June is Black Music Month! To celebrate, each of our EmpowerMoments will be based on Black music for the entire month. This includes Black songwriters, producers or performers. Stay tuned as we use various genres of Black music to tell our stories and exemplify the beauty of God’s love! He can be found virtually anywhere if we earnestly look for Him and listen intently! Happy Black Music Month! Dance as if no one is watching!
I have worked in inner city Chicago as an educator for ten years and I have seen the true meaning of generational curses. I have seen four and five generations of families in the same house not accomplishing anything. As I reflected on my past ten years as an educator, I became excited because my first 2nd grade class became graduating seniors. The students that I kept in contact with graduated, some with honors and some with scholarships. The curse is broken.
In my current school, I taught eighth grade and I realized that if I didn’t expose my babies to better, they would be a part of this generational curse. I began to pray. I was thankful that every household did believe that Jesus died for us so I could speak about Christ. We discussed college and careers. I had a student that I am going to track throughout high school and even college because I taught him to read. Yes, an eighth grader learned to read! He was headed down a road to nowhere; neither his mother, father, nor brother graduated, but I declare and decree that the curse is broken. My students left this year encouraged and hopeful that they would beat the odds and that the curse was broken.
James Fortune and Fiya have a song called “The Curse is Broken” and the first verse says:
The enemy is trying to make me believe
That my past is who I am
That the mistakes I made from yesterday
Is all that I would ever be
They told me I would be nothing
Nobody in my family ever was
They said you’re just like your momma
Just like your daddy
Never amounted to anything
Then the song goes on to say:
But that’s not me, that’s not who I am
God gave me a promise, on that I stand
The curse is broken
My past can’t hold me
I’m more than a conqueror
That’s what he told me
The curse is broken
My body’s healed
The devil’s a liar
It’s in his will
When I think about some of the roughest neighborhoods in the city, my mission is to break the curses that are hindering our future from being successful. Christ redeemed us from that self-defeating, cursed life by absorbing it completely into himself. Do you remember the Scripture that says, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”? That is what happened when Jesus was nailed to the cross: He became a curse, and at the same time dissolved the curse. And now, because of that, the air is cleared and we can see that Abraham’s blessing is present and available for non-Jews, too. We are all able to receive God’s life, his Spirit, in and with us by believing—just the way Abraham received it. (Galatians 3: 13-14, MSG)
I am praying for generational curses to be released off of families. God I am praying for miracles and supernatural blessings for our future. I am asking that poverty, teenage pregnancy, drugs, alcohol, abuse, rape and unemployment be released off of our children. Give them the confidence to want more. I am praying to even release the generational curses off the parents so that they can raise children that are successful. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to stand up and break the curses. I challenge you to take a good look at your family and inside your house and break the curses. I dare you to change your mind and want more for you and your family. There is greater out there and it is coming your way. Your destiny is not determined by what you went through. You WILL be successful, you WILL NOT be on drugs, you WILL NOT live in poverty, you WILL own where you live, you WILL NOT be unemployed because the CURSE IS BROKEN….
Please take a moment to listen to this song and to declare over your life “THE CURSE IS BROKEN”!
Mrs. Keviyona Ray is an ordained minister and co-pastor in training of The Christ For All People International Church. She is passionate about sharing the word of God with everyone she encounters. As a professional, Keviyona is a teacher for Chicago Public Schools. She loves her ministry of teaching and changing children’s lives. She is a devoted wife and mother of a wonderful daughter. Two of her favorite scriptures are Jeremiah 1: 5: “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations” and Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.