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3 Types of Curses and How To Break Free

In my last article, I asked the question of whether curses are real or just superstition. Though in our Western thinking, the idea of blessings and curses being real forces in the world might seem strange, the Bible talks about this subject a lot. A curse is a supernatural force that works to bring harm and destruction to us, and/or hinder us from receiving the blessings of God.

The good news is that when Jesus died on the cross, He actually became a curse for us so that we could be redeemed from every curse and inherit God’s blessing. (Galatians 3:13-14) God’s blessing is more powerful than any curse. But if we do not recognize what curses are and how they work, we can live under them unnecessarily.

I want to cover three common types of curses:

1. Generational Curses

A generational curse is a curse that is passed through the family line from one generation to the next. We receive a spiritual inheritance from our parents, and this spiritual heritage includes both blessings and curses. Exodus 36:7 says that God visits “the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.” What this means is that the sins and destructive behaviors that parents do not conquer will be ones that their children are more susceptible to and prone toward.

I have witnessed powerful things happen when generational curses were broken. I have seen sicknesses healed, bondage to sin broken, and deliverance come. As believers in Christ, we do not have to live under the power of any generational curse. Check out this article for more on breaking free from generational curses.

2. Word Curses

Our words carry power, and the Bible says this:

“Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.” (James 3:10)

Our words have the capacity to bring great encouragement and blessing to others, but they can also take the form of a curse. When people–especially authority figures–speak things into our identity or destiny that are not in line with God’s Word, we can be cursed by these words if we receive them into ourselves. Many need to be broken free from the power of destructive words so that they can move beyond the curses that were released over them.

3. Occult Curses

The last type of curse I want to mention are curses that are intentionally released by those who are involved in occult practices. Those who delve into witchcraft, satanism, and other dark occult activities often attempt to put curses on others through rituals, spells, incantations, and other demonic activities. I believe that these are some of the “fiery darts of the wicked one” that we need to deflect with the shield of faith. (Ephesians 6:16)

Curses are not something that we need to be afraid of. If we are walking with the Lord and do not have any open doors in our lives, curses cannot land on us. But we need to be aware that this is a reality and trust that the Holy Spirit will expose any ways that the enemy seeks to attack through occult practitioners.

This has been a brief overview, but I hope it is helpful in revealing some of the ways that the devil seeks to work in people’s lives through curses. If you believe that you are being influenced by a curse, pray through a prayer like the one below and break free!

Lord Jesus, thank You for dying on the cross and becoming a curse, so that I could be redeemed from every curse and receive God’s blessing. Because of Your finished work, I ask you to set me free from every curse that is over my life. I renounce the sins of previous generations and break away from any generational curse that is over my life. Specifically, __________________ … I also break any word curses that have ever been spoken over me, and command any spirits associated with curses to leave my life now!”

Have you ever experienced any of the above curses at work in your life? How have you seen God bring freedom from curses to you or someone you know?

About Jake

Jake Kail is a teacher, author, and speaker who is passionate for the kingdom of God. He was called into ministry during his college years, after a life-changing encounter with God. The focus of his ministry is on teaching and equipping believers, strengthening local churches, and seeing awakening and restoration come to the church. He also ministers often in the area of deliverance from evil spirits, seeing people set free from bondage, torment, and oppression. Jake is the author of three books: Restoring the Ministry of Jesus, Can a Christian Have a Demon?, and Abiding in the Vine. He speaks at churches, retreats, conferences, and other venues. Jake lives with his wife and family in Lancaster, PA where he serves on the pastoral team at Threshold Church. Check out Jake’s website and blog here: http://www.jakekail.com.

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  1. Apostle Philip Mandela

    Great teachings and am always eager to read more from you.More grease to your elbows. God richly bless you.

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  2. There is other type of a currse that come frome turning our soul away from God and his choosen one.
    1 joshua 18;7 the levites were dedicated in Gods house and the other eleventh tribes received their share of land.
    -we all know that lans got its own curses; Jeremiah 23;10
    The land s full of curses
    -money too got curses;Judges 17;2 micaiah was cursed for taking his mothers silvers

    -Everyone in the worl runs after this thing ,a good life, a good saraly and a land of his own. These things got curses and to avoid curses we have to give the levite his piece so he can take the curses away.
    1Chronicles 15;1-3 for Davud to return the covenant box he build a tempe, offered a sacrifice to the annoited levite family.
    If we share our blessing with God he’ll take the property curses away

    By Edwin Kamau (23yrs) in kenya East Africa(The Ark Of Prophetic And Apostolic Church Nairobi)

  3. A pastor told me that there seems to be a veil covering my luck. Some evil person (s) seems to have said that I won’t amount to anything, I won’t get married (am 27 and never been in a relationship), no job (graduate with honors from the University).. How can I break free?? I need a strong deliverance. Please pray for me

    • Vivian everything will be alright. May the Spirit of God intercede on your behalf in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen

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    • There’s no curse that can’t be broken using the blood of Jesus Christ, first of all you ve to change your mindset believing absolutely that that curse can and will be broken. We can talk more to guard you on how to go about it if you don’t mind. My mobile and WhatsApp number. +2348134758689

    • Confess your sins
      And cover your foundation with thy blood of Jesus Christ

  4. My brother and his wife and children believe that they need to break the chains because my grandfather molested me. They want nothing to do with me. They do not want to see me. I am 55

    • Confess your sins
      And pray against spirit of strife in your family by calling blood of Jesus Christ to destroy it

    • This is a sad thing that people do not understand If one reads the word of God you must know that Jesus was made shame and guilt and rejection upon the cross. Remember he was naked on that Cross before all the people Not once but 3 times ! .
      Derek Prince who has long passed away Has a wonderful sermon that will help you and show you that Jesus paid the price for all that is being inflicted upon you It is called Overcoming Shame and Guilt and rejection I pray you read it It will help you to be released . Just look up Derek Prince he was well known and subscribe May God help you in your journey to recovery

  5. My husband’s girl from has released a spell and put my image in bondage so that he does not see me no love me any more, as I write my husband and I are separated he left me with the kids and gone to this woman. Help me prayer to break the bottle where she has put my destiny and back to sender everything she has done.

  6. The last 5 years have been turmoil. My employer has been 2-3 weeks behind on my payroll check since 2014. He has failed to pay me on time as well as taken money out of my check for 401k deductions as well as a loan and not given it to the company. With all this going on, it has been a struggle to make bill payments as well as provide for my family. I have borrowed from everyone that I can atleast once as well as constantly looking for a job in my free time. I haven’t been sleeping or eating right because I have to leave this prison that I though was supposed to be a career. Trying to find a lawyer to help me, but none respond. Why am I going through all of this, its been 5 years. Why do I feel that this has to do with a curse? I broke a wine glass by accident 5 years ago. Other than that, I have tried to give of myself and help others. Why am I still going through mess?

  7. Pray for me please I need deliverance out of curses

  8. I have been with my husband ever since 2014 we got married in 2016 ever since we got married I have a lot of problems with my husband.i have been to jail twice for fighting my husband.i have been in 2 car accidents inside the car with my husband and 2 sons.it was because my husband fell asleep behind the wheel.i have had extremly bad luck being married.and there is so much more.i have prayed.went to church read my bible and Jesus hasn’t protected me.maybe I need to fast for 40 days to break this curse the devil & enemy has sent to me.or maybe I need a divorce.i hope jesus and Holy Spirit will help me.i have been thinking about divorcing my husband because we argue a lot and I don’t trust him.please pray for us

    • By thy power in thy blood of Jesus Christ. I destroy every activities of dark power over your marriage now and forevermore amen.

  9. I have gone through a lot of negative cycles in my life. Addiction to pornography and a mental illness that led me to attempt suicide. I feel like an evil force has been at play in my life. My stepmother told me that I was a hypocrite and would never be able to fit into society. Looking back, my life has been a string on making stupid and impulsive decisions. Now am nursing injuries from a suicide attempt and I have been diagnosed with a mental illness. Pray for my healing and to break from this generational curses that afflict me.

  10. May God of heaven bless the good work.

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  12. Exodus 36:7 says that God visits “the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.

    Please correct the reference number it’s Exodus 34:6-7

    God Bless you.

  13. Please I need to know or included me in your next Bible study lesson.Appreciate your help. May God blessed you and your family.

  14. I posted a comment in 2018 because I was battling serious demons. I began to clear away people and clutter and then I stood up for myself. I started taking care of me through weekly salt baths, prayer, and meditation. I am now getting paid on time. Bills are check to check but at least I can pay them now. I work from home full time so I’m here for my family. Social distancing has given me time to work on myself and what is most dear and important to me. I wanted to know what was happening. It was happening because I didn’t know my true self worth. Going and going and never saying no. I made that change. It’s not over yet, but every day it’s getting easier because I now know that I am divinely protected.

  15. Hi my question is how will i know that there’s calling on me thanks

  16. Me and my family needs to break from any curses in our life, me and my husband are passing through hard times, he keeps seeing him self in the dream going to the village. Pls we need to break from this curse

  17. I’m back again with another testimony for all of you that feel like the devil is riding your backs. My last post on this website was in August 2020. As I told you, I started putting me first by standing up for myself. Things are fairly the same except now I am 24 weeks pregnant at 40, whoa baby! I didn’t expect that and none of my pregnancies have been planned. Things started to change as I let go and let God work in my life. I have stopped letting family members intervene and control my life. I have learned to say no even when it’s hard. I have put myself first along with my children. I stopped smoking. I stopped drinking. I stopped biting my nails. I put more plants in my house. I started focusing on making myself happy and not worrying about things that I can’t control. I’m not going to sit here and tell you that it has been easy, because it hasn’t. One step at a time, sweet Jesus! God only gives us one day at a time so we must only take one day at a time. I’m still a work in progress, but I refuse to go back to the way things were. I pray for peace and blessings for all of you. Start taking your spiritual baths. Start focusing on yourself and allow God to work in your life. Everything that we think is for us may not be for us. You can do it, put yourself first!

  18. Am experiencing for long now hardship, poverty in my life and family, I’m a skill man an artisan but no job ,no contracts coming my way ,I have prayed always praying ,every of my efforts to be successful & prosperous
    look abortive,now am gradually becoming discouragewhat do I dol,

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