I. The Generational Curse - Through your family line. “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.'” This is a generational bondage or curse where the sins of parents are passed down to their children.
Generational curses are judgments that are passed on to individuals because of sins perpetuated in a family from generation to generation. Generational curses are not unchangeable and do not impose eternal judgment. They bring bondage during an individual's life, until that individual addresses the sin issues that put the curse into place.
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 the sins of their fathers. 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 affect your quality of life. They can bring failure, shame, sickness and even physical death. They are allowed so as to get our attention and encourage us to turn back to God. Those who are humbled by them and repent find restoration and renewed freedom in the Lord.
Those who become angry, self-righteous and rebel against what God has permitted go deeper into bondage and darkness. If we had the time we could see how the sins of Abraham were passed down to the fourth generation before God broke the chain with Joseph.
This principle of sins being passed down is true in some of our lives. Some of you grew up in a nest of favoritism, jealousy, striving, incest, adultery, deceit, betrayal, drunkenness, or whatever. Those curses are passed down.
The sin of incest or illegitimacy meant that 10 generations had to pass before the descendents could come into the assembly of the Lord, Deut.23:2-3. Most have no concept of 10 generations in their family. So, when in doubt, renounce the sins of your forefathers, apply the blood and break the chain.
In Jer.31:29-34 God promised that he would forgive the sins of the parents and the children would not have to suffer for their parents sins. That curse of the passing down of the sins of the parents can be broken when we come to Christ and He makes all things new in our lives, 2Cor.5:17. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
This verse sounds like it is all a done deal as soon as you ask Christ into your life, but that is not true experientially. When Jesus went to the cross he took our curses upon himself, but to break the curse we are under, the cure must be appropriated. As we bring to the light the sins of our parents, the Lord breaks them by the power of the Holy Spirit working in our lives. A vague repentance, Lord forgive all my sins and those of my parents, amen, will not set us free from the curse and bondage brought by generational sin.
Many of our parent’s weaknesses are passed on to us. Things like anger, lust, unforgiveness, are passed down. We all know the saying, “like father like son, like mother, like daughter. Why is this so? Anything you hold against your parents, any sin not forgiven, will become yours – spiritual law. John 20:23 “Whosoever sins loose them from, they are loose, but whose sins you retain, they are retained.”
The thing you hated in your mother or father, you find yourself guilty of and committing and you don’t know why. How many sons have grown up saying, I will never be like my father, I will never do this or that. But because of bitterness and unforgiveness, that is exactly what they become like and their sin is passed down.
Also, what you focus on, what you think about, you become. So, if you want to change and become more like Jesus, you have to focus on and meditate upon Jesus. You must allow Jesus in you to replace your father or mother in you, in respect to their sins and weaknesses of the flesh.
The power of the blood of Jesus is more powerful than the family curse that has been passed down, more powerful than the law saying the sins of the parents are visited to the children, more powerful than all that is in your family past. You don’t have to carry that burden any longer, be controlled by the sins of the past, if you will turn to Jesus and renounce those past sins and bring His kingdom power into your life. You can be the beginning of a new generation that is free. Honesty with the Father is the key to freedom and liberty.
II. Demonic bondages from the curse of personal sin. Prov.26:2b “the curse without cause shall not come.” Where there is a curse, there is a cause. Where there is garbage, there are flies. Where there is food, there are roaches. A curse is a term for the calling down of evil on someone or something. American’s don’t know much about curses and hexes, but Latin people do. It is easy to speak a curse because life and death are in the power of the tongue…
Words can bring reality. Words can bring demonic infestation. Ecc.10:20 “The words of a talebearer are as wounds that go down into the innermost part of the soul. When you speak an evil word, a bird of the air will carry it and he that hath wings will speak the matter.” This is the core of what witchcraft is. In places like
India, you can go to a witchdoctor and pay them and they will conjure up a spirit to bring a curse upon someone and it will manifest. But that power only works on those who are not under the blood of Jesus and who believe in their power. Jesus said, bless and curse not. Overcome evil with good. When someone else curses you, you don’t bounce it back to them, you return blessing for cursing.
The power of blessing is more powerful than the power of cursing. You can release power and angelic ministry through the words of your mouth. You can speak to others peace and break the yoke of bondage on their life. Curses can affect people relationally; bring inferiority feelings, rejection and repeated failure in relationships.
A curse causes a person to keep failing in the same area of their life. No matter what they do, they can’t be successful. It can even be in the area of finances. It’s like holes are in their pockets. You have to appropriate the grace that is ours through Jesus and walk in obedience to His Word. Example: You can’t have blessed finances if you don’t tithe.
There are three general ways in which curses come into a person’s life. They cover the distant past, a generational sin passed down in the family line, the past, which could be childhood trauma because of people involved in your rearing. The present, because you are involved in present willful sin, especially anything occultic.
III. The 3rd way demons get into your life is through deception. A deception is to believe something that is a lie to be truth or believing something that is true to be a lie.
Eph.4:13-15 speaks of not being carried about by every wind of doctrine that is meant to deceive. Jesus warned us about deception in Luke 11:34-35 [“The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.] Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.” How can light be darkness? It is to believe something to be true that is not. The most deadly demons are those of deception. Through demons of deception work that which many call a spirit of religion.
There is no such thing as a spirit of religion; it is only a fruit of deception, a perverse deceptive spirit. People who are Muslim, Hindu or whatever, believe deception, lies that give the demons power over them. The only way to get rid of a demon of deception is by coming to the knowledge of the truth and repenting of the lies you followed. The truth is what brings freedom from a demon of deception. Jesus said, “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” It doesn’t say truth will set you free, but the truth that you know and you accept and confess with your mouth as true, will set you free. Unlike demons that you cast out, this one comes in only by deception and goes out only by renouncing that deception and confessing the truth. You have to undo the lie.
The key to being delivered from deception is to simply believe what God says in His word to be true because God said so. You have to believe that which may seem impossible and ridiculous to the natural mind without reservation. You believe the Sun and moon stood still, because God said so. Jesus said, you cannot enter the
kingdom of God without coming as a little child.
There are four major ways in which Satan can deceive you.
First, in your comprehension and understanding of God. Satan will tell you, God is mad at you. God won’t forgive you. You’ve gone too far, it’s too late. The fact is, God is not mad at you and He is not venting His anger upon you. He put His anger, His wrath, on Jesus on the cross. So now, when God looks at us, He sees us through Jesus sacrifice and so He sees us through goodness and mercy. And the goodness of God leads us to repentance.
But we buy the lie that God is mad at us then we get mad at God. That’s what Satan wants. Many people are mad at God. What are you mad at Him about? The Father sent Jesus to die on the cross for you so that He could restore and forgive you. What more do you want Him to do for you? You must believe that every morning His mercies are new. You must believe that His grace is greater than all your sin. Jesus bore it all. He said, “It is finished” before He died on the cross. Jesus did all that was necessary for you to receive the Father’s love and mercy. God isn’t mad at you. You may feel like it, but God only corrects, He doesn’t punish you in this life.
Heb.12:6 “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.” Prov.3:12 “For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.” Some have this problem that correction means rejection because of the way they were punished by their parents, who in anger; spanked them. You felt that you were being punished because your parent’s didn’t like you. We are told “Fathers do not provoke your sons to anger.” Don’t take your anger out on your children, correct them in love.
If you are angry, stop and don’t correct your children until you get yourself under control. This is one of the ways Satan begins to cause us to believe this lie that God is mad at us because we messed up, because we sinned. God’s correction is never with rejection or anger.
The second area of deception is concerning self. ‘Your no good. You’re a looser. You will never amount to anything.” Causing self pity. How do you overcome the accusations of the accuser? Rev.12:11 says “By the blood of the Lamb and the Word of your testimony.” Phil.4:13 says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” We have to renew our minds to the truth.
The third area of deception in which Satan gets to us is about others. He will tell you everyone is against you, no one likes you. Everyone is talking about you. The truth is Eph 1:6 says “… he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”
Satan tries to bring shame against you because of something you did. It could have come from physical or sexual abuse as a child. Many have deep rooted shame and the Devil tells you that you’re worse than anyone else, but the fact is that outside the grace and mercy of God we are all capable of anything. There is none of us better than another. Or best righteousness is as filthy rags before God. Just confess your faults get it out, let the Lord cleanse it and be healed.
Nine tenths of the time when a person feels rejection by someone else, it isn’t because they are rejecting you. They feel the same way. The one you are feeling rejected by is feeling rejected by you. If you are feeling rejected, read Isaiah 53:3, identify with Jesus and let Him take your rejection. He bore rejection so you don’t have to.
The fourth area of deception is concerning the devil. The lie is that He is big and powerful and strong and you need to be intimidated by Him and his demons. Yes, he does have power, but only the power of deception, and the truth is, he is terrified that you might find out who you are in Christ and stand up to Him with the authority God has given you over Him. That is truth.
Demons are terrified when God’s people take up the sword of the spirit and use it in faith against them. Not just to do spiritual warfare, but to cast out devils. That’s how we know the
kingdom of God has truly come to us. Mat 12:28 “But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the Has the devil deceived you in one of these four areas? kingdom of God is come unto you.”
IV. The forth area in which people come into demonization, is through unyielded areas in their life. Rom.6:12-13 “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.” V.16 “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” John 8:34 “Jesus answered … Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.” Many times believers will come and say, “I have this problem with a demon.” No, you don’t have a demon problem; you have a problem with Jesus. You haven’t surrendered an area of you life to Him and you persist in known willful sin.
When you persist in know willful sin, you open a door to the enemy to come in. It doesn’t mean that every time you sin or leave your spiritual screen door open that a cat or dog from the neighborhood will come in, but if you leave it open long enough, they surely will find it. Disobedience opens the door. Prov.5:22 “His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.” Prov.25:28 “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.” When you don’t rule over you spirit, when you allow sin, you open the door.
Deliverance is breaking the chain. Every time you sin in an area of your life, as you keep giving into a sin, you get to where you have no will to resist it and that sin begins to take over in your life and take on its own personality. That sin takes you by the neck and becomes a stronghold of the enemy in your life.
When people are taken over by a demon, as a demon of lust, however it might manifest itself, you don’t pray it out, or fast it out, you cast it out. It takes over your will; in an area of your life in which you have given your will over to them. If you would just stop sinning, stop giving yourself over to sin, eventually the demon would just leave. If you would just take your will back and stop giving yourself over to the devil, he would leave. James 4:7 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” You can free yourself if you really want to be free.
V. The Fifth way demons enter a life is by transferred control. Prov.22:24-25 “Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go: Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.” You can come under a demonic influence of others around you. Bad attitudes and moods tend to transfer to others around. Someone starts murmuring and gripping, someone is angry, and the next thing you know, it has infected and is influencing many. One of the worst demonic strongholds comes through bitterness and unforgiveness.
When Jesus came into town, all the people cut the branches and yelled hosanna. The next week they were yelling, “crucify Him”. Why? Because of some Pharisees that incited them. Hitler hypnotized a nation. They were caught under His spell.
VI. The sixth way demons get in is through bad soul-ties. Soul-ties is not a scriptural term, but neither is the word trinity. It is an unhealthy bonding with another person. A soul tie is the joining or knitting together of two souls in a relationship. Relations that lack God’s presence as in fornication or adultery cause ungodly soul-ties.
The subject of Soul-Ties requires an entire teaching of its own which I gave last year at the Women’s conference.
Pa. Ogla has them on CD.
We have looked at 6 ways demons get entrance into a life. Through family life, through deception, through unyielded areas, transferred control, through soul-ties, and through curses. Satan can get a toe-hold, a foot-hold or a strong-hold in your life through these areas.
Salvation may be free, but discipleship will cost you everything. The Lord will touch every area of your life and though he may not take everything, he will take it all to the cross. Are you willing to pay the price to walk as a free man in Christ?
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