In the past few months we’ve explored renewal and the way of Jesus. We are now embarking on a series about family. This devotional resource doesn’t follow the message series but is meant to be a guide for prayer and conversation in your home.
What do you think of when you hear the word family? What comes up in your heart when we talk about family? For some of us, family has been a place of deep pain. Some of us carry wounds in our hearts that need healing. Others of us come from healthy families that have been a source of joy and possibility. Families shape us in really big ways. Our homes have a major impact on our lives. If we want to be renewed and walk in the way of Jesus in a way that impacts York County, we must figure out how to live together as families that bless and empower the next generation to be a people of spiritual legacy.
This devotional is packed with scripture. Most are short passages, but to get us started, let’s reflect on a longer one. Deuteronomy chapter 6 is an incredible passage. Please take a few minutes to read it together as a family.
It was given during an urgent moment for the children of Israel in the Old Testament, and it’s an urgent moment for us as well. It’s one of those “hinge moments” where if the people of God can get this right, then there is so much promise. And if they get this wrong, there will be spiritual disaster. God is saying that his heart is for spiritual life and blessing to flow down generational lines. What can we learn from Deuteronomy 6?
We have to break off some things from our past and build some things for the future of our families. Notice what you need to break off and then discover what you need to build.
1. Break off spiritual complacency. (vv. 10-12)
2. Break off worldliness and the spirit of the age. (vv. 13-15)
And then we need to build.
1. Build a compelling vision of God in your family. (vv. 4-5)
2. Build an ecosystem of discipleship in your family. (vv. 6-9)
3. Build a vision for spiritual legacy in your family. (vv. 20-25)
—Pastor Aaron Kunce
Real Family PEACE
When Jesus was resurrected, the words “Peace be with you” were constantly on his lips. Followers of Jesus are people of peace. We are to seek peace with everything we do and everything we say. Your family needs peace in these times of anxiety and anger. And peace comes from trusting in the Lord. Isaiah 26:3 says, “(God) will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” What does it mean to trust in God?
Philippians 4:6-7 says: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ
Jesus.” May your family experience the peace of Jesus this week.
NOVEMBER 15 • LUKE 6:27-36
Let people bring out the best in you, not the worst.
NOVEMBER 16 • ROMANS 12:18
NOVEMBER 17 • JOHN 14:27
Let not your heart be troubled.
NOVEMBER 18 • JOHN 16:33
Peace is found in Jesus Christ.
NOVEMBER 19 • LUKE 1:67-79
To guide our feet into the path of peace.
NOVEMBER 20 • EPHESIANS 4:1-6
The bond of peace.
NOVEMBER 21 • ROMANS 14:18-19
Let us pursue what makes for peace.
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