“For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life your inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom paid was not mere gold or silver. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God” (1 Peter 1.18-19 NLT).
No matter how amazing our childhood and upbringing, we will always inherit a standard that is not aligned with God’s Word. And no matter how horrible our childhood and upbringing, God is more than able to align us with His righteous standard. Through Jesus’ work on the cross, every area of emptiness in our lives that we have inherited is made whole through the fullness of God (Colossians 2.10).
I believe the hardest sins to overcome are generational ones because the skewed reality they create has become our normal. God has His best path waiting for us and anything less is not good enough for His beloved children. However, if we don’t realize that our lives are out of alignment from God’s fullness and goodness, we will never seek adjustment.
Christ died not to give us an okay life. He died to give us an abundant life (John 10.10). We must believe it and reach out and claim it. The only problem is in order to have God’s best, we must be willing to get vulnerable, let go and change.
Get Vulnerable: As humans, we are made up of both strengths and weaknesses. Pride tries to cover up our weaknesses and display only our strengths. Humility lays it all out on the line. No one is perfect. Sometimes we fear God’s sting of judgment, so we hide our darkness from Him. The truth is, however, that it’s our pride that stings. God’s judgment for our sins fell on Christ; therefore, His holy conviction holds no sting of shame, and it directs us to a better way of life (1 Corinthians 15.56-57).
We can objectively look at our lives and ask God what ancestral heritage does not match up to His Holy Standard. Instead of allowing fear to cause us to hold these generational sins tighter, we can let them go with the awareness that we didn’t ask for them, so we don’t need to be embarrassed to get rid of them. Once we expose generation oppression in our lives, the Holy Spirit can do His work of removing them and replacing the chaos they cause with His peace.
Let Go: We are mere humans with very limited understanding of the workings of God’s Kingdom, His plans and our purpose in this life. We cannot rely on our own strength, ability and knowledge to achieve God’s best (Proverbs 3.5). God is good, loving and perfect; and He alone knows the paths of righteousness laid out for us (Psalm 23.3). We can confidently let go of all of our efforts apart from Christ, trusting that He has a better way.
There are areas of “normal” in our thoughts, beliefs and behaviors that may be way off from God’s best. These faulty perceptions we inherited from our heritage enslave us to fear, guilt and defeat; yet Jesus has bought and paid in full the price for our freedom in His abundance, joy, peace and victory (1 Corinthians 15.57). It’s time to shed any belief-system that does not speak the truth about us that is defined by God’s Word. God’s Word says we are worth dying for (Romans 5.8), that we are children of God (Galatians 3.26) and that we have a purpose in Christ (2 Timothy 1.9).
Change: Once we perceive the lineage strongholds in our lives and let them go, the Holy Spirit will begin His work of transforming us into the image of Christ (2 Corinthians 3.18). Now starts are “new normal” that usually doesn’t feel comfortable at first. Like anything new, we must walk in our discomfort until God’s truth becomes our holy standard. The Bible says we are more than conquerors in Christ (Romans 8.37), that we are God’s royal priest (1 Peter 2.9), that we are the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5.21), and that we have everything we need to live a godly life (2 Peter 1.3).
The beautiful promises given to us by God will feel out of place according to the world’s standard, but we must believe these truths if we are going to claim them. All transformation takes work. There is a work of shedding the old and embracing the new, allowing the core person God formed in us to shine forth (Ephesians 4.22-24). We are God’s masterpiece, and His designs are always valuable, unique and lovely (Ephesians 2.10).
Once we become vulnerable to Him, let go of our “normal” and allow the Holy Spirit to change us, we will walk forth a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5.17).
~ You can also read this post at Living Up Ministry Blog.