st 31" >Often when we harbor some sin, we console ourselves by claiming it only affects us. But whether we sin or whether we choose righteousness, we never do it in isolation. The effect of our sin on our children and others can be profound and long lasting.
Also, read about the conclusion of the Book of Ecclesiastes and the sweetness of God’s wisdom.
Verse 17, “But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children.”
Often when we harbor some sin, we console ourselves by saying we know it’s wrong but claiming it only affects us. But, in reality, whether we sin or whether we choose righteousness, we never do it in isolation. Our actions and behaviors do affect others, especially our children. That does not mean, that God punishes our children for our sins (Ezek. 18.20), but our actions do have an effect on them—sometimes a profound effect!
Conversely, when we choose to live righteously it also affects them. No one knows us like those who live in our own home. When our children see us living in the fear of the Lord when no one else is watching, it can be more powerful than all the words we use to teach them right from wrong. To fear the Lord is to recognize that He alone is God, to reverence and respect Him as God and to be more concerned about pleasing Him than either ourselves or other people. Continue reading →
If you’ve been reading my blog for any time at all, you probably know that I’m a firm believer in reading through the Bible on a regular basis.
So why am I talking about reading through the Bible in August? Why not December or January? Because for most of us as moms, we are geared to think of the “back to school” season as the beginning of a new year.
Whether you homeschool or are getting kids ready to go back to the classroom, you’re establishing new habits and routines. Why not start a new one personally?
For some of you, the idea of starting a daily Bible half way through seems foreign, but all of God’s Word is profitable. It doesn’t matter where you start. In fact, most of us read isolated passages all the time as part of sermons and Bible studies. And if you start now, by the time January 1 comes around you can have a well-established routine already in place.
What will happen if you make that commitment?
First, let me tell you what won’t happen:
God won’t love you any more than He already does.
It won’t be easy. Your flesh won’t like it at times and the devil will be sure you have plenty of distractions.
You won’t instantly know everything the Bible has to say.
I love 17.8, “Now it came to pass on the next day that Moses went into the tabernacle of witness, and behold, the rod of Aaron, of the house of Levi, had sprouted and put forth buds, had produced blossoms and yielded ripe almonds.” God in His patience and long-suffering with the children of Israel and because of their continued rebellion and questioning of His chosen leadership had said He would cause the rod of the man He had chosen to bud. He not only caused it to bud, but to produce blossoms and ripe almonds! He doesn’t just do the minimum; He is able and willing to do so much more.
Ephesians 3.20-21 says, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.”
Few of us have trouble believing that God is powerful and able to do miraculous things, but I wonder how many of us really believe He will do great things in our lives.
Do you believe—really believe—that He wants to do great things in your life? your marriage? your children and grandchildren? your finances? Continue reading →
What a reunion for Joseph and Benjamin! But I can’t imagine the shock the other ten brothers must have experienced.
The most amazing part of this story is what John MacArthur calls “a masterpiece of recognition of and submission to the sovereignty of God” (MacArthur Daily Bible). Think about it. Fifteen years had passed since that day when his brothers betrayed him.