ďThou shalt have no other gods before me.† Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.Ē
ďAnd the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.Ē
ďThou showest lovingkindness unto thousands, and recompensest the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them: the Great, the Mighty God, the LORD of hosts, is his name,Ē
These verses teach us that the Lord visits iniquity.† The effects of our sins not only fall upon us but upon our children, our grandchildren, and our great grandchildren.† Our children have to suffer because of our sins our families ourselves suffer.
You may be saying I donít believe the Lord would do that.† He said He did.† The Lord does deal with our sins.† We better listen and take heed to Gods word.† Whether we like it or not our sins affect our children. My sin causes my family to suffer.† And your sin causes your children to suffer.
I want to use some illustrations from Godís Word to show that this is true.† Thatís the only way I know how to prove this.
ADAM: Genesis 4
Adam sinned and it affected
the whole human race and that included his children.† Adamís sin had an effect upon his children.† His children were sinners because of
NOAH: Genesis 6:8
Noah had 3 sons Shem, Ham,
and Japheth.† In Genesis 9:20-27, letís
notice what happened to him when he got off the
ABRAHAM: Genesis 16
Then we have Abrahamís sin with Hagar.† I donít want my family to be the enemy of the Lord.† I want to live my life in such a way that my children will be friends of the Lordóthat they will fight the battle with me, not against me.
ACHAN: Joshua 7:1
Did Achanís sin affect his own children?† In Joshua 7:20-26, Achan said ďI HAVE SINNED.Ē †His wife and his children suffered because of his sin.† We may not want to accept that, but I say again our families suffer because of our sins.† May we that are heads of our homes take a stand for the things of God.† May we fill our place.† If we donít, our wives and our children are going to suffer.† Let me say this, Christ is head of the church, and if we donít submit to Him we are going to suffer too.† Husbands, if we donít take our place with our children we are going to suffer and they are going to suffer also.† Men itís your responsibility to spank your children.† Wives you better let him do it.† A child left to himself will bring his mother to shame.† Children honor your father and mother that your days may be long upon earth.†
ELI: I Sam. 2:12
In verses 22Ė26, letís notice how Eli dealt with his children.† Read Verses 29-34.† Eli why are you honoring your sons above me?† Your sons will die if you do.† God is a jealous God.† He doesnít want us to put anybody or anything above Him.† See I Sam. 3:13.† Yes, his sins affected his children.. He had the responsibility of restraining them.† Itís not enough just to speak to them.†† Ladies, you better allow you husband to discipline your children.† I am going to try and keep the Judgment of God off my children and my house.† If we donít restrain them, God has a way of restraining them.† God killed both of his sons.† One sister I know told her children as she spanked them, ďIf I donít punish you the Lord will.† I am just trying to keep you out of jail.Ē
DAVID: II Samuel 11
David was supposed to be at war.† Adultery and murder.† He saw, He sent, and he sinned.† II Sam. 12: 8-14.† Never depart from thine house.† Why?† Because youíve sinned against God.† It was because of Davidís sin that that child died.† God judgment fell upon Davidís children.† What we sow, we are going to reap. I heard this preacher tell of his friend that he did not want to plant all the seeds his Dad told him to plant. So he dug a hole and planted the seed and put the bucket over them. It wasnít long until the plants started popping up all around it.† You may sin, you may try to cover it up, and you may try to hide it. But your sins are going to find you out.† ďHe that covereth his sins shall not prosper, but he that confesseth and forsaketh shall have mercy.Ē Proverbs 28:13.† Your sins are going to come out. Itíll come out in your children and in you. Donít think you are going to get away with it. When you sins against the Lord, it is going to come out. †Our sins are going to affect our children.†
What about our churches? What about our Baptist churches that have gone away from the truth? †Somebody has let down somewhere down the line.
What is going to happen if we let down, if we donít stand for the truth?† Our children are going to suffer. The church wonít save your soul, but it will save your life.
Our actions cause our children to suffer. If we donít take a stand against sin in our church, and if we donít conduct ourselves in a Godly manner, and if we live like the world, do you know who is going to suffer?† Not only are we going to suffer, but our children are going to suffer.† May God help us to take our stand for the truth.
What we allow in our homes affects our children, TV shows and hard rock music.† Hard rock music is straight from the devil. ††The Lord uses His kind of music to move upon the hearts of His children, AND the devil uses his kind of music to move upon the heart of his people.
What emphasis do you put on serving the Lord? What goes in your eyes comes out your heart, lust, TV, adultery, and murder.† You let that child lay in bed and watch that TV and listen to that hard rock music when he gets older thatís what he is going to do.
Children, donít have the attitude that if my parentsí sin causes me to sin, I am going to go on and blame it all on them.† Donít forget your sins are going to affect your children.†
I am glad there is another side. Your godliness also affects your children.† Usually, if you have godly homes they will have godly homes. I realize there are exceptions to this.† Letís spend our lives living for Jesus Christ.
Brothers and sisters, our sins do affect our children.
Have you been all that you should be in your home?† Young couples, you have the whole life of that child. What are you going to do with it?† You have only one shot at raising them. When the cake is baked, it is done. †You say, Preacher, Iíve got to get my own life right first.† Why not right now?† Do you want your children to be doing just like you are doing? You may be saying I canít do anything about it now. Yes, you can.† You can repent!
Pastor Al Gormley