we will exhaust every avenue of personal sin in a client,
only to find great trouble still besetting the person's
life and family.
The trouble may originate from causes outside a person's
own guilt or sin nature, descending instead through
We call this generational sin.
Sin and trouble passing from generation to generation is
a continual theme throughout the Old Testament.
In this lesson we will study the three ways in which we
may come under the defilement of generational sin.
We may inherit our propensities to sin through our genes,
through example, and through the law of judgment (sowing
By the authority given us in Christ Jesus, we are able to
break the bonds of generational sin. Through prayer we
can help to free families from its patterns of
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...Deuteronomy 5:9
Generational Sin is the effect and consequences of sin on
Is it possible to inherit sin? Some Christians say no.
They argue that Jesus' death on the cross frees us from
the problem of inherited trouble, but yet we clearly
inherit blessings down from our forefathers,
such as a strong gene pool, good health, longevity,
good temperament, gifts, and talents.
The benefits of civilization are inventions, sound
and wise decisions.
The Lord does say that each one will die for his own
iniquity and without cause a curse cannot alight.
Ezekiel 18; Jeremiah 31:29-30; Proverbs 26:2.
We also know that, in Gethsemane, Jesus took upon Himself
the sins of humanity past, present, and future;
nonetheless, our healing still requires confession,
forgiveness and repentance~
We minister to many Christians who suffer generational
It may be due to sins that are hiding or ancestral
bloodlines that have been polluted by un-confessed sin.
Like much of our walk with God, being freed from
generational sin is a process.
Is it fair? The laws of God operating in the universe are
neither personal nor punitive; they simply state how
things work. Sowing and reaping allow for good as well as
are three ways by which we can reap blessing or harm
through what is son by our forefathers:
1. Through genetic inheritance, our DNA binds us
physically and chemically to our forefathers. We inherit
physical traits, illnesses passed through the genes, such
as diabetes, hemophilia, even death itself was passed
down from Adam as a consequence of his sin Romans 5:12.
o The conflicts of the nations through history, such as
Ishmael and Isaac, seeds of the Arab and Jewish nations.
o The blessings of God, as when Levi is credited with
paying tithes to Melchizedek. Hebrews 7:5-10
2. Through example or modeling it is well documented that
environment helps mold behavior. Anger teaches anger, and
resentment teaches resentment. What we see in the family
is written on our hearts.
3. Through the laws of God we find sowing and reaping.
o "Therefore you are without excuse, every man of
you who passes judgment, for in that you judge another,
you condemn yourselves for you who judge practice the
same things. "Romans 2:1 NAS
o "Do not judge and criticize and condemn others, so
that you may not be judged criticized and condemned
yourselves. For just as you judge criticize and condemn
others, you will be judged criticized and condemned, and
in accordance with the measure you use to deal out to
others, it will be dealt out to you." Matthew 7:1,2
o "So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do
so to them, for this is the law and the prophets."
o The reverse of the golden rule is: "You will do to
others what has been done to you.,,
The law of sowing and reaping existed before sin.
"Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever
a man sows,
this he will also reap.
Some examples of common patterns of generational sins
o Women molested by fathers
o Generations of alcoholism
o Tragic illness and premature death
o Multiple miscarriages/closed womb
o Financial and business failure
o Occult involvement
The sin of occultism can be especially damaging some
symptoms may include:
o Curses on family Deuteronomy 28:15 and following
o Unaccountable financial reverses
o Affliction through diseases which refuse diagnosis and
/or treatment and recurring ailments
o Family feuds and unresolved conflicts
o There is a tendency to be drawn to the occult, even
without knowing it; forms of prayer, visualization, and
so-called Christian cults.
How to bring healing from generational sin
o Cherish your heritage. If you are embarrassed or angry
about your heritage this becomes spiritual rebellion.
Recognition is to see and name a thing, and when you do,
you gain power over it. As you ask family history
questions, look for patterns i.e., incest, poverty, and
illnesses through the generations. One or two incidents
do not make a pattern, however three or four should get
your attention. Ask the Hoiy Spirit to show you.
o Confession: lead the client to confess the truth of the
situation and acknowledge participation in the sin.
o Repentance: The Bible says a righteous son will not
inherit the tither's iniquity. Jeremiah 31:29-30; Ezekiel
18:17. It also says that no one is righteous Psalm 14
Romans 3:10-18 thus we must depend on the cross to stop
the trouble. Repent for your ancestors and your self
o Forgiveness: We have the client forgive his/her
ancestors and ask forgiveness for any participation that
he/she has had in any generational sins, curses,
diseases, or spiritual assignments. Pronounce Christ's
forgiveness over him/her.
o Prayer: Place the cross between generations so the sins
of the ancestors are stopped there; claim and believe
this. Pray about each descending pattern i.e., divorce,
cancer, alcoholism, homosexuality, etc. Reckon these
things as dead on the cross. Proverbs 20:7; 13:22, Psalms
103:17-18; Isaiah 54:13
When there has been occult involvement pray a
"hiding prayer." Although our lives are
normally "hidden in Christ," Colossians 3:3
occult involvement exposes us to the sight of the enemy.
Pray for release by destruction "The Son of God
appeared for this purpose, that He might destroy the
works of the devil "I John 3:8
Ask God to cast away any powers of darkness, such as
familiar spirits and bring holy angels to protect the
family. Hebrews 1:14
Celebrate that God has blessed this family and give Him
the praise and the glory. Recommended reading for this
Healing the Wounded Spirit: Chapter 13
(by John and Paula Stanford)
Exodus 20:5 - 'You shall not bow down to them or worship
them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God,
punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the
third and fourth generation of those who hate me.
Exodus 34:7 - .."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.'
Leviticus 26:39 -"'Those of you who are left will
waste away in the lands of their enemies because of
their sins; also because of their father's sins they will
Numbers 14:18-"'The Lord is slow to anger, abounding
in love and forgiving sin and rebellion, Yet he does not
leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for
the sins of the fathers to the third and fourth
Numbers 14:33 - "Your children will be shepherds
here for forty years, suffering for your unfaithful-ness,
until the last of your bodies lies in the desert.''
Deuteronomy 5:9 MV - "Thou shalt not bow down
thyself unto 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."
Matthew 7:12 - "So in everything, do to others what
you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law
and the Prophets."
Romans 2:1 - You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass
judgment on someone else, for at what-ever point you
judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you
who pass judgment
do the same things.
Romans 2:4-7 - Or do you show contempt for the riches of
his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that
God's kindness leads you toward repentance? But because
of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are
storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God's
wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. God
"will give to each person according to what he has
done." To those who by persistence in doing good
seek glory, honor and immortality,
he will give eternal life.
Romans 3:10-18 - As it is written:
"There is no one righteous, not even one; there is
no one who understands, no one who seeks God.
All have turned away, they have together become
there is no one who does good, not even one."
"Their throats are open graves; their tongues
practice deceit." "The poison of vipers is on
"Their mouths are full of cursing and
"Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery
mark their ways, and the way of peace they do not
"There is no fear of God before their eyes."
Romans 6:12--Therefore do not let sin reign in your
mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.
Romans 122 - Do not conform any longer to the pattern of
this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your
mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what
God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:12 - Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction,
faithful in prayer.
Galatians 6:7 - Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked.
A man reaps what he sows.
Ephesians 6:18 - And pray in the Spirit on all occasions
with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in
mind, be alert and always
on praying for all the saints.
Colossians 3:3 - For you died, and your life is now
hidden with Christ in God.
Hebrews 1:14 - Are not all angels ministering spirits
sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?
James 5:13-20 - Is any one of you i.n trouble? He should
pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.
Is any one of you sick?
He should call the elders of the church to pray over hhn
and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.
And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person
the Lord will raise him up.
If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.
Therefore confess your sins to each other
and pray for each other so that you maybe healed.
The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective
Elijah was a man just like us.
He prayed earnestly that it would not rain,
and it did not rain on the land for three and a half
Again he prayed.
and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its
My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth
and someone should bring him back,
Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will
save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.
1 John 3:8b - The reason the Son of God appeared
to destroy the devil's work.
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