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And God spoke all these words, saying, I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee outof the landof Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. Exodus 20:1-6

 A lot has been said about generational curses. The church has been programmed to attribute any form of challenge to ancestral failures and curses. I am not trying to presume that there are no accumulated failures from our forefathers, the effect of which we are suffering from. A number of people actually suffer not because they have done anything wrong on their own but they are paying for what their fathers did wrong. However, a deeper look at the word of God will open our eyes to the fact that the mercy and grace of God are much higher than the effect of these curses and that they have the ability to neutralize the effect of the curses.

God is aware that his people are in bondage and has made provision for their freedom.

Though God is a jealous God who visits the iniquity of the father on the son, it is however only to the fourth generation. It is equally not automatic for the child to inherit the curse of the father; he has the choice to make between being free or putting himself under the influence of the curse.

If a group of people refuses to depart from the evil ways their fathers walked in that brought God’s wrath and judgment upon them, they will continue to harvest the punishment that their fathers did not live long enough to harvest in full. However, if the child makes up his mind not to tread the path his father walked in but follows the way of the Lord, he has a new deal with God and automatically frees himself from the repercussion of his father’s wrong doings. The children of Korah did not partner with their father when he rebelled against Moses in the wilderness hence they did not perish with him but became instruments of praise in God’s hands. Numbers 26:10 – 11; 1 Chronicles 9:19

This shows that one sure way to be free from generational curses is to live a separate life from the way your people live. Do not hold on to the tradition of your people which are detrimental to your relationship with God. Do not partake in their iniquity. Be ready to bear their persecution as long as what you are being asked to do is not in line with the word of God. No matter what they do to you, do not give in to their pressure. It is much better to be branded an outcast by your people than you becoming a puppet in their hand; when you are rejected, you have ample time to develop yourself and invoke the blessing of the Lord upon your life. The blessing of God in your life will make your enemies to come back to you and bow at your feet.

If you fail to stand your ground, you open up yourself to the ills associated with obeying the godless culture the people live by which has made them captives of generational curses.

Let this be clear to you: no matter how angry God is with a people, He cannot extend His anger beyond the fourth generation. However His mercy is from generation to generation. In other words, His anger is for a moment but His mercy which provokes great blessings knows no end.

You also need to know that your lineage is not entirely evil. At one time or the other one act of goodness had been done by your forefathers which went into an account that you can now lay claim to. It is interesting to note that while the effect of an evil deed can only live to the fourth generation, you have the privilege of reaping the good deeds done by your fathers for limitless generations. Then one wonders why people are more conscious of the short-lived curses than the blessings that have no expiry date,which can be claimed as long as man exists on this earth.

As Christians who have been washed by the blood of Jesus, you have the privilege of drawing from the good account of your lineage and rejecting whatever the devil wants to impose on you from the evil account. You need to be aware of the good family account your fathers have left for you; some of them worked very hard, met some people’s needs, rendered help in great measures etc, yet they did not physically receive the reward of their labour. Your judgment will not be correct if you think that whatever they did died with them; even if you did not inherit any physical possession from them, they left some good deeds in the family account that you can easily draw from.

Many people find it very easy to attribute their ordeals to the pattern in the family – the back ache, the stomach pain, mental disorders, late marriage, lack of breakthroughs etc. The same cannot be said of the good things in the family. In fact, they find it very difficult to attach any success they have to the family they come from. Many Christians are guilty in this as well.

Know that God desires to make you a blessing to your generation and up coming generations. One of the ways to flow in this is to take advantage of the blessings within your family.

Evang. Steve K. Pelemo

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