My Salvation,  Spiritual Warfare

Breaking Generational Curses


generational cursesWhat are generational curses? First let us explore the meaning of some of these terms, so we can better understand what we are talking about. Here are the definitions from

Generational: “the term of years, roughly 30 among human beings, accepted as the average period between the birth of parents and the birth of their offspring.

Ancestors: a person from whom one is descended; forebear; progenitor.

Curse:  a) the expression of a wish that misfortune, evil, doom, etc., befall person, group, etc. b) a formula or charm intended to cause such misfortune to another. c) the act of reciting such a formula.

So as you can see, a generational is something that comes from relatives within the past 30 years, and ancestral comes from relatives spanning any amount of time.  A curse is basically ill intent upon another person, released through sin, ignorance or rebellion. So a generational curse is ill intent upon a family generation, or specific members of ancestry, that was released through the sin, ignorance or rebellion of previous ancestors. How does a generational curse come about? Look at what the Bible has to say about being cursed:

Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.”

Jeremiah 17:5-6

According to God, any man who puts his trust in himself in the place of God will be cursed. This is exactly what happened in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve decided (with a little help from Lucifer) that it would be a good idea to trust in themselves in the place of the Lord. They knew that God had only forbid them from doing one thing. Just one. If God has given them that much freedom to run the Garden and take care of the earth, then that one forbidden thing must be a very important one. Yet for that moment they were willing to throw away their relationship with God and the freedom He had given them all for a lie. A lie that they themselves could be just like God.

How many people throughout the course of history have fell for the same lie? Thousands upon thousands. Yet it is one of the very first stories in the Bible, written in the very first pages of it. It should be hard to miss the lesson from it, yet here we are, thousands of years later and still putting ourselves in the same place that Adam and Eve did. As our own gods. This is the very root of generational curses. Adam and Eve not only cursed themselves, but the generations after them, all the way until Jesus Christ Himself came and died on the cross. It is the original generational curse.

For some families it may start with the desire for wealth or power. A man may decide to join into allegiance with a force that appears good, but is really completely evil. He will give over his life and the lives of every generation after him. He will do a blood ritual to seal the deal, and will never know the damage he has done to so many lives by his deeds. He will participate in witchcraft, because he believes, just like Adam and Eve, that he will become like God. Or that he will even be a god himself. This is how the devil lies. He goes straight for our pride and ignorance. A man’s pride is his folly, and will cause him to fall, taking his family line down with him.

 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

Proverbs 16:18

Another way a generational curse can come about is fear. A person can believe they have to submit to acts of rebellion or witchcraft in order to save themselves or others they love. They are very convinced of that this is the only way out of a deep problem. They may be willing to go as far as murder in order to find this solution. Yet by participating in this sin, this person has unknowingly cursed an entire generation after them. It is sin, but it is done out of fear and ignorance. When placed in a position of deep distress, a person can be willing to do just about anything to remove it from their lives. Some have even been willing to kill their own family over it. Just look at Cain. He believed he could remove Abel from the picture, thus bringing God’s love and blessing upon himself instead. Deep down Cain wanted God to approve of him, but at the same time he wanted to take on the very power of God, by taking life into his own hands.

There are really numerous ways in which a generational curse can start. For every family it will be different. Only the Holy Spirit can reveal these things to you, so that you can understand why you have been plagued for so many years. When you are under a generational curse, it affects you from Day 1 of your life, until the moment it is broken. For many, that day never comes. People do not often believe in or talk about curses. They sound ancient and superstitious. They are very real however, and the effects are countless.

What are some of the effects of generational curses? Some examples are depression and other mental anguish such as anger or rage; addiction to drugs, alcohol, sex or pornography; being accident prone; financial problems; relationship problems (divorce, family fall outs, etc); loosing things or having things taken from you frequently; having things around you break frequently: barrenness or infertility. These are just some of the examples of curses. Not all of these are necessarily generational/ancestral, but generational curses seem to be the most common.

Our ancestors sinned and are no more,
    and we bear their punishment.

Lamentations 5:7

Are generational curses a punishment from God? I have seen some who use scripture to back up the belief that a curse is a punishment from God. We need to have a clear understanding that God is not punishing us by the things that are happening in our lives. Jesus Christ has taken the punishment for all of our sin on the cross. Therefore we do not receive God’s wrath any longer. Jesus took all of God’s wrath upon Himself at Calgary. If we believe God is punishing us, we are nullifying all of the work Jesus did that day on the cross. If we believe we are being punished by God, it is the same thing that Adam and Cain did – tried to take the place of God in their lives. Are you going to decide that Jesus work on the cross was not sufficient enough for you, and that you need to take up punishment in His place?

Although Jesus bore all of our sin, this did not remove curses that are in place. There are laws in the spiritual realm that need to be upheld. The spiritual laws of Jeremiah 17 state that a man that makes of himself god, will be cursed. That will be upheld by God, just as all the other spiritual laws have been. If you are suffering from the effects of what you believe are a curse, then it is important to understand that it is not your fault. Somewhere in your family line a relative has made a choice to either purposefully or ignorantly bring ill intent into their blood line.

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”

Galatians 13:3

How can you break free from a generational curse? In order to attempt to break generational curses you must first know what they are. I highly recommend to anyone who believes they are suffering from a curse to have a complete deliverance session. It was through my deliverance session that I learned more generational curses and which ones I had over my life. I was able to break them free from not only myself, but every generation under me. Yes, you could pray and have the Holy Spirit walk you through a deliverance of generational curses, but it is not going to be a complete deliverance. Most of us have so much oppression in our lives that we are not aware of. Through a complete deliverance you find out about much more than just generational curses. You will find out the different ways the devil has been trying to steal the call of God on your life for his side, and how he has tried to completely destroy your life. You will also find out more about what your purpose is here, and how you can get closer to God.

generational curses There are many wonderfully skilled and trained deliverance ministers that can help you. I highly suggest you pray for God’s wisdom and guidance when you attempt to search for one. Not every deliverance ministry is going to be trained properly to help you deal with the complicated problems that can arise with deliverance. God is sovereign though, and it is in His plan for you to get complete healing. You were made for freedom, not captivity. You were made for love, by the author of love Himself. Not because He had too, but because it wanted You. You are very important and special to your Father. He has not meant for you to suffer, but unfortunately because of the free will of man, you have. It does not have to continue. You have a choice to make. You have searched for Truth and found it. Now you must reach out for His hand and let Him help you.

There is always hope, no matter how hopeless you feel. If you have come to this moment thinking that the problems in your life were normal, or just “who you are” you now know that is but another lie. You were created perfectly, in the image of God, and you have seen the reflection of the devil instead. Ask God to remove the veil from before your eyes so that you can take that next step. You must be ready for what is waiting for you on the other side, because it is going to take enough strength to fully rely on God to keep moving ahead now. You can do this. I know you can! You are loved, my darling. You are not alone. By trusting in God for this next step, you will receive His blessing.


“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
    whose trust is the Lord.
He is like a tree planted by water,
    that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
    for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
    for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

Jeremiah 17:7 -8


  • Ans. Is Ana typo

    I thought so have to wait patiently for God to remember me and feel I should be free from all condeming natures of life thank you.

  • Ans

    I need prayer and deliverance please help me I am tired of the Darkness that surrounds me and I know
    It is not Gods will for me to live the lies of my family wrong doings out of ignorance and fear.

  • Katie Dofredo

    Dear Beth. What a miracle I found your web page tonight because I am in shock at how everything I’m enduring right now you’ve either been through as well, or have information on for me to get the understanding needed to overcome all of this suffering. I am pretty convinced that my family is under a very wicked, strong generational curse and I must end this before it passes to my beloved children. My story is endless but to get to the darkest roots, I’ll start with my maternal grandfather. Brilliant chemistry but obsessed with the occult. Had seances to entertain his neighbors and it quickly became dark and consumed him to a point I’m unsure of because I never met him, but it’s really dark from what I do know. He had one spirit in particular I cannot speak its name in fear, but this ungodly thing was always with him and he spoke to it constantly as if it were human and that was normal. Jump ahead to my mom. Became obsessed with having seance parties in the 60s. Thought it was a big thrill until the darkness quickly took her as well. She was a narcissistic personality with Sociopathic tendencies and could never love anyone beyond herself. She met my father who was the greatest tool for Satan to seal this curse so deeply it’s terrifying me. They had me and he left me behind with a mother who became a violent, abusive sadistic drunk who then made certain she destroyed my entire childhood and my Sibling’s beyond measure. Jump again. I found God and once an adult, lived the best life I could. I had this obsessive need to find the father who left me as a baby and eventually I did so desperate for a parents love I ignored God’s warnings and when my dad and I finally met in person 16 months ago, it took only 2 days for Satan to reveal himself in such a brutal way I can’t imagine ever getting over what happened. After suddenly becoming very Sexually inappropriate in words once he was alone with me and my 2 year old I instantly felt God telling me to RUN. I heard God but I was trying to play it off and ease away with the baby. After he insisted I drink some horrible white alcohol in a decanter and I politely refused he immediately became enraged es, grabbed my head pouring it down my throat making me vomit. He then went off and as I got up to run and grab the baby, he began to brutally beat me with a rage that was demonic. He fractured my neck and lower lumbar, shattered my right elbow which ended up paralyzing most of my right arm and hand. He tried Sexually assaulting me and I think he was going to kill me. I’m almost certain. God gave me the strength to escape and he fled but I’m destroyed mainly because of what I found out about him. He murdered his little sister as a teen. His father killed one of his wives, a lifetime of Sexual and every type of abuse on several women. Fathered about 19 children and dumping them. It gets worse but I think you get the picture. Basically I come from a generic line of 2 very wicked people beyond belief and I can’t HANDLE KNOWING I COME FROM SUCH AN EVIL LINEAGE AND I WOULD RATHER DIE THAN HAVE THEIR BLOOD IN MY VEINS OR THE DEMONS THEY INVITED INTO OUR LIVES TO TORMENT US AS CHILDREN THEN POSSIBLY LEAVE BEHIND TO KEEP TORMENTING MY CHILDREN POSSIBLY??? I HAVE TO BE REMOVED SPIRITUALLY FROM THEM AND I must be set free for my children! After that last horrific incident I’m shattered and I need God to help me because I can’t live like this anymore! I love God above all else but I’m not about to overcome this. If you can help me ill do ANYTHING. PLEASE. GOD BLESS YOU. KATIE

  • Paula michel

    I am under a curse of gypsie and generalization curse on my mothers side it is causing me lot of health issues possession over me trying to kill strangle me in church front of people it is in my 1st son of his father as there English Romany gypsie I have gone through divorce 15 yrs domestic violence and from sons also toward me I am going to be grandmother soon but I have had to walk away from them and my family my father isn’t here but in heaven I know this my mother doing side family also this is so painful for me I’m so confused I used to be Catholic but because the connection I have become Christian and social they are all special people with gifts from God I do also my mother has said horrible evil things to me and violence also I’m not safe because of this I need prayers to strengthen me and help overcome this spiritual attack I have got of rid of a lot of items how long will this battle last I had 10 spirits battling me siome alive one was sexual touch me but I know who he was please help me I beg of your assistance in this matter thank you

  • Steve

    Thanks Beth for your great website and this post!
    You are a living testimony on how our heavenly father can turn your life to Him, HalleLuYAH!!!

    I had no idea of spiritual warfare, curses and deliverance 6 years ago.
    Once I came to the Truth of our Heavenly Father, I had the urgency to seek Him out with all my heart and soul.
    I 1st got myself baptized by water, then by His fire, with prroof of speaking in tongues, HalleLuYAH!

    Then deliverance of current and past generational curses need to be taken care of. All ties were severed!
    Once you are delivered… turn from your wicked ways… you need to sin no more!
    As you find out, if you don’t:
    Matthew 12:43-45
    43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.
    44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.
    45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

    So keep striving to be righteous… He did say that my laws are not grievous!

    As “believers” we are to lay hands and cast out demons on a regular bases… as we are commanded too:
    Mark 16:17-18
    And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
    They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

    Times are getting real interesting… spiritual warfare will be the real battle… battle of your mind.

    I pray to our almighty YAH that this post helps you find your way to His truth!

    Bro Steve
    Ontario, Canada

  • Mike Mijimba

    Thanks alot man of God. I came across the things l didn’t even know and how l wish for the Almighty God to keep inspiring u with His wisdom from above so that u may continue edifying His Church which is us! Also needs a prayer request frm u man of God for my family to break the yoke and bondage that surround me!

  • Adegboyega

    Please do you have a deliverance programme manual you may recommend or give for one who is far away. I have a knowledge of delicerance but I will appreacite if I can lay hand on one from you. I mean a practical manual not just reading.

    • The Other Side of Darkness

      I am sorry, no I do not have a manual. I do not do deliverance’s. Please go to the Lord in this matter, as you need to be careful when searching for things of this nature. God alone is the one that you need to ask to direct your steps and lead you where you need to be. Please trust in Him and have faith that He will put you where you need to be at the right time.

    • praise

      Hello AdeGboyega,

      YOU CAN GET “PRAYER RAIN” ON AMAZON BY DR. D.K. OLUKOYA. it would be of great help… and i would advice you to be in constant communion with the holy spirit by being more aware of his presence.
      The holy spirit would lead you through each step of the truth you need, and the curses and yokes that are in existent in your life.

      the holy spirit would also help you in the exact prayers to pray, just live a holy life by his leading and be fully obedient to the holy spirit, he would lead you into all truth…


  • Carol

    My grandfather and my husbands grandfather were both 32nd degree Mason’s, not that I even know what that means. I’m wondering if that’s a generational curse for us. I was always concerned that it was all secretive yet heard some rumors of stange things when I was younger.

    • Laney

      Hi Carol, yes there is because freemasonry is a form of witchcraft. My family have a freemasonry background and we had lots of spiritual going- ons in our house (ie familiar spirit) but you can overcome with Jesus at your side! You will need to repent of witchcraft for you and your family’s sake and place it at the foot of the Cross. Like Beth says, ask the Lord to guide you to ministry in healing/ deliverance and you are not alone. Jesus is our conqueror, our shield and our strength.

    • The Other Side of Darkness

      I have several great resources about deliverance on the blog, as well as my Youtbube. If you go to the search button on my blog and type in ‘deliverance’, you will see everything I have written about it.

  • Caroline Hepburn

    Please I know nobody who can do deliverance. Everything you say here is what’s happening to me. My whole family is against me. My daughter cuts and is depressed. My husband hates that I love God

      • Francis

        how do I email you.I attend a deliverance ministry but due to work and travels,i slip from time to time.But i will like to ask you some questions.

    • Paricia A. Gallagher

      Dear Caroline,

      I hear the desperation in your post, and how evil seems in control of your family right now. Satan working overtime and intensifying his attacks. You can see this in so many things happening in the world today.

      As the Bible says, “… [W]oe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.” (Revelation 12:12)

      But, as a faithful person once told me, “We know how The Book (meaning, the story of salvation} ends.” Based on Jesus’s promise not to abandon his faithful ones, we have hope that no evil being can destroy!

      I promise to pray for you and your family, to ask God to protect you from evil and to bring you peace.

      “For He will give His angels charge concerning you, To guard you in all your ways. They will bear you up in their hands, That you do not strike your foot against a stone.” (Psalm 91:11-12)

      “So they will be life to your soul And adornment to your neck. Then you will walk in your way securely And your foot will not stumble. When you lie down, you will not be afraid; When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.…” (Proverbs 3:22-24)

      God bless you and keep you!

  • Lori Alarcon

    Hi Beth, I was thinking about my husband’s family and wondering if there was some kind of curse on them and then I found your video while I was reading an article about something totally unrelated. What are your thoughts on this: my husband is one of 6 children and of the 6 only 2 are married. My mother in law was a wonderful woman with a very simple but strong faith in God. Her husband left the country and had another family but never divorced and she never remarried. There are only 7 grandchildren, 3 of which are mine and my husband’s. The siblings are all getting up there in age and there are no spouses or children. They are fairly close to one another though. It just seems like there is a curse of barrenness or something. They are all at different stages of faith, none are very committed. 2 of my 3 adult children seem to be following in the same path as they say they do not want children ever. I feel fortunate that the Assembly of God Sunday school I went to as a child warned us about “things of the devil” and I always had s healthy fear of the occult. Even at my most lost and rebellious I was scared to get involved with anything occult. I had to go through a lot of emotional and spiritual healing and feel like the generational curses on my side have been pretty well dealt with but can be done if you see something like this affecting your family. I should say that we raised our kids in a Christian home but they are not walking with the Lord right now. Thanks for sharing your experiences. It is not that easy to find people who have balanced and accurate advice about this topic.