Sermon: Healing the family – Generational blessings and Curses

  1. God’s plan for blessings through family

  • God wants to bless us through family (Psalm 112:1-3)
  • Parents are God’s authorized agents to instruct and teach children to walk in godly ways (Genesis 18:18-19, Proverbs 6:20-22)
  • Spiritual inheritance of blessings to pass through the generational line (Psalm 103;17-18; Numbers 14:24)
  1. Demonic Stronghold can be established through unwilling participation in sin through lack of godly covering or knowledge

  • Through sins of our forefathers – e.g. the sin of Adam
  • Unconfessed sins of our forefathers would result in generational iniquity and generational curses in the same way that righteousness of our forefathers result in generational blessings (Exodus 20:5-6; 34:6-7)
  • Iniquity = the propensity to sin
  1. Generational Iniquities

  • God is holy and will not share His glory with any other. Iniquities rooted in disobedience and revolt against the Lordship of Jesus in any sphere of life (Exodus 20:5; Isaiah 48:11)
  • Leviticus 26:39-45
  • Generational Iniquities attract generational curses by giving the devil a legal right to the life of the offender and his descendents
  1. The effect of sin in the family line

  • God’s warning against sin which has far reaching effect on future generations (Exodus 20:5-7)
  • Particular types of sin bring particular curses, e.g. sexual sin (Deuteronomy 23:2-3)
  • Iniquity brings disorder to the family line (Lamentation 5:7-16)
  • Biblical example of generational iniquities – Abraham and Isaac has committed the sin of abuse by failing to protect their wives (Genesis 12:12-13; 26:7)
  1. Healing the family is made possible on the Cross of Jesus

  • Galatians 3:13-14; Jeremiah 31:29-30
  • Generational iniquity though it brings pressure, does not excuse our own sin
  • We can appropriate the atoning work of the Cross
  • Identifying ourselves with our forefathers’ sins, confess and repent of our own sins
  • Plead the Blood of Jesus for forgiveness and cleansing
  • Evict the demonics and close the door by choosing to walk in freedom