A few years ago I was holding a revival in a church that invited me to come preach. This revival lasted for 5 nights. As you stand in the pulpit for a few nights you start to notice familiar faces. Every night I would see the same woman setting on the back row in the far corner of the church. I would guess she was in her late twenties and as I preached I would notice her face, I didnít stare at her, you just notice different faces as you preach. I could tell she carried around a lot of troubles inside her. And her physical makeup was bad, hair uncombed, clothes dirty and un-kept. I felt so sorry for her.
Every night I would give an altar call, but she would not come forward. When I see someone like this itís as if I keep a picture of them in my mind. During the day at work I would see her face and I would pray for her. After a few days, I said Lord ,my heart goes out to this lady, why doesnít she come forward for help? What would you have me to do for her?
On the fourth day as I was at work thinking upon what I would preach on that night, our Lord spoke to my heart. Tonight I want you to preach on generational demons. He said this woman loves me, and wants to serve me, but the demons have controlled her family for generations and because of her forefathers sins the demons are binding her up.
So that night I preached on generational demons that are passed from generation to generation.
Exodus 34:7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the childrenís children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.
I believe we all know of families who follow in their parents footsteps, maybe itís drinking, drugs, or families who live a life of crime. Maybe itís child abuse from generation after generation, there are many bad things that can control families from generation to generation.
( I have met many who were abused as a child and many times itís so hard for them to forgive the one or oneís who abused them. Child abuse is very hard for the oneís who have been abused as a child to overcome and to forgive. Child abuse leaves very deep spiritual scars on the soul and heart. To me there is one and only one who can help the one abused as a child, and His name is Jesus Christ of Nazareth. If anyone who has been abused as a child will turn their heart and soul over to Him, to ask forgiveness for their sins, as they forgive others He can and will heal them of any pains of the heart and soul.
If we want to follow our Lord Jesus we must forgive everyone who has hurt us in any kind of way. Matthew 6:14,15)
My heart always cries for people like this, so many times they end up in prison, or worse, dead at an early age. I hate to see the devil or his demons controlling anyone.
( One thing that got me to thinking on generational demons was; after I was set free from being an alcoholic by our Lord Jesus I started going to some AA meetings trying to help others. This was what they were taught in these meetings.
That being an alcoholic was a sickness, it was something they couldnít help ,it was in the genes of their parents and passed on down from generation to generation to them. They were taught once an alcoholic always an alcoholic, and even if you get clean from it, your always only one drink away from going back to being alcoholic. I tried to convince them that, when the Lord Jesus sets you free you are free indeed. One older man got so mad at me one night I thought he was going to hit me, for saying the above.
Alcoholism is not a sickness, itís a sin against God.( 1 Corinthians 6:10) So therefore it is a sin and Satan controls people with it from generation after generation. There is help to be free from this, the help comes from our Lord Jesus Christ who came to set the captive free. ( You see, I knew that my forefathers did have drinking problems and as I prayed for my sins and theirs, and forgave them, our Lord set me free.)
Our Lord told me the lady setting on the back row of the pews had been seeking Him, and that He wanted to use her to serve Him, and He wanted the curse that was upon her to be broken.
That night as I was bringing my sermon to a close, I did not give an altar call, instead I said I want everyone to be quite and right were you are ,close your eyeís and start praying silently, asking God to show you what to pray for, pray for the any sins that may have been passed down to you from your pass generations.
As I stood up front with head bowed, praying for everyone there, our Lord whispered to me ,look up and to the back of the church. As I did this, I saw the lady of whom I am speaking of flat on her face on the floor, with her arms stretched out before her. All at once she was on her knees with her arms over her head, then she starting bowing and over and over praising the Lord Jesus Christ, as tears flowed down her face.
I didnít get a chance to talk to her that night.
The next night she was in the same place, same seat, but what a change. Her face was glowing, her eyeís shining bright, and she could not stop smiling. Her hair neatly combed, her clothes while not fancy were neatly washed and she looked like a different person.
That night before the service started, she asked me could she give a testimony? She said, as she was praying just between her and God, He started showing her the things (sins) that had been in her family for several generations. She started praying for the sins of her forefathers, and for herself, she said Lord I want to be free, I want to serve you, set me free from any and all sins that have come down to me. She said all at once it was like a glowing light and warmth flowed over her from head to toe. She said, she had never felt nothing so wonderful in her life, all she could do was praise Jesus Christ. She said on that night while laying flat on the floor she was set free from everything evil in her life, things she had fought against and couldnít win the battles over. Things she didnít wonít to do, but couldnít help herself. ( Actually our Lord was showing her what had been causing all the problems and hate in her family and what o do about it.)
You talk about a new birth, this lady had it.
She also said her mother who lived in another state hadnít spoken to her for years. There had been so much hate and abuse in the family, the whole family had split up and gone different ways. She said she called her mother that morning and told her mother she was sorry for the hate she carried in her heart for her, that she loved her and they made up, both crying over the phone. She said she was leaving in a few days to go and be with her mother. That our Lord told her He would use her to bring the family back together.
I said all that to say this, is there something in your life that is not right in the eyes of God, something you fight and war with everyday of you life? You pray and believe , yet you canít overcome it. You feel guilty before God all the time because of this? Then get by yourself somewhere before God and ask Him to show you what has taken place in pass generations concerning sins that have been passed on down to you. Pray for the sins of your forefathers and any area of your life where a demon may be controlling you, asking out heavenly Father in Jesus Holy name to set you free from it.
Close the doorways in the holy name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth that have been opened by sin in the pass generations that has allowed demons to get control in certain areas of your life. We cannot close these doorways ourselves, as we call out in the mighty name of Jesus Christ our Lord, itís by that name and faith in that name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth that the devil and his demons must loose these shackles and chains of sin and let us go.
John 8:36. If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.
You notice I did not lay hands on this lady and pray for her ( although in some situations our Lord has told me to lay hands on someone and pray for them) in this situation , this was totally between her and our Lord by the power of the Holy Spirit.