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Discover the Book - Apr. 23, 2009

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Three Keys to a Godward Home

 

 

A Godward Home

 

A Godward home is a peaceful home, thus we have the key to enjoying Life and Homeschooling and Marriage and whatever else God allows in our families!

 

Loving God supremely, that was perhaps the greatest mandate God's Word has ever given to us as believers. In Matthew 22:37-39

 

Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’38 “This is the first and great commandment."

 

That was Christ's answer when someone asked Him what was the greatest commandment could be.

 

For a moment, look with me at the context of that portion of God's Word. It is found in Deuteronomy 6:5-8

 

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. 6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.7 “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.8 “You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes."

 

There is our mandate as parents, as individuals, and as believers.

A Godward Life that gives to God the first place He deserves. How do we do it?

 

Three Keys To A Godward Home:

 

  • Solitude
  • Simplicity
  • Surrender

 

How do you plan, prepare, and pursue this kind of life and home?

 

  • Solitude is resting through a Sabbath cycle
  • Simplicity is detaching from a worldly lifestyle
  • Surrender is denying ourselves each day via fasting!

 

Surrender: The Pathway of Self-Denial Through Fasting

 

Finding and staying on the pathway of surrender is paramount for us because our culture has reared around us a generation of strong-willed, belligerent, independent young men and women. Surrender is not a word in their vocabulary.

 

Too bad, since it is the key that unlocks the vault of God’s best and deepest treasures. He patiently waits for us to yield, to quit fighting Him, to allow His plan to run its course, to turn to Him for our security and significance. As He witnesses our doing that, he begins to reveal Himself and His will in greater depth.

 

Titus 2:11-13 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

God's Word says we must be Mastered only by Christ and nothing else. The evidence of being brought under the power of something is that we need it to make it through our day. What do you need to make it through a day? That will be a list of the items that have cast their influential mastering power across your life.

 

What pushes out your hunger for experiencing the intimacy of fellowship with the Lord in your life? Do you seek food first? Entertainment first? The latest news first? The status of your investments first? The web and your computer first? The television, radio, music first? Your collections, investments, shopping first? Your sports, body building, health needs first? All of these are alone good and worthy of time but not at God's expense, He is to be sought first and deepest of all!

 

Biblical Fasting uncovers and exposes what ever it is that has mastered our lives in place of Christ.

 

1 Corinthians 6:12 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

 

The more we experience intimacy in fellowship with Jesus Christ the more we hunger for Him, and the greater our longings become to be with Him in Heaven. Then we see our focus in our lives begins to change, the more we long for our Great God and Savior:

  • The greater becomes our looking for our Bridegroom's return from Heaven.
  • The greater becomes our hating any beachhead of sin in our lives.
  • The greater becomes our investing our time is Christ's Body, His Church.
  • The greater becomes our seeking the evangelizing of lost people around the world.
  • The greater becomes our sensing of Satan's lies in the media and culture of this world.
  • The greater becomes our asking for God's Kingdom to come on earth.
  • The greater becomes our walking each day pleasing God.
  • The greater becomes our desiring to be filled with the knowledge of God's will.

 

And on and on it goes in our lives. Actually, anything less that this growing surrender to the Lord through spiritual hungering and thirsting after God, means that our appetite has been ruined through all the little things that have filled us up. It means we have neglected the greatest food - Our Father and His Kingdom for the lesser food of His gifts in life. That spells spiritual famine, weakness, and failure.

 

Jesus warned that a great enemy to His children would be "desires for other things" (Mark 4:19). Jesus left us with the only weapon that will lead us into a victorious deepening hunger for intimacy and daily fellowship with our Creator. That weapon is Biblical fasting and we can measure our hunger level for God by our hunger after those other things. God is only glorified by seeking Him first!

 

Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

 

Philippians 3:8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ.

 

Insightful author and pastor John Piper says, "The greatest enemy of hunger for God is not poison but apple pie. It is not the banquet of the wicked that dulls our appetite for Heaven, but endless nibbling at the table of the world. It is not the x-rated video, the prime time dribble of triviality we drink in every night. For all the evil Satan can do, when God describes what keeps us from the banquet of His love, it is a piece of land, a yoke of oxen, and a wife (Luke 14:18-20) The greatest adversary of love to God is not His enemies but His gifts. And the most deadly appetites are not for the poison of evil, but for the simple pleasures of earth. For when these replace an appetite for God Himself, the idolatry is scarcely recognizable, and almost incurable".

 

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