Free Indeed – Part 6 (Conclusion)

“FREE INDEED” [Part 6 – Closing Message]

INTRO: The last area of freedom we’re going to cover is from generational curses.

I. WHAT ARE GENERATIONAL CURSES?

  1. Sinful behaviors that have been passed down to us directly from a previous generation/s.
  2. Not every sin we struggle with is a generational curse.
  3. It’s a sin, consequence or behavior common in a family.
  4. It’s not automatic but reveals predisposition. We still have a choice! These generational curses can be broken!

II. SCRIPTURES CONCERNING THE SINS OF THE FATHERS (Ex. 20:5; 34:7; Num. 14:18; 1Pet. 1:18-19)

  1. The iniquity or sins of the fathers are visited upon the children to the 3rd & 4th generation.

III. EXAMPLES

  1. Abraham’s lie & Isaac’s lie (Gen. 12:11-13; 20:2; 26:7).
  2. David’s sin & family dysfunction (2Sam. 11, 13, 15; 18:14).
  3. Israel’s sin (Jer. 16:10-12).
  4. Kings and their sons (1Ki. 15:25-26; 22:51-53).
  5. The scribes & Pharisees (Matt. 23:29-32).
  6. Transmitted genetically, environmentally & demonically.
  7. Common sins of the fathers.

IV. Is it fair that we have to suffer for our parent’s sins?

  1. Whether we think it’s fair or not, that’s the way it is.
  2. What we think about it doesn’t change it.
  3. Life isn’t always fair – Satan doesn’t play fair.
  4. Again, we still have a choice to sin or not to sin.
  5. God has made a provision for us to overcome.
  6. We won’t be judged for our father’s sins unless we make them our sins (Deut. 24:16; 2Chron. 25:3-4; Ezek. 18).

V. OVERCOMING GENERATIONAL CURSES

  1. Confess (1Jn. 1:9; Lev. 26:40, 42).
    1. Daniel (Dan. 9:4-20), Nehemiah (Neh. 1:5-11; 9:5-37) and Ezra (Ezra 9) confessed the sins of their fathers.
  2. Repent. C. Forgive. D. Renounce. E. Break. F. Appropriate (1Pet. 1:18-19; 1John 4:4).