THE DESIRE FOR THE SUPERNATURAL
By Len Buttner (Auckland, New Zealand).
There is a desire and search today, like no other time in history, for mankind to know the supernatural. There is a whole lot more out there than meets the natural eye. There are psychic phenomena and unusual supernatural events going on and being displayed all around us – on the television, at the movies, in magazines, bookstores, and newspapers – there is an intense fascination about the spirit world.
Most intelligent human beings are interested in the supernatural things, and, as Christians, we need to make the truth known so that multitudes will be well informed about what God’s Word says about these matters.
Sadly, there are too many people turning to the occult for answers today. The occult does give them part-truth, as those in the occult have taken the truth from the Bible and perverted it to deceive the world.
Ephesians 1: 17 – “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.”
Ephesians 4:12 – “for the equipping of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”
The church has been given the Keys of the Kingdom to meet the entire spiritual needs of the saints. Why then is the church remaining silent on the subjects in the New Testament concerning demons, occult, witchcraft, and curses?
Many believers are seeking help and are being referred to secular counselors, doctors, psychologists and psychiatrists where they will not find the answers.
How can we compare satanic knowledge with Holy Spirit revelation?
“The devil does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy; I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly” (John10: 10).
The devil will flee and retreat, but be on guard; be alert; take heed to the tactics of the enemy; do not tolerate an evil spirit. We are to test him by his fruit; bind him; cast him out of our territory, our homes, and churches, and destroy his works. We are then to produce the fruits of righteousness that will remain. We have the authority and the right to command the demon to go. The demons do not have permission to entice, seduce or deceive; they have no rights. Jesus dealt with them wherever they crossed His path, and we too must NOT tolerate them but take dominion over them.
DISOBEDIENCE TOWARDS GOD AND HIS WORD
No matter who we are, or where we are born, we are part of a family, and we are subject to generational blessings and curses from our lineage – our parents, grandparents and great grandparents who have not lived lives completely free from sin – the reality of generational bondages are visible all around us.
In chapter 28 of Deuteronomy, the Word of God tells us all about God’s promises of blessing if we obey His commandments. God has intended these decrees to be used for our good, so that we may be blessed and live fruitful and God-centred lives. If we choose to disobey the eternal laws of God, we are subject to the out-workings of the laws of God’s Word.
Proverbs 20:7 – “The righteous man walks in his integrity; his children are blessed after him.”
God wants us to live a long life that is blessed, fruitful and healthy; a life that sees beyond our immediate generation so we can pass this blessing onto our descendants as well.
We are instructed in God’s Word to have no other God but the ONE TRUE GOD, the God of the Bible.
Exodus 20:1-3 – “I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.”
Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft.
1 Samuel 15:23 – “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft and stubbornness is as iniquity (wickedness, gross injustice) and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king.”
Matthew 22:37-39 – Jesus summed up all moral obligations in the word “LOVE,” expressed in the twofold direction of God and neighbour.
Jesus said to them (Pharisees): “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment, and the second is like it; you shall love your neighbour as yourself.”
John 13:34 – “A new commandment I give to you that you love one another as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”
This is the same as the old commandment in Leviticus 19:18 – “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
The renewed commandment here has an additional part . . . “as I have loved you.” Christ more than fulfilled the Mosaic precept. He not only loved His neighbour as Himself, but He loved him more than Himself, for He laid down His own life for others. In this, He called upon His disciples to follow Him to be ready on all occasions to lay down their lives for each other and for enemies if it would save them from hell (Romans 5:8-11). This surpassed by far all moral systems of all religions because it is so wholly unselfish.
LACK OF KNOWLEDGE OF GOD’S WORD
Whoever we are, our lineage will have a certain amount of generational blessing as well as generational sin from our parents; they are not innocent and nor are we.
God’s laws are written into the universe for good, to be joyful, blessed and bear fruitful lives. If we choose to be disobedient, these laws will work against us, and ignorance of the truth of God’s Word will hold us in captivity.
Hosea 4:6 – “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me. Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.”
Recognize that “what you do not know can hurt you.” Pursue and value true spiritual knowledge. Do not neglect God’s Word.
Proverbs 4:20-23 – “My son, give attention to My words; incline your ear to My sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes, keep them in the midst of your heart, for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.”
There are four secrets of health and eternal life in Proverbs 4: 20-23:
- Attend to My words.
- Incline your ears to My sayings.
- Continuously look into God’s Word.
- Keep the Word in the heart (v.21).
These secrets are life and health to ALL who find and obey them.
Generational Sin – Sexual Sin
What does the Bible say about the generational sin of iniquity?
What do the families show us in this area of sin in the generational family line?
Exodus 20:14 tell us: “YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY,” and if we do, we break God’s commandment.
The description of a married person having sexual intercourse outside of marriage is described as adultery. The word has a much broader term. The meaning includes all forms of whoredom, as well as un-chastity, premarital relations, sexual impurity and lustful desire, all kinds of mental and sensual uncleanness. This also includes being exposed to it through books, songs, movies, and pornography – anything that will debase the mind.
In Hosea 5:4 – “They do not direct their deeds towards turning to their God for the spirit of harlotry (whoredom) is in their midst. And they do not know the Lord.”
Deuteronomy 27 clearly states there is a curse that will come upon those who commit incest, and this curse will pass down the family line.
Leviticus 18:15 – “You shall not uncover the nakedness of your daughter-in-law, she is your son’s wife – you shall not uncover her nakedness.”
Judah exposed Tamar’s nakedness by intercourse, and the result of their union was the birth of twin boys, Zerah and Perez. In the family line of Perez we see the same weakness in the area of sexual sin coming down the generational family line. There were ten generations between Judah and King David, then in Ruth 4:18-22 we see the genealogy of Perez’s family.
God would normally restrict the sins of the father to three or four generations, but for a sexual sin we read in Deuteronomy 23:2 that it was to be for ten generations.
“One of illegitimate birth shall not enter the congregation of the Lord; even to the tenth generation none of his descendants shall enter the congregation of the Lord.”
We also see that King David’s son, Amnon, had an incestuous relationship with his half-sister, Tamar. The original sin of incest of Judah and his daughter-in-law Tamar were in the house of David, and King David and his son Amnon were walking in the sins of their fathers.
We also know that they were responsible for their own sins and transgressions, just as we too are all held accountable for our own choices and behaviour.
Sexual sin is a weakness passed onto the following generations, as we see in Ham’s descendants. As God was moving Israel, He gave them instructions not to behave as the Canaanites do.
Leviticus 18:25 – “For the land is defiled; therefore I visit the punishment of its iniquity upon it, and the land vomits out its inhabitants.”
God’s warning to the children of Israel was mainly to do with sexual perversion, depravity, and dishonouring fathers, as seen from Ham’s disobedience. His generational sin was multiplied and expanded in his descendants to include homosexuality, incest, rebellion, bestiality, and lust – a spirit of perversion.
Isaiah 19:14 – “The Lord has mingled a perverse spirit in her midst. And they have caused Egypt to err in all her work, as a drunken man staggers in his vomit.”
Generational Sin – Dishonouring and Deception
Exodus 20:12 – “Honour your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.”
We see deception in Jacob’s life as he dishonours and deceives his father, Isaac. With his mother Rebecca’s help and instigation, he pretended to be Esau, thus deceiving his father to get the blessing of the first-born. When Esau finds out, he is devastated, and we read how disappointed Isaac his father was also.
Genesis 27:35 – “But he said, ‘Your brother came with deceit and has taken away your blessing.’”
Jacob and Rebecca used goatskins for clothing on Jacob’s arms (Genesis 27:16), and from that moment, deception, dishonouring of parents and deceit entered the family line, and we see how this continued in the generational line.
Jacob’s sons deceived him and passed on their father’s sin, by dishonour and deception. They also use a goatskin in their deception. Joseph’s brothers sell him to the Israelites because they are jealous of the attention that his father Jacob gives to his favourite son.
Genesis 37:31-32 – “So they took Joseph’s tunic, killed a kid of goats, and dipped the tunic in the blood.”
They dishonoured their father through deception.
Noah’s son, Ham, dishonours his father through sexual perversion. We read of Noah getting drunk and laying down naked in his tent. Ham looked upon his father’s nakedness and called his brothers, Shem and Japheth, to come and look, instead of covering his father and closing the tent to protect his father’s nakedness. Shem and Japheth were more honouring of their father for they went into the tent backwards and covered him.
Leviticus 18:16 – “None of you shall approach anyone who is near of kin to him, to uncover his nakedness. “
Deuteronomy 5:16 – “Honour your father and your mother as the Lord your God has commanded you, that your days may be long and that it may be well with you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.”
To honour our parent’s means to revere, respect and obey them in all proper conduct. When parents behave contrary to the Word of God and demand their children to do likewise, it could then be understood that they would have grounds for not honouring them in such matters.
LACK OF FAITH
As Christians, we need to be aware of the blessings that are passed down from the lineage, both material and spiritual, coming down the generational line, as we see in Timothy’s life.
2 Timothy 1:15, “I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice.”
We can well imagine Timothy’s grandmother praying for her grandchild and expecting to see God’s favour and faithfulness come to pass in his life. Paul’s encouragement to him was to pursue genuine faith in his life.
Hebrews 11:6 – “But without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
Seek God diligently.
Believe that He will reward you for it.
Four secrets to answered prayer in this verse:
- Your prayer of faith pleases Him.
- Coming to God in the right attitude and with the right motives.
- Believing that He is.
- Believing that He is the rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.
If one can believe this as much as we believe in the existence of God, our prayer will be granted.
Mark 11:24 – “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them and you will have them, whatever obstacle, hindrance or insurmountable problem.”
Faith is the key that releases the resources from heaven into our situation.
The ten conditions of answered prayer:
- Have the faith of God.
- Pray – say in no uncertain terms what you want.
- Have unlimited faith without qualifying and limiting God’s will or what you want.
- Refuse to doubt in the heart.
- Believe that whatever is asked will be given.
- Believe that whatever is asked is already granted.
- Be authoritative and command to come to pass what is asked.
- Believe that what you want is God’s will.
- Never say, “If it be Thy will” concerning anything you ask that is definitely promised of God in His Word.
- Have a clean heart and life with God and man.
“Whatsoever things you desire assuring the absolute certainty of, and the possibilities of answered prayer . . . ” (Mark 11:24).
A hardened heart causes unbelief, which is caused by the deceitfulness of sin. The result is apostasy, turning away from and departing from the living God – the abandonment of the Christian faith. Encourage one another, in the midst of a caring fellowship, to remain faithful.
Hebrews 3:12-13: “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God. But exhort (encourage) one another daily while it is called ‘today,’ lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”
Generational Sin – Idolatry
We are warned by God that idol worship is strictly forbidden and we are not to worship any form of idols, for God will visit the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation.
Exodus 20:4-5 – “You shall not make for yourself any carved image or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate Me.”
In Leviticus 20, God warns of the consequences of idol worship, and that He will punish those who worship idols and commit whoredom with them. We need to understand (in a spiritual sense) the consequences of leaving the worship of God for idolatry, for many immoral rites were carried on in connection with idol worship by both men and women and were given over to numerous perversions in the worship of idols.
Leviticus 20: 4-5 – “And if the people of the land should in any way hide their eyes from the man when he gives some of his descendants to Molech, and they do not kill him, then I will set My face against that man and against his family.”
We are also warned that false worship is like a root bearing bitterness (gall). Christ on the cross was offered vinegar mixed with gall, but He refused to drink or to curse.
There are eight predictions of consequences spoken by Moses (Deuteronomy 29:18-28):
- The Lord will not spare him (the apostate).
- The anger and jealousy of Jehovah shall smoke against him and upon him.
- All the curses of the law shall come.
- His name shall be blotted out from under heaven.
- The Lord shall separate him unto evil from all the tribes of Israel.
- Generations to come shall wonder at the plagues of apostates.
- Their whole land shall become barren and unfit for human habitation.
- Such judgment will be the talk of all nations who will recognize the hand of God in such curses.
Deuteronomy 29:18 – “So that there may not be among you man or woman or family or tribe, whose heart turns away today from the Lord our God to go and serve the gods of these nations, and that there may not be among you a root bearing bitterness (gall) of wormwood.”
We also see the devastation in the generational line of King David and King Solomon, and we see how Solomon initiated idolatry into the family line.
1 Kings 11:4 – “For it was so, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned his heart after gods; and his heart was not loyal to the Lord his God, as was the heart of his father, David.”
Once Solomon died, the kingdom was divided into two regions -Israel and Judah – due to the lack of wisdom of his son Rehoboam (1 Kings 12), and Scripture tells us that all the kings of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord (1 Kings 15:34). The result was captivity, and we read in 1 Kings16: 25, “Omri did evil in the eyes of the Lord and did worse than all who were before him.”
Then in 1 Kings 16:31 we see that Ahab took Jezebel as a wife. This wife was a zealous participant in the worship of Baal. Ahab’s marriage to Jezebel led to the official endorsement of this immoral and idolatrous worship. However in the line of Judah, we do see every now and again, a good king re-established the worship of God as Jehovah, and the Lord continued to ensure that there were righteous kings that were on the throne.
Generational Sin –
Involvement in all forms of the Occult
All forms of the occult must be renounced. This includes fascination by horoscopes, practicing fortune-telling or sorcery, or allowing those in these practices to interpret omens, engaging in witchcraft, casting spells, functioning as mediums or psychics, calling forth the spirits of the dead, or participating in bizarre cults. Often the interest and fascination displayed by people involved in such things comes from a desire to know and control the future. The information Satan offers is likely to be distorted or completely false.
Leviticus 19:31 – “Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God.”
Familiar spirits are demon spirits possessing mediums, and those who give over their will to them to emulate dead human beings to make predictions; they promote doctrines of demons.
In 1 Samuel 28, it seems that Samuel actually appeared to Saul, but in 1 Chronicles 10:13 it is clear that it was a familiar spirit imitating Samuel that appeared.
The girl mentioned in Acts16: 16 had a spirit of python. It is said that persons under the operation of the demon would become swollen and give answers in a frenzied state of mind.
In Luke 12:29 – “and do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious (doubtful) mind.”
The Greek word for doubtful and anxious is “meteorize,” meaning “to rise in mid-air, suspend, fluctuate, be anxious, or be carried about as meteors moved about with the currents, tossed up and down between hope and fear.” The rebuke concerns the heathen who superstitiously seek guidance by meteors, plants, signs of the zodiac, magic, and witchcraft, and trafficking with demons in the name of astrology, which is condemned by scripture.
Deuteronomy 18:9-13 – “When you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations (detestable) of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things is an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God.”
Most cults focus on the “universal consciousness” concept that human beings are part of a vast timeless consciousness, and are ultimately divine, will live forever in various forms (reincarnation), and can communicate with the dead or other spirits. They can receive power through psychic or even bodily exercises to transcend nature, understand mysteries and affect their own destinies or the lives of those around them.
These groups, in the name of research and enlightenment, psychic research, transcendental meditation, yoga, etc., are actually not in touch with some great God-consciousness or psychic power but with Satan and demons.
The Greek word “psyche” is translated “soul” from which we derive the word psychic. Most mind-science groups deal with psychic or soulish phenomena.
1 Corinthians 2:14 say – “The natural man (soulish person “psychiros”) does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him.”
Mind control and the New Age movement’s teachings all appeal to the soulish man because they do not require repentance and being born again. A concept prevalent in these groups is that, if a person gains sufficient knowledge, he can dominate or control events because he is part of God or is God.
We must remember that the soulish realm is the realm of demons. Demons can and often do enter into the psychic area. The people who are in touch with the dead or “the other world” are not tapping into some universal consciousness. They are in touch with demons. Demons lurk behind many of the oriental religions as well as behind the mind control teachings.
The Israelites were not to take any possessions from the idolatrous people they defeated lest they partake of the character and nature of those items.
Understand that individual sin weakens the whole church. Deal with sin quickly and forthrightly. Leave no sin unconfessed or undealt with. Be aware that unconfessed sin will become a snare.
Generational Sin – Involvement in Cults, Freemasonry, Druids, Lodges and other secret societies.
Any involvement, by ourselves or our family and our ancestors, in cults, Freemasonry, Druids or other secret societies can bring a curse upon us.
You and your loved ones can become free from curses brought upon yourselves and your generational bloodline because of Freemasonry and other secret organizations. Curses are passed through a family bloodline by involvement in iniquity and idolatry.
If you were once a Freemason or are a descendant of a Freemason, you need to pray out aloud a prayer from your heart with a Christian counselor or witness who understands the dangers of secret societies. This is a brief summary of the prayers involved. There is a more comprehensive prayer available.
A PRAYER FOR DELIVERANCE:
Heavenly Father, Creator of heaven and earth, I come to You in the name of Jesus Christ Your Son. I come as a sinner seeking forgiveness and cleansing from all sins committed against You, and others made in Your image. I honour my earthly father and mother and all of my ancestors of flesh and blood, but I utterly turn away from and renounce all their sins. I forgive all my ancestors for the effects of their sins on my children and myself. I confess and renounce all of my own sins. I renounce and rebuke Satan and every spiritual power of his affecting my family and myself.
I renounce all involvement in Freemasonry and or other lodge or craft by my ancestors. I renounce witchcraft, the principal spirit behind Freemasonry.
I also renounce Baphomet, the spirit of antichrist and the curse of the Luciferian doctrine, and I renounce the idolatry, blasphemy, secrecy, and deception of Freemasonry at every level. I also renounce the insecurity, the love of position, power, money, pride, and greed.
I renounce all involvement that leads my family and ancestors into Freemasonry, especially the fears of death and fear of men in positions of authority in Freemasonry.
I renounce every position held in the lodge by any of my family and ancestors, including “Tyler,” “Master,” “Worshipful Master,” or any other false god.
I renounce the calling of any man “Master,” for Jesus Christ is my only Master and Lord, and the work of God forbids anyone else having that title. I renounce the entrapping and participation of myself observing the helplessness of others during the rituals.
I renounce the denial of Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour and His redeeming work accomplished on the cross of Calvary.
I also renounce the oaths taken and the curses involved in the 1st degree, 2nd degree, 3rd degree, Holy Royal Arch degree, 18th degree, 30th degree, 31st degree, 32nd degree, Knights Templar – York rite, 33rd degree, all other degrees.
I renounce all anger, hatred, murderous thoughts, revenge, retaliation, and all unbelief in God’s Word, the Holy Bible.
I commit to burn the objects in my possession, which connected me with all lodges and occultist organizations, including masonry and witchcraft.
Holy Spirit, I ask that You show me anything else that I need to do or to pray so that my family and I may be totally free from the consequences of the sins of Freemasonry and witchcraft.
Heavenly Father, I humbly ask for the blood of Jesus Christ, Your Son, to cleanse me from all these sins I have confessed and renounced, to cleanse my mind, soul and spirit, and any part of my body which has been affected by these sins, in the name of Jesus.
I renounce every, and all-evil spirits associated with witchcraft, Freemasonry, Druids, lodge, and all other sins, and I command in the name of Jesus Christ to be loosed and leave me now.
In the name of Jesus, you will not touch or harm anyone and go to the place appointed to you by Jesus, never to return to my family or me.
I call on the name of Jesus Christ to be delivered of all these evil spirits in accordance with the Holy Word of God.
In the name of Jesus, I ask to be delivered of every spirit of sickness, infirmity, curse, affliction, addiction, disease or allergy associated with these sins I have confessed and renounced.
Generational Sin – Murder
Exodus 20:13 – “You shall not murder.”
We see Cain murdered his brother, Abel, and his sin introduced violence into the family generational descendants. In Genesis 4:16-24 we see one of Cain’s descendants, Lamech, boasting about his violent character.
Verse 23 – “for I have killed a man for wounding me, even a young man for hurting me.” If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, then Lamech seventy-sevenfold?
When Cain sinned, he opened a door of murder and violence that affected the generations to follow; his iniquity has been passed down the family line, resulting in violent behaviour.
We also see a pattern in Esau and Jacob’s family line of murder and violence.
Jacob stole Esau’s blessing of the firstborn, which resulted in hatred in Esau’s heart.
Genesis 27:41 – “So Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father blessed him, and Esau said in his heart, ‘The days of mourning for my father are at hand, then I will kill my brother Jacob.’”
The hatred between the two brothers cost the Israelites countless lives, for Esau’s descendants carried out much killing. The Edomites were known as a vengeful, violent people in the nation, always spoiling for a fight.
In Ezekiel 35:5-6, God spoke a severe judgment on them. “Because you have had an ancient hatred and have shed the blood of the children of Israel by the power of the sword at the time of their calamity, when their iniquity came to an end, therefore, as I live, says Lord God, I will prepare you for blood, and blood shall pursue you.”
Jesus warns us about our heart attitude towards our brothers and sisters, and that our vengeful thoughts will be judged.
Matthew 5 21-22 – “You have heard that it was said to those of old, you shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment. But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother shall be in danger of the judgment.”
Jesus also spoke to the Scribes and Pharisees in Matthew 23:31 – “Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets.”
Throughout history, from Abel to Zechariah, the Scribes and Pharisees generational family line was stained with murder.
Matthew 23:35 states – “That on you come all the righteous blood shed on the earth from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.”
CONSIDER THE POOR
Consider the poor, hungry and thirsty.
Psalm 41:1-3 – “Blessed is he who considers the poor, the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble. The Lord will preserve him and keep him alive, and he will be blessed on the earth: you will not deliver him to the will of his enemies. The Lord will strengthen him on his bed of illness; the Lord will sustain him on his sickbed.”
Jesus expects us to have a special commitment to the poor, hungry, thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick and those in prison.
John 5:30 – “I can of myself do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and My judgment is righteous because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.”
“Heavenly Father, I confess that I have not fully obeyed Your Word concerning the poor, the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick and those in prison. I repent and endure to consider how I can, and should, help in this area. Dear Jesus, please forgive me for my lack of care.”
Generational Curses at Work
THE ENEMY’S LEGAL RIGHTS AGAINST YOUR FAMILY!!!
Satan is the prosecuting attorney…the “accuser of the brethren,” and JESUS is the defence attorney. Satan and/or his underlings are constantly coming before the throne, petitioning for rights to afflict those on the earth based on legal rights. GOD limits the enemy for a time on how much affliction is allowed, but unless the person finds out WHY they are being cursed successfully with sickness, poverty, and fear and much more, it will continue to get worse.
You may love and serve GOD with all your heart, and you may have been prayed for by “the best,” KNOWING GOD heals, yet you just can’t receive what JESUS paid for.
This is when religion steps in and makes the already miserable person feel even worse. You are told, “You don’t have enough faith”, or “You have committed terrible sins in your life and GOD won’t heal you”, or “You are suffering for CHRIST”!
What a load of guilt and condemnation to dump on someone who already feels confused and defeated!!! The truth is JESUS didn’t take those stripes for just a FEW people, and your calling in GOD is not to be sick or poor!
Many people end up with cancer, which gets healed after prayer, and then the sickness comes back in a different part of the body. If we don’t deal with the legal rights of inherited diseases, like diabetes, cancer, epilepsy, insanity (chemical imbalance), barrenness, they have a strong possibility of returning.
Sickness could be more than just “in the genes,” as some people received sickness due to where they lived, accidents, or things they ate which were contaminated. So, in many cases, after prayer, people have maintained their healing. However with others, where this sickness was known to be in the family bloodline, Satan continues to have “legal right” as part of a judgment for sins not dealt with as shown in the Old Testament – the main one being idolatry and the occult, also known as “worshipping foreign gods” and communicating with the demonic.
We need to break the “legal rights“ as the Bible says, “A curse without a cause will not land (or alight)” (Proverbs 26:2).
We need to deal with the legal rights so that the people will keep what they received. Remember what the Bible says? When you cast a spirit out (including infirmity), it goes out and searches for a place to rest, finds none, so returns to find its last residence swept and clean, and stays. It can also bring other spirits with it; seven times worse. If you do NOT deal with the legal rights before you cast a spirit out, it will return and be much worse! Casting out a spirit of infirmity is not always best to do until you break its rights to be there!
Other sicknesses also, like arthritis, bursitis, and tendonitis, can be spirits. Even medical doctors, without any understanding of the spirit realm, KNOW that people, who are angry/bitter all the time, have these forms of suffering. These spirits cause us to have strong negative feelings that trigger off a chemical reaction in our body, which then affects different parts of our bodies, resulting in sickness. Many people don’t understand WHY it happens but the spirits settle into the joints, and the ”roots of bitterness go deep into the belly.” Bitterness, which is a spirit, will eat you up inside. It will kill you eventually if not dealt with. It is one of the nastiest around!
On the other hand, the Bible tells us that the positive emotion of laughter “is like medicine to our souls.”
There will be evidence of curses at work in a person’s life or their family bloodline, and one of these is repeated sickness in the family. These curses can be due to disobedience.
Deuteronomy 28:59 – “Then the Lord will bring upon you and your descendants’ extraordinary plagues, great and prolonged plagues and prolonged severe sickness.”
Certain families struggle with repeated sickness and infirmities such as stomach troubles, backaches, headaches, eye and ear problems, bladder, sugar diabetes, etc., which can be from a number of causes: emotional, physical, poor diet and of course a curse at work in their lives because we have given them legal rights!
We can see an example in Scripture in 2 Kings 5 in the story of Elisha and his servant Gehazi when God healed Naaman, a commander of the army of King of Syria, of leprosy. Naaman was healed, and as a token of gratitude for his healing he offered Elisha a gift, but Elisha did not accept the gift, as his healing was the work of the Lord. But Gehazi did not have the same integrity and pursued after Naaman, telling him that Elisha had changed his mind about the gift offered. He took the silver from Naaman. On his return, he received a rebuke from Elisha, and these are the words that were spoken:
2 Kings 5:27 – “Therefore the leprosy of Naaman shall cling to you and your descendants forever. And he went out from his presence leprous, as white as snow.”
Gehazi’s family line suffered the consequences of a generational curse.
There can be many other instances of a curse spoken over families like recurring marriage break-ups, poverty, freak accidents, untimely deaths, regular job losses or even break up of friendships. But we can renounce all forms of curses that may be upon our ancestors, or us, to appropriate what Jesus Christ has done on the cross.
Galatians 3:13 – “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).”
Through His death on the cross, Christ did for us what we could not do for ourselves. His work, not ours, removed the curse upon us because of our disobedience of the law. By faith, we receive the benefits provided by His death, including justification (v.17) and deliverance from a curse.
Firstly, there needs to be a confession of faith in Jesus as the deliverer and the One who carried our curse for us on the cross.
Secondly, their needs to be confession and repentance for any sin in our own lives or in the lives of our ancestors, which has allowed the curse to find a foothold. We may or may not know what that is, or we may simply need to take accountability for any family sin which has brought the curse into effect.
Thirdly, there also needs to be forgiveness of the family for any sin they have committed that has resulted in the consequences of a curse coming onto the family.
We need to renounce all contact with any one of the listed areas below:
- Generational Curses (Sins of the Fathers)
- Witchcraft Curses
- Words and Curses Spoken
- Ungodly Oaths and Dedications
- Open Doors caused by Own Personal Sins
- Curses Passed by TIES (Yoke) to other people/groups
- Curses from Cursing Others
- Generational Curses
This is the MOST complicated of all curses. This is why we see families passing down sicknesses such as diabetes, cancer, seizures, obesity, insanity, and other problems. Doctors acknowledge they don’t understand everything about this but believe there is a “gene” that passes it on.
Many are not healed from these diseases even after endless amounts of prayer, though they DO HAVE FAITH! We don’t understand the reason and blame it on the sick person’s “lack of faith.” This brings guilt on them and makes them grieve and sometimes blame GOD!
“My people perish through lack of knowledge!” (Hosea 4:6).
By breaking the generational curses, most people should be healed totally, NEVER to return!
- Witchcraft/Occult Curses
Much teaching today tells us that a Christian cannot be cursed. The Bible says that a “curse cannot light without a cause.” We don’t understand the “legal rights” through which we can be cursed! Witches do! These can be broken in prayer! Many are sick and dying before their time because of lack of knowledge.
- Words and Curses Spoken
These can be curses spoken by others, or by you. The curses that hold the MOST weight are those spoken by yourself or your parents, such as, “He’ll never change…” or “She’ll be just like her mother,” “She’ll never find a good man.”
We can say ourselves, “Nothing ever goes right for me!” “I’ll never find someone to love me!” THESE ARE CURSES!
The power of these words gives unbelievable “legal rights” to the kingdom of darkness to use against us! These words need to be broken and removed from the spirit realm!
- Ungodly Oaths and Dedications
There are many forms of these oaths and dedications, which are spoken by others over you, or, by you. These destroy marriages, relationships, and ministries; well-meaning persons often speak these words. They can be as simple as someone saying, “Little Jimmy, I’ll never truly love anyone but you!” That is an OATH! Many of the religious cults and others dedicate themselves and their FAMILIES in oaths. There is MORE witchcraft than most of us realize in what family members say or speak over a grandchild, nephew, niece, or other family members. These MUST be broken before freedom from those ungodly oaths, dedications, and promises can come.
- Personal Sins
Adultery, perversion, the bondage of drugs or alcohol, lies, stealing and any other sins we commit are legal rights for Satan to attack us. You may QUIT the sins, but you know why they TUG at your heart? The rights of the demons to stay are not broken! They are allowed to tempt you in your weak points! There are SPECIFIC prayers that need to be prayed, and these are USUALLY TIED TO GENERATIONAL CURSES that need to be broken to be set free!
- Curses Passed on by Soul Ties (Yokes)
Another critical teaching is “sin in the camp” or family. When you become YOKED to someone, you become a “legal right” target for their sins!! When you get married, the spirits which come down the bloodline of the one you married NOW HAVE LEGAL RIGHTS to attack you and your children.
MANY times we see happily married families join churches where the leadership was into adultery. WHAT HAPPENS next? Many of the members of the church fall into the same sin! Marriages fall apart, churches split apart, leaders move to another city, and the cycle starts again! The leaders did not take care of generational sin! These are referred to as “ungodly soul ties” – and the camp suffered! These legal rights need to be broken.
- Someone is cursing you
Many churches teach that if someone is cursing you that you “send the curse back to where it came from!” Sometimes they even say “10 times worse!” That is doing the SAME as the witches! You are sending curses! If you understand how demons attack and what they do when they are sent back, you would KNOW that this is NOT what we are taught to do! We are told to “BLESS them who curse you” (Romans 12:14). If someone sent you “accidental death” and you sent them that back 10 times worse, they would likely be in a severe accident or die. You are operating in witchcraft just like them! This brings a curse . . . and Satan is in the throne room petitioning to attack you . . . HE HAS THE RIGHT!
These are all curses that can be broken after all LEGAL RIGHTS are taken care of. This is very important; these are the reasons, so many in Christianity and ministry are dying so young or early! GOD is not done with them, but these “legal rights” allow the church to be attacked!
GOD is raising up an army today to bring forth a powerful anointing to set the church free. It must have the knowledge, and then we must acknowledge there is a battle for lives and HUMBLE ourselves enough to be open for this revelation to work in the lives of the saints. There has been enough condemnation of the body of Christ for not “having faith to receive their healing” – they don’t need any more blame!
Many HEALINGS and DELIVERANCE can occur during corporate ministry when all Legal Rights are broken, and GOD moves in and “sets the captives free.” Many of us are ready to quit because we KNOW that we are up against something that we cannot defeat. Don’t give up! We need to get set free and want to see others ministered to, to get set free also.
Breaking Generational Curses
Exodus 34:6-7 – “And He [the Lord] passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, ‘The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion, and sin. Yet He does not leave the guilty unpunished; He punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.’”
Deuteronomy 11:26-28 – “See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse – the blessing if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today; the curse if you disobey the commands of the Lord your God and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods, which you have not known.”
Moses addressed this issue when the Israelites were preparing to enter the Promised Land. He told the new generation that was preparing to enter in that they would not enter unless they dealt with their own personal sins and also the sins of their fathers. The account can be found in Leviticus 26:39-42 – “Those of you who are left will waste away in the lands of their enemies because of their sins; also because of their fathers’ sin they will waste away. But if they will confess their sins and the sins of their fathers – their treachery against Me and their hostility toward Me, which made Me hostile toward them so that I sent them into the land of their enemies – then when their uncircumcised hearts are humbled and they pay for their sin, I will remember My covenant with Jacob and My covenant with Isaac and My covenant with Abraham, and I will remember the land.”
Curses take away the quality of life; they can bring failure, shame, sickness, and even physical death. They are temporal in nature, causing much grief. They are administered to get our attention and encourage us to turn back to God. Those who are humbled by them repent and find restoration and renewed freedom from the Lord. Those who become angry, self-righteous and rebel against what God has permitted, and thus remain unrepentant, go deeper into bondage and darkness.
The Scriptures reveal a two-prong approach for dealing with generational bondage that we have to address:
- Personal sins, and
- Generational sins (in the family).
At this point, I know that many Christians will reason, “I thought that all the past is under the blood when I received Jesus as my Saviour!” As far as your salvation and eternal destiny are concerned, that is true. But Satan loves to cause us grief when there are sins connected to our lives (personal or generational) that have not been addressed through repentance and confession.
When you received Jesus into your life, you acknowledged your sin in a general way and asked Him to be your Saviour, and then He forgave you and cleansed you. The Lord was very gracious with your public confession, but later on, the Holy Spirit began to convict you of sins in your past. You were led to repent of them and confess them individually to the Lord. Why did the Spirit do that? He wanted you to be free of any “legal claims” of the enemy upon your life. It had nothing to do with your salvation, but the quality and freedom of your new life in Christ.
Why does God permit the enemy to be such a hindrance? Because the Lord in His sovereignty can use even the enemy’s activities to accomplish something good in our lives. Some of the effects include chastisement, testing of faith, and a guard against complacency, humility and the motivation to pursue a sanctified life.
How do we Begin to Address the Problem of Generational Curses and Bondages?
You can develop two sin lists – one personal and one for your family (including parents and the members of each of their families). Be specific and thorough; take your time. Go before the Lord and ask Him to help you prepare those lists.
PREPARATION FOR DELIVERANCE
(See the list at the end of the document)
- TRAUMATIC EVENTS
While in prayer, the Lord may remind you of hurtful events in your life, such as rejection or abuse – (physical, sexual or verbal), embarrassment, fear, accidents, unfair treatment by teachers, spouses, employers or others in authority. An unhappy childhood in an abusive, alcoholic or broken home situation (including sexual abuse in childhood) is a very common cause for people becoming affected by demons. Our reactions to such traumas can give Satan a “foothold” – (Ephesians 4:26-27).
In deliverance ministry, by praying into specific traumatic experiences, then naming, binding and casting them out, we deal with the evil spirits that gained entrance. We find that establishing “entrance points” in this way is a vital key to deliverance – the lawless acts of others inflicted upon us (or upon others who are dear to us) – “iniquities” bring about most demonic bondages. Hurtful, critical and negative words spoken can have the effect of a curse. Record all that comes to mind, even though at this state, the events seem to be trivial or insignificant. (Satan would make you think that way!).
- Make a note of all such events and of hurtful words spoken against you.
- FORGIVE ALL OTHERS
CHOOSE to forgive every person who has ever hurt or harmed you (Matthew 6:14-15; Matthew 18:21-35, especially 34-35). In many cases, there have been hurts, rejection, and abuse, which go back to childhood days. As the Holy Spirit leads you, it may be necessary for you to make contact with, or write to, some person(s) to tell them that you have forgiven them and maybe ask their forgiveness. However, if the other person is not aware of what he/she did, it could be unwise to make any contact. In each case seek counsel and be led by the Holy Spirit. Some people need to forgive God Himself! Refer to your response to paragraph 1 above, then:
- Write down the names that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind.
Now, in prayer on your own, confess to the Father your own sin of unforgiveness, and then forgive and release each one whose name you have written down. Do this in an audible prayer.
- CONFESS YOUR SINS
In prayer before the Father, confess all your past sins that the Holy Spirit brings to mind, and be SPECIFIC! Declare to Him your decision to repent and turn away from those sins, which are still part of your life. Receive His forgiveness and cleansing through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ for all past sins. Your confession must include any involvement in the occult, in all its forms, such as fortune telling, horoscopes, glassy-glassy, and hypnotism. Regard occult involvement as something that God looks upon as an abomination to Him, even though you may have treated it lightly or in fun at the time. You may need to confess as an acknowledgment, (Leviticus 26:40), of any sins of your ancestors of which you are aware and the effects of which may have been passed on to you, especially Freemasonry and the occult.
On a separate sheet write down:
- All sins, which you have confessed to God.
- All involvement in the occult and hypnotism.
- Sins of your ancestors that may have affected you.
- Names of partners where “soul-ties” need to be broken, following sexual sin.
- Any persistent thoughts or recurring dreams.
Be prepared to disclose all sin, as above, as the Holy Spirit leads you
(James 5:16; Mark 1:5; Acts 19:18-9).
- YOUR PROBLEM AREAS
Having taken the steps detailed above, you have accepted responsibility for your sins. You are now forgiven and cleansed. (You may need help in forgiving yourself!) You can now identify your main demonic strongholds, and your response to the paragraph below will help to name the spirits that must be expelled.
- Make a list of each problem area in which you have not been able to live in victory.
Examples: Fear – (it takes many forms, so be specific), feelings of rejection, anger, temper outbursts, bitterness, sulking, low self-image, sexual sins, lust, unclean thoughts, pornography, swearing and filthy language, witchcraft (controlling people to get them to do what you want), rebellion, greed, selfishness, inability to concentrate when reading the Bible, or praying, etc.
(These are just some of the more commonly found spirits; there are many others! Make a note of any aspects of your life, attitude and reactions which are contrary to the nature of a child of God – and which you want to change, but have not been able to do so.)
- INHERITED SPIRITS
Do you see undesirable character traits or patterns of behaviour in yourself that were evident in your parents? The effects of curses in a family are often identified by patterns; a recurrence of similar events such as the same type of sickness or tragic events such as accidents, divorce, constant loss of employment or failure of business ventures.
- Make a note of any tendency that runs in your family line.
PRAYER AND INNER HEALING
Whenever we pray for deliverance, I have almost always also found a prayer for repentance or for inner healing was necessary. Usually, there is a very human weakness, such as an experience of rejection, fear or abuse in early life that opened the way for the demonic. Unless this deep weakness is shut off, there may be more problems later. The person is something like a tree where there has been a deep gash in the bark. If this is not covered over, the tree is always in danger of succumbing to the attack of insects or fungus, which will get within the tree and rot it out. (Francis McNutt).
A PRAYER FOR TRAUMATIC AND PAINFUL EXPERIENCES
Pray about each event separately, naming the spirits that entered on each occasion, their names and the feelings and emotions that gripped you at the time. Rebuke each spirit or related spirits separately in the following manner:
Spirit of Fear (which entered into me at such and such event) I rebuke you in the name of Jesus Christ.
Then expel it by an act of your will at the same time exhaling forcefully.
Do this systematically and thoroughly in respect of each spirit or group of spirits that is tormenting or controlling you.
It is advisable to have an experienced believer who ministers in deliverance to be with you when you do this.
A PRAYER FOR DELIVERANCE
If you believe there is a curse over your life, seek release from it on the basis of what Jesus did for you on the cross when He was made a curse for you.
Confession of Faith (For Personal Sins):
“Heavenly Father, I pray to You in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, and by the power of Your Holy Spirit. Lord Jesus Christ, I believe You are the Son of God and the only way to God – that You died on the cross for my sins and rose again so that I might be forgiven and receive eternal life.”
Confession and repentance of sin in your own life:
“I renounce all pride, religious self-righteousness and any rebellion that does not come from You. Heavenly Father, I have no claim on Your mercy except that Jesus died in my place. I confess all my sins before You, my Heavenly Father.
I hold nothing back.
Especially I confess …………………… (Speak out ALL your sins specifically)
“I repent of all my sins. I turn completely away from them, and I turn to You, Lord, for mercy and forgiveness. I sever all contact I have ever had with the occult, or with all false religion, particularly (or any other sins you can remember) …By a decision of my will I now freely choose to forgive all who have ever harmed or wronged me. I lay down all bitterness, all resentment, and all hatred.
Confession of Faith (For Generational Sins):
“Heavenly Father, I pray to You in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, and by the power of Your Holy Spirit. Lord Jesus Christ, I believe You are the Son of God and the only way to God – that You died on the cross for all my generational sins and rose again so that I might be forgiven for the sins of my forefathers.”
Confession and repentance of sin committed by your ancestors:
“I renounce all pride, religious self-righteousness and any rebellion that does not come from You. Heavenly Father, I have no claim on Your mercy, except that Jesus died in my place. I confess all sins – known and unknown from my family bloodline – before You, my Heavenly Father. I hold nothing back.
Especially I confess …………………… (Speak out ALL your sins specifically).
“I repent of all generational sins. I turn completely away from them, and I turn to You. I acknowledge the following sins of my ancestors of which I am aware and the effects of which have been passed onto me………………………
(Here name specifically such sins as involvement in Freemasonry, Divination, Incest, etc.), “Lord Jesus Christ, I ask for mercy and forgiveness. I sever all contact that my ancestors have ever had with the occult or with all false religion, (or any other sins you can remember) …
By a decision of my will I now freely choose to forgive all who have ever harmed or wronged me. I lay down all bitterness, all resentment, and all hatred.
I forgive …………………………
Lord Jesus Christ, I thank You that on the cross You were made a curse, that I might be redeemed from every curse and inherit God’s blessing.
On that basis, I ask You to release me and set me free to receive the deliverance I need. I take my stand with You, Lord Jesus, against all Satan’s demons, I submit to You, Lord Jesus, and I resist the devil.
Now I speak to any demons that have control over me. (Speak directly to them.)
I command you to go from me now, and from my family in the name of Jesus Christ! AMEN!”
Eastern Religions (list)
Chanting/mantras Cults (list them)
Fortune telling (various types)
Dungeons & Dragons (or similar games board or computer)
Hypnosis/Self-hypnosis – ESP – Crystals – Psychic healing
Occult literature – Occult beliefs
OOBE (Out of body experiences attempted/experienced)
Psychic beliefs and practices
WITCHCRAFT & SATANISM:
Powwow; healing; witchcraft
Maloike (Italian witchcraft)
Druidism (Celtic witchcraft
Smoking (abuse of body)
Prescription drug dependency
BELIEVING SATAN’S LIES:
Regarding religious beliefs
Regarding world standards and
Fear of failure
Fear of success
Fear of Rejection
Miscellaneous fears – Anxiety – Worry – Despair – Hopelessness
Lack of trust
The desire to be in control
VULGAR & ABUSIVE LANGUAGE:
Cursing (Lord’s name in vain)
Off-colour stories and jokes
Regarding the content of message or performers’ lifestyles)
Focus on Death
(With roots in false religious beliefs or with psychic/occult influences)
Meditation techniques (emptying the mind)
Traditional Chinese medicine
UNSCRIPTURAL SEEKING OF SPIRITUAL GIFTS OR SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE:
Priming the pump to receive tongue.
Accepting any personal experience without testing it by the Word of God.
Receiving personal prophecies without testing them and having them confirmed by God and the body of Christ.