Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
One Generation to the Next
by Erik Momsen
The family is the most violent place on the face of the earth. Most murders, sexual abuse and battery take place in the home. What are we to do? Lock up all the offenders? Prisons are full and what of the loss of income and family structure with all these offenders removed? A deeper solution is needed. Families need to become a safe, loving and Spirit filled place once again. This can happen when the Lord is brought back into the family.
It is interesting to note that the Jewish people have lasted for thousands of years while the Hittites, Chaldeans, Midianites, Moabites, Edomites, Phoenicians, Ammonites and numerous other are only names in books. The difference is that the name of the Lord was honoured and taught from within the home. Hence no matter where the Jews went the name of the Lord went with them, and their families survived and so did their nation.
INSTRUCTION TO THE FAMILY AND NATION (Deuteronomy 4 & 11)
"Follow them (God's decrees) that you may live and may go in and take possession of the land." (v4:1)
The PRINCIPLES of the Old Testament must be applied so that the POWER of the New Testament can be expressed. We have believed the Post Modern (or new age) lie that we can do what we please without consequence. We have taken the free gift of salvation (the entrance into God's New Covenant) to mean that our behaviour does not have to change. Someone said: "God loved us enough to take us as we are. He loves us too much to leave us as we are".
The message is simple: "Obey that you may live and obey that you may prosper".
"Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it." (v4:2)
Part of our faith and obedience is a whole hearted acceptance of the truth of the whole Bible. We may not understand it all, but we must not be the detractors of the Word. Part of modern humanity's rejection of the truth of the Bible is nothing more than arrogance and faithless confusion. Psalm 1 has a great promise for those whose "delight is in the law of the Lord ...whatever he does prospers."
"Observe them carefully, for this will show your wisdom and understanding to the nations." (v4:6)
It is strange that the world has been looking to South Africa for moral guidance. Our leaders have been some of the most recognisable in the world. "Coke" and "Mandela" are the most recognisable products. This shows the moral confusion of the nations. If however we could apply the truth of God to our society this nation could bless the world.
"What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us when we pray to Him?" (v4:7)
This is such a great promise. God is near to His obedient people to protect and bless them. God is near to hear our prayers.
"Teach them to your children and to their children after them." (v4:9)
"Fix these words of mine on your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk on the road, when you lie down and when you get up ... so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land ... " (Deuteronomy 11:18-21)
History, economics, politics and faith work in generations. If we believe God's truth is good for us, then it must be good for our children and the nation.
WHY DO WE NOT TEACH THEM TO OUR CHILDREN?
The deposit of Jesus into the hearts of our children is vital for their future prosperity. If they do not find God they will find drugs, alcohol, AIDS, broken relationships and hopelessness. Too many adults of our generation are already sowing and reaping this very crop and this crop will increase rapidly if we do not give them the vaccine of the Living Christ.
1) We have believed the lie that everyone must choose. We choose our children's diet, schools, clothing and medication. Yet we let them run free on the issue of faith. We are abusing their souls.
2) We ourselves are not confident in our faith. The adage "like father like son" is not only true in cricket. Confident Christian parents will enthuse their children.
3) Just too busy or too tired. This might speak of idols.
MAKE A CONFIDENT CHOICE TO ACTIVELY LEAD YOUR CHILDREN TO GOD - YOU FIRST AND THEN YOUR CHURCH.
Date Added: 2010-04-13
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