Generational Curses or Inherited Tendencies?

Generational Curses or Inherited Tendencies?
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GENERATIONAL CURSES OR INHERITED TENDENCIES? – Ray E Horton

[This message generated many comments and shares when first posted on Facebook, revealing and interest and a need among believers.]

So-called “generational curses” are often the explanation given for difficulties in overcoming wrong behaviors. But, can a Born-Again believer have a curse, generational or otherwise? Can what God has blessed be cursed? Clearly not! Our spirits have been perfected to be just like Jesus. And that’s our identity.

Can a Born-Again believer have a curse, generational or otherwise? Can what God has blessed be cursed? Clearly not! Our spirits have been perfected to be just like Jesus. And that’s our identity

Many believers confuse inherited tendencies in the flesh with what they think are generational curses. Sure, I can inherit grandpa’s boastfulness, or great grandma’s worry, or dad’s love for writing. Our inherited DNA has an impact on our flesh, but not on our spirit. The flesh is vulnerable to be influenced by both genetics and environment.

But I am not my flesh. I have a new spirit that is blessed, and nothing can curse it. We are not locked into our fleshly temperament. That natural temperament may make some things easier in life, and others harder to overcome. But we have control, in the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Battle is in the Mind

While the devil or any person cannot curse what God has blessed, that doesn’t mean we can just write off the dark side. Rather, we focus on Jesus, and don’t listen to the enemy’s lies and accusations. The battle is in the mind and it really isn’t a battle, but a decision to trust the Lord.

We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5).

However, if one does give in to the lies long enough, it is true that strongholds can develop in the mind. Notice, I said the “mind” and not one’s spirit. Even science recognizes that habitual activity causes pathways in the brain that make it harder to overcome. But that doesn’t touch one’s spirit, nor is it a curse.

To overcome these strongholds in the mind requires building better pathways by trusting Jesus and His power within us; by His grace, intentionally walking a different path (which is repentance).

Strongholds Allowed by an Unrenewed Mind

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…” (Romans 12:2)

We may not be able to succeed in the natural, but by faith, knowing the promises of God’s Word, we can overcome through prayer and in the power of the Spirit. As we do, the strongholds are broken, replaced by the new, godly pattern, and our freedom is restored. Not freedom from a curse, but from the strongholds allowed by an unrenewed mind.

Ray E Horton

Serving the Lord as encourager, reconciler, intercessor and prophetic teacher of God's Word, primarily in person and on Facebook, as well as writer and editor. Beyond, or as part of, the Ministry of Reconciliation that we are all called to, I am serving the Lord and His people as a minister of prayer at a local church, and encouraging the brethren locally among people I know, and worldwide on Facebook

9 Comments

  • Jim Alderdice
    Reply August 21, 2020

    Jim Alderdice

    Powerful short Prophetic Message about the Coming Election – Fresh Word of the Lord For America & the Election via Hank Kunneman given 8/16/2020: https://youtu.be/BC4jzyq2l5s
    As with all prophecy…
    1 Thessalonians 5:19-21 (KJV)
    19Quench not the Spirit. 20Despise not prophesyings. 21Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
    With emphasis on the “hold fast” (keep in memory, possess, retain, seize on) “that which is good!”

    • Troy Day
      Reply August 21, 2020

      Troy Day

      who is this – I am not certain what was predicted for the elections What is your take William DeArteaga Michael Ellis Carter Jr.

    • Michael Ellis Carter Jr.

      Troy Day no idea who this is

    • Troy Day
      Reply August 22, 2020

      Troy Day

      Michael Ellis Carter Jr. or what is he saying aFRESH

  • Troy Day
    Reply August 21, 2020

    Troy Day

    Josh Earl Isara Mo is this political or not?

    • Isara Mo
      Reply August 23, 2020

      Isara Mo

      Troy Day
      This is just political hype in guise of spritual outpouring..

    • Isara Mo
      Reply August 23, 2020

      Isara Mo

      I have often heard these emotional sermons laced with such words like “The Lord tells me.. God says…ect etc” and yet God had not said ANYTHING..
      Every born again child of God has the Holy Spirit so they need to test the spirits. I really don’t need to accept this kind of message foolishly a message released when the “atmosphere” is ripe for prophesy.
      Modern day divination? This isn’t even a divination but a man’s owns projections.
      Don’t look down on prophesy is the intimidating response from those who love this kind of unchecked “prophesies”.
      God says He hadn’t spoken these words. Ditto

    • Troy Day
      Reply August 24, 2020

      Troy Day

      Isara Mo what would be the difference

    • Isara Mo
      Reply August 24, 2020

      Isara Mo

      Troy Day
      God knows the end from the beginning.
      He doesn’t wait for the “atmosphere”.. or situation to comment on it.

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