…For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love me and keep My commandments” (Exodus 20:5).

First, let us begin by defining the word, “Curse.”  It is an evil or misfortune that comes as if in response to imprecation (curse) or as retribution, meaning a recompense for a sin committed by the individual himself, or by an ancestor, be it male or female. For example, if an ancestor committed incest, which is a an abominable sin in the sight of God, the descendants of the guilty party will bear the punishment for that particular sin of commission. Millions of people are living under a generational or blood-line curse and do not realize it. Another appropriate example of a generational curse is that of rape, molestation, physical, mental or emotional abuse.These types of despicable actions may not have had their origin with the individual who has currently committed the specific offense (sin). It probably originated years, or even centuries before by a relative that the affected person did not know, and had no knowledge of.

Blood-line curses are also referred to as “Sins of the Fathers.” These curses represent the accumulation of all sins committed by ancestors. It is the heart’s tendency (iniquity) that we inherit from our forefathers to rebel (i.e. Disobedience, unfaithfulness, lust {sexual sins}, gambling, alcoholism, drug abuse, physical or emotional abuse of another) against God’s laws and commandments. It is the propensity (inclination) to sin in a particular way that represents perversion and a twisted character.

In other words, if an ancestor had a history of rape or abusive behavior, his descendants, most likely will inherit that very same character or inclination to commit those same acts that were committed by the original perpetrator. Generational sins and curses hold an individual back from their godly destiny.

When the scriptures use “fathers,” as in Exodus 20:5, the meaning not only includes the actual father of a person but also the mother, the grandparents, and the entire family line.The accumulation of sin continues until God’s conditions for repentance are met. The sins of the fathers (and mothers) and the resulting curses are a major source of problems for all mankind. Why? Because we, our father’s descendants, “take on,” or “enter into,” these same sins. This controversial and misunderstood area has, unfortunately, been neglected and seldom talked abut even among Christians.

Down the Family Blood-Line

When the sins and curses coming down a family line are alcoholism, drugs, sexual abuse, the problem is easily identified. But the root cause and how to be delievered from them remain a mystery. Less obvious sins, as the source of the problem are usually not even identified as generational. People simply explain the behavior by saying, “Oh, he’s just like his father, and you know what he was like!”

Sins of the fathers and resulting curses work hand-in-hand with demons (fallen angels) to create an ugly cycle. The initial sin gives an opening through which demons can oppress. Then, once established, the demons work to continue down the family line, where they exert pressure on the descendants to sin in the same way as their father. The sin provides license for the demons to continue their oppression and curses, causing the cyle to continue generation after generation.

Exodus 20:5 (the last phrase) is translated this way: “He punishes the children and their children for the sin of the father to the third and fourth generation.” God’s justice results in the children being affected by the pressure of inherited iniquity (sin) as well as the pressure of “curses” because of their father’s (and mother’s) sins.

On the other hand, the punishment/curses cease when the children forsake their father’s evil ways; the heat of divine wrath is turned into the warmth of divine love – God shows mercy, and this mercy endures not only to the third and fourth generations, but to the thousandth generation, only affecting those who love God, and show their love by keeping His commandments.

Did you know that unforgiveness can be the result of a generastional (blood-line) curse? But I will address this and other issues relating to generational curses in future posts. PLEASE FEEL TO REBLOG THIS POST.


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