The Curse Of Sin
"And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder (split apart) that was under them: And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto (who were with) Korah, and all their goods. They, and all that appertained to (who were with) them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation." Numbers 16:31-33
My parents were first generation Christians and they both were raised in challenging families. I have heard the stories firsthand from them and other family members of the sin that occurred in their homes. My dad's parents were saved later in life and at a time when my dad was well grown and almost out of the house. My mom's parents were a little different as I don't believe my grandfather was saved, and my grandma was saved later in life. Many of the decisions they made were based on what an unsaved person would do as they did not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. They lived as they pleased and the family suffered the consequences for their actions. It cannot be overstated the positive impact of a Christian home versus an unbelieving home.
I had a front row seat of what a Christian home should be like, although we were far from perfect. I recall seeing a card in my mom's Bible entitled, "100 Ways to Praise a Child." I never thought much of it until I got older and I realized that my mom was probably not praised much as she was growing up, so she did not know firsthand how to praise me and my sister. Granted, I did not give her much opportunity to praise me as she sometimes had to scrape the bottom of the barrel and tell me that I did a good job of breathing. I grew up with a lot of kids whose parents were first-generation Christians, but I noticed something different about the home that I grew up in
Living the Christian life was not a game in my home, and my parents took their walk with God seriously. They did not live not one way at home and another way at church, but they lived a consistent Christian life. My parents were not perfect as no one is, but their hearts’ desire was to live for God. My friends would often share stories of things their parents did that seemed to be contrary to living a life that was pleasing to God. I am grateful for the Christian home I was raised in, and I am grateful that I was spared the hardship and heartbreak of divorce. I am grateful the generational sin curse was lessened due to the mercy of God and His grace to help my parents make godly choices. It may not seem like it, but every choice you make matters and impacts generations to come.
Korah and the people who were in agreement with him spoke against Moses, and ultimately against God as Moses was chosen by God. The consequences of their sin did not stop with them, but their families paid the price as well. Every single possession they owned was swallowed up in the ground and they and their families were consumed alive. Sin not only affects you, but it affects all those you are associated with. The choices you make will impact those around you and those who come after you, so it is important to always do what is right. When facing a crossroads in life, the right thing is always the right thing. Doing right is never easy, but the consequences of it are easier. Doing wrong is easy at first, but the consequences are quite hard and damaging.
What will you decide today friend? Will you go against the path God has for you, or will you follow Him at all costs? Will you break generational sin curses or will you continue to think of only today? Will you set yourselves against God and His people, or will you align yourself with God and get on His side? Life is not something to play with and every choice you make matters. May we choose God’s side on every issue. Our time on this earth is short, so make your life count for eternity and please God for as long as He gives you breath.
Stay in the fight!