Week 3, Day 5

Breaking Generational Curses

Joseph was known in the Bible as a man who was steadfast and faithful under trials. His older brothers were another story! One brother, Judah, refused to follow a law of God in regard to his son’s wife, Tamar. What happened as a result of his disobedience made quite an illicit tale. Twin sons were born to Judah and Tamar. You can read about it in Genesis 38.

Certainly the Bible teaches us that every person born under the sun is flawed and sinful. Our sin creates repercussions throughout our family, marriage, and the generations that follow. Exodus 34:7 says that “God will visit the sin of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and fourth generation”.

That is often called a “generational curse”.

All of us are a product of generational sin and create a curse upon our own children because of disobedience and rebellion. Thanks be to God JESUS broke the curse, and all curses, when He hung on Calvary’s tree and shed His own perfect, sinless, divine blood for the sins of the world. In the lineage of Jesus, one of His forefathers listed was Perez, son of Judah and Tamar! Oh the beauty of the plan of redemption God works for us and through us. He has forever broken the power of the curse and Deuteronomy 7:9 says, “He is the faithful God, keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commands.”

In 1 John 5:3, the Bible says “This is love for God: that we obey His commands”.  Joseph kept God’s commands, but Judah fell to the generational sin of deception practiced by his great-grandfather, grandfather, and father.

How can we take the path Joseph took? It is not enough to recognize a generational curse and declare our freedom. We must walk out our freedom through obedience. God gave us the Holy Spirit to help us do just that. “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16).

Declare the power of God’s love and forgiveness over yourself, your family, and the generations that will follow you.

Hallelujah! The curse has been swallowed up in victory! Freedom from generational curses is ours! Believe it, declare it, and be empowered by the Holy Spirit to live it out!

Reflection Questions

• Are there sin patterns that you recognize in yourself that were evident in the life of a parent or grandparent?

• Have you confessed and declared aloud your freedom, through the power of Christ, from that sin pattern?
Dalena has served Heritage for many years, including involvement in student ministry, prayer, and leading worship. She and her husband, Randy, have three sons and continue to serve as powerful intercessors and mentors.
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