Breaking the Authority of the Bastard Curse
Restoring the Congregation of the Lord
By Carl L. Fox and Paul D. Norcross
The Spirit of Adoption: Target of the Curse
As noted in chapter one, the heart of our heavenly Father has always longed for fellowship with His people. In creating Adam and Eve, He created people who could receive His love. Parents long to have children simply because they love. Imagine our Father, Who is all love, having no children with whom He could share it!
The devil’s intent is to destroy and hurt our Father’s heart. By deceiving Eve and bringing about the fall of man, satan attempted to frustrate what God created, and deny Him the joy and intimacy of fellowship with man which is so dear to His heart. Thankfully, God initiated a plan to fully and completely deal with the problem. That plan was and remains our Lord Jesus Christ.
Assault On The Blood
Ever since Genesis 3:15, God’s delivering plan has been Jesus Christ. As literally the subject of Scripture from Genesis 3:15 to Revelation 22:21, Jesus Christ is the red thread that runs through all of history. It is His atoning blood that became the ultimate sacrifice to redeem man completely. 7 Since Leviticus tells us that the life God gave us is in the blood,8 the life blood of Jesus Christ is appropriately the final payment for the debt that was first initiated by the devil.9
Remember that fellowship with man has always been God’s objective. Jesus Christ’s purpose is to restore that fellowship for all who desire to have it. Because it takes the perfect blood of a perfect Savior to satisfy the legal requirements necessary to restore relationship with the Father, logically it takes corrupted blood to legally block that relationship. Corrupting the blood of generations has proven to be an effective legal blocking tactic of satan, and as with any weapon, it is most effective when it is hidden and not understood.
Since blood is transferred from generation to generation, and since, according to Deuteronomy 23:2, illegitimately conceived children perpetuate the transference of that cursed, corrupted blood for ten generations,10 the bastard curse is a particularly effective legal tool for satan’s purposes. Ten generations is a long time. It is at least 400 years, perhaps more. Thus this generational curse is perhaps far more effective and far-reaching than any other device the devil has ever utilized to date.
What can be more damaging than corrupting the bloodline of God’s people for present and future generations? The bastard curse has served satan well to accomplish this end. For all this, God has a marvelous plan to remove the authority of this curse for every generation and every bloodline. This plan has a name. Its name is Jesus Christ.
As we have mentioned, breaking the authority of curses upon one’s life or one’s generations does not occur automatically with the acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, any more than healing is always or fully received automatically with the new birth. But, just as healing arises with faith in the accomplished and ongoing ministry of healing through Christ, so deliverance from curses can arise through the ongoing deliverance ministry of Jesus Christ.
The believer’s arsenal is spectacularly enhanced with the knowledge and understanding of the availability that Jesus Christ gave to each believer to overcome every curse, just as it is enhanced with the availability to receive healing by faith each time healing is needed.
The Spirit of Adoption Is A Spirit of Intimacy With The Father
Jesus Christ gave us something else as well. He gave us the Holy Spirit. The gift of the Holy Spirit has so many powerful dimensions. For our purpose in this chapter, we will focus on the Spirit of Adoption, for this is God’s primary assist to every one who labors under the bastard curse. It is this Spirit that enables every believer to cry, “Abba Father,” the cry of intimacy.
Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: Bt when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
Like a child cries, “Daddy!,” so intimate is our relationship with our heavenly Father and with our precious Savior, Jesus Christ, because the Spirit of Adoption enables us to draw near and become sons, children of God. We will see that the Spirit of Adoption is tailored to help believers draw into the Father as they progress through each resisting city in their Promised Land journey. The bastard curse is merely one of those resisting cities – a stronghold of generational bondage for which our Father has given His children the means to conquer.
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
The purpose of the Spirit of Adoption is to help God’s children develop a close, personal fellowship with the Father and with Jesus Christ, God’s goal since the Creation. The bastard curse targets this intimacy precisely, preventing believers from entering into that intimacy, the congregation of the Lord. While the Spirit of Adoption enables believers to cry with joy to our heavenly Father, and know the pleasure of His company, the bastard curse opens the legal doorway to three opposing spirits: the spirit of bondage (meaning slavery), the spirit of fear (which is the opposite of faith; it is faithlessness or lack of trust), and the spirit of corruption (meaning perishing, decay).11
Believers can observe and discern the obvious effects of these spirits (bondage, fear, and corruption) and their related spirits (such as rejection, anger, offense). But what is not obvious is their parentage – the legal authority permitted by the bastard curse. By closing the door of legal authority enabled by the bastard curse, God’s people can be set free from its consequent spirits, which enable the continuing restoration of intimacy with the Father and Jesus Christ, allowing our child-like hearts to cry, “Abba Father!”
7 Genesis 3:14 and 15:
An the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
8Leviticus 17:11: Forthe life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.
9Hebrews Chapter 9
10Deuteronomy 23:2 A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to his tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of the LORD.
11Romans 8:15 and 21 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.