Focus: Justice and the Word of God, concerning family members
Psalm 103:17-18 (NIV) But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those that fear Him, and His righteousness with their children’s children—those who keep His covenant and remember to obey His precepts.
Ask any person why they are depressed or addicted and you will almost always hear a sad story involving another person. Often, it’s a family member.
For some—the problem has been going on for years. Most of the time—the suffering started with a simple misunderstanding. One thing that was ‘taken wrong’ led to another, and another—until the pain and distance became a great, complicated gulf between blood relatives who never should have been alienated.
Since the beginning of creation, the enemy of our souls has been at work casting doubt and mistrust into unsuspecting hearts and minds. He delights in causing God’s own children to question their Father—just like he did with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. He has always been masterful at twisting God’s own Word to tempt a person to ‘wonder’.
Besides trying to turn God’s children against Him—he is famous for plotting schemes to bring division between family members. He knows the human family ‘unit’ was designed by God to be a loving, nurturing model in His kingdom here on earth—so that generations of offspring could learn by example how to live consistent, righteous lives.
So, what better way to weaken God’s kingdom than to undermine the family unit—which is such a primary building block of the kingdom of God? When the devil’s divisive tactics turn family members against each other and cause covenant relationships to be cut off—the loss is incalculable. Often, there are no easy answers as to how to go about identifying the real problems, rebuilding trust, and reclaiming the damage. But, nothing is impossible with God.
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In a heartbreaking situation such as this—you can feel helpless and crippled. The enemy’s methods are so insidious that often anything you attempt to do, only seems to make things worse. In spite of conditions not being what your would like them to be, you don’t have to despair—there is hope.
The first thing you can do is take comfort from the Holy Spirit, who was sent as a comforter to you…for times like these. Draw deeply from the Spirit’s assurance of guidance and truth. Pray in the Spirit, and with understanding—according to the Word of God. This is one of your ‘rights’ no one can take from you—and it is powerful. You are not helpless and hopeless in this matter. The Word of God is on your side if you desire reconciliation and restoration in your family. God Himself, is on your side. Jesus Christ is ever making intercession for you before the Father. The Holy Spirit is here to minister to your needs as you wait on the Lord for the fulfillment of your petitions. You are not alone.
The next thing you can do is study the Word of God. This time doesn’t have to be ‘wasted’. You can put it to good use by searching out scriptures that have something to say about your situation. You will be encouraged in your heart and mind as you see story after story portraying how alienation was turned into restoration. It is the model of scripture from the beginning to the end of the Bible. Finding a treasure such as Psalm 103:17-18 should give you an overwhelming amount of confidence, as you see that the unity you desire in your family is something God agrees with.
This scripture is a promise that the love of the Lord is with you from everlasting to everlasting. If you are one that honors and fears the Lord and His righteousness—His love is not only with you forever—but, with your children and their children. This is a promise to those who keep God’s covenant and obey His precepts or instructions.
Another scripture to hold onto is, Romans 8:38-39. “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (NIV).”
Think of it this way. The love of God is in you and nothing can separate you from Him—and the love of God is in your family member because ‘God so loved the world’, meaning everyone. Then take it a step further. Because the love of God is in you and it’s also in them—you aren’t really separated, it just ‘appears’ you are, temporarily.
You are entitled to ‘use the Word’ as you do spiritual warfare against the devil who thinks he is destroying your family. ‘Say the Word’, in a way that will apply to your situation. Say it so the devil and God can both hear you saying it. Keep saying it—and you will see a change for the better. God can’t deny Himself. It is His Word.
Declaration: I am finding new strength in my family relationships. According to the Bible, nothing can separate me from the love of God. Because God loves every one of us…His love is in my family member, and His love is in me. It may appear as though there is division in our family, but according to the Word of God—‘Nothing can separate us’.
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