Day 15: Ancestry.bomb (Part 2)

The life of Abraham is an ancestry.bomb story, rated M for mature audiences only.”

Be Quiet.  Sit still and silent for 3 minutes.  Let your mind be aware that God is present with you. When you get distracted, don’t fight with yourself.  Simply turn your thoughts again to Him.  Imagine the delight your Father feels because you showed-up to be with Him!  Breath slowly and relax.   

Scripture.  Romans 8:14-17. NLT.  For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.  You have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children.   Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.” 

Meditation.  In yesterday’s Diving Deep meditation, we saw in Ex. 34:6-7 that each generation is profoundly impacted by the sins of their ancestors.  Our family of origin is, for most of us, the single greatest influence on our lives.  Abundant blessings get passed-on.  But the bombs of dysfunction from one generation blow up in the generations that follow unless they’re dismantled.  That’s why It’s common to see deep-rooted patterns rotting the family tree, e.g., abuse, addiction, promiscuity, unwed pregnancies, abortion, misogyny, adultery, lying, divorce, arrogance, greed, financial ruin, unresolved conflicts, cold relationships, workaholism, disordered eating, obesity, mental illness, etc.  The scenes of the past are set to rerun in the present.    

In the New Testament, the language of adoption is often used to illustrate what it means to become a Christian.  We’re born again into the new family of God. All God’s children are brothers and sisters. In Christ, the Firstborn, all our debts are cancelled, and we’re co-hears of an inheritance full of freedom, hope, unwavering love, and countless heavenly blessings.  The family of God is meant to be a community where we can be healed and transformed.  Reruns don’t have to replay.  A new story gets written as we identify the scripts from our past and practice the Way of Jesus in our lives and relationships.  

Question to Ponder.  Look at the examples given of generational patterns in the first paragraph of the meditation.  Which ones resonate with your family? 

Connect with God.  The life of Abraham is an ancestry.bomb story, rated M for mature audiences only.  You can find it in Genesis 12-50.  I challenge you read it in one sitting.  Ask God to highlight the ancestral bombs from Father Abraham to his many sons. 

Connect with Others.  Are you willing to take a deep dive into your past so you can get free of twisted ancestral roots and produce healthier fruits for years to come?  Just comment, “YES” and we’ll connect you with others who want to take this journey with you.