Summary: Helping our homes through the difficult times.
MAKING YOUR HOME OPERATE SMOOTHER!
SERMON #4 DATE 9-25-04
PREPARING YOUR FAMILY FOR THE STORMS OF LIFE!
Ge 2:20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. (KJV)
INTRODUCTION: No one knows what tomorrow holds for any of us. All we can know is who holds tomorrow and, for the Christian, that is enough. God in His grace and mercy has withheld knowing tomorrow from us. If we knew what was coming in the future we would not be able to cope with today knowing what was coming tomorrow.
All of us know that there will be storms come to each of us. Some will undergo greater storms than others. That doesn’t mean that God shows favoritism to some more than others. It only means that God is just in all his thinking and actions.
The average home in America is very weak today. Everything has bombarded the home. The home is in competition with everything else. The home for the most part is no longer a place to raise a family and train a child in the way that he should go. In many instances the home is the place of moral and mental destruction.
I want you to consider six basic necessities that every home must have to bear the storms of life.
I. FAITH IN THE OLD BOOK.
A. We Must Always Remember That God Is In Control Of Our Family.
There is never a time when God is not in control. He has everything in control.
We may not be able to see beyond the storm clouds today, but He is in the midst of the storm and has in under control. Joh 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (KJV)
The Bible is our guide Book.
1. The Bible is the inspired Word of God. It is God breathed. God spoke through the hands of man the words He wanted recorded.
2. The Bible should be the instructions for every home.
3. The Bible tells how to keep the family together. Eph. 5:21-28.
a. The Bible also tells us to “Train up a child in the way that he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.”
b. The Bible tells us how to bring a spouse to salvation. 1Pe 3:1 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;
2 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.
3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; (KJV)
4. Allow the Bible to tell you how to live and what to do with your life.
a. It will guide you into all truth.
b. It will settle you through all fears.
B. We Must Remember That God Is Always Right.
Job 13:15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. (KJV) We can’t see the end God has planned for us, but we must have faith that He is right in His plans.
C. We Must Remember That God Permits Storms To Come Our Way.
1. To Teach Us God’s Power And Mercy.
2. To Teach Those Observing Us That God Is In Control.
3. To Strengthen Us.
Job saw the mighty power of God through his storm.
D. We Must Remember That God Has A Purpose For Everything That Happens To Us.
Nothing takes God by surprise. Nothing over powers God. God never makes a mistake. Everything that comes to us must first go through God. He approves all that takes place in our lives.
Have Faith In The Bible.