Hebrews 9:22 tells us, “According to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no remission.” Here are two basic principles you need to know:

1) A generational curse comes through the blood line.
2) A generational curse can only be cancelled by blood.

It is all about the blood of Jesus Christ. In Romans 3:23-25 (NIV), we read, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in His blood. He did this to demonstrate His justice, because in His forbearance He had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished.”

To define “justified” in simple terms, you could say, “I’ve been made just as if I’d never done it.” This is possible only because God presented Jesus as a sacrifice of atonement, or as Young’s Literal Translation puts it, God set Him forth as a “mercy seat.”

If you remember, the mercy seat on the ark of the covenant was where, once a year on the Day of Atonement, the priest would sprinkle the blood of animals. The blood was a barrier between the curse of the law and the people of the covenant.

The ninth chapter of Hebrews tells us that Jesus placed His blood on the mercy seat in heaven, not once a year, but one time for all of eternity to obtain eternal salvation for all who put their faith and trust in Him. Today, Jesus is to us a mercy seat.

It is extremely important to note that we must appropriate Jesus’ sacrifice through faith. Yes, His death on the cross paid the penalty and broke the power of sin for everyone from Adam to the last person standing at the end of the age. However, salvation is not effective in our lives until we personally accept Jesus’ sacrifice by faith and appropriate it for ourselves.

The same is true of deliverance from generational iniquities and curses. These are the “sins committed beforehand” mentioned in Romans 3:25, and just as salvation must be appropriated through faith, so must deliverance from generational iniquities and curses. Until you personally appropriate Jesus’ sacrifice through faith, it is not effective in your life, and the curse can remain.

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