Rev. Dr. Jerry Schmoyer
© 2007

When one person opens themselves up to demonic influence, that person’s descendants are also at risk of demonizing.  When a demon has access to a person, he also claims right to all that person has, including their children.  The Bible says God “punishes the children

for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation” (Exodus 20:4-5; Deuteronomy 5:8-9; Exodus 34:6-7).  The Bible says that children are affected by their parents sins (Ezekiel 18;2) and this is one of the ways.  In fact, this is one of the most common reasons people are demonized.  This is especially true of first born males, for Satan seeks to claim them just as God does (Exodus 34:20).

Generational bondage is often discerned by the sin patterns that repeat from generation to generation. It is not uncommon to observe generations of abuse, addiction, hatred, superstition and fear, pride, control and manipulation, rejection, sexual sins and perversions, aberrant religious beliefs, witchcraft, and rebellion etc.

If you notice some of the same problems in your life as in your siblings, parents, aunts, uncles, or grandparents it could very well be ancestral demonizing.  The same demons have access to those in the family and do the same work in various members (not all members, that would be too obvious).  They claim the blood line and use that as access.  If you see some patterns in the symptoms or characteristics of demonizing that were covered previously in others in your family that could show ancestral access.  That is why so often a boy who hates his father for beating his mother grows up to beat his own wife, or a child of an alcoholic becomes an alcoholic themselves.

A very, very common pattern is for the first-born male to be affect first and most by generational attacks. The first-born Jews were dedicated to God and so Satan tries to attack and claim them first, too.  Often it is the first-born male in a family that is attacked spiritually.

Generational bondage can be broken by personally repenting of and confessing the sins of past generations. Claim the blood of Christ as stronger than your blood line and put that access under the blood of Jesus (Romans 5:15).  Claim that you are a “new creation, old things have passed away, all things have become new” (II Corinthians 5:17).  Ask God to turn curses into blessing (Deut. 23:5).


“Gracious Father over all, I acknowledge before you the sins of my parents and ancestors.  I know that they have sinned because all men and women are sinners. I know I cannot do what only they could have done in attaining forgiveness for their sins, but I am sorry for anything they have done in disobedience against you and I ask that you cover all of these with the blood of Jesus.  Please do not hold their consequences against me or my descendants. I claim the finished work of Jesus Christ, Who bore all my sin upon Himself.  In faith I accept that work on the basis of your holy Word.  I reclaim any consent given to Satan’s forces by my parents’ sin.  Dear Jesus, please set me free from all evil influences coming from my parents and ancestors in the name of Jesus.  I know I am a new creation in Christ.  Old things have gone and all things have become new.    I take back any access any demons claim and in Jesus’ name break any demonic working that has been passed on to me from my ancestors.  As one who has been crucified and raised with Christ and who sits with him in heavenly places, I reject any and every way in which Satan may claim ownership of me.  I declare myself and my descendants to be eternally and completely signed over and committed to only the Lord Jesus Christ.  I now command every evil spirit and every enemy of the Lord Jesus Christ to be gone forever.  I ask You, heavenly Father, to fill me with Your Holy Spirit.  I submit my body as an instrument of righteousness, a living sacrifice, that I may glorify You in every area of my life.  All this I do in the name & authority of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen.”

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