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HOME FRONT: HOW TO SPIRITUALLY PROTECT YOUR FAMILY

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We are living in a time when it appears the world is increasing in destruction and corruption. We see an increase in: severe weather i.e. flooding, earthquakes, droughts, tornadoes; the persecution of Christians i.e. the constant attacks on the word of God, removal of prayer, the beheading of Christians; terror as we watch ISIS take more territory.

As Christians we shouldn’t be surprised. Jesus warned us about this in (Matthew 24:3-13). After all Jesus never said it was going to be easy to follow Him. Jesus said pick up your cross. (Matthew 16:24)Now a cross wasn’t a decoration or a symbol of faith but a symbol of execution. Even in Jesus’ priestly prayer He prayed, 14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.” (John 17:14-15)

We shouldn’t be surprised because of history of the world. The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (Genesis 6:5)

And yet, there was a man named Noah who was righteous and protected His family spiritually in an evil culture. By looking at Noah we can learn five ways God enables us to Spiritual protect our family.

· RIGHTEOUS

These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God. And Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.(Gen. 6:9-10)

If there was one word to describe your life, what would it be? What is amazing is God is the author of scripture and He told Moses Noah was a righteous man. He had a reputation in a wicked world as righteous, even in the market place. He was also righteous with God. He had an intimate close relationship with God that protected his heart and mind. And he raised three righteous sons at the age of 500 which was his greatest accomplishment. Parents, while a godly home is no guarantee of godly kids, it can be done.

This is my new prayer- Lord help me live the righteous life you gave me through Jesus that I may be righteous to you, my family, and community. Amen

· READINESS (Genesis 6:13-7:5)

5And Noah did all that the LORD had commanded him.

Noah was called to build an ark for a flood. Two problems: One what is an ark? Secondly      what was an ark? The world up to now has never experienced rain. Noah was ready to obey even when he didn’t understand and he was ready to obey even the smallest detail. There are numerous instructions in the reading and he did them all. Not just the ones he liked, understand, thought were important.

24“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does (OBEY) them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. (Matthew 7:24-25)

There are going to be storms in this life like is going on about marriage, life, creation, etc. Are you building a life and family on God’s word? Are you living in a state of readiness to be protected from the attacks? (Matt. 24:36)

· REVERENCE (Gen. 8:18-21)

The first thing Moses did was build an altar. His life, his worship was God centered. He put God first in his actions. How much is our prayer time is telling God what to do or what we are going to do.

“To fail to pray is not to merely break some religious rule—it is a failure to treat God as God.”    –Tim Keller

Noah’s worship was also sacrificial. He sacrificed animals for a burnt offering. Now this is crazy. They just got off the ark and let all the animals go. If he sacrifices animals what food will he have or His family. Noah didn’t have a scarcity mindset but an abundant. Most of us feel we don’t ever have enough. We need more for our family and in turn we don’t give and certainly don’t tithe. Noah fully trusted God to provide for his needs because God had provided and protected him and family through the greatest life storms. How is you attitude towards your possessions and God. Noah’s worship was pleasing to God in His heart.

And when the LORD smelled the pleasing aroma, the LORD said in his heart,…(Gen. 8:21)

That raised the question, “What pleases God’s heart?”

But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. (John 4:23)

God loves when we worship in Spirit and Truth. He want the whole truth of His word taught because the Word is living and changes us.  The Father seeks this woship because it brings repentance.

MEMORY VERSE

Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. (Luke 15:7)

Repentance is to have your heart in sync with God’s heart. Repentance is a heart-felt sorrow for our sins we committed against God our heavenly Father. A Godly sorrow that turns to God for His grace and mercy.

6The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Cor. 9:6-7)

God is love and His love compelled him to give. God loves a giver because He is a giver who gave his one and only son for you. In our giving God protect us spiritually from our hearts drifting.

Christ who knew no sin became sin for us. He took our punishment so you and I would be righteous. May God’s gracious gift of righteousness enable you to spiritually protect your family.

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