Throughout the Bible we see examples of generational blessings and generational curses; the impact of a father’s words on future generations. However, generational blessings and curses have often been misunderstood.
Ezekiel 18:2-4, 20 (TLB) Why do people use this proverb about the land of Israel: “The children are punished for their fathers’ sins?” “As I live,” says the Lord God, “you will not use this proverb anymore in Israel, for all souls are mine to judge—fathers and sons alike—and my rule is this: It is for a man’s own sins that he will die . . . . The one who sins is the one who dies. The son shall not be punished for his father’s sins, nor the father for his son’s.”
The Bible teaches us that everyone is responsible for their own actions. However, parents do help form beliefs and behaviors within their children:
- Good beliefs and behaviors are generational blessings.
- Bad beliefs and behaviors are generational curses.
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (MSG) Write these commandments that I’ve given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night.
God imparts things to us through relational connections.
2 Timothy 1:5 (TPT) I think of your strong faith that was passed down through your family line. It began with your grandmother Lois, who passed it on to your dear mother, Eunice. And it’s clear that you too are following in the footsteps of their godly example.
I’m following in the footsteps of godly men. We all should be. I want to honor the fathers God has placed in my life.
PASTOR TOM LONGENECKER – Live a God first life!
- My dad always kept the Sabbath holy. We never missed church.
- My parents taught me to tithe. To put God first in my finances.
- Dad modeled servanthood. We volunteered at church. We were often the first to arrive and last to leave.
- Dad taught us to do our best. To take the time to do it right.
Matthew 6:33 (NCV) Seek first God’s kingdom and what God wants. Then all your other needs will be met as well.
PASTOR GEORGE LANGDON – Love the people God loves!
- He imparted in me a passion for missions and ministry.
- George taught us that we are all flexsionaries.
- He modeled Jesus over luxury or comfort.
- George imparted a passion to expose others to ministry.
Matthew 6:19-20 (NIV) Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven.
PASTOR KENNETH HAGIN – Engage in spiritual warfare!
- At RHEMA I began to understand God’s plan for my life.
- Dad Hagin taught me it takes faith to fulfill God’s plan.
- He taught me the power of God’s Word and who I was in Christ.
- I learned that prayer should be our first response not our last resort.
1 Peter 5:8-9 (TPT) The devil, roams around like a roaring lion looking for its prey to devour. Take a decisive stand against him and resist his every attack with strong, vigorous faith.
We have a great heritage that has been passed down to us. These men have formed the DNA of our church. These are principles we need to pass down to our children.
However, maybe you didn’t have the fathers I had. Maybe your fathers passed down a curse, instead of a blessing. Allow God to free you!
- Allow God to heal the father wound.
Psalm 68:5-6 (NIV) A father to the fatherless . . . . God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing.
- Relate to God as a Father. Satan doesn’t want this!
Romans 8:15-16 (MSG) God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance!
If you had a great father, honor him today. If you had an absent or abusive father, let God to heal the father wound, set you in His family, and impart these generational blessings into your life.