A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to his tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of the LORD. (Deuteronomy 23:2 AKJV)
The Hebrew word mamzēr (mam-zare’ ) is translated “bastard” in the King James Versions of the Bible, but is sometimes translated to mean “illegitimacy.” It not only means those who are born outside of wedlock or in incest, but the root of the word means to contemn (regard with contempt), to despise, or be ashamed of. If a pregnancy happens outside of marriage and the parents speak words of rejection, shame, or are regarded with contempt because of it, the same curse comes to that family line.
When a child is born outside of wedlock, there is a curse that goes on to the tenth generation. Ten generations means that it can be passed on from any one of our 1024 ancestors. With so many people able to affect us in this way, this curse applies to most people.
To remove a curse you must be willing to confess for yourself and your ancestors. Confess means to see it the way the other person does, in this case, God. It is easy to confess for our ancestors. We know it is God’s will for sex and the product of sex to happen inside of a marriage, otherwise it is called fornication. We simply state this fact, knowing that what our ancestors did was wrong.
It can be much more challenging to confess for ourselves. To remove the curse of illegitimacy, you must know how you have responded to it and what actions you have committed that are in agreement with that curse. There are two categories of this curse revealed by the Hebrew word mam-zare’ and the root “to contemn.”
Those born outside of wedlock or through incest
Those whose conception was greeted with shame, rejection, or brought condemnation
Born Outside Wedlock
“...You shall not enter into the congregation.” (Deuteronomy 23:2)
The description of the consequences of the curse gives us insight into some of the effects of it. If a child was born outside of marriage or through incest, it will cause feelings of being an outsider. To see if this applies to you, ask yourself:
How would you feel if you see a family gathered at a table, laughing and enjoying each other's company?
Would you feel comfortable joining the table? Or would this bring negative emotions to the surface like, “I wouldn’t fit in,” “I will disrupt the fun,” “They wouldn’t accept me,” or even, “I would bring the mood down”?
Imagine that you are in a party with many groups who are laughing and having a good time. What do you feel? How do you respond?
If you are not comfortable approaching a group, then this curse may be affecting you. Your feelings may indicate the presence of the enemy empowered by the curse of illegitimacy. Feeling like an outsider includes:
I don’t fit in
They won’t like me
I won’t know what to say
These feelings are not a sin, however, submitting to them may reinforce the place the enemy has in your life through the curse. It can cause us to draw away from others and often causes a tendency to draw away from God as well. We may not want to fellowship with other believers which can open us to attacks from the enemy.
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:24-25 ESV)
A wolf will go after a lone sheep, not one in the herd. Satan will have an easier time pushing you into sin where he can attack you if you do not spend time with other believers.
There is a spiritual aspect to this curse. If you continually give into the feelings, you may have trouble entering into the presence of the Lord. Depending on the hold this curse has on you, it may not be all the time. Do you occasionally feel like God doesn’t really want to see you? That you are not a good enough child to be in His presence? Breaking this curse will remove this spiritual blockage!
Rejected in the Womb
When we were in our mother’s wombs, what happened may affect us and even bring a curse upon us and future generations. If our conception happened in the sin of fornication (sex outside of marriage), that sin gave the words spoken a double curse. The symptoms of this type of curse are a bit broader. They can have the same effect as the outsider curse already mentioned and in addition, they may cause the following personality traits:
People pleaser or Knight in Shining Armor syndrome
Spirit of rejection
The safest place we should experience should be while we are developing inside our mother's womb. Though we may not remember it, if words are spoken over us as a fetus, we have been wounded in our soul, and may even be cursed.
People Pleaser/Knight in Shining Armor
Women more often suffer from the “people pleaser” aspect of this curse while men react as “knights in shining armor” though, like most stereotypes, on occasion either may apply to any gender. On the surface these traits seem to be good. What could be wrong with being helpful? There are three main sins these traits push us into:
Self-righteousness often because of a religious or leading to religious spirit influence
Being more concerned about man than God
Pushing us into the same sin as our ancestors
When we feel the need to do something to earn our place with others, especially family members, this can push us toward self-righteousness; it is our actions that earn us our place. If this behavior is active in our secular lives, we will often have the same struggle spiritually. It will cause us to try to earn our righteousness with God through our actions instead of leaning on and resting in what Jesus did on the cross.
There are two main ways this manifests and affects our lives:
We rescue others or do what we think will please them, then respond negatively because their gratitude isn’t sufficient to heal the wound in our soul.
Being rescued by a knight is great, but eventually every “damsel” should grow to maturity and learn to depend on Jesus, our Saviour.
The Curse: When we stop needing our knight, he may lash out and “pick on us” for other little things we are not doing.
We can spend so much time trying to please others that we neglect our relationship with God.
The Curse: We may be unwilling to distance ourselves from friends pulling us into sinful situations and even following into sin trying to please them.
We can over-perform at work or in our family. We may feel unheard and unfavored.
The Curse: We don’t receive recognition or promotion for what we do.
We can try to legitimize ourselves or receive acceptance through sinful actions
The Curse: We may be tempted by fornication and unable to stop from having sex outside of marriage.
If we don’t do enough work or when we make mistakes we feel like God doesn’t love us or that He is mad at us.
These actions can be motivated by a religious spirit or give a religious spirit a place.
We have seen Christians grow in deeper fellowship with God when this curse is removed. When a person becomes free, we have seen employers and families change their attitudes bringing love and favor into the lives of God’s children. It has changed my life as well.
My daughter was aggressively antagonistic with me. On a good day, I could say the sky is blue and she would say it was more of a pastel blue. On a bad day, she would take offense and be wounded by words said in love, without malice and not intended to harm her in any way. When I learned about the effects of words on those in the womb, I took action.
I confess I was wrong in crying and saying I couldn’t go through with birthing another child when I found out I was pregnant with her, renouncing the words and covering them with the blood of Jesus.
This is a form of rejection and will cause a wound for the spirit of rejection to use.
I used my authority as my daughter's legal guardian and confessed for illegitimacy on both sides of the bloodline
I plead the blood over these sins stating, “Cursed is He who hangs on the cross, Jesus paid for these sins when He was crucified.”
The effect was immediate. My husband was shocked when we stopped fighting every moment we were together. She actually asked for my advice, listened to it and said, “Thank you, you’ve really helped,” afterward. Don’t get me wrong. It isn't a bed of roses, unless you consider that roses have thorns. She is still a teenager and has her “moments,” but they are few and far between.
Before I formed you in the belly I knew you; and before you came forth out of the womb I sanctified you… (Jeremiah 1:5 AKJV)
If God knew us before we were formed and sanctified us before we came into the world, this means He considers a baby as a person.
Now suppose two men are fighting, and in the process they accidentally strike a pregnant woman so she gives birth prematurely. If no further injury results, the man who struck the woman must pay the amount of compensation the woman’s husband demands and the judges approve. But if there is further injury, the punishment must match the injury: a life for a life… (Exodus 21:22-23 ESV)
If a miscarriage is caused, God considers a life has been taken. In God’s eyes, abortion is murder. This makes it the most extreme form of rejection of a child. If there is abortion in your family line, this sin will need to be added to the list so that the curse can be removed.
Removing the Curse
In order to come out of agreement with any curse you need to:
Confess the way you have felt
This legitimizes the soul
Confess any sin that came from the feelings
Forgive your parents if it was you they rejected or spoke over
Ask God to forgive them too
Use the Word of God to see it the way He does
Our birth was not an accident or mistake:
We were formed in our mothers womb for God’s purpose (Jeremiah 1:5)
God sees us as beautiful
I will praise you; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are your works… (Psalm 139:14 AKJV)
God loves us as a Father
Just as a father loves his children, So the LORD loves those who fear and worship Him [with awe-filled respect and deepest reverence]. (Psalm 103:13 AMPC)
Cover any sins of your ancestors or your actions with the blood of Jesus
Reject any spirit you obeyed by acting upon the feelings
Ask the Lord to heal any soul wound and sever all soul ties to the womb and your parents
The final step was covered in the third Academy book and the 301 course in the Academy, so we will not explain it here. To receive the best results, let your prayer time be led by the Holy Spirit by stating any sins He brings to your memory. Here is an example of a type of prayer to remove the curse of illegitimacy where all sins apply. You should only pray what applies to you:
I realize that my ancestors have sinned against you. They had sex outside of wedlock which resulted in a child. I know that fornication is a sin and it was wrong. Jesus, I know you hung on the cross so that sins of our ancestors which become curses could be paid for. I ask that you blot out the sin of fornication/abortion from my ancestors.
I forgive my mother and father for words of rejection they spoke over me when I was in the womb (any attempt to end my life). I renounce those words and ask that the blood of Jesus blot them out from all records in Heaven and Earth for I know that You created me and designed me for Your purpose.
In the past I have felt (rejected, different, a need to rescue/perform, etc...) and have responded to those feelings in sinful ways and responding to them has given the enemy a place in my life (confess any of the sins associated with this curse you are guilty of or any actions that the Holy Spirit brings to you). Jesus I thank You for shedding your blood for these sins, and ask that you blot them out from all records in Heaven and Earth as well as removing the record of any actions that were in agreement with the enemy.
Jesus, I ask that You break all curses associated with the sins that have been blotted out. Remove the place the enemy was given by these actions. I command the enemy to leave now!
Father, I now realize that I was formed in my mothers womb for Your purpose, that I am fearfully and wonderfully made, and that You love Me as Your child. (Jeremiah 1:5, Psalms 103:13 & 139:1)
Jesus, you are the healer of the brokenhearted. I ask that You remove any barbs, spears, or anything amiss in my soul. Heal any broken pieces of my soul, any soul wound and bring all pieces of my soul forward to this time.
I wish to be holy unto You as You are Holy, so with the sword of the spirit, I sever all ties to the womb and my parents. I ask that you strengthen the ties to You and You alone. In Your name, amen.
This is a general prayer to remove the curse of illegitimacy. In some cases there may be additional soul trauma that needs more prayer. Our prayer team will be happy to help you with additional soul healing once you have completed the 301 course in the free online school: Courts of Heaven Academy. You can schedule the visit inside the class!
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