Generational Curses

25 Nov

Our pastor preached this awesome message last weekend. We were not there due to illness but I listened to the CD already and it was awesome. This is not preached in most churches but it will make you think.

Breaking Generational Curses

There’s been quite a breakdown in our society. Broken homes have become more and more prevalent. Fewer and fewer people can honestly say they were raised by a loving father and mother according to biblical family principles and in the fear of the Lord. Those who have been raised in dysfunctional families are going on to create even more dysfunctional families. People are even trying to redefine what a family is. Historically, one can readily see that every time a society begins to do this, its days are numbered. The breakdown of the family leads directly to the breakdown of society. It’s clear that unless something changes, our society is nearing its end.

So what can we do? First, we need to be aware of some things that are going on “behind the scenes.” I’ve discussed previously the fact that as we read the scriptures, we see two powers at work in the world, both vying for our future. The first is God, who seeks to bless us and set us free from the power of sin and the curses that it brings. The other is our enemy, the devil, who seeks to bring dysfunction by ensnaring us in sin, iniquity and curses.

In God’s Word, we see that iniquities – areas of repeated sin that we can’t seem to get free from – are passed from one generation to another through the bloodline. This becomes what we call a “generational curse.” And, along with that curse comes a familiar spirit – a demonic spirit that follows a family generation to generation, intimately knows all their weaknesses and works to extend its influence indefinitely.

Many of us can see this at work in our own lives if we will take even a moment to think. Let me ask you; are there things you’re struggling with that you just can’t seem to get free from? Have you noticed that you struggle with the same kinds of sin as others in your family? Are there things that you thought you dealt with a long time ago that keep trying to reestablish themselves in your life? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re dealing with generational curses.

Thankfully, there’s good news! Jesus died on the cross and rose again to set us free. We are now redeemed from the curse, and God wants to break these curses off of our lives. We no longer have to be bound in our sin, and we can stop the curse from being passed on to our children or others in our family.

How? Well, it’s a process. That process consists of seven steps that I’ll list briefly below. However, there’s a lot more to this teaching – more than I have space to write here – so I encourage you, if you want to experience true freedom from generational curses, listen to or watch this message, go through the steps and then, as soon as possible, take the Ancient Paths seminars that are offered regularly throughout the year here at Victory. If you’ll do that, you and your family will experience true freedom as never before.

7 Steps to Breaking the Curse

  1. Acknowledge and confess the iniquities of your family.
  2. Forgive any of your family who have sinned against you.
  3. Confess your participation in any sin or iniquity that is a part of your life now.
  4. Ask God to forgive you and cleanse you.
  5. Repent before another person and commit to change.
  6. Submit your will to God.
  7. Declare your authority over the curse.
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