Man (Discovers Sins of the Fathers)
In our study of the Word we learned about curses and how the law affected lawbreakers. This would bring the sins of the fathers down onto the third and fourth generation (one hundred twenty or one hundred sixty years).
We began to appeal to God for the forgiveness of the sins of our forefathers and ancestors. This we discovered is essential to lasting deliverance from inherited curses. There are Old Testament references on seeking the forgiveness for the father’s sins. As we explored this we were led into an area of deliverance that we had never heard taught or mentioned by anyone before.
For every sin or misdeed towards God or man, there is basically an equal consequence of reaction proved for by the authority of the law, ie. “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” (Exodus 21-24; Leviticus 24:20; Deuteronomy 19:21). This will surely come upon the doer of the misdeed or upon his posterity. The only way to escape the penalty of the law is to appropriate specifically the blood of the cross to blot out that particular curses of the law. The following testimony points out the results of applying this truth.
My father bought and sold beer bars for a living and was a party to many shady real estate deals as well. I found that wherever I went I had endless problems with my various landlords. Over and over I was forced to move because of circumstances beyond my control.
During our first five years of marriage we had at least a dozen addresses. At the time we though perhaps God was perfecting our faith through tribulation. Although we faithfully tithed, worked hard and obeyed God, we could not seem to correct this recurring problem. Then God revealed that a curse had been placed upon me because of my father’s sins in real estate dealings. All my contacts involving real estate were therefore cursed and fraught with trouble.
As we sought God for further revelation, we discovered that many of the harassments and problems I had experienced in my life had come about as a direct result of what some ancestor had sowed for me, for good or for evil.
Much of this stemmed from prejudice towards and mistreatment of blacks in the slave trade by my ancestors in the southern United States. I, in turn, had been continually brought into harsh subjection under the hand of others. All this was also accompanied by much embarrassment, financial problems, various kinds of certain illnesses, and other things. These all clearly stemmed from and were rooted in what others in my blood line had sowed for me.
The revelation of these things has led to many life-changing releases for me. For example, God showed me that my lifestyle had continually brought me to times of quiet inactivity with a relatively small space. In reviewing, I recalled that I had always lived in trailers, rented rooms, small spaces and studio apartments. Because I had no car, little money and few friends, I found myself reliving the same scene over and over again. I read, wrote and quietly existed within a very limited range of motion and experiences.
While in prayer, the Lord revealed that this pattern was rooted in my father’s actions. He had my oldest half-brother committed to an institution as a toddler because he was pronounced mentally retarded. This had forced upon me, as the first-born of his second marriage, the same confinement he had imposed on his first son. I had been cursed with a lifestyle of limited range and experience, life in a very small space with few possessions as a consequence.
When these curses were detected and broken, I broke curses on myself and my dependents and, in Jesus’ name lifted off any iniquities or whoredoms which had settled on me. My life dramatically opened up and has become a new adventure. The freedom I enjoy after release from curses received as a result of my father’s sin is difficult to describe.
These examples seem to point to another kind of curse, the just administration of the law. These did not lead me into a specific sin nor into a particular demonic activity (although many other curses did). I experienced only the freedom from the penalty of the law, not specific release from any demon that I know about.
These powerful curses had been interwoven with a great many others to predestine me to experience the same sort of hardship my forefathers had caused others. Thus I was not necessarily doomed to sin, only to the just recompense of God for injury to others. “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.”
Whether these experiences were administered by angels, demons or God Himself, I do not know. I can testify that these unpleasant experience patterns definitely ceased in my life when I claimed the satisfaction of God’s justice being met through the cross of Calvary. Tithing, prayer, confessions, works and waiting had altered very little. Breaking the curses brought a new walk in freedom.
Remember, while enduring these curses, I still had hope, faith and fellowship with God and man. The Word was open to me and I grew in the Lord. Through receiving deliverance from evil spirits within me, in time my very character had changed. However, although I changed, my lifestyle remained the same for I was completely unaware that such circumstances could be dealt with.
I do not refer to feelings, emotions, works of the flesh or other things usually associated with deliverance; but strictly to freedom from recurring experience patterns. It certainly was good news to me and I trust it will be to many others as well.
Based on material contributed by Dean Andrews. Written by Win Worley.
The following is an excerpt from “Sins of the Fathers, Booklet #24″ by Pastor Win Worley. Copyright © 1983 by Win Worley, Revised 1990. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including storage and retrieval system, without securing permission in writing from the publisher, WRW Publications, PO Box 852626, Mesquite, TX 75185.
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