Genetically Inherited Diseases Article 24 in the Series on TruLight Radio XM called “The Doctor Says – The Bible Says” by Dr. Michelle Strydom MD.
EXODUS 20 V 5 – 6 & DEUTORONOMY 5 v 9
“For I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate Me, but showing mercy and steadfast love to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments.”
87% of all diseases have been traced back to sin in our thought life. It is also very sobering to know, that our sin doesn’t just affect us, it also affects our children. The reason is because our thought life doesn’t just affect our body, it also affects our genes. In other words a toxic sinful thought life can lead to a gene defect that is passed onto our children. Sin is more than an isolated act. It can reverberate for generations to come. This is why so many diseases run in families. As part of my training as a doctor, we were taught to take a family history of the patients in order to gain a full picture and understanding of the disease that they are presenting with. Family trees are a very important diagnostic tool.
Have a good look at your own family tree – what diseases are running
from one generation to the next? Jeremiah 32 v 18: “You show loving kindness to thousands but recompense the iniquities of the fathers into the bosoms of their children after them.”
The Living Bible says, “You are loving and kind to thousands, yet children suffer for their father’s ins.”
Deuteronomy 28 v 15 and 59: “15But if you will not obey the voice of the Lord your God, being watchful to do all His commandments and His statutes which I command you this day, then all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you: … 59Then the Lord will bring upon you and your descendents extraordinary strokes and blows, great plagues of long continuance, and grievous sicknesses of long duration.
Hosea 4 v 6: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you [the priestly nation] have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you that you shall be no priest to Me; seeing you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children.”
The scriptures above show the loss of blessing passed down from generation to generation because of disobedience. This is the basis for all spiritual and physical genetically inherited diseases.
Now immediately I know that this topic of genetically inherited diseases will bump into a lot of people’s doctrine. Before you get “your back up”, I would like to ask you please to at least take the time to read through this chapter with an open mind – it might be the key to your healing. I do not get into any theories or teaching unless it lines up with the Word of God 100%.
One of the main reasons why people struggle with the concept of genetically inherited diseases is because they say, “I thought that all sin, disease and genetic curses was cancelled at the cross when we became born again. Jesus said it is finished.” This is the reality: there are over 700 genetically inherited
diseases and the church is full of it. Already there is something wrong with this theology that the curse of genetically inherited diseases was automatically cancelled at the cross because Christians have genetically Sin is more than an isolated act. It can reverberate for generations to come.
inherited diseases. If it was finished at the cross and you call yourself a born again Christian, and you have a genetically inherited disease, well then according to your own theology you must not be born again. If it was finished at the cross then how could we as born again Christians have genetically inherited disease?
The answer has to do with a key word called “appropriation”. Jesus died for all people and paid the price for our sins once and for all. Does that mean all people in the world are saved? No. If it is finished why isn’t everyone saved? The reason is that we have to appropriate it by faith. The same applies to healing. According
to Isaiah 53 v 5, by His stripes we are healed and made whole. So is everybody healed of all diseases including genetically inherited diseases? No. Why not? Because we have to appropriate it through our obedience. There are so many teachings in the church today that say that as a believer you no longer have
the curse because Jesus paid the penalty of the curse at the cross and
therefore it can’t possibly touch you. This theology is completely unscriptural.
When Jesus died on the cross and it was finished, He finished
it in His obedience. Some people in the church are trying to appropriate
what Jesus did on the cross but are continuing in disobedience to
the Word and therefore it is not working. That is why only 2% to 5%
of people who are prayed for are actually being healed. Just because it
was finished and Jesus bore the penalty of the curse, it does not mean
that you get to keep your sin and have your healing. Galatians 3 v 13 says that Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law.
This speaks of our redemption as legal but it is not automatic. There are conditions to God’s promises. If you want the blessing, you need to meet His conditions first. Repentance is the condition for healing.
In Exodus 20 v 5, God said that He would visit the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate Him. How do we hate God? We don’t keep His commandments.
Jesus said in John 14 v 15: “If you [really] love Me, you will keep (obey) My commandments.” Even as born again Christians we are not doers of the Word (James 1 v 22). Christians have genetically inherited diseases, because we are serving the same sins as unbelievers with the same consequences. There are consequences
to disobedience whether you are a New Testament believer or not and that is obvious because the church is full of disease.
Another problem people may have with this teaching is that most of the scriptures quoted are from the Old Testament. Some of you may say, “I am under the New Testament Covenant so the Old Testament doesn’t apply to me.” Yes, we are under the New Testament covenant, but the Bible says that Jesus did not come to abolish the Law but to fulfil it. When Jesus came, He did away with some of the ‘do’s and
don’ts’ such as what you can eat and not eat. But when it came down to instructions in righteousness, nothing has changed. For example, one of the ten commandments in the Old Testament is that you are not to commit adultery. It is still unlawful to commit adultery in the New Testament. In Mark chapter 7 v 21 (pre-cross) Jesus spoke against adultery and Paul also spoke against it in Galatians chapter 5 v 19 – 20
(post-cross). So did not committing adultery change because of covenant change? No. The New Testament says that the Old Testament scriptures are for instruction in righteousness. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 10 v 11 that the stories in the Old Testament were given as an example and warning to us and to instruct us
for right living.
2 Timothy 3 v 16 – 17: “Every Scripture is God Breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and for conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought,
purpose and action), so that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Christians have genetically inherited diseases because we are serving the same sins
as unbelievers with the same consequences.
The bottom line is this: if you don’t believe that genetically inherited diseases exist in Christians, with all due respect please get real. I have to be practical as a doctor. I cannot stick my head in the sand and pretend that genetically inherited diseases do not exist in Christians because they do – I deal with it in clinical
practice all the time. Through sin, the devil not only has a legal right to our life but also to the lives of the generations after us because we gave him that right through our disobedience and it is time to recognize it. The church does not see it. In the experience of doctors, psychologists and psychiatrists in the medical
field, and in the experience of others in ministry such as Henry Wright, we see an amazing similarity between the bondages and diseases that follow family trees. We are seeing evidence today that the curse of genetically inherited diseases is still there. Many very sincere born again Christians who genuinely love
God are suffering from diseases that are genetically inherited.
To gain an understanding of how genetically inherited diseases and the iniquity behind them unfolds in family trees, let’s have a look at the family tree of Abraham and King David.
The Family Tree of Abraham
In Genesis chapter 12, there was famine in their land, so Abraham and his wife, Sarah went to Egypt – the land of Pharaoh. His wife was very beautiful and Abraham feared that Pharaoh would kill him for her because she was that beautiful. So he told Sarah to say that she was his sister. Abraham enticed his wife to
lie, and he also lied to Pharaoh. The root problem behind people who lie is fear of man, fear of judgment, fear of rejection and/or fear of failure, but primarily the fear of man. So Abraham had a spiritual problem – fear and he became a liar as a result. God dealt with Abraham about that and he repented, but he did not
get the message. He left the land of Egypt and moved north to the land of the Philistines where Abimelech was king (Genesis chapter 20). The exact same situation as before: he was afraid of losing Sarah because she was very beautiful. He told Abimelech the same lie that he told Pharaoh which was that Sarah was his
sister. He got into trouble all over again and had to repent again. He didn’t learn his lesson the first time or the second time. Abraham continued to have fear of man and thus he had a lying spirit.
That was the beginning. Abraham’s son, Isaac and his wife Rebekah went to the land of the Philistines where Abimelech was still king (Genesis chapter 26). Forty years after Abraham stood there before king Abimelech, Isaac said to Rebekah, “You’re very beautiful and I’m afraid that because you’re my wife,
Abimelech will kill me to get you. Tell him you’re my sister.” When you read it
in Genesis Isaac said word for word what his father Abraham had said forty
years earlier. I submit to you that that wasn’t Isaac speaking. That was a familiar
spirit that he inherited from his father that now had a right to the family
tree because Father Abraham gave it a right to stay through un-repented sin.
Now we have a second generation of fear of man and lying in Isaac.
It doesn’t stop there, the story is just getting going. Isaac had two sons, Esau and
Jacob. Jacob deceived his father Isaac to get his brother’s birthright. Jacob had inherited a lying spirit from his father and his grandfather. So we have 3 generations of liars – Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. It doesn’t stop there. Jacob had 12 sons: 10 sons who were jealous of their brother Joseph
sold him into slavery. They lied to their father and told him that Joseph had been killed by an animal. So there are four generations of fear filled liars and that’s where our faith begins. However, Father Abraham was called a friend of God, not because he was sinless but because He believed God (Isaiah 41 v 8; James
21 v 23).
Through sin, the devil not only has a legal right to our life but also to the lives of the generations after us.
The Family Tree of David
King David was called a man after God’s own heart, not because he was sinless but because when he was confronted with the knowledge of sin, he repented! However, King David had an evil, perverse spirit of lust that he had inherited and his children also inherited it through him just like the lying spirit with Abraham. A spirit of lust is an evil spirit that likes to manifest itself through humans and do sexual
things. Evil spirits want and need humans to manifest their fallen nature through us and when we allow it, it becomes our sin. David saw sexual sin in his family tree and he knew it was in him. The reason I know that is because in Psalm 51 in his prayer of repentance to God, David said this: Psalm 51 v 5: “Behold, I
was brought forth in [a state of] iniquity; And in sin did my mother conceive me.”
What David was saying is “What caused me to go into sexual sin was in my family tree. In fact, it was in my father and mother when I was conceived and it was with me in the womb.” What was with him in the womb? Nothing genetic. An evil spirit of lust was right with him and as he became older, it began to give him urges and it began to give him temptation. It began to lead him in a journey of inordinate affection for females because he had a need to be loved.
When he said “In sin my mother did conceive me,” don’t ask because
David was the youngest son: it is not sin to be married and have children, so I don’t dare speculate.
What I do know is that David is saying that what caused him to go into sexual sin was in the family and he just acted out things that were family traits. We know that this is true because one of David’s own sons raped his own sister. And look at Solomon, he had an insatiable appetite for females that lead him to having 1000 wives. Can you imagine trying to keep 1000 females happy? In fact Solomon who had so
much wisdom for others had none for himself. Those wives eventually lead him astray to worship pagan gods. David’s family was a tragedy: another son rose up in sedition and anarchy against him. One son died at childbirth because of the sins of the father, David.
So we see that David’s family tree was filled with sexual sin. It
is not just physical diseases that are genetically inherited, but spiritual
problems as well. Over the past few years the psychologists and
psychiatrists in their case histories have been able to document that
non-genetic factors like personality characteristics including anger,
rage, fear, abuse, low self-esteem, divorce and so forth can also be passed down through family trees from generation to generation without a physical genetic abnormality being seen or known. Criminologists know that there are crime families. Psychologists know that there are families that just end up molesting
from generation to generation.
This brings us into the understanding that there are things in our families that are invisible that makes people act the way they do. The Bible calls this iniquity which is the body of sin. It is the invisible kingdom of satan spoken about in Ephesians chapter 6 v 12 – 13 that by its fallen nature is strategizing and following
you in your personal lives, marriages, families, churches, businesses and in the generations of your nations. It is not the culture that is the problem – it is the iniquity that has joined cultures that is the problem. And every culture has its own iniquity.
Those thoughts and mindsets that come to you from your ancestors that produce biological, psychological and psychiatric disease didn’t have their origin in your genetics. Your genes don’t think. Your genes don’t have a brain – it is a biological genetic code. When certain sins enter into a family tree, they open
the door for certain demonic spirits to travel from generation to generation. In the section “Discerning the Source of Your Thoughts” on page 85 I explained how this invisible kingdom that answers to satan programs mankind to think, speak and act like it and so the curse can perpetuate as the descendents end up practicing the same sins as their fathers.
It is not just physical diseases that are genetically inherited, but spiritual problems as well.
Maybe now you’ll understand what the Bible means when it says that rebellion is bound up in the heart of a child. I know it is a shock when you have these cute little babies that end up being little monsters.
Where did they learn to throw a tantrum and say “Shut up!” to you? It is the invisible kingdom of Ephesians chapter 6 that has been flowing in the generations that has been teaching our generations the devil’s ways. That is why you train up a child in the ways of God and when he is old he will not depart from
it (Proverbs 22 v 6).
The Curse of the Sin in Genetically Inherited Diseases Runs through the
Father To get rid of every single genetically inherited disease on earth, it would have to start with salvation and sanctification of the men. Therefore I am calling the men to get right with God and take steps to sanctify your wife and children. God holds the men responsible for spirituality of the family. The failure in all
family problems begins with the man. The salvation of the whole family
should begin with the salvation of the father and husband of the home.
God did not create women to be the spiritual leader of the home.
1 Corinthians 11 v 3: “I want you to know and realize that Christ is the Head of every man, and the head of every woman is her husband, and the head of Christ is God.”
The fathers are the holders of blessings and curses in the family.
Numbers 30 talks about how a father or a husband is a covering or protection
for the wife or daughter. Numbers 30 v 2 – 6 and 15 – 16: “2If a man vows a vow to the Lord or swears and oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break or profane his word; he shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth. 3Also when a woman vows a vow to the Lord and binds herself by a pledge, being in her father’s house in her youth, 4and her father hears her vow and her pledge with which she has bound herself and he offers no objection, then all her vows shall
stand and every pledge with which she has bound herself shall stand. 5But if her father refuses to allow her [to carry out her vow] on the day that he hears about it, not any of her vows or of her pledges with which she has bound herself shall stand. And the Lord will forgive her because her father refused to let her [carry out her purpose]. 6And if she is married to a husband while her vows
are upon her or she has bound herself by a rash utterance, 7And her husband hears of it and holds his peace concerning it on the day that he hears it, then her vows shall stand and her pledge with which she bound herself shall stand… 15But if he shall nullify them after he hears them, then he shall be responsible for and bear her iniquity. 16 These are the statutes which the Lord commanded
Moses, between a man and his wife, and between a father and his daughter while in her youth in her father’s house.” There is no such provision for boys because God intends every man to be the spiritual head of his home and to teach his sons how to be head of their homes. The male lineage traces ancestry through your father, his father and his father’s father. What sin and diseases do they have in common with you? The female lineage traces ancestry back through her father
and what he brought into the family tree and all the males before him. Your mother had a father and this curse channels down through the female. That’s why you can inherit things from your mother, even though they were in the family tree of her father.
Not everything running through your family tree is evil. Apart from the kingdom of Ephesians 6 v 12 called iniquity, there is also the Holy Spirit Who brings the blessings to your generations because of the obedience of your forefathers. All the people in your family bring in to the picture good and evil, blessings
To get rid of every single genetically inherited disease on earth, it would have
to start with salvation and sanctification of the men.
How Genetically Inherited Diseases and the Iniquities Behind Them were
Dealt with in the Bible Nehemiah chapter 8 v 1 right through to chapter 9 v 3 tells of when the Israelites had just come out of captivity from Babylon in the days of Nehemiah and Ezra. All the Israelites gathered together to listen
to Ezra as he read the Word of God. The people wept as they heard the Word, because they realized that they had been in bondage and captivity because of disobedience. As a people, they came before God and repented, they took responsibility not just for their sins but for the sins of their forefathers.
Nehemiah 9 v 2 – 3: “And the Israelites separated themselves from all foreigners and stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers. And they stood in their place and read from the Book of the Law of the Lord their God for a fourth of the day, and for another fourth of it they confessed and worshipped the Lord their God.”
Why did the Israelites confess the sins of their fathers? So that they could be freed from the curse of sin generationally. They confessed their sins and the iniquities of their forefathers because they were the product of their parents’ disobedience. They saw that the same sin that was in their parents and grandparents
was in them and they were serving that sin as a way of life. Furthermore, depending on their age, they could also see that the sin that was in them had transferred into their children’s lives.
Now that confession for the iniquities of their fathers does not mean that their fathers were forgiven by proxy. That confession means, “Father we recognize that we have served sin and that our forefathers have served sin and we are letting You know that we understand it. We see how this has affected our lives and
our families and we take responsibility for that. We don’t want it to continue to transfer into our children and grandchildren and so we repent.”
In 2 Chronicles chapters 29 and 30, Hezekiah and the Levites got together because their fathers had sinned, and done evil in the eyes of God, and had forsaken Him. They came together before God to repent for their sins as well as the sins of their fathers, and to sanctify themselves. The Lord heard the prayers of Hezekiah and He healed the people.
2 Chronicles 29 v 1 – 6, 10, 15 and 30 v 18 – 20: “1Hezekiah began to reign when he was twenty five years old, and He reigned 29 years in Jerusalem…2And he did right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that David his father [forefather] had done. 3In the first year of his reign, in the first month, he opened the doors of the house of the Lord [which his father had closed] and repaired
them. 4He brought together the priests and the Levites in the square on the east 5and said to them, Levites, hear me! Now sanctify (purify and make free from sin) yourselves and the house of the Lord, the God of your fathers, and carry out the filth from the Holy Place. 6For our fathers have trespassed and have done what is evil in the sight of the Lord our God, and they have forsaken Him
and turned away their faces from the dwelling place of the Lord and have turned their backs…10- Now it is in my heart to make a covenant with the Lord God of Israel, that His fierce anger may turn away from us…15So they gathered their brethren and sanctified themselves and went in, as the king had commanded by the words of the Lord to cleanse the house of the Lord…18For the multitude of
the people…Hezekiah had prayed for them saying, May the good Lord pardon everyone 19who sets his heart to seek and yearn for God – the Lord, the God of his fathers…20And the Lord hearkened to Hezekiah and healed the people.”
So when you pray for healing, not only must you repent for your sins, but the sins of your fathers also.
Why? So that genetically inherited diseases can be broken and the familiar spirits of your generations that rule you in your soul can also be defeated.
The purpose of this teaching is to cause you to think and to begin to recognize the things in your life, in your parents, grandparents, great grandparents and in your children and grandchildren’s lives so that you can see the diseases and ways of thinking that are flowing from generation to generation.
There are some things that you are dealing with in your life that are inherited. The reason I know this is because many Christians have disease that is genetically inherited from their parents. If it’s not dealt with before the Lord, you will pass it on to your children. It’s not fair but that is the price we pay for sin, disobedience and lack of sanctification. Fear, abuse, victimization, rejection, allergies, heart problems, cancer, diabetes and a large number of diseases can be inherited from both a physical genetic standpoint and a spiritual standpoint.
What this teaching represents is removing the things that are interfering
with the blessings that God saw for your families from the foundation
of the world. If you can see that the things that were in your
parents are already in you, and the things that are in you are already in
your children, you can put a stop to it through repentance. And that is
what the gospel represents – a change in direction for mankind.
Take the time to go and build your own family tree. To help you, an example of three generations in a hypothetical family tree is below. Remember to put the siblings in every generation. What diseases are running from one generation to the next? Start thinking about the desolation in the generations in your family. Mark down the characteristics – were your family members in past generations Christians? What
were their personalities like? Were they filled with fear, hate, envy, strife, bitterness etc? What did they do for a living? Were they into alcohol, drugs and pornography? Did their lives contain any of the spiritual elements that we are learning are the roots for disease like self-hatred and fear? Wife beater, molester,
adulterer, fornicator, murderer, slanderer, division maker…Go back as many generations as you can, this will give you an idea of what is in your family.
A Hypothetical Family Tree If you can see the things that were in your parents
are already in you and your children, you can put a stop to it through repentance.
A Word of Caution
My advice with regards to researching your family history must be taken within balance. I am by no means suggesting that you go on a “mad witch hunt” trying to find out every small detail of iniquity in your family tree. The devil likes to come in and take this out of balance by getting us bogged down in hours and hours of counselling, trying to deal with each little thing that’s happened over the last 100
years. It is not complicated: for example, if you have type 1 diabetes and your family members in the generations before you had type 1 diabetes, then it is obvious that the sin running through your family tree is self-hatred. Therefore you just say a simple heartfelt prayer like, “Father please forgive me and my fathers
before me for the sin of self-hatred.” Likewise, if it’s high blood pressure that you and your family members have, you pray, “Father please forgive me and my fathers before me for the sin of fear and worrying about the future.” It’s that simple. It takes less than 60 seconds – not hours and hours of prayer about every little
thing your ancestors did in the past 100 years.
What About Adoption?
There are many people that adopt children because they want to try to give them a better life. There have been parents that have adopted children from babies who were devastated when this little child that they raised and loved to the best of their ability turned into a living devil. And they think, “I’ve failed! What have I done wrong? I raised the child in a Christian environment and gave it all the love in the world!” Environment does not shape the child first. Inherited iniquity shapes the child first if the iniquity has not been dealt with. You need to understand this so that when this evil starts to surface in an adopted
child, you know how to deal with it. You may ask, “How can I know the iniquity in my family if I don’t even know my father or mother because I was given up for adoption?” The answer is very easy. The things that you struggled with from childhood into your teenage years into your adult years are what was in your
parents. Now you can better understand yourself.
The Physical Mechanism Behind Genetically Inherited Diseases On a physical level, genetic diseases involve a structural abnormality in the strands of DNA in the
genes. Your DNA is made up of genes. Your genes are inherited from your father and mother. Each gene has specific instructions for how to make a specific part of your body. For example, you have a gene that has instructions to make your eyes blue or green or brown. You have another specific gene that has instructions to make you a certain height (short or tall). Everything that determines the way you look
and your whole body make up comes from an instruction manual which is encoded in your genes. When these genes are changed, the instructions are muddled up. The result is the formation of a defective part of your body that does not function
properly and hence the development of various diseases. I am explaining
throughout this book on the discussion of various diseases that the devil
is able to get in and alter our body chemistry and genetics through sin in
our thought life.
At the beginning of this chapter I explained that your thought life doesn’t just affect your body, it also affects your genes. In other words a toxic sinful thought life can lead to a gene defect that is passed onto our children. Running closely with the science of thought is a new science called epigenetics. Epigenetics
shows that our thoughts and perceptions remodel our genes and not the other way around. Now the reality of the scripture “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23 v 7) begins to hit home.
Epigenetics shows that our thoughts and perceptions remodel our genes and not
the other way around.
Epigenetics shows us the power of our thought life and how it affects who we are. A phenomenal discovery is that our genes can be switched on and off by the thoughts on which we choose to meditate 10.
When a gene is “switched on” certain proteins are made. Proteins are the building blocks used to make different parts of your body as well as the building of memories. Your genes and the proteins made from them are directly affected by the thoughts that you choose to meditate on with your free will. This has
changed the conventional understanding that our genes control and determine who we are and what we become. Recent research disproves the myth that our genes shape us. Our thoughts affect which genes are switched on and therefore we shape our genes. This means that we are not, nor have we ever been victims of our biology 4.
There are many ways that our thought life can alter our genetics but let’s look at one example of how it happens on a physical level. Cancer commonly runs through family trees as it can be caused by an inherited genetic defect. One of the consequences of that is cell wall rigidity. The wall surrounding a body cell is semi-permeable which means it acts like a
filter. It allows for the diffusion of oxygen and nutrients into the body
cell and removal of waste products out of the cell. The high levels of
stress hormones during stage 2 and 3 of stress cause the cell walls to
become stiff or rigid. As a result the body wall cannot filter substances
properly and the things that the body cell needs such as nutrients and oxygen cannot diffuse into the cell.
There is also a build-up of waste products inside the cell which cannot diffuse out. Thus the body cells are not able to cleanse themselves as they were designed to. The retention of toxins and waste products inside the cell can damage genes called anti-oncogenes. Anti-oncogenes protect a cell from becoming cancerous as a result of DNA that is damaged through wear and tear. When DNA is damaged, the anti-oncogenes
will slow down cell division so that the DNA can be repaired or it causes that cell to self-destruct before it forms a tumour. When the anti-oncogenes are damaged through toxic retention, it leaves that cell susceptible to becoming cancerous. That gene defect is also passed on to your children, causing cancer in the following generations.
Our DNA was perfect when God created it from the foundation of the world: however the devil managed to get in through generations of sin, and mix up the components of the DNA (nucleic acids) which changed the genetics. This defect that causes the disease is passed down the generations in the family tree in the genes. If the devil interfered with and changed the genetics, Who can repair it? The Living God
through repentance can! God can change the genetics… and He does, when you are sanctified through repentance of your sin and the sins of your fathers. “Repentance” according to the original Greek word used in the Bible, means “changing your thinking”. According to the science of epigenetics, by changing
your thinking, you can change your genes.
In the ministry of Henry Wright, they have documented evidence of genetic code changes. For example when a disease such as cancer was diagnosed by investigations where the genes of that person were isolated and studied by an oncologist – after ministry and healing a sample of the person’s gene’s were studied again and the genetic pattern was changed. Therefore the person no longer had the defect that
would cause that disease. They were totally healed, even right down to the DNA in their genetics. Therefore the person is no longer a carrier of the genetically inherited disease and their children will not inherit it.
Healing and complete restoration to health was provided by Jesus through His work on the cross: “Repentance” according to the original Greek means “changing your thinking”… by changing your thinking, you can change your genes.
Isaiah 53 v 5: “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well being was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.”
The prophecy of Jesus in Isaiah 61 v 4 is generational in nature and is the foundational scripture for
healing of the generations. This is the breaking of inherited genetic curses and inherited familiar spirits in your family trees with regards to spiritually, psychologically and biologically inherited diseases:
Isaiah 61 v 1 – 4: “1The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed and qualified me to preach the Gospel of good tidings to the meek, the poor, and afflicted; He has sent me to bind up and heal the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the [physical and spiritual] captives and the opening of the prison and the eyes to those who are bound, 2to proclaim the acceptable
year of the Lord [the year of His favor] and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, 3to grant [consolation and joy] to those who mourn in Zion – to give them an ornament (a garland or diadem) of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment [expressive] of praise instead of a heavy, burdened and failing spirit – that they may be called oaks of righteousness [lofty, strong, and magnificent, distinguished for uprightness, justice,
and right standing with God], the planting of the Lord that He may be glorified. 4And they shall
rebuild the ancient ruins; they shall rise up the former desolations and renew the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.”
In terms of ministering to children with an inherited disease (for example allergic asthma) in the ministry of Pastor Henry Wright: when the parents came before God and repented of the sin, the children were often instantly healed of diseases without prayer for healing even occurring on their behalf. When the curse is broken on that level, it is amazing to see God’s provision and healing for children that are not yet
at the age of understanding. The Bible says that children are sanctified by the believing parents.
1 Corinthians 7 v 14: “For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean, but now they are holy.” KJV In the chapter “Essential Background Knowledge of Disease from a Biblical Perspective” I explained that God’s perfect will is not actually healing. His perfect will is that you don’t get sick. Would you like to
prevent disease in your children? You need to deal with the generational iniquities and junk that is flowing
through your family tree so that your children do not inherit the curse. God said in Exodus that He would visit the iniquities of the fathers to the third and fourth generation and since nobody stopped it in the third and fourth generation it has been flowing in every generation – even into your lives. Are we going to
go on a roller coaster ride from generation to generation and do nothing about it? My advice to engaged couples who are about to be married is to have a look at what they are bringing into the family package.
Look at your family history and you will see some of the same diseases,
personality traits and characteristics of relationships repeating themselves
– divorce, fathers and sons or mothers and daughters fighting and
hating each other. You will see the sons of an alcoholic father who beats
his wife become alcoholics who beat their wives. You will see the daughters
of a woman who had illegitimate children repeat the pattern by also
falling pregnant outside of marriage. When a man and a woman live
together before marriage, their children go on to do the same thing. These spiritual and physical problems are going to be passed along until somebody takes a stand and says, “Enough is enough!” and breaks the cycle. The curse of genetically inherited diseases will continue down the blood line until it is stopped by
repentance and by appropriating by faith the redemption provided by Jesus on the cross.
Look at your family history and you will see some of the same diseases, personality
traits and characteristics of relationships repeating themselves.
If we want to do our children a favor, let’s give them a break from genetic birth defects, genetically inherited diseases and psychological problems by repenting of the sins of our fathers. Let’s get our hearts and lives right before God so that we break the power of sin generationally and begin a new dynasty of people of God that love Him by walking in obedience to His ways. Then the Holy Spirit and the blessings
that He brings can flow though us to our children to a thousand generations as it says in Exodus 20 v 6.
Then perhaps we can change the destiny of the planet.
Deuteronomy 30 v 19 “I call heaven and earth to witness this day against you that I have set before you live and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live.”
If you have genetically inherited diseases, I encourage you to pray a simple heartfelt prayer that goes something like this:
“Father I come before you to repent for my sins and the sins of my fathers that have opened the door for the curse of disease. I repent of all the disobedience, rebellion, perversion, witchcraft, sorcery, divination, occultic involvement, idolatry, lust, adultery, fornication, abuse, slander, strife, fear, anxiety, selfhatred, guilt, self-accusation, jealousy, envy and bitterness. I ask for Your forgiveness. Wash me with the blood of Jesus. According to Galatians 3 v 13 I have been redeemed from the curse of the law by Jesus’
blood on the cross. I take authority over the inherited familiar spirits in my family tree, and I command you to be gone in Jesus Name! I break the power over the genetically inherited curse of (name the disease) in my life and my descendants in Jesus’ Name. I claim forgiveness through the blood of Jesus for my sins
and the sins of my fathers. May the Holy Spirit of Sanctification have His full work within me. I pray that You would heal me spiritually and physically right through to my DNA. Father I ask You to work a creative miracle and restore my genes to how You originally created them before the foundation of the world – I command my genes to be made whole and perfect in Jesus’ Name. In faith I thank You for my healing.”
Note: You do not have to go and create chaos by getting all your other family members involved, this is not necessary. You just come before God and get your own heart right before Him. You can break the curse of the genetically inherited diseases running through.
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