The Light Washed Path

Possess Your House-1

Heb. 3:5 Now Moses was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken later;

Josh. 24:15 “If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

John 2:15 And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables;

John 2:16 and to those who were selling the doves He said, “Take these things away; stop making My Father’s house a place of business.”

John 2:17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “ZEAL FOR YOUR HOUSE WILL CONSUME ME.”

Welcome To The Light-Washed Path,

God told Abraham that, the offspring (seed) born of His covenant with the Lord would, “Possess the gate of their enemies.”

Gen. 22:17 indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies.

Jesus is The Seed of Abraham.

Gal. 3:16 Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as referring to many, but rather to one, “And to your seed, ”that is, Christ.

And we are the born again, children of His covenant. We are the ones to ”possess the gate of our enemies”. We are citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven. If there’s one thing that should mark our character aside from Love, it’s authority. Not being bossy, or social superiority; but conducting yourself with the authority of a clear conscience and an honest personal life, lived under the authority of God’s Word.

However, in the face of such availability of good Bible teaching, I have never seen such reluctance on the part of Christians, to possess their house. It is the qualifying mark of true believers, to hold their own houses in God’s order, as a moral basis for any public influence. Yet today, believers are literally running away from their responsibility to exercise godly authority in their own homes. For example; God says we should not be walking in the counsel of the ungodly.

Psa. 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

Psa. 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

We have absolutely no business subjecting our covenanted lives to the counsels of godless people. The collapse of Christian families is a serious problem, yet believers refuse to rule their homes according to the Word. Parents, scared to death of becoming unpopular with their kids, have listened to bad advice, and won’t take a stand in their own homes and stick to it. They’re more afraid of losing the love of their children than the favor of God. How in the world do we expect God to back us in our public testimony, when He knows that we flip-flop on His Word in our private lives.

1 Tim. 3:5 For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?

The biblical standard for authority in the home is simple: the whole household is to live under the rule of the Word of God, and His standard of righteous judgements. The rules are not to be enforced and withdrawn arbitrarily, on the basis of one member’s temperamental cycles. No one’s emotional fluctuations should determine how everyone else behaves. It’s absurd to expect God to answer prayers for a household that won’t honor His order. How can we possibly expect Him to bless parents’ prayers when they refuse to provide consistent leadership for their children? You wouldn’t think of running a red light as a reward for just having obediently sat through a long red one.  So why do we lay down guidelines for our kids, that they might not like, and then lift them occasionally, as a reward for “good”? If the rule wasn’t important enough to follow all the time, then it never should have been made in the first place. Too often parents make “bad rules” in a moment of frustration, rather than taking the time to intelligently sift through the matter and resolve it. So, of course, they end up flip-flopping on their own rule because it wasn’t a wise one to make in the first place. Children quickly learn their parents’ inconsistent patterns, and how to adjust to them. Where is the leadership?

How often do Christian parents allow their kids to misbehave because their own compromised behavior leaves them “feeling” powerless to hold their own children to account? The cycle of compromise is staggering.  To ravage an entire family, all Satan needs is the head of the household to relinquish authority. It’s hard to uphold authority when you yourself are consistently guilty of undermining it with your compromises. One of the scenarios Christian Teens witness in their homes, is irresponsibility in finances, or other managment matters of their parent(s), and the double-talk that justifies it. Then the same parent(s) grills their kids about sex, drugs and keeping bad company. God cannot bless a mess like that.

We are petitioning God today, for a visitation upon our churches, and their essential components; the families. Yet, it’s far too frequent, that we are asking God to bless what He has commanded us to possess. The pattern was clear from the beginning: God’s blessing followed the families that were “Led” by faithful, humble and consistent, servant-leaders. Moses was faithful in his house. Joshua was faithful in his house.  And Jesus is faithful in His house. And the Lord asks:

Matt. 24:45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath maderuler over his household, to give them meat in due season?

How desperately do we need such faithful servant-rulers today? Very desperately.And who IS that faithful and wise servant?

1 Tim. 3:5 For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?

He is the one who first possess his own house!

More tomorrow…….

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