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Can my moral failures cause problems in my child's life?

Our Choices Affect Our Children
moral purity provides protection

When Satan binds a father through hidden sin, he is free to enter the lives of each family member to torment them. Struggles in a child’s life such as rebellion, lying, fears, moral failures, and other problems are often a direct result of hidden sins in the father’s life. In Mark 3:27, Jesus said, “No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.”

If the enemy can bind the father through hidden moral failure, he can then easily plunder the father’s “goods”—his wife and children. Satan’s ultimate goal for destruction is not focused only on the father, but also on the man’s wife and children. Satan may even leave the father alone, once the father has given him access to his family through unconfessed sin. A father may be gaining victory over his own sin, but as long as he refuses to humble himself and make a full confession, Satan is free to actively torment his wife and children.

Our children are like mirrors that help us see our own lives more clearly. Galatians 6:7 says, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” Thus, if we see signs of rebellion, lust, or any other sin in our children, we must first ask ourselves where those sins are present in our own lives.

Just as sin in a father’s life is a powerful tool for Satan, so a father’s open, humble confession is a powerful tool against Satan. A father’s honesty about his own sin releases him from Satan’s bondage and frees him to fulfill his role to his family as their protector.

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Paul and Jenny Speed live in North Carolina with their six children. Visit the Speed's ministry website >>


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Just asking for prayer for myself and son Gabriel. I just finished reading reading this article about sins of the forefathers and know that this is whats going on with my son and I. He has been lying and deceiving since about the age of 4 and after 12 years of controversy between his dad and I, I now truly see where a lot of the lying and deception come from. My past sins and his current sins of lying and deceiving people to get what he wants and to make them feel sorry for him. Please pray for us because it is taking a terrible toll on me and my son.

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