RAP SHEET 5/23/21
Series: Family Tradition
Sermon: Generational Curse
ICE BREAKER: Would you rather be forced to watch the same magic show every morning or listen to the same concert?
This week Pastor Noel shed new light on the idea of Generational Curses. A Generational Curse has been thought of as sin that is passed down from parents to kids down the family tree.
What did you inherit from your parents or guardians that makes your life more difficult?
Often, in the church world, these curses are spoken of as if there is nothing you can do to escape them. If your parent cheated, you probably will too. If your parent was an alcoholic, you will end up one as well. If your parents didn't manage money well, you will be broke too.
However, we went all the way to the beginning of creation to find out a significant truth - The CORE of the CURSE is the sin that entered our world after creation. Every generation lives under the curse of sin!
That means your generational curse isn't biological! Now, of course, you are predisposed to whatever unique sins your parents wrestled with; but, those sins are not your destiny just because your parents struggled with them! There is a way to reverse the curse.
If sin is the CORE of the CURSE, we must then find the CURE! Paul tells us in Galatian 3:
13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, because it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”
Jesus is the Cure that Reverses the Curse. Sin is strong, we can not overcome it on our own. The good news is, Jesus is stronger than sin! He proved that on the cross. In the ultimate act of redemption, Jesus became the curse for us so we would no longer have to bear it!
How do these truths help you think differently about generational curses?
What would it mean for your life to not have to follow the negative patterns you inherited?
Putting our faith in Jesus frees us from the penalty of sin! We will no longer spend eternity separating ourselves from God. This is the first step to living the life we are called to live and pursuing our purpose. It starts with that moment of faith that Jesus is who He says He is and has done what He says He has done.
HERE IS YOUR APPLICATION QUESTIONS FOR THE WEEK:
Have you put your faith in Jesus? If not, what is stopping you? If you have, are you trusting Him that you are free from following the negative patterns of your parents?
If you are wrestling with whether or not to believe in Jesus, I want to challenge you to pray everyday this week and ask God to reveal himself to you. Scripture says if we seek Him, we will find Him!
If you are a believer, ask the Holy Spirit to show you the patterns handed down to you that you are unnecessarily walking in. Pray for strength to continue to overcome the curse of sin. When you fail, and we all fail, trust that Jesus is there to forgive and restore!