In my previous article I wrote about the reality of generational curses. A generational curse is a sinful action, harmful practice, or destructive influence that is passed through the family line from one generation to the next. Often times, there are evil spirits involved in these curses that help perpetuate the cycle of darkness.
As I have ministered in the area of deliverance from evil spirits, sometimes it has been imperative to break a generational curse when setting someone free. If you recognize the influence of a generational curse—or if the Holy Spirit reveals one to you—here are some key steps in breaking free.
1. Recognize the provision of the cross
All deliverance ministry, including breaking generational curses, is an act of enforcing what Jesus has already accomplished on the cross. Galatians 3:13-14 says this: “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
Jesus has already paid the price for our deliverance. We don’t earn our freedom; we must come to God on the basis of faith in the finished work of Christ.
2. Renounce the sins of previous generations
Take time to pray out and renounce the specific sins and curses that are relevant to you and your family line. Here is a sample prayer that you can use to look to Jesus and renounce a curse:
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 declare that the blood of Jesus separates me from the sins of past generations. I renounce these sins and break away from any generational curse that is over my life. Specifically, ________________________…
Fill in the blank with the specific sins and curses you want to break. Command any evil spirits that are attached to these curses to go in the name of Jesus.
3. Receive the blessings of being a child of God
As children of God, we inherit His blessings. Notice that the end result of Christ’s work in freeing us from the curse is to bestow blessings on us: “that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith” (Galatians 3:14).
Find the blessings that are outlined in the Scripture and receive them into your life. Welcome the Holy Spirit to fill you and replace each curse with a blessing. You no longer have to live under the influence of any sinful or destructive patterns from previous generations. And instead of passing on curses to your children, you will pass on blessings!