There are certain things in a family that should always be passed down from generation to generation. We naturally think of heirloom jewelry, furniture, money, or family businesses as our children's inheritance. But all of those things will one day fade away. What are you doing to pass down your spiritual inheritance? God has a long-term plan for your family, a plan that will lead them into eternity. In this message with Jentezen Franklin learn how to pass on the gift of God that is in YOU to generations to come.
The name Manasseh (Joseph’s first son) means “This son has made me forget the pain of my father’s house.” The trick of the enemy is to disconnect us from each other, more specifically, from our family. This disconnection stops inheritance and values from being passed down to the next generation. The spirit of Joseph says to the offended, do not become bitter, but rather realize what others mean for evil, God will use for good.
I Kings 21:1-3, 19; Genesis 50:20; Numbers 27:1-5; Matthew 25
1. There are blessings that can be carried from one generation to the next. Don’t allow the enemy to disconnect you from each other through offense or distance. Blessings should never die. Forgiveness, tithing, worship, attending church, character, a Godly marriage, God’s Word—all of these MUST be passed down from one generation to the next. From YOUR generation to the next. These are inheritances.
2. God gives you children to keep the Kingdom of God passed on from generation to generation. He does not give them merely for man-made purposes, but for eternal purposes.
Have you ever considered your role in passing on your faith to the next generation through your children?
It is said that if your children see the church as unnecessary, then their children will see the church as irrelevant. Do your children see going to church as an integral part of your faith?
3. The enemy wants to block generational inheritances using offense, envy, and greed. Don’t fall for the schemes of Satan. Don’t sell out your Godly inheritance for momentary pleasure or financial gain.
4. God has a long-range plan for your family. God is ready to defend your inheritance if you allow Him to. Know that you are never alone when defending your faith. Hell cannot win against your covenant.
5. Don’t curse your children, bless them. Never give up on your children because they are your inheritance no matter how far they may stray.
6. Don’t lose the baptism in the Holy Spirit in your family. Do not neglect this value and this gift. If you would like to learn more about this please contact the church and speak to a pastor.
7. God has a covenant blessing and an inheritance for you no matter your situation. Never think you are unworthy of your own relationship with Jesus which brings with it a covenant blessing. Even if your family does not follow Christ, you can be the first and have your own covenant.
8. You can forfeit your inheritance when you marry the wrong person. Do not be unequally yoked. Jesus told His people to marry within the faith. When you marry outside your faith you may be giving up your spiritual inheritance. But even then, repentance is possible as is salvation for your spouse.
9. Pass down gifts God gave you to your children and their children. When someone Godly falls in death, there is an inheritance ready to be passed down.
Do you or your wife have gifts that you are not passing down to your children or your children’s children?
10. The closer you get to Jesus the more you have to pass down. The closer you get to Him, the more He can trust giving you to pass on to the next generation.
11. Satan is a liar. You may be dealing with issues in your family and even feel like it’s hopeless. It is NOT hopeless. That voice that is telling you it is hopeless is the voice of Satan, and SATAN IS A LIAR. Don’t believe the lie.
Your faith must stay in your family. Don’t let it stop when the parents die. The blessing doesn’t have to end with your generation. Christian inheritance is based on a relationship with Jesus Christ—meaning you are a part of the family of God. Ask the Lord for a vision of your future. Don’t believe the lies of the enemy. Stand for what is right and start passing down an inheritance that will last beyond your generation and your lifespan.