*** This outline is meant to be a supplement to the book, "How To Destroy The Evil Tree". The book gives a foundation for the following personal work. Please read the book prior to working through this material. After you read the book, print this article and do the personal work.
I. A Brief Definition:
The primary Old Testament Hebrew word translated "iniquity" literally means "perversion", while the primary New Testament Greek word translated "iniquity" means "lawlessness". In simple thought, iniquity is a bent toward sin or negative life trait which is passed down from one generation to the next generation. It is more than just modeled behavior, it is inherited. It may encompass every area of our lives, psychological, behavioral, physical, social, and financial. An evil tree with evil fruit provides an illustration for communication.
"Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my disquieting (anxious) thoughts: And see if there be any way of pain in me, and lead me in the way everlasting" (Psalm 139:23-24 a literal translation). Please begin praying this prayer: Dear God, I pray that you show me the generational curses in my life and their roots and set me free from these curses.
fear of failure
(toward God and authority)
consulting a psychic
witching for water
being critical of others
III. Instructions for evil fruit list.
A. Circle any item on the evil fruit list that applies to you.
B. Write "F" for father or "M" for mother by any that applies to your parents.
C. Write "GF/F or GM/F" (grandfather or grandmother on your father's side) or "GF/M or GM/M" (grandfather or grandmother on your mother's side) by any that applies to your grandparents.
IV. Instructions of the "Evil Tree Drawing".
A. Circle on the drawing any fruit category from the "Evil Fruit" where there are three are more failures.
B. List any major or significant categories by the roots that apply to your parents or grandparents.
(Lamentations 5:7) "Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne their iniquities."
(Exodus 20:5b) "... visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me."
(Deuteronomy 27-28) "Gives a list of a number of curses that one may experience because of disobeying the laws of God." (sins, failures, poverty, indebtedness, diseases, family breakups, etc.)
(Deuteronomy 28:15) "But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:"
(Galatians 3:10-14) "For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith."
"Now in the twenty and fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, and with sackclothes, and earth upon them. And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all strangers, and stood and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers. And they stood up in their place, and read in the book of the law of the LORD their God one fourth part of the day; and another fourth part they confessed, and worshipped the LORD their God" (Nehemiah 9:1-3).Prayer to apply:
A. Concerning forefathers (parents & grandparents). (Nehemiah 9:1-3).
1. I now confess the sins of my forefathers as I have indicated (take time to do this in your mind).
2. By Your grace, I purpose to forgive them of any bent toward sin (iniquity) or curse that has been passed along to me.
3. I also place the judgment of my now living forefathers in Your hand and ask that You also forgive them. (John 20:23).
1. I acknowledge and confess those failures that I have circled as sin. I ask for Your forgiveness and cleansing according to I John 1:9.
2. I purpose by Your grace to turn from these and do them no more.
3. In the name of Jesus, I bind (Matthew 12:29, 18:18) any spirits associated with these areas and command that they leave my mind, will, emotions, my body, this room, and this area and do not come back again.
4. I declare that Jesus has given me right standing before God, the Father, and that my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit; therefore, I am doing some house cleaning and will not leave room for the enemy to return.
5. Holy Spirit, You are a witness with my spirit; therefore, I am asking You, "Am I now free?" (Listen for the answer). If the answer is "No.", then ask the Holy Spirit where the bondage lies. Confess any additional sins and ask for forgiveness and cleansing and command that the enemy leaves based upon the Word of God. (Mark 16:17).
Now, in the name of Jesus and based upon the fact that he hung on the cross and became a curse for me (in my place). I declare that the roots to this evil tree are cut and that the tree is dead and that the fruit must dry up and pass away.
A. I also declare that I have a new tree in Christ that is rooted in the Word of God.
B. I declare that by the grace of God that I will produce much lasting fruit as I depend upon the mercy and grace of God (Philippians 2:13, Galatians 3:20). Amen.
You are a jerk or a failure
You are clumsy or stupid
You can't learn anything
You will never succeed
You are just like ........
A. I acknowledge all word curses which have been spoken over me (negative communication by words, expressions, or actions by those in authority or those whom I have considered to be in authority, including my own words or thoughts). ( Isaiah 54:17).
B. I denounce each of these as lies from the enemy.
C. I replace each word curse with the truth of God's Word. (See examples below:)
The curse: "You can't do anything right."
The answer: "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me" (Philippians 2:13). Therefore, I declare that I can do anything that is in the will of God.
The curse: "You are beyond help."
The answer: "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16). Therefore, I declare that I can receive all the help from God that I need.
The curse: "You are stupid."
The answer: "And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus" (II Timothy 3:15). Therefore, I declare that I am not stupid, but wise because I have received salvation through faith in Jesus.
The curse: "You are ungly." or "You should have been a boy/girl."
The answer: "I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well" (Psalms 139:14). Therefore, I declare that I was created as God would have me be.
The curse: "You never listen" or "You will never learn anything."
The answer: "The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned" (Isaiah 50:4). Therefore, I declare that I will listen and can hear the voice of God who will give me the learning which I need.
*** Although "the evil tree" is a vehicle of communication, Romans chapter six is the doctrinal explanation.
Romans Six Translation.
Rom 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
Rom 6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
Rom 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized (a spiritual baptism) (unto) into Jesus Christ were baptized (unto) into his death?
Rom 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism (unto) into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Rom 6:5 For if we have been (grafted together) planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
Rom 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
Rom 6:7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
Rom 6:8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
Rom 6:9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
Rom 6:10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
Rom 6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Rom 6:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
Rom 6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
Rom 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
Rom 6:15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
Rom 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
Rom 6:17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
Rom 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
Rom 6:19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
Rom 6:20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.
Rom 6:21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.
Rom 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 6 Declarations
(This is not a translation, but declarations based upon a literal translation of the passage).
*** Please make the following audible declaration:
1. What shall I say then? Shall I continue in sin, that grace may abound?
2. God forbid! How can I, who am dead to sin, live in sin any longer.
3. I know that through spiritual baptism I was joined unto Jesus and unto his death.
4. Therefore, I am buried with him by baptism unto death: that just like Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the father, even so I shall walk in newness of life.
5. As I have been grafted together with Jesus in the likeness of his death, I shall be grafted together with him in the likeness of his resurrection.
6. I know this, that my old man (my evil tree) is crucified with him, that the body of sin (the fruit on the tree) might be destroyed, that from this time forward, I should not be a slave to sin.
7. Because I (the old man) am dead, I am free from sin.
8. Now, since I am dead with Christ, I believe that I shall also live (now and forever) with him.
9. I know that Christ is raised from the dead and will not die again. Therefore, death has no power or authority over him.
10. In that Jesus died, he died only one time unto sin: but in that he lives, he lives continually and forever unto God.
11. Likewise, when all is said and done, I consider and conclude that I am truly dead to sin, but also alive unto God through Jesus Christ my Lord.
12. Based upon this truth, I will not let sin reign in my mortal body, that I should obey it in the lusts of it.
13. Neither will I yield the members of my body as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin. However, I will yield myself unto God, as one who is alive from the dead, and my members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
14. For sin shall no longer have any power or authority to rule over me, because I am not under the law (of sins and death) but under grace.
15. What now? Shall I sin, because I am not under the law, but under grace? God forbid!
16. I know that to whom I yield myself a slave to obey, his slave I am to whom I obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto God.
17. I thank God, that though I was (past tense) a slave of sin, I have now obeyed from my heart that form of doctrine which was delivered unto me.
18. Being then made alive from sin, I became a servant of righteousness.
19. Recognizing the weakness in my flesh, as I have in the past yielded my members as slaves to uncleanness and to iniquity (perversion or a bent toward sin) which led to more iniquity, even so I now (today) yield my members as servants unto holiness.
20. For when I was a slave to sin, I was free from righteousness (that is could not obtain righteousness).
21. I am now ashamed of the evil fruit that I then had in those things for the results of those things is death.
22. But NOW, being made free from sin, and NOW becoming a servant of God, I have my fruit unto holiness and resulting in everlasting life.
23. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN!
1. (Exodus 20:6) "And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments."
2. (Exodus 34:6-7) "And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, 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."
3. (Galatians 3:13-14) "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith."
4. (Genesis 12:1-3) "Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed."
5. (Galatians 3:16-18) "Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise."
6. (Galatians 3:22) "But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe."
7. (Galatians 3:28-29) "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. ) And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise."
AN OVERVIEW OF GRACE:
In a general sense, grace is "finding favor" (good will, kindness) in the eyes of another. (Ruth 2:13). The Hebrew word "chen" which is translated "favor" is also the word for grace. Grace can be found within "a relationship" with God or man. (Genesis 6:8), (Genesis 34:11). Grace can be merited. (Ruth 2:10-11). However, it is generally considered unmerited. (Romans 11:5-6). Grace can also be seen as a gift which is given which usually comes out of fellowship. (James 1:17). Grace is also the God-given ability both to be a child of God and also the God-given ability to live as a child of God. (I Corinthians 15:10, Philippians 2:13).
"For the law
was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus
Christ" (John 1:17).
"And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified" (Acts 20:32).
GRACE = God's Riches At Christ's Expense.
1. John 10:10 speaks of abundant life.
"The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10). The word translated "abundant" literally means above measure. We can measure to the brim of a glass, but when it is overflowing in every direction, it is more difficult to measure. Also see: (John 1:17).
2. Ephesians 1:3 speaks of all spiritual blessings in heavenly places.
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ" (Ephesians 1:3). It is difficult to comprehend the idea of ALL spiritual blessings. However, Paul expressed it this way, "He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?" (Romans 8:32).
3. II Corinthians 9:15 speaks of an unspeakable gift. (beyond full explanation).
"And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you. Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift" (II Corinthians 9:14-15). The gift of grace exceeds all other gifts. In fact, it is beyond our ability to put into words. We can only use some analogies to communicate some facets of it.
4. Ephesians 3:8 speaks of unsearchable riches of Christ.
"Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ" (Ephesians 3:8). We can't discover all of riches in we have in Christ. The more that we find the more the more we find that there are to find.
5. Ephesians 3:20 speaks of being able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think.
"Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us" (Ephesians 3:20). Here Paul uses the same Greek root word "over" or "above" twice for the sake of emphasis. God can do in us and through us way, way above all that we can ask or even thing of ask about. Jesus put it this way, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father" (John 14:12).
6. Hebrews 6:9 speaks of things that accompany salvation.
"But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak" (Hebrews 6:9). I grew up thinking that once you got your ticket to heaven, that was about it. However, over the years I am discovering there are many other things that accompany our salvation to heaven.
7. Ephesians 1:19 speaks of the exceeding greatness of His power to us.
"And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power" (Ephesians 1:19). Just how great is this power that is in Believers? The next two verses give us a picture of it. "Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come" (Ephesians 1:20-21).
8. Isaiah 12:3 speaks of wells of salvation.
"Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation" (Isaiah 12:3). Notice there is more than one well. Each well has it's own reservoir that never runs dry. Also See: Wells Of Salvation
a. Salvation from sin & hell.
b. Salvation from physical disease.
c. Salvation from addictions
c. Salvation from financial poverty
d. Salvation from generational curses.
e. Salvation from stronghold of the enemy
f. Salvation from emotional wounds and bruises.
g. Salvation from fear and anxiety.
1. He was numbered with the transgressors that we might be saints. (Isaiah 53:12, I Corinthians 1:2).
2. He was made to be sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (II Corinthians 5:21, I Corinthians 15:34).
3. He was rejected that we might be fully accepted in the beloved. (Isaiah 53:3, Ephesians 1:6).
4. He was bruised that we might be free from emotional bruises and gain a new identity in him. (Isaiah 53:3, Galatians 2:20).
5. He bore our griefs and sorrows that we might be comforted. (Isaiah 53:4, John 14:18).
6. He carried our diseases that we might be healed by his stripes. (Matthew 8:16-17, I Peter 2:24).
7. He was forsaken of the Father that we might be adopted as children of God never to be forsaken. (Matthew 27:46, Hebrews 13:5).
8. He was made poor that we through his poverty might be made rich. (Philippians 2:6, II Corinthians 8:9).
9. He was made a curse for us that we might be redeemed from the curse of the law and receive the blessings of the father. (Galatians 3:13-14, Ephesians 1:3).
10. He died that we might be born of the seed of God, become children of God, and have eternal life. (Romans 5:17, 8:16, I John 3:9).
11. He took our sins upon himself that we might be saved from sin and the power of sin. (Romans 5:8, Matthew 1:21).
12. He suffered shame that we might be free from shame. (Isaiah 50:5-6, Romans 10:11).
13. He suffered three days in hell that we might be free from the second death which is the lake of fire. (Matthew 12:40, Acts 2:27, Revelation 20:14-15).
14. He also died that we might receive the inheritance of God as children of God. (Hebrews 9:16-17, Romans 8:17, Galatians 3:29)).
15. He was made a captive that we might be delivered from bondage. (John 18:12, Isaiah 53:8, Luke 4:18).
16. He shed his blood that we might be washed as white as snow. (Isaiah 1:18, Revelation 7:14).
17. He was condemned that we might be forgiven. (Mark 14:64, Ephesians 1:7, Romans 8:1).
18. He was tempted that we might overcome temptation. (Hebrews 2:18, Hebrews 4:15, I Corinthians 10:13).
19. He was made a victim that we might be victorious over the enemy. (Isaiah 53:7, John 10:17-18, I John 5:4).
20. He suffered the wrath of God and was resurrected from death and hell that we might be justified. (Isaiah 53:10-11, Romans 4:25, I Thessalonians 1:10).
21. He was betrayed that we might have an faithful witness before God the Father. (Mark 14:41, Revelation 1:5, I John 2:1).
22. He was made weak that in him we might be made strong. (II Corinthians 13:4, II Corinthians 12:10).
23. He did the work for us in his life, death, and resurrection that we might enter into his rest of Salvation by grace through faith. (Romans 3:27, 11:6, Ephesians 2:8-9, Hebrews 4:3-11).