As I read throughout the old testaments, I often see generational curses. The first and biggest is death. After Eve took of the fruit and gave it to Adam and he ate it too. After that, we were all cursed. Stupid Adam and Eve. Exodus 20:5 shows God is willing and will curse generations to the third and fourth generations. Pretty scary, ain’t it?
So, what does this look like in the world today? Often times we see parents teach their children bad behaviors. For example, racism. No one is born a racist. No one. This is a taught mindset. To hate a group of people just because of the color of their skin. This kind of curse is a mental curse. It is taught throughout the years. Systems are built on these curses and so on and so forth.
Then we have the physical curses like addiction or just bad genetics. From what I was told, my great grandfather, and my grandfather were both alcoholics. I have friends who come from long lines of drug addicts. My family tree is full of diabetics. ADHD runs in my family line as well. The physical curses can vary from family to family.
Finally the spiritual curse. This one is harder to see. It’s hate for God, and anything dealing with God. This is more widespread in the world today. It’s similar to mental, but it’s deeper. It’s a darkness that consumes both mind and body. It’s the core of a person, and often times takes God himself coming in and fixing it.
Freedom From The Curse
There is freedom from these curses, it’s simple, repentance. The act of turning away. Choosing not to do it. Turning 180. Saying no more.
“When the children of Israel cried out to the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliverer for the children of Israel, who delivered them: Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother.” — Judges 3:9
“And they cried out to the Lord and said, ‘We have sinned, because we have forsaken the Lord and have served the Baals and the Ashtaroth. But now deliver us out of the hand of our enemies, that we may serve you. And the Lord sent Jerubbaal and Barak and Jephthah and Samuel and delivered you out of the hand of your enemies on every side, and you lived in safety. “ — 1 Samuel 12:10-11
These groups of people were cursed with a generational curse, God lifted that curse. Then he sent people to help them. Notice, in the last part, he sent people to help them.
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. — Ecclesiastes 4:12
God created us to be in a relationship with Him. He created repentance to be as such with each other as well.
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
Notice the anyone is in Christ. We are part of the body of Christ. Think of the curse as a sickness in that body.
12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. — 1 Corinthians 12:12-14.
God sends other members of that body, aka white blood cells, and purges it. However, it can’t purge the curse, until you let it go and let God handle it.
Step one – Repentance
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. — Romans 8:1
Louder for those in the back, THERE IS NOW NO CONDEMNATION FOR THOSE WHO ARE IN CHRIST JESUS! You are free. You don’t have to take another drink. You don’t have to be your dad. See, my dad refused to drink because he saw his dad drink every day. Thanks to him refusing it, I have control over alcohol in my life. In fact, I’m a lightweight, and proud of it.
You must repent. You must say no. Your parents may have done something wrong, but you don’t have to do it. There is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. As a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) you don’t have to partake in those sins.
Step Two – Support
Your soul is new, but your still in a human body. Thus temptation is a real deal. It’s easy to slip back into old habits. It’s rare for God to take everything away. The reason are plan as day, He wants you to depend on him.
So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. — 1 Corinthians 10:12-13
He wants to show his faithfulness. He wants to show His love. He wants to show Himself. He asks us to come to him as a child. To be completely dependant on Him, and those He puts in our lives.
He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. — Matthew 18:2-4
We need each other. We need the people God puts in our lives. We sometimes have to be dependent on them. Sometimes they are teachers, sometimes, they are friends. Sometimes, they are those people that will kick our butts. Those are the best.
With this said, this focuses more on the addiction side of things, there is a very real genetic side of things. Does God take away every curse, no, sometimes, He lets us have things to grow in Him more. Sometimes He allows down syndrome to run through a family to produce amazingly God-fearing children. I met a man at the age of 40 by the name of Scotty. If Matthew 18:2-4 was a living person, it was him. When he prayed, Angels stopped in their tracks and listened to him. People were healed kind of deal. He struggled to tie his shoes. He cried all the time. He was a child in an adult body. Some genetics can’t be escaped because God has bigger plans than you can ever understand.
While others can. As a type two diabetic, I can work my body and be free over time. I can set an example for my kids to follow, so they don’t have to fear the same fate. My father stopped the alcohol. When I tasted alcohol, it didn’t affect me like it did my grandpa. The curse was broken.
Not all generational curses are due to sin. Some God sends because It’s part of His Will. Just read the book of Job. Satan attacked Job because God let it happen. God proved that Job was a Righteous man through this process. Kind of like a refining fire. Job was blessed after going through that hardship. But more importantly, How many lives have been changed by the story of Job.
In the end, you have no control over it. God has complete control. You can work your body to be superman levels, but if God says so, you will need an insulin shot every 30 minutes. Or, he could make a blind person see. It’s up to Him. Our job is to repent of any sins in our lives and accept the support He gives us.
What are the after-effects of breaking a Generational Curse? Your family is free. Like I said before, I don’t fear alcohol. I have a strong understanding of its power. I choose not to drink often, however, I can. I’m a diabetic, but unlike my dad, I refuse to let it control me. I count the carbs. My children see this in me. They know the curse is real. I explain to them that I abused soda and sugary candies when I was younger. I oftentimes refuse sweats around them because of the choice of cutting the carbs. I hope as they grow up, they enjoy the lower-carb lifestyle.
Moreover, you are setting up your children for success. I refuse to let my kids think they are dumb at something. I go out of my way to show them how I feel dumb but push through for success. The curse of self-doubt, in my hope, will stop with me. They will be confident in themselves and their actions.
It doesn’t just affect your kids, it affects those around you and your kids. By breaking those habits that you were born into, people see it. People who knew my grandpa knew my dad refused to drink like him, and some stopped themselves. As I battle my sexual addiction, others see it and battle their addictions.
If you forget everything else today, remember this one piece of scripture.