How do you break generational curses?
There is so much confusion in our world
today that false teachings get easily infiltrated in our
thoughts. Our source to all truth is the Bible and
anything that comes to us, has to be verified with the
Bible. Otherwise we will be easily led to unbiblical
Are generational curses biblical?
Those who believe they are use texts like the second
commandment: Ex 20:4-6 “You shall not make for yourself an
idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth
beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to
them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous
God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to
the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,
but showing love to a thousand [ generations] of those
who love me and keep my commandments.” NIV
(see also Deut 5:8-10)
Does this text talk about generational
curse? It might appear so at first, but if you pay close
attention to the text, you discover that the promised
punishment is not generational related, as it specifies
punishment towards “those who hate” God. Those who
love God. God shows “love to a thousand generations!
Basically this text is telling us that there are two groups
of people in God’s eyes: 1. “them that love me” and 2.
“those who hate me”.
Those that love God are free from any
punishment from God Ex 34:6-7
“And he passed in front of Moses,
proclaiming, "The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and
gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and
faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and
forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does
not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the
children and their children for the sin of the fathers to
the third and fourth generation.” NIV
The guilty are the ones who will suffer
the consequences. If your grandfather was a sex addict
and your dad was one too, and you decide to follow in their
footsteps, you will have to face God one day and suffer the
consequences! However if you decide not to be
influenced by your grandfather’s and dad’s influence, and
you decide to obey God instead, no condemnation will be held
Rom 8:1-2 “Therefore, there is now
no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,
because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life
set me free from the law of sin and death.” NIV
The most powerful text that proves that
generational curses are not Biblical, is found in Ezek
18:2-3. But first some background information about this
text. The Jews used to have a saying that if fathers
ate sour grapes, the children's teeth were set on edge.
This meant that if a father did something wrong, it would be
held against the children. What is God’s reaction
concerning this saying? Let us read in Ezek 18:2-3
“What do you people mean by quoting
this proverb about the land of Israel: "'The fathers eat
sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge'?
"As surely as I live, declares the
Sovereign LORD, you will no longer quote this proverb in
God did not agree at all with that
saying! Read a bit further in Ezek 18:19-20
“"Yet you ask, 'Why does the son not
share the guilt of his father?' Since the son has done what
is just and right and has been careful to keep all my
decrees, he will surely live. The soul who sins is the
one who will die. The son will not share the guilt of the
father, nor will the father share the guilt of the son.
The righteousness of the righteous man will be credited to
him, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged
against him.” NIV
This makes it clear that generational
curses are not Biblical! You are judged by your
actions, not by the actions of your dad, not by the actions
of your forefathers, but by your own actions.
My friend, if you are living in bondage
of sin, may it be sex, drugs, or anything else, God can free
you. Jesus promised John 8:36 “So if the Son sets you
free, you will be free indeed.” NIV Don’t blame your
behaviour on your dad or your grandfather, or your great
grandfather. You and you only are responsible for your
The good news is that forgiveness and
deliverance is possible. Zech 4:6 “Not by might nor by
power, but by my Spirit.” NIV You can be set free through
the power of God’s Holy Spirit!
Jesus made it possible for you to be
freed from your addiction. He paid the ultimate price
on Golgotha so you could be freed and be a “new creation”. 2
Cor 5:17-19 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a
new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All
this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through
Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that
God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not
counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us
the message of reconciliation.” NIV
Would you like to be free my friend?
It is still not too late. Why don’t you invite Jesus
in your heart right now. Come to
answer His call of deliverance.
I have found the following materials helpful as I minister in Africa. The
context in which the materials have been developed is not limited to the Africa
culture. As you know, the devil is everywhere. He has not respect of persons. He
operates without racial or geographical barrier. He is not careful at all. As he
deals with the African people he is also dealing with the people in the West.
Let no one deceive himself that the devil operates in a particular environment.
He is not confined at all. He is going about seeking whom he may devour.
No wonder the scripture enjoins us in
Ephesians 6: 10-13
“Finally, be strong in the lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor
of God o that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our
struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the
authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual
forces of evil in the heavenly realms”.
Christian race is not for the careless. The careless ones are being overtaken by
the devil. All that Paul recommended for the journey should be adhered to very
strictly without compromise.
I have discovered that curses runs from generation to generation. It has
affected the spiritual lives of many. It has destroyed matrimonial homes. In
Africa for examples, when there is a curse in a particular family it can spread
unto as many generations as possible if it is not broken.
The following materials should be of tremendous help. If you have questions or
you need counselling on this topic, I will be willing to assist you.
“Curses exist and are very real even in this day and age. They are present in
both the Old and the New Testament. They are the invisible block to healing,
deliverance, or salvation. Remember that God never changes and His Word never
changes. In Deuteronomy 28 He sets before us the blessings and the curses, and
tells us to choose which we will. We are told that if we obey all His
commandments (teachings of scripture) that we will be blessed to 1,000
generations and that if we are disobedient we would be cursed to the fourth
generation. Before proceeding further, please read Deuteronomy 28:3-13;
Deuteronomy 28:16-68; Proverbs 26:2; and Deuteronomy 30:19.
There are three kinds of curses:
1. Self-inflicted by one's own words
2. Those spoken over, formed against, or directed at oneself or another person
3. Generations curses.
Self-inflicted curses and curses spoken upon someone by others must be bound,
loosed, and broken in the Name of Christ Jesus, binding Satan first. A
prerequisite for the breaking of all curses is repentance on behalf of others,
or oneself, for what was said intentionally or not intentionally. You will find
that in general, prayer does not break curses. Repentance and declaration of a
break of the curse is what is required. Generations curses cannot be broken at
all, until all sins of all ancestors and predecessors on all sides of all of
ones' families (and that of their spouses) are confessed back to the families'
origins (God will know what those sins are even though we do not), asking, with
repentance, for forgiveness for all of their sins and in particular, for the
specific sin or sins which brought the generations curse into the family line.
Then we speak repentance for any people whom these ancestors may have hurt and
ask the Lord's forgiveness. Suspect the presence of a curse when circumstances
are unchanged by prayer. Again, prayer does not break a curse, only repentance,
followed by oral proclamation of breaking the curse in Christ Jesus' Name.
Follow this by speaking a blessing upon the person.
Only this is effective and scriptural.
Suspect a generations curse when you see:
1. Multiple cases of the same problem occur in the family line, such as multiple
premature deaths, multiple cases of a particular disease such as diabetes,
multiple cases of alcoholism, multiple cases of divorce, stroke, heart disease,
accidents, multiple family members practicing fornication or other repetitive
sins (If the parents or grandparents were fornicators, the children and
grandchildren will be fornicators according to the spiritual laws which govern
2. Deliverance, healing, or salvation are not received
3. Misfortunes of the same kind or another keep happening repeatedly
4. Personal performance at work or at home is continually impaired or hampered
despite one's best efforts, or is continually frustrated so that nothing seems
to help or to be able to change or improve it.
5. You, your work, or efforts are continually or repeatedly opposed or destroyed
Common manifestation of curses are as follows:
. Continual financial problems.
. Continual lack of prosperity
. Chronic physical or mental illnesses.
. Premature death.
. Multiple or repetitive accidents or injuries, particularly of the same type.
. Chronic strife or arguments or problems with interpersonal relationships.
. Hereditary physical or emotional problems.
. Multiple manifestations of the same kind of physical, circumstantial, or
emotional problems in the family line, such as multiple cases of suicide, etc.
. Chronic torment.
. Poor eating or sleeping habits in infants or children.
. Failure to thrive in young infants or sickliness
. Business failures, single or repeated
. Inability to conceive children or multiple miscarriages
There are many other manifestations of curses but I have described the more
common and more general manifestations. The presence of a curse is always
discerned through the Spirit.
The appropriate remedy is the repentance and breaking the curse in the Name of
Curses and blessings cross over from the Old Testament to the New Testament
We see this in the New Testament on several occasions where the apostles cursed
evil acts (Mark 11:21, Galatians 1:8, 9). Saint Paul speaks a curse upon all
those who preach "another gospel" or "another Jesus." And again, in the New
Testament, we see Jesus cursing the fig three that bore no fruit. Here the fig
tree symbolizes sin, the fruit of sin, or an evil work since God's way is always
increase by the bearing of good fruit.
Noteworthy is the fact that only born-again, Spirit-filled believers can be free
from curses. The reason for this is that freedom from curses along with all the
other benefits of the Kingdom are the right of inheritance of those who inherit
the Kingdom of God; the Bible tells us that one cannot enter the Kingdom unless
one is "born again" first. The Bible is quite clear that the blessings of the
Kingdom are for the people of the Kingdom.
Open doors to curses are as follows:
. Involvement in the occult sciences such as witchcraft or Satanism, or
organizations using the occult sciences in an open or disguised manner such as:
Yoga, transcendental meditation, white witchcraft, black witchcraft, Zen,
Buddhism, Hinduism, all forms of physical Yoga and mental Yoga practices (the
physical and mental disciplines of demonic religions), - Freemasonry and other
fraternal organizations having secret rituals found in witchcraft or preaching a
method of salvation of their own, magic, sorcery, astrology, palmistry,
numerology, divination (telling the future) through psychic channelling, New Age
movement and practices,
. pagan religions, telepathy, clairvoyance, séances,
. Ouija board, tattoos, etc
. Involvement in idolatry
. Disobedience to God's Word
. Rebellion against God
. Pursuing sexual sins or perversions, or all sin for that matter.
. Self-inflicted negative words or those inflicted by others.
. Ancestral sins.
. Dishonoring parents or those in authority.
. Unforgiveness, bitterness, resentment, anger.
. Manipulation and intimidation for the purpose of domination of others
(witchcraft in the church (Galatians 3).
. Cursing God.
. Compromising the doctrines of Christ.
. Manipulation or defrauding of others.
. Wilful cursing of others. Tattoos.
. Coveting cursed objects. Defilement of self or others.
. Desecration of the Body of Christ (the Church). Anti-Semitism.
. Divorce for reasons other than adultery (or perhaps, abandonment).
. Touching the anointing or the anointed of God. Failure to tithe.
To break a self-inflicted curse through ones own negative words spoken over
oneself, or those inflicted by others, pray something like this:
In Christ Jesus' Name
"Father, I take authority over all negative words and the curse spoken by (me,
or [name]) binding Satan first. I bind, loose, and break that curse, repenting
for what I said (or for the other party) and asking your forgiveness. And I
decree the curse now broken in Christ Jesus' Name. I speak blessing upon (name
of person cursed) in the Name of Christ Jesus." (The blessing spoken upon the
person should be the opposite of whatever the curse was). Then tell the Lord
that you do this for His glory.
Generations curses can be broken off of oneself or others by praying something
"Lord Jesus Christ, I confess to you all of the sins of my ancestors and
predecessors on all sides of all of my families that and my spouses families
back to our families origins, repenting of all of their sins, and in particular,
of all of their sins that brought the curse of (name that problem) into our
family line. I repent of all of those ancestral sins and ask for Your
forgiveness for what they did, also repenting of all their witchcraft or any
other acts of evil. I ask for forgiveness for whomever they may have hurt as a
consequence of these sins.
"I now bind, loose, and break this generation curse off of my spouse and me (and
any other saved family members), breaking all ties, bonds, cords and soul-ties
with all of those past ancestral sins and any other of their acts of evil. I
decree that we are free and this curse is broken, for it is written that in that
day you shall decree a thing and it shall come to pass. Your Word says that
where there is Christ, there is liberty. Your Word says that He who the Son sets
free is indeed free."
"I stand on Your Word, Lord Jesus Christ, decreeing this generations curse
broken once and for all time and I release the blessing upon (name of person or
self), all Finally, the following are things which you should speak a curse "at
it's roots" upon, in Christ Jesus' Name:
All the seedings, works, plans and activities of Satan. All seedings, works,
plans, and activities of each and every evil spirit manifesting against you, to
or through any individual, organization, adversary, or would-be adversary, this
day, from any day past, or any day to come; all occult businesses or enterprises
or organizations that come across your path; all disease at it's roots including
all cancers and cancer cells in a person's body, commanding them to die, cursing
them at their roots in the Name of Christ Jesus; all dens of iniquity including
bars, adult books stores, masonic temples and organizations, false churches and
false religions, gambling establishments, etc; the fruits of all demonic
strongholds in a person, community, nation, etc.; the fruits of all acts of
witchcraft that they not prosper; the sin and fruits of sin in a person's life,
that it not prosper; all opposition, hindrance, interference, or obstructions
(at their roots), to the hearing or propagation of the Gospel of Christ”. culled
by permission from the book : Spiritual Warfare Prayers by Bern Zumpano.
Pastor Bola Olu-Jordan, Word of Faith Ministries Int’l-Africa 38b Ondo Street,
Bodija Ibadan, Nigeria
Rev Debo Adeyemo
Live by example. . John 13:34 "A new command
I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one
God Bless, Ruthie
This question is based on Exodus 20:5. The
answer to breaking the curse is found in the next verse--verse 6. God shows
mercy to those that love Him and keep His commandments. The curse is only for
those that hate Him!!! The Good News in the Old Testament!
I know that in the past my family has had
problems that they would create because of their own actions or decisions that
they made in life. These decisions and actions that they made or took caused
future problems for their children and grandchildren. I know that every decision
or action that we take in life we need to have God right by our side. I know
that we all have times when we try to walk in the wrong direction or we try to
hurry our decisions. We think we are so in tuned with God that we don't need to
seek Him on a daily basis. But that is letting your guard down. There are many
things that I see in my life that are the result of what my great grandparents
did when they were growing up and raising my parents. So yes there can be
generational curses that we put on our future family because we decide to live
life without God every step of the way.
I challenge everyone to make your decisions
in life count for God. Make every action you take in situations and make sure
that God shines through. Because if we want our children to deal with situations
right and not have to worry all the time of things that are really not necessary
for them to worry about, then we need to place everything at the feet of God and
let Him have those problems. We can't walk by and take back those problems
either. When we lay those at Jesus' feet and we GIVE them to Him to deal with
then we are truly breaking that generational curse. But if you keep going back
and picking those things up then you are not breaking that "curse" you are just
passing it down to your children and their children and their children. So be
careful in what decisions you make in life. It could be the wrong decision. God
bless you all.
My answer to this was to ask God to put all
sin I have brought onto my child all back onto me and to please not allow the
devil to attack her because of anything I have done.
To believe in a curse, is a disregard in
God's Divine Plan, replacing it with destiny. We are born with a spiritual
nature and a human nature, which is constantly at war against all that is
divine. It takes prayer, inner strength, through faith, hope and love to create
the kind of life we want.
The brain collects data which we see, hear, participate and write. It is
influenced by our surroundings, associations, acted out thoughts, and
undisciplined emotions. We can influence others through example, sharing
experiences, or by others telling of what we have done, adding to "an existing
We have a free will, which God infuses in our soul at birth for us to employ in
our own salvation, by using it to do what is moral, ethical. When we don't,
consequences follow. Some of us learn, changing our pattern for the better, some
of may not have that knowledge, training, fortitude or choose not to. So, as an
excuse for our actions, we may feel comforted not in taking responsibility for
our acts lacking fortitude, appearing to be "a curse."
"Generational curses" imply diabolical intervention. God permits some things to
happen because we act upon them, feeling the pain, standing by us, and willing
to forgive us. But unless it is a disease that is considered "genetics",
"curses" imply fatalism, which is denial of a free will, creating a "destiny"
which suggests we do not have the freedom to learn and redirect ourselves from
that which has been destructive and/ or painful ln the the past. It also
intimates there is no free will, our lives are predestined, and that God
dictates every our every action, controlling our every response, making us
"robotic." In His Love, Rose
1Thess 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in
fact you are doing.
MY PRAYER... Give me strength and patience, O God, that I may be as loving,
gentle, and patient with others as you have been with me. Through Jesus my Lord
and hero I pray. Amen.