Like the story of Isaac generational blessings began with his ancestors. My mother’s parents were people of deep faith and they passed that faith to my mother who passed it on to me. I have a lot to be thankful in my life now because of faithful grandparents who have long gone to be with the Lord.
When we are obedient to God’s calling in our life it always benefits others. God often rewards others – particularly those closest to us us as a result of obedience.
How can obeying the Lord in your life right now begin to make a different along your spiritual journey to yourself and those around you?
How can you pass on the generational blessing to your family?
A. Be intentional and show by your actions. The best way to pass on the faith is to set the example yourself. Kids along with everyone else pay more attention to what we do than what we say. Learning how to pray before meals starts with mom or dad doing so. In addition kids learn how to pray for others after you have demonstrated praying for others. This also shows a child the power of prayer and part of loving others is praying for them.
B. It is never too early to start reading Bible stories to your kids. Children love to be read to and enjoy your full attention.
C. Unconditional love. We may not always like what our children do, but they need to know that your love is not attached to a good report card, or a certain behavior. A loved child is a secure child in an insecure world. 1 John 4:19 – We love because he first loved us. NIV.
D. Demonstrate forgiveness. As adults we make mistakes too and we need to ask others to forgive us. Kids pay attention when dad or mom apologize.
E. Most importantly pray and ask the Lord to help you pass on the faith.
26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. Romans 8:26-27.
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4
Every parent wants their child to mature, but as we go on journey of life sometimes we like to stay in the children’s pool. The Lord uses different trials we have in life to test our faith and help us grow along the way. I remember a lady in our church a number of years ago who had been through many trials in life. When her husband was in his early 50’s he suddenly died and soon after that her son was traveling home from college died in an automobile accident. Shortly after that her one living son was sent into combat as a soldier. Thankfully this son returned safely. Many years later as I listened to this amazing saint I felt like a sampling next to a 200 foot oak tree. Through all of this the Lord drew her into a much closer relationship. She learned to depend on God in a much deeper way and became a very mature Christian. She was not bitter and had a true love for the Lord.
Maybe you are in the midst of a great trial in your life and you are wondering how can endure this? What should I do? The good news is the Lord is right there as we call to him in prayer. The Lord can give us peace in the storm. This does not mean the storm will go away, but the Lord will walk with us through the storm.
Today we want to look at the story of Isaac from Genesis 26:1-6 where there is a famine in the land. Isaac the son of Abraham wanted to go down to Egypt where there was food. While Isaac was thinking about that the Lord appeared to him and said do not go down to Egypt, but settle in the land I will show you. Like a parent God often intervenes in our life to help us overcome obstacles. Maybe you are experiencing an obstacle right now. If you are ask the Lord to help you.
Obstacles slow you down and they make you think. To overcome obstacles we have to learn how to depend on God. Obstacles can be a health issue, a loss of a job, a relationship difficulty or many other things. A significant obstacle causes us to feel helpless. Lord help me! It would be difficult to become who the Lord wants us to be without having trials because the Lord uses them to transform us like clay on a potter’s wheel.
How has the Lord transformed your life through obstacles? What did the Lord teach you? What did the Lord show you through this?
Come journey with Joseph. He was on a journey of faith and didn’t even realize it at the time. It was not an easy journey, but it turned out to be a life-giving journey, not just for himself but for his entire family and his adopted country. Joseph’s story sheds new light on our own spiritual journey; this light is the Light of Christ.
Our first audio podcast in this series is about Jospeh, but as we begin I wanted to talk about the father of the nation of Israel who was Abraham. When the Lord called Abraham he was living hundreds of miles from where the Lord wanted him to move to. For Abraham that meant going on a journey. I have personally discovered a few things along my own spiritual journey.
A journey begins where we are and takes us to a place where God wants us to be. This often takes us over rugged ground.
A journey is an ongoing test to see if we will continue to follow.
On a journey we never go by ourselves…we need to learn to both help others and how to be helped by others…we are better together.
There came a day in my own life where I sensed from the Lord he was calling me to be a pastor. Lord, “I have a good job as a manufacturing engineer I thought.” This was a relentless call by the Lord over many months before I actually obeyed and followed what the Lord had for me. This was 24 years ago and along the way there have been other tests or trials, but also many blessings.
On my journey I did not go alone. My wife Paula and three small children joined me as we started this new adventure. Of course most importantly the Lord was always with me.
As you read this take time to reflect on your own spiritual journey. Have you been over some rugged terrain? How did the Lord encourage you along the way. It always amazes me how much encouragement we need along our journey.
Our first podcast has been recorded and will soon be released.
Light of Christ Journey podcast is currently in production and we hope to begin posting podcasts in the month of June. Our first series will be called “Journey with Jospeh.” This will be an exciting series as we look at Jospeh’s spiritual journey. Each JOURNEY podcast will have JOURNEY in the podcast graphic to make them easy to find listen to.
Bible students on a tour of Jerusalem being discipled by their instructor Dr. Sanchez. How were you discipled? Was it a parent, a grandparent, a Sunday school teacher? My parents were instrumental and some of my earliest memories were being read Bible stories. Sometimes as parents we don’t always grasp all that a child is taking in.