You remember Jacob and how he fell in love with a beautiful, attractive woman named Rachel?
Jacob was married to both Rachel and her sister Leah. Leah had no trouble conceiving children, but Rachel did. She like her mother-in-law, Rebecca, and Jacob’s grandmother, Sarah, had trouble conceiving one child, nevertheless, four sons and one daughter as Leah had. And just like Sarah, Rachel told her husband to sleep with her slave girl, so that the slave girl might have a child for her.
As there was with Jacob and Esau, there was a rivalry between Leah and Rachel. Only theirs wasn’t over a blessing but over who could conceive the most sons for Jacob.
A lot of similarities occur throughout the generations of these women, and I have to think that it was because they were all related.
Exodus 29: 5 teaches that the sins of the father are passed down from generation to generation, even to the third and fourth generation.
Jealousy, sickness, disease, the inability to conceive can be passed down in the same way, through the blood line.
Doctors today know that when they see a patient, they need to have a family history to get a complete picture.
To get a complete picture of our lives, we have to know our family’s history as well. We need to know what curses and blessings have been passed down from generation to generation.
Some of those things that you struggle with today could be things that your parents, your grandparents, even your great grandparents struggled with.
But the great news is that Galatians 3:13 (KJV) tells us, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.”
We cannot do anything about the generations before us, but we can stop the curse from continuing. So how do we stop the curses in our lives from traveling from one generation to another?
“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:” Deuteronomy 30:19 (KJV).
You stop the curse from continuing by choosing to speak words of life instead of words of death, speaking the Word of God instead of speaking words of fear, anxiety and negativity.
What you are experiencing today is a direct result of the words you spoke in your past. If you want to change your future, change your words today! It won’t happen overnight, but the faith-filled words you speak today will eventually change your life.
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I would like to add that we also stop the curse by our willing and obedient heart towards God. If we are "willing and obedient" we will enjoy the good of the land.