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Generational Sins, Soul Ties, Curses

Breaking free from generational sins, soul ties, and curses enables us to realize the gifts, passions, and truth God has given us.
This sermon is part of the sermon series "Living Free". See series.


In this last session of our series, we're going to talk about three subjects that bring a lot of questions and even opposition: generational sins, soul ties, and curses. No matter where we go in the westernized world there will always be skepticism about these truths. Even I was very skeptical earlier in life, and it took a lot of close looking at the Scriptures before I could buy into these issues. But as we've ministered in other cultures outside of the western world—such as Puerto Rico, parts of old Europe, Africa, and Asia—we've found much more openness to these issues. In fact, believers we've met in those cultures will enthusiastically teach on these subjects. Regardless of what our culture thinks about these issues, we need to understand what Scripture says.

My approach in addressing generational sins, soul ties, and curses is by asking this question: How can we disengage and dismantle strongholds in our lives? These are each ways through which the enemy gains access in us. What do we need to do to dismantle these strongholds the enemy can use so we can move forward in God's design for us?

Generational sins

Let's begin with generational strongholds. I want us to think about this in terms of the power of community. Community is very powerful, and God puts great emphasis on community and generations. In America we're very individualistic, but God designed us for community and thus we experience the impact of generation upon generation upon generation. Other cultures around the world still have a sense of generational relationships.

I think we see this ultimately in Romans 5:15: "For if many died through one man's trespass, much more have the grace of God and the ...

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Mike Riches is pastor of Harborview Christian Fellowship in Gig Harbor, Washington, director of the Sycamore Commission, and author of Living Free.

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Sermon Outline:


I. Generational sins

II. Dismantling generational sin

III. Soul Ties

IV. Dismantling soul ties

V. Curses

VI. Dismantling curses