Soap Box Time..... :)
For many years now, I have heard several things that have not set well with me regarding family and scripture. And today, I finally had a bit of an epiphany that I thought I'd share with you. Aren't you all so lucky?! lol!!! Read on if you're interested...if not - just skip to my previous post. I wont' be offended! :)
Exodus 20:5 says this:
"....I the Lord your God am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected - even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me."
I have heard this scripture so many times....have heard it and wondered how deep this curse runs. I have some family members who do not believe in God and I have some family members who have at one point believed in God but have now denounced Him...even still, I have some family members who believe in God but do not follow Him. I can honestly say that I have suffered consequences...deep consequences...for this sad fact. I've wondered as to why some families seemingly have it so easy and have thought at times that it most likely has to do with the generations that have come before them....grandparents and great-grandparents who made the choice to believe in God and teach their firm beliefs to their children and their childrens' children.
Well, this morning, I learned of the scripture that follows Exodus 20:5.....Exodus 20:6 says this:
"BUT I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands."
When I discovered this scripture, it was as if a veil lifted....for the first time in years, I was able to see certain scriptures for what they truly are....I was able to accept Jesus's promises and hold tight to them. You see....although some families are wonderful and some families are extremely disfunctional.....although some families believe in God....and some may never....although some families are whole and some families are broken,...our individual identies should not come from our earthly fathers - our individual identies should come from our Heavenly Father!!!
2nd Corinthians 5:17 says this: Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun.
Romans 8:3 says this: God did what the law could not do. He sent his own son in a body like the body we sinners have. And in that body, God declared an end to sins control over us by giving His son as sacrifice for our sins.
ISN'T THAT AMAZING?!?! What an AWESOME God we serve! It hit me so hard this morning that it doesn't matter whether I'm a "Davison" or an "Eason"....all that matters is that I am a child of GOD! When I meet Jesus face to face....I will not be judged for my family geneology no matter how good or how bad it was....I will be judged for the choices that I made and the actions that I took. I pray that the legacy that Chad and I leave for our children and our childrens' children will be one that will bless them - but I also pray that our children will learn to be more proud of the God that they serve rather the last name that they carry. I pray that they will want to be true disciples of Christ and that they will "remain faithful to HIS teachings and know the truth" (John 8:31-32).
Having said all that, I do believe there are curses that are passed down...it's in scripture and I would never disagree with scripture. But what I want to encourage you is this: Through Christ, you have the ability to break this curse!!! You may reap the consequences of your great-grandparents, grandparents or parents sin...but that doesn't mean that you have to be defined by it. Know that in Christ, there is freedom from sin!! I will leave you with this scripture:
John 8:34-36 says:
Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin. A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever. So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free."