Must Generational Curses Be Addressed In A Christian's Life In Order For the Christian To Walk Victoriously In Christ ?
I recently received an e-mail from a friend of mine. She asked me a question that is quite common in the Body of Christ, and I figured this was a good time to address this question on my web site.
Lance I need you to answer me a question, what can you tell me about GENERATIONAL CURSES, do you believe in them. My daughter attended a church service last night where they ask for prayer requests, my daughter just said for my children, they begin to pray and one woman she said begun to pray in tounges, she was really praying hard and the rest of the people stopped, she said all of a sudden the woman opened her eyes and looked at my daughter and said your family is cursed, cursed with generational curses. But she said you can break this curse. My daughter called me this evening because I have always said I feel like there is some kind of curse on my life because everything always goes wrong. Do you believe in this and how do we lift this curse if there is such a thing.
The key scripture that comes to mind when asked a question like this is found in Exodus, 20:5, in which the Lord states that He will visit the iniquities of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation:
Exo 20:4 Thou shalt
not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is
in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water
under the earth:
5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to 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;
We need to notice that in context, the Lord is speaking of the specific sin of worshipping and serving other gods above Him. Since He alone is the only One True God, when a person rejects His Name, and substitutes it with another, they invite a generational curse into their lives and in the lives of their families after them. Why?
When we invite Jesus Christ to be the Lord of our lives, we are naturally going to do all we can to bring our household into the Christian faith. The same applies to any other religion. The Muslim will want his family to be Muslims, and so on with any other religion.
Satan is a hard task master. His deception is strong. He will do anything to keep God's creation from knowing the One True God, the Creator and the Lord of all. Strongholds of spiritual deception are Satan's forte. The passage in Exodus 20:5 is speaking expressly to those who have received the revelation of the necessity of serving the One True God, and who then turn away from Him and embrace some other religion or belief system.
Moses received the Ten Commandments from the Hand of God to give to God's chosen people, the Israelites. See another passage in which He warns His people not to go after the gods and the practices of the heathen nations around them:
18:9 When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee,
thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. Deu
10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his
daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer
of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,
11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.
13 Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God.
14 For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.
In the New Testament, God addresses all who
have come to Him through the Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. So
we see that Hebrews chapter 6 also warns the one who has been enlightened
to the Truth in Jesus Christ to be careful not to turn away from the Hope
that he or she has in Jesus Christ:
Heb 6:4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
7 For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:
8 But that which beareth thorns and briars is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.
When we see that a person might be plagued by generational curses, it may be that the authority figure of that family had at one time or another deliberately turned from God to serve other gods, and through this willful decision of rejecting that which he or she had known to be the Truth, they had committed their families and successive generations to the false gods that they themselves have embraced; thus subjecting them to a curse, rather than a blessing.
I have spoken to Tarot card readers who are very familiar with the Word of God, and profess to be Christians, but they dabble in the occult to "make a living". Such deception that has gotten hold of them! They are inviting a curse on their future generations by turning from the One True Living God, and embracing Satan in whatever form he may appear.
Christians who take oaths in secret societies such as the Masonic lodge, or the Rosicrucians, are opening themselves and future generations to a Generational curse.
In the beginning stages of freemasonry, a Mason literally takes an oath against his soul if he reveals the secrets of Masonry. As they progress in degrees, the initiate is never required to state what God he believes in. Freemasonry explains deity as "Grand Atrificer", "Grand Master of the Grand Lodge Above", "Jehovah", "Allah", "Buddah", "Brahma", "Vishnu", "Shiva", or "Great Geometer". A true Christian cannot embrace this doctrine of "It doesn't matter who you call God, as long as you acknowledge that there is a God", when Jesus Christ declared "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and no man can come to the Father but through Me".
Christians who pray to saints are practicing "Necromancy" = consulting the dead, which is an abomination to God (see above, Deuteronomy 18:11).
Christians who bow before statues and who pray to the saints they represent are committing idolatry. They are subjecting their families and their future generations to a curse.
Ask a devout Catholic if they are a Christian, and 9 times out of 10, they will say that they are a Catholic. That is because they have been deceived into believing that the Catholic church and it's man-made traditions and practices is their salvation. They have been deceived into believing that they must embrace the man made doctrines and traditions of the church in order to be saved. This includes praying to the dead, reverencing Mary by devoting more time praying to her than to Jesus, Who declared that there was no other Way to the Father than through Him.
In some areas where Catholicism is the prevalent religion, people are actually taught that if they read the Bible, they will go crazy. Some Catholics will strenuously object that they are not worshipping the various statues of the saints and of Jesus, and Mary, hence, they are not practicing idolatry. They will say that they are just venerating or giving reverence to the people they represent.
Let's look at Webster's Dictionary's (1833 edition) definition of idolatry: IDOL'ATRY, n. [L. idololatria. Gr. idol, and to worship or serve.] 1. The worship of idols, images, or any thing made by hands, or which is not God. Idolatry is of two kinds; the worship of images, statues, pictures, &c. made by hands; and the worship of the heavenly bodies,the sun, moon and stars, or of demons, angels, men and animals. 2. Excessive attachment or veneration for any thing, or that which borders on adoration.
Let's see once more what God says to His people concerning idolatry:
Deu 5:6 I am the LORD
thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of
7 Thou shalt have none other gods before me.
8 Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth:
9 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.
There are generational curses that kick into effect when a person bows before a statue of anyone or anything that exists or has existed. How often is this sin repeated by devout Catholics on a daily basis? This is a sin that needs to be repented of, unless one is willing to invite a generational curse upon his or her family.
We need to get beyond what MAN says about a thing, and see what God's Holy Word has to say about it.
A Christian who embraces Religious pluralism (saying that it doesn't matter what you believe in, as long as you believe in a higher power) is also inviting a generational curse on his or her lineage when they gather with other faiths and worship God "according to their understanding".
Some Christian churches allow their parishioners to have worship services devoted to "Sophia" or the "goddess". This amounts to nothing less than Wiccan worship with a "Christian" package. Others encourage "Christian yoga" in their churches. Homosexuality, Feminism, idolatry, divorce and remarriage, and universalism have all been embraced by many Christian churches. Those who embrace and encourage these doctrines and depart from the Truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ are in danger of opening their lives and the lives of the generations that follow them to a Generational curse.
God declares that He is a jealous God. Who are we to slight Him by distorting the Truth because it is comfortable to us to do so?
You might say, "But I am a devout Catholic (or Baptist, or Pentecostal - You fill in the blank)…I love Jesus. Just because I pray to saints or to Mary or just because I belong to a secret society, doesn't mean that I hate God."
Mat 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Ask yourself: Are you holding to your membership in the lodge while professing to love God?
Are you praying to others when Jesus said explicitly that He is the Only way that a person can get to the Father?
In doing so, you are in fact rebelling against His Word, and are inviting generational curses on your family. One may reason: "If there is such a thing as generational curses, then there would seem to be no hope for the generations that follow the one that transgressed". But see what Deuteronomy 5:10 says:
Deu 5:10 And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.
God is the God of Mercy and Grace. His Plan has always been to see humanity to enter into fellowship with Him. Even when Israel had rebelled and subjected their families to generational curses, God left a way out:
See how the Israelites dealt with their sin. They confessed their sins and the sins of their fathers before the Loird:
Jer 14:20 We acknowledge,
O LORD, our wickedness, and the iniquity of our fathers: for we have sinned
21 Do not abhor us, for thy name's sake, do not disgrace the throne of thy glory: remember, break not thy covenant with us.
Daniel 9: 3 And I
set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with
fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:
4 And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments;
5 We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments:
6 Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spoke in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.
7 O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee.
8 O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee.
9 To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him;
10 Neither have we obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.
11 Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him.
12 And he hath confirmed his words, which he spoke against us, and against our judges that judged us, by bringing upon us a great evil: for under the whole heaven hath not been done as hath been done upon Jerusalem.
13 As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth.
14 Therefore hath the LORD watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us: for the LORD our God is righteous in all his works which he doeth: for we obeyed not his voice.
15 And now, O Lord our God, that hast brought thy people forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and hast gotten thee renown, as at this day; we have sinned, we have done wickedly.
16 O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain: because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to all that are about us. 17 Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord's sake.
18 O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name: for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousnesses, but for thy great mercies.
19 O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.
Freedom from our sin and the resulting curse it has brought comes as we confess that sin that separates us from God, and we forsake it, and embrace Him. Something that happened just recently would be a wonderful illustration for the Christian to see.
A young Christian brother named Clinton and
his friend came to the church where we are parked the other day. Clinton
had a four foot chicken snake in his hands. I was impressed by the snake's
size and girth, and he said "You should see the one that they (his neighbors)
killed. It's a lot bigger than this one!" I asked him where it was, and
he said "In the bed of the pickup".
Clinton's friend went over to the pickup and lifted the dead snake by its tail out of the bed of the truck. This snake must have been at least 51/2 feet long. Its head was completely cut off. The blood was still dripping freely from the wound where its head had been.
As I was staring in amazement at the size of the serpent, I became even more amazed as the body of this decapitated animal began to writhe just as if it was still alive. Where its head was cut off, there was a two inch slit running length wise where the shovel had cut it, and this slit was opening and closing just as if it was the snake's mouth! As the muscles of this dead snake contracted, and as it writhed back and forth, a person viewing it from a distance would have thought the thing was alive.
The Lord let me see a spiritual application behind this event. When a person comes to the Lord Jesus Christ, the works of Satan are destroyed in his or her life.
Romans 6:14 tells me that sin has no dominion over a child of God. Jesus has crushed, or decapitated the head of Satan, and that serpent has no more power over us. Jesus paid the ultimate price for my sin. The Work He did on the cross on my behalf resulted in my transformation from a hell-bound sin-dominated miserable wretch to a gloriously changed New Creature in Christ!
Every sin that I had ever committed…the curse of death and hell that I was subjected to, was done away with…put under the cleansing fountain of the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ. This includes any generational curse that I may have been subjected to because of some ancestor's wickedness.
But even though Satan is powerless against me, and even though his hold over my life has been broken, the fact of the matter is that he would want me to believe that he still is in control. His decapitated body still writhes and gives the impression that he is alive and in control of certain areas of my life. He may have programmed the preacher and the congregation to declare "I'm just a sinner saved by Grace…" when the Bible does not call us sinners, but saints! And I may swallow that errant doctrine, as the serpent writhes in satisfaction that he has decieved me.
I may give in to a temptation here and there,
and I may fall into sin on occasion, but the Work that Jesus Christ has
done on my behalf declares that I am NOT a sinner, but a child of God, a
creature of Holiness…a saint.
What I need to do on those occasions is to confess my sin to God, and make up my mind that I'm not going to do that again, and get on with my walk with Jesus Christ.
Satan has multitudes of Christians duped into believing that a curse still has a grip on them. The fact of the matter is that the problem most Blood-bought Christians have is simply in the area of obedience to the Word of God.
The Bible says that if we sow to the flesh, we will reap corruption. There are consequences for our wrong choices. Sometimes we may get severely chastised by the Lord if we continue in those sins. But if we sow to the Spirit, we will reap everlasting life, and the quality of our life will naturally be better. We will begin to walk in the fruit of the Spirit.
The more we walk in obedience to what the Word of God says, the more we walk victorious in Christ. Our lives will reflect what a child of God's life should reflect: Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Gentleness, Goodness, Faith, Meekness, Temperance. If these traits are not evident on a regular basis in our lives, it is because we are walking in the flesh, instead of walking in the Spirit.
Christians are so busy looking for devils to cast out of their lives, or blaming their state on Generational curses, when the fact of the matter is that an attitude of walking according to the Holy Spirit in obedience to the Will of God in our lives will result in a victorious Life in Christ.
If we are walking according to our flesh, we are going to have real problems with our lives.
Gal 5:19 Now the works
of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Our loving Father wants His children to succeed in life. But His prescription for success is obedience to Him.
Gal 5:24 And they
that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
Mat 6:31 Therefore
take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or,
Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
For the Christian, I don't believe the problem is Generational Curses. Jesus Christ did away with that on the cross.
The question is: Where are your priorities?
Are you choosing to obey His Word, or are you pursuing after your own selfish fleshly desires?
That's where the blessing and the curse is at:
Whether or not you are living a life of obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ.
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