Week Three – Day 1

Family

TODAY’S FAST – After school or work, fast from all media technology including video games, tv, computers, and internet to spend quality time with God and your family.

Devotional:

We all serve something or someone. We either serve God or we serve sin. Sin makes a lot of empty promises that lead to hurt and heartbreak. As the saying goes, “Sin will take you further than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.” Sin is like a chameleon and will appear in many forms, but when you get to the bottom of it, sin is disobedience toward God. We have to decide whether we will serve God or serve sin. The center of sin is I. Doing my own thing, being self-centered, and not caring about the effect my actions have on others is at the center of rejection of God and His Word.

Sin affects not only our lives, but the lives of the people around us. Our sin affects those closest to us the most. Our sin affects our spouses and our children. Our sin affects our parents and our siblings. The effects of our sin, which we serve, will affect people we have never met and generations we will never know. In the same way, if we turn to Jesus, our family will be affected for the good for generations to come.

Some people will reject God’s offer of salvation. Some will not want to leave the past behind. We cannot make anyone do what they do not want to do. The only one we can control is our self. Others have to make the choice for themselves, “but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

Prayer Focus: 

Pray for the care and protection of families; for children to be loved and nurtured by their parents; and for elderly parents being cared for by their adult children.  Lord, give me opportunities to speak life and blessing to my family, and to forgive like You have forgiven me. In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Key Verse:

“But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord”
Joshua 24:15 NIV

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