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 Fathers 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,
Joshua turned around one day and told the Israelites he was leading, Okay, if it’s too much of an imposition on you to serve the Lord, fine; decide who you want to serve and go follow him. But I am going to lead my household to follow the Lord. The foundation of success for every great follower of God is the decision to possess their own house. A godly, loving home is the support for public authority. Joshua knew that there was no way he could lead Israelites to public victory who weren’t serving God in their private lives. Leaving the backdoor of compromise open to the devil in your home, leads to the loss of God’s covering in your public life. The Lord is nothing, if not decisive. God and wishy-washy people don’t mix well. The Holy Spirit can correct people who are wrong but not people who are indecisive.
James 1:6-8 For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
The double minded are unfaithful. They are absolutely sincere, for the moment. As I said in yesterday’s article, too many parents put their foot down, and then shift it around whenever they feel their popularity is being threatened. Households like that receive nothing from the Lord. They are unstable in ALL THEIR WAYS. The refusal to make godly decisions and stick to them is the basis for being unfaithful.
Christianity is all about restoring authority to lost people. We become responsible under God’s authority. Then God expects us to exercise authority over the sphere of responsibility He has given us. That requires being decisive, and possessing your house. Of course, you can’t make your children be what they don’t want to be. But you sure don’t have to contribute to their confusion about what the right way is. Kids NEED honest, decisive influences in their lives. It’s a total lie of the devil that kids today won’t respond to traditional leadership. Modern Christians keep giving in to pressures to compromise with righteousness, in order to “reach” their kids. It’s not that children won’t respond to godly, loving, authority. It’s parents that don’t have any faith in true godly authority. It’s their OWN lack of leadership, with which they are poisoning their kids. We have many believers today who are double minded in their own moral code, and so they are “unstable in all their ways”.
Consider Jesus famous parable of the talents:
Matt. 25:28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
Matt. 25:29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
Matt. 25:30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
The sin here was not that of failing to make money. It’s that of failing to make decisions! The talents didn’t represent monetary value to God. They represented authority. It was the refusal to exercise authority – to make decisions and stick with them. God had no sympathy for the man who was afraid of making a decision. Upon reading the whole parable we find that the guilty man’s refusal to be decisive stemmed from his bad attitude towards authority. Parents who have problems with authority themselves, always think they’re doing their children a favor by refusing to dictate solid policies for their home. Then they’re shocked when their kids don’t appreciate the open range policy under which they’ve been allowed to grow up. They’re amazed that their children are rebellious, hateful, unappreciative, or confused. How in the world do kids have a chance at becoming solid, responsible, self-controlled, and loving, when they were allowed to pursue their impulsive natures without any consistent consequences. Children raised in such homes become clever at discerning people’s moods and how to navigate around them; but they seldom learn to respect others. Why would God endorse, with His blessing, a home that subverts His authority, and makes it subject to the arbitrariness of indecisive parents.
You don’t need money to make decisions. You don’t need an education to use authority properly. You don’t even need others to support and agree with you, in order to take a stand on what is right in your own home. If Satan were truly powerful enough to just waltz in and capture whole families, he wouldn’t need the plethora excuses he offers parents, to get them to hand their authority over to him.
“My kids won’t love me ”
“If I take this stand it’ll drive them away ”
“They’re gonna find a way to just do what they want anyway ”
“You can’t legislate morality ”
“My Mom and Dad just loved me, and I’m OK ”
“They’ll hate God if I MAKE them follow the rules ”
“I know he/she has a disrespectful mouth, but there’s a reason ”
Let me hasten to add that rules are no substitute for leadership and care. Sometimes parents make rules to replace leadership. That’s copping out on responsibility. Nothing replaces personal interaction and TIME WELL SPENT. Children aren’t cattle; they’re people. Rules designed to keep parents from having to listen to a matter and make a decision, are doomed to become traps for your kids. You can’t enforce rules that The Heavenly Ruler won’t endorse. The most important rules in the home should have to do with having a right relationship with God and with parents. Doing well in school, excelling at skills, keeping a clean room, handling money well, having friends; these are all good things for kids to learn. But there’s going to be a lot of educated, talented, orderly, popular kids that are going to reject God, because they got all the advantages, except for consistent godly leadership at home.
The greatest ministry in the world begins with “Possessing Your Own House”.
Stay On The Path!