The importance of spiritual example

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Psalm 78

1 Give ear, O my people, to my law; Incline your ears to the words of my mouth.

2 I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old,

3 Which we have heard and known, And our fathers have told us.

4 We will not hide them from their children, Telling to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, And His strength and His wonderful works that He has done.

5 For He established a testimony in Jacob, And appointed a law in Israel, Which He commanded our fathers, That they should make them known to their children;

6 That the generation to come might know them, The children who would be born, That they may arise and declare them to their children,

7 That they may set their hope in God, And not forget the works of God, But keep His commandments;

Psalm 78 is a review of God’s working with Israel. It is a sad review because of the constant rebellion of the people that God constantly drew to Himself. In the opening verses we find that God is concerned with generations of people and so tells His people to continually remind their children about His law, His works, and His grace.

As the father of six and as one who grew up in a pastor’s home, I have come to realize the incredible value of influence. When we were at Victory Homes I repeatedly saw the results of bad parental influence. We took boys from “Christian” homes whose parents did not live much like Christians at home. More often than not, these boys rejected the Lord because of the inconsistencies they saw in their parent’s profession.

I grew up with parents who truly lived what they believed and when I came into my teen years their faith became my faith. As an adult, their trust in God spurred me on to trust God. Their commitment to the Scriptures encouraged me to commit to them. And their love for others for Jesus’ sake led me to love others for Jesus’ sake. It was my desire that my children see the same Lord in me that I saw in my parents.

Regardless of whether you grew up in a Christian home or not, you have the opportunity to show God to your children, and for some of you, to your grandchildren. While having fun with them show them the handiwork of God. Begin training their hearts to see the God of creation and the Christ of salvation. Begin showing them that you happily live under His Lordship and fully rejoice in His grace. As they see Christ in us it will easier for them to come to Christ themselves.

There are no spiritual guarantees. But when we live the Lord before our children they will develop a God-consciousness that the Holy Spirit will use in His time to draw them to Himself. What a great opportunity we have to show our children the realities of God while they are in our homes.

Thank you for your prayers for last night. We had a great start for Kids 4 Truth and for the new year for youth group. Take seriously our children’s need of our prayers and regular influence for God.

I am also thankful for those who can commit to prayer meeting each week. Prayer meetings have been called the ‘power source’ for the church. God uniquely partners with those who seek His face in prayer. We are committed to this spiritual activity.

Men, we have a prayer breakfast this Saturday morning at Denny’s at 7:30. All are invited. It is a great time for those of us who meet.

Friday night at 7:30 we will showing the movie “Drop Box.” Bring a blanket or a lawn chair.

Have a great day in the Lord,

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