Often within families we see how a particular sin or brokenness will play out  through the family line. Things such as divorce or infidelity, pornography or sexual sin, addictive behaviors, violence or abuse, poverty, shame or fear. These are referred to as iniquity in scripture. Iniquity is a bent or twisted belief or behavior, rooted in sin and transgression, that hinders our relationship with God.

Somebody’s sin opened the door, and because the spiritual realm works on authority, the enemy will seize the opportunity provided by the repeated sin and try to oppress all those within the family. We often use the excuse, “That is just the way life was.”

But the stories and actions from our past that shaped us, and the words that were spoken over our lives that have crippled us do not stand a chance in the light of the powerful grace and mercy that come to us today in the Person of Jesus.  We do not have to remain in captivity any longer.

God uses our stories to shape us. He works all things for the good of those who love Him, even the horrible things. The holy work of God, deep in our hearts as we have suffered and struggled and wept and longed to overcome, is stunning beyond measure. It comes when we see our lives through God’s eyes.

I believed that I was unlovable. As I wrestled with God, He brought me to Isaiah 54:11-17, revealing to me how He sees me—whole, healed and beautiful.

A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death. Romans 8:2. MSG.

There is hope for healing when we seek Jesus.


P.S. Some of the thoughts above were originally written by John Eldredge.

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