Sunday, January 20, 2019

Daily Devotion: A Tip About The Home

Bible Reading: I John 2:15-23

Key Verse: Verse 15 - “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

Key Words: Love not the world

There is an old saying that goes, “As goes the home so go our churches, and as go our churches so goes the nation.” With that in mind, how would you rate our nation’s spiritual condition? Not very high, huh? As a matter of fact, most of us would say that our nation spiritually is at its very lowest ebb and is still sinking. So what does this say about our homes today?

The American home today is in spiritual decay for two primary reasons.

First of all, because of our love for material things. The average home blatantly goes against God’s Word when it says, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.” I John 2:15a. We are also told in Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Now, be honest. Do your children ask for more of the things of God or more of the “worldly entertaining things?” What about you, do you desire God more than the things of the world? The answer to these questions for the vast majority of our homes is, “Materialism, not God!”

Secondly, the American home is in spiritual decay because of our morals. We are a sexually perverted nation. In 1961, The National Council of Churches published a book entitled The Meaning of Sex in the Christian Life. The book says in part, “The difficulty with western society’s legitimate regulation of sexual conduct is that it has been far too negative and too monolithic.... Our culture declares that all sexual activity within marriage is legal, proper, and good, while any such activity outside marriage is illicit, sinful and wrong. This is to ignore the personal dimension of life, to seek to force everyone under one massive legal umbrella.

“You and I know perfectly well that there are many marriages that are simply matters of convenience, that such sex as goes on within them is selfish, exploitative, and evil. We know further that there is sexual contact between unmarried couples that is motivated by love and which is pure and on occasions beautiful.

“From the perspective of the personal dimension then, the crucial question to be asked about any sexual contact – from holding hands to complete intercourse – is not so much what is done but what is meant...What justifies and sanctifies sexuality is not the external marital status of the people before the law but rather what they feel toward each other in their hearts.”

How depraved!! God tells us in Hebrews 13:4, “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.”

I close by asking you one last question, “Is your home more spiritual than it was a year ago, two years ago, five years ago, or is it less spiritual?”

“As goes the home so go our churches, and as go our churches so goes our nation.”

What to do:
✞ If every home was like yours, would the church survive?

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