Generation to generation: Don’t pass it on!

INIQUITY increases in strength from one generation to another till it becomes a curse.


After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the LORD nor what he had done for Israel.


Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord and served the Baals. They forsook the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt.


They followed and worshiped various gods of the peoples around them. They aroused the Lord’s anger  because they forsook him and served Baal and the Ashtoreths.


In his anger against Israel the Lord gave them into the hands of raiders who plundered them. He sold them into the hands of their enemies all around, whom they were no longer able to resist.


Whenever Israel went out to fight, the hand of the Lord was against them to defeat them, just as he had sworn to them. They were in great distress. Judges 2:10-15.


Since fathers carry the seed of generations  it is  important to consider what was passed on and what we ourselves are are passing on  to future generations.


Just as we inherit physical features from our  ancestors so do we the spiritual. What has existed in a family blood line as an invisible barrier can be passed on, as a curse , from generation to generation until its is identified and broken.


A family unit is the beginning of generations.


Joshua 7: 19-20. Then Joshua said to Achan, “My son, give glory to the Lord, the God of Israel, and honor him. Tell me what you have done; do not hide it from me.”


 Achan replied, “It is true! I have sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel. This is what I have done: When I saw in the plunder a beautiful robe from Babylonia, two hundred shekels of silver and a bar of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them and took them. They are hidden in the ground inside my tent, with the silver underneath.”


The secret sins of Achan affected an entire community and brought destruction to innocent family members.


His actions brought physical destruction to the members of his own family after he “roused God’s anger” because he was unfaithful with the desecrated things he stole from the Canaanites.


Joshua 7:10. The Lord said to Joshua, “Stand up! What are you doing down on your face?  Israel has sinned; they have violated my covenant, which I commanded them to keep.


They have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen, they have lied, they have put them with their own possessions. 


That is why the Israelites cannot stand against their enemies; they turn their backs and run because they have been made liable to destruction.


I will not be with you anymore unless you destroy whatever among you is devoted to destruction.


Gehazi brought a curse in his family bloodline through a secret sin.


Naaman’s leprosy will cling to you and to your descendants forever.” Then Gehazi went from Elisha’s presence and his skin was leprous—it had become as white as snow. 2 Kings 5:27.


Ahab brought destruction upon his household when he got involved in Idolatry.


Know now that nothing shall fall to the earth of the word of the Lord which the Lord spoke concerning the house of Ahab; for the Lord has done what He spoke by His servant Elijah.” 


So Jehu killed all who remained of the house of Ahab in Jezreel, and all his great men and his close acquaintances and his priests, until he left him none remaining. 2 Kings 10:10-11.


David committed sin and was forgiven but the curse remained in his house.


The sword shall never depart from thine house,” the prophet Nathan told him, “because thou hast despised me [the Lord], and hast taken the wife of Uriah” 2 Samuel 13:24.


You can be forgiven and be right with God, but the curse will stay on until it is broken by repentance.


Click the link below for a related post on Generational curses.


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Dominion over the earth


Curses have supernatural power to bring harm to a person or a place against which it is spoken.


Adam and Eve were a perfect family- walked in the fullness of God’s provision until Satan deceived them and they lost their dominion over the earth.


After the fall the curse of sin, death, destruction entered.


The family, as God originally created it, has not been the same since.


Adam’s transgression not only impacted their family but all families that came after.


Genesis 3:16-18

To the woman he said,

“I will make your pains in childbearing very severe;
with painful labor you will give birth to children.
Your desire will be for your husband,
and he will rule over you.”


 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’


“Cursed is the ground because of you;
through painful toil you will eat food from it
all the days of your life.


It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
and you will eat the plants of the field.


Instead of abundance came death, instead of prosperity, disease and instead of peace, fear.


This is where the degradation of the family structure began.


How to identify generational curses


God has a remedy for generational curses and has made an escape route through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ on the cross: Isaiah 53:5, “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.


Proverbs 26:2 says, “a curse causeless shall not come.”


If we see a particular sin or sins and various problematic patterns affecting our families, that sin is always a generational curse.


Click the link below for further reading on How to break generational curses.


Break generational curses and live a victorious life


Poverty, sickness, barrenness can pass from generation to generation.


God’s word tells us that these things don’t just pursue us on their own-there is a cause!


Alcoholism is one of curses that has plagued many families down the generation line.


You could be fighting an alcohol problem that goes back many generations. It is a curse.


Another sin that can bring a generational curse is sexual sin.


You can find a family where all sisters got children out of wedlock, are unmarried or divorced, or barren. Adultery and polygamy are common in such families.


Illegitimacy is a curse.


No one born of a forbidden marriage nor any of their descendants may enter the assembly of the Lord, not even in the tenth generation.” Deuteronomy 23:2.


You can break these patterns over your life and family.


Jesus paid the price by His death on the cross when He became a curse according to Galatians 3:13. Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.”


How curses follow generations


Deuteronomy 26:16-17. The Lord your God commands you this day to follow these decrees and laws; carefully observe them with all your heart and with all your soul. 


You have declared this day that the Lord is your God and that you will walk in obedience to him, that you will keep his decrees, commands and laws—that you will listen to him.


God was saying, “If you fall into disobedience and get into sin, you will cause curses to follow you and your generations.”


When there is a curse in a generation, it didn’t just happen, there has to be a cause behind it.


The cause behind it is sin, some root of sin.


There are specific curses that the Bible speaks of in Deuteronomy 27; 15-26.


Cursed is anyone who makes an idol—a thing detestable to the Lord, the work of skilled hands—and sets it up in secret.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”


 “Cursed is anyone who dishonors their father or mother.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”


 “Cursed is anyone who moves their neighbor’s boundary stone.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”


 “Cursed is anyone who leads the blind astray on the road.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”


 “Cursed is anyone who withholds justice from the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”


 “Cursed is anyone who sleeps with his father’s wife, for he dishonors his father’s bed.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”


 “Cursed is anyone who has sexual relations with any animal.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”


 “Cursed is anyone who sleeps with his sister, the daughter of his father or the daughter of his mother.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”


 “Cursed is anyone who sleeps with his mother-in-law.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”


 “Cursed is anyone who kills their neighbor secretly.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”


 “Cursed is anyone who accepts a bribe to kill an innocent person.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”


 “Cursed is anyone who does not uphold the words of this law by carrying them out.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”


Curses passed from generation to generation


Anybody who got involved in Idolatry was in a cursed position and would pass on curses to his generation.


People who got involved in witchcraft or in the occult can pass that sin from generation to generation.


Those who rebel against their parents bring curses on themselves and that curse can be passed from one generation to the next.


Don’t rebel against your parent. It doesn’t matter what they are doing-you will bring a curse upon yourself and pass it on to your children.


The sin gets worse as it remains unconfessed and is passed on from one generation to another.


Sexual sins seems to be one of the worst curses. Deuteronomy 27:20-23.


Cursed is anyone who sleeps with his father’s wife, for he dishonors his father’s bed.”

Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”

“Cursed is anyone who has sexual relations with any animal.”

Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”

 “Cursed is anyone who sleeps with his sister, the daughter of his father or the daughter of his mother.”

Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”

“Cursed is anyone who sleeps with his mother-in-law.”

Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”


Immorality is a sin. Polygamy is a sin-it is a curse, will hurt you and your seed.


Hereditary family diseases are curses.


Then there is poverty.


Violence is a curse and may be passed on to children.


The curse starts in one generation and just grows and grows, making itself worse with each new generation.


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