“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?
- Sinful behaviors that have been passed down to us directly from a previous generation/s.
- Not every sin we struggle with is a generational curse.
- It’s a sin, consequence or behavior common in a family.
- 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)
- The iniquity or sins of the fathers are visited upon the children to the 3rd & 4th generation.
- Abraham’s lie & Isaac’s lie (Gen. 12:11-13; 20:2; 26:7).
- David’s sin & family dysfunction (2Sam. 11, 13, 15; 18:14).
- Israel’s sin (Jer. 16:10-12).
- Kings and their sons (1Ki. 15:25-26; 22:51-53).
- The scribes & Pharisees (Matt. 23:29-32).
- Transmitted genetically, environmentally & demonically.
- Common sins of the fathers.
IV. Is it fair that we have to suffer for our parent’s sins?
- Whether we think it’s fair or not, that’s the way it is.
- What we think about it doesn’t change it.
- Life isn’t always fair – Satan doesn’t play fair.
- Again, we still have a choice to sin or not to sin.
- God has made a provision for us to overcome.
- 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
- Confess (1Jn. 1:9; Lev. 26:40, 42).
- Daniel (Dan. 9:4-20), Nehemiah (Neh. 1:5-11; 9:5-37) and Ezra (Ezra 9) confessed the sins of their fathers.
- Repent. C. Forgive. D. Renounce. E. Break. F. Appropriate (1Pet. 1:18-19; 1John 4:4).