– Inyang Okutinyang
The Choice is Yours
Ezekiel 18 (NKJV)
19 “Yet you say, ‘Why should the son not bear the guilt of the father?’ Because the son has done what is lawful and right, and has kept all My statutes and observed them, he shall surely live.
20 The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.
Romans 2 (NKJV)
6 who “will render to each one according to his deeds”:
7 eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality;
8 but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath,
9 tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek;
God is saying that though previous generations have been evil, because their children have chosen to do good, they will have life. The sins of the father will no longer be visited on the children as had been stated back in Exodus. Remember that the Bible is progressive revelation.
The decision is yours, not your parents’ or forefathers’. Your choice for righteousness or wickedness will determine whether you experience the blessings or the curse in your life. Choose to live by the Word of God, and His blessings will come to you. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done, or how terrible you’ve been, Jesus can turn it around. There is more than enough grace to give you a fresh start. Your future will not have any semblance of your past or of any evil in your family.
Many people blame their circumstances in life on their parents. That is just their way of explaining their failures, and putting the blame on someone else. No matter how badly you were treated, or how evil the things your parents or ancestors dabbled into were, your choices today are what will determine what your future will be like. Once you are saved, the curses of those who came before you cannot come on you. Why? Because Jesus was made a curse for you, and He has redeemed you from every curse! Alleluia!