“The men of the place questioned him about his wife. He said, ‘She’s my sister.’ He was afraid to say ‘She’s my wife.’ He was thinking, ‘These men might kill me to get Rebekah, she’s so beautiful.’”- GENESIS 26:7 (MSG)
My husband would often say, “The worst thing your children can do is act like you in public.” We have plenty of examples from watching our children grow and become young adults. Although several are humorous, there are some choices we’ve made that make us cringe at the idea of our children following in our footsteps.
I can only imagine what Abraham’s response would have been knowing that Isaac lied just as he did about his wife being his sister in Genesis 20:2. In both instances, they were trying to protect themselves but actually put their wives in danger.
This story, much like several others in scripture, as well as in our own lives, shows how the sins of the father are passed down through generations. If you have been plagued by generational issues, there is hope for you. It was for this very reason that God sent Jesus. Isaiah teaches us that Jesus was wounded for our transgressions. He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him and ”by His stripes we were healed and made whole” (Isaiah 53:5).
Because of His sacrifice, we have the ability to be freed from the chains of our past.
Every day we are all faced with decisions to choose the right path. It is my hope that we, along with our children, will make the decision to walk in freedom from the sins of our fathers.
Father thank you for freeing us from the cycle of sin and death; it is only because of the sacrifice of Jesus that we can walk in freedom. Grant us daily the grace to choose freedom over bondage. Continue to work in us the will and the desire to do your perfect pleasure. In Jesus’s name, amen.
Go Deeper — If you are struggling in a cycle of defeat when it comes to habitual sins or generational issues, enlist a prayer/accountability partner to help you pray and break free.
James 5:16 (NLT) states, “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”
Grace and peace to you,
Mary ~ Your Breakthrough Coach
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