Dear Liberty – I just received your book SHATTERING YOUR STRONGHOLDS and am looking forward to getting rid of a lot of ugly and negative aspects of my life. There is one question which I have asked several local pastors and have just received pat responses from them. I have also asked one major ministry about this and they referred me to some books which I have read through, but I still have not come to any conclusion. The following is what I need clarified: What causes a curse, and does it happen when the child is still in the womb or while still at home? Can it occur after a child leaves its parents? Is there any special degree of sin involved? Does a curse go to more than one child or on to a grandchild? If a curse is placed on a child, can we assume the parent is still responsible for the parental sin, and not exonerated?
Would you please help me with the above. I want to remove any curse from my life so that my two daughters and grandson will not be affected by my wrongdoing. I try to live according to Biblical precepts. I am 83 years old. God has accepted my intercession and prayers for others for which I am humbly grateful. I know I cannot do a thing on my own about this; it is all and only through the Holy Spirit that we are in any way effective. Thank you
Liberty’s Answer – Bless you for being concerned about being right before God, but I’m concerned about your focus on curses. I’ve tried to answer your question below. First, consider the fact that your natural eyes can only look up or look down. They cannot look somewhere in between and see both up and down. So, if you are looking down at curses, you cannot be looking up at Christ at the same time. The Bible says in Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, THINK ON THESE THINGS” (KJV). This is not denial of something unpleasant, this is a refocusing of your attention.
In a contemporary translation of the Bible that is called the The Message, written by Peterson, there is a great passage where the disciples ask Jesus whose fault it was that a man was born blind, was it the man’s fault or was it his parents? Jesus replied, “You are asking the wrong question. You are looking for someone (or some thing) to blame. There is no such cause and effect here. ASK INSTEAD what can God do now!”
I do believe there is power in any negative, harsh, or cruel words (word curses) spoken about us and by us. I definitely believe that territorial demonic forces feed on the effects and influences of wrong agreements made and spoken about us and by us, strengthening their dominion over a family, a church, a city, a nation. I believe these wrong words and wrong agreements can be spoken by anyone anywhere regarding us, and we cannot find out about all of them to correct them.
We, therefore, have to consider the Word that tell us that God says, “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is from Me, Says the LORD” (Isaiah 54:17, NKJV). This Scripture can be embraced and believed to apply to our lives and the lives of our loved ones we are praying for–UNLESS we are speaking word curses, slander, and wrong agreement about others. That sows bad seeds in the spiritual realm that will always produce a natural harvest in the one who did the sowing. “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature (Note: this is the wrong thoughts of an unregenerated mind), from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life” (Galatians 6:7-8, NIV).
When you have sown wrong words, you need to repent, determine to turn away from doing it again, and ask our gracious God for forgiveness. Once you do this, you must then begin to concentrate on lining up all future deeds and words with the words you have prayed. Your words prayed and ensuing deeds you do must correspond with each other to fully walk in God’s truth. The good news is, when we are watching our own words and speaking of others and ourselves in a way that God would approve, then we can pray and loose, shatter, reject, and refuse to receive the effects of any wrong words spoken about us by others–whether we know about them or not. We do not have to live under their fallout!
As I pray with the principles of the keys of the Kingdom message in my first book (based on Matthew 16:19), Shattering Your Strongholds, which you will begin to learn as you start reading it, I bind my will to the will of God, I bind my mind to the mind of Christ, and I bind my emotions to the healing and balance of the Holy Spirit. I bind my body to the will of God to fulfill my destiny purposes. I loose (see definition below) all hindrances and devices the enemy has tried to set in my path, I loose the effects and influences of all word curses spoken about me, and I loose the effects and influences of wrong agreements ever spoken about me or that I have entered into. The word “loose” in the original Greek language manuscripts means smash, crush, destroy, tear apart, dissolve, and disintegrate. After I have prayed the above, then I ask for God’s mercy and grace for my life. I ask for divine direction as I read the Word and take it into my soul. And I thank God that His weapons are divinely provided to us to tear down strongholds in our minds (our souls) and every high thing that would exalt itself between us and knowledge of Him (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
I have never really been interested in extensive study about curses, even curses that appear to be passed on by generational bondage thinking. I don’t want to spend valuable research time on something that I know I can break and tear apart through prayer right prayers. Something that I can avoid by speaking of myself and others as God would have me to do. I do not believe that generational bondages are generally passed on spiritually under the New Testament covenant we have, although I will not rule that out completely. I believe they are passed on through the bondage thinking patterns, bondage beliefs, and wrong attitudes passed from one generation to the next through close contact and exposure to each others’ wrong patterns of thinking, speaking and acting.
Generational bondages are rarely spiritual, rather they are the product of the activity of the darkened, unsurrendered soul–a state of soulishness that exists even after we are saved. When we get saved, only our spirit “gets saved.” Our souls (mind, will, and emotions) still need to be renewed, and this is best begun by loosing the souls’ stronghold thinking patterns and wrong beliefs. These wrong thought patterns entrenched in the soul are meant to protect its rights to continue to think the way it has been taught by the words of others, to act the way it has been taught by the actions of others, and to feel the way it has been taught to feel by experiencing the uncontrolled emotional reactions of others. These wrong thought patterns and wrong beliefs and wrong attitudes (in the unregenerated, unrenewed mind) can be loosed in prayer. As you do this, then you feed the Word into the mind to “rehabilitate” it to think on things above, to focus on Jesus Christ and His plans and purposes for your life. In prayer you can loose something out of the soul, but if you don’t replace it with the reading of the Word and right actions, that ugliness will grow back just like stubborn weeds do.