The Way of Your Ancestors

July 3, 2014

The Way of Your Ancestors

Job 22:15-22
Will you keep to the old path that evil men have trod? 16 They were carried off before their time,
their foundations washed away by a flood. 17 They said to God, ‘Leave us alone! What can the Almighty do to us?’ 18 Yet it was he who filled their houses with good things, so I stand aloof from the counsel of the wicked. 19 “The righteous see their ruin and rejoice; the innocent mock them, saying, 20 ‘Surely our foes are destroyed, and fire devours their wealth.’ 21 “Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you. 22 Accept instruction from his mouth and lay up his words in your heart.

Some cultures, especially eastern ones, put a great deal of emphasis upon their ancestors; our culture does not have that emphasis. We come from many different backgrounds and heritages. I tend to believe that just as physical traits and characteristics are passed down from generation, there are spiritual influences that may be passed on as well. These can be both good and bad.
Perhaps I come from a long line of ancestors who were preachers and men of God. Many of them no doubt prayed and asked God’s anointing and blessing upon their heritage and the generations to follow them. In that case I was born into a blessing and the Lord might be answering their prayer through me as I respond in obedience to the call of God upon my life, whatever that may be. I have a spiritual influence that moves me towards righteousness and sensitivity toward the Lord. While it is an influence it is still subject to my will and choice. We can see in the lineage of David how that the Lord promised that his seed would not fail to inherit the throne as long as they walked in the ways of the Lord. As we follow history we can readily see that his seed didn’t always choose the way of their father, but departed from the Lord and chose wickedness.
If we look at the flip side of this and now we will say that I came from a long line of criminals or of wicked and perverse ancestors. Does that mean I must follow that same pattern? It is true that there may be spiritual influences and the same spirits that influenced my ancestors may seek a home in me. Again that cycle can be broken by my choice. If God, in His mercy, reveals the way of life to me and I respond to that, then He has also made a way for me to be free from the evil spiritual influences of my past. It is important that when I come from this background that I renounce every spirit of darkness that has attached itself to me, that I acknowledge Jesus Christ as my only Lord and Savior and that I ask for His blood to cover and cleanse me from both past and present sins and influences.
This does not mean that these spirits will not test you and they will try and convince you that you are the same old sinner and person that you were or that your ancestors were. This is where we dig our heels into the promises and the declarations of God’s Word, for we walk by faith and not by sight.
Perhaps someone reading this is struggling with their past and they are feeling the condemnation and accusation of the enemy upon their lives. This word is for you, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform [it] until the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:16). Hold fast the confidence of your faith, for the Lord is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him and He will see you through. He knows you struggle and has given you the Holy Spirit to help you and encourage you. Perhaps you have stumbled and fallen into those past ways. Now, perhaps you feel the Lord will forsake you, because you have failed. No, God is there for you. You have an advocate; one who pleads your cause and His name is Jesus. When you cried out for forgiveness the first time the Lord heard you and forgave you, now you must forgive yourself and as Jesus said to the woman caught in adultery, “…neither do I condemn you. Go your way and sin no more.” Often when we sin in a great way we want to continue to punish ourselves by not receiving the Lord’s forgiveness and we begin to grieve the Holy Spirit, because we won’t receive what He has already given us. Forgive yourself now, come out from under the condemnation that you have felt and receive what Jesus died to give you. Look to Him for His strength to make good choices and be set free, regardless of your background and ancestry.

Blessings,
#kent

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