Family series #8: Breaking the Cycle
What if I am the son or daughter of a wicked father or mother? Is there any hope for me? I’m glad to tell you there is! As Exodus 20:4-5 is addressed to fathers and mothers, so Ezekiel 18:19-32 is addressed to sons and daughters.
If you are the son or daughter of ungodly parents, you can break that curse you inherited from them.. Listen to God’s promise in Ezekiel 18:19-20. “Doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father? When the son hath done that which is lawful and right, and hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely live. The soul that sinneth IT shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son.. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.” The passage continues to emphasize these truths.
Don’t blame your parents.
This passage is basically teaching that you cannot blame your parents for the spiritual direction of your life. Your spiritual condition before God is up to you. If you are sick of your sins and want to know God and live for Him, receive God’s gracious gift of salvation. Understand that, even if you wanted to, you could not live the perfect life that God demands. Only Christ has lived it perfectly. He died on the cross for your sins and then rose again the third day. If you receive Him as your Saviour, God will transfer all your sins to Christ who paid for them all by HIs death on the cross and He will impute Christ’s righteousness to you. Only then can you begin to live the life God expects of you. When you take this step of salvation, God not only blesses you, but He breaks the curse passed on to you by your father and he extends His blessing on you to your children and to you future progeny.
We can draw several conclusions by reflecting on Exodus 20 and Ezekiel 18.
1. You can’t count on a godly father or mother to save you. Their life may be a blessing to you, but ultimately you must determine whether you will trust Christ or reject Him. God has no grandchildren. Just because your parents are Christians does not guarantee that you are a Christian. Read I Peter 1:18-19 and put your trust in Christ’s blood and be redeemed from Satan’s power by the blood of Christ.
2. Fathers and mothers, watch your lives. Avoid sin. It’s not just your business; the consequences of your sin affect your children and grandchildren for generations to come. A careless, worldy lifestyle will be carried on by your children. Your family will become progressively more and more anti-Christian from generation to generation.
3. Don’t judge parents who are having trouble with their children. Job’s friends judged him and they were dead wrong..
4. If you have a godly heritage, rejoice and thank God. Don’t become smug and careless about sin. You may have inherited God’s blessing as a result of your parents godliness, but you can’t inherit godliness. Each generation has the responsibility of seeking to know God and His Word;.
5. If you have ungodly parents, you do not have to follow their example. You can decide right now to start living for God and break the cycle of sin that has cursed your family. Some of the most godly young people I know have come from the worst of homes where the parents rejected God.
6. Young lady, marry only a godly man who loves God as much or more than you do. Guys, marry only a godly young lady. To disobey God’s command concerning this is to lead your children to hell.
7. Sir, if you are an unsaved father, I urge you to come to Christ now and become the godly example to your children. They need a father who will do more than send his children to Sunday School and Church while he sits at home ignoring God. Your children need a GODLY DAD. Right now ask God to save you by putting your trust in Christ. He died to save you from your sins. Receive Him and then get into the Word of God, get involved in a Bible preaching church and take your family to church with you. Dad, if you will take the spiritual leadership in your home, your wife and children will follow you as it happened in the home of the Philippian jailer who came to Christ. Read the story in Acts 16:25-34
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