Today’s exhortation – generational sins & resulting curses
What are generational sins and resulting curses and how do they affect us today? Generational sins or sins of the fathers is the heart tendency that we inherit from our forefathers to sin the way they did against God. We find that even when we determine in our hearts to be different from our forefathers i.e parents, grand parents or great grandparents, sometimes, we find ourselves doing exactly what they did. An eg from the bible will be Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The first generation Abraham lied about his wife. In Genesis 12:10-20, he went to Egypt and lied to the people that Sarah was his wife by saying she was his sister because he was afraid they’ll kill him. 2nd generation – some years later, Isaac Abraham’s son also faced a similar situation like his father, but he too lied and said his wife was his sister because he was afraid they’ll kill him.
3rd generation Jacob who’s name means deceiver was also a liar and a cheat. The three generations unwittingly committed the same type of sins. The law of God says that the iniquity of the fathers will be visited upon the children to the third and fourth generations (Exodus 20:5). But there’s good news, the bible says, Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, (Galatians 3:13-14). However in order to benefit from this, we must make use of it. It’s like having money in the bank, we must withdraw it in order to use its power to break any generational sins and resulting curses in our lives. Please note, inner healing is a broad and deep topic which I’ve made simple, so to get a deeper grasp I would encourage you to read more on this subject.