I was in a meeting years ago when one of the ministers said something that I was not too comfortable with. He said he knew he would live long because in his lineage, people lived long; his father lived over a hundred years as well as his uncles and the likes. When I heard of his demise at a little above 60, the first thing I remembered was that statement.

Friend, you have another family (Colossians 1:13). No matter how good your physical lineage is, it cannot be compared to your spiritual lineage. No matter how bad your physical family is, always remember that you have another family. Being born again is being born into the family of God (John 3:3-6). You have moved from ancestral curses to ancestral blessings (Galatians 3:13-14).

Spiritual things work by consciousness. You need to be conscious of your spiritual heritage. In our kingdom, we don’t die young (Isaiah 65:20). In our kingdom, we don’t live in poverty (2 Corinthians 8:9). As with Adam, the devil can defeat your physical lineage, but not your spiritual lineage. Christ has given you victory via his death and resurrection (Genesis 3:9-15, 1 John 5:4).

While it may be good to study your physical lineage, it is better to study your spiritual lineage. You will look like what you look at. We have not been called to study the devil. We have been called to know God. When you know God and your identity in Christ well enough, you would operate in perpetual victory over the devil (Psalms 82:5-7, 1 John 4:4).

Stop saying things like; “In your family, people don’t live up to 60, nobody ever travels out of the country, nobody ever builds a house, etc.” When you say that, you are frustrating the grace of God. You are making the finished work of Christ of no effect (Galatians 2:21). Really, it is a slap on redemption to allow your physical lineage to affect your destiny.

But I know people who are products of the ancestral curses in their lineage, someone might want to say. But I also know more people who are products of the ancestral blessings in the kingdom (Galatians 5:1). It depends on what you focus on. Like God instructed the Israelites, we are to look away from the serpent bites (negative ancestral flows) and look to the Christ who was crucified to give us victory (Numbers 21:8-9, Romans 8:31-37, Galatians 3:13-14). You have another family.

‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria