Breaking Family Curses
Writer: Jonas Clark | www.jonasclark.com
Some say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. That sounds like an invitation for sin. Sin, however, affects you, your family and your family descendants. Sin, no matter the location, opens the door for family curses. Family curses are reoccurring problems that steal, kill, and destroy.
There are many family curses that plague from repeated sicknesses, marital problems, to financial failures. If you go to a medical doctor for an examination they will ask you for your family’s medical history. They do that because they know certain diseases reoccur within family lines. It’s the same for generational curses.
The honest person must ask himself how a Christian can suffer from a curse. The short answer is ignorance. For example, most Christians believe that healing belongs to them through the atoning blood of Christ. Scripture confirms this belief declaring, "By His stripes ye are healed" (1 Peter 2:24Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.1 Peter 2 verse 24). There are thousands of examples of Christians receiving healing in their bodies after salvation. It is evident however that other Christians are sick. If healing belongs to them then why are they suffering sickness? The answer is that healing has already been provided but they have yet to experience it. Another scripture says "Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word" (Romans 10:17So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.Romans 10 verse 17).
For by grace are ye saved (sozo) through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8
To appropriate anything from the Lord one must know what belongs to them and receive it by faith. The same goes for deliverance from family curses.
The word salvation is the Greek word sozo.
Sozo can also translate as deliverance. Jesus spoke of deliverance. He said the Spirit of the Lord was on Him because he was anointed to preach deliverance to the captives. Deliverance is the children’s bread (Matthew 15:22-28(verse 22) And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, [thou] Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.
(verse 23) But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.
(verse 24) But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
(verse 25) Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.
(verse 26) But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast [it] to dogs.
(verse 27) And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.
(verse 28) Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great [is] thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.Matthew 15 verses 22-28). It belongs to you thorough the will of Christ. He is the one that "went about doing good and healing all that were sick and oppressed of the devil for God was with him" (Acts 10:38How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.Acts 10 verse 38). It is not until a believer knows what belongs to him or her can faith for that promise be received.
It is comforting to know that deliverance from family curses belongs to you. Freedom has already been promised. Scripture declares,
Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree. Galatians 3:13
Redeemed means the recompense for sin and iniquities has already been paid for by the atoning blood of the only begotten Son of God. So as we discuss freedom from family curses in this essay read it with the assurance that deliverance has already been provided to those that receive Christ’ redemption by faith.
Iniquity of the Fathers
Scripture is clear that God visits the iniquity of the fathers upon the children. These are oftentimes referred as generational curses. I want to use the term family curses to explain. Here is one of our foundational verses toward understanding the source of family curses.
Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me. Exodus 20:5
Notice it is iniquity that God visits upon the family tree of the disobedient. Iniquity is unjust acts, wickedness, amoral behavior, idolatry, sexual sins, rebellion, witchcraft, evil, and mischief. All of us have parents, four grandparents, eight great-grandparents, and sixteen great-great-grandparents. That’s a total of thirty two relatives in our family tree. Could it be possible a family curse was passed down the family line because of one of them?
The Kennedy Curse
The Kennedy family curse has been well documented. Wikipedia writes:
The Kennedy tragedies, colloquially called the Kennedy Curse, is a term sometimes used to describe a series of tragedies involving members of the Kennedy family. Some have called the continual misfortune of the Kennedy family a curse. Several members of the family have died from unnatural causes, most notably brothers John and Robert, who were assassinated by gunshots in 1963 and 1968, and John, Jr., who was killed in an airplane crash along with his wife and sister-in-law in 1999.
The existence of such a curse has been disputed by others who have claimed that many of the tragedies have been caused by preventable reckless choices like driving drunk or flying an airplane in unsafe conditions, that others are the natural result of events likely to occur in such a large family like cancer or pregnancy miscarriage, and that the notion of a curse is superstitious and created and fostered by the media.
The last Kennedy family member to suffer was John F. Kennedy, Jr. John was the oldest and only surviving son of President Kennedy and was killed in a plane crash along with his wife and sister-in-law off the coast of Martha's Vineyard July 16, 1999. This was a national tragedy bringing back more discussion of the possibility of a Kennedy family curse.
The Lee Family Curse
Many remember the martial arts master known as Bruce Lee. Lee was born Lee Jun-fan. He is considered one of the most influential martial artists of the 20th century, and a cultural icon. Lee was born in San Francisco, California in the United States, to parents of Hong Kong heritage but raised in Hong Kong until his late teens.
Upon reaching the age of 18, Lee emigrated to the United States to claim his U.S. Citizenship and receive a higher education. It was during this time he began teaching martial arts, which soon led to film and television roles.
One night he took some medication for a simple headache. Sometime later he suffered a serious allergic reaction causing a cerebral edema. He died at the early age of 32. A month later his classic kung fu movie Enter the Dragon was released.
Twenty years later his only son Brandon Lee was working on a movie called The Crow about a rock musician revived from the dead to avenge his own murder. During the final days of filming his character was to be shot. The day before a props team member mistook a "squib load", a real bullet in the barrel. The next day another props team loaded the gun with blanks but when the gun was fired it had enough gunpowder to fire the squib load killing the 28-year-old Lee. Like his father, Brandon Lee died young. This was also reported in the media as a family curse.