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Unto the fourth generations

Updated on December 26, 2012

What does your generation look like?

I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments. Exodus 20:5-6 New International Version

Now this does not mean that if your parents commit a sin, you will be punished for it.

What it means is that if you have a bad habit and do not obey Gods commandment to control it and teach your children to control it when they inherit it from you then they will be punished.

For me I inherited being stubborn and self suffient. It took God three years to constantly make my life difficult before I surrendered it to Him.

When it is inherited we have little control over it. Whenever we try to control it by our own will be fail miserably. It is only when we surrender to God that He will control it.

I used to hold a grudge for years and if you crossed me look out. May God have mercy on you because I wouldn’t. I was mean, cruel and spiteful. Now when someone crosses me I forgive them and put it in Gods hands. My life now is filled with peace, joy and contentment.

Parents THAT is what you need to teach your children both by words and by your own behavior.

On the other hand, I see children that their great grandparents were self centered, arrogant and mean spirited. Each advancing generation was never taught how to live a Christian lifestyle. They are little devils and I can’t stand to be around them. I watched their great grandparents and grandparents suffer in their final years alone, bitter and broken.

When on the other hand you teach and show your children how to live a Christian life and they follow in your footsteps their lives will be blessed. Oh, it will be difficult, but they will have a loving relationship with Christ to walk them through it.

I have watched the great grandparents and grandparents be blessed in their final years with peace, joy, contentment and love. The parents are very nice people and their children are very delightful to be around.

This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. Deuteronomy 30:19-20 New International Version

What type of inheritance are you leaving your children?

Prayer: Thank you Doctor Jehovah for surgically removing the weakness in me that was and is destructive. Thank you for implanting in me the memorizing of calling on You to remove these from me when they come a calling. I give thanks for this awesome gift in the name of He who casts out demons Jesus Christ. Amen.

May the sunshine of Jesus’ sweet love bless you today and every day.


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    • teacherjoe52 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Good morning teaches.

      I am sure you are a wonderful teacher and mother.

      It is important to teach our children of their inherited weaknesses and how to give them to Jesus. It is just as important to teach our children thier strengths and how to use them for Jesus.

      May God bless you and your children on a wonderful adventure of discovery this year.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      TeacherJoe, I pray this over my children unto the fourth generation and beyond. I know God honors prayers like this. I look at King David and Solomon as an example. It is a true heritage and blessing. May God continue to bless you and your family in 2013 and beyond.

    • teacherjoe52 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Good morning Always exploring.

      The inheritance I was referring to is bad habits. So say someone inherits alcoholisim. They need to teach thier children that it is dangerous for them and how to deal with it.

      Good morning cristina.

      A godly inheritance is something we need to constantly learn and teach others.

      May you recieve a beautiful inheritance from our beloved Father.

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      5 years ago from Manila

      Nice hub, great thoughts to live by. Godly inheritance is indeed a great blessing from the Lord. Godliness is a great heritage we can pass to the next generation. Thank you for this reminder teacherjoe52. I am wishing you a great day today. May God's blessings be with you always. Best regards.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I do believe that generations after gererations will follow the teachings laid before them. Sometimes it is good while other times it is bad. Sometimes we learn the truth later in life, and find it difficult to teach the new awakening. Thank you..

    • teacherjoe52 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Good morning rgmg.

      Yes rgmg50 and we are to leave just as beautiful inheritance for our brothers and sisters in Christs family.

      May you be blessed with a wealthy inheritance.

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      5 years ago

      Inheritance, what a beautiful word and so important. The patriarchs are excellent examples of promises fulfilled in later generations and leaving an inheritance played a role in the fulfilling of these promises.


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