Tips For Family Success!

March 16, 2012

The bible tells us that only a few will make it to heaven, in Matthew 7:14 “But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”   When I was a young girl the older people in my church would often say, ” You may be the only bible someone is reading.”  This was their way of saying, when you are a Christian people are watching your behavior so do your best to represent Christ.  The same is true for those of us who confess to have a Christian marriage. Whether you realize it or not people are watching your marriage.  The way you live your life may save someone else from the fiery pit of hell.

Many people seem to be fascinated with my husband’s family.  He has 3 brothers and 1 sister and they all seem to be doing pretty well.  So what has enable all 5 children to do so well?  My in- laws would be the first to tell you that they relied on God to lead them in training up their children.  When you rely on God his ways will not always make sense to those around you, especially to those who do not even know Him.  The same is true for my in-laws, people would often question how much they did for their children, but they continued to follow the Lord.  Now that all of their children are older they are beginning to reap the harvest of training their children in the Lord.

So, what has enabled all 5 children to do so well?  God!  There are two main things that we can do to ensure that our family turns out well also.

1. Identify your family curses and pray against them with your spouse. Every family has curses, curses are things that each family struggles with throughout generations. A few examples are alcoholism, infidelity, divorce, bad attitudes, gossip, obesity anything that you notice throughout generations. Try to see if you can identify things that your family has struggled with from generation to generation. Like I said, every family has curses, and each person has the ability to put an end to their family curse once they start their own family. In order to end a curse you must be consistent and persistent in prayer.

2. Be on one accord with your spouse” As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15  This is important because this can cause a tug a war in your marriage if the two of you have different beliefs. The bible says “Do not be unequally yoke with unbelievers” 2 Corinthians 6:14 Even if the two of you are comfortable with having your own beliefs, it will impact your off springs greatly. I have seen children who had parents that shared different beliefs, it confuses them and they almost always turn out poorly.  A girl I knew in college, her father was Presbyterian and her mother was Catholic. Her parents never made her go with either of them to church, they wanted her to decide where she wanted to worship. So after years of going from here to there, she decided she didn’t want to do either. She now practices Wicca, anywhere she wants. Children will follow your lead, if you want your children to have your beliefs, the two of you have to be in agreement.

It’s never too late to change the path you are on.  If you are ready to put your family on path to success you and your spouse must make the Lord head of your life.  If you are married to someone that is not a Christian there is still hope for your home.  The bible offers advice on how to win over a husband that is not a believer. ” Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husband’s so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. “ 1 PETER 3 v 1- 2

The bible says to simply BE a Christian and your behavior (in time) will win them over. “But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:14  A poet named Robert Frost wrote it this way.   ” I took the road less traveled by and that has made all the difference.”

Challenge:  Take the time to identify your own family curses and your spouses. If you and your spouse pray and live a different life from your family, the curses will not be passed on to your children, praise God!


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