Summary of the Sermon by Pastor Scott Wilson, at Bethany International Service, on Sunday, 15 July 2018.
Our family life is like a garden that needs to be taken care of. All of us have traits that we inherited from our parents – traits we may or may not like. The law of Sowing and Reaping cannot be broken or manipulated. We will reap what we sow.
Galatians 6:7 – “Stop being deceived; God is not to be ridiculed. A person harvests whatever he plants: the person who sows through human means will harvest decay from human means, but the person who sows in the Spirit will harvest eternal life from the Spirit. Let’s not get tired of doing what is good, for at the right time we will reap a harvest—if we do not give up.”
When God gave Moses the Ten Commandments, God counted iniquity of the fathers upon the children. The key word in these verses is iniquity, which is the passed-down tendency towards sin (Exodus 20:5-6).
1. Pull those weeds out and plant good seeds.
As we examine our garden, think about the good and bad things that we have inherited from our parents. Pastor Scott’s mother was a woman of great kindness and hospitality, and she loved people; but she had an anxiety problem. Pastor Scott’s father was a hardworking man of prayer, but was prideful. There are certain traits from our parents that are not so good, like weeds that need to be pulled out.
Stop judging our parents (quit fertilizing weeds). Parents can either be a stumbling block or a stepping stone. Matthew 7:1-2 “Stop judging, so that you won’t be judged, because the way that you judge others will be the way that you will be judged, and you will be evaluated by the standard with which you evaluate others.”
We are to imitate Christ, who is our perfect example, rather than blaming our parents. Ephesian 6:2-3 “Honor your father and mother…” (This is a very important commandment with a promise.) “…so that it may go well for you, and that you may have a long life on the earth.”
2. Pull the weeds up by the roots so that they do not grow back.
Deal with the root instead of the symptoms only. We have to get back to the root of the problem - soul wounds, be it emotional, physical, spiritual, or sexual. The root of all habitual sin is the core lies of the Devil. The stronghold is a combination of soul wound and core lie of the Devil that builds up like a defence fortress. Take that wound and the core lie to Jesus and replace the lies of the Devil with God’s truth to get the weed by the root. Freedom is the presence of the Holy Spirit and the truth of God so there is no room for the enemy.
2 Timothy 1:7 “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity but one of power, love, and self-discipline.”
3. Plant good seeds in its place.
Commit and listen to God’s voice, commit ourselves to do what God says. Hide God’s Word in our hearts so we may not sin against Him. Only Jesus heals wounds. It is not time that heals. God’s Word needs to get into our hearts, choose the truth of God and memorize it over our life. Come against the weed with the Scripture so that you may bear fruits in your life, internalize it and claim God’s promises for our situation and the Holy Spirit will bear the fruits to come out. Philippines 1:6, 4:6, Proverbs 3:3-6
It is God’s vision that every generation should be powerful and anointed but it will only happen when we deal with generational iniquity. We will only get godly fruit from God when we allow every negative weed to be pulled out by the root and we will be a godly generation.