CONFESSED AND FORGIVEN
“The Lord is long-suffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.” (Numbers 14:18)
As we said previously, when folks can’t get free there is always a reason. Praise God for people who won’t rest until they have the answer and are free, and like King David, won’t stop until there is peace on all their borders.
A Christian brother in Hawaii earnestly desired liberty from bondages in his life. The Lord responded to his petitions with a revelation that the sins of his natural father and grandfather were the root cause of his problems.
The dishonest real estate dealings of his natural father cursed his life with constant trouble with landlords. He was forced to move twelve times in five years. Several times he was cheated in his real estate transactions.
Following the leadership of the Holy Spirit, he confessed the sins of his unprincipled forefathers as though they were his own, asked the Heavenly Father to remit them and remove the curses that came with them. Soon his life-style began changing. The oppression lifted and new-found freedom was his! No more trouble in this area of his life.
When one in authority, such as a father, willfully sins, he gives demons access into his domain of authority such as his family tree. Without confession and repentance, the enemy comes in like a flood and permeates the ensuing generations. Problems, infirmities, negative traits and chronic problems are passed through the seeds, or perhaps, the DNA.
Our relief is found in Psalm 103:2-3:
"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not His benefits:
Who forgives all you iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases."
Not only does the Lord forgive our iniquities, but in the case of Isaiah, He will remove them.
"Behold, this has touched your lips,
your iniquity is taken away
and your sin purged."
Although it seems that Ezekiel 18 refutes this teaching, careful study will show this not to be the case; on the contrary, the point is made that a son need not continue in sins of his fathers, but can chose life by turning away from his begetters patterns and follow the principles of the Heavenly Father’s Word.
Study the following Scriptures:
Ex. 20:3-5; Ex. 34:7; Jer. 32:18; Lam. 5:7; Ez. 18:2; Ez. 20:27-30; Lev. 26:40; Neh. 9:2; Neh. 9:16.