By Gena Barnhill @BarnhillGena
One way the enemy gains access in our family lines is through negative ancestral influences, often referred to as generational curses. Each blog post in the A-B-C Series on Ancestral Influences will highlight a specific way darkness can enter our family lineage.
Negative ancestral influences are supernatural forces or spirits that enter family lines and wreak havoc until they are recognized and removed. We can repent of these negative influences and break their power over our lives, so they no longer harm us and our descendants. The key is recognizing and removing them.
My husband, Press, likes to describe ancestral influences by visualizing strings running through the family lineage. Those strings represent the connections that the spirits use to pull us toward unhealthy behaviors. If you consider yourself and your parents and their parents back to great-grandparents, you are looking at a minimum of thirty people connected by these invisible strings. Multiple marriages within families add more connections.
Negative spirits could have attached to any one of these relatives and then passed down the family line. The odds none of these ancestors made mistakes or did not make agreements with the lies of the enemy are slim. All bloodlines have some destructive patterns that open doors for the enemy.
Our ancestors may have deliberately or unintentionally fallen into sin patterns, behaviors or habits, and attitudes that can influence us today. These generational influences do not necessarily make us sin, but they can cause us to lean toward destructive patterns. When we repeat these damaging behaviors, they can become entrenched in our lives and pass on to future generations.
The concept of inherited tendencies is not new. Medical professionals are familiar with the idea of inheritance. They ask for a history of physical and mental illnesses in your relatives during initial patient interviews because they know these conditions can impact your current health.
Many people are unaware that we receive spiritual inheritances, both positive and negative, through our bloodlines. Examples of negative ancestral influences or spirits include shame, fear, control, abandonment, anger, violence, abuse, addiction, sexual sin, and victimization. Spirits, such as fear, frequently work together with other spirits to negatively influence us.
The Need for Awareness
We need to understand these are negative spirits that have impacted people. They are not the person’s identity. Awareness of these negative patterns provides information about where a door opened. We do not use this knowledge to blame our ancestors or others. Instead, we ask the Lord to close the door.How Can We Remove Negative Ancestral Influences? #prayer #faith #ancestralcurses Click To Tweet
The good news is we can take authority over these negative influences. Jesus said in Luke 10:19, “Behold, I have given authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.”
When we acknowledge destructive patterns exist in our ancestry and ask for forgiveness, we affirm we want it to stop right now and not impact our future generations. We choose blessings over curses, and these blessings extend into eternity.1
Before I share a prayer, I’d love for you to have the opportunity to chime in. What negative ancestral influences have you recognized? Be sure to leave your thoughts on our Facebook Group Healing Prayer Discussion at https://www.facebook.com/groups/433961681828074
Looking forward to your input!
Consider praying aloud the following sample prayer from our SEP manual to break negative ancestral influences:
1Content in this blog is from Freedom from Brokenness-Lessons Learned through Inner Healing Prayer (Brookstone Publishing Group 2022)
2This is an excerpt from Simple Effective Prayer: A Model for Inner Healing (Brookstone Publishing Group 2022)