Where would we be if it weren’t for Him? If it weren’t for His grace and His mercy? Really. Where would you be?
I’m nearing the end of 1 Samuel, where the spirit of Samuel was telling Saul what was to come and that him and his sons would soon be with him. In the middle of me ranting to my sister about it, it hit me, that Jonathan, Saul’s son, was going to die. Jonathan, who was a man of God, who honored Him, especially in his friendship with David, was going to die for no fault of his own. Jonathan was going to die at the hand of the Philistines because of the disobedience of his father. How devastating is that, to be innocent yet cursed to die due to the actions of his parent.
Honestly, that struck me hard. It brought me to generational curses. The things that people suffer from/struggle with due to the sins for their parents, and their parent’s parents, on. My parents are not perfect people. I’m sure my grandparents weren’t either. There are a multitude of sins that have been committed in the generations before me. I don’t have to look far down the line to find a range from adultery to witchcraft (obeah is common in the Caribbean). Yet, I am still here.
I have to wonder though. What kind of things have I been afflicted with due to the sins of my parents and those before them? What attitudes and behaviors have carried over to me due to their sins? What within me is the result of a generational curse? Things that the world would account to genetics, or a relative being “just like that”. God could have taken me out based on their sins alone, yet I am still here. Glory to God, I am still here and it is only because of Jesus.
The only difference between the Old Testament and the New Testament is Jesus. God cannot change; He is still the same. Back then, if one person sinned against God, God’s wrath fell upon them and their entire family. Now, we have Jesus. He steps in and reminds God that He died us. His blood covers all sin. We can recognize generational curses that affect us and our family and war against. We have the power of the blood of Jesus to end all curses. Through Christ we are saved, healed, and given life more abundantly.
Thank you, Jesus, for your blood.
I thank God for Jesus. I thank Jesus for loving me so much that He did for me, even though He himself was blameless. He continues to fight for me and generational curses can end with me. Instead of experiencing God’s wrath, I have been given His grace and His mercy. They follow me. His blood that was shed back then still works. I shall not die, but live.
All I can see if God holding back because of Jesus and I am grateful. So grateful. How could I not give my life back to Him? After all He has done? All He has saved me from? Things I have not even seen because He blocked it. The day I accepted Him as my Lord and Savior, He became my refuge. He covers me. No curse shall be on me, nor my children, in Jesus name.
How often do we take God’s grace for granted? Reading between the Old Testament to the New Testament would change all that. It’ll shake up your heart and open your eyes.
I hope that we all come to obey God more and more so that the effect of our sins do not fall on our children or grandchildren. I pray that curses are broken. Amen.
“Because you did not obey the voice of the Lord nor execute His fierce wrath upon Amalek, therefore the Lord has done this thing to you this day. 19 Moreover the Lord will also deliver Israel with you into the hand of the Philistines. And tomorrow you and your sons will be with me. The Lord will also deliver the army of Israel into the hand of the Philistines.” – 1 Samuel 28:18-19 (NKJV)
The Lord passed in front of Moses, calling out, “Yahweh! The Lord! The God of compassion and mercy! I am slow to anger and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.7 I lavish unfailing love to a thousand generations. I forgive iniquity, rebellion, and sin. But I do not excuse the guilty. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children and grandchildren; the entire family is affected— even children in the third and fourth generations.” – Exodus 34:6-7 (NLT)
“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.”- Isaiah 53:5 (NKJV)
“My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” – 1 John 2:1 (NKJV)