Our own flesh, the sins of others against us and an enemy who seeks to steal, kill and destroy are all coming against us to try to keep us from becoming whole. But remember…
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” 1 Peter 5:8-9
Satan has been defeated. Death has no sting. We know where he will end up – in the lake of fire. We have been set free over the power of sin. But we must recognize the war still wages. He will use any crack or crevice to come into your life and establish a stronghold. “Just give me an opening. Open the door. Let me in”.
If I’m living whole, there aren’t any cracks he can exploit.
If I dance with danger, if I flirt with temptation, he’s coming.
Generational sin. Family affairs. Sins of our parents, grandparents and even great grandparents that affect us today. Derrick gave us a good list…
Alcoholism. Drug abuse. Verbal/physical abuse. Rage. Being frozen in fear. Bitterness. Unforgiveness. Embracing poverty. Victimization. Racism. Sexual immorality. A family history of infidelity. Pornography/sexual addiction.
Some of these are so ingrained in our family that we have taken on the stance of “this is just the way I am.” “Just the way I am” is NOT have God intends for us to live our lives. Where is the freedom in this? Where is the restoration? Where is the victory of the Cross?
“You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” Exodus 20:5-6
Punishing. Focusing on that one word can tend to lead us to think, “It’s just who I am – God’s doing this to me”. Other translations use the word “visiting” which is the better translation.
Visiting. Like making a call on someone.
When someone visits you, you have the freedom to either let them in the door or ask them to leave. Too many times, we invite them in. We invite these things into our home/lives and are ignorant of the whole thing. And the enemy just slides in.
Generational sin is not about blaming Dad that, “I’m this way because he was”. It goes deeper than that. Importantly, you are not automatically bound to live under the sins of your fathers.
“The one who sins is the one who will die. The child will not share the guilt of the parent, nor will the parent share the guilt of the child. The righteousness of the righteous will be credited to them, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against them.” Ezekiel 18:20
You have a choice. You don’t have to live under the patterns of your family. You’re not bound to it. Nor does it excuse anything. We all must account for our own lives, our choices, our mistakes.
You don’t have to live this out. You can break the pattern. You don’t have to take this down to your children’s generation. You have a chance to break these patterns. How?
Recognize the pattern – irrational behavior that crops up. Areas where you are just stuck. Repeating events that come up for no real reason. Identify that something is at work. The “Ah-ha” moment.
Renounce any generational curse that you believe is over your family – renounce them by name. Break the power of that sin in Jesus’ name.
Ask forgiveness for and judgment you have against members of your family – we stand in judgment over them for the wrongs and in so doing, we have not forgiven them.
Lastly, ask God to break the patterns – “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us — for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree.” Galatians 3:13
It is for freedom that Christ set you free. Will you live that way?