Published on May 19th, 2020 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
Pastor Paula White: Taking Ownership
We all experience hard seasons of testing and trials. We all have to confront things that God breaks off of our life by our time in the Word and our application of the Word to our lives. But sometimes, there are enduring patterns of negative events or actions in the life of a believer that are triggered not by trials, but from generational curses in operation in your life. Let’s focus on what the Word of God states above. Moses encouraged the people to choose life, and reminded them, “This choice not only affects your life, but also the descendants that follow you.”
At “new birth”, you receive the authority to become a child of God. Authority is effective only if it is exercised. The potential of the “new birth” at salvation is unlimited! However, the actual results you see in your life depend on the exercise of authority that goes with it. In other words, what you will become or see released in your life is determined by the extent to which you exercise your God-given authority. You must take ownership of your right to see the blessing of Abraham manifested in your life! Everyone wants to hear about generational blessing.
We all want to live in, manifest and claim the blessing of Abraham. Let’s talk about generational curses. There are different kinds of curses, but you have to recognize and nullify generational curses in order to see the blessing of Abraham manifest in your life! God wants you to have a new life in Christ – not the old cycles coming back over and over. We don’t give Satan or his demons any credit or glory here. Jesus Christ said, “It is finished!” when He went to the cross! However, if the doctor can’t recognize and diagnose the disease, the patient will continue to be sick. You must recognize and understand when a generational curse is in operation! There is a root cause to every curse. As the Word of God reveals in Proverbs 26:2, “Like a flitting sparrow, like a flying swallow, so a curse without cause shall not alight.” Wherever there is a curse at work, there is a cause for it. You must discover the cause!
In Deuteronomy 28:15, Moses states the primary cause of all curses: “But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee…” The cause of curses is exactly the opposite of that of blessings. They result from not hearing God’s voice and not doing what He says. The refusal to hear and obey God’s voice can be summed up in one word: REBELLION. The meaning of curse in the Hebrew, as it is used here is “vilification.” Let’s really process what this word means: To vilify is: 1: to lower in estimation or importance; 2: to utter slanderous and abusive statements against defame.
A curse lowers you in estimation or importance in relation to how God created you and how God sees you. A curse lowers you in other’s eyes. A curse causes slanderous and abusive statements to be uttered about you in the spiritual realm and you may hear them in your mind.
You thought you had low self-esteem, but it’s really Satanic influences trying to whisper words of failure into your spirit through a generational curse in operation! Since a curse causes slanderous and abusive statements to be uttered about you in the spiritual realm, they may manifest in real life by being spoken out loud by people who don’t really realize what they are saying. That’s why the Word of God says, “We wrestle not with flesh and blood..” It’s not the person – it’s an evil spirit!
The definition of a generational curse is an uncleansed iniquity that increases in strength from one generation to the next, affecting the members of that family and all who come into relationship with that family.
The word iniquity means to bend or distort (the heart). It also is the practice of sin to the point it becomes pleasurable; or a predisposition to sin, which is a weakness to yield to that particular sin – passed from generation-to-generation. This is what is passed down through the bloodline. When a person continually transgresses the law, iniquity is created in him and that iniquity is passed to the children. The offspring will have a weakness in the same kind of sin. Each generation adds to the overall iniquity, further weakening the resistance of the next generation to sin – until the generational curse is broken and overturned. Paul had a revelation of this when he wrote in 2 Thessalonians 2:7 KJV: “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work:,”
The mystery of iniquity that Paul referred to is the unseen and mysterious connection between a father’s sins and the path of his children. Consequently, we will deal with recurrent situations or patterns of behavior that cannot be explained solely in terms of what happened in your life or personal experiences. They are cycles.
Are you affected by a generational curse?
Here are some red flags:
1) A pattern of constant failure?
2) Have a history of untimely deaths and suicides or a large number of people who have died prematurely?
3) Exhibit a high level of anger? Wrath?
4) Have a high record of accidents or accidents that are unusual in nature?
5) Have a history of abuse such as physical, emotional, or sexual?
6) Have a history of chronic illness – disease?
7) Have a history of mental illness that may have progressed through generations?
8) Exhibit any of these personality behaviors: high-control; manipulation, addiction, co-dependency, depression, unforgiveness, addictions, or social isolation?
Here is the original source of the first generational curse. In the beginning, God created a perfect family with abundant life. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you, it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. Gen 1:28-30 KJV
Adam and Eve walked in the fullness of God’s provision until Satan deceived them and they lost their dominion over the earth. Prior to the fall – their family was blessed. After the fall – however, curse, sin, death, and destruction entered into the family. The family as God originally created it has never been the same. Because of the transgression – all families came under a curse. However, God made a provision!
“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:5-6 KJV
Taking ownership of the blessing of Abraham means identifying any generational curses at work and exercising your God-given authority to reach the fullness of your destiny and the fullness of the person in Christ you were created to be. God declares in Deuteronomy 30:19, “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; and, therefore choose life (exercise your authority) that both thou and thy seed may live.” God’s blessing covered every area of Abraham’s life.
How many of you could use every area of your life delivered from the enemy’s control?
We all have seasons of testing and trials – Jesus told us that in the earth we would have trouble! But generational curses are consistent patterns of negative events or actions triggered by generational curses in operation in your life. The blessing of God produces spiritual well-being, prosperity and even success that can be visibly seen. God wants you to experience the fullness of the blessing of Abraham. Are you ready to step into what He has for you? You must confront any generational issues and put it under the blood of Jesus. God wants you to grasp on to a “new thing”! Are you ready to take ownership of the blessing of Abraham?