”For I have known (chosen, acknowledged) him [as My own], so that he may teach and command his children and the sons of his house after him to keep the way of the Lord and to do what is just and righteous, so that the Lord may bring Abraham what He has promised him.“ Genesis 18:19 AMP
Thoughts for Today
Because of Abraham’s strong faith, he taught and directed his children and their children to keep the way of the Lord. He instilled his faith in them. Much of what he taught was by example. He truly left a heritage of faith.
God wants us to instill our faith in our children so that it can pass from generation to generation. One of the most important ways to share your faith with your family is to live it. Let them see the love of the Heavenly Father flow through you to them and others. Let them see your walk of obedience. Let them see you walk by faith, not by sight. And those times that you fail, that you sin, that you make mistakes, let them see you repent and learn from your mistakes.
It is also important to accept responsibility for teaching your children from God’s Word, reading from it in family devotions and turning to it in family situations. Sunday school and church are important for your children. Perhaps they even go to a Christian school. But all this should only supplement what they are learning at home.
It is also important to pray with your children. During family devotions. During special times of need or choices. At family meals. And diligently and faithfully pray for them during your own private times of prayer. Be sure that they know you are praying for them.
Father, help me leave my children and those who come after them a rich heritage of faith. Help me to teach them. Help me to live my faith before them. Help me to demonstrate your love to them. In Jesus’ name …
These thoughts were drawn from…
Godly Heroes: A Small Group Study of Hebrews 11 by Jimmy Ray Lee, D.Min. This guide presents a step-by-step study of Hebrews 11. It also features the profile of the characteristics of Godly heroes, written in language that relates to today's living and offering definitions, characteristics and examples of the heroes' faith life. Learn more about this topic.
Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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