We hear much today about generational curses. Some scrupulous and some well-meaning ministers are telling believers they are the victims of curses being passed down to them due to the sins of their ancestors. And in order to ever experience freedom from the curse, they need to receive special prayers of “deliverance,” often requiring repentance for the sins of their fathers, renunciation, fasting, binding and casting out of demons. But is this biblical and is this necessary for the believer?
In John 9, Jesus ministered to a man who had been blind from birth and his disciples brought up the subject of generational curses.
“As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” (John 9:1-2).
The disciples believed the man was possibly suffering for the sins of his parents due to a generational curse. But Jesus rejected the notion altogether and gave a completely different reason for the man’s blindness.
“Jesus answered, ‘It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.’” (John 9:1-3 NASB)
When given the opportunity to talk about generational curses, Jesus did not. Why? I suspect it was because either He did not believe in them at all, or He did not believe in the same way the disciples did at that time and many do today.
The truth is God is not pronouncing curses upon families that are passed down from one generation to the next as punishment for sin. And if, in fact, there is such a thing as a “generational curse” being passed down from one generation to the next, then it is the curse of Adam, which is passed down to every member of the Adam race. That curse, produced by Adam’s sin, is called spiritual death–being separated from God and existing without God’s life inside. Spiritual death, and all its negative consequences, is the source of all forms of defeat in those whose origins are in Adam.
Thankfully, Jesus came to bring the Adam race to an end and to begin a new race of people. To Nicodemus, a member of the Adam race, He said, “You must be born again.” To the Corinthians, Paul wrote, “If any man is in Christ, he is a new creation. Old things are passed away. Behold, all things have become new.” (2 Cor. 5:17).
The believer, therefore, is no longer “in Adam.” He is now “in Christ.” His “deliverance” from the “generational curse” received from Adam is accomplished already. It took place when Jesus died and rose again for him. So, the believer in Christ can now give “thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.” (Colossians 1:12-13 NKJV)
“Delivered from the power of darkness” and qualified “to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints?” What is this? Nothing less than a generational blessing! Just like the curse upon Adam flowed unto all those born to Adam, so the blessing upon Jesus flows to all of us born to Jesus. The curse in Adam has been replaced with the blessing in Jesus.
Child of God, stop believing you are cursed. The day of your salvation was the day of your deliverance. The only deliverance you may still need is from the blindness and unbelief that prevents you from resting in the sufficiency of Jesus and His finished work. Ask God to help you see all you have in Christ. And instead of believing that a generational curse is operating against your progress, start claiming and enjoying the “generational blessing” that flows to you from Jesus. Amen.