Can a born-again Christian be “demonized”?…
I was reading in Exodus 34 this morning, and verses 6-7 caught my attention:
New King James Version
6 And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth,
7 keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.”
I have always believed that there is a ripple effect regarding the sins that we commit that affect not only us, but those around us, including our families.
The question is, could these sins also have a negative effect on our DNA that affects future generations?
The above scripture, in verse 7, would seem to indicate that would be true.
To begin with, let’s take a look at how our genetics work:
GENESIS AND GENETICS
September 12, 2011
Answers to Questions, Bible/Science
According to the Bible, Adam was created in God’s image approximately 6000 years ago.
Now that we are beginning to understand DNA, we can determine Adam’s DNA; and by understanding Adam’s DNA, and how it relates to us, we can make some significant progress in understanding who we really are and how we fit into the Kingdom of God.
Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (KJV)
So, Adam became a living soul, the first living soul. This means that he necessarily had all of the human genetic variations in his DNA.
Everyone, including Eve, came from Adam’s DNA.
(Note: If the Bible proclaimed that the first human were a woman, the Bible would be in error since women do not have the Y-Chromosome, without which man could not have been formed from the woman’s rib DNA. This is why it is called the Bible.)
Every human being has two sets of genes, one from their father and one from their mother.
These genes are generally dominant or recessive. If you get two dominant genes, that trait will be dominant.
If you get two recessive genes, that trait will be recessive.
If you get one dominant and one recessive gene, that trait will be dominant.
This means that Adam had one dominant and one recessive gene for each trait; so, in effect, we know Adam’s DNA and we have an idea what he looked like: he had dominant genetic traits.
Humans have approximately 22,000 genes and combinations of these genes give us variation in physical appearance such as eye color, nose shape, foot size, etc. These genes also affect our abilities and personality.
So, we know that Adam had all human variation in him and therefore one dominant and one recessive gene for each of the genes.
Based on current understanding of dominant traits, we can be reasonably sure that Adam had unattached earlobes, dimples, was right handed, had a widow’s peak hairline, and curly hair. All of these traits are dominant traits.
This is all very interesting, but, now we need to get into the spiritual:
Adam embodied all of humanity, including Eve and you and me.
Please read this one very carefully, the key word here is “them”:
Genesis 5:2 Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.(KJV)
So, all of humanity was created on day six.
Adam was formed and given life after God’s rest, Eve was formed and given life shortly thereafter, and you and I were formed and given life in our mother’s womb. This is why God said to Jeremiah:
Jeremiah 1:4 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee . . . (KJV)
When Adam sinned, he became corruptible and took on the sin nature.
Since Adam embodied all of humanity, we all went down with him and also took on the sin nature.
Part of this sin nature is the corruption of our genes in the form of mutations.
Today, every generation has approximately 70 more genetic mutations than the previous generation.
These mutations can result in deformation, disorders and disease; genetic mutations are never good.
This is a bit discouraging, but we have the promise that in a twinkling of an eye, our DNA will be restored to the day 6 splendor. This is good news, this is the Gospel.
I Corinthians 15:51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
I Corinthians 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
I Corinthians 15:53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. (KJV)
My dear friends and children, we have gone through much here on earth, but our future is very bright: We have the hope of being redeemed and restored to our original , day six, self.
So getting back to Exodus 34:7, how exactly do the sins of the father affect the children, down to the third and fourth generation?
It is my belief that it is passed down through our DNA, and that when we do sin it has an adverse effect on our DNA, and that corrupt programming gets passed down to the third and fourth generation.
HEALING AND DELIVERANCE MINISTRY
CAN A CHRISTIAN HAVE A DEMON?
Have you ever seen a family where the father has a problem with uncontrollable anger, his son seems to have been ‘handed it’, and the grandpa had the same problem?
Or have you noticed that not only do you suffer from something such as persistent irrational fears or depression, but your mother and your father also suffered from it as well?
There are many people today who are living under bondage that the sins of their forefathers have brought them under.
Exodus 34:7, “…keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.”
Lamentations 5:7, “Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne (been punished for) their iniquities.”
This is beyond learned behavior; many children learn to be messy if their parents are messy.
This is a spiritual bondage that is passed down from one generation to another.
Some symptoms of a generational curse is a continual negative pattern of something being handed down from generation to generation.
Often people who are adopted end up with the same characteristics as their birth parents, not because they were around their birth parents to learn how they behaved, but because they inherited their spiritual bondage.
Some common symptoms of generational curses are family illnesses that seem to just walk from one person down to the next (cancer is a common physical manifestation of a spiritual bondage), continual financial difficulties (they continually hit roadblocks in their finances), mental problems, persistent irrational fears and depression.
Anything that seems to be a persistent struggle or problem that was handed down from one generation to another may very well be a generational curse.
THE PURPOSE OF A GENERATIONAL CURSE
I believe the reason God would punish the future generations with the sins of their fathers, is because of God’s bitter hatred for sin.
He would require somebody who practiced witchcraft to be put to death (Exodus 22:18).
He knows that one of the most prized possessions you have, is your children, and therefore it makes sin a lot harder to commit when you realize that you are not the only one that is being punished for it, but also your own children are going to pay the price for your foolishness.
That’s what I believe is the reason behind generational curses. The whole human race fell thanks to Adam’s sin for that matter.
THE PRICE FOR GENERATIONAL CURSES HAS BEEN PAID!
The good news is that once you accept Jesus, the transference of bondage stops from your ancestors by means of generational curses.
You can no longer receive spiritual bondages in this manner from your parents once you accept Jesus!
Christ was made a curse, so we can be freed from the curses that sin (both our sins and those of our forefathers) has brought us. Galatians 3:13, “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:”
Once you become a child of God, no longer will the sins of your forefathers cause curses to transfer into your life:
Jeremiah 31:29-30, “In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children’s teeth are set on edge. But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge.”
So why are there so many believers who seem to be living under a generational curse?
This has puzzled me before I understood how it works too.
What may need to be dealt with though, is any bondage that was already passed down to you before you came into covenant with God.
The legal grounds are certainly paid for on the cross and therefore broken.
The only thing left to do is cast out any spirits that have gained entrance before you accepted Jesus.
NON-BELIEVERS ARE STILL AFFECTED
Even after Jeremiah 31:29-30 makes it clear that believers are redeemed from generational curses, the next chapter in Jeremiah (32:18) clearly says,
“You show lovingkindness to thousands, and repay the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them—the Great, the Mighty God, whose name is the Lord of hosts.”
Apparently, generational curses are still in effect, but for who is the big question.
Ezekiel 18:2-3 tells us, “What do you mean when you use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying:
‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes,
And the children’s teeth are set on edge’? As I live, says the Lord God, ‘you shall no longer use this proverb in Israel.'”
(Note: This is referring to those who are in covenant with God, which includes ONLY born-again believers, not the rest of the world.)
Obviously, generational curses are alive and well in the lives of those who are outside the new covenant with God (non-believers).
‘TRIGGERING’ THE EFFECTS OF A GENERATIONAL CURSE
It is possible for demons to enter a child before he accepts Jesus, then remain dormant or hidden in that child’s life until some time later in his or her life when it manifests (or makes itself known).
Sometimes when a person heads for the ministry, it seems like the devil kicks up his ugly heels and causes havoc for that person.
Other times, a line of fear runs in the family tree, but isn’t manifested in a person’s life until they get themselves involved in something fearful, such as watching a demonic movie.
All of a sudden, the spirits in that person’s life “come alive” so to speak, and make themselves known.
They were there all along, but just now they have come out into the open.
The solution is to cast them out.
If you have involved yourself in any sin or opened any doors in your own life while ‘awaking’ or triggering the spirits, then it’s important that you clear up any legal grounds (or strongholds) that you gave the enemy in your own life relating to the bondage.
For example, if you have seen a demonic movie, and it seemed to have triggered spirits of fear in your life that were handed down to you, then it’s important to repent for going to see such a movie before trying to cast out any spirits.
It’s also possible that you picked up the spirits from such a movie without them even being there in the first place, and/or added to spirits that were already inside you.
It’s always a good idea to clear up any legal grounds or strongholds in your own life before casting spirits out.
I believe unforgiveness is a great way to ‘trigger’ generational spirits, so I would be on the lookout for any bitterness or unforgiveness in your heart as well.
A common sight is when a spirit of cancer is running down the family tree, and I believe bitterness is a great way to trigger those spirits.
Unforgiveness is a serious sin that blocks the forgiveness of your own sins (Matthew 6:15), which creates ample legal grounds for the enemy in your life.
Unforgiveness in itself puts us into the enemy’s hands (Matthew 18:23-35), say nothing about awakening any evil spirits in us already!
THE CURSE MAY BE CANCELED, BUT THE DEMONS MAY REMAIN
Just as other demons don’t automatically leave at the time of salvation… neither do the demons that you get from your ancestors automatically leave you either.
Let’s say that you accept Jesus at age 15.
Because you were born a sinner and outside of God’s covenant, you were still living under the curses handed down to you and demons can enter you through those curses.
Once you’ve accepted Jesus, those curses are broken automatically, but often the demons that entered in before you accepted Jesus still need to be cast out.
In other words, the curse is already broken, and there’s no need for you to break any generational curses.
But the demons who entered into you through those curses before you accepted Jesus may still need to be cast out.
That’s why it seems so many believers are living under generational curses, when the Bible makes it clear that we have been freed from any curses handed down from our forefathers!
My parents have almost perfect health, well into their 60’s, while it seems the family tree has many health problems that have been handed down from the forefathers.
My parents seem almost immune from the health problems in the family tree!
Sure, they take care of their bodies, but they also believe that they have been freed from the curses handed down in the family tree, and since no demons have entered them to take advantage of those old curses, they were freed from the effects simply by standing on what Jesus had done for them on the cross!
On the other hand, if demons have entered you through curses handed down to you before you became a Christian, then those demons may need to be cast out.
Demons often don’t leave on their own accord, and when they don’t, the remedy to get rid of them is by casting them out.
There’s a neat story in Mark 9:17-27, where Jesus deals with what is almost certainly a generational curse (verse 21).
Notice that Jesus didn’t have the boy confess the sins or iniquities of his ancestors, He cast out the demons that entered in through the curse.
That’s how I believe we are to deal with the effects of a generational curse; since the curse has been broken, all there is left to do is just cast the demons out that entered into that person’s life back before they became a Christian (before the curse was broken).
CONFESS WHAT IS RIGHTFULLY YOURS!
We know that our generational curses have been broken in Jesus’ name, but I still like to verbally confess what is going on and what is rightfully ours anyways, because there’s power in our verbal confessions, and it helps us to realize that we are set free, and also lets the enemy know that he’s in trouble!
Here’s a great sample confession prayer you can use to do just that:
In the name of Jesus, I confess the sins and iniquities of my parents (name specific sins if known), grandparents (name specific sins if known), and all other ancestors.
I declare that by the blood of Jesus, these sins have been forgiven and Satan and his demons can no longer use these sins as legal grounds in my life!
In the name of Jesus, and by the power of His blood, I now declare that all generational curses have been renounced, broken and severed, and that I am no longer under their bondage!
In the name of Jesus, I declare myself and my future generations loosed from any bondages passed down to me from my ancestors. AMEN!
ANOTHER FACTOR TO CONSIDER
There are other things that can ‘seem’ like generational curses, but aren’t.
Perhaps the most common is if there is an ungodly soul tie formed between you and one of your ancestors, that can also allow for the transferring of spirits.
There is more to learn on this subject in the teaching on Soul Ties.
IGNORANCE: ANOTHER SOURCE OF BONDAGE!
I also believe that some people can live under what SEEMS like a generational curse, simply because they believe it’s still in effect!
We need to know that it is NO LONGER in effect, and we have been FREED from any generational curses we used to live under!
Jesus makes it very clear that we can be held in bondage to sin through ignorance (John 8:31-36), and I believe the same is true with bondage to generational curses.
IN A NUTSHELL
To wrap it up in a nutshell, I don’t believe Christians can live under generational curses… but I do believe they can be affected by spirits that have entered through those curses before they accepted Jesus.
Just like many people’s past actions, before they came to Christ, have landed them in demonic bondage and caused them to pick up demons.
Those demons are not automatically shed at the time of salvation, they often need to be cast out.
The same is true with demons that enter in through generational curses (a doorway to demons).
How you deal with a spirit that has entered through a generational curse is very simple:
Mark 16:17, “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils…”
Let us learn about the Spiritual Authority that Jesus has given us over demon spirits, and by faith, we can command those spirits to leave you in Jesus’ name!
If you can’t seem to get them out, try prayer and fasting, as Jesus clearly stated, some demons won’t come out unless you have a higher level of faith that only prayer and fasting can bring you into (Matthew 17:19-21).
If you are facing heavier bondages, it is recommended to seek deliverance through a man or woman of God who is knowledgeable and working in the ministry of deliverance.
Before seeking out a deliverance through another person or minister, I recommend reading the teaching on Seeking a Deliverance.
ANOTHER TYPE OF GENERATIONAL CURSE
The type of curses handed down as a result of an ancestor’s sin is automatically atoned for on the cross, providing we don’t hide the sins of our forefathers in our hearts (holding sin in our hearts is never a good idea – whether it’s ours of the sins of our ancestors).
But there’s another kind of generational curse that is handed down, and it’s a spoken curse that takes a toll on future generations as well.
We can see this kind of curse in action in Genesis 9:24-25, “And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him. And he said, “Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.”
As the Bible goes on to say, this curse ended up affecting an entire nation!
I believe these kinds of curses may need to be renounced and broken.
If you are unsure of whether a curse should be broken, I recommend breaking it anyways, just so you know it’s broken.
It doesn’t hurt to break a curse that’s already been broken.
Here’s a sample prayer you can pray that you can use to break yourself free from spoken generational curses:
In the name of Jesus, and by the power of His blood, I now renounce, break and sever all curses that have been handed down to me from my ancestors.
In the name of Jesus, I now loose myself and my future generations from any bondages passed down to me from my ancestors!
Again, if a curse has landed on you and has been broken, it still doesn’t mean you are delivered from the spirits that entered in through that curse.
You may still need further deliverance to have the spirits cast out that took advantage of the curses handed to you.
The first necessary step for us to receive healing and/or deliverance, from demonic oppression, is that we must have a teachable heart and we must be willing to examine the scriptures and be taught by them, as Paul says, in 2 Corinthians 10:5-6,
“…casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.”
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