Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
Generational Diseases in The Family
There may be some defects/diseases that you got from your parents. When going to the doctor, the first thing he/she asks if there are any diseases in your family tree. Why? Because they know it can be passed on to you. There is a way to stop the disease or characteristic from passing on to you and to your children.
Nehemiah 9:2: "And the Israelites separated themselves from all foreigners and stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers".
Exodus 20:5: "…..visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the 3rd and 4th generation of those who hate Me."
Ps 25:18 – "Look upon my affliction and my pain and forgive all my sins."
Inherited Diseases and Characteristics
It’s time to STOP that curse or disease. As discussed earlier, a curse is a disease. We can stop the disease now, and stop it from going on to our children by confessing the sins of our fathers. A disease doesn’t come unless there is a cause (Proverbs 26:2). And we discovered that disease is a curse and curses come from sins. It may not be YOUR sin, but could be a sin from three generations before you falling on you and your children.
Not only can physical disease be passed down, but emotional as well. Do you have any mental problems in your family? Has anyone ever committed suicide or ended up in a mental ward? What about anger? Molestation? Alcoholism? Gluttony? Do you have fear? All these things CAN be passed on. Do you believe that lying can be hereditary? Let’s take a look at a character in the Bible and see if this isn’t true.
Let’s look at our founding father, Abraham. He was a liar. He lied to a king about his wife being his sister. He did it twice! Did you know he had a son who told the same lie to the same king 40 years later about his wife? This same son had sons and they were all liars. They lied to their father by telling him Joseph was eaten by animals, yet what they really did was sold him into slavery. Here are 3 generational liars! Yes, emotions can be inherited.
List your family inherited diseases. The list should include mental and emotional characteristics and illnesses as well. If you do not manifest them now, you need to still stop the curse from one-day manifesting or going to the next generation. (The inherited characteristics can be anger, prejudice, hate, lust, alcoholism, control, etc.) Indicate which family member you believe it came through by indicating a W - wife, H - husband, F - Father, M- Mother, G - Grandmother, or GF - Grandfather after the disease or characteristic. (Don’t forget fear and anxiety.)
Now take your list to God and prayer this prayer. (This is not a formula; it is a sample prayer. You can pray your own.)
"Lord, I bring this list of diseases and characteristics of my ancestors to your throne. I believe that I have the power through the Holy Spirit to break the curse of these diseases so that they will not come upon me nor my children, nor my children’s children as indicated in Nehemiah. So I confess the sins of my fathers and ask for forgiveness of those sins. (Name the sins one-by-one). And I now break the curse of (NAME THE DISEASES AND CHARACTERISTICS ONE BY ONE). I trust you to cleanse me and my family from these diseases now and forever. I stand in faith believing you have done what I have asked. I will not fear disease any longer. Thank you Lord, in Jesus Name. Amen."
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