What are generational curses?
First let us explore the meaning of some of these terms, so we can better understand what we are talking about. Here are the definitions from Dictionary.com.
Generational: “the term of years, roughly 30 among human beings, accepted as the average period between the birth of parents and the birth of their offspring.”
Ancestors: a person from whom one is descended; forebear;progenitor.
Curse: a) the expression of a wish that misfortune, evil, doom, etc., befall a person, group, etc. b) a formulaor charm intended to cause such misfortune to another. c) the act of reciting such a formula.
. A curse is basically ill intent upon another person, released through sin, ignorance or rebellion. So a generational curse is ill intent upon a family generation, or specific members of ancestry, that was released through the sin, ignorance or rebellion of previous ancestors. How does a generational curse come about? Look at what the Bible has to say about being cursed:
Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.”
What happens is that not only is the curses handed down, but demons move right in and take advantage of this often at a very young age in a person's life (often before birth). The person then goes throughout life struggling with the same bondages that their parents struggle with. The good news is that the Blood of Jesus is more powerful than any bondage that may have been handed down to you! You can be set free and completely released from the effects of any generational curses handed down to you!
If you struggle with the same bondages as your parents, or see siblings with the same problems, then it is quite possible that you are suffering from the effects of a generational curse. Many times when you see three generations suffering from depression, it's almost always a generational curse at work and a spirit of heaviness took advantage of those cures in each of their lives through the defilement that was passed down.
signs of generational curses
~ Child abuse
~ Sexual abuse
~ Domestic violence
~ Drug addiction
~ Mental illness
~ Destructive attitudes and behaviors
Breaking the Curse
If you are living under a generational curse, it will be cancelled when you, through faith, appropriate the blood of christ for your deliverance.
You can pray and make this your confession:
Thank you, God, that generational curses are broken through faith in the blood of christ. I put my faith in the blood. I believe christ is my mercy seat and that His blood cancels the curse and breaks generational iniquities. I believe, by the blood of christ, that the generational curse from the law is cancelled and broken off my family now, in christ’ name. Thank you that sins, bondages and iniquities are cancelled and the curse is stopped by the blood of christ. Thank you, God,
Choose Life and Blessing
We saw previously in Exodus 20:5-6 how God visits the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth of generations, but did you notice the rest of that verse? It says that the blessing goes, not only three or four generations, but up to a thousand generations – and the blessing is much stronger than the curse!