The makeover for a house comes from Hollywood, but the makeover for a “home” comes from heaven. The declining life of children translates into a declining culture life. You and I must provide a godly home for the sake of our children.
1 Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the Lord your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it:
2 That thou mightest fear the Lord thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged.
3 Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the Lord God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord:
5 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
The declining life of children translates into a declining culture of life. I believe that the role of the family is God’s idea.
And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
From the beginning of human life, God has created us to be relational beings and dependent on one another. God gives us the primary foundation for society, it’s the family, it’s the relationship between a man and woman, children and parents and child to child. For the love of our children, Government service can’t replace the love of a mother and the leadership of a father. Social service can’t replace a child’s devotion to parents. All the counseling services in the world can’t bring the healing words of a parent to a child.
3 GODLY GUIDELINES FOR THE FAMILY
1. A HOME IS WHERE RIGHTEOUS LIVES ARE LIVED
MOM AND DAD: Deuteronomy 6:1-2
A. The parental path is never ending. There’s always a bend in the road, a valley to cross and a hill to climb.
B. How we travel that parental path makes a big impact on children. Like it or not, the moment our children were born, God intended for us to be primary role models for them.
2. A HOME IS WHERE THE LORD IS LOVED. Deuteronomy 6:4-5
3. A HOME IS WHERE LESSONS ARE LEARNED Deuteronomy 6:6-9.
Folks, the primary job of the parent is to teach children the right lessons to function productively as an adult. It is not the job of the Sunday school teacher. Their role is to enforce what you are already teaching your children.
Our homes are where our children learn the basic skills to survive. In order for children to function successfully in society, parents must lead their children through 3 stages:
1. Parental control: Teaching children what to do.
2. Self-control: How to discipline one’s self.
3. God control” Spiritual growth.
Above all, it’s where truth is taught. Jesus did not say that relativity sets you free or subjectivity sets you free, He said the truth shall make you free.
If you are reading this and do not know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I would like to extend this invitation to you to receive the gift of salvation today. You can do so by praying and truly believing the prayer below, or by praying to God in your own Words.
I confess that I have sinned against You, and I know that there is nothing I can do by my own efforts to change my condition. I believe that Jesus Christ shed His blood and died on the cross for my sins; And that He rose from the grave on the Third Day to grant me eternal life. I know You love me, God, and I love You. I place my faith and trust only in You to conform my heart to Your will; And to order my steps everyday, from this day forward. Thank You , Lord, for saving me.
When we accept salvation, God saves us immediately, and makes us fit for entrance into Heaven, however some changes God will empower you to make easily, while making other changes will be a process that may take months or even years to make. Regardless of your situation, I assure you that the Lord loves you more than you could ever comprehend, and He will be with you every step of the way.
Pray, study God’s Word and ask Him to give you revelation of what you are reading. I also pray that the Lord will direct you to a true Bible teaching, Jesus loving church, where you can have the support of other believers.