Insights into Iniquity

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When Jesus died on the cross, He paid a tremendous debt for all of us. He died for all, but all don’t accept His sacrifice. Amazingly, most of the energies of those suffering with problems are spent seeking out a psychiatrist or some other kind of counselor to find out why their lives aren’t going well, when most often, if they would take time to read the Scriptures and seek God in prayer, they would have their answers. Solid Christian counseling and people who flow with God’s anointing are also available, but some churches are still playing games while their members suffer. God always forgives if we repent and ask Him to forgive us. There is no forgiveness without repentance.

Sin actually comes in three “packages.” Understanding how each of these affects us increases our freedom from the consequences we reap. It’s important to emphasize here that often Christians think there is some automatic green light for them since Jesus paid it all. However, the real truth is application must be made in every case, whether it’s salvation, healing or deliverance. We must actively seek to understand and apply the truth as it is revealed to us. If we play dumb or “stiff arm the Holy Spirit,” as a friend of mine says, freedom will elude us.

“I’m Not Perfect”

We humans love to say this when we know we’ve failed are or failing to live up the expectations of God or others. It’s a rather silly saying, as if this somehow excuses us from responsibility. The Bible says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). I heard this one from the time I began to learn about my faith. The word, as it is used here, means “to miss the mark,” hence missing the bullseye of perfection demanded by the Law of God. This is why it says “to come short of the glory.” Jesus’ perfect obedience to all the demands of the law provides that perfection we need if we have faith in Him.

Rebellion is the second type of sin. Rebellion is simply knowing what is right but doing what is wrong. James 4:17 says this quite clearly:

17 So any person who knows what is right to do but does not do it, to him it is sin (Amp).

In effect, the person in rebellion is saying, “I don’t care what God says I’m going to do what I want to do, and I’m willing to pay the consequences.” Arthur Burk gives a cute but powerful example of how this works. Two little girls were told by their father that every time they did what they were supposed to do, they would get a dime. After a while both girls each had a large bag of dimes. One day one of the little girls ran into the father’s office and threw her bag of dimes on his desk, ran into the other room and punched her sister in the face! This is rebellion. She felt the reward for doing what she wanted was worth the consequence of forfeiting the dimes. Unfortunately, our choices to live in rebellion often end up causing horrendous problems for us, even death.

In addition to obvious problems with rebellion, it is a conscience killer. If we continue in a sin that we know is wrong, sooner or later, our conscience ceases to function, and we become insensitive to God’s Spirit and sometimes to others. A hardened heart or “heart of stone” soon replaces the love and sensitivity we once held toward God. This is why a once faithful believer becomes unrecognizable to others. Messages or people whose lives are convicting to the one in rebellion are avoided.

Iniquity is found 215 times in the Bible!

In the Old Testament of the 11 words translated “iniquity,” by far the most common and important is `awon (about 215 times). Etymologically, it is customary to explain it as meaning literally “crookedness,” “perverseness,” i.e. evil regarded as that which is not straight or upright, moral distortion (from `iwwah, “to bend,” “make crooked,” “pervert”). In effect, the sin of iniquity causes certain things in life to become twisted. The word’s actual usage has three meanings, which almost imperceptibly pass into each other: (1) iniquity, (2) guilt of iniquity, (3) punishment of iniquity. When iniquity is operational, you will find a great deal of shame and guilt, some of which is due to the person’s behavior but some of which is not. In other words, it’s false guilt and shame that shows up more often than not.

For example, David cites his iniquity as a source of major difficulty. Note his soul, body and literally his life are wracked by sorrow, and His strength has failed him:

9 Be gracious and compassionate to me, O Lord, for I am in trouble;

My eye is clouded and weakened by grief, my soul and my body also.

10  For my life is spent with sorrow And my years with sighing;

My strength has failed because of my iniquity (Hebrew avon),

And even my body has wasted away.

Iniquity is a type of sin that is often overlooked and which stands at the root of many people’s problems. And at the root of iniquity is idolatry. Someone idolized a particular thing above the love of God, whether it was another human, a career or membership in a secret society where oaths were sworn against the truth of Scripture, as in the case of freemasonry. The godless oaths taken in the name of some religious deity (iniquity) within the framework of freemasonry will send curses down the family line that will manifest in the future. In some cases the effects go on for centuries because no one sought out the power of the Lord Jesus Christ to stop iniquity.

For the most part it is generational – it is passed down to us. Why? Because God built into the sin of idolatry a consequence that is extended to the third and fourth generations unless repented of. Incest and illegitimacy carry with them 10-generational curses. Usually, these curses affect finances and mental and physical health. God’s desire was “keeping and blessings to a thousand generations.” However, knowing our bent toward sin, God built into the sin of idolatry a correction in the form of a consequence:

Exodus 34:7 – 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].

With these sins come diseases of every description as delineated in Deuteronomy 28.

Many of the problems (sins) that people confess they can’t help are found in the category of iniquity. Iniquity doesn’t make one sin in the likeness of our ancestry, but the pressure is there to do so. It’s like a constant gale blowing in our faces. For example, if in someone’s line there was a bunch of men who were “womanizers.” Their sin may indeed “push” them to commit the same sin, but they still have a choice. People today will excuse their leniency toward a particular sin because “my grandfather was an adulterer, alcoholic,” etc. Recent research discredits much of the gene factor as the blame. However, we are talking about a power of sin beyond the genes, usually something human beings want to deal with but can’t.

The Good News

The Father sent our Great Redeemer Jesus to die on the cross to remove three related but distinctive types of sin: sin (to miss the mark) transgression (to break the law) and iniquity (to warp or twist):

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed (Isa. 53:5 KJV).

Most Christians will deal with known sin but may play with rebellion, knowing what is right or wrong and doing neither. As we go beyond justification and on to sanctification (being set apart and dying to self on a daily basis), we may likely still fail to uncover a deep root found only in iniquity. The error comes by rightly assuming It’s all been take care of by Jesus’ death on the cross but wrongly failing to appropriate it through generational repentance and applying the Blood of Jesus and the power of His cross to the generational line. If this is done, demons are stopped in their tracks from attempting to perpetuate the same sin. Iniquity is only continued when the same sin is repeated that reopens the doors that were closed.

Prayer to Renounce Generational Family Iniquity

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Heavenly Father, creator of heaven and earth, I come to you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth, your Son. I come as a sinner seeking forgiveness and cleansing from all sins committed against you, and others created in your image. I honor my earthly father and mother, and all my ancestors of flesh and blood, adoptive or stepparents, but I utterly turn away from and renounce all their ungodly practices, sins and iniquities.

I forgive all my ancestors for the effects of their sins on my children and me. Thank you, Father, for sending your only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth, to die in my place; to pay the penalty for my sins through His shed blood, and to bear the punishment for the sins and iniquities of my ancestors in His bruised and bleeding body on the Cross of Calvary. Thank you that He is my Holy Scapegoat. I choose now, to confess and take accountability for the sins through my family bloodlines back to the fourth generation, and to the tenth generation for sexual sins, known and unknown.

I confess and renounce all idolatry, known and unknown, also all involvement with occult power and looking into the hidden things of darkness by my family and ancestors. In the name of Jesus Christ, I now break and renounce all blood oaths, blood covenants, blood dedications, blood ties and all blood bondages to Satan and any other false gods by my family and myself. I also cancel all ungodly documents, agreements and assignments against my family, past, and me present and future, and I apply the blood of Jesus Christ to cancel them. I declare their penalty has been paid in full by Jesus at Calvary. I confess all ungodly behavior, spoken words, thoughts and negative emotions that have had an ill effect on my family bloodlines, on my marriage and other relationships.

I repent of all word curses spoken over me or to others. I release each person from any offence caused, and release my rights to revenge, for the Word of God says that revenge is the Lord’s only. I confess the operation of rejection in my family bloodlines in every form, especially that which is now affecting my marriage, my family and me. I confess any addictions in my family bloodlines, known or unknown.

I renounce the effects of any untimely death, and any effects of war in my family bloodlines. I give to the Lord Jesus Christ all unresolved grief from these deaths, and from death of expectations. I ask you, Lord Jesus, to release me from the consequences of all unresolved grief and disappointments attached to the death of expectations. I renounce all areas of false guilt and false responsibility in my family bloodlines. I confess and renounce all religious restrictions, and perversion of the Gospel in my family bloodlines, either from a Christian denomination or church, from a different religion, faith or tradition, or from cultic involvement. I renounce any hereditary illness, whether physical, emotional or mental, and any other weakness in my family bloodlines.

I confess and ask forgiveness for any failure by myself and my ancestors for stealing from God by not bringing to Him our tithes and offerings as His Word commands. This has permitted the Devourer to plunder my family’s wealth. I confess this grievous sin and I repent and ask your forgiveness now. I choose now to be generous, so I break the curse and spirit of poverty off my life now, in the name of Jesus Christ. I rebuke every related spirit, including greed, covetnessness, stinginess, and self-reliance; and I command all such spirits to leave me now harmlessly on my natural breathing, and to go to your appointed place of judgment and not to return to me or my family, in the name of Jesus Christ.

I confess, repent and renounce any and all adultery, fornication, incest, homosexuality or bestiality, which has been practiced by my family bloodlines or myself. In the name of Jesus Christ, I now cut off all the effects of these sins, known and unknown, including all ungodly soul ties, and I break every curse involved, in Jesus’ name. I also bind every spirit, which empowered these curses and ungodly soul ties, and I command all to leave me now, and go to your place of appointment to await your judgment in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Alternative or Additional Prayer

Father God, I come before you in the name of Jesus Christ, confessing these sins and weaknesses, which may affect me. I release my ancestors into the freedom of my forgiveness. No longer will I blame them for how I am. I now lay the punishment and inherited weaknesses on the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth, my scapegoat on His bruised and bleeding body on the cross. I receive your forgiveness and release from their effects.

Thank you, my Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth, that I can cast my burdens on YOU. Please heal me, renew me and lead me in your ways, that my life may bring glory to your name. I break the curse of rebellion, stubbornness and defiance towards God’s covenant of marriage in the name of Ye’shua Ha Maschiah. I break the spirit of broken covenant that has violated and destroyed the godly covenants of my family line. On behalf of my family line, I repent of all sexual relationships outside the marriage covenant. I ask that the blood of Ye’shua will bring cleansing to my family line and its foundations to cleanse them of the family iniquity of incest.  Amen.

Joseph Beckham is the author of Deeper Water for Thirsty Souls –

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