2. 1. Generational Curse
    1. Generational Curse
    We are not born saved. We are ALL born under the law until we receive salvation through Christ. Therefore your preceding generation’s sins, unless forgiven, carry over into succeeding generations allowing YOU to be plagued with oppression and hindering your blessings. “And the LORD passed before him and proclaimed, The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious,... forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.” (Exodus 34: 6-7)
  3. 2. Occult Practices
    2. Occult Practices
    IF you have participated or have been involved with an Ouija board, seances, practicing magic, divination, ESP, fortunetelling, telepathy, Voodoo, Automatic writing, Tarot cards, or even have read or own books on these subjects you have opened doors to demonic oppression. If you question this, please research the fact that God openly invokes a curse upon these practices and practitioners "...or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the LORD..." (Deut. 18: 9-12).
  4. 3. Unforgiveness
    3. Unforgiveness
    If I could stress any one thing that would cause demonic oppression it would be resentment and unforgiveness. At the heart of most 12-step inventories this may be found as one of the greatest causes and conditioners to alcoholism and drug abuse. God states that to hold resentment towards others is to be cut off from the Sunlight of the Holy Spirit. "... if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”(Mark 11:25-26, NKJV)
  5. 4. Disobediance to Authority/Sin
    4. Disobediance to Authority/Sin
    We all have a conscience, and we know when we are doing something wrong for selfish reasons even when it harms others. THAT we know to be sin, however, besides this; disobedience to those whom God places in authority over us will open the doors to oppression. "Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with promise: that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth." (Ephesians 6: 1-3, NKJV)
 As a footnote to my life story found on the ABOUT US page, let me be allowed to elaborate on these 4 common causes of oppression. I am guilty of them all. Concerning generational curse, we are all born under the Mosaic law until we confess faith in Christ as saviour. It is at that time that we are granted the Holy Spirit who aids us in our walk with God, and allows us the power to change our lives. Until then we are plagued with the results of our predecessors sins, those not confessed anyway, and this allows demonic oppression to follow through unscathed, and growing in intensity. My mother's father and mother were both alcoholics. It skipped a generation, and I am the only alcoholic in my family. However, both of my aunt's children (4 of 6) are either alcoholic and/or drug addicts. My mother died of breast cancer, one aunt died at an early age of complications due to diabetes and epilepsy, and my other aunt died early of kidney failure.

Second, at an early age I dabbled with an Ouija board with my neighbor. We both turned out to be alcoholic/addict while there were no other members of his family who suffer from the disease of addiction. I also dabbled into reading books about witchcraft, and practiced what I thought to be a few harmless spells. As a result of these actions I started smoking addictively by the age of 14, other addictions were to soon follow.

Third, resentment and anger filled my life; in other words, I did not play well with others throughout the first half of my life. I continually held a grudge towards someone or something, most often a co-worker, and most generally for no apparent reason.  The continual focus upon the wrongs others SEEMINGLY committed against me were held for years, and always used for justification to drink or drug when all else failed. This may be found to be a major factor in the propensity for addiction to get ahold of us because of the fears involved in loss. We alcoholic/addicts base getting our needs met from other people. This includes all dynamics found in what may be termed our securities; (self-esteem, personal security, personal relationships, financial security, intimacy in relationships, ambitions-goals, and emotional security). When these are threathened there is an overabundance of basic defects of character that fly off the handle and subliminally influence my actions through emotional stress. These are some of the demonic culprits that spring into action upon our mind in an attempt to destroy us and others. These may be listed as ENVY, GLUTTONY, GREED, LUST, PRIDE, RAGE, and SLOTH (which is that procrastination that flares up and says forget it all and everybody). The doors to these excessive demonic influences must be shut. By shutting these doors we sense that in all realism God has supplied our every need, and these fears of loss, are in all actuality self-imposed, or rather demonically-imposed. When you think about it, haven't you always had everything that you needed, and most everything you desired and wanted. God knows your needs, and has always met them adequately. Our problem is that we have believed the lies the ENEMY has put into our minds that say we will never have enough of anything. We are unworthy, and we do not deserve it if we get it. So, because we continually project a false sense of loss upon what we expect to receive in life, when anything good comes into our lives, we naturally sabotage it and drive it away. That is why we feel angry, depressed, and justified to escape into drugs, alcohol, or any other addiction. We just cannot handle the mental anxiety and stress. The demonic realm makes sure of that. They are constantly projecting fears into our minds. Fear of loss, fear of harm, fear of not getting what we want, or the fear of getting something we do not want. These fears are once again demonically based. God states the following concerning our lives, "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind" (2 Timothy 1: 7). Notice the apostle Paul calls these fears spirits.

Finally, I was disrespectful towards my parents. Subsequent to recovery from addiction I discovered the scriptural basis upon why I almost died in alcoholism. I was not to live much longer on the earth because I did not in fact honor my mother or father. If you have or are currently suffering from this propensity towards resentment, please understand that your parents love you and would not purposefully harm you. If you have been harmed by them, may I offer a simple solution that will allow you to dispell all resentment. It is a mental tool I have learned to use when I start to feel anger and resentment towards others; an escape route if you will.  "This was our course. We realized that people who wronged us were perhaps spiritually sick. Though we did not like their symptoms and the way these disturbed us, they, like ourselves, were sick too. We asked God to help us show them the same tolerance, patience, and pity that we would cheerfully grant a sick friend. When a person offended we said to ourselves, "This is a sick man/woman. How can I be helpful to him/her? GOD SAVE ME FROM BEING ANGRY. Thy will be done," (Quoted from chapter 5, How it Works, The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, 2001, p. 66-67)  It took me a little while and a lot of practice, however, by shutting this door I know experience a new peace and happiness I could never previously have imagined. That incessant knot in my stomach is gone, and has been gone for a long long time.

This section has not been meant to confuse anyone, but merely meant to elaborate on some common forms of oppression and how they realistically get ahold of us and turn our thinking against what God originally intended for us. That is to live a life filled with   
joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, and most of all love; not only for others, but directed towards ourselves. If you have found any similarities in what I have previously outlined then I would highly suggest moving forward to the next page, FREEDOM, on this website, and reviewing first the simple means to deliverance from this oppression, and then actually taking yourself through the practical actions necessary to SHUT THESE DOORS. You will then find your life drastically changing and you will experience a NEW freedom and happiness like never before. God does not make it hard, in fact it is quite simple because when you humbly ask for his assistance HE extends powerful grace towards you to enable you to walk out into freedom. Remember, Pride says you do not have a problem, and fear says you dare not look. It is not everyone else's problem like Pride would have you to think. It is your problem because unwittingly, and quite often innocently, you have allowed Pride and his offending, oppressive, helpers to hinder, rob life from you, and seek to destroy you. YOUR first move is to get humble, because once again YOU do not have the power to change your life, GOD, however, does. AND HE WILL; and once again our guarantee is Scripture..."Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to yourelders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble." (1 Peter 5:5, New King James Version (NKJV)