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Gods Purpose and plan for blessing in the family line

Our God is a great God of blessing for those who live under the shadow of His wings, and live in obedience to His will and purpose for us. As disciples of Jesus we receive these blessings through Him in love, and it is in the God ordained pattern of family life that we can be nurtured in and through Godly ideals, by the teaching and example of our mother and father.

This is a pivot, because our earthly fathers, together with our mothers, support the spiritual covenant umbrella, that Christian marriage shields under. Sin, especially sexual sin causes a breach in this cover of protection, and even when we confess and repent our sin, gaining forgiveness, the consequences remain, and the law of sowing and reaping applies.

Family life is under attack as never before, because the evil one knows how close to God's own heart, each intact family is, and the destroyer is wreaking havoc.

Parents to teach and train children on Godly ways.

(Prov 6:20 NIV) My son, keep your father's commands and do not forsake your mother's teaching.

(Prov 6:21 NIV) Bind them upon your heart forever; fasten them around your neck

(Prov 6:22 NIV) When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; when you awake, they will speak to you.

(Prov 6:23 NIV) For these commands are a lamp, this teaching is a light, and the corrections of discipline are the way to life,

(2 Tim 1:5 NIV) I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.

Spiritual blessings.

(Deu 7:9 NIV) Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.

God's mercy to generations of children.

(Psa 103:17 NIV) But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord's love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children's children

Num 14:24 NIV) But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.

God will show His love to a thousand generations.

(Exo 20:6 NIV) but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments

Consequences of sin in the family line.

Consequences of Sin in the family line spans three or four generations

(Exo 34:6 NIV) And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, "The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness,

(Exo 34:7 NIV) maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation."

The consequences of sexual sin last even longer.

(Deu 23:2 NIV) No one born of a forbidden marriage nor any of his descendants may enter the assembly of the LORD, even down to the tenth generation.

(Lev 18:1 NIV) The LORD said to Moses,

(Lev 18:2 NIV) "Speak to the Israelites and say to them: 'I am the LORD your God.

(Lev 18:3 NIV) You must not do as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices.

(Lev 18:4 NIV) You must obey my laws and be careful to follow my decrees. I am the LORD your God.

(Lev 18:5 NIV) Keep my decrees and laws, for the man who obeys them will live by them. I am the LORD.

(Lev 18:6 NIV) "'No one is to approach any close relative to have sexual relations. I am the LORD.

(Lev 18:7 NIV) "'Do not dishonor your father by having sexual relations with your mother. She is your mother; do not have relations with her.

(Lev 18:8 NIV) "'Do not have sexual relations with your father's wife; that would dishonor your father.

(Lev 18:9 NIV) "'Do not have sexual relations with your sister, either your father's daughter or your mother's daughter, whether she was born in the same home or elsewhere.

(Lev 18:10 NIV) "'Do not have sexual relations with your son's daughter or your daughter's daughter; that would dishonor you.

(Lev 18:11 NIV) "'Do not have sexual relations with the daughter of your father's wife, born to your father; she is your sister.

(Lev 18:12 NIV) "'Do not have sexual relations with your father's sister; she is your father's close relative.

(Lev 18:13 NIV) "'Do not have sexual relations with your mother's sister, because she is your mother's close relative.

(Lev 18:14 NIV) "'Do not dishonor your father's brother by approaching his wife to have sexual relations; she is your aunt.

(Lev 18:15 NIV) "'Do not have sexual relations with your daughter-in-law. She is your son's wife; do not have relations with her.

(Lev 18:16 NIV) "'Do not have sexual relations with your brother's wife; that would dishonor your brother.

(Lev 18:17 NIV) "'Do not have sexual relations with both a woman and her daughter. Do not have sexual relations with either her son's daughter or her daughter's daughter; they are her close relatives. That is wickedness.

(Lev 18:18 NIV) "'Do not take your wife's sister as a rival wife and have sexual relations with her while your wife is living.

(Lev 18:19 NIV) "'Do not approach a woman to have sexual relations during the uncleanness of her monthly period.

(Lev 18:20 NIV) "'Do not have sexual relations with your neighbor's wife and defile yourself with her.

(Lev 18:21 NIV) "'Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molech, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the LORD. **

(Lev 18:22 NIV) "'Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.

(Lev 18:23 NIV) "'Do not have sexual relations with an animal and defile yourself with it. A woman must not present herself to an animal to have sexual relations with it; that is a perversion.

(Lev 18:24 NIV) "'Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, because this is how the nations that I am going to drive out before you became defiled.

(Lev 18:25 NIV) Even the land was defiled; so I punished it for its sin, and the land vomited out its inhabitants.

(Lev 18:26 NIV) But you must keep my decrees and my laws. The native-born and the aliens living among you must not do any of these detestable things,

(Lev 18:27 NIV) for all these things were done by the people who lived in the land before you, and the land became defiled.

(Lev 18:28 NIV) And if you defile the land, it will vomit you out as it vomited out the nations that were before you.

(Lev 18:29 NIV) "'Everyone who does any of these detestable things--such persons must be cut off from their people.

(Lev 18:30 NIV) Keep my requirements and do not follow any of the detestable customs that were practiced before you came and do not defile yourselves with them. I am the LORD your God.'" 

God's purpose is an abundance of good things for His people.

Gen 1:28 NIV) God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."

The principle of sowing and reaping.

Sin has its consequences.

(Gal 6:7 NIV) Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.

(Rom 6:23 NIV) For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Israel reaped what it sowed.

(Hosea 9:17 NIV) My God will reject them because they have not obeyed him; they will be wanderers among the nations.

(Hosea 10:12 NIV) Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers righteousness on you.

(Hosea 10:13 NIV) But you have planted wickedness, you have reaped evil, you have eaten the fruit of deception. Because you have depended on your own strength and on your many warriors

What is sin?

Sin can be defined as:

1. Missing the mark or falling short of divine requirement.

2. Being in error of divine ruling.

3. Failure to achieve the standard God sets.

In the Bible sin is defined as:

Transgression. Breaking rules and laws.

Trespass. Entering any area that is forbidden

Disobedience. Knowing what is right and not doing it, and knowing what is wrong and doing it.

Rebellion. Denying accountability to God, flouting His authority and claiming independence of Him.

Iniquity. Our nature is to live lawless lives, and we fall into sin. Iniquity is crookedness, injustice, lawlessness and perverseness. It causes a predisposition in us to commit the same sin, that originally caused the "crookedness" .We see in the Bible the unfairness of sin - when we sin against another or they sin against us. We all sin, and down the generations our ancestors were sinners. We are all affected by the Generational iniquity of our ancestors. We are all prone, and vulnerable to sin in the same areas as our ancestors, and each generation multiplies the problem, for the children following the family line.

God's answer to the sin question and Generational iniquity!

In Jesus ,God himself entered this world as a human baby, in all the frailty of new life.

It is good to be reminded too, that the conception and birth of Jesus followed the same blueprint set down by himself for all our own births, before the start of time. The only difference was His Father was of theHoly Spirit.

Jesus was, and still is, of the Godhead of eternity, a spirit part of a spirit God. In His conception this spirit part took its place in the dividing and developing cells that were to become His body and soul (His human mind, will and emotions). His spirit, resided in the developing baby, and the eternal link between himself and his Father God remained intact and complete, until that day in His life when He became the sacrifice for our sin. On that day His Father God had to turn His face from Him, until the price of the curse of sin andiniquity was paid for, on the cross of Calvary.

Our spirit is present at our own conception, because like Jesus we are spirit beings in flesh bodies. The difference is because of sin, our spiritual link with the eternal Father God is fractured. Jesus said " You must be born again". This is a spiritual rebirth through a personal faith and relationship with Jesus, now ascended and sat at the right hand of our Father God. At this rebirth of you, in His own Son Jesus, God looks down, whilst heaven rejoices, and says " You are lovely".

The Atonement for all our personal and Generational iniquity.

(Isa 53:5 NIV) But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.

(Isa 53:6 NIV) We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

It is clear from God's Word, through Isaiah, that Jesus was bruised for our iniquities, and that the Lord laid in Him the iniquity of us all.

Because of the death of Jesus on the cross, we can be set free from the evil consequences of the sins and iniquities of our ancestors.

The historical pattern of the Atonement.
The day of Atonement.

(Lev 16:7 NIV) Then he is to take the two goats and present them before the LORD at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting.

(Lev 16:8 NIV) He is to cast lots for the two goats--one lot for the LORD and the other for the scapegoat.

(Lev 16:9 NIV) Aaron shall bring the goat whose lot falls to the LORD and sacrifice it for a sin offering.

(Lev 16:10 NIV) But the goat chosen by lot as the scapegoat shall be presented alive before the LORD to be used for making atonement by sending it into the desert as a scapegoat.

The sacrificed goat.

(Lev 16:15 NIV) "He shall then slaughter the goat for the sin offering for the people and take its blood behind the curtain and do with it as he did with the bull's blood: He shall sprinkle it on the atonement cover and in front of it.

(Lev 16:16 NIV) In this way he will make atonement for the Most Holy Place because of the uncleanness and rebellion of the Israelites, whatever their sins have been. He is to do the same for the Tent of Meeting, which is among them in the midst of their uncleanness.

The sacrificed goat, its blood was shed, and its life was sacrificed to cleanse

the people who brought it, from their own sin.

The scapegoat

Lev 16:21 NIV) He is to lay both hands on the head of the live goat and confess over it all the wickedness and rebellion of the Israelites--all their sins--and put them on the goat's head. He shall send the goat away into the desert in the care of a man appointed for the task.

(Lev 16:22 NIV) The goat will carry on itself all their sins to a solitary place; and the man shall release it in the desert

Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of both the sacrificed goat and the scapegoat.

(Luke 22:19 NIV) And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me."

(Luke 22:20 NIV) In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.


Examples of inequity and its Generational consequences are clearly illustrated in the Bible.

Forbidden marriages

(Deu 23:2 NIV) No one born of a forbidden marriage nor any of his descendants may enter the assembly of the LORD, even down to the tenth generation.

Adultery in the line of David

Read 2 Samuel Ch. 11 - 12

Sexual sin of David led to Generational consequences

(Psa 51:1 NIV) For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba. Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.

(Psa 51:2 NIV) Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

(Psa 51:3 NIV) For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.

(Psa 51:4 NIV) Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge.

(Psa 51:5 NIV) Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

Outworking of sexual sin in David’s own life

(2 Sam 11:2 NIV) One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful,

(2 Sam 11:3 NIV) and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, "Isn't this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite?"

(2 Sam 11:4 NIV) Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her. (She had purified herself from her uncleanness.) Then she went back home.

David was tenth generation in line from Judah. who had sex with Tamar, his daughter- in- law

Read Genesis 38 v 1 - 26

David's son Ammon continued the same trait in raping his half sister

Read 2 Samuel 13 v 1 -22

David's son Absalom slept with David's concubines in the sight of all Israel

(2 Sam 16:22 NIV) So they pitched a tent for Absalom on the roof, and he lay with his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel.

Abusive situations in marriage

Abraham's abuse of Sarah

(Gen 12:10 NIV) Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe.

(Gen 12:11 NIV) As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, "I know what a beautiful woman you are.

(Gen 12:12 NIV) When the Egyptians see you, they will say, 'This is his wife.' Then they will kill me but will let you live.

(Gen 12:13 NIV) Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you."

(Gen 12:14 NIV) When Abram came to Egypt, the Egyptians saw that she was a very beautiful woman.

(Gen 12:15 NIV) And when Pharaoh's officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh, and she was taken into his palace.

(Gen 12:16 NIV) He treated Abram well for her sake, and Abram acquired sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, menservants and maidservants, and camels.

(Gen 12:17 NIV) But the LORD inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram's wife Sarai.

(Gen 12:18 NIV) So Pharaoh summoned Abram. "What have you done to me?" he said. "Why didn't you tell me she was your wife?

(Gen 12:19 NIV) Why did you say, 'She is my sister,' so that I took her to be my wife? Now then, here is your wife. Take her and go!"

(Gen 12:20 NIV) Then Pharaoh gave orders about Abram to his men, and they sent him on his way, with his wife and everything he had.

(Gen 20:1 NIV) Now Abraham moved on from there into the region of the Negev and lived between Kadesh and Shur. For a while he stayed in Gerar,

(Gen 20:2 NIV) and there Abraham said of his wife Sarah, "She is my sister." Then Abimelech king of Gerar sent for Sarah and took her.

(Gen 20:3 NIV) But God came to Abimelech in a dream one night and said to him, "You are as good as dead because of the woman you have taken; she is a married woman."

(Gen 20:4 NIV) Now Abimelech had not gone near her, so he said, "Lord, will you destroy an innocent nation?

(Gen 20:5 NIV) Did he not say to me, 'She is my sister,' and didn't she also say, 'He is my brother'? I have done this with a clear conscience and clean hands."

Isaac's abuse of Rebekah

(Gen 24:67 NIV) Isaac brought her into the tent of his mother Sarah, and he married Rebekah. So she became his wife, and he loved her; and Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.

(Gen 26:7 NIV) When the men of that place asked him about his wife, he said, "She is my sister," because he was afraid to say, "She is my wife." He thought, "The men of this place might kill me on account of Rebekah, because she is beautiful."

(Gen 26:8 NIV) When Isaac had been there a long time, Abimelech king of the Philistines looked down from a window and saw Isaac caressing his wife Rebekah.

(Gen 26:9 NIV) So Abimelech summoned Isaac and said, "She is really your wife! Why did you say, 'She is my sister'?" Isaac answered him, "Because I thought I might lose my life on account of her."

(Gen 26:10 NIV) Then Abimelech said, "What is this you have done to us? One of the men might well have slept with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us."

(Gen 26:11 NIV) So Abimelech gave orders to all the people: "Anyone who molests this man or his wife shall surely be put to death."

Jacob's abuse of Leah

(Gen 29:30 NIV) Jacob lay with Rachel also, and he loved Rachel more than Leah. And he worked for Laban another seven years.


(Gen 29:32 NIV) Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Reuben, for she said, "It is because the LORD has seen my misery. Surely my husband will love me now."

(Gen 29:33 NIV) She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, "Because the LORD heard that I am not loved, he gave me this one too." So she named him Simeon.

(Gen 29:34 NIV) Again she conceived, and when she gave birth to a son she said, "Now at last my husband will become attached to me, because I have borne him three sons." So he was named Levi.

(Gen 29:35 NIV) She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, "This time I will praise the LORD." So she named him Judah. Then she stopped having children.

The dishonouring of parents

(Exo 20:12 NIV) "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

Ham and Noah - Canaan

(Gen 9:20 NIV) Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded to plant a vineyard.

(Gen 9:21 NIV) When he drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent.

(Gen 9:22 NIV) Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father's nakedness and told his two brothers outside.

(Gen 9:23 NIV) But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backward and covered their father's nakedness. Their faces were turned the other way so that they would not see their father's nakedness.

(Gen 9:24 NIV) When Noah awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest son had done to him,

(Gen 9:25 NIV) he said, "Cursed be Canaan! The lowest of slaves will he be to his brothers."

(Gen 9:26 NIV) He also said, "Blessed be the LORD, the God of Shem! May Canaan be the slave of Shem.

Jacob to Esau - deceit

(Gen 27:11 NIV) Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, "But my brother Esau is a hairy man, and I'm a man with smooth skin.

(Gen 27:12 NIV) What if my father touches me? I would appear to be tricking him and would bring down a curse on myself rather than a blessing."

Murder and murderous thoughts in the Generational line

(Exo 20:13 NIV) "You shall not murder.

Cain killed Abel

(Gen 4:1 NIV) Adam lay with his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, "With the help of the LORD I have brought forth a man."

(Gen 4:2 NIV) Later she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil.

(Gen 4:3 NIV) In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD.

(Gen 4:4 NIV) But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering,

(Gen 4:5 NIV) but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.

(Gen 4:6 NIV) Then the LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast?

(Gen 4:7 NIV) If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it."

(Gen 4:8 NIV) Now Cain said to his brother Abel, "Let's go out to the field." And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.

Esau and Jacob

(Gen 27:41 NIV) Esau held a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing his father had given him. He said to himself, "The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob."

Idolatry in the family line.

(Exo 20:4 NIV) "You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.

(Exo 20:5 NIV) You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,

Generation after generation committed this crime

Our own family tree in relation to Generational iniquity.

(Rom 3:22 NIV) This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference,

(Rom 3:23 NIV) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

In the Bible, and in lives today, we see common failures in child rearing and nurture, that give rise to the consequences of sin passing from generation to generation.

Common causes include:

Fathers who are not able or do not lead spiritually in the family.

Mothers who dominate, despise, judge and criticise.

Rejection at any age including in the unborn child.

Self rejection, self hate,

Sexual sin which breaches the family covenant cover and breeds generations of immorality

Other major effects within families afflicted by Generational iniquity

Distorted and negative emotions

Rejection from an early age, commonly from conception to birth

Mental illness and psychological/behaviour problems

Addictions, including alcoholism, glue sniffing, soft and hard drugs

Sexual deviancy including Paedophilia, incest, bestiality, prostitution, adultery and illegitimacy.

Early and premature death, suicide including children and teens

Inconsolable unrelenting grief process.

False guilt and blame.

Major trauma caused in warfare.

False religions, cults, restrictive religious control, ancestral worship.

Hereditary illness and predisposition to cancer.

False and twisted belief system and familial traits.

Does being born again deal with the effects of Generational iniquity?

(Jer 31:29 NIV) "In those days people will no longer say, 'The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge.'

(Jer 31:30 NIV) Instead, everyone will die for his own sin; whoever eats sour grapes--his own teeth will be set on edge.

(Jer 31:31 NIV) "The time is coming," declares the LORD, "when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.

(Jer 31:32 NIV) It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them, " declares the LORD.

(Jer 31:33 NIV) "This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time," declares the LORD. "I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.

(Jer 31:34 NIV) No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest," declares the LORD. "For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more."

At present we are only partly appropriating the work of the Lord Jesus as believers, but conversion needs to lead to discipleship.

In our old nature we live by the flesh, and our mindset are of the world.

As disciples we need to be spirit led, and spirit armoured.

Our mindset need to be one minded and renewed by the Holy Spirit.

Our natural state presents us as body, soul and spirit.

Our rebirth state should be spirit, soul and body.

Spirit led ready to battle as a warrior angel.

One purpose and one faith in Christ Jesus, prepared and dressed for the spiritual battle

using the authority of His Name and the power of His blood in all spiritual realms.

As born again believers, and disciples renewed in Christ Jesus,

the effects of Generational iniquity needs to be addressed.

(Ezek 18:1 NIV) The word of the LORD came to me:

(Ezek 18:2 NIV) "What do you people mean by quoting this proverb about the land of Israel: "'The fathers eat sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge'?

(Ezek 18:3 NIV) "As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, you will no longer quote this proverb in Israel.

(Ezek 18:4 NIV) For every living soul belongs to me, the father as well as the son--both alike belong to me. The soul who sins is the one who will die.

(Ezek 18:5 NIV) "Suppose there is a righteous man who does what is just and right.

(Ezek 18:6 NIV) He does not eat at the mountain shrines or look to the idols of the house of Israel. He does not defile his neighbor's wife or lie with a woman during her period.

(Ezek 18:7 NIV) He does not oppress anyone, but returns what he took in pledge for a loan. He does not commit robbery but gives his food to the hungry and provides clothing for the naked.

(Ezek 18:8 NIV) He does not lend at usury or take excessive interest. He withholds his hand from doing wrong and judges fairly between man and man.

(Ezek 18:9 NIV) He follows my decrees and faithfully keeps my laws. That man is righteous; he will surely live, declares the Sovereign LORD.

(Ezek 18:10 NIV) "Suppose he has a violent son, who sheds blood or does any of these other things

(Ezek 18:11 NIV) (though the father has done none of them): "He eats at the mountain shrines. He defiles his neighbor's wife.

(Ezek 18:12 NIV) He oppresses the poor and needy. He commits robbery. He does not return what he took in pledge. He looks to the idols. He does detestable things.

(Ezek 18:13 NIV) He lends at usury and takes excessive interest. Will such a man live? He will not! Because he has done all these detestable things, he will surely be put to death and his blood will be on his own head.

(Ezek 18:14 NIV) "But suppose this son has a son who sees all the sins his father commits, and though he sees them, he does not do such things:

(Ezek 18:15 NIV) "He does not eat at the mountain shrines or look to the idols of the house of Israel. He does not defile his neighbor's wife.

(Ezek 18:16 NIV) He does not oppress anyone or require a pledge for a loan. He does not commit robbery but gives his food to the hungry and provides clothing for the naked.

(Ezek 18:17 NIV) He withholds his hand from sin and takes no usury or excessive interest. He keeps my laws and follows my decrees. He will not die for his father's sin; he will surely live.

(Ezek 18:18 NIV) But his father will die for his own sin, because he practiced extortion, robbed his brother and did what was wrong among his people.

(Ezek 18:19 NIV) "Yet you ask, 'Why does the son not share the guilt of his father?' Since the son has done what is just and right and has been careful to keep all my decrees, he will surely live.

(Ezek 18:20 NIV) The soul who sins is the one who will die. The son will not share the guilt of the father, nor will the father share the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous man will be credited to him, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against him.

(Ezek 18:21 NIV) "But if a wicked man turns away from all the sins he has committed and keeps all my decrees and does what is just and right, he will surely live; he will not die.

(Ezek 18:22 NIV) None of the offenses he has committed will be remembered against him. Because of the righteous things he has done, he will live.

(Ezek 18:23 NIV) Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign LORD. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?

(Ezek 18:24 NIV) "But if a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits sin and does the same detestable things the wicked man does, will he live? None of the righteous things he has done will be remembered. Because of the unfaithfulness he is guilty of and because of the sins he has committed, he will die.

(Ezek 18:25 NIV) "Yet you say, 'The way of the Lord is not just.' Hear, O house of Israel: Is my way unjust? Is it not your ways that are unjust?

(Ezek 18:26 NIV) If a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits sin, he will die for it; because of the sin he has committed he will die.

(Ezek 18:27 NIV) But if a wicked man turns away from the wickedness he has committed and does what is just and right, he will save his life.

(Ezek 18:28 NIV) Because he considers all the offenses he has committed and turns away from them, he will surely live; he will not die.

(Ezek 18:29 NIV) Yet the house of Israel says, 'The way of the Lord is not just.' Are my ways unjust, O house of Israel? Is it not your ways that are unjust?

(Ezek 18:30 NIV) "Therefore, O house of Israel, I will judge you, each one according to his ways, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall.

(Ezek 18:31 NIV) Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, O house of Israel?

We can not blame our ancestors and their sins for our continued sinfulness.

God's solution to Generational iniquity.

In the book of Hezekiah we see the question of the consequences of Generational sin being addressed, in the model of cleansing the temple

(2 Chr 29:6 NIV) Our fathers were unfaithful; they did evil in the eyes of the LORD our God and forsook him. They turned their faces away from the Lord's dwelling place and turned their backs on him.

(2 Chr 29:7 NIV) They also shut the doors of the portico and put out the lamps. They did not burn incense or present any burnt offerings at the sanctuary to the God of Israel.

(2 Chr 29:8 NIV) Therefore, the anger of the LORD has fallen on Judah and Jerusalem; he has made them an object of dread and horror and scorn, as you can see with your own eyes.

(2 Chr 29:9 NIV) This is why our fathers have fallen by the sword and why our sons and daughters and our wives are in captivity.

(2 Chr 29:10 NIV) Now I intend to make a covenant with the LORD, the God of Israel, so that his fierce anger will turn away from us.

We need to confess (agree with God) about the sins of our ancestors

(Neh 1:5 NIV) Then I said: "O LORD, God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and obey his commands,

(Neh 1:6 NIV) let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father's house, have committed against you.

(Neh 1:7 NIV) We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses.

(Neh 1:8 NIV) "Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, 'If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations,

(Neh 1:9 NIV) but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.'

(Neh 1:10 NIV) "They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand.

(Neh 1:11 NIV) O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man." I was cupbearer to the king.

(Dan 9:3 NIV) So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes.

(Dan 9:4 NIV) I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed: "O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with all who love him and obey his commands,

(Dan 9:5 NIV) we have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from your commands and laws.

(Dan 9:6 NIV) We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.

(Dan 9:7 NIV) "Lord, you are righteous, but this day we are covered with shame--the men of Judah and people of Jerusalem and all Israel, both near and far, in all the countries where you have scattered us because of our unfaithfulness to you.

(Dan 9:8 NIV) O LORD, we and our kings, our princes and our fathers are covered with shame because we have sinned against you.

(Dan 9:9 NIV) The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him;

(Dan 9:10 NIV) we have not obeyed the LORD our God or kept the laws he gave us through his servants the prophets.

(Dan 9:11 NIV) All Israel has transgressed your law and turned away, refusing to obey you. "Therefore the curses and sworn judgments written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against you.

(Dan 9:12 NIV) You have fulfilled the words spoken against us and against our rulers by bringing upon us great disaster. Under the whole heaven nothing has ever been done like what has been done to Jerusalem.

(Dan 9:13 NIV) Just as it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come upon us, yet we have not sought the favor of the LORD our God by turning from our sins and giving attention to your truth.

(Dan 9:14 NIV) The LORD did not hesitate to bring the disaster upon us, for the LORD our God is righteous in everything he does; yet we have not obeyed him.

(Dan 9:15 NIV) "Now, O Lord our God, who brought your people out of Egypt with a mighty hand and who made for yourself a name that endures to this day, we have sinned, we have done wrong.

(Dan 9:16 NIV) O Lord, in keeping with all your righteous acts, turn away your anger and your wrath from Jerusalem, your city, your holy hill. Our sins and the iniquities of our fathers have made Jerusalem and your people an object of scorn to all those around us.

(Dan 9:17 NIV) "Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, O Lord, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary.

(Dan 9:18 NIV) Give ear, O God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy.

(Dan 9:19 NIV) O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For your sake, O my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name."

(Dan 9:20 NIV) While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel and making my request to the LORD my God for his holy hill--

(Dan 9:21 NIV) while I was still in prayer, Gabriel, the man I had seen in the earlier vision, came to me in swift flight about the time of the evening sacrifice.

(Dan 9:22 NIV) He instructed me and said to me, "Daniel, I have now come to give you insight and understanding.

We need to repent of our own sin, if we too have behaved in this way

(1 John 1:9 NIV) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Ask Jesus to set you free from the spiritual inheritance of the Generational iniquity

Recognise that you are now grafted into God's family, with only blessings of the family line

(John 1:12 NIV) Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God--

(John 1:13 NIV) children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.

Appropriate freedom from the bondage of Generational iniquity

Pray to be set free from the captivity of Generational sin

Thank you Lord Jesus, that you have rescued me from the kingdom of darkness and brought me into the Kingdom of Light. You have redeemed me with Your precious blood and I belong to you. I have been born again and I am a member of the family of God. Jesus is my Lord.

I am also a member of the human family. I identify with them and confess that we have sinned and broken Your laws. We have done this in thought, word and deed and in particular by involvement in......................................................................

(name specific involvement)

I forgive my ancestors for the consequences of their sins that have affected me. I take responsibility for the ways in which I have repeated their sins and I repent of my sin. Please forgive me.

I pray this in Jesus Name. Amen

Pray to receive cleansing from the consequences of Generational iniquities

In the Name of Jesus, I confess, renounce and revoke every curse, vow, oath, decision, choice contract and covenant made by my forbears (and by myself) in agreement with the will of Satan and the powers of darkness, at any time, in any place, with any person and any purpose choose today to come inline with the will of God, under the new covenant of the precious blood of Jesus, which cleanses me from all sin.

Appropriating what Jesus bought for me on the cross of Calvary. I take the sword of the Spirit and cut all Generational links in His mighty Name. Thank you that I am now parented by Father God. I am His child.

I thank you Jesus that you bear all the iniquity in my life and I therefore claim freedom from all curses, hereditary diseases and other consequences

of the sins of my forbears.

I ask it in Jesus Name.


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