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean.” (Matthew 23:26 ESV)
We must take care of all sins in our life, even internal ones. That is the repentance that is needed to remove sins that can allow a curse to remain in our lives. As mentioned 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 5:12-14 KJV)
If a husband thought a wife had committed adultery, but there was no proof, there was a test done by the priest. 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 KJV) 
The positive result was that she could “conceive a seed,” meaning she could get pregnant. When she could not conceive, it was an indication that being unfaithful would bring a curse of barrenness. This is a curse that cuts right to the heart. Bearing children in many nations still adds to a woman’s stature. 

There is still an element of polygamy in some cultures. Unfortunately, in these same nations, people look to other gods for the fruit of the womb. They visit mediums, sacrifice animals, and do rituals that bring 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 to the family line. When blood is spilled in connection to sin, then the curse will often last longer than four generations until it is confessed and renounced by someone in the family line. Sometimes people may dedicate the child they bear to other gods along with the first offspring of that child for future generations. This too would have to be confessed and renounced to be broken. 

Dedication to Other Gods or Idols

In some nations, there are shrines outside of cities or villages. To enter such places, a visitor is often required to place a sacrifice by the shrine. This is actually worshiping another god and offering a sacrifice to it. It can cause demons to attach to that person. Those spirits can pursue such a person, and after their demise, the spirits can pursue the descendants of this person and lay traps for them. Once someone in the family line commits a sin connected to worshiping other gods, the curse will continue. Unless this is renounced, it continues on to generation after generation because it isn’t due solely to sin but also because there was an actual sacrifice and dedication of the ancestor. It is sort of like passing the buck.

Often people who have a curse like this upon them never make any real progress in their life. They ask questions and look for answers everywhere except from God. If these people begin serving the gods or idols to whom they were dedicated, the spirits behind these idols may go into hiding for a long time. This may mislead them into thinking they are on the right path. That path will eventually lead to destruction, especially if they are drawn into the occult and into secret societies when seeking to further improve their lives.

At this stage, hearts can be hardened towards the gospel. False prophets may be drawn to them, for demonic spirits will recognize each other and work together to create additional bondage and suffering. Praise God that our Lord has all authority! If they turn to Him, they can be set free.

Blood Rituals

These are common practices in secret societies all around the world. 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 out to Me from the ground. (Genesis 4:10 AKJV) 
So you shall not pollute the land wherein you are: for blood it defiles the land: (Numbers 35:33 AKJV)
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 AKJV)
One witness is from the person declaring a statement, the other is from the blood that cries out from the ground. The blood used can also determine the influence given to the enemy. Traditions of incisions of the body and mixed animal DNA will bring a curse, often specific to what animal is used. For example, dead turtle’s 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

When there is an agreement with the enemy from our generational line, then he may have the rights to our life as a result of that broken agreement. The enemy always has a counterfeit of what scripture says. Scripture says the wages of sin is death. 

The type of covenants with the enemy will often determine the outcome. Often agreements are made for wealth and others for protection. This becomes a consciousness that is passed onto them by their ancestors. A person with this kind of ancestral sin may be drawn to witchcraft. You can spot this kind of curse if you have been told that you may not wear certain colors, eat certain foods, or travel over a river. Once that agreement is broken, death may have the right to come 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.


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. Once the curses are broken, then the Holy Spirit will be able to guide us into God’s ways.

Two Types of Generational Curses

It is very clear that the enemy looks to hinder and afflict us with two types of ancestral curses:
  1. Sins
  2. Agreements
Curses can be activated by actions by our ancestors. Depending upon what was done, they will need to be dealt with in different ways.


The soul that sins, it [is the one that] shall die. The son shall not bear and be punished for the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear and be punished for the iniquity of the son; the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him only, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon the wicked only. (Ezekiel 12:20 AMPC)
This verse seems to say that the sins of our ancestors cannot affect us. We must not take this out of context. The entire chapter is devoted to urging God’s people to walk in the ten commandments. Right before this verse, we see this:
Yet do you say, Why does not the son bear the iniquity of the father? When the son has done that which is lawful and right and has kept all My statutes and has done them, he shall surely live. (Ezekiel 12:19 AMPC)
In order for the sins of our father not to affect us, we must not walk in the same sin. When the enemy knows there is a possibility of activating a curse, he puts pressure on us to commit the same type of sin as our ancestors so that he has a place in our lives.

The only way to break this curse is to find out what sin you have walked in that was connected to your ancestors’ sin. Through confession, this sin can be removed by the blood of Jesus and the curse can be broken.


An agreement with the enemy by our ancestors can be found in many forms:
  • Oaths - with or without blood
  • Dedications
  • Sacrifices - with or without blood
  • Covenants
All of these items are spoken or written out between our ancestors and Satan’s kingdom. It will take a verbal confession to remove them, and the blood of Jesus stated, as the payment. There are free classes available at Courts of Heaven Academy that can help you with both types of generational curses.

Here is the good news: You can be FREE! In other books, 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. Sometimes we need help to find the root cause. Once you complete the core courses at the Academy (101-401) then you will be able to schedule an intercession if there are still unresolved issues.

  • First: Acknowledge that there is a problem in your life, from what the Holy Spirit reveals to you about your ancestry.
    • Did your ancestors sin against God?
  • 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 guidance of the Holy Spirit. 
    • Confess any sin you have committed that is linked to the generational curse.
    • 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 those you have blamed for all the challenges you faced.
  • Fourth: Acknowledge that “The Mighty Judge” was right to judge you and your ancestors, and you have been justly afflicted by the enemy.
  • Fifth: Ask for the blood of Jesus to blot out these sins.
  • Sixth: Ask the Lord to contend for you in the Courts, removing any cases where the sins have been blotted out.
  • Seventh: Ask the Lord to remove all curses so that they no longer have a place to land in your life and restore all the enemy has taken from you.
God sent his only begotten son to die for you because of His deep love for you. 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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