COULD the sins of the forefathers, like a dirty river, be affecting our lives today?
What did your forefathers do, could their sins be affecting your life downstream?
When you have been praying, fasting, dwelling in the word and doing all that you know is right, but nothing is changing, then there is an invisible barrier blocking you !
Ask yourself : what is it in my past, in my ancestry, in my bloodline that could be causing it?
Sins of the forefathers
The sins of the forefathers, read, idolatry, is the common root-cause of problems Christians face today that make them not live victorious lives.
Exodus 20:3-5. You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water below.
You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord our God am a jealous God punishing the children for the sins of the father to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me.
God punishes children for the sins of their forefathers to the third and fourth generation.
This is why you must ask yourself today, what did my forefathers do before they died?
For the idolatry of the forefathers, the third and fourth generation bears the punishment.
We are guilty today because of the sins of the forefathers.
Punishment for sins of the forefathers
If a forefather consulted a witchdoctor, although he may have gone there alone, secretly, he actually dragged along with him an entire generation – his own children, his grand-children, and his great-grand-children.
And, one day after he has died, the children will be punished.
They will say, “our fathers sinned and now they are no more, but we bear the punishment.”
Most of the time what you could be going through is a problem that did not start with you.
When you see barrenness, poverty, inherited sicknesses, patterns of defeat and setbacks the root cause could be a punishment for idolatry.
The punishment is a curse which becomes an invisible barrier following through a blood-line.
Take a look at your own family, do you see if there are patterns of barrenness, poverty, unemployment, sicknesses or early deaths?
It is a curse that comes through as punishment for the sins of the forefathers.
Jesus Christ came that we may have abundant lives, and that Christians should live victoriously, such that when people see our lives they want to be like us.
There is then a problem when the Bible promises one thing and Christians’ lives run contrary to what the word of God says.
How can we be a testimony to the people whose lives look better than our own!
Guilty of the sins of the forefathers
When God looks at us, He sees children-who-love-him, who will go to heaven, but will suffer here on earth because we are guilty of the sins of the forefathers.
Deuteronomy 18: 10-12. “There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or daughter pass through fire or one who practices witchcraft or a soothsayer or one who interprets omens.
Or a sorcerer or one who conjures spells or a medium or a spiritist or one who calls up the dead for all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord .
The problem we have today in Africa is that when our forefathers went to see witchdoctors we were in their loins, they dragged us along!
Hebrews 7:9-10 says, “Even Levi who receives tithes paid tithes through Abraham, so to speak, for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him. ”
If you look at your family and begin to see curses- suicide, marriage problems, poverty, addictions, cancer and so on, it is because of the past sins of the forefathers.
They worshipped and served other gods.
They went to cemeteries, tied charms on their hands and waists to protect themselves, but now we are bearing the brunt of their punishment.
The invisible barriers coming as punishment for idolatry, and, the sins of the forefathers have held many Christians from enjoying the freedom that Christ came and died for on the cross.