“Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,” – Ephesians 1:15-19
LIGHT FOR NOW: You are in the New Covenant where God in Christ forgave iniquities.
Having explored Exodus 20:5, Ezekiel’s words in Ezekiel 18:2-19 and Jeremiah’s words in Jeremiah 31:29-34, it is obvious that these texts do not suggest God punishing innocent children for the iniquities of their fathers. Recall, in our previous study where we began observing Jeremiah’s words concerning what Moses and Ezekiel said it was noticed that:
- In verse 30 “…every man shall die for his own iniquity…”
- In verse 33; in the New Covenant, God forgives their iniquity and remembers their sin no more.
It is important to note that the writer of Hebrews in chapter 8 quoted Jeremiah 31:31-33, it reads “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more” (Hebrews 8:10-12). Hence, of the entire tree that spoke about the sins of the fathers in relation to their children, Jeremiah is the closest to the New Testament. So, with that analysis done so far, should Exodus 20:5 be used for generational curses? No. That was why he said in verse 6 that he was going to show mercy to thousands that love him and keep his commandments; it reads “And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments” (Exodus 20:6). So if someone looks at you as a believer and says, you need to break generational curses from your father’s house, is he talking to you? No. If he says your foundation is faulty, is he still talking to you? No. For Christ is my sure foundation. So, do generational curses, family altar, faulty foundation and ancestral covenant apply to you in Christ? No.
So, stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has redeemed you. Don’t let another gospel toss you to and fro. You don’t have a generational curse problem; you don’t have a foundation problem. The believer in Christ can only have a knowledge problem; hence, why Paul’s prayer in our key scripture (Ephesians 1:15-19) focused on knowledge. The antidote for identity crisis is identity discovery. I know who I am, my genealogy is in Christ; Christ is my sure foundation; God’s DNA is at work in me; I am the residential address of God. Glory!
INSTRUCTION: Consistently acknowledge your realities.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for uncovering my realities in you through your word disclosed to me via this medium, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: The antidote for identity crisis is identity discovery.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 2