Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Do our children know?

2 Chronicles 6:3-4, 10a
Then the king turned around and blessed the whole assembly of Israel, while all the assembly of Israel was standing. And he said: “Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, who has fulfilled with His hands what He spoke with His mouth to my father David, saying...So the LORD has fulfilled His word which He spoke (NKJV)
Then the king turned around to the entire community of Israel standing before him and gave this blessing: “Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, who has kept the promise he made to my father, David. For he told my father...And now the Lord has fulfilled the promise he made... (NLT)
When I read this passage one morning - and it wasn't my first time of ever reading it - these sections jumped out at me. I asked myself - and now you:
 Do my/your children know what God has promised me/you and them?

Impressive, won't you say, that a king over a vast kingdom, had and took the time to tell his son about God's promises to him. Likewise, in our own "king-homes" we should do the same.

There is absolutely NO doubt when it comes to God and His promises:
"He will keep his covenant forever. He will keep his promise for all time to come."
(1 Chron 16:15 - NIRV).
It's just us that doubt - we doubt God, we doubt ourselves and never think about doubting the doubt. Maybe that's why we don't tell our children the great and magnificient things He has promised to us and even them by extension. I will never tire of saying if your dreams are bigger than you - they are likely from God once they line up with the His word. Take time to know then take Him at His word.Our God is the same yesterday, today, tomorrow and for all time so we have no reason to doubt His promises to us. If He's said it, He will do it.

Joshua attested that: "Not a single one of all the good promises the Lord had given to the family of Israel was left unfulfilled; everything he had spoken came true." (Jos 21:45 - NLT)

He is faithful so "let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise." (Heb 10:23 - NLT)

I really like the way Deuteronomy 6 encapsulates all we've been talking about.
I've chosen a few verses and encourage you to read the whole chapter - sooner than later...

Verse 3:
Listen obediently, Israel. Do what you're told so that you'll have a good life, a life of abundance and bounty, just as God promised, in a land abounding in milk and honey.
(The Message)
Verse 7:
You shall whet and sharpen them so as to make them penetrate, and teach and impress them diligently upon the [minds and] hearts of your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down and when you rise up. (Amplified)

Verse 20-24:
The next time your child asks you, "What do these requirements and regulations and rules that God, our God, has commanded mean?" tell your child, "We were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt and God powerfully intervened and got us out of that country. We stood there and watched as God delivered miracle-signs, great wonders, and evil-visitations on Egypt, on Pharaoh and his household. He pulled us out of there so he could bring us here and give us the land he so solemnly promised to our ancestors. That's why God commanded us to follow all these rules, so that we would live reverently before God, our God, as he gives us this good life, keeping us alive for a long time to come. (The Message)

God expects us to have answers to our children's questions and take the time to answer them - now that's another day's topic...watch out for that one.

2 Cor 1:20 tells us "God has made a great many promises. They are all "Yes" because of what Christ has done. So through Christ we say "Amen." We want God to receive glory." (NIRV)

Promises with out a "Possessor" remain unfulfilled...and unenjoyed -
who knows what you're missing out of because you have not believed and possessed God's promises to you and yours.

As we close, let me share with you two of God's very personal promises to me:
Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion. (Is 8:18a - KJV)

Praise the Lord! How joyful are those who fear the Lord and delight in obeying his commands. Their children will be successful everywhere; an entire generation of godly people will be blessed. (Ps 112: 1-2 - NLT)

These are 2 of mine and I'm willing to share them too. Beyond sharing, I encourage to go and look for yours and share them with your family - it will shape their lives for good.

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