How Does Faith Work?: A Covenant Forgotten – Part 4

In class one evening a professor made the remark that he thought that the common translation of Habakkuk 2:4 “…the righteous will live by his faith” might be more accurate if translated something like, “…the righteous person will live because of his faithfulness.” [1] I’ll leave it to Hebrew scholars to discuss which is more accurate, but I think even a layman’s research would show there is a strong chance that professor was correct.  As I researched what he said the thing I never could be sure of was if the scriptures meant the righteous will live by His (the Lord’s) faithfulness or his (our) faithfulness. In the end I think the answer is yes in both instances because every covenant depends on both the Lord’s faithfulness (which is never in doubt) and our faithfulness.

Here’s a simple example of how faith gives us confidence and courage. Imagine you are in a deep well and the only way out is a rope dangling from the surface. You wouldn’t try to use that rope if you didn’t believe it would support your weight. You’d be afraid that if the rope broke you’d fall, injure yourself, and be even worse off. But if you had faith that the rope was strong and that it was tied to something that would hold your weight, you’d start climbing. The more faith you have in the rope the more apt you are to use it. Once you begin to use the rope your faith in it will grow because it’s passing the test and it’s supporting your weight. The further you climb up the rope the more your faith will grow and soon you’ll be out of the hole and saved.

Now if you only believe the rope was there and only believe the rope can save you but you didn’t use the rope the rope would be useless. If you didn’t start pulling yourself up the rope to test it, your faith would not become stronger, you would never have the courage to climb the rope, and you would never get out of the hole. In the end believing in the rope, but not using the rope, will have the same result as not trusting the rope in the first place. This is what James is trying to tell us when he says, “faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” (James 2:17)

Likewise starting up the rope but not climbing all the way out of the hole does no good. Those who start up the rope but go back down because they lose courage won’t leave the hole, and neither will those who near the top and decide they like life in the hole and go back down. Paul wrote, “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14) and Jesus said, “But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.” (Matthew 24:13) These and other scriptures show that enduring in our trust in and our faithfulness to the Lord matters greatly.

“Faith comes by hearing…” (Romans 10:17)  Imagine you are looking at the rope dangling in front of you wondering if it was safe, and a voice from outside of the hole began to assure you that the rope was safe. Would that build you trust in the rope? Or, if another person was in the hole with you and told you they had climbed the rope many times, would that build your trust in the rope? We gain trust and confidence from the stories from scripture, the experiences of others and experiencing the Lord’s faithfulness ourselves. Faith grows even more as we exercise it.

To show the interaction of faith and action James wrote, “Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.” (James 2:21-23) Offering a son as a sacrifice takes great faith, but Abraham didn’t always have that kind of faith. We can see by some of his choices that his faith was not always as strong as it was when he took Isaac to Mt. Moriah, but as experienced more of the Lord’s faithfulness Abraham’s faith grew. Eventually his faith grew to the point where he knew the Lord would raise Isaac from the dead if he were sacrificed.

When Moses led Israel from Egypt the Israelis were not very trusting of the Lord. Even though they’d seen the plagues He’d sent on Egypt and the miracles He’d done they were still not convinced of His greatness. Not even the parting of the Red Sea and the many other miracles convinced all Israelites of how great the Lord is. Yet some were convinced and they trusted the Lord and we see later that those who did were able to do things and see things that those without faith could not. For example, Joshua and Caleb trusted the Lord and when they went to explore the land of Canaan with ten other men, they were the only ones who saw how good the land was and how easily Israel could conquer the people there and take the land. Ten of the men who went said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” (Numbers 13:31) Caleb and Joshua saw the same things those men saw but they said, “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us.” (Numbers 14:7) The only difference between Caleb and Joshua and the other ten men was their faith. Caleb and Joshua’s perspective, from a position of faith, allowed them to see and realize things that the other ten could not even imagine. Their trust in the Lord equipped them to have courage the others would never have.

The story of David and Goliath is no different. David saw and understood things that no soldier in the Israelis’ camp could. Remember how David recalled the Lord’s faithfulness just before he fought Goliath. “When a lion or a bear came and took a lamb from the flock, I went out after him and attacked him, and rescued it from his mouth; and when he rose up against me, I seized him by his beard and struck him and killed him. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, since he has taunted the armies of the living God.” And David said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” It was the knowledge of the Lord’s faithfulness that gave David his courage.

Hearing those stories of the Lord’s faithfulness helps our faith grow just as surely as exercising our faith does. It’s only by faith in the Lord that we can enter into covenant with the Lord, and it’s only by faith that we will be able to be faithful that covenant. If we choose to believe and to remain in the covenant our faith will grow stronger and stronger just as Joshua, Caleb, David and Abraham’s did. By knowing how we must use faith and action together, we can understand how it’s true that we are saved by faith but not by faith alone. Some want to say the faith produces obedience that’s not quite true, but faith is what makes obedience and love possible. Obedience to the Lord and loving the Lord are not necessarily automatic consequences of having faith. Faith, love and obedience are so intertwined it’s impossible for them to be effective apart from each other.

 


[1] Scripture is taken from GOD’S WORD®, © 1995 God’s Word to the Nations. Used by permission of Baker Publishing Group.

Life is about choices: A Covenant Forgotten – Part 3

In the first covenant that God made with man Adam was free to do as he pleased, which he did and mankind has regretted his choice ever since. What we can learn from Adam’s story is that ultimately our eternal future depends upon our belief in the Lord’s faithfulness, and our commitment to entering and keeping our covenant with the Lord.

In the parable of the “Parable of the Bags of Gold” (Matthew 25:14-29) the Master said to the servant, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”[1] Notice that the Master did not commend the servants, who returned with a profit, for what they believed; he commended him for what they did. They obviously believed because they chose to act on what they believed. The third servant had the same information as the other two, about the master, yet he decided to believe and act differently. Was that because of what was in that servant’s heart? That third servant had no trust in his master even though he believed his master. Did the servant see the master as being the same as him? (“To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless, to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the devious you show yourself shrewd.”[2])

In that same chapter of Mathew Jesus told the parable of the “The Sheep and the Goats” that described the final judgment. In that parable Jesus said, “These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”[3] Jesus said to the righteous, “For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’”  In that parable the righteous are those who chose to love their neighbors as themselves.  In other words the people who were faithful to what the Lord said are the ones who were righteous.

All through scripture we see people making choices. Adam and Eve chose to disobey the Lord. Noah, by choice, walked with God. Following Israel’s choices is like taking a wild roller coaster ride, one moment they would choose to follow God and soon after they were sacrificing their children to false gods. King Saul chose to follow God and then chose not to. Solomon chose to follow the Lord with his whole heart and then chose to follow him somewhat. David, on the other hand, followed God and all but one of the Apostles chose to follow Jesus to the end.

One way to view those stories is that they are stories of those who would choose to be in and stay in covenant with the Lord, those who would choose to not be in covenant with Him, or those who would enter and then leave His covenant with them.

There may not be any place in scripture that shows that we must make our own choices better than Joshua 23-24 does. Israel had journeyed from Egypt, wandered in the desert, conquered nations and was able to rest for a moment. Their leader, Joshua, gathered them to hear him speak and after he reminded them of the great things the Lord did for them, that they saw Him do, he reminded them that they must make a choice. “If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” [4]

The Lord doesn’t force us to follow Him and He didn’t force Israel to serve Him. Adam and Eve had to make a choice to obey Him as did Noah, Abraham and many others. The Lord made covenants with them all. Every time we see the Lord making a promise or giving a command, in Scripture, we are seeing a form of a covenant.  The Lord promises His faithfulness to mankind in the Bible through covenants and it is through covenants that He expresses his expectation that man be faithful to Him.


[1] Matthew 25:23 (NASB)

[2] Psalm 18:25-26 (NIV)

[3] Matthew 25:46

[4] Joshua 24:1

” . . .set your hearts on things above. . .”

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Colossians 3:1

If you call yourself a Christian, ask yourself what your heart is set on.

Did you spend more time yesterday studying the stats of your favorite sports team than you spent reading your Bible?

Have you spent more money this month entertaining yourself than you did tithing or giving to charities?

Did you talk more about the new box office hit than you did Jesus yesterday?

To the casual Christian these things seem trivial and unimportant. But according to scripture they show what you are truly passionate about and where your heart really is. Scripture never commends the casual Christian or speaks of rewards for the casual Christian. In fact according to Jesus and the Apostles there is no such thing.

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple. And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.”

Jesus does not want anyone to hate anyone else. He is using hyperbole to show you that there is nothing casual about being a true Christian. You are either hardcore or you are……………………..

hyperbole |hīˈpərbəlē|
noun
exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.

Don’t take it literally, do take it seriously.

No Compromise

“We are susceptible to heretical teachings because, in one form or another, they nurture and reflect the way that we would have it be, rather than the way God has provided, which is infinitely better for us. As they lead us into the blind alleys of self-indulgence and escape from life, heresies pander to the most unworthy tendencies of the human heart. ”
… C. FitzSimons Allison, The Cruelty of Heresy

So often the things that lead us from the Lord seem so harmless. We say to ourselves we can do this or that, believing that our faith and walk will not be affected. Devils whisper in our ear that we can watch this movie, listen to that music or spend our money on this thing. We are led away from the light so slowly and deliberately that our eyes adjust to the darkness without us even knowing it happened.

Paul writes in 2 Timothy. “In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.”

Remove the compromises from your life. Pray the Lord will adjust your eyes to the Light. Be noble. Be holy. Be useful.

Peace, Steve

Generational Curses, Demon possessed children of God and other Charismatic Voodoo (part 3)

Would you be free from the burden of sin?
There’s power in the blood, power in the blood;
Would you over evil a victory win?
There’s wonderful power in the blood.
There is power, power, wonder working power
In the blood of the Lamb;
There is power, power, wonder working power
In the precious blood of the Lamb.
(Words & Music by Lewis E. Jones, 1899)

The writer of this wonderful old hymn obviously understood the power released by the events at Calvary. He understood the work the Lord Jesus did was awesome and complete. Why is it some among us no longer understand this? I wonder when it was that some lost that faith and knowledge? I believe the Gospel is being watered down by those who preach a Christ defeated theology. There are those in this world, possibly even in your church, who teach and believe that generational curses, demon oppression, and demon possession are the cause of many problems for Christians today. Many emotional, psychological, financial and physical problems are blamed on curses and evil spirits. But, what does God’s word say to the believer about all of this? What God says is most important; if what we are taught has no foundation in God’s word, then that teaching is harmful and must not be believed. Paul wrote, “faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” Therefore, if we hear the truth of the Gospel, our faith will be increased. In the same way, if we hear and believe a lie our faith will be diminished. We must be certain we are teaching our brothers and sisters the truth so that their faith is built up and not destroyed.

The Christian should know that our “enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” and that, “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6) However, the fully devoted follower of Christ needs to also know the victory of Jesus over sin was absolute and that He alone is Almighty. His word says we’ve been purchased with the Blood of Christ for God, that he has died as a ransom to free us from all sin, we have been forgiven all sin and that we are totally sanctified in Christ.

All false teachings diminish the faith of those who fall for them. On the surface, false teachings appear to be godly concepts, however, they fail to acknowledge the power of the Blood of Christ to wash all sin away completely and finally in the Believer. In fact false teachings insinuate that Jesus had less than a total victory on the cross. Belief in these or any other false teachings will weaken your armor, they will dim the Glory that abides in you till it’s light is too dim to drive out the darkness. When you read your New Testament you’ll notice that generational curses, legal claims of Satan and demon possessed believers are never mentioned. However, by a quick count, seven or eight times we are warned against false teachers or prophets. It’s obvious that the writers of the books in the New Testament and Jesus himself considered false teachers and prophets to be the more dangerous to the body of Christ.

I believe one problem in the church is that egotistical and false spirituality is actively taught and sought after. For example, during prayer I heard one of our young people stop praying and she said, “I’m not getting anything, nothings happening.” Shame on us, for this is evidence that we’ve falsely led our young ones to believe that we should feel this or experience that in order to know the Holy Spirit is moving. I’ve heard men and children in the church make fun of other churches (denominations) and judge them as not having the Holy Spirit. I’ve heard men and women in the church judge others as not being saved or not possessing the Holy Spirit. Why is this arrogance tolerated in the body of Christ? True and Holy Spirituality does not build itself up by looking down it’s nose at others. True and Holy Spirituality, has to do with a relationship with the Almighty. True and Holy Spirituality knows that the Holy Spirit is working no matter what we are experiencing or feeling. At times it seems that outlandish and controversial doctrines are sought, believed and taught just to get a spiritual high or to make us look more spiritual. We should not worship or teach, to excite others or ourselves. We teach and worship to exalt the Most High God and to build the faith of others and ourselves. I believe that if we compare ourselves to the Son of God we will find that none of us are very Spiritual.

Who has bewitched our Savior’s church? Who is it that is destroying our faith with superstitions, wives tales, myths and voodoo? We allow it by giving more credibility to inaccurate teachers and prophets who are half right, than we do the perfect Word of God. Some have fallen in love with false teachings given by those who call themselves prophets, who themselves admit they are not perfectly accurate? Many in the church appear to believe that books by Half Prophets (prophets who are half right) about the Bible, carry more weight than the Bible. For example, Jesus taught the apostles to pray using less than fifty words; yet, Half Prophets of today would have us send our children to school and spend big money to learn the same thing. Half Prophets tell us we need to travel great distances and pay large sums of money to be taught to use our gifts. We’re to buy their books to read, so we may develop our gifts. (Paying for your free gifts to work?) When God’s Holy Spirit anoints a person that anointing is complete and perfect. This modern notion that the gifts of the Holy Spirit must be learned has no basis in the Word of God. When the gifts of the Spirit of God are given to a person, that person will immediately heal the sick, speak in foreign languages or edify the brothers with prophecy (to name only a few gifts). God’s gifts are perfect, complete and pure, as He is.

I don’t know if Half Prophets are evil or bad people, I only know they are wrong. They seem to say and do awesome things that exalt the Lord, however, their doctrine is destructive. At times some of them behave more like fortunetellers than Godly Prophets. They teach us that Old Testament things such as curses, spirits, hidden family sin and legal claims of the devil bind us. They fail to remind us that the Old Testament also says prophets of God are always correct. (Duet 18 ) They do not affirm that Jesus had total victory on the cross, thereby, implying He was defeated. We need to ask ourselves why the Holy God of Israel needs an inaccurate modern day Half Prophet to validate His Ancient, Holy, Complete and Perfect Word. Are we to believe that He who is Perfect, who sacrificed His only begotten Son, would trust us to prophets who are not absolutely correct, leaving us to figure out for ourselves that which is correct and which is not? I say, “..He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake..” I say wake up and strengthen what remains of your faith. I have been told that the teachings of these Half Prophets are like chicken, I’m to eat the meat and throw away the bone! I tell you that the meat the Spirit of God feeds us is pure and “is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”(2 Timothy 3:15-17) He who serves tainted meat, which cannot be eaten, does not feed us meat from God. I like how “The Message” Bible states what Peter said in 2 Peter 1, “The main thing to keep in mind here is that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of private opinion. And why? Because it’s not something concocted in the human heart. Prophecy resulted when the Holy Spirit prompted men and women to speak God’s Word.” To me the Word of God says that true Prophets who the Holy Spirit is speaking through are always correct, and will never doubt that their own prophecy is exactly what God wants to say.

Do you want to successfully teach others to be fully devoted followers of the Lord Jesus? If so you must seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness. Do not allow false teaching in your church. Remove all the sources of the false prophet’s teachings from your church. (Videos, Cd’s, books, etc) Silence the false teachers and prophets in your midst. Be extremely careful who you allow to teach or even speak to the young. The Gospel means the Good News. The Good News is, “He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Build your church on a solid foundation of Word based faith. Have sound bible studies using the whole word of God, taught by humble men of God. Use teaching material that is time proven and which teaches sound doctrine. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” To love God’s Word is to love God. “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)

Our God is unchanging, all prophets, prophesies, fads and new revelations should be eyed with suspicion. “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.”(1 Thessalonians 5:21) Solomon was the wisest man ever on earth, until Jesus. Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 12:11-13 The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails—given by one Shepherd. Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them. Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body. Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.”
( Be a shepherd Proverbs 27:23 Be diligent to know the state of your flocks, And attend to your herds)

I like another old song that speaks the truth so simply. Those old songwriters sure knew then what we don’t know now.

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

Be noble. Be holy. Be useful. Be relevant, Steve

Generational Curses, Demon possessed children of God and other Charismatic Voodoo (part 1)
Generational Curses, Demon possessed children of God and other Charismatic Voodoo (part 2)
Generational Curses, Demon possessed children of God and other Charismatic Voodoo (part 3)

Generational Curses, Demon possessed children of God and other Charismatic Voodoo (part 2)

“Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest.” (Proverbs 26:2)

There is another teaching in small parts of the body of Christ. it is a heinous teaching which says, that, we as children of the Most High God, can have demons clinging to us, witches can oppress us with curses or the even more odious idea that the child of God can be possessed by evil spirits. This line of thought is a rejection of the Word of God. When Jesus even walked near an evil spirit they would scream out in fear and beg for His mercy. Mark, an eyewitness to many of the miracles of Jesus, wrote, “Whenever the evil spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” Yet we are led to believe that an evil spirit can dwell in us, in coexistence with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Others may say evil spirits or demons are attached to us like a leech sucking away the Blood of life. I have heard evil spirits and curses blamed for the consequences suffered for bad choices, unhealthy lifestyles and anti-biblical behavior. Spiritual warfare is real, Satan is real, the devil harassing and tempting us is real, but, God is Almighty is also true. Here is a fact: “We know [absolutely] that anyone born of God does not [deliberately and knowingly] practice committing sin, but the One Who was begotten of God carefully watches over and protects him [Christ’s divine presence within him preserves him against the evil], and the wicked one does not lay hold (get a grip) on him or touch [him].”(1 John 5:18 ) You should also know “Little children, you are of God [you belong to Him] and have [already] defeated and overcome them [the agents of the antichrist], because He Who lives in you is greater (mightier) than he who is in the world.”(1 John 4:4) Paul writes in the book of Ephesians that the believer must “use the shield of faith with which you can stop all the burning arrows of the Evil One.” I believe that if the evil one comes close to the Glory of God, which abides in us, he will be destroyed. As a consequence he must stay so far away from us that he has to fling arrows at us from a distance. Those that would instill the fear of the devil clinging to us would do well to learn that “the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.”(2 Thessalonians 3:3) They that teach these things may not understand that “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”(1 John 4:18 ) Are you concerned about the devil and his schemes, do you fear that he may be oppressing you? If so, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and He will come near to you.”(James 4:7-8 ) The great and complete Victory of the Cross and the Power of the Blood is what should be taught. Jesus said, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (Additional reading: Psalm 34:7 “The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.” Read Psalm 23)

The person who believes the Son of the Most High God, Jesus Christ, was crucified, died, buried and resurrected has powerful Protectors to be reckoned with. David wrote “The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Notice he is not wishing or hoping that the Lord will be his Rock, David is stating a fact. Our covenant with God promises, “..in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37-39 ) Notice that Paul believes even God’s own angels are not able to come between God and us, much less demons. When contemplating our relationship with our Lord to determine if He will keep the evil one away from us or let any curse affect us, we must consider the nature of God. We know God is Love. So then a partial description of His nature is, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” (1 Corinthians 13) By knowing the nature of God we know He’ll never fail to protect us or even remember the sin associated with us. We know that we are children of God and we know “every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.” (1 John 5:4) Where does our faith come from? It comes from reading and learning from what we know to be the inspired Word of God. This pure and perfect Word will never lead us astray. We must, “be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Ephesians 6 )

Be noble. Be holy. Be useful. Be relevant.

Peace, Steve

Generational Curses, Demon possessed children of God and other Charismatic Voodoo (part 1)
Generational Curses, Demon possessed children of God and other Charismatic Voodoo (part 2)
Generational Curses, Demon possessed children of God and other Charismatic Voodoo (part 3)

Generational Curses, Demon possessed children of God and other Charismatic Voodoo (part 1)

I want to first address “generational curses” and the teaching of Satan having some kind of legal claim on believers of the Lord Jesus. Let me explain that I’m not talking about inherited physical problems or what I call “self-inflicted generational curses” i.e.: our parents made bad choices; they taught us to make these or worse choices, and we choose then to teach our children to make those same bad choices. For example, those raised in families where there is domestic violence are more likely to be guilty of domestic violence than those raised in peace. This is also true of sexual sins, drug/alcohol abuse and other learned/chosen behaviors. When dealing with “self-inflicted generational curses”, we must repent (if we need to), perhaps be counseled and make the choice to learn and teach new behavior. While this doesn’t seem to be easy or even possible, we must always know that Jesus says, “”With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”(Matthew 19:26) Paul writes, “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”(Philippians 4:13)

The “generational curses” that I really want to address are those which are said to be associated with idolatry, the occult, witchcraft, Satanism, Free Masonry and other various wrong associations members of our family tree may have been involved in. For example, if your Grandmother was involved with witchcraft, the demons or curses related to that experience supposedly could be passed from generation to generation. Or perhaps, parents dedicated a child to the Catholic Church, the Jehovah Witnesses, or whatever, leaving the child indebted to Satan. They teach that somehow sin of others from years ago will affect us today. But, what does God’s word say? “The soul that sins, it [is the one that] shall die. The son shall not bear and be punished for the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear and be punished for the iniquity of the son; the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him only, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon the wicked only.”(Ezekiel 18:20) This says very clearly that curses are not passed from generation to generation. More importantly is the Power of the Blood. Here is what the Most High God has done for us by the sacrifice He made at Calvary “;… anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5:17) How can there be generational curses for those who are a first generation person in Christ? Or to put it another way, our Father is God, how can there be generational curses for those whose Father is God? If that’s not enough, consider that it is also written; “For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.” (Col 1:19) The word reconcile is translated from the Greek word apokatallasso, which means “the restoration of a relationship of peace which has been disturbed.” Our relationship with God Almighty was disturbed by sin; now our entire relationship has been restored completely. So you see the Believer has been washed in the precious blood of the Lamb of God and no curse or sin will stain the Believer, if “indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven”.(Col 1:23) When we believed in the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus, any and all debts were canceled, if indeed they were ever in effect. Consider this fact “God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.”(Colossians 2:13-15) When the Born Again Believer is confronted with the misguided teaching that Satan has any legal claim to them, they must know that their Father in Heaven is our Judge, and “He will judge the world in righteousness; he will govern the peoples with justice.” (Psalm 9:8 ) It is written, “Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.”(Romans 8:31) It’s always good to have family in Most High places. Not only is our Father the Judge, also, our attorney is Jesus. “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1) How can anyone believe this lie named “generational curses” in light of the facts? “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:28-31) (Additional reading: “”Galatians 3:13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” and “Hebrew 10: 14” because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. And Titus 3:5 “…….He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit…..” Please read Jeremiah 31:“29 In those days people will no longer say, ‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge.’30 Instead, everyone will die for his own sin; whoever eats sour grapes—his own teeth will be set on edge. )

Be noble. Be holy. Be useful. Be relevant.

Peace, Steve

Generational Curses, Demon possessed children of God and other Charismatic Voodoo (part 1)
Generational Curses, Demon possessed children of God and other Charismatic Voodoo (part 2)
Generational Curses, Demon possessed children of God and other Charismatic Voodoo (part 3)