Father in Jesus Name, thank you for never forsaking us and for revealing to us each day what true love feels like. Thank you Lord of Lords for creating all the amazing beauty in nature around us. Thank you for your teachings, guidance and comfort, thank you for holding us through the hard times, thank you for keeping your arms stretched out towards us. Pour out your Holy Spirit upon the body of Christ, let your knowledge be diffused into every environment we step into. Help us to be ambassadors for Christ, to show and express the love, grace and mercy you have given unto us. Lord even though we are undeserving for all that you have done for us , you remained faithful and have never grown weary. Remove anything or anyone who is not leading us towards you in more intimate fellowship, help us all to allow you to move within our lives. You are Sovereign God, A Just God, Jehovah Jireh our Great Provider. Soften all of our hearts and help us to remain teachable, help us not be hardened and stiff-necked to your wisdom and guidance. Deliver anyone who is being pressed down by a strong hold, I plea the blood of Jesus upon every single person who has ever come into contact with this blog. Lord I pray this post will be led by you, let me decrease and you increase O Heavenly Father.
In Jesus name Amen
I want to highlight a section of a book called ‘Sex. God’s Truth’:
The nature and degree of that temptation is affected by what our ancestors have done. Their actions and decisions mean that following generations have weakness, or propensity, to certain sins and demons are able to gain rights in the family line. Of course the tendency to sin also comes down everybody’s generational line right from the fall of man (Genesis 3) .
Children can inherit the propensity to sexual sin, being strongly tempted by the enemy. Thus they repeat the sins of their fathers and pass down this inherited spiritual weakness to their own children. However, it will be a free-will choice for each person in the family to commit sin or to resist it. We do not have to repeat the sin of our family line.
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
1 Corinthians 10:13
When I look at my own generational line and the patterns which have stayed within each generation there are similarities. I have thought from time to time, that I will end up falling into the same patterns as the people who went before me. Do not get me wrong I love my family but there are things which I have seen which I want to do different. I have had a lack of faith in trusting that I will be able to fulfill this desire, over what patterns I have grown up in.
This post is not about judging the way they lived their lives at the end of the day I would not be here without them and they did what they thought was best with what they knew. You do not have to follow in the footsteps of your family, we all have the choice.
I was working with this young person and he made a racial remark and his justification was well my family are racist so I should be too. Do we really have to be defined by the character traits of our family?
In 1 Kings and 2 Kings in the bible, repeatedly you see once a king died who did evil in the sight of the Lord, their sons who reigned after them continued the same way. Rehoboam, King Solomon son reigned in Judah, his heart turned from the Lord and he led Israel to sin (1 King 15). Then Abijam, Rehoboam son reigned in Judah and he walked in all the sins of his father.
And he walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done before him; his heart was not loyal to the Lord his God as was the heart of his father David.
1 King 15:3 (NKJV)
Nevertheless for David’s sake the Lord his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem, by setting up his son after him and by establishing Jerusalem. 1 King 15:4 (NKJV)
Because David did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, and had not turned aside from anything that he commanded him all the days of his life, except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite. 1 King 15:5 (NKJV)
Because of King David (King Solomon’s father) loyalty and obedience to God, God showed mercy to the kings after him (Rehoboam and Abijam) among their evil doings.
But you have done more evil than all who were before you, for you have gone and made for yourself other gods and molded images to provoke me to anger and have cast Me behind my back. 1 King 14:9
Now Judah did evil in the sight of the Lord and they provoked Him to jealousy with their sins which they committed more than all that their fathers had done. For they also built for themselves high places, sacred pillars, and wooden images on every high hill under every green tree. 1 King 14:22-23
Despite having a grandfather and father who did evil in the sight of God, King Asa came and defied the odds and proved that you can be different and be set a part.
Asa did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as did his father David. He banished the perverted persons from the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made. Also he removed Maachah his grandmother from being queen mother, because she made an obscene image of Asherah. And Asa cut down her obscene image and burned it by the Brook Kidron. But the high places were not removed. Nevertheless Asa’s heart was loyal to the Lord all his days.
1 King 15: 11-14 (NKJV)
He is inspiring because imagine the upheaval it caused Asa, to not follow in the footsteps of his Father and the fact he even removed his grandmother from a position to do what was right in the sight of the Lord. I bet people said things like ‘Oh he thinks he is better than us’ and his actions probably brought division to his family. This is why God want us to love him more than anyone or anything because even our family can be used against us.
In 2 Kings, a lot of kings did evil in the sight of Lord and made Israel deeper entangled in sin, they were lost and led astray. Then King Josiah stepped out and decided to live differently and did what was right in the sight of the Lord. The truth was lost through all kings who did evil, however King Josiah sought out the truth which is accessible to you today (2 King 22:13). Then Josiah applied the truth and removed the idolatry (2 King 23).
Moreover Josiah put away those who consulted mediums and spiritists, the household gods and idols, all the abominations that were seen in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, that he might perform the words of the law which were written in the book that Hilkiah the priest found in the house of the Lord. 2 King 23: 24
Everyone’s upbringing is somewhat different, some people have not been taught the ways of the Lord. We can all learn from our families regardless of the upbringing we had, no one is perfect. We can Be the change, to the people who follow after you, step up and seek truth, we have the Holy Spirit to guide, strengthen and teach us.