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Together: Winning the Day

Part 2

“Cut the Cord”

Introduction

Cutting the cord is not a one time decision.  It is a daily discipline.

  1. Breaking Generational Strongholds (Romans 5:15, Ex. 20:4-6)

–  A stronghold is a pattern of beliefs and behaviors that have a grip on us; to the extent that they define us – what we think, how we feel, and ultimately how we act.

– Generational stronghold involves the power of community.  It’s our family of origin. (FOO)

– Every generation impacts the one following it. How we live as individuals, and as a generation affects the generations beyond us.

Identifying generational strongholds

  1. Personal experiences
  • Is there a problem in my life that stubbornly resists any genuine attempt to bring a change?
  1. Observation and Research
  • Are their patterns of behavior in my family of origin?
  • The field Epigenetics suggest that trauma can leave “molecular scars” on our DNA. However these changes are not irreversible.
  1. Discernment
  • Ask God to give you insight.

Cutting the Cord (Leviticus 26:40–42)

  • To dismantle strongholds: take the responsibility of repentance.                                                                            (2 Samuel 21)
  1. Severing Unhealthy Soul Ties
  • Soul ties involve the power of individual relationships.
  • We were created by God for covenant relationship. (Gen 2:24)
  • An unhealthy soul tie is a relationship that affects us beyond God’s design for the influence of that relationship.
  • David and Jonathan: a healthy soul tie (I Samuel 18:2,3)
  • Unhealthy soul-tie: Peter in Antioch (Gal 2:14-21)

Characteristics of Unhealthy Soul ties

  • Through sexual sin (I Cor 6)
  • Through misplaced trust, fear, and the need for approval.

(I Samuel 15)

  • Through abuse and violation
  • Unhealthy soul ties do not build up the other person

Dismantling Soul ties

  • How or where did it happen?
  • If you have exerted unhealthy control, confess it and ask God for forgiveness. Release that person.
  • If you have been the one controlled by an unhealthy soul-tie, confess it and cut the cord.
  • Ask the HS to fill you; replace that unhealthy soul-tie so that you can walk in freedom.
  • Cut the Cord over Curses
  • Curses involve the power of words.
  • Words are extremely powerful

 

“Life and death are in the power of the tongue,

and those who love it will eat its fruit.”  Proverbs 18:21

  • James 3:9,10
  • 26:2 states that an undeserved curse goes nowhere.

 

Is there anything in my life that provides a place for a curse to land, where it can have an adverse effect on my life?

Sources:

  • Objects
  • Involvement with occultic practices (witchcraft, Ouija boards, seances etc.)
  • Word curses (Lk 6:45)
  • Toward ourselves

Cutting the cord over curses

  • Renounce any activity that may have opened the door for the enemy to have power in your life.
  • Ask God to forgive you.
  • By the authority of Jesus’ name, sever all connections to whatever things, or practices, or words that occurred which opened the door for me to experience the power of a curse over my life.