Posted by: heisourstrongtower | June 11, 2013

Sabbatical – Day 9 – The Family Pillar

Family

Family is very important to the Lord!  He provides guidance and instruction for us in each of our positions within our families.  Here are some verses to reflect upon that speaks to families as a whole.

Proverbs 12:7 
The wicked die and disappear, but the family of the godly stands firm. (NLT)

Joshua 24:15
“But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.” (NLT)

Psalm 103:17
But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children— (NIV)

Proverbs 11:29
Whoever brings ruin on their family will inherit only wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise. (NIV)

Proverbs 15:27
A greedy man brings trouble to his family, but he who hates bribes will live. (NIV)

Mark 3:23-25
Jesus called them over and responded with an illustration. “How can Satan cast out Satan?” he asked. “A kingdom divided by civil war will collapse. Similarly, a family splintered by feuding will fall apart.” (NLT)

Ephesians 1:5
God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. (NLT)

Ephesians 2:19
So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. (NLT)

Ephesians 3:14-15
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named … (ESV)

 

Read over these verses, reflect and meditate on them, invite God into this time with Him and let Him speak to you through these words.  One or more of these verses is going to resonate within your spirit, when that happens take a moment to get deeper into His word.  Here are some suggestions to help you really write these words on your heart.

1. Meditate on the particular verse. Think about it and read it aloud.

2. Write down what you feel God is teaching you through the particular verse.

3. Paraphrase the particular verse.  Write it out in your words.

4. Are there any…S = Sins to confess?  P = promises to claim? A = attitude to change? C = command to obey? E = example to follow? P = prayer to pray? E = error to avoid? T = truth to believe? S = something to praise God for?

5. Pray the verse(s) back to God. 

6. Make a Plan. Decide what you are going to differently based upon what you have learned through this scripture.  Write out a plan of action and be S.M.A.R.T. about it…S= specific, M = measurable, A = achievable, R =relevant, T = time dimension.  For example…James 3:10, “Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.”  The S.M.A.R.T. plan could be, “For the next 30 days, when I am tempted to curse or slander someone, I will instead repeat James 3:10 and refrain from speaking anything.”

7. Get an accountability partner. Let someone know what you are promising to do or change through a scripture that is speaking to your heart.  Every time you read the Bible write something that you learned and share it with this person.  Ask them to hold you accountable for those times when you do not remember to live up to those words and to provide positive feedback for those times when they catch you doing the right thing.

8. Teach someone what you learned. Let what you have learned become a part of your testimony.  Simply share what you have learned as you read your Bible daily.  Tell people how the Bible has changed your life and how you are living differently because of what you have read.

 

Today, I intend to spend my time reflecting on,

Psalm 103:17 But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children— (NIV)

and

Ephesians 1:5
God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. (NLT)

I know that these two verses are going to be instrumental in shoring up my Family Pillar.  I will let you know how He is using these verses to mend some cracks.

Let me know what verses God used to speak in your life today…praying for you friends!

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