Reversing Generational Consequences | Sermon by Tony Evans
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On the highway of life it’s not uncommon to find yourself going in the wrong direction you made a poor decision you followed some bad advice and before you know it you’re off course in that moment you have a decision to make do I ignore the warning in my head and continue driving down the road or do I find a way to turn myself around and start moving toward my true destination what you need is a u-turn a place where you can get off the wrong Highway reverse course and get back on the right one the turn is coming the question is what will you do all of us bear the DNA of our mothers and fathers the physical DNA is not the only thing that gets transferred there is a spiritual DNA that transfers as well this is an unseen reality that passes between parents and children grandparents parents and children that leads to generational consequences it’s a spiritual DNA we not only pass to our children our good looks I’ll let you say whether that applies to you or not but we also transfer or have transferred to us the patterns of sinful behavior these patterns transferred from one generation to another create spiritual scars on our lives scars that are reflected and then we pass them on usually unbeli and it’s usually not planned but it is very real to our children when I talk about generational consequences as opposed to generational curses I’ll explain in a moment I am talking about the negative repercussions of the in coke aiding of sinful patterns that we’ve picked up across generations these negative patterns create negative results in our lives and in our world these generational realities come in all shapes and all sizes we talk about some people being a born liar look like they come out of the womb lying just we’ve seen people whose father was an alcoholic and they become an alcoholic my grandparents got divorced my parents got divorced I’m getting divorced because there has been this repetition of a negative pattern passed on you talk about a cycle of poverty where people have the mindset that being on welfare living on welfare even though I have the capacity and work I’m not tell about those who can’t but they adopt the fact that that’s really okay this pattern of behavior unaddressed produces built-in consequences to our well-being our peace order stability my parents lived in debt I live in debt and bear the consequence of never getting out of it patterns that are generational they have to understand that God is a generational God I am the God he says of Abraham Isaac and Jacob so on 145 it says that you might one generation shall praise your name to another generation you’ll see this word generation all through scripture because God created the human race to generate but with the generation that only comes the opportunity for life it becomes the transfer of spiritual as well as physical DNA Ezekiel 18 God says you Israelites are saying a proverb a proverb as the saying and here’s the proverb verse 2 says the proverb was the fathers have eaten sour grapes but the children’s teeth are on edge that was the proverb of the same what was it meaning what they were saying was if it wasn’t for my mom and daddy I wouldn’t be like I am I’d be better off than them if it wasn’t for them God says don’t use that proverb anymore don’t blame mother and father for what you do you have to stick with me oh man mother and father may have transferred it Illustrated it demonstrated it amplified it but you took it on by choice in other words don’t use what somebody else did in a previous generation as an excuse for you to keep it going he says I am the God of the Father verse 4 the soul of the father is mind the soul of the son of mine so it is the one who sins that shall die so if you are messed up like your mama and daddy were messed up it’s because you chose to adopt their mess regularly in the New Testament Jesus would ask people are you willing to be made all if you would ask them are you willing before he did anything he want to know do you even want to change cuz if you don’t want to change even God will help you so for everybody who wants wants to change what’s something different even though you were raised then it passed down in it he wants you to know you don’t have to live the rest of your life in it in Romans chapter 5 verse 12 says therefore just as through one man sin entered the world and death through sin so death spread to all men because all have sinned verse 15 says for by the transgression of the one many died do you know the only reason you have to die the only reason you have to die is because of what Adam did that got transferred to the human race death was the transfer of rebellion against God but then within time between birth and death are choices that are made decisions God says that the consequence of our sin we bear because we make a decision to repeat the practice that may have been transferred to us he says the soul of the Father his mind the soul of the son is mine so don’t use an excuse daddy made me do it God told Adam because you listen to your wife you should have told her I love you but we can’t eat that fruit but because you are so in love that you let her cause you to disobey me now the whole family is in trouble so no man has the final authority no woman has the final authority everybody who names the name of Jesus Christ is under God and one of the reasons we have all this chaos and families today is we got folk trying to trump God in the relationship now God makes it clear in Ezekiel 18 verse 20 that the kids do not suffer the consequences of the iniquity of their parents he says that also in Deuteronomy he says the consequences of the children is because of what they choose to do 1st Corinthians chapter 10 says that Christians can sit at the table of demons verses 20 and 21 you can actually sit at the table that means fellowship with them he says as a table of the Lord and there’s a table of demons and if you fellowship with a table of demons it doesn’t mean you invited a demon to dinner it means you fellowship with the sin which they assumed was an invitation to them and that of course makes the problem even more difficult to overcome because you now not only have to overcome the problem you’ve got to overcome the demonic infestation of the problem he comes in verse 10 and he says in Galatians 3 for as many as are of the works of the law are under a curse for it is written cursed is everyone who does not abide by all things written in the book of the law to perform them now that no one is justified by the law before God is evident for the righteous man shall live by faith however the law is not of faith on the contrary he who practices them shall live by them Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law having become a curse for us for it is written cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles where Gentiles here so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith ok stay with me he says the rules of God the law that’s the Ten Commandment the rules of God cannot fix your problem my problem the law is good but he says with the law comes a curse why because all the law can do is show you the problem it cannot fix it with the law comes a curse because every time God gave a rule he gave a consequence if you break it this is what’s going to happen so the law of God is good to expose you but not to deliver you if committing myself to the law can’t make it right it can only tell me what’s wrong that I’m doing that I shouldn’t be doing that I got from my parents that I’m passing to my kids what’s gonna make it right he says in verse 14 in order that in Christ Jesus the blessings of Abraham might come to the Gentiles so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith on the cross Jesus broke the back of Satan the Bible says that in Colossians 2 he condemned the devil so Flip Wilson was incorrect the devil can’t make you do anything the cross broke was this his authority it did not remove his power but it removed his authority Authority is the legitimate use of power criminals have a gun policemen have a gun so both have firepower but only the policeman has a badge he has legal authority if he’s using it correctly so Satan’s Authority was broken although he still possesses power so anything he tries to do to you if you have accepted Jesus Christ is illegitimate since it is illegitimate he’s got to come up with a scheme to control you and he only has one scheme comes out in different ways but he only has one scheme to keep that habit from going away he’s got one scheme and as one scheme is to get in your head 1st Corinthians 11 says like Eve who was deceived he’s got to trick your thinking he’s got to make his thoughts your thoughts so that after he’s put his thoughts into your head it’s now your thoughts telling your action what to do but it came from your brain even though that I may have been put there by the demonic transfer from your mother and father so your mother and father may have done something the demons grabbed it delivered it to your head so you’re acting it out in your life so the demonic realm uses its power of deception to put it into your life so that it becomes your habit or your action so that you bear the consequence of your decision because it came from your mind even though the idea may have been introduced by your parents so God says the death of Jesus Christ broke the curse of the law he says in order that God might give you the spirit watch this now this is the most important feature it is the spirits job if you’ve accepted Christ because those are the only ones that have the spirit it is the spirits job to make happen what the law says should happen but doesn’t have the power to make happen the spirits job is to make happen what the law requires the law requires it so you need to know what’s required but the law can’t help you do it Galatians 5 verse 16 he says the spirits job is to bring the promises of God into your life verse 16 of chapter 5 of Galatians but I say to you walk by the spirit and you will not carry out the desires of the flesh for the flesh sets its desire against the spirit the spirit against the flesh well these are in opposition to one another so that you may not do the things that you please for if you are led by the spirit you are not under Neath the law whoa whoa the job of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer is to make real the law of God activated in your life my life regardless of what you got from mom and daddy that’s his job that says full-time job is to make it real how does he make it real verse 16 says walk in the spirit and you will not act out the desire of the flesh if I can get you to walk in the spirit I’ll explain at the moment you will not act out the desires of the flesh don’t miss read that he doesn’t say you won’t have the desires of the flesh big difference because a lot of people feel bad because they still want to do wrong he says no no the spirits job is to give you the ability to override the flesh even if the flesh still wants to do wrong what the spirit does is override the flesh when the flesh is still fleshy so that raises the question God has given the spirit to everybody who comes to the cross Jesus Christ broke the curse of the cross so you are no longer under a curse you may feel like you’re under curse you may feel like mommy and daddy is giving you a curse that’s alive we just read Jesus Christ broke the curse so don’t ever talk about you being cursed again if you know Jesus Christ the curse the consequence of the law is broken but the flesh is still there and when the flesh wants to do its thing he says I want you start walking how do you walk you you put one foot in front of the other that’s how you walk those who walk in the spirit meaning every single time that desire comes up you are to invite the spirits power to override it so you are in movement with the spirit whenever it comes up and it’s going to come up depending upon how deep you’re into it whatever the addiction or the sin or the circumstance is it’s going to keep coming up Lord right now I desire to do that which is outside of the will of God but because you broke the curse on the cross I now invoke the Holy Spirit to give me the ability right now to override he says and when you do this you’re no longer under the law meaning under its condemnation now I want to show you one thing in closing this is good news let me read it from Ezekiel 33 Ezekiel 33 verses 14 and 15 but when I say to the wicked you will surely die I love this and he turns from his sin and practices justice and righteousness if a wicked man restores a pledge pays back what he has taken by robbery walks by the statutes which ensure life without committing iniquity he shall surely live he shall not die with God since you shall surely die that means surely but then it comes right back in the next verse and says when that person repents he shall not surely die wait a minute there’s been a reversal of consequences here because the consequence is that he says when you turn repentance when you turn from sin to God by means of the Holy Spirit we just went over who has given you victory there is a reversal of consequences now God decides how much and all in order that there is a reversal in that statement surely but that raises a question the Bible says God cannot change it says he’s the same yesterday today and forever so how can he tell me i’ma surely die but then tell me if I repent I’m not going to surely die God has attributes perfections characteristics I’ve nificant I’m the president submissions veracity grace mercy truth justice wrath you got all these different characteristics God reacts to sin by justice and wrath he has to because that’s part of his makeup and he must surely respond to it but when you turn by means of the Spirit who gives you power to override the cry of the flesh once you turn and return you are switching attributes you are relating to see when you were over here in disobedience you were undirected but once you and return your now located under mercy you’re turning hasn’t changed God he still got wrath he still got justice but you’re no longer operating under that you have turned and when you turn you’re now operating under his mercy and under his grace which frees him up to relate to you from over there instead of over here but he’s still haven’t changed he still got justice he’s no god but you you have relocated yourself and once you relocate yourself he can now relate to you to your new location and he hasn’t moved an inch because he remains constant but repentance means you’ve burned by means of the spirit so he can offer you something different at his own sovereign will and so the question is is it time to break the cycle to say god I don’t care what mom and daddy did what grandma and daddy did That’s not me now and I’m not gonna be to lock in to that mess that’s been I’ve inherited cuz you’ve given me something to break the curse by the blood of Jesus you unfortunately send travels it travels from one generation to another we can set in motion sequences of evil that are reflected in the next generation and perpetuated by the next generation but those travelling evils don’t have to have the last say generational sins and curses do not have to have the final word they can be and should be broken how they can be broken by a decision a decision to move in a different direction the Bible calls it repentance it is a decision to move toward dog rather than continuing away from God just as parents share their physical DNA with their children we unfortunately share our spiritual DNA with our children that’s why you don’t have to teach newborns how to lie how to be selfish it’s kind of stitched in there for mother and father oh but it can be corrected and we do our best to correct them but some things go deeper than that don’t well those can be corrected to the fact that your mother and father were manipulative were addicted to something couldn’t be trusted and you’re seeing that work out in your own life or even the lives of your children what you’re seeing is generational transfer in the same way that the physical attributes of parents are transferred to children unfortunately the spiritual attributes the negative spiritual attributes can be transferred to children and grandchildren to life this is why generational curses need to be broken and they can be broken should be broken and ought to be broken and they will be broken when you make a decision to repent of the sins of your father and your mother and you decide to follow God in a different direction you have now set in motion a different sowing and reaping process that will break the curse that may have been multi-generational transferred to you so you don’t have to sit and accept yesterday’s mistakes sins and either you can say no longer God because I am following you and I’m going to watch you set a new system in motion for the salvation and transformation of me and my family in fact we’re going to bring generational blessings where there were generational curses because we’re gonna start a brand new generation with God in the brand-new series u-turn reversing the consequences in your life renowned pastor and theologian dr.
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