Today’s principle focus is on our families as a force, a God-given legacy.
Scripture of the day:
Don’t you see that children are God’s best gift? the fruit of the womb his generous legacy? Like a warrior’s fistful of arrows are the children of a vigorous youth. Oh, how blessed are you parents, with your quivers full of children! Your enemies don’t stand a chance against you; you’ll sweep them right off your doorstep. Psalm 127: 5 MSG
Today’s Positive Words of Affirmation and Encouraging Words to Live By:
“Today I will focus on standing as a unified front with my family, through agreement and the creation of harmony.”
ADAM WAS GOD’S CHILD
Having been invited to speak in Africa this November on marriage and family, I have been doing a lot of thinking. What in the world could I teach in a country that I am not that familiar with? Yes, of course we want to bring the Bible and yes, we desire to preach The Word of God, but we do not wish to be irrelevant. No one wants to hear someone come into their hometown and teach on moonbeams and lemonade, when what they need to know about is meat and potatoes.
The other day, as I was driving in the car the Lord told me to bring with me the message to Africa of legacy. Everyone on this earth can identify with the desire for establishing a legacy.
More than just another creation, Adam was God’s child.
YOU WERE DESIGNED WITH LEGACY IN MIND
Consider with me if you will crops. If you were a good farmer, you would know to keep the best of your produce for seed, and not for eating. What could you expect out of a crop if you were to plant rotten potatoes? How would your farm be impacted, how would your family survive? They couldn’t, they wouldn’t!
When God created Adam and Eve, He gave them the best example possible. Himself! Adam walked with God and learned from God, and it wasn’t until Adam disobeyed God and decided to not take responsibility for his actions that his relationship will God was marred. Thankfully, through a long lineage of men and women taking part in the creation process, their came an offspring into this world, a perfect seed, Jesus the Christ. Jesus, came into this world, into this flesh to bring us back into God’s legacy.
If corpses can’t be raised, then Christ wasn’t, because he was indeed dead. And if Christ weren’t raised, then all you’re doing is wandering about in the dark, as lost as ever. It’s even worse for those who died hoping in Christ and resurrection, because they’re already in their graves. If all we get out of Christ is a little inspiration for a few short years, we’re a pretty sorry lot. But the truth is that Christ has been raised up, the first in a long legacy of those who are going to leave the cemeteries. 1 Cor 15:16 MSG
Now that Christ is on the scene, alive forever more, we can all be raised from a “dead” state of life and begin walking again with our Father! Just as Adam did! Shame free, righteous examples, establishing a legacy for God of believers!
WE ARE GOD’S FAMILY & THAT FAMILY IS A FORCE
A family is not a group of people all related to each other. A family is a force. When we come together as a unified team, in a unified front all believing God for the same things and standing in agreement, there is NO stopping us! Like the Von Trap family we can scale the Alps to avoid persecution, and in the case of the Franks, we can live in an attic. We as a unified family can do anything, but apart all we can do is argue and be unfruitful.
AS A PARENT WHAT CAN YOU DO?
The first revelation as a parent that you can have, is that your children were born independent. They are covered by you, and you are to “train them in the way of the Lord”. But due to the curse that has befallen humanity all men and women are born slaves to sin, and apart from God, all men are born independent. Your children have been created through God’s gift of legacy to Adam, and through man and woman’s seed with a purpose, but they will have to fight everyday against the enemy and the desire to focus on themselves.
As a parent, we must recognize our responsibility to teach dependance and not harp on independence as would be customary. Our children are human beings, not animals and DO NOT need to be encouraged to “leave the nest”, they need to learn by example that they can depend 100% on their parents. This example of trust and dependance, will end up guiding them and impacting their lives, making them familiar with asking God and depending on God for things when they are apart from you. This dependance on a reliable mother and father is imperative in their teenage years.
An excellent parent-child relationship will leave a child, having learned by example, how to live completely responsible but not necessarily “independent”. Your child will desire and choose to live responsibly, as they have been correctly taught how to depend and trust in you and God their Father. You won’t be able to keep them from wanting to move out, they will desire to prove to you their capabilities and responsibilities!
IF YOU DESIRE A LEGACY COME IN AGREEMENT
- Eating together as a family establishes unity.
- Taking your child to work with you shows them your responsibilities.
- Turning the television off. Walking or reading together shows them your commitment to them.
- Befriend your growing children. As the roles begin to shift in the way that you discipline them, recognize that you are still there parents, but they are learning your discipline. They will not need disciplinary action, when they learn their work ethic from you.
- Hug your children, no matter what age. Never let a day go by that you do not tell them how proud you are of them, they are your legacy, they are our future.
My Prayer Today,
Father God be with us today as we choose to seek unity in our families. We may have been broken in the past, but instead of shoving hurts and offenses under the rug, give us the strength to begin to talk and communicate with one another. Give our families the desire to spend more time together in ways that we all enjoy. Father God give us all the encouragement that we can be that perfected seed to sow, and remind us that our striving for righteousness is not about us at all it is all about You and all about leaving a legacy behind, established in You. “as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15
May the Lord God continue to bless you in the establishing of your legacy,
Did you know???
That due to the length of days originally lived in the establishment of the earth, Noah was born only 20 years after Adam died?! That would be like Adam being your Grandfather! The time spent in the garden with God was fresh enough for Noah and His legacy, that as they were repopulating the earth, they could share stories of their creation!
Today is Day 26 on Jessica’s 365 Days to a Whole New Life journey, you can follow along daily and begin your own journey at http://wholeheartedministries.com/daily. Just start on day one, and read one principle a day. We all have the same 365 days, but we all have different opportunities. How you spend the next year of your life is entirely up to you! Focusing to spend your life on personal growth day by day, will result in a life like you have never dreamed! We aren’t talking “pie in the sky” type changes, we are talking real life changes… changes for the better, changes toward becoming a whole new you!
If our powerful God had not provided us a legacy of living children, We would have ended up like ghost towns, like Sodom and Gomorrah. How can we sum this up? All those people who didn’t seem interested in what God was doing actually embraced what God was doing as he straightened out their lives. And Israel, who seemed so interested in reading and talking about what God was doing, missed it. How could they miss it? Because instead of trusting God, they took over. They were absorbed in what they themselves were doing. They were so absorbed in their “God projects” that they didn’t notice God right in front of them, like a huge rock in the middle of the road. And so they stumbled into him and went sprawling. Isaiah (again!) gives us the metaphor for pulling this together: Careful! I’ve put a huge stone on the road to Mount Zion, a stone you can’t get around. But the stone is me! If you’re looking for me, you’ll find me on the way, not in the way. Romans 9:20