Generational Curses to Blessings
This statement near the end of the incredible story of Joseph has always been, to me, one of the most amazing truths in the Bible. It summarizes the entire history of faith—yours, mine, and everyone else’s. It ties up all the loose ends of human life lived under the umbrella of God’s grace and mercy. It speaks of God’s mysterious ability to take any and all evil, all malicious intent, and turn it on its head. There are folk that actually believe that their undermining or self-serving plans are working perfectly, but at the right moment God reveals that he stepped in early, wrote a different conclusion to the play, and brought us from the place of their curse into the place of His blessing. He’s always behind the scenes watching and waiting for the right moment to foul the enemys plans.
My hope tonight is that you will leave here understanding how to obviate and set asunder the curses that the Believer can encounter in our everyday walk, and how to get rid of them. Today, when someone says curse, thoughts of Voo-doo witch doctors come to mind. It has the connotation of something ancient, superstitious, and ridiculous to the present day world-viewer. The nature of blessings and curses are far more subtle than these notions. Jesus reminds us that we are justified or condemned by our words.
We can curse ourselves with our own words. Jesus redeemed us from the curse of the Law, but we can still inadvertently curse ourselves by speaking negatively. The good news is that we can reverse the curses we’ve invoked by our own ignorance. Paul admonishes us to bless and not to curse others. If cursing and blessing are archaic terms then these citations in the NT have no meaning.
What is a curse?
A curse is a negative sentiment expressed verbally, in written form, or simply thought, which invokes sickness, death, poverty, hopelessness, joblessness, slavery, rape, murder, or any of the many other aspects of the law of sin and death that scripture speaks about. The curses of the law are listed in Deuteronomy 28:15-68. The blessings are listed in Deuteronomy 28:1-8
1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: 2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God. 3 Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. 4 Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. 5 Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store. 6 Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in , and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out . 7 The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways. 8 The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
I can think of several phrases or words that would sum up the result of a curses in our lives. Let me introduce you to such:
– Doom and gloom
– Broke, busted and disgusted
– A cardholder in the national haters society
– Frustrated, and always irritated
No matter what we do when a curse is at bay, our efforts at overcoming these issues end up in greater frustration and much ineffectiveness. If there are areas in your life that manifest in continual frustration, you may be operating under a curse of some kind.
Blessings are just the opposite.
They work by the same mechanism of words but invoke a positive response: healing, deliverance, prosperity, joy, peace, fecundity, vision, hope and all the other aspects of the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus. Blessings and curses can come from our own selves, from others, from our ancestors, from our culture, from our parents, from satan, or from God, in the case of blessing. There are degrees of each. We can be conscious of their workings or not. We can invoke them on ourselves consciously or unconsciously. They work within just our own selves, or in wider circles such as within a family, a community, an ethnicity, a culture, a nation, or even civilization.
There are two realms which shape history: the visible and the invisible. Paul was quite familiar with these realms. In 2 Cor 4:17-18, he said:
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18 While we look not at the things which are seen , but at the things which are not seen : for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Paul, having gone through much physical and emotional hardship, said, essentially, if I look at what I see, Im doomed; if I keep focused on the invisible realm, I can only win. In our case in this lesson, I want to make the point that there is an invisible realm which we must contend with.
By knowledge of it, we can have it work for us instead of against us. Indeed, these verses say, the invisible realm is really where it’s at because it is eternal, whereas the realm of the visible is constantly changing, by nature.
He Turns the Curse into a Blessing
Balak hired Balaam to curse Israel, but God made the curse into a blessing (Deuteronomy 23:5)
5 Nevertheless the LORD thy God would not hearken unto Balaam; but the LORD thy God turned the curse into a blessing unto thee, because the LORD thy God loved thee.
By acts like this, God made a name for Himself as the One who could turn a curse into a blessing. Never did He do this on a grander scale than when He raised Jesus from the dead and thereby made a path for all humanity to enter heaven. Death, which previously had been man’s biggest curse, now became life’s biggest blessing!
21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. – (Philippians 1:21)
Even before the Balak-Balaam episode, God had demonstrated His ability in this regard when he transformed the trials of Joseph into the triumphs of Joseph. Joseph was able at the end of it all to look his brothers in the eye and tell them, in effect, “Don’t feel bad about any of this; you may have meant evil to me, but God meant it to be good for all of us.” For this reason Paul could say that all things work together for good to those who love God and who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).
He could also exhort his disciples to give up dissensions, disputes, and any desire for revenge. In fact, he asked them, “Why not rather be wronged?”
7 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong ? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded ? – (1 Corinthians 6:7)
Kinda like agreeing with you adversary quickly so that God can get on with it and do His thing! Knowing that He, (God) was able to turn any difficulty into a triumph. Through Christ our Lord, we are able to go from one triumph to another (2 Corinthians 2:14) in life.
14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.
So much did Paul embrace this way of thinking that he was able to rejoice whenever he was weak, because then he was actually strong through the Lord (2 Corinthians 12:10).
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak , then am I strong.
This way of thinking is completely incompatible with the world’s way of thinking, for your defeats in the flesh are vindicated in the spirit (1 Timothy 3:16), as Jesus’ was.
16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
Your mind must be set on the spirit and not on the flesh to understand and act on this principle (Romans 8:6-8).
6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be . 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
Once you digest this principle, however, you cannot be defeated in life “EVER!”
This is the love of God, both for us and through us (1 Corinthians 13:4-7).
4 Charity suffereth long , and is kind ; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself , is not puffed up , 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly , seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked , thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
My proclamation and prayer Binding and Breaking Curses and Releasing the Blessings of God over my life:
- I am redeemed from the curse through the blood of Jesus (Galatians 3:13).
- I stand as the seed of Abraham, and his blessing is mine (Galatians 3:14).
- I chosen blessings rather than the curse, and life instead of death (Deuteronomy 11:26).
- I bind, break and release myself from all generational curses and iniquities as a result of the sins of my ancestors in the name of Jesus.
- I bind, break and release myself from all curses on my maternal, and paternal sides of my family back sixty generations.
- I bind and break all curses of witchcraft, sorcery, and divination in the name of Jesus.
- I bind, break and release myself from all curses of pride and rebellion in the name of Jesus.
- I bind, break and release myself from all curses of death and destruction in the name of Jesus.
- I bind, break and rebuke all curses of sickness and infirmity in the name of Jesus.
- I bind, break and release myself from all curses of poverty, lack, and debt in the name of Jesus.
- I bind, break and call asunder and release myself from all curses of rejection in the name of Jesus.
- I bind, break and release myself from all curses of double-mindedness and schizophrenia in the name of Jesus.
- I bind, break and release myself from all curses of Jezebel and Ahab in the name of Jesus.
- I bind, break and release myself from all curses of divorce and separation in the name of Jesus.
- I break and release myself from all curses of lust and perversion in the name of Jesus.
- I break and release myself from all curses of confusion and mental illness in the name of Jesus.
- I break and release myself from all curses of idolatry in the name of Jesus.
- I break and release myself from all curses causing accidents and premature death in the name of Jesus.
- I break and release myself from all curses of wandering and vagabond in the name of Jesus.
- I break and release myself from all spoken curses and negative words spoken against me by others and by those in authority, and I bless them.
- I break and release myself from all self-inflicted curses by negative words I have spoken in the name of Jesus.
- I command every demon hiding and operating behind a curse to come out in the name of Jesus.