Curses, are they real or something we might watch in a horror movie? That’s if you watch horror movies which I would not recommend J There is nothing worse than a grown man screaming like a little girl. I’m just sayin.’ But yes, curses are real. Let me give you just a few places in Scripture where the Lord clearly allows for curses to fall upon His people:
This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live 20 and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. (NIV)
I hear you. Yes, I do realize that this passage is from the Old Testament, but rest assured, they are in the New Testament as well. Here is one that is very clearly marked out in the book of Galatians:
2 Peter 2:14
With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed—an accursed brood! (NIV)
In this passage, Peter is describing those who rebel against God without any repentance at all are accursed. Curses are real. Many people speak about generational curses. And the question is asked often, can generational curses be broken? I think to really understand this, we must know and understand the nature of a curse.
A curse does not come from God waiving some kind of Heavenly magic wand reciting incantations with frog eyes floating around in boiling water. The word curse means to belittle or to diminish. Anything that diminishes the plan of God in our life could be considered a curse. It is the natural result of not obeying the Lord. We are not under a curse simply because we disobey the Lord. We are under a curse because every command of God leads us further into His plan for our life so that when we step in a different direction, we have veered away from the path that leads to His plan. The consequence is experiencing less that He desires for us. This is why in Deuteronomy above, God says that He has set before us blessings and curses and we get to choose.
A generational curse is real, no doubt. However, it is the result of something we have been through that resulted in us being more prone to not choose the path to God’s plan. For example, if your entire childhood was characterized by parents who yelled and screamed, it could affect you in a way that yelling and screaming seems normal which means there is nothing within you that tries to stop you if you start yelling and screaming. It seems right to yell and scream so you do. However, the Scripture says that a harsh word stirs up anger (Proverbs 15:1). You are under a curse because what is not Godly seems right. The Good News then about curses is that when Christ died for us, He broke the power of the curse, releasing power in us to choose a path that breaks the curse. All we have to do is take hold of that power. I know, it’s easier said than done. Just because I know how I should be, it doesn’t make it any easier to stop being the person I wish I wasn’t. I know I shouldn’t overeat, but I do. I know I should not be insecure, but I am. I know I should not lose my temper, but it happens before I know it.
In the Old Testament, when the Israelites first crossed into the Promised Land, their first battle was against Jericho. You remember the old song…’and the walls came tumbling down.’ Well, after the battle, God commanded them to burn the city because it was to be an offering to Him. Consequently, Joshua declared a curse on anyone who rebuilt the city. Later, under the evil King Ahab, the city was rebuilt and the man in charge lost his firstborn child and his youngest child according to the curse spoken by Joshua. Nevertheless, the city was rebuilt and the curse remained. The people living there went to Elisha and told him about the curse:
2 Kings 2:19-22
The people of the city said to Elisha, “Look, our lord, this town is well situated, as you can see, but the water is bad and the land is unproductive.”
20 “Bring me a new bowl,” he said, “and put salt in it.” So they brought it to him.
21 Then he went out to the spring and threw the salt into it, saying, “This is what the Lord says: ‘I have healed this water. Never again will it cause death or make the land unproductive.’” 22 And the water has remained pure to this day, according to the word Elisha had spoken. (NIV)
The curse was broken by the Lord through Elisha. The methodology seems a bit strange, a bowl and some salt. But within these articles, we find symbolic meaning to help us take hold of the power that will break every curse.
He told them to bring a new bowl. A new bowl has never been touched. It has never been used. It has no past, only a future. It symbolizes new life, a new beginning. This is the new state we find our self after giving our heart to the Lord.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (NIV)
Especially when we are talking about the generational curses and how we have been affected by the way our parents lived their life and interacted with one another, us, and God, it is important to realize that when you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you are spiritually born again. You are born without a past. The old has gone. Yes, you can still remember your childhood and you can still hear your Dad tell you how fat you are or your Mom so wrapped up in her own life that she had no time for you, but the truth is that you have been reborn. Spiritually, you have a new father. This Heavenly Father has never sinned. He has never neglected you. He has never yelled at you. Spiritually, you were never abused, never molested, never abandoned. And now, you have a choice to live life as if the old will never leave or live as if the new is all that there is. Power has been released in you through your new Father so that you don’t have to live in bondage to insecurity, a bad temper, promiscuity, addiction. But it is a mindset. So that when the effects of the curses in your life rise up in your mind, you must stand firm reminding yourself that you don’t have to live that way anymore. In fact, the Scripture says that you are the firstborn of God. What do you mean by that baldy? Well, let me explain.
In Hebrews, believers are referred to as the church of the firstborn. We are part of the body of Christ and Jesus was the only Son of God. But as believers, God sees us as part of Him. For this reason, we have received all that Christ received as the Son of God. We are co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17). Just the realization that it is possible to escape our past brings hope. Until we wholeheartedly believe the curse can be broken, it never will.
The firstborn in Scripture had a right to a double portion of the inheritance of the father. The apostle Paul compared our spiritual inheritance to the Roman culture where the inheritance belonged to the firstborn from the moment he was born. As believers, we not only have been blessed with the same power that raised Christ from the dead to break every curse, we have a right to this power and we can expect God to set us free. See how your life will change if you change your perspective from a prisoner locked in a dungeon forever to a prisoner in the same dungeon who has just been given to the key to the cell door. BOOM!!! Life is different. You have received the keys and you are about to walk out of the curse.
Next, Elisha called for them to bring some salt. Salt is a preservative. It keeps things from spoiling. It is a seasoning making everything taste better. Jesus told us that we are the salt of the earth and we are commanded to season with salt all of our conversation (Colossians 4:6). This salt in the bowl is our good deeds. It is being a blessing to others and repenting when we are not a blessing. With a new bowl comes new salt; a new way of living; a new way of thinking; a new way of reacting; a new mode of operation. You are a new creation that is not in bondage to the old things. Remember, curses remain because of our choices. Usually, our emotions dictate our choices. When we are sad, we get drunk. When we are bored, we overeat. When we feel lonely, we succumb to sexual pressure. These emotions are the old bowl that did not season everything with salt, but putrid, rancid, rotted milk. You are a new creation. So you can put forth new salt, a new way of doing things, even though you still feel like doing things the way you used to do them.
Remember, curses are born and die with choices of action. It is what we choose to do not what we feel that will keep us accursed or set us free. When we start doing good deeds and seasoning our world making it taste better, it sets us up for healing and destroying the curse.
You may think to yourself, “I can’t. I try, but I can’t. I know what I should do, but I still fail.” Hey, we can all relate, but think about this. The water that was contaminated causing women to miscarry was the Jordan River. This was not a small body of river. That little bit of salt would have had no effect on that huge amount of water. The power for healing was not in the salt, but in the touch of God. When we do a little bit, God comes in with power to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we could ever imagine (Ephesians 3:0-21). I know that you are going to fail. The lesson in the small bowl of salt is that we just do the little we can. You may fail today, maybe even tomorrow, but because there is power in you, one of these days, you are going to handle a situation the way God wants instead of how your curse dictates. When you do, God is going to come in so strong and powerfully. You will receive more power to do it again and again. And the little bit you are able to do will usher in a supernatural power to heal your waters and break your curse.
Don’t get too confident in your salt. Too much salt will ruin the meal. Depend on your good deeds too much and your curse will remain and gain strength. So, how do you know if you are depending upon your deeds too much? The answer will be found in your response to your failures. When the salt disappears for a time and the spoiled milk comes out of you, how will you respond. If you mentally and emotionally beat yourself into oblivion erasing all hope that things will ever get better, you using too much salt. If your failures steal your hope, you are relying upon your good deeds too much. Put forth great effort to handle things the right way, but when you fail, find your hope in the fact that God is not expecting you to be perfect, just to do your best. Do you feel the pressure releasing even now? YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE PERFECT. PERFECTIONISM IS THE CURSE OF TOO MUCH SALT. You can never do things right enough to break your curse. You can never be a good enough Mom to break the curse of inferiority. You can never succeed in life enough to break the curse of insecurity. You can never count to ten enough to break the curse of anger. But do your best and the gift of God is a supernatural power that heals.
Wow! This is a longer blog than normal, but let me try to bring it to a close. Read this from the prophet Joel:
18 “In that day the mountains will drip new wine,
and the hills will flow with milk;
all the ravines of Judah will run with water.
A fountain will flow out of the Lord’s house
and will water the valley of acacias. (NIV)
The waters of Jericho were cursed. The curse was broken when they were healed. Most curses originate out of something that we thirst for, but brings death. We thirst for love from a Mom or a Dad, but they are unable to give life to our spirit and instead through many different ways crush us and bring death. But when the Lord breaks the curse, it is like the salt poured at the spring so that everything that came forth from that moment was different. It brought life. Your past will always be your past, but when the Lord breaks the curse, everything forward can be different. The blessing of the Lord will be like new wine; like a fountain that flows from the Temple and waters the acacias.
Acacias are a tree with many thorns. The word for thorn actually comes from the same word that means to scourge. A scourging was the beating that Christ took. It is sometimes called a flogging, but it is a beating that sometimes kills and always rips apart the flesh from the body.
The healing of the Lord waters our wounds bringing healing. This healing breaks the curse. Live as the new bowl with a little bit of salt poured into the spring of your curse. A new mindset and a new way of living that seasons making everything and everyone around you better from this moment forward will release power and you will be set free; cursed no more.