Give God His Place in Your Family

GIVE GOD HIS PLACE IN YOUR FAMILY

(PASTOR LEE JACKSON – FFWC )

I)   INTRODUCTION – IT SHOULD BE CLEAR TO ANY THINKING PERSON THAT AMERICAN FAMILIES ARE IN TROUBLE TODAY.   OVER HALF OF OUR MARRIAGES FAIL, CHILDREN OFTEN ARE ABANDONED BY THEIR FATHERS AND MOTHERS AND THEY ARE ANGRY AND HURT.  CHILDREN ARE KILLING THEIR PARENTS AND KILLING EACH OTHER.  THIS WEEK LITTLE VICKY ROBINSON, A SIXTEEN YEAR OLD GIRL WENT ON TRIAL FOR KILLING HER CHRISTIAN MOTHER. HER FAMILY LIVED IN CARROLLWOOD, VERY NEAR HERE.  VICKY’S MOTHER WAS A SINGLE PARENT WHO WAS TRYING TO RAISE HER DAUGHTER AS BEST SHE COULD TRYING TO KEEP HER IN CHURCH AND KEEP HER FROM SEEING A BOY THAT SHE FELT WAS BAD FOR VICKY.  SHE WAS RIGHT.  VICKY AND HER BOYFRIEND AND ANOTHER FRIEND BRUTALLY KILLED VICKY’S MOTHER AND STOLE HER AUTOMOBILE TRYING TO ESCAPE.   THIS PAST WEEK A SIX-YEAR OLD BOY IN MICHIGAN BROUGHT A GUN TO SCHOOL AND KILLED ONE OF HIS CLASSMATES, WHOM HE HAD A MINOR DISAGREEMENT WITH THE DAY BEFORE.   WHEN POLICE WENT INTO THE HOME THEY FOUND A VERY TROUBLING SCENE.  IT WAS A FLOPHOUSE FOR DRUG USERS, NOT A HOME FIT FOR A CHILD.  THERE WERE GUNS AND DRUG PARAPHERNALIA AROUND THE HOUSE AND A TROUBLING HISTORY ABUSIVE FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS.  I BELIEVE ONE OF THE ROOT CAUSES OF THIS DISASTROUS SITUATION IN OUR SOCIETY IS THAT WE HAVE NOT GIVEN GOD HIS RIGHTFUL PLACE IN OUR FAMILIES AND IN OUR HOMES.  GOD HAS BECOME A GOD THAT WE SERVE ON SUNDAY BUT HE IS NOT A VITAL PART OF OUR LIVES AND OUR FAMILY LIFE. THIS WAS NOT GOD’S INTENTION FOR HIS PEOPLE. (TEXT DEUTERONOMY 6:1 – 12)

II) GOD WANTS TO BE INVOLVED IN OUR FAMILIES FROM THE VERY BEGINNING BEFORE, EVERYTHING STARTS COMING APART AT THE SEAMS

A)       THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL WERE INSTRUCTED TO POSSESS THE LAND FOR THEIR FAMILIES

B)       GOD HAD DELIVERED THEM FROM THE LAND OF EGYPT, EGYPT IS A TYPE OF OUR FORMER SINFUL LIFE.

C)       IF YOU HAVE ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST AS YOUR SAVIOR AND LORD, GOD HAS DELIVERED YOU FROM “EGYPT” AND IS LEADING YOU AS HE LED THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL TO A LAND  HE HAS PROMISED.

D)       WHEN THEY LEFT EGYPT GOD DID NOT LEAD THEM DIRECTLY TO THE PROMISED LAND BUT BY A VERY INDIRECT AND CONVOLUTED ROUTE.   GOD FIRST PURPOSE WAS TO TEACH THEM HIS WAYS, TO GIVE THEM HIS LAWS, HIS “RULE BOOK” AND TO ESTABLISH A RELATIONSHIP WITH THEM.

E)       THEY WERE TO BE HIS PEOPLE AND HE WAS TO BE THEIR GOD, IN KEEPING WITH THE COVENANT THAT HE HAD ESTABLISHED WITH ABRAHAM, THEIR ANCESTOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS PRIOR TO THIS.  THEY HAD BEEN IN EGYPT 430 YEARS, ENDING UP AS SLAVES.

F)        NOW AFTER 40 YEARS OF WANDERING IN THE WILDERNESS, THEY WERE ABOUT TO CROSS THE RIVER JORDAN INTO THE LAND PROMISED THEM, BUT THEY WOULD NOT TAKE THAT LAND WITHOUT A FIGHT.  GOD HAD PROMISED TO GO BEFORE THEM IF THEY WOULD OBEY HIM.

G)       SOME MAY SAY THAT COMMANDMENTS WERE A THING OF THE OLD TESTAMENT.  LISTEN TO WHAT JESUS SAYS:

  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • John 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
  • John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

H)       IN THIS SCRIPTURE GOD WAS ABOUT TO GIVE THEM HIS COMMANDMENTS, DECREES AND LAWS THAT THEY WERE TO OBSERVE AND KEEP IN THE LAND OF PROMISE.  HE DID THIS BEFORE THEY CROSSED THE JORDAN RIVER.

I)         THE JORDAN RIVER WAS A BOUNDARY OF SPIRITUAL SIGNIFICANCE.  I BELIEVE THE JORDAN RIVER IS THAT BOUNDARY IN TIME IN THE BELIEVERS LIFE WHEN HE OR SHE DECIDES GO ON WITH GOD.  HE IS NOT SATISFIED JUST TO BE SAVED BUT HAS COME TO REALIZE THAT GOD WANTS US INVOLVED IN HIS PURPOSE ON THE EARTH, TO CONFRONT THE ENEMY AND TO RETAKE THE LAND THAT SATAN HAS RULED OVER FOR SO LONG.

J)        WHEN WE CROSS THAT JORDAN RIVER IN OUR SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE WE WANT THE PRESENCE OF GOD, WE WANT THE HOLY SPIRIT INDWELLING US AND EMPOWERING US.

K)       WE ALSO WILL NEED TO KNOW THE WORD OF GOD AND HOW TO APPLY TO LIFE SITUATIONS AND PROBLEMS THAT WE FACE AS WE CONFRONT THE ENEMY ON HIS TERRITORY.

III)           GOD IS VITALLY CONCERNED ABOUT US AND OUR CHILDREN AND FUTURE GENERATIONS   (READ VERSE DEUTERONOMY 6:2 – 3)

A)       GOD HAS A LONG TERM PLAN THAT INCLUDES OUR OFFSPRING AND US AND IT IS A PLAN FOR OUR GOOD AND THE GOOD OF OUR CHILDREN. …SO THAT WE MAY ENJOY A LONG LIFE.

B)       THEY WERE TO OBEY HIS LAWS AND COMMANDMENTS IN ORDER THAT IT MAY GO WELL WITH THEM AND SO THAT THEY COULD “INCREASE GREATLY”.  IF THEY KEPT HIS LAWS AND COMMANDMENTS GOD’S WOULD BLESS THEM JUST AS HE HAD PROMISED.

C)       GOD’S PROMISES ARE CONTINGENT UPON OUR OBEDIENCE.  WE LIVE UNDER THE NEW COVENANT OR THE “NEW TESTAMENT”, COVENANT MEANS STRONG AGREEMENT.  IT IS GOD WHO ESTABLISHED AND OVERSEES THE TERMS OF HIS COVENANT WITH US.

D)       WE ARE TO FEAR AND REVERENCE HIM AND TEACH OUR CHILDREN TO FEAR THE LORD.  “THE FEAR OF GOD IS THE BEGINNING OF WISDOM.”   HE IS A HOLY GOD AND HE EXPECTS US TO BE HOLY, SANCTIFIED AND SEPARATED ONTO HIM FOR SERVICE.

 IV)            GOD’S COVENANT WAS (AND STILL IS) BASED UPON OUR GIVING GOD HIS RIGHTFUL PLACE IN OUR HOMES AND FAMILIES (READ DEUTERONOMY 6:4 – 5)

A)       WE BEGIN BY ACKNOWLEDGING THAT THERE IS BUT ONE GOD.

B)       HE CREATED THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH AND EVERYTHING ON THE EARTH AND EVERYTHING UNDER THE SEAS.

C)       HE CREATED US IN HIS IMAGE AND AFTER HIS LIKENESS.  HE BREATHED INTO ADAM AND ADAM BECAME A LIVING SOUL.  (THIS WAS NOT SAID OF THE ANIMALS THAT HE CREATED.)

D)       HE IS AN AWESOME GOD, WORTHY OF OUR PRAISE AND ADORATION.  HE IS ONE GOD!

E)       HE HAS DEMONSTRATED HIS LOVE FOR US AND DESIRES OUR LOVE IN RETURN, NOT JUST A SUNDAY FLIRTATION BUT A DEEP COMMITTED LOVE.   WE ARE TO LOVE HIM WITH ALL OF OUR HEARTS (OUR SPIRIT MAN), ALL OF SOUL (OUR MIND WILL AND EMOTIONS) AND WITH ALL OF OUR STRENGTH (OUR PHYSICAL MAN).

 V) GOD WANTS BE A VITAL PART OF OUR EVERYDAY LIFE. (READ DEUTERONOMY 6:6 – 9)

A)       WE ARE TO KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS AND TEACH THEM TO OUR CHILDREN.  WE ARE TO IMPRESS THEM UPON OUR CHILDREN.  WE ARE TO STRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING HIS COMMANDMENTS AND WARN THEM OF THE DIRE CONSEQUENCES THAT FOLLOW WHEN WE FAIL TO DO SO.

B)       WE ARE DISCUSS HIS WORD AND HIS COMMANDMENTS WHEN WE SIT ABOUT OUR DINNER TABLE AND WHEN WE GO TO BED AND WHEN WE GET UP AND DISPLAY HIS WORD IN OUR HOME AND ON OUR DOORS.

C)       WE SHOULD READ HIS WORD TOGETHER AND DISCUSS ITS MEANING AND IMPLICATIONS.  WE SHOULD PRAY TOGETHER.

D)       HE IS NOT A GOD THAT WE ONLY ACKNOWLEDGE ON SUNDAYS, BUT BRING HIM INTO EVERY AREA OF OUR FAMILY LIFE.

E)       WHEN WE DO THIS OUR CHILDREN ARE PROVIDED A SPIRITUAL COVERING.  THE BIBLE SAYS IN Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

F)        WHEN WE KEEP OUR KIDS OUT OF CHURCH AND YOUTH MINISTRY AND SUNDAY SCHOOL BECAUSE OF SCHOOL WE ARE SENDING THEM A VERY CLEAR SIGNAL THAT LEARNING ABOUT GOD IS LESS IMPORTANT THAN LEARNING ABOUT SCIENCE, HISTORY AND MATHEMATICS.   IF WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT OUR CHILDREN’S EDUCATION, WE SHOULD PUT GOD FIRST AND INSTILL THE DISCIPLINE IN THEIR LIFE THAT COMES WITH SERVING GOD AND THEY WILL BE DO WELL IN LIFE.

VI)           CONCLUSION – WE AS PARENTS MUST PROVIDE CONSISTENT SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP, DIRECTION AND TRAINING TO OUR CHILDREN.  ABOVE ALL WE MUST BE AN EXAMPLE TO OUR CHILDREN.  OUR CHILDREN ARE WATCHING US – THEY KNOW IF WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT SERVING GOD.  IF WE DON’T WALK THE TALK THEY WILL REJECT OUR TEACHING AND INSTRUCTION AND GO THEIR OWN WAY AS SOON AS THEY ARE ABLE. WE WILL BE LEFT WONDERING WHAT WENT WRONG.  ONCE THAT HAPPENS IT IS VERY DIFFICULT FOR THEM TO RETURN TO GOD – THEY HAVE BEEN THERE AND DONE THAT AND IT DID NOT WORK IN THEIR HOME.  GOD HELP US!

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