*How to Reverse the Curse*
Iniquity: - is to distort the heart, it is a certain weakness toward a certain sin.
Iniquity is something that is done over and over again until it becomes a part of your character.
Whereas sin and transgression focus more with tangible violations, iniquity deals with more the intangible things of a person’s character, their mind-set, attitude, behavior and personalities.
It is iniquity that is passed from generation to generation.
Because of iniquity being passed from generation to generation the result of the iniquity, which is the curse brought on from disobedience will continue to pass from generation to generation until someone makes the conscious effort to change their character, thus breaking the so-called curse.
The iniquity is passed from generation to generation and if this cyclic behavior continues then the result, which is death the curse of sin, is the same.
\\ \\ Statistics show that children of divorced parents are more likely to be divorced in their marriage.
Children that grow up in and abusive home are more likely to be abusive themselves.
Children whose parents drink, smoke, or use illegal drugs are more likely to do the same.
This is the iniquity that is passed on from generation to generation.
When iniquity is passed from generation to generation it becomes stronger and unless someone breaks that cycle it becomes harder for the next generation to break from that iniquitous behavior.
This is not a curse, but has become the character of the individuals from generation to generation.
It would be the same in the positive as well, for example families where the grandfather was a fireman, the father a fireman, and now the son is a fireman this is a characteristic that is passed down from generation to generation, this is not a curse of firemen upon that family.
*Ezekiel 18* The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “What do you people mean by quoting this proverb about the land of Israel:
“ ‘The fathers eat sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge’?
3 “As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, you will no longer quote this proverb in Israel.
4 For every living soul belongs to me, the father as well as the son—both alike belong to me.
The soul who sins is the one who will die.
He will not die for his father’s sin; he will surely live.
18 But his father will die for his own sin, because he practiced extortion, robbed his brother and did what was wrong among his people.
19 “Yet you ask, ‘Why does the son not share the guilt of his father?’
Since the son has done what is just and right and has been careful to keep all my decrees, he will surely live.
20 The soul who sins is the one who will die.
The son will not share the guilt of the father, nor will the father share the guilt of the son.
The righteousness of the righteous man will be credited to him, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against him.
To get the proper understanding we must understand what the word and the phraseology of the word visiting.
The first and probably the most crucial misinterpretation is believing that the word punish and visiting mean the same thing.
The word punish comes from a Hebrew word called “yacar”, which means to chastise, to strike, to instruct.
The word visiting~/visit comes from a Hebrew word called “paqad”, which means to look over, inspect, care for, to count or examine.
Understanding this phraseology we see that God will inspect and examine the results of the father’s iniquity on the generations to come.
Remember if iniquity continues from generation to generation it becomes harder to remove; therefore, God says “visiting the iniquity of the fathers to the third and fourth generation” is in no way, form, shape or fashion a curse for punishment on future generations because of what the father had done, but a trough inspection of the effects of the iniquity.
\\ \\ We must also learn to take the Bible in context.
We said God said all souls are His and the soul that sinneth will surely die.
He also said that the quote “The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge?
As I live, saith the Lord God, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel.”
This was an excuse the Children of Israel were using to place blame on God for the things that they were going through, but God made it explicitly clear in Ezekiel 18:3 “[As] I live, saith the Lord GOD, ye shall not have [occasion] any more to use this proverb in Israel.”
Therefore if God said this will no-longer be able to be used, this should suffice the fact that generational curses are non-existent.
Heredity~/Genetics is not a Generational curse.
\\ \\ Some people believe that because their grandmother died of cancer, their mother died of cancer, the brother died of cancer that they must also die of cancer for this is a curse upon the family.
However this is a lie that is breathed in the pits of Hell.
This is not a curse because of some sin that your ancestor had committed.
Understanding that and that God does not cause the children to suffer for the things of their parents then what is genetics when it come to illnesses.
A genetic illness that is inherited from generation to generation is a result of defective gene codes, something within the genetic makeup of that person is missing or defective thus causing that particular trait to be passed from generation to generation, this is not a curse.
Therefore that individual must pray that the defective genetic code be corrected in their life and glorify God.
Bad Habits and Lifestyles are not Generational Curses.
\\ \\ Many people will try to hide that because of the way their father was that, that is the reason they are the way they are.
If your father had a bad temper and you have a bad temper, that is not a generational curse, but it is what is called learned behavior.
Hate is a learned behavior, bigotry and prejudice is a learned behavior, whore-monging and homosexuality is a learned behavior people learn these behaviors as they become products of their environment and culture group.
Parents, schools, political, and religious leaders teach these behaviors.
One excuse you so often hear is that Poppa was a rolling stone; therefore, I must be one as well that is the curse that is past down from generation to generation.
No this is a lifestyle that a person decided to live of their own choice.
(That is one reason why we as Christians should stand against same sex couples adopting kids because it opens them up to learning a different lifestyle.)
This is yet another lie from the pits of hell.
This is what the person has learned down through time and chose to act in the behavior they were taught.
One thing about learned behavior is people can be taught how to act without even realizing what they are being taught or the one teaching them is may not even realize that they are teaching someone some kind of behavioral pattern.
The amazing thing about learned behavior is if you learned it you can unlearn it as well.
We all at the beginning are cursed by the ancestral sin of Adam 1st Corinthian 15:22 says “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”
When we come to Christ we break the results of that curse and are a new creature with new results.