Does your heart yearn for FREEDOM!
This morning freedom was on my heart. Don't we all want it? Lord, set me free!!! Two verses come to mind in pursuit of freedom:
Those who hold to and know the truth will be set free (Matthew 8:31).
Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17).
So the key to freedom found in Matthew is knowing and living the Word of God, and then being open to the movement of the Spirit in our lives. They bring Freedom! There is so much packed in these two simple verses that I will work with one today and the other tomorrow. First, while it seems easy to hold to and know the word, sadly it is far from reality for most of us.
The Word teaches us to detach from the world and seek His kingdom first, but how many are willing to release the world and things of it to pursue His Kingdom? The word says to forgive to be forgiven, yet we harbor unforgiveness. The word says to love thy neighbor as thy self, yet we walk around living in bitterness over trivial and completely insignificant things. The Word says to love God above all things, but how many of us have day-timers that reflect that devotion. The Word says to be not anxious for anything, yet one in four women are on antidepressants, and the ones that aren't feel like they need to be:( The Word says look to me for your daily bread, yet we strive in our own strength for provision, and for many, to the demise of our families and health. The Word says, Feed my sheep, but how many of us move out of our own needs to look to feeding others be it physically or spiritually? Few.
These are obvious barriers to freedom, and most of us are familiar with these request yet still fall short, even though our freedom is at stake! Why can't we trust His ways and His words and just be free???
What I felt led to share with you today is something that is not so obvious, something that was a little uncomfortable for me when first encountered, but something that is hindering freedom for so many....it is recognizing, understanding and breaking generational curses.
Exodus 34:6-7 And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, "The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation."
I remember when a family that I knew continued to have one crisis after another......it seemed too much and I asked a mentor how could a family experience so much....if He never gives more than we can bare, why does it seem unbearable! His response was generational curses. I have to admit that the thought was uncomfortable....what do you mean that we can be cursed from the mistakes of our family? I was resistant. It was years later when I did Beth Moore's Breaking Free that I would find more comfort in this thought and the ability to renounce curses that may have been passed from my family and to repent for those who have gone before me. There is debate over if this "generational cursing" is still true in the New Covenant, because we are made new in Christ. However, so much of the teachings of Christ had to do with repentance. We are made new when we repent or "turn", as is defined by original Hebrew word. So yes, the New Covenant gives us freedom from bondage, but it calls us to action.....to repent, and gives us the authority to be made NEW! The question becomes are we walking in that authority?
Think about this with me.....I am sure that you know someone with an addiction and their parents or grandparents suffered the same. I am sure you know someone that struggles with forgiveness (it may be you), and if you were to dig in their roots you would see a theme....unforgiveness. We see a theme of mental disturbance be it depression or anxiety even suicide plaguing families for generations. You can say it is of the past, but evidence says it remains something that needs to be confronted. Something needs to be broken. Something needs to be healed. Someone needs to be the turning point for the sake of generations.....
I will show love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments. Exodus 20:6
I have not met one person that was new in Christ and completely changed in that very moment never to battle sin and immediately walked in perfect fruit; I have seen so very many who became new in Christ and turned from their ways and sought to grow and be pruned of those things not of God (John 15), and were changed. I see repenting from generational curses as a pruning process, and recognize that we have a choice of what we pass on, and may it be freedom!
I challenge you to spend some time asking your Father....what is the theme of my heritage.....what is consistent that my family struggles with that needs to be broken with me. And then bring if before the throne in prayer and with praise to the one who says,
Turn and be made new. Hold tight to my Truth and be set FREE!
If there is something in me that has been passed down from the generations before...if there is unforgiveness, addictions, anger, depression, financial stress, doubt, anxiety, racisim___________. I plead the blood of Jesus over these generational curses and ask that they are broken with me in this very moment before your throne. I ask, Father, that you prune what is not from you from our family tree, as we humble ourselves before you seeking to turn in a new direction. We seek this day to be new in Christ. We seek this day to love you in a way that would bless a thousand generations. We seek to know and hold fast to your Word, and Father, we seek Freedom! You sent your son to free the captives and today we claim freedom. In the days to come, bring to our minds and hearts all things that must be repented, so that we can prevent the enemy from leaving a foothold that could become a stronghold for us and our families. We choose to be a new generation that loves you holy and wholly! We choose to pass forth freedom in Christ!
In the name of Jesus, we pray! Amen
Seek. Love. Follow.
In His Wings,