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Generational curses do exist and you can break them with the steps below. The root of the curse may be witchcraft, family sin, or believing a lie from the enemy. Either way, accepting Christ and getting healing will help you break free of any generational curse that wants to rob you of living a life RICH in the LOVE and PEACE of Jesus Christ!
What are generational curses in the Bible?
A generational curse is, “A cycle of behavior, thinking, and coping that was inherited from your parents, ancestors, guardians, and/or childhood environment to deal with actual or perceived trauma.” This cycle begins in the family through sin or a demonic assignment on your family line.
What does the Bible say about generational curses? The Bible explains periods in time where people were rebellious, worshipped idols, and didn’t obey God. They didn’t realize that God’s laws are there to keep them safe from the dysfunctions of the world. Did you know that when we follow God’s laws and biblical advice, it teaches us how to live a healthy life?
How do generational curses start? They started from the fall of man in the Garden. Ultimately, one man’s bad decision can affect everyone around. Similarly, if your parents abuse you it can affect how you treat your kids if you haven’t healed.
Adam and Eve didn’t follow God’s instructions for living a healthy and happy life and sin entered the world (generational curses). Their bad choices affected their children. Then, Cain decided to kill his brother. Cain was angry and passed on his anger, jealousy, and strife to his children. He probably verbally or physically abused the people around him. Essentially, sin entered the word and Satan was able to hurt everyone with people’s bad choices. Then we have you… You have been hurt by a CYCLE that started with Adam & Eve. You are dealing with issues caused by the pain that spread like a disease.
What causes generational curses in the Bible?
Unfortunately, disobeying God’s law teaches us “unhealthy” coping mechanism, mindsets, and behaviors. Accordingly, the curse was that children would learn unhealthy patterns from their parents’ disobedience and pass it down to other generations of children (Read More).
What are examples of generational curses? Toxic coping, behaving, and thinking is passed on from parents to children, to grand-children. The curse is exhibited in negative thinking, drinking, rape, abuse, divorce, etc. If your parents don’t deal with hard moments in life well, you don’t learn how to either. Or, if they have a mindset that everything will fail and God won’t help. They may deal with their problems by denying the power of God — drinking, smoking, etc.. You may deal with the problems by over-eating, over sleeping, or watching a lot of television. Either way, unhealthy emotional management is learned from our parents. Some people do highly risky stuff and others do less risky things to avoid pain, but it’s all equally unhealthy.
The problem arises when one family deals with life in “less” risky ways such as avoidance, passive-aggression, and escaping reality. Society doesn’t see “small” toxic behaviors as curses. So people are often SHOCKED when they have a child that deals with their pain in the highly risk way (sex, rape, drugs, etc.). This may scare the family… What happened to my child? Where did I go wrong? The problem started with the parents, but it was not as obvious. It was more obvious with the child because their unhealthy strategies are “risky” or the more noticed sin in the world.
Witchcraft, sorcery, fortune tellers and other activities fall under the risky coping mechanisms. People turn to mediums because they want to control the world. Often when people are fearful and don’t trust God, they run to anything that can make them feel secure and safe. However, those channels are not God and will fail.
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You will pass down any patterns that you have no broken to your children. However, you can stop the pattern. You can break curses. You can avoid teaching your children the wrong way of dealing with their emotions, unhealthy mindsets and behaviors.
How to break curses in 2 steps:
God said that the curse would be lifted if we:
- Accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
- Allow the Holy Spirit to renew our mind and cleanse our heart.
- Become aware of our sinful nature.
- Ask Jesus for forgiveness and stop doing bad things (repentance).
- In my article, The Good News: Start The Process To Your Best Life, I discuss how to get started on this process.
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” – John 8:12 Walking in darkness means that we are unaware of the patterns in our lives. However, God wants to show us those patterns so that we can get healed.
The term generational curses is highly mythicized and overcomplicated; but as noted, it is merely dysfunctional patterns of behavior and thinking that are passed down to children from their parents and ancestors. The enemy uses earthly situations that we don’t question (because it “seems normal”) to drive us crazy. When we feel scared and don’t trust God we take on “cursed” mindsets — “I can fix this if I control them. I can have friends if I people please.” The truth is we are able to break generational curses if we do the hard work.
Prayers for breaking generational curses should center around the strong man (main demonic influence) that is causing the pain. However, if the person is not willing to heal and renew how they think… Demonic forces can come back because nothing has truly changed. For instance, I must go from thinking “everything will fail” to “God’s will help me in all things.” If I don’t change my thinking then I will end up falling into fear, control, manipulation, etc. whenever there is a demonic attack because I don’t have the foundation for TRUST with God!
Jesus died to clean us up and break generational curses. God wants His children to be pure and clean. He will and has gone to GREAT lengths to ensure your beautiful spirit is kept intact.
He came “to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.” Acts 26:18
The sanctification process is God purifying our hearts and mind so that we are not blind to what has ALWAYS been ours. In other words, God has to undo lies and remind us that He created us in His perfect image (Genesis 1:27). Christ’s death and the free gift of the Holy Spirit gives us the power to operate in purity that He intended in the garden. When we accept Christ… We get the free gift – the Helper (Holy Spirit) who helps us AVOID sin!
“May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.” 2 Peter 1:2-4
“Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life” Romans 6:1-23
- Having A Relationship With God
- Get Deliverance From The Lies of Demons Via Fasting
- Prayer to break curses: 12 Secrets for Powerful Spiritual Warfare
- Identify Your Dysfunctional Patterns – We all have them. If you don’t think so then pride or unawareness could be your pattern.
- To further explore inner healing and end cycles in your life: Download The Heart Detox. It walks you through prayer, difficult emotions, having healthy relationships, and enjoying your best life!
- Be Someone’s Friend– Friendship is so important because you can learn things from people. You can learn healthy habits from them and their family, that you didn’t experience at home!
- Healthy Environments – You can learn a thing or two from a healthy family that attends church (or somewhere similar) that has functional attitudes, coping, and behaviors.