One may be able to do many things, in this world,
apart from God such as:
acquire wealth, start a business, get an education,
buy cars and homes... to name a few,
but we truly believe that
there is no life, true peace, joy, or fulfillment
in our lives apart from God.
Apart from God we are like a ship abandoned at sea,
alone and powerless, drifting along without
rudder or oar, tossed by the strong currents
of the wind and waves.
Jesus taught, "For it is from within,
out of a person's heart that evil thoughts come -
sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed,
malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance,
Jeremiah 17:9 says "The human heart is the most
deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked.
At the heart of family and societal ills
we will find that the inner man... the human soul...
the Spirit man is either troubled, polluted,
starving to death, or has great sorrow
and unceasing grief.
Our hearts and the hearts of each family member
are restless or will remain restless, dis-eased, blind,
bitter, calloused, carnal, foolish,
rebellious, dark, corrupt, sick, deceitful,
hard, evil, covetous, envious,
and will have us acting in a way that is intentionally or
ostentatiously immoral until we find our rest in God.
Scripture clearly teaches us that the real issues of life
are Spiritual and are really matters of the heart,
the inner man.
Much of the unhappiness and disappointment with our
families is related to an inner identity crisis
of not knowing who we are and
Whose we are.
Not knowing who we are and
Whose we are
can create barriers to our
inner peace, joy, and fulfillment
because that person has alienated
themselves from the Power Source.
Knowing who we are and
Whose we are,
by the grace of God,
can bring healing and a wonderful change,
a greater purpose, a new understanding
about life, new attributes, a renewed mind,
a cleaner heart, a new self, and a new nature,
we are a new creation who cleaves to God with
supreme love and affection.
Our walk with God is always
a matter of the heart.
People look on the outward appearance. However,
God is always concerned with the heart, with the reality
and condition of what is on the inside.
Without a purpose greater than ourselves
we will end up with empty hearts and
Jesus said, His purpose was
"To give us life, and life more
But interestingly, the way to this "More abundant life" is
by each member of our family being engrafted into God
(John 6:56 and 15:4).
The focus of the heart and soul needs to be restored
back to God and God alone, this remains paramount.
The human soul is longing to experience this engrafting.
Regardless of the condition of our families...
We have a Healer. One Who makes,
by His grace, all things stronger, and better.
When God is the Head of our families...
we can triumphantly overcome dysfunction.
God is able to repair the decay, heal our wounds,
and restore the heart and soul so that we may be blessed
with a strong, healthy, and fruitful family,
community, city, state, country, and world.
God can and does heal families.
God can turn mourning into dancing;
God can create praise out of despair.
God can bind the wounds of the brokenhearted
and set the captive in darkness free.
If things are not going well in your family...
don’t give up.
God delights in showing His amazing saving power
through people who have nothing left.
God can restore our families and use the tragedies
that so deeply hurt us...
to move us forward in the purposes
for which He created us.
God may allow us to stay in a situation that seems
impossible to overcome. During those times,
we must embrace our faith in
the One Who can... and will.
God is always right on time and will bless those who
patiently endure the seminary of affliction...
in a grander way than we could have ever imagined.
God is able to fit all of the broken pieces,
every scar and broken space...
into a wonderful masterpiece...
above all that we ask or think.
God is able to mend our broken families,
our broken dreams, and our broken lives,
not only mending the breaks, but greatly
increasing the beauty... for His eternal glory.
As children of God,
we can rest in the assurance that
God is not lacking in resources
to meet our needs.
God has the answers to our questions,
our problems, and our concerns.
God is more than able to save,
comfort, guide, keep, deliver, bless
and sustain our families.
Only God can ultimately and
irrevocably satisfy us.
With God as our God, our Compass,
our Architect, Leader,
Engineer, Master Builder,
Chief Cornerstone, and
God-like qualities such as:
love, joy, patience, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness,
and self-control will mark our
homes and guide our lives.
What a blessing it is to come to the realization of
our true identity, our purpose, and role,
individually and collectively,
in God's plan.
Being God focused as opposed to sin focused...
we have purpose, confidence, humility, and power.
We can live our lives more fully, more peacefully,
more joyfully, and more consciously when
we are God centered, God reliant, and God controlled.
May we welcome and receive
God to be God in our hearts and
in the hearts of our family members, and
may God transform our families
into His likeness.
Our homes and families ultimately belong to God.
When God dwells in our hearts and homes
He is taking possession of that which is...
May God have mercy on our families.