How to Give a Blessing to Your Family

December 23, 2014

""Praise the Lord! How blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in His commandments. His descendants will be mighty on earth; the generation of the upright will be blessed."" (Psalm 112:1-2)

It is your first church. Of all the things a man should care about, his children and grandchildren's spiritual health should be at the top of the list.

Many men mistakenly feel that it is solely their wife's responsibility to train the children towards God. Surely she carries her own calling. But, as in all things, the husband should be the leader in this task.

So how can I, as a husband and father, raise a godly seed?

I MUST FEAR THE LORD

The Proverbs writer repeatedly proclaims that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. To fear means reverence and awe, but it always simply means, “fear!”

I should have a healthy respect for the God who made me and before whom I will one day stand. A wonder. This fear makes me think deeply about how I live my life, what I give myself to, what I worship, how I steward the resources of time and talents and money that He has given me.

I MUST GREATLY DELIGHT IN HIS COMMANDMENTS

Most men would think that ""fear"" and ""greatly delight"" are mutually exclusive terms. But healthy Christianity shouts otherwise. A man who fears God is not slavish, but filled with wonder at the God He knows and loves. He respects what this One has said and the precious commandments that He has given to guide and direct his life.

Therefore, God's instructions are not a burden, but a delight. He studies them daily and he obeys (by the power of the indwelling Spirit) the commandments faithfully. He believes in God and His will to the point of great delight.

THE PROMISE

...is astounding when seen in its fullness. This man's ""descendants will be mighty on earth; the generation of the upright will be blessed.""

Why is this so?

First, because it is God's promise. This needs no explanation. God has graciously promised that a man who follows Him with his whole heart will have a spiritual inheritance among those who follow.

But secondly, it practically follows that what a man loves, his children will love. Discipleship is more caught than taught. This will be tested at times and every child will make his own choices, but godly spiritual leaders in the home will experience the fruit of their labor over time. Their children will be hard-pressed to stray long from their father's godliness.

And, the blessing of this godly life will be felt for generations.




Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Graceful Truth

HOW THINGS ARE LED
HOW THINGS ARE LED

September 28, 2020

Continue Reading

NEUTRALIZING THE GREATEST ENEMY YOU HAVE
NEUTRALIZING THE GREATEST ENEMY YOU HAVE

September 25, 2020

We are almost completely unaware. There is an unseen Enemy that is opposing us 24/7. Paul reminded us that other than the world and its unceasing philosophies and the weakness of our flesh, this enemy is constantly opposing us.

Continue Reading

FINDING JOY IN YOUR TROUBLES
FINDING JOY IN YOUR TROUBLES

September 24, 2020

When a difficult problem, a crushing weight comes into your life, is joy your first response? Do you even consider the possibility that you could rejoice in the midst of the difficulty? If this were a possibility, it could only be explained as something supernatural. Something initiated by God Himself.

Continue Reading