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Reverend S. L. Gardner

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- Generational Sins -

The Word says " for I Adonai your God am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sins of the parents, also the third and fourth generation of those who hate me." Deuteronomy 5:9

Sometimes we can exhaust every track of personal sin only to find great trouble still besetting our families and us. Sin and trouble passing from generation to generation is a continual theme throughout the Old Testament. This article will discuss three ways we may come under the defilement of generational sin. We may inherit our propensities to sin through our genes, through example, and through the power of the law of judging and receiving.

By the authority given us in Yeshua Christ Jesus, we are able to break the bonds of generational sin. Through prayer we can help to free families from it's patterns of destruction.

Many discount the idea of generational sin, arguing that Jesus' death on the cross frees us from the problem of inherited trouble. But we inherit blessings passed down from our forefathers: Examples - strong gene pool, good health, longevity, good temperament, gifts and talents, the benefits of civilization, inventions, sound investments, wise decisions.

The Lord does say that each one will die for his own iniquity and without cause a curse cannot alight. (Ezekiel 18; Jeremiah 31:29-30; Proverbs 26:2) We also know that, in Gethsemane, Jesus took upon Himself the sins of all humanity - past, present and future - and He finished that work on the cross.

I have ministered to many Christians who still suffer generational effects. This may be because there are sins they themselves are hiding or are unaware of, or because their ancestral bloodlines are polluted by unconfessed sin.

Like much of our walk with God, being freed from generational sins is a process. Is it fair? The laws of god operating in the universe are neither personal nor punitive - they simply state how things work.

Sowing and reaping allow for good as well as evil. Here are three ways we reap blessing and harm through what is sown by our forefathers.

1. Through genetic inheritance - through our DNA, we are physically and chemically part of our forefathers - we inherit physical traits, illnesses passed on through genes such as diabetes and hemophilia Death itself, passed on from Adam as the consequence of sin. (Romans 5:12) The conflicts of the nations through history - Ishmael and Isaac both seeds of Abraham are the Arab and Jewish nations. The blessings of God, as when Levi is credited with paying tithes to Melchizedek (Hebrews 7:5-10)

2. Through example or modeling. Well documented by science, environment helps mold behavior. Anger teaches anger, resentment teaches resentment What we see in the family is written on our hearts

3. Through the laws of God The law of judging and receiving v Therefore you are without excuse, every man of you who passes judgment, for in that you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. Romans 2:1 nas "Always treat others as you would like them to treat you; that sums up the teaching of the Torah and the Prophets". Matthew 7:12 cjv

The inverse corollary of the Golden Rule is: You WILL do to others what has been done to you. The law of sowing and reaping - "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this will he also reap." Galatians 6:7

NOTE: These laws existed BEFORE sin. When we choose not to repent, thereby NOT letting Jesus take our sin on the cross, we deny Him access and condemn future generations to reap what we have sown.

Examples of generational sin which manifest as common patterns of trouble in family lines include: Women molested by fathers Generations of alcoholism Divorce Tragic illness and premature deaths Multiple miscarriages and closed wombs Financial and business failure Occult involvement The sin of occultism: This generational sin can be especially damaging - symptoms may include: Curses on family (Deuteronomy 28:15 ff) Unaccountable financial reverses Affliction through diseases which refuse diagnosis and/or treatment - recurring ailments Family feuds/unresolved conflicts Tendency to be drawn to the occult, even without knowing it - forms of prayer, visualization, so-called Christian cults

How to bring healing from generational sin:

Cherish your heritage! Being ashamed of our heritage is dishonoring our parents and dishonoring to our creator who formed us.

Recognition - to see and name a thing is to begin to have power over it - we can help trace the history of the family, watching for distinct, recurrent patterns v Build a family tree v Use a Live History form v Ask the Holy Spirit for understanding

Confession - Confess the truth of the situation and acknowledge participation in the sin.

Repentance - the Bible tells us that if the son is righteous he will not inherit the father's iniquity (Jeremiah 31:29-30; Ezekiel 18:17) BUT according to Psalm 14 and Romans 3, no one is righteous - we must depend on the cross to stop the trouble v Repent for ancestors - (this is done repeatedly throughout the Bible) Repent for yourself

Forgiveness - Forgive ancestors (ask God to cover all those who have not participated in this prayer. You are asking for His mercy until they can come to the point of forgiving them personally.) Be assured that each person is forgiven for their participation in the sin

Prayer - place the work of the cross between generations so that the sins of the ancestors are stopped there. This is a stand you take as a matter of faith and to place satan on notice that there are no more doors opened in this area.

Pray about each specific descending pattern - divorce, cancer, alcoholism, homosexuality, etc. - reckon it as dead on the cross. Proverbs 20:7; 13:22; Psalm 103:17-18; Isaiah 54:13 Pray for release by destruction - "The person who keeps on sinning is from the Adversary, because from the very beginning the Adversary has kept on sinning. It was for this very reason that the Son of God appeared, to destroy these doings of the Adversary." 1 John 3:8

Ask God to cast away any "familiar spirits" and bring holy angels to protect the family. Hebrews 1:14

Pray that God will bless the family and celebrate in faith that it will be so

Continue prayer and intercession Romans 2:4-7; 12:12; Acts 12:5; Ephesians 6:18; James 5:13-20

A sample prayer for generational sin -

Lord, the trouble in ____________'s life has come down through the generations. We know we are helpless to break the patterns of sin, which have descended, and so we take them to the cross. We ask You to place the work of Jesus on the cross between ___________'s family and everyone in the family line before him/her. Shield them from the effects of _________________. (Be as specific as you can)

Scripture tells us that Jesus came to destroy the works of Satan. We ask that You destroy those patterns by which Satan has access to this family. Stop them on Your cross, O God.

Lord, we pray that Your cleansing blood will wash back through the bloodlines. We pray for forgiveness in those areas where he/she has participated in the sin, (be specific in naming any known involvement), and ask that You remove the ground of the enemy's attack.

We pray that the blood of Jesus cover __________ and the family. We repent and thank You for Your healing. Lord, we ask that You destroy the structures surrounding this sin.

We bind in Jesus Name any familiar spirit, which has urged this family into participation of the sin. Replace the "familiar" with Your angels, Lord. You tell us in Scripture that Your angels are to take charge over us and cover us in all our ways. Send this family an angel to deliver them out of their troubles. (Psalm 34)

In Jesus Name. Amen

Rev. Dr. S.L. Gardner

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