Yesterday we explored how a relationship with God and his anointing can break generational curses. Today we focus a bit more on the revelations which the prophets Ezekiel and Jeremiah had from God concerning this matter. God spoke to Ezekiel about the issue of generational inheritance in the Old Testament. ““What do you mean by repeating this proverb concerning the land of Israel, ‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge’?” (Ezekiel 18:2) Jeremiah also confirms that this saying was no longer relevant when he declared God’s covenant of love and restoration towards his people. “In those days they shall no longer say: “‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge.’” (Jeremiah 31:29)
What this means is that although parents and grandparents have made mistakes in the past, that we are not bound by these mistakes. It is true that at times we can unfortunately reap some of the negative consequences of the actions of our parents. But a relationship with God can set us free from spirits of inheritance and generational curses. At times it is important to develop some awareness of our history. However, becoming overly preoccupied with this is not the most helpful. What we need to do is to surrender these situations to God and trust that his blood will set us free.
In summation, Ezekiel’s text suggests that despite our family patterns and cycles, that it is possible for people to make different choices. It is difficult at times to choose a lifestyle that is completely different from the one that we grew up seeing. Difficult is not impossible and it is the grace of God which saves us and makes us righteous when we surrender our lives to him.
“Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord God, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?” (Ezekiel 18:23)