Breaking Generational Curses
Breaking generational curses seems an impossible task for many people in our generation. Sin can become so strong and habits so persistent that many give up on the idea of breaking generational curses. The good news is there is hope. Giving one’s life to Jesus Christ is the key to breaking generational curses. Those who believe a Christian can be under a generational curse overlook the fact that when a believer surrenders their heart to Christ in salvation and puts their trust in His shed blood at Calvary – they are immediately and completely cleansed of all their sin and justified before a holy God. Breaking generational curses comes alone through Christ and His work on the cross. The penitent sinner is brought into union with God through the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. They are reconciled to an offended holy God. No one has the ability to overcome sin in their own strength, by their own will-power or by their own self-discipline. They can only defeat it through the power of God in their lives. He changes the sinner’s desires, He gives them strength, He enables them to conquer their old nature – daily.
No one can overcome their old nature of themselves. They need to lean completely upon the Lord, to depend upon Him for every holy inclination. Our nature is antagonistic to God. It is the Holy Spirit that reveals righteous things. Jesus said in John 16:13, “when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth.”
Every truly righteous thought and desire we have originates from the influence of the Holy Spirit. Many wrongly think they can personally create holy thoughts of themselves, but that is a delusion. Romans 8:7 tells us, “the carnal (or the natural) mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.”
Please know, we do not gain God’s favour by doing a, b and c. We do a, b and c because we have God’s favour. There is an important difference: one is works and emanates from man; the other is faith and emanates from the grace, mercy and love of God. Galatians 3:10-11 agrees, saying, “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.” The gurus’ of Christian ‘generational curses’ theology err on this truth. They have absolutely no revelation of what the Cross means to the believer. The same people are the ones that pretend that a Christian can be demon possessed. Such is an impossibility. Anyone with a demon is an unbeliever. They couldn’t be saved. They are of their father the devil. Ephesians 4:30 tells us that “the Holy Spirit of God” has “sealed” us “unto the day of redemption.” The Christian’s body “is the temple of the Holy Ghost, which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). The Holy Spirit does not co-habit with the devil.
The fact is, we cannot attain unto perfection, we trust upon the One who is perfect that resides within us. He is our righteousness. The more we die to self, the more He is manifests in and through us. Jesus said in Luke 9:23, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” It is a daily death of the old man and the daily rising of the new man. That’s why Paul testified in 1 Corinthians 15:31 “I die daily.”
For the true believer, there is no peace in sin or disobedience. When we were outside of Christ, we indulged in it without the slightest shame. Why? Because there was no restraint within us, outside of conscience – which can be up and down. That restraining power of the Holy Spirit was absent. In salvation we trusted in the Cross “by faith.” As a believer we must accept His complete forgiveness “by faith” and walk into the life of victory “by faith.” Romans 14:23 tells us, “for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” A Christian cannot be under a curse or else (1) Christ failed at the Cross, (2) the Scriptures are a lie and (3) redemption carries no power. However, this is not so. Galatians 3:13 confirms, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.”
We must never forget the complete cleansing that comes to us through Christ’s blood. Every generational curse was broke by the blood of Jesus. We must ever realise that our righteousness does not belong to us, but is imputed of Christ. Our debt has been wiped from our account – in full – and Christ’s righteousness – in full – has been accredited to our account. The record is clear and our sin has been eternally removed. Micah 7:18-19 says, “Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.”
We either believe this or we don’t. How can we walk in all the blessings of God, including joy, liberty and peace if we doubt such explicit passages? Generational curses become real to us in our minds if we believe the same. The key to our victory is in believing what God says in His Word, and refusing to accept the doubts, fear and anxieties that ignorant misguided “preachers” would try and bestow upon us. We either accept the Word of God or we accept the word of man. Many so-called deliverance ministries are in reality bondage ministries, they cause men to walk according to their own good works. They invent generational curses that don’t exist and they prey upon the weakness of human nature and believers that are unlearned in the Word of God. The fact is, man will always fall short – that is why Jesus come. This is not a reason to feel condemned, it is a reason to throw ourselves continually upon the Saviour. He provides the daily victory not man or his foolish renunciations. He provides the peace and joy, not man.
Isaiah 38:17 says, “for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.”
We either accept His forgiveness “by faith” or we depend upon our own efforts, our own understanding our own ability to gain acceptance with God. This is repulsive to God. Salvation does not come from a set of religious do-and-don’ts or our own good works; it comes from receiving Christ’s imputed righteousness and then walking in it. The Bible says, “We are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.” (Isaiah 64:6). Man’s own garments are clearly stained by sin. Accepting one’s sinful condition means looking to God’s only provision for lost sinners, namely His impeccable sinless Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Psalm 103:8-17 says, “The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children.”
Accept this humbly “by faith” and recognise that you are totally pardoned. Walk in the joy of the Lord and enjoy the liberty and freedom that comes with forgiveness. When you sin (1) ask immediately for cleansing (2) turn away from your sin, and (3) accept His forgiveness “by faith.” By this, He make us more and more into His image. He removes the things in our lives that are an offence to Him and a hindrance to us.
These “believers” who teach “generational curses” are bondage makers. They point believers to themselves for freedom instead of Christ. They place men under countless curses instead of freeing them. They spy out our liberty and assault it. It is a false Gospel and one that needs opposing and rejecting.
Before salvation your sin separated you from God and you were under a curse, were condemned and under the wrath of God.
After salvation your sins were washed away completely and you were reconciled unto God. You were justified by His blood and brought into the blessing of God.
2 Corinthians 5:17-19 says, “if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new and all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; to wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.”
We learn much through the use of this word reconciliation. The very use of the word reconciliation tells us that there was a division between the two parties involved; in this case – God and man. The word reconciliation suggests that there was a preceding break-down that had to be restored. Remember, you don’t need to fix something unless it is broke. In this case it was man’s union and communion with God.
But what happened? Man’s intimate relationship with God was broke in the Garden through sin. When Adam fell then his union with God was broke. Man needed someone to reconcile him to God. Please note that Christ is the one that reconciles us to God. Christ was the only person qualified to reconcile God and man. Why? Because He was equal with both God and man. He could take God’s divine hand and our sinful hand and brought them together in love, grace and mercy.
But how did He reconcile us? Through His death.
Romans 5:8-10 says, “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”
At Calvary our sin was imputed or transferred to Christ; upon conversion His righteousness was imputed or transferred to us! Christ’s perfect once all-sufficient self sacrifice secured a full, real and perfect redemption for his own. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
David Wilkerson states in a written sermon called Perfect Righteousness, “This imputation comes by faith alone. We can’t work for it or merit it in any way. Rather, because of our faith in Jesus and His redeeming work, the Lord credits the righteousness of Christ to us — and we are reckoned as perfect in Him. That’s right — you and I are credited with the same righteousness that Jesus obtained here on this earth. By confessing our sins and having faith in Him, we stand before God with an imputed righteousness. And it is a perfect righteousness that is of faith and not of works.
There is a legal transaction involved in our salvation and our sanctification (or covering). A righteousness that we could never attain has been placed within us through the life of Christ. The righteousness that the believer now owns is not his own it is imputed (or accounted to him) of Christ. It is Christ witin him that is his righteousness. Every other religion in the world depends on their own self-righteousness – we depend totally on Christ’s.
Colossians 1:21-22 says, “you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled. In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight.”
When a man or woman comes to Christ he is reconciled onto God, whereupon the generational chains are immediately broke. Christians must therefore choose to live in the victory of what has been secured for them at Calvary rather than under the condemnation of the past, which Satan brings. Christ became our substitute at the Cross even though He was sinless. He was condemned on our behalf for the purpose that we would be eternally free. He took our sin, our guilt, our past, our weaknesses, our sorrows upon Himself – in full. Calvary was a finished work.
Condemnation is from the devil; conviction is from the Lord. Condemnation leaves you hopeless and tormented; conviction brings you to the feet of Christ and liberates you. Romans 8:1-4 says,“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”
If you are depending on your own righteousness and your ability to keep the law then you will miss it. That good-works legalistic lie is Pharsiseeism. It is definately not biblical Christianity. What men often think is freedom is really bondage; and what men often think is bondage is really freedom. Jesus said in John 8:36, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”
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