It was the last Sunday for the semester and we were blessed to be ministered unto by Apostle Christian Tsekpoe on the topic: The believer and Generational (ancestral) curses. It wasn’t quite the regular topic you would hear on a typical Last Sunday Service, but God in His Sovereign power used His word to bless the life of PENSA KNUST.
Inferring from Exodus 20:5-6, Aps. Tsekpoe stated that ancestral curses occur when the Lord visits the iniquity of the fathers or in other words , the sins of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generation. Apostle cautioned that that this visitation of iniquity is only transferred to those who reject or hate the Lord as Scripture rightly states. Ancestral curses are never upon the Children of the Lord, in fact the sixth verse of Exodus 20 states that, to those who love the Lord he shows mercy and love to a thousand generations. To affirm his inference he backed it up with two additional scripture references; Deuteronomy 5:8-10 and Deuteronomy 7:9-11.
As an avid lover and teacher of scripture, Apostle continued by supporting the fact that the Ancestral curse does not work on the child of God from Ezekiel 18: 1-4 and Jeremiah 31: 29:30. In these scriptures God states that days are coming where people will no longer say that the Children are suffering due to their fathers iniquities because he was going to make a new covenant with the house of Israel. This new covenant is seen in our day because of Jesus’ finished work on the cross and His resurrection. Apostle from these verses then said that the principle of ancestral curses is true but it doesn’t work on anyone who has believed in God as his Lord and personal saviour
Apostle Christian went on to say that though it was an undeniable fact that the ancestral curse does not work on the believer in Christ, One may still ask about the Christians In Christ who are still “suffering” from the effects of these curses. He began answering this question by first breaking down the identity of the believer in Christ with the following verses:
2 Corinthians 5:17 & 19 – The believer’s own personal sins are not remembered any more in Christ because He is a new creation. Hence if Christ no longer counts our own sins against us, why would He count the sins of our fathers against us?
Galatians 3:13 – Immediately one accepts Christ, all curses have been accounted for, even the ones pronounced in the law.
Ephesians 2:10 – We are God’s masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus for Good works, this fact is realised when we become born again.
Apostle went on to say that though scripture clearly states that the believer In Christ’s Cords with ancestral curses are severed, the unfortunate thing is that many believers of today still believe in the lie that believers can carry ancestral curses after Christ has carried it all on the cross, and sadly the effects of the curses still live on with them. Also for others, it is due to lack of knowledge of their identity as believers in Christ. These ones quickly rush to men of God who claim to have the power to break curses and fail to realise they have to turn to the Only Curse Breaker that is Our Lord Jesus Christ. The power to break curses is not in the mouth of any prophet it is in believing in our Lord Jesus Christ.
The fact is the believer’s destiny in Christ is a not bad one indeed it is through Christ that we receive ancestral blessings and it is of much gain to focus on these blessings than the curses. From Galatians 3:26-29, the believer is an heir to the promise of God to Abraham. Referring to Genesis 12:1-3, Apostle struck a relationship between the believer and God’s promise to Abraham as follows:
Verse 1- Just as God admonished Abraham to leave his home country, the believer’s journey begins by leaving, his old life of sin.
Verse 2- When God calls you in Christ, no matter your status, He can use you to birth greatness.
Verse 3- As a believer you are blessed and those who bless you and wish you good tidings are also blessed. The only way you can incur curses on yourself in this age is when you hate your neighbour and treat him with contempt. Apostle Tsekpoe further explained this verse by saying “The source of curses in the church today is our mouths, but as much as it lies on you try to say good and positive things about other believers. We’re not competing with anybody in life, Run in your own track and allow another to run in his own. Celebrate others in their tracks when they are forging on and doing better than you and always be ready to lend a helping hand.”
Apostle concluded by asserting the facts that yes we can be cursed if we reject the Lord, hate our brother and treat him with contempt but we attract blessings when we love the Lord, speak and think of others positively without treating them with contempt. He later added that the fact that the believer is redeemed from curses does not mean one wouldn’t go through episodes of suffering trials and temptation. These are essentials in the believer’s life and are God’s way of humbling and refining us; The Israelites were promised a land flowing with milk and honey but they had to encounter the red sea, because God wanted to show them his power, that in the middle of every red sea, there is a dry ground. Apostle Paul also denied the removal of the thorn in his flesh by God many times, because God wanted to humble him and keep him constantly aware that He, God was the originator of all the power he demonstrated through Paul. Thus there are clear cut differences between generational curses and the sufferings, trials and temptations of every believer.
God Bless His Word!!
[WRITTEN BY THE EXCERPT CREW OF THE EDITORIAL COMMITTEE]