Generations, God has brought me back to this topic so many times. He’s shown me how one choice can change the course of generations, for good or for bad. Our decisions are not just our own. I’ve heard many people say “It’s my life I can do what I want” but on the contrary our lives touch others live’s and can affect not only ourselves but all of those people. In Exodus 20:5 it says “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 parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” it tells us the sins of the father affect up to the fourth generation, but this bad decision can go even farther then that. Jesus can deliver any generation who calls out to Him, but up to the fourth generation without repentence will see the affects of the sin.
I’ve seen many children suffer from poor decisions their parents made, and growing they did the same thing because that’s the legacy that was passed down to them. A big example of this is alcoholism. The enemy only has to get one person hooked to destroy generations afterwards and it is only through Jesus that such bondages and chains can be broken. What we do today changes everything, especially our walk with God and our obedience to Him.
Going back to Exodus 20:6 it also tells us that the father who serves God and keeps His commandments will be loved and blessed for a thousand generations. God promises to bless generations of the fathers who love, obey, and serve Him. In Proverbs 22:6 it says to build your children up in the Lord so that when they grow up they won’t depart from it. When we faithfully serve God we not only fulfill God’s will for our lives but we set an example for our children, and when we do this we give them all of the hope and opportunities they can to be everything God called them to be. When we don’t serve God we cause ourselves and generations to be far from all that they could be in God, we cause them to grow up in troubles they never should have had, all because we chose to do the wrong things.
Father God, We praise You and thank You for Who You are and all that You do. Father God we ask that You would help us to stand strong in our relationship with You and that not only would we live a life that is pleasing to You but also that future generations would as well. Help us Father God to be a light in this world of darkness. Help us to seek You in every area of our lives so that we may make wise decisions and we ask that Father God You would guide us every step that we take. We ask that You would protect our children and our children’s children and that they would follow You and that they would have protection in You and that they would prosper. Help us Father God to be the one to make a difference.And that all that we say and do would reflect You. Changing not just those close to us but those who are not as well. Give us strength and courage to walk in Your ways Father God and that we would have a heart that is after You. In Jesus’ Mighty Name We Pray Amen.
Accompanying Song: Future Generations By 4Him