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Life is War (Part 3) – We Win When We Heal Our Broken Families

May 2, 2013

We are going to win as we heal our broken families.  Hearts of the fathers turn to their children (that is how the Old Testament ends) and the hearts of the children return to their fathers (that is how the New Testament begins).

happy family

The image might serve as a cliché, but the results do not. We either learn everything in the home or we learn nothing in the home.

Men, we can do better. Few fathers are leading their wives and children to read the Bible, few extend their hands around the table to pray, to pray for their protection, to bless, to read aloud a good book, to discuss the great ideas. Many fathers are embarrassed to lead in their homes, and an embarrassed man feels ashamed. How few men in our day saw their father model leadership in the home. How few men feel that they learned anything from their father. But this must stop here, with us. You men can turn this around now. “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Life is war, and we must win it in our homes.

What good is an accountability group or a small group Bible study or Sunday School if we do not lead in our homes? What victories in the world war can we win in Sunday School or small groups if we are not winning them in the home? I say, close the Sunday Schools if we expect them to actually teach us anything. We learn everything in the home, or we learn nothing in the home.

Open your book at home, turn off the media at home. Talk at home. Listen at home. Entertain guests in your home. That is how children learn, how parents teach, and if you can think of any place where the devil has perpetrated more evil than the home, you will have to tell me. The Bible, which is “profitable for instruction” puts the primary teaching about God on the fathers, not the pastors. Listen to the word of the Lord in Deuteronomy 6,  English Standard Version:

 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

“When your son asks you in time to come, ‘What is the meaning of the testimonies and the statutes and the rules that the LORD our God has commanded you?’ then you shall say to your son, ‘We were Pharaoh’s slaves in Egypt. And the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. And the LORD showed signs and wonders, great and grievous, against Egypt and against Pharaoh and all his household, before our eyes. And he brought us out from there, that he might bring us in and give us the land that he swore to give to our fathers. And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as we are this day. And it will be righteousness for us, if we are careful to do all this commandment before the LORD our God, as he has commanded us.’

Life is war. Let us win at home and pray for one another to fight the good fight on behalf of our families.

One Comment leave one →
  1. May 3, 2013 7:03 am

    Reblogged this on a simple man of God and commented:
    This has been a good series from Bob Blincoe. It needed to be shared!
    Men, lead your families in biblical reading and prayer! Do not blame anyone or anything else in this world for your family not walking firmly in Christ.. It is your responsibility in Christ!

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