Emanna for 12/17/2019
Deciding that Your Family is for the Lord
Joshua 24:15 And if it seems wrong in your sight to serve Jehovah choose for yourselves today whom you will serve, either the gods from across the River, whom your fathers served, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve Jehovah. (16) And the people answered and said, far be it from us that we would forsake Jehovah to serve other gods; Words of Ministry
I would like to speak specifically to the heads of households. The head of a family has the special responsibility before God for bringing his whole household to the Lord and to His service. The head of the household can decide for his entire household. Even if the little children do not believe, you can still say that your household will believe in the Lord, because this household is yours and not your children's. You are responsible for your household, not your children. You can declare Joshua 24:15 before the Lord and before your whole family: "As for me and my house, we will serve Jehovah." You have to acknowledge that your family is a believer's family. Always lay hold of this fact: I am the head of my family, and my family will believe in God. I have decided that this family will be a family that worships God. I have decided that this family will be a family that believes in the Lord. If you declare this with faith, and if you exercise your authority to take the lead, your children will go along. The household is yours, and you have the power to decide whether this house will serve the Lord. When you take this stand, everyone who is under you will come to the Lord; they will have no other way to take. This is marvelous!
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Watchman Nee, Messages for Building Up New Believers, pp. 317-318. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA