Continuing the discussion on Kingdom skills: inner healing.
We had known Faith and her family for many years. Faith had a wonderful husband and two
delightful kids. Yet one day she
told us that she had problems with uncontrollable anger. For no apparent reason, she would lose
her temper with the family, shouting and yelling at them. She had repented many times, and
frequently asked the Lord to help her, but the situation recurred over and over
We knew something of the family situation, and that her
grandfather had had similar problems when he was alive. When he lost his
temper, he was renowned for throwing plates across the dinner table. The family connection was obvious.
We see this kind of inheritance in other situations. The child of an alcoholic is likely to
have problems with addictions.
Those who’ve been abused may end up abusing their own kids. “The sins of the fathers are visited on
the children.” (This is a
statement of fact, rather than God punishing children for their fathers’ sins.)
What is the spiritual component in this? There are two different
words used for sin—transgression and iniquity. Transgression is the kind of sin that we commit, as in the
last post, but the word “iniquity” has the added meaning of a twisting or a
perversion. It’s as though sin in
one generation leads to a tendency to sin in the next generation. We see it in Nehemiah 9:2 where the
children of Israel are told to repent for their own sin and to confess the iniquities
of their fathers. The fact that
one has inherited a tendency to sin does not negate the need to accept responsibility for one’s own part—Faith needed to deal
with her own sin of anger—but the inherited part needed to be dealt with too.
When Faith confessed the iniquities of her grandfather as
well as repenting for her sin, and when the power of the enemy in using this in
her life was broken, Faith was completely set free from her problem.