2 Corinthians 10:4-6
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.”
To be effective in Abba’s kingdom we need to start taking responsibility for our choices as well as our action’s.
We do not always see what the repercussions of our choices and deeds are. The physical consequences for transgressions in the Old Testament were far worse than today because Yeshua hadn't paid the price for it yet. Some of the trespasses even lead to death. Unrepented wrong choices of the past will keep you in the spiritual condition tied to the wrong choice if there is no repentance. This is one of the reasons why many times we experience spiritual bondage in our lives. This bondage keeps you from spiritually growing and maturing. You remain stuck because Yeshua's work of the cross hasn't yet been applied to the past sin. This sin now becomes an issue binding you and keeping you in a pattern of sin where you struggle to walk in His purchased freedom. Laws were there to protect and preserve the people from death and destruction. However because there were such radical consequences before He came to free us, His people walked in His fear. They could taste and see the result of their sin whereas today we do not always identify the consequences because we forget that sin without repentance still has consequences even though Jesus died on the cross. We still have to apply it.
In Luke 14:5 Jesus answered a `Pharisee
“Then He answered them, saying, “Which of you, having a donkey or an ox that has fallen into a pit, will not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?”
He quoted from their law because they knew the ultimate idea was to preserve life at all times.
In Deuteronomy if an illegitimate child was born outside of covenant it would affect 10 generations that would be around a million people if every household only has 4 children. That’s why it clearly states in Deuteronomy 23:2 “No one of illegitimate birth shall enter the assembly of the Lord; none of his descendants, even to the tenth generation, shall enter the assembly of the Lord.”
What we see in the Scripture mentioned above is that 10 generations of people were not welcome because of a physical law that had a spiritual consequence. How many people would be alive today and how many people would be welcome in church today, it would have been nearly empty if we had to apply that law today.
We can say oh now that is very harsh for Abba to give such instructions but if you carefully look at the Scripture in Deuteronomy 23:3 you would see the affect of that single deed outside of the protective hedge of covenant, gives the enemy legal right to kill steal and destroy for ten generations, that’s why it was not allowed.
In the book that I am reading “The power of a parents blessing” by Craig Hill I’ve seen the effect that a wrong choice can have on a generation. In the book he refers to a study that has been done by Noel & Phyl Gibson in their book Evicting Demonic Squatters and Breaking Bondages. They discovered some very interesting statistics about two American families when they traced them over a period of 200 years.
“Max Jukes was an atheist who married a godless woman. Some 560 descendants were traced: 310 died as paupers, 150 became criminals, 7 of them murderers, 100 were known drunkards, and half the women prostitutes. The descendants of the Max Jukes cost the United States government more than 1.25 million dollars in the 19th century dollar.
Jonathan Edwards was a contemporary of Max Jukes. He was a committed Christian who gave God First Place in His life. He married a godly young lady, and some 1394 descendants were traced: 295 graduated from college, of whom 13 became college presidents and 65 became professors, 3 were elected as United States senators, 3 as state governors and others were sent as ministers to foreign countries, 30 were judges, 100 were lawyers, one the dean of an outstanding law school, 75 became officers in the military, 100 were well-known missionaries, preachers and prominent authors, another 80 held some form of public office, of whom 3 were mayors of large cities, 1 was the controller of the US Treasury, and another was vice president of the United States. The second family on the other hand didn’t cost the United States a cent.”
What Abba is showing me is that we have become never minded in some of our daily choices because we don’t have respect and fear for Him. We do not understand the generational consequences of some of our choices. Jesus says if you love Me, obey My commandments. We have the Messiah, we have His blood, His grace, we have repentance but do we apply it faithfully? What will happen to the 10 generations after you? We see that there is a big responsibility to order our lives according to His instructions to apply it in our spiritual walk with Abba because the spiritual laws are still there. We have to start applying His instructions and not try to do physical religious acts. It’s about applying a spiritual principal that has a physical application.
He gave us free will so that we can choose the thoughts we meditate on, we can choose to be radically obedient to the voice of the Father or to the voice of the serpent and our actions is dependent on our thoughts as well as our physical condition. As a man thinks of himself in His heart so he is. Take authority over your will, intellect and emotions that the 7 fold Spirit of God the Father may be in control of your life and daily choices.