Recently, two people have contacted me asking for information on generational curses, and today I’m going to answer them both. I’m going to get very in depth in this article, so make sure you share it with someone that you think it might benefit, or share it just for the sake of sharing it. The first question I received via Facebook and the second I received via email.
“Minister Fortson, What could you tell me of generational curses? I have only just heard of this idea, but it seems that I may be dealing with one brought on from my wife’s side of family, but not sure. Recommend any reading material?” – Barton
“I apologize if this email is all over the place but that’s how my life has been for the most part, I just can’t find peace. I have heard from my father that a witch cursed him and his sons, I would like to know what do you know about these things? I have started to study the Bible and also with the material you put out I’m more aware of what’s going on in our world today and how we’re in the last days, could it be that peace will not come due to the spiritual warfare that’s going on right now?” – Jorge
What The Bible Says About Curses
When it comes to curses, there seems to be a lot of misinformation floating around about them. First, lets start by looking what a curse is according to the Bible:
“My father peradventure will feel me, and I shall seem to him as a deceiver; and I shall bring a curse upon me, and not a blessing.” – Genesis 27:12
What we can see from the context of the verse is that a curse is the opposite of a blessing. Next we’re going to use the dictionary to define these words, since we now know that they are opposites.
- Blessing: a special favor, mercy, or benefit, the invoking of God’s favor upon a person, a favor or gift bestowed by God, thereby bringing happiness. – Dictionary.com
- Curse: the expression of a wish that misfortune, evil, doom, etc., befall a person, group, etc., an evil that has been invoked upon one. – Dictionary.com
We now have a Biblical context and a dictionary definition to work with. Next we are going to look at the type of curses that exist.
What Kind of Curses Are There?
Based on what we know, there are three types of curses that we encounter in life and in the Bible.
- Cursed by God.
- Cursed by people.
- Cursed by objects.
Now we are going to look at each of these three types of curses before we talk about how to get rid of them.
1. Cursed By God
The very first mention of a curse appears in Genesis 3:14, and it is pronounced on Satan after he deceived Eve into eating from The Tree of The Knowledge of Good and Evil.
“And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:” – Genesis 3:14
The curse on Satan was permanent and curses decreed by God can only be lifted by God.
“Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 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: 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; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.” – Exodus 20:3-6
Curses by God seem to be the least common type of curse that people inquire about. In fact, I’ve never received an email from someone that thought they were cursed by God.
2. Cursed By People
In the Bible, Jacob had a fear of being cursed by his father and Balaam was called to curse the children of Israel. Throughout history, people believe that witches, witch doctors, shamans, etc. were and are able to curse them through various means. These types of curses seem to be the most common inquiry that I’ve received.
3. Cursed By Objects
The Bible makes mention of cursed objects being a real thing. This is why I always caution people about buying tribal objects or accepting ritualistic items as gifts. A Native American woman once gave a friend of mine a very tiny bag to hang in the house to ward off evil spirits when we were roommates in early 2000s. At one point I removed it, but the entire energy of the house felt different. I still have no idea what it was, and I no longer live there.
“Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing.” – Deuteronomy 7:26
Who Can Be Cursed?
The answer to this question is pretty simple. The only people that can be cursed are people that are not in God’s favor at the moment. We see from scripture that not even a prophet can curse people under God’s protection.
“How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the LORD hath not defied?” – Numbers 23:8
Please read the entire chapter for better context of what is going on, but when we are in God’s favor, we can’t be cursed no matter how bad someone wants us to be.
“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” – Romans 8:31
How To Put An End To Curses
It seems as though curses arise from disobedience to God at some point. While it is hard to pinpoint every action that will result in a curse, here are the actions you can take to remove them:
- Repent of all wrong doing.
- Obey God.
- Pray without ceasing.
- Avoid suspicious objects.
- Don’t engage in occult activity.
“Therefore now amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the LORD your God; and the LORD will repent him of the evil that he hath pronounced against you.” – Jeremiah 26:13
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