You’d do well to believe what the Bible says.

Generational curses.

It would seem there are an increasing number of folks believing in and advocating that today. And, while their explanations might sound plausible, the problem is they’re not grounded in Scripture.

In reality, the idea of generational curses is another lie of the devil. Why is that? Simply because this teaches that we are suffering victims because of something someone in my family tree previously did. And, this is because of our bloodline connection to them or, if you will, it’s in our genetic makeup and, therefore, there’s nothing we can do about it UNLESS we know the “secret” for deliverance.

Those who advocate such point to Exodus 20:5-6, which says “I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children of the third and fourth generation of those who hate Me, but showing steadfast love to the thousands of those who love Me and keep My commandments.” They also point to other passages like Ex. 34:6-7 and Leviticus 26:39 as proof for such curses.

But, Deuteronomy 24:16 says “Fathers shall not be put to death because of their children, nor shall children be put to death because of their fathers. Each one shall be put to death for his own sin.” This was repeated in II Kings 14:6 and Ezekiel 18:20. And, Ez. 18:2-5 says one should no longer cry “The fathers have eaten sour grapes and the children’s teeth are set on edge;” instead, God said through the prophet, “The soul that sins, it shall die” (v.4).

Thus, it’s clear that I am not held hostage or suffer because my great-grandfather or great-great-grandfather committed some terrible sin. Neither am I an alcoholic, drug addict or adulterer because it’s my genetic disposition. If I am either of those, it’s because of my personal choice.

For sure, our family background has much to do with who we are. If my father was an alcoholic, I have a much greater potential for becoming an alcoholic—as will my children. But, it’s not because of a generational curse; it’s because of “cycles of sin,” which is what’s meant in “the sins of the father being visited on the third and fourth generations.”

Or, look at it this way:

Years ago there was a children’s ditty that said “Repeat and Pete were sitting on a fence. Pete fell off and who was left?” Naturally, the answer would be “Repeat.” And, then you’d recite it once again and again until everyone got tickled and changed the subject.

Thankfully, cycles of sin or “spiritual strongholds” can be broken (II Corinthians 10:3-5). Even though statistics show a victim of child abuse has a much greater likelihood of being a child abuser, that doesn’t mean he/she HAS to be one. A thousand times no! Instead, by God’s Grace and strength, that cycle can be broken once-and-for-all. Hallelujah!!

That’s why we mustn’t believe everything we read or hear, regardless of who’s writing or saying it. Again, we should stick with the Word of God, allowing it to be our Rule and Guide in life—for, when everything and everyone else has fallen away, it will still be standing strong (Isaiah 40:7-8; I Peter 1:24-25).

We should also remember that even though we are born under three “curses:” the curse of a sinful nature like Adam, the “curse of the Law” (Deuteronomy 27:26; Galatians 3:10) and the curse of death (Romans 3:23; 6:23a; I Corinthians 15:21a, 22a), Jesus has freed us from those curses (Gal. 3:13-14, I Cor. 15:21b, 22b). Because of His Victory, we also have victory. And, never forget “greater is He Who’s within you than he that is in the world” (I John 4:4).

So, do not fear generational curses, dear Reader, just as you shouldn’t fear voodoo dolls or spells that others may cast on you. Such things are of the devil—as are such things like using “In the Name of Jesus I command you” against satan and sin. Those are just like using a rabbit’s foot or four-leaf clover so you’ll have good luck.

Place your trust in Christ instead and spend time daily in God’s Word. Clothe yourself in His Armor (Ephesians 6:10-18) and “fight the good Fight, run patiently and finish your course and keep your eyes on Jesus” (II Timothy 4:7-8; Hebrews 12:1-2). That way you’ll always be like the wise man, not the foolish one (Matthew 7:24-27). God bless you.

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