I believe that preaching on topics of the family can be really challenging because it’s not only based on what the Bible says, but it also means sharing about our experiences and our families know our true selves.
God is interested in restoring families. The Bible says in Malachi 4:6 (NIV), “He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.”This is important for us because families are the key to being promoted to a new level.
Family is practicing what we learned in our first home. Even each blessing that we receive at church needs to be shared with our families. We can see many examples of this in the Bible. Te first one I want to mention is the Apostle Paul. The Bible says that he wasn’t married, but he felt as though he was part of a family. In many Bible verses we can understand how he felt and his desire for others to feel as well. Ephesians 3:13-17 (NIV)states, “13I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory. 14For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love.” I think in this verse, the Apostle Paul was hearing of peoples’ tribulation or troubles similar to those that he was living, so he explains to them about what he’s experiencing. He says that they should not be worried because everything he was living meant a victory for them. He mentions that there are different kinds of families; families on Earth, families in heaven and spiritual families. He cries for strength for the interior of men so that they don’t lose faith.
There is a report called ‘The value of family’, which is a lesson that will never change. Someone who hasn’t grown in a family is incomplete and underdeveloped, and consequently needs a family. God established families with the purpose of providing a nurturing environment, to promote personal growth and develop. However, I want to discuss this in a spiritual way. We have families that require nurturing, personal growth and development as Christians; all while remaining close to those we love and rising to the evolution that we should achieve in Christ so we may have strong families doing what God asks of us.
We can then raise the next question: Where can I begin restoring my family? We start looking for solutions and thinking of ways, but before we can apply changes to our family we should start with ourselves. For example, when the Apostle Peter entered into the temple, he said to the paralytic, “but what I do have, I give you, in Jesus name Stand up,” (Acts 3:6).
We can do the same in our home. If we had a bad experience in our childhood, maybe we will give that in turn, or we can try to be better.
Matthew 22:34-40 (NIV) The Greatest Commandment34Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36”Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?”37Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” The first commandment is that you maintain your communication with God, but in the second it says love your neighbor as yourself. First God, second your neighbor and third yourself. This means that if we want to have our home in order we must first seek the Lord, but then we should love ourselves and that is going to determine how we act with our neighbor and other relationships.
We should take care of ourselves as the Bible says in 1 Timothy 4:16 (NIV), “Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” We need to take care of ourselves in many aspects and those are what I want to talk to you about, because the restoration of your home begins with you. We are going to perform a self-evaluation and analyze if we have been doing what’s right and ask God for mercy.
Romans 2:21 says, “you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal.”From this verse, we can understand that everything we learn should be practiced first by us and by doing so we can teach with authority. I can see in the Bible a character that self-educates. He starts by repeating what his soul should not forget. Once you receive that then you can share with your family. Psalm 103:1 tells us, “1Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. 2Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits.”In this verse, we can see that the first step is for our soul to bless the Lord in all times. When I look for the meaning of the word Bless, it can be translated to ‘kneel down’, ‘decline,’ and ‘recognize authority’. You need to recognize that you can’t do anything in life without Him. Based on this verse, we can pose another question: How much do we bless the people around us? Or, are we complaining all the time? We should bless our family because this is our job and every time we bless we receive blessings. We must also learn to forgive because it’s great to feel forgiven by God. Because of that, we need to be merciful with our family. For example, if one of our sons fails and we judge him, or if we want to apologize, but the other person doesn’t want to forgive us. The Lord says he forgives us, so we should forgive others.
Before we can be healed or receive a miracle, we must forgive, (Psalms 103:3). In actuality there are illnesses that are known to be caused by emotions, or lack of forgiveness. Even when medical exams are performed it’s impossible to find a reason or solution to the illness because the problem lies in the soul.
As in Psalm 103:4. “who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion.” The word ‘pit’ can also be translated as ‘hole’, and is found in Revelations. Apostle Sergio has also been teaching that in the Bible, we read about how Jesus was questioned regarding helping people on the day of repose. Pits in the Bible are an analogy of problems in our soul that need to be resolved. The second part of this verse talks about crowns, and God gives many crowns. One of the meanings of ‘crown’ is ‘protection’. For example, your wife is a crown and is a reward that He has given you. Everyday his mercy is new in your life, so you should be thankful because you woke up, you have a job and a house where you can be protected from the sun.
We read in Psalm 103:5 (NIV), “who satisfies your desired with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Nowadays we hear a lot of bad news around the world, but we should talk about the Bible to share good news full of hope. Our mouth should be purified, our soul should be trained to strip away what is not good and find calm. In this verse we find a comparison between the five benefits mentioned and the five ministries:
Forgive – evangelist
Heal – pastor
Rescue – prophet
Crown – apostle
Satiate our mouth of blessings – teacher