Generation to generation
"Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His loving kindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments." (Deuteronomy 7:9)
Today’s devotional comes from Marilyn Hickey’s book Blessing The Next Generation.
"You have an enlarged heart. There’s nothing we can do about it," the doctor’s words cut me to the quick.
Fear spoke up, "Your father had a heart attack and you’re next!"
I was 23-years-old and just become Spirit-filled.
I knew enough to believe the Word promised me an abundant life, but a choice faced me: Would I believe the Word or would I believe I was doomed to suffer the same fate as my father?
I chose to believe God’s promises and later that year I was miraculously healed.
More recently, after my annual physical, the doctor told me my heart was in excellent condition.
The family curse of a bad heart had been broken many years before, but it was nice to have the doctor’s confirmation.
When my daughter, during her sophomore year in college, told me she was experiencing pains in her chest, the thought she had inherited the family trait of an enlarged heart ran through my mind.
My spirit rose in response to that thought and firmly reminded me that family curse had long been broken.
My daughter and I prayed together, standing in faith against the enemy. She has had no heart problems since.
In Exodus 20, Moses relayed the Ten Commandments to the people.
Exodus 20:56 says, in regards to idols, "You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing kindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments."
We usually focus on what God says about idols and skim over what God says about iniquity and kindness.
God clearly states here that the generational curse goes to the fourth generation, but the blessings go to the thousandth generation.
Proverbs 26:2 says a curse will not land without cause.
What we find roosting on our family trees, even if we’re ignorant of the cause, always has its roots somewhere.
We can define a generational curse as an iniquity that increases in strength from one generation to the next.
When considering the possibility that a generational curse may be operating, look at all generations within your family grandparents, parents, siblings, self, children and grandchildren.
Patterns of failure, prevalent personality behaviors such as manipulation, addiction, control or codependency, or a history of physical and/or mental illnesses or abuse can be symptoms of a generational curse.
As much as we may be touched by these things, they are not what God desires for us.
Consider the case of Korah.
When we see him in the book of Numbers, he is leading a rebellion against Moses and Aaron.
As a result of his rebellion, he and his company died.
However, Korah’s sons did not die (Numbers 16:1-40, Numbers 26:9-11).
If you look at Psalm 42, you’ll notice it is a song which enforces a lesson in wisdom or piety, written by the sons of Korah.
While Korah unrepentantly sinned and paid for it, his sons did not follow their father’s rebellious ways.
Generations later, the son’s of Korah are noted for writing one of the most beloved Psalms of all time.
To flow in the current of generational blessings means to experience a consistent and ongoing stream of all that is good, beneficial and positive from God’s perspective.
It only takes one person in a family to turn a lineage of generational curses into a lineage of generational blessings.
"Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other," is God’s promise in Isaiah 45:22.
"Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household," Paul declared to the jailer in Acts 16.
The first step in breaking generational curses is a step of faith.
We must believe what God says about us is true.
Then we must acknowledge the patterns in our own lives and repent.
By turning away from sinful patterns and creating godly ones, we begin to walk in the freedom and blessing that Christ died to provide.
Sin is at the root of all generational curses.
We face temptation because there is a tendency toward sin as part of our humanness, but we don’t have to be bound by that.
Christ forgives and cleanses us when we confess our sins (1 John 1:9).
Sharing the truth of sin and Christ’s forgiveness and living in the grace and righteousness Christ provides helps set new precedents in our lives and families.
Ask the Lord to open your eyes to any generational sin in your family and help you set the ax to the root of all sin in your life. Turn to Him in repentance, ask for forgiveness and let the Lord cleanse you.
"Lord, your Word says that if we confess sin, You will forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness and cast our sin into the depths of the sea. Show me now the generational sins that have been operating in my life and the lives of my family. Forgive me, cleanse me and set me free from all generational sin. Please break the curses and plant your blessings in my life and my family."