Transformational Tuesday

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A generational curse is not God putting a jinx or a spell on your family; but rather it is the consequences of unhealthy traditions passed down from one generation to the next. These actions lead to sin, which separate us from God. 

“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” (Philippians 4:11-12, NIV)


Did you ever grow up hearing the words: “We can’t afford that, we’re broke, only rich kids can go to fun places like that, we ain’t got no money, we’re living from paycheck to paycheck, we’re struggling to make ends meet…?”

Perhaps your family had it all, but was never satisfied unless you had the next best thing.

Things define us and we want to look like we have it “all together” so that we can be accepted by society; it’s our houses, our cars, and our many outfits that give us our worth. We are defined by what we’ve done: obtaining college degrees, being chosen to speak on programs, and being leaders in our communities, these things make us feel rich.

Having a poverty mentality is an identity and worth issue. We allow, and even expect, the approval and acceptance of others to become what generates our self worth. We base our value on the things we have, so when we don’t have much our value decreases, and if we feel we have a lot, our value increases. We’d rather be defined by our possessions, than by HE who possesses us (Isaiah 43:1).

Paul stated in Philippians, I know how be content whatever the circumstances; whether he had much or whether he had little. Can the same be said about us?

We can see our mindset by what we post on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter…we’re either bragging about our stuff or complaining because of our lack of stuff; never satisfied with enough, nor content in Christ.

For too long we’ve allowed the generational curse of the poverty mindset to loom over our families. Sometimes before anyone else can say we’re broke we’ve already called ourselves out, shouting our poverty to gain pity!

Even though we live in a society where cost of living may be high, and wages low, we don’t have to be stuck in a mindset of lack. When we’re constantly crying that we don’t have enough, we take away from the God who has supplied our EVERY need (Philippians 4:19).

Think about it, we feel a bit of jealousy when our friends start posting their summer vacations, their fresh-out-of-the-salon photos, their meals at fancy restaurants, their trips to ballgames across the nation, etc. We start to notice a lack in ourselves when it looks like others have so much.

Even if God blessed us with the money, would our attitudes change or would we still feel the same broke-ness until the next check arrived?

If we are Christ followers and Bible believers then we know that our identity is found in Him and what we speak will command who we are. What are you saying about yourself? Is it that you’re always broke or that you don’t have enough stuff? Or is it that God has given you everything that pertains unto life and godliness?

There are so many people swimming in the poverty mindset. Children growing up hearing they are always broke turns them into adults speaking that they are always broke. Our thought processes and actions will yield either fruitfulness or barrenness and will eventually be carried down into our family lifelines. 

Today, whether you have plenty or whether you’re in want, you can choose to be content, by transforming what you're saying about yourself and what you're doing about your situation. What will you do to break the generational curse in your family? You can begin by:

Not speaking negativity, lack, and death over your life (Proverbs 18:21) 
Not overspending to keep up with the Joneses (Luke 12:15) 
Not putting yourself in debt to appear rich (Proverbs 11:15, 37:21)
Not spending your money so quick without saving and investing (Matthew 25:14-27) 

The poverty mindset forgets that Jesus is the cure for the curse and because He is the cure, we don't have to keep walking around like we're spiritually and financially ill! The next time a family member reminds you of your financial situation, you can remind them of who your God is!

Once you identify what’s been plaguing your family, you are responsible for breaking it…the cycle stops with you.

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  1. What a beautiful message for ALL to start thinking about and it really do begin with SELF.I AM A BLESSED CHILD OF GOD !!!Very encouraging to change your mindset of your situation because God has been so good to US ALL.

    1. Thank you so much for your encouraging words! Yes, we all have to look at how we are living and speaking and make sure what we are doing aligns with God's will! We are rich in Him and apart from Him we will always be without. Thanks for swapping!


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