January 27, 2012


Jeremiah 32:39 “I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me for their own good and the good of their children after them.”

This truth is expressed many times in the Bible, particularly in the OT, that our attitude toward God affects not just us but our descendants as well. People who fear God and walk in reverent obedience experience His blessings, but their children are likewise blessed after them. In the same way, rebellion against God also echoes down through the generations. This doesn’t mean much to young, single people, but it particularly has an impact by the time you have grandchildren. Unfortunately, that’s rather late! However, it’s not too late, because the spiritual impact is still there. Cathy has a good friend who has said she won’t become a Christian because Christians go to heaven after death, and since her ancestors weren’t Christians, she is supposed to go where they are. That shows she doesn’t understand hell! However, now that she has a grandchild, she is ripe for the message of generational blessing. Both sides of the generational influence picture are very evident in the US today, with the nation reaping the bitter fruit of my generation (baby boomers) turning to hedonism, but with pockets of people committed to the Lord. The events of the next few months may well plot the nation’s course for years to come. One of the things about homosexuality is that it specifically denies the existence of succeeding generations, so they try to steal children from others, and abortion kills the next generation before it is even born. America needs the mercy and grace of God!

Again I am brought back to my incredibly blessed state of being the product of several generations who were committed to the Lord. I am aware of many benefits of that, but I’m sure I only see the tip of the iceberg. Most of the people to whom I minister are the first Christians in their families, with the exception of some locally who might have Christian ancestors from 400 years ago. Sadly, Japanese Christians seem hesitant to try to pass their faith down to their children, perhaps because that wasn’t how they received it. I need to help them understand what a privilege it is to participate in generational blessing, breaking generational curses that might have affected them.

Father, once again You have me involved in good work that is far beyond my wisdom or ability. Keep me from focusing on myself, but rather on You, so that I won’t be discouraged but rather have joyful anticipation of what You are going to do through me. Thank You for the encouraging phone call from the man in the mental hospital last night. I don’t know what his diagnosis is, but You have touched him through me, and last night You spoke through him to me. May I be faithful at all times, for the sake of all succeeding spiritual generations, for a great harvest in Your kingdom, for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

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About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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