“I have given you a new heart, and put My own Spirit in you.”-Ezekiel 36:26-27
Most people feel connected to their generational line. They think that if their parents or grandparents didn’t do well back then, then they won’t either. But that is not the case. They had a lifetime to make decisions that led up to the outcomes of their lives. Don’t let their decisions discourage you from creating the life that you want. You get to write your own story, with God’s help, and succeed at what you want to excel at. A focused mind without distractions can go as high as it wants. There are no limitations that God set for us. We can dream big!
You see, we all have our own minds, each with different goals, dreams, and ambitions. But not all of us were born into great wealthy families, established in educational wisdom, with good parental guidance and stability. Some of us are far from this. If you grew up like me in poverty, you might have learned that there wasn’t much formal education between one parent or another. For example, both of my parents never finished high school, and so they suffered financially trying to hold jobs that didn’t pay much at all to take care of my 4 siblings and I.
Many times, my father would drink and smoke with his friends outside. There were loud arguments at times between my mother and my father due to this behavior of his. He would verbally and physically abuse her, all because he never made good decisions in his life and he took it out on her. This ugly drama really did affect us growing up. As we grew older and started going to school, my father disappeared from our lives completely. Since he chose a sinful lifestyle dealing with drugs, alcohol and other bad decisions, he eventually had to pay for his crimes in prison.
My mom was relieved when the abuse finally stopped. And then reality set in, she couldn’t depend on him for anything anymore. He was locked away. We had lost our dad completely due to his wrongful desires and addictions. He chose that route other than raising his children. It’s sad that my father chose this for himself, but I do forgive him for all the things he ever did. May the Lord bless his soul.
Life kept going, school didn’t stop, and we just had to keep on living. We rarely had any clothes and had to share everything. We were raised by our mother, who was single and unemployed, and we were on government assistance all those years after. We looked up to my mom’s brother, my uncle, as a father figure, as he provided shelter for us in one of the houses he owned. And my eldest brother stepped up financially to also help my mother with the bills. This was a very hard upbringing, but I did learn something very valuable from all of this-to place my trust in God above all else.
My mother loved us and took care of us the best she knew how. She wanted to do right by us by being there for us, helping us with homework, cooking, and everything else moms do. She was the best! My mom taught us so much about loving God, reading the Bible every day, going to church, praying for others as well as for all we needed, being responsible, and making good decisions. She was wise and she knew that the Lord would never let us down and that He would get us through everything and He did. For so many years, I saw God’s miracles fall from Heaven. Even now, as I am married and have my own children, God has always remained faithful.
See, the biggest lesson in life is this–people are human. We all make mistakes and those actions can somehow affect those we love. We may regret decisions, we may try and still fail, we make empty promises, but God is a Great God with endless power! He will see you through. Just make sure you also want to improve your life and come closer to having a relationship with Him. And that is done by going into your prayer closet. You need to spend time building your relationship with God in order for things to change.
You must also learn to make a living by getting the right education, the right mentors, and gather good guidance from family and friends. You need to be strong in this life and strength comes from the Lord. You must learn to forgive and move forward from the hurt, the pain, the anger, and the resentment. Even more, have a heart that is grateful and thankful to those that have helped you along the way. It’s a fact that people will let you down, but God will always stay by your side and place others to help you out. So choose Him because He’s already chosen you and He is helping you.
My mother and grandmother both didn’t grow up with their fathers; I didn’t either. However, I am severing ties to my generational curse and my children are being raised by loving parents that put God first. I have a wonderful husband who is caring, and not abusive, whom I met in college. My children have a father and mother who love them no matter what. We help guide them correctly every day as instructed by God. So, just because your parents didn’t have it good back then, doesn’t mean you should continue in their footsteps. You have your own life to live; no more do you have to repeat the sins of your parents. Break free from it. You can create changes and make better decisions for you and your family and the generations to come. Start by placing God first in your life.
We will read Chapter 18 found in the Book of Ezekiel. God tells us that we have hope. We are not going to pay for the sins of our parents, and our children won’t have to pay for our sins either, and so on. We must individually make a choice on how we live life. Let’s begin reading….
(New International Version)
The One Who Sins Will Die
‘The word of the Lord came to me:
2 “What do you people mean by quoting this proverb about the land of Israel:
“‘The parents eat sour grapes,
and the children’s teeth are set on edge’?
3 “As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, you will no longer quote this proverb in Israel. 4 For everyone belongs to me, the parent as well as the child—both alike belong to me. The one who sins is the one who will die.”
5 “Suppose there is a righteous man
who does what is just and right.
6 He does not eat at the mountain shrines
or look to the idols of Israel.
He does not defile his neighbor’s wife
or have sexual relations with a woman during her period.
7 He does not oppress anyone,
but returns what he took in pledge for a loan.
He does not commit robbery
but gives his food to the hungry
and provides clothing for the naked.
8 He does not lend to them at interest
or take a profit from them.
He withholds his hand from doing wrong
and judges fairly between two parties.
9 He follows my decrees
and faithfully keeps my laws.
That man is righteous;
he will surely live,
declares the Sovereign Lord.”
10 “Suppose he has a violent son, who sheds blood or does any of these other things 11 (though the father has done none of them):
“He eats at the mountain shrines.
He defiles his neighbor’s wife.
12 He oppresses the poor and needy.
He commits robbery.
He does not return what he took in pledge.
He looks to the idols.
He does detestable things.
13 He lends at interest and takes a profit.
‘Will such a man live? He will not! Because he has done all these detestable things, he is to be put to death; his blood will be on his own head.’
14 “But suppose this son has a son who sees all the sins his father commits, and though he sees them, he does not do such things:
15 “He does not eat at the mountain shrines
or look to the idols of Israel.
He does not defile his neighbor’s wife.
16 He does not oppress anyone
or require a pledge for a loan.
He does not commit robbery
but gives his food to the hungry
and provides clothing for the naked.
17 He withholds his hand from mistreating the poor
and takes no interest or profit from them.
He keeps my laws and follows my decrees.”
‘He will not die for his father’s sin; he will surely live. 18 But his father will die for his own sin, because he practiced extortion, robbed his brother and did what was wrong among his people.’
19 “Yet you ask, ‘Why does the son not share the guilt of his father?’ Since the son has done what is just and right and has been careful to keep all my decrees, he will surely live. 20 The one who sins is the one who will die. The child will not share the guilt of the parent, nor will the parent share the guilt of the child. The righteousness of the righteous will be credited to them, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against them.”
21 “But if a wicked person turns away from all the sins they have committed and keeps all my decrees and does what is just and right, that person will surely live; they will not die. 22 None of the offenses they have committed will be remembered against them. Because of the righteous things they have done, they will live. 23 Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign Lord. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?”
24 “But if a righteous person turns from their righteousness and commits sin and does the same detestable things the wicked person does, will they live? None of the righteous things that person has done will be remembered. Because of the unfaithfulness they are guilty of and because of the sins they have committed, they will die.“
25 “Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ Hear, you Israelites: Is my way unjust? Is it not your ways that are unjust? 26 If a righteous person turns from their righteousness and commits sin, they will die for it; because of the sin they have committed they will die. 27 But if a wicked person turns away from the wickedness they have committed and does what is just and right, they will save their life. 28 Because they consider all the offenses they have committed and turn away from them, that person will surely live; they will not die. 29 Yet the Israelites say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ Are my ways unjust, people of Israel? Is it not your ways that are unjust?”
30 “Therefore, you Israelites, I will judge each of you according to your own ways, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall. 31 Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, people of Israel? 32 For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live!”
Like the Osteen’s say in ‘Hope for Today Bible‘, ‘”The consequences for our sins and mistakes can affect the coming generations. But it’s also true that wise and godly living will impact future generations in positive ways. You can change the spiritual DNA of your bloodline and leave a lasting legacy for your family. Ultimately, each person is responsible for their own life, but just as you can write a will to pass down what you have in the natural, you can choose what you will pass down to future generations on a spiritual level as well. Any generation can turn things around for the better. You can be the one in your generations who says, ” I am not going to live with these negative, low expectations anymore. God’s ways are higher, and I’m going to rise up and live a life filled with purpose, power, and passion. I am not going to allow the mistakes of past generations to keep me from fulfilling my destiny. I am determined to pass on a positive legacy that will change the course of future generations.”‘
‘”What?” you ask. “Doesn’t the child pay for the parent’s sins?” No! For if the child does what is just and right and keeps my decrees, that child will surely live.”‘ (Ezekiel 18:19)
Now that we’ve gone over Chapter 18 of The Book of Ezekiel in the Bible, we can see that God wants us to live. It brings Him pain if we choose to die and live in sin. The decisions we make now, really do affect our children long-term. I hope that you can decide better for your life, and by doing so, creating a new wave of generational growth in your bloodline. You don’t have to go down the same path from where your parents came from. Even so, you won’t have to pay for the sins of your parents, and your children won’t have to pay for your sins. Thanks to God. Amen.
Ever-grateful to the Lord, we must be for His Word speaks the truth. Also, living here on Earth, we get to make choices to abide by the law or become a criminal. Which will it be-the good citizen or a corrupt criminal? We consciously pick one of these every day we wake up, so why not go the good route and avoid the pain and guilt of becoming a bad apple. How about we choose the right choices instead, such as choosing to get an education or to work overtime for your boss. Maybe a volunteering gig at the nearest adult daycare center would help you from wasting the afternoon with friends that smoke and drink. Choose to make better friends and leave the bad ones who serve you no good. Join a book club or a church. There’s always better options. Go in search for them. If you’re recovering from drugs, stay in the program and follow through for yourself, no matter how long that may be. God will help you.
Choose to stay close to Jesus. Choose to erase sin from you life and follow God. Choose to turn off the television, so that you can focus on opening the Bible to read the Word of God. Choose to make time to pray. Choosing good is hard because it goes against our nature, but we can do it with God-given strength. Choose life and not death by doing the things that are right with God. For if you choose a wicked life, you will die corrupt. It you choose a righteous life, you will leave a generation of righteousness for the next to come. In Jesus’ name.
The Sovereign Lord has given us a warning in this Book of Ezekiel, throughout all the 18th Chapter we went over above. Choose diligent ways of living and do not live with any regrets. Choose knowledge and wisdom. Choose to repent and live. Don’t live a life full of sin, then when you are close to the age of dying, that’s will be when you would like God to forgive your ways of life that you chose. No! He knows your thoughts and He knows your heart. He knows if you are sincere or you are being evil. Choose now to change and not later, because no one knows when their last day on Earth will be.
Stay always on alert because temptations are everywhere. In order to really get through all the the temptations and snares of the Evil One, you must stay secure with Jesus vs. in the wind with the world. You will ensure that you live if you turn your back on a life full of wickedness, that disgraces God. Turn to YHWH now!
The clock is ticking and we know that it never stops for anyone. By the time we know it, our lives are done. Don’t put off the will of your soul. Turn your life in to Jesus Christ, who loves you unconditionally. He will accept you and wash your hands from all you’ve done, welcoming you into His Kingdom of Paradise.
I cannot say the same about the Devil, because we know that the Enemy cannot love, for He does not know what love is, but burns in flames along with the other demons for not loving and respecting God. I wouldn’t want this for anyone, but we don’t go to that place against our will. Hell is the reward for those people who do not choose to walk in the love of God the Father. Rather, they have their reward in full here on Earth, but will scream their soul out to God for help when they go to that place they chose.
God cannot help them anymore once they reach down into Hell because it is their decision and He will not take free will from anyone. But, God can help you here and now, by sparing you from the lake of fire if you choose to love and obey Him. I speak honestly, He loves you and wants your soul gained in Heaven. He doesn’t want to see you burn in the lake of fire. Your life and your soul mean the world to God.
That’s why He sent Jesus to save you from this place of tremendous pain. There’s hundreds of thousands of souls burning right now in Hell. Jesus is the way that helps us get close to God so hold on to His open hand and follow the way that leads to life. He is like a firefighter rescuing you from the burning building that will collapse with you in it, killing you. Choose to save your life by allowing Jesus to save you. Jesus is Lord.
Hell was a place that God intended only for Lucifer and other fallen angels (demons), not for any of us humans. Turn to the love of Christ and become a saved soul. Let the angels in Heaven celebrate your salvation. Know always that real love comes from our Heavenly Father who awaits you in Heaven with open arms. Blessed be His name!
Love your sister in Christ,
Leticia J. Santa Cruz
Osteen, Joel and Victoria, Hope for Today Bible, New Living Translation (NLT) 2nd Edition, Free Press, New York, NY