Intergenerational trauma, also referred to as trans- or multigenerational trauma, is defined as trauma that gets passed down from those who directly experience an incident to subsequent generations. Some of our families have suffered from ailments such as addiction, abuse, or adultery. As sad as this is, I believe that each and every one of us is capable of breaking every generational curse in the name of Jesus!
We are called to have new life in Jesus Christ. The old has gone & the new has come! This is what it means to have everlasting life. To overcome every obstacle that was meant for your downfall. To withstand every trial of life while living in fullness and peace. To forgive those who wrong you and seek to understand. To forget and make space for positivity.
You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for 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.Deuteronomy 5:8-10
In The Ten Commandments, God warns us against idolatry. Idolatry is the worship of an idol as though it were God. He follows this by adding that He is a jealous God who punishes to the third and fourth generation. Have you found yourself saying that you would never do something your parents did? As the saying goes, “The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree.” Many times, we are much more like our parents than we would like to admit.
However, Jesus Christ died for the sins of the world and because of this we can know that Jesus doesn’t want us to live in bondage to the sins of our ancestors. He wants us to live in the freedom of a Spirit-filled life! He wants us to become more and more like Him every day, in every way. When we truly seek to do this in our lives, we are able to break free of what is not of Him. We are able to refocus on what truly matters, which brings us to a state in which we are able to achieve His promised eternal life!
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.Matthew 6:21
So where is your treasure? In today’s age, our idols may not look like altars built to other gods. They may be our significant others, our children, or our material items. So regularly take inventory of yourself and where your priorities are. Choose to ask yourself: Where can I elevate God?