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Did you know your family carries a specific blessing from God?
That blessing might be difficult to see right now. You might have no idea what the blessing is—but it exists, and here is how you can know for sure.
Blessings vs. Curses
According to Scripture, a curse can last until the third and fourth generations:
You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me. (Deut. 5:9 NLT)
Deuteronomy 5:9 defines a curse as the outcome of rejecting or despising the Lord in some way. Someone’s choice to hate Him can result in a curse that affects multiple generations coming after them.
However, a blessing has a much longer lifespan than a curse.
He remembers his covenant forever,
the promise he made, for a thousand generations. (Ps. 105:8 NIV)
A thousand generations. That is how the Lord set up His goodness to work in your family.
His blessing extends to generation after generation after generation. The good He pours out on one person is not just for that person alone, but it can be passed on to others. The blessing of the Lord is an ongoing treasure stored up for your family.
Blessings Speak of Identity
Here’s a biblical example of how a generational blessing can work.
Jacob bestowed a simple blessing on his son Gad in Genesis 49:19:
As for Gad, a band of raiders shall attack him,
But he will attack at their heels. (NASB)
It almost sounds like a prophecy about an upcoming event. “Oh right—Gad, these guys are going to come attack you, and you’re going to fight back and chase after them.”
But this was not just a prophecy. This was a blessing of identity that told Gad who he was and how he and his future generations were going to live on the earth.
“You are a warrior. You have wisdom in battle. This is who you are.”
Some 30 generations later, as God was preparing to set David as king over Israel, Gad’s descendants were still living out the blessing given in Genesis 49:19:
From the Gadites valiant mighty men went over to David at the stronghold in the wilderness, men trained for war who could handle a large shield and spear, whose faces were like the faces of lions, and they were as swift as the gazelles on the mountains... These men from the sons of Gad were captains of the army; the one who was least was equal to a hundred, and the greatest, to a thousand. (1 Chron. 12:8, 14 NASB)
That is how generational blessings work with the Lord. Just as He did this with Gad, He is doing this with you.
Do you know what the blessing is?
What Has God Told You About Your Bloodline?
Here are some simple questions you can discuss with the Lord. Use discernment, listen to the Holy Spirit, and let Him lead you as you begin figuring out how He has blessed your family:
1. “What are You telling me about my family?” (Write down anything He shows you.)
2. “How would You describe my family?”
3. “What is my family’s natural bent?”
4. “What do we tend to be gifted in? What do we typically enjoy doing?”
5. “What has popped up in my family for more than one generation—things like caring for others, music, worship, medicine, creativity, engineering, mathematics, love for nature, etc.?”
6. “What do my children love doing? How do they amuse themselves?”
7. “What good things do I sense spiritually when I consider my family?”
Pray about these things. Ask God to crucify any generational curses in your family line and to resurrect the generational blessings. Celebrate your heritage and rejoice, because His blessings on your family are like bedrock. They are built to endure.
If this is something you would LOVE to know more about, check out the following EH resources:
• Honoring Father and Mother (MP3)
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