In today’s episode I want to talk about your inheritance and what kind of patterns are running in your generations. I want to talk about your family tree and the battles that are getting repeated in generation after generation. I will also be taking some questions regarding this subject too and teaching you how to live in your new inheritance. I also briefly address the battleground of bipolar.
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Feature Presentation: “Enemy Access Point No. 2 – Inheritance”
What is in Your Generations?
In today’s feature presentation I am addressing the second enemy access point in thought, which we know can then affect the condition of our heart, our relationships, our sanity and our health.
Question: What have you inherited from your family tree?
• Dictionary – Inherit: to take or receive (property, a right, a title, etc.) by succession or will as an heir
• Webster’s Medical Definition of inheritance: the reception of genetic qualities by transmission from parent to offspring
It is a proven fact that we inherit many things from our family line.
We have all received blessing from our genetic inheritance to some degree.
We have also inherited aspects of our family tree that are not of God.
• Whether we agree with this inherited factor or not, experience proves it to be true in every family.
• Medicine and science know that diseases run in families; this is why they examine our family history when doing check ups or physicals.
• Anger and fear can run in families.
• Addictions can all run in families.
From the Book, “Love is a Choice” Quote: “The adult child of an alcoholic swears, “I will never ever marry a drinker and subject my family to the suffering I endured.” That child will almost invariably pick an alcoholic or similarly dysfunctional mate despite all the good intentions, despite the hard knowledge of what dysfunction is like. Reason and logic seem to fly right out the window, banished by the seductive siren’s song of the past.”
Studies have shown that alcoholics children who are adopted into nonalcoholic homes at an early age are more likely to become alcoholics than children of non-alcoholics who are adopted into alcoholic homes.
– Mental illness will run in families.
– Lying habits or propensities towards sexual dysfunction can run in family lines.
– Even personality traits can run in families. Science says your personality is formed for the most part at 2 years old.
Inherited strongholds are the specific sin issues that become the most troublesome in our life.
With inherited sin patterns, we enter the world more vulnerable to those attacks in our lives.
Seeing Through Biblical/Spiritual Eyes: Iniquity
There are very few in Christianity that disagree with the fact that we are born with what is referred to as a “sin nature.” Yet many fail to recognize this is not just a generalized sin nature that is at work. These are inherited sin battles. Some of our sin issues come as a result of our own journey in coming into agreement with the enemy, yet most of our deepest struggles are inherited ones. We are actually born with specific sin battles that have been undefeated in our family tree. Generational sin is not some generic sin floating in the sky. These specific sin issues are waiting for the opportunity to repeat in us what has already been in our biological past. These inherited sins are the work of iniquity.
Iniquity can be defined as the sins in our family line that have not been addressed and overcome. Because of inherited sin, not only are we born with a seed of sin, but we inherit the unconquered sins of the family.
Exodus 20:5-6: “For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.”
David in Recognizing the Sin With Bathsheba:
Psalm 51:5, “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.”
Abraham: Abraham had a lying problem. Because of his battle with a spirit of fear, it gave way to a lying spirit. This drove him to lie to King Abimelech, saying that Sarah was his sister, not his wife. Abraham’s son Isaac years later ended up doing the same thing in the same situation. Isaac’s son Jacob also delivered a bold-faced lie to his aging father, by deceiving him into thinking Jacob was actually his brother Esau. This was all done to steal his brother’s blessing. Even Jacob’s name means deceiver!
God in Christ Jesus grants us a new inheritance, but there is an all out war the enemy brings to keep the old inheritance intact.
We love the idea of receiving an inheritance of blessing from God through our family history, but we despise the notion of receiving the iniquity of our family lines.
Nehemiah: I love the heart of Nehemiah. He watched what the sins of his family did to his nation and his own personal life. Instead of whining or complaining, he had a prayer fest with God; addressing not only his own sin battles, but the ones he inherited that were still affecting the land. If we would carry this same heart, we would not only see our lives healed, but the land transformed.
Nehemiah 9:1-2 Now on the twenty-fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, in sackcloth, and with dust on their heads. Then those of Israelite lineage separated themselves from all foreigners; and they stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers.
Daniel’s Approach: Daniel 9
How Can We Remove Instead of Repeating the Pattern?
- Recognize the generational areas of your life that you battle regularly.
- Do not blame your generations for your problems.
- Forgive your parents: If we do not forgive, then bitterness creates a bridge for their sin to repeat in our life.
- Maintain a heart of honor in all that you address regarding your family tree.
- Take responsibility for your freedom.
- Repent and renounce those ways in your life.
- Ask God to fill you with whatever you did not receive.
- Stand in for your new inheritance to manifest.
- Give yourself time.
Psalm 78:8 And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not steadfast with God.
Q&A: Inherited Battles, Parents, Bipolar
Jean Hoff – Glastonbury, CT asks:
- Are the demonic influences and bondage always an automatically inherited by the child from the parents? Must there be agreement or access points on the child’s part for the battles to be manifesting ?
- Why in your opinion, does it take years for someone to walk out of say for instance, mental bondages and another person to be set free instantly with one touch from God? I know part of the answer would be b/c it’s been in the generations for so many years and it doesn’t want to go but can you elaborate a bit. I know there’s no short answer for this one!
- What about generational divorce? Everyone in my immediate family has been at least once if not more and I don’t really know about extended family or the generations before but I’m assuming it’s been the same. How do you crush the cycle…
Kat McDonald, Tolland, CT
- Is bipolar disorder passed genetically, or does it have it’s roots in physical/mental trauma, or are both true?
Question: What kind of questions do you have from this episode regarding generationally inherited battles?
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