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Summary: When we read the Word of God, it becomes evident that our choices affect our children and their future. History teaches us that whenever Israel turned their back on God and served idols and other Gods, their children paid a price for their actions.

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Include the little ones

June 16, 2013 - Father's Day

Joshua 8:35 - There was not a word of all that Moses had commanded which Joshua did not read before all the assembly of Israel, with the women, the little ones, and the strangers who were living among them.

When we read the Word of God, it becomes evident that our choices affect our children and their future.

History teaches us that whenever Israel turned their back on God and served idols and other Gods, their children paid a price for their actions. The enemy would come in and either kill or carry the little ones away.

God’s covenant with His people clearly ensures abundant blessings, protection, and favour for our little also. This speaks of inheritance and the responsibility lies clearly with parents, especially fathers.

This is an important lesson for us to learn today. If we are to ensure a secure future for our children, we have to serve God without compromise.

Protect the little ones

We should never leave our children at home when we go to church. Their spirits are tuned into the Spirit of God and they hear everything that is said whether they are taken to a prayer meeting in a carrycot at a few weeks old or attend every church meeting.

When God wanted to speak to the people, everyone was gathered together including the little ones.

Offenses

Make sure you do not leave your church because of an offense. The enemy will make sure that offenses will come, but do not take the bait. He wants you to leave your place of worship. His plan is not only to destroy your life, but to destroy the future generations also.

Zechariah 13:7 - "Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, Against the Man who is My Companion," Says the LORD of hosts. "Strike the Shepherd, And the sheep will be scattered; Then I will turn My hand against the little ones.

Luke 17:1-2 - Then He said to the disciples, "It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.

Jerusalem was broken down

Nehemiah had a burden for Jerusalem and its people. The walls of the city were broken down and its gates were burnt. He wept when he saw the state of the city because he knew that its demise was as a result of God’s people forsaking Him. They were taken into captivity with their wives and little ones and the city was vandalized.

That is what happens when we move away from God. The walls of our lives are broken and everything breaks down because we are taken into captivity by the devil.

A future for the little ones

Nehemiah repaired the city of Jerusalem and did a number of things to restore God’s people back to Him.

1. Nehemiah repaired the house of God

He made sure the house of God was repaired and removed all the trash that had accumulated over the years.

When we move away from God, we tend to accumulate a lot of rubbish that obstructs us and limits our choices.


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