What is a Generational Curse?

Here is a common everyday word that can stir up a wide-range of emotions: FAMILY. Most people have this thought when they think of family: “You can’t live with them, and you can’t live without them.” You were born into your family and didn’t have any choice in the matter. You may find that to be a tremendous gift at some times and an overwhelming burden at other times.

In its simplest form, a “generational curse” is defined as some form of contamination that has been passed down from one generation to another.

Your Generational Line

When you look back at your generational line do you find that there are certain things that many of your family members have in common? Of course there are common physical features: skin tone, the size and shape of the nose, height and weight, etc.

You may also readily recognize similar health issues within the family: a long-standing history of breast cancer, heart problems, mental illness and on and on. It is now widely accepted that there is a genetic predisposition to addiction which means that some people are more likely to become addicted to drugs and alcohol and pornography than other people.

Other commonalities within the family are not as obvious because we don’t think of them as qualities that pass down from generation to generation. When digging into your family tree, you may discover that there is a history of unemployment, divorce, having children out of wedlock or adultery. Children, through parental role modeling, learn some of this behavior. What society defines as unacceptable behavior may be the norm within a family.

For instance, some family members may proclaim, with an air of pride:

  • “Like father, like son.”
  • “That’s just the way it is. It runs in the family.”
  • “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”

You’ve probably heard these common sayings. However, there is often a deep sense of shame and hopelessness lingering beneath a verbose confidence that, “It is what it is and nothing’s going to change it.”

Sometimes people make conscious decisions to do things differently than their parents, only to find themselves unexplainably drawn back into the lifestyle they are trying to avoid. It may even be that we keep our family skeletons in the closet in our generation. But sometimes, despite our best efforts, our children repeat the mistakes of their grandparents and it seems that our family line is once again tainted.

Breaking the Generational Curse

Start off by asking yourself these two questions:

  1. Are you destined to be a product of your environment?
  2. Do the choices and circumstances of your parents and grandparents program you for what your life will be like?

The answer? Yes and no. Yes, your family history heavily influences you, and no, you do not have to continue in an unhealthy lifestyle.

Breaking this generational curse involves more than going against the flow, paddling upstream and having unshakable will power. There is a spiritual aspect to this as well. We need God’s help and intervention to break generational curses and call back generational blessings that God always intended for our family line.

You can make a difference, not only by being a positive role model, but also by asking God to heal your family.

Blessings promised to those in our past who have loved God and served faithfully extend through our family line. However, consequences of punishment come down the bloodline as well.

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