Everyone has a family history that contains various traits that signify the genealogy and its uniqueness from others. Such traits often include physical characteristics such as skin color, hair color, and even eye color. A person is identified based on their genes and their family lineage. Family history also includes a person’s medical history which involves diseases and other conditions that are within the family structure.
In many cases, what a person’s familial history represents is a continuation of various behaviors or traits that are directly taken from the lineage in question. Often, a person is predisposed to medical illnesses and even personality traits because of the lineage that they exist within. It is as if a person’s heritage dictates who they are and certain aspects of their life that will show forth in the future.
Spiritually speaking, you and I were born into sin because of Adam and Eve’s disobedience. The bible says in Romans chapter 5, verses 12-21 that sin entered through one man. Adam’s disobedience is what caused sin to enter into this world. It was at that point that Adam passed sinful nature down to every human being that would be born. This means, that we automatically inherit sin as our nature because of Adam.
However, if you read further in this scripture, the Apostle Paul points out that it is Jesus Christ who has given us the opportunity to be reconciled to God rather than being condemned in sin.
(NLT) “Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone. Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous.”
What the above scripture shows us is that although we were born into sin, there is an escape and the one who gives us that open door is Jesus Christ. It is the acceptance of Jesus Christ that turns the tide and breaks the power of sin. There are many who remain bound because of their current sinful position, however, the advocate who is Jesus Christ died on the cross to save you from your sin.
Even as it relates to the aspect of a generational curse, the same power of Jesus Christ can nullify and change one’s original destiny. What is a generational curse? In its most simplistic definition, a generational curse is an ongoing occurrence of misfortune and malady. It is the constant state of being under the influence of a curse which usually results in a poor quality of life.
In order for a generational curse to be formed, there must be a seed or seeds sown into a lineage. Throughout human history, there have been many examples of seeds sown that later produced generational curses within family lines. For example, in the book of Exodus chapter 20, God gives a stern warning of what occurs when sin is allowed to remain within a family structure.
In this passage of scripture, God is speaking to the children of Israel when He says the following:
(NLT) “I am the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery.“You must not have any other god but me. “You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me.”
Notice that in this passage, God gives the children of Israel the command not to have any other gods but He alone. Also, God says directly that the sins of the parents are essentially placed upon the children. At that time, idolatry among other sins was actively practiced among previous generations. As a result, those who were born were already predisposed to not only the same sinful acts but also the punishment that God would inflict.
Verse 6 however, gives the children of Israel an opportunity to have their potential punishment expunged:
(NLT) “But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands.”
God is saying in this verse that those who choose to love Him and obey Him will be among those who experience His great love. Essentially, they will be spared from the punishment that comes with disobedience. What occurred during the Old Testament was that children who were born within families that committed sin would experience punishment based on what their parents had done. However, this was usually because of the choice to sin.
Just like we have been born into sin because of Adam and Eve’s disobedience, the same sinful nature resides within each familial structure. This means that because we are already predisposed to certain sins, then the likelihood that we would act in the same sinful manner as those who came before us is quite probable. However, this is determined based on the choice to succumb to the sin within our family heritage.
At the end of the day, you and I have a choice to make. Just as the children of Israel were given an opportunity to obey the commands of God and to love Him, we have the option to do the same. Sin is the same as a seed in that when a sinful seed is planted, it will eventually resurface at a later date.
When the seeds of sin are planted throughout generations, then it can become a generational curse to others at a later point in time. The fact is, in my family and in yours, there are those who have sinned which means there are certain weaknesses that have the ability to invade our lives. However, the good news is that you and I can avoid such curses and predispositions through Jesus Christ.
Only in Christ can we break the generational curses that exist within our family structure. For example, if your Father was a habitual user of drugs, then you would be in the trek to do the same thing. However, by choosing Christ as your Lord and Savior, the generational curse and the possibility of committing the same sin can be broken.
Satan wants all of us to be bound by the sins of our parents and family members, or even to be bound by our own sins. However, the power of Jesus Christ can break every chain. You must realize that the choice not to follow the same sinful pattern of your parents is completely up to you. The seeds planted within your family structure do not have to define your destiny.
In fact, seeds of salvation, blessings, and obedience can be planted if you are willing to surrender to Jesus Christ. Do you know Jesus Christ as your Lord & Savior? If not, then you are already planting seeds that are based on sin. To turn the tide, there must be a decision to accept Christ and to have a relationship with God through Christ. If you are enduring a generational curse in your family, it can only be broken through Christ. Today is the day to break the chains through the power of Jesus.