Discover the Book - September 25

 

A Godward Home

A Godward home is a peaceful home, thus we have the key to enjoying Life.

Loving God supremely, that was perhaps the greatest mandate God's Word has ever given to us as believers. In Matthew 22:37-39

Jesus said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment."

That was Christ's answer when someone asked Him what was the greatest commandment could be.

For a moment, look with me at the context of that portion of God's Word. It is found in Deuteronomy 6:5-8

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes."

There it is. There is our mandate as parents, as individuals, and as believers.

A Godward Life that gives to God the first place He deserves. How do we do it?

I believe there are three Keys To A Godward Home: Solitude, Simplicity, And Surrender

How do you plan, prepare, and pursue this kind of life and home?

Solitude is resting through a Sabbath cycle

Simplicity is detaching from a worldly lifestyle

Surrender is denying our selves each day via fasting!

SURRENDER: the pathway of self denial through fasting

Finding and staying on the pathway of surrender is paramount for us because our culture has reared around us a generation of strong-willed, belligerent, independent young men and women. Surrender is not a word in their vocabulary.

Titus 2:11-13 "For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ."

God's Word says we must be Mastered only by Christ and nothing else. The evidence of being brought under the power of something is that we need it to make it through our day. What do you need to make it through a day? That will be a list of the items that have cast their influential mastering power across your life.

What pushes out your hunger for experiencing the intimacy of fellowship with the Lord in your life? Do you seek food first? Entertainment first? The latest news first? The status of your investments first? The web and your computer first? The television, radio, music first? Your collections, investments, shopping first? Your sports, body building, health needs first? All of these are alone good and worthy of time but not at God's expense, He is to be sought first and deepest of all!

Biblical Fasting uncovers and exposes what ever it is that has mastered our lives in place of Christ.

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