This article on the Irish heritage is part of a series on generational curses or iniquity based on spiritual torment common to particular cultures. Important disclaimer: these are based on my observations and experiences in deliverance ministry only.
As part of the client interview process, I ask about ethnicity because it reveals so much! The Irish heritage is rich in blessings but also presents some usual suspects for torment. Although it is a rare to meet someone directly from Ireland, when I did, she summarized my findings.
“Josie,” a beautiful redhead covered in freckles landed on my couch with a heavy sigh. She came to America via Miami trying to escape the torment of Ireland, but she could not outrun it. Josie knew that spirits of anger, addiction, poverty, and bondage familiar to her culture had followed her to her new address.
How does this happen?
Jesus died to become a curse for our sin, but we also know from Exodus 20:5 that the “iniquity” of our ancestors will visit the 3rd and 4th generations. Iniquity is not sin. It is a propensity or likelihood to sin. Therefore, you do not inherit your father’s curse, but there is a greater chance you will sin to create your own curse allowing the same demons to “visit” the next generation. It is all in the bloodline.
The Bondage & Poverty Strongholds
To understand the poverty stronghold in the Irish bloodline, you simply have to look at the 5 million people that fled Ireland due to the potato blight. Deprivation, starvation, and death were tormenting the people. In this generation, it is not unusual to see these spirits manifest with various forms of lack and eating disorders.
Many of the Irish gained entrance to the colonies by first becoming Indentured Servants. This differs from slavery in that there was a contract signed for service with a beginning and end. However, the harsh living circumstances typically lasted for seven years. The money gained under this contract was for traveling to their “land of promise” here in America.
One article on this stated, “They did not pass their unfree status on to their descendants.” I found that interesting. Perhaps the actual contract was completed, but the spirits of bondage visited the next generation with harsh marriages, fear of authority, and the feelings of being a slave to something or someone.
The Anger Stronghold
Religious rebellion and wars continue today in Ireland causing great division and conflict. Spirits of anger, rage, violence, and murder still explode in this culture and cause tremendous damage to relationships.
The Addiction Stronghold
The colorful lifestyle of the Irish centered on their gathering places, primarily the pubs. Historians note this is where the spinning of tall tales entered into the culture. The Irish are famous for their story telling. Exaggeration, through enhancing the details of the story brought in spirits of lying. It’s hard for an Irishman to “get to the point.”
As a storyteller with this mixed into my English heritage, I have heard this complaint when talking to my friends. Some enjoy the journey of the story; some are more interested in getting to the destination. This leads to misunderstandings, and anger causing communication breakdowns in marriage.
It follows if the gatherings took place in pubs that spirits of addiction had easy targets. My client “Josie” told me her problems started in Ireland with alcohol, but when she arrived in Miami in the 80’s cocaine took over.
This briefly sums up the Irish. You can find more information on our website about the African Americans, English, German, and Hispanic Cultures. When more deliverance data streams in this list will expand. In the meantime, I encourage you to ask the Lord to reveal what is lurking in your family’s history, because those demons may be what is tormenting you.
It is time for your deliverance into the blessings of God.
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