Generational Curses and Blessings

Posted on August 31, 2014


I have noticed over the years many Christians get angry when you bring up generational curses and often say they think they don’t exist since the cross of Jesus Christ. In the years of ministry of myself and observation of other ministers I have witnessed so many times people being set free from generally attachments. Additionally what I have witnessed followed the Bible teaching and examples which more important than my opinion or anyone else’s!


What About the Issues of This Current Life?

In the New Testament Jesus gave many warnings through mostly parables about walking out the gifting that God has put on your life. Many of these parables ended with; there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth to those that personally do not try to walk out that calling. So if a person can invite judgment for a failing to act their calling how much more could the failures of previous generations ripple into the current and future generations.


Matthew 8:12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.



Thank God for His grace.  The blood of Jesus is just as powerful today as it ever was. Any and everything can be put under the blood and the blood of Jesus will wash anything away. The problem is like a doctor treating an unknown affliction, if the doctor does not know about an injury or symptoms, he or she doesn’t treat the problem, nor does the doctor give medication, treatments, or surgery just in case there is something. Yet often Christians minister in such ways, they are casting out demons and breaking things off just in case they exist.


Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.


Generational Curses and Blessings

There are both blessings and curses in the Word of God that travel forward into the future generations and in both cases positive or negative actions travel into the future in most cases with the future generations completely unaware of why there life is like it is.


Exodus 20:5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;


Because David was a man after God’s own heart he passed on blessings to the men of his future generations.


Psalms 132:10 For thy servant David’s sake turn not away the face of thine anointed.


Them That Hate Me?

The passage that most use to describe generation curses from Exodus chapter twenty says those that hate me.  So most Christians would say I love the Lord so that doesn’t apply to me.  Loving the Lord is not about mouthing the word, I love you, but about doing the will of the Father.


Exodus 20:6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

I John 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.


According to the Word, if you are not doing the will of the Father, you are not really walking out your love for God though you may appear to love God with all your heart and even say so. When we are truly walking out true love for God, we are actively making God a part of everything we say and do.  This active loving of God leads us in a path of getting free of everything that could hold us back and keep us from perfect path God has laid out for us.


Joshua’s Big Mistake

Joshua was chosen by God to lead God’s people into the promised land and was very hungry to hear from God and do His will yet he made mistakes. Joshua was instructed to cleanse the land of all the idolatrous people of Canaan land and not to make any covenants with them, that was the will and commandment of God for his life.


Joshua 9:14  And the men took of their victuals, and asked not counsel at the mouth of the LORD. 15 And Joshua made peace with them, and made a league with them, to let them live: and the princes of the congregation sware unto them.


Joshua was tricked by the Gibeonites and did not do what God told him to do and by his failure he brought a generational curse upon the Israelites. This is supposed have taken place about 1400 BC.

Over 400 Year Later

David and his generation, by the failed actions of Joshua and King Saul, fell victim to a curse that began about 400 years earlier.


2 Samuel 21:1 Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David enquired of the LORD. And the LORD answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites.  2 And the king called the Gibeonites, and said unto them; (now the Gibeonites were not of the children of Israel, but of the remnant of the Amorites; and the children of Israel had sworn unto them: and Saul sought to slay them in his zeal to the children of Israel and Judah.)


David and his generation were being punished and victimized by the sins of others.  Remember that David was a man after God’s own heart and his generation was a generation that had more power and freedom under his leadership than had been ever experienced or even since.  They were very blessed yet even in this blessing of David’s kingdom, a general curse rose up of no fault to David. Being a man the loved God and sought God, God revealed what the curse was and how to make atonement for the curse. I believe today God does the same when we actively love Him and continually seek His will we show us anything that hinders us and how to apply the blood of Jesus to the situation.


Sickness the Greatest Example

We all know or are living with examples of specific diseases or afflictions that repeat them in our family tree.  A good example is diabetes that follows the family tree.  Remember these are not things God intended for mankind, they are not just things that happen, and they are curses with root causes.  We also see patterns of behavior that follow the family tree, such as poverty, abuse, or premature death. Certainly myself or others do not have all the answers and causes and cures for these, but the reality of them cannot be ignored.  David pronounced a curse over Joab’s future generations for his bad behavior.  Remember David was a man after God’s own heart. David was not rebuked for pronouncing this curse over the generations of Joab.


II Samuel 3: 28  And afterward when David heard it, he said, I and my kingdom are guiltless before the LORD for ever from the blood of Abner the son of Ner: 29  Let it rest on the head of Joab, and on all his father’s house; and let there not fail from the house of Joab one that hath an issue, or that is a leper, or that leaneth on a staff, or that falleth on the sword, or that lacketh bread.


The curse over Joab’s family appears to have several facets, sickness in the issue and leprosy, crippling sickness in disease or accident, suicide in the falling on the sword, and poverty in the lacking of bread. Joab’s actions that brought this curse was a vindictive and unforgiving heart that Joab acted out in murder and revenge.


It’s Not Automatic

Many believe that when you accept Jesus as savior and ask him to forgive all your sins that you are completely free from all things. I really believe I have seen many people get what appears to be completely free upon salvation but in most cases this is not what happens. As the greatest example again is sickness.  When someone that is suffering from sickness or injury and they get saved, they rarely are completely healed at the time of salvation. If all generations afflictions were broken off and healed at salvation then when anyone accepted the work of the cross of Jesus they would be forgiven for all their sins and any generational affliction such as diabetes, cancer, or heart disease would leave immediately.  Often people that are healed of such things experience their healing as a separate event from salvation.


What to Do?

This writing is not to produce fear or confusing about what to do but to reveal truth that sets us free. The key is about being a person after God’s heart like David. If we love the Lord we keep his commandments and as we love the Lord and follow close after him, I believe just like David in our daily walk, God will show us things that are afflicting us and what to do to put these personal things under the blood of Jesus and to be completely free.