Paul Cockrell, Lead Pastor, Bethel Bible Fellowship 

Paul Cockrell, Lead Pastor, Bethel Bible Fellowship 

Tuesday, Revival in Our FAMILIES

Psalms 78:1-8

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Take a moment right now and simply pray, “God whatever you need to do in me so I can Get out of Cruise Control, do it. I need it and so does my family.

Psalm 78 is a great text about the role parents have of being involved in the spiritual heritage of the generations coming after them. It all begins with children in your home. The plea from this text and consequently from the heart of God is to get out of cruise control and be intentional about spiritually developing the children in your home.

I don’t know about you, but I love using cruise control when I’m traveling. It certainly helps to keep me from getting pulled over by the boys in blue. I have even found that sometimes it’s easy to put on cruise control when it comes to spiritual formation of the children God has placed in my care. Sometimes it’s just too easy to allow the stuff of life to get in the way. Recently, I’ve had to repent of living this way. That’s why I began this devotional with an simple, urgent plea to the heart of God to shake us awake.

Psalm 78:1-8 gives us a quick and easy snapshot of some ways we can impact the children in our homes with the timeless truths of God’s word. Let’s look at a few...

  1. Marvel at God’s greatness and lead your children to do the same (v. 1-4). Find ways to celebrate when you see God is at work in your lives. Use creative ways to display the work of God in your family to remind your children often of the ‘glorious deeds of the Lord and His might.’

  2. Be a learner of God’s word and lead your children to do the same (v. 5-6). When you create a culture in your home where you talk about the word and work of God when you sit, when you lie, when you walk along the road, when you rise, your children will catch a great deal of God’s word. They will also catch and Lord willing, crave the insatiable hunger they see you have for the word of God.

  3. Display your trust in God and lead them to do the same (v.7). The aim for them is to learn to trust Him not just be knowledgeable about Him. Show them how to set their hope, their confidence, in God.

  4. Walk in obedience and lead them to do the same (v. 7-8). By the power of the Holy Spirit living inside of you, push back against the temptation to be stubborn, rebellious, and unfaithful to God. Walk in the power of the Holy Spirit and live a life of obedience and lead your children to do the same.

One last thought: Repentance is a beautiful word that means to change the direction you’re going. It’s a 180 degree turn in the opposite direction. So, let’s pray this prayer of repentance believing our repentance can lead to a revival in our family.

PRAYER

Prayer: “Gracious Father, I confess that I have not been the faith trainer you want me to be in my home. I repent of that now and I ask that by the power of your Holy Spirit, that you would forever change my family tree. Etch deeply in my mind and on my heart the truth that the generations are coming after me and they desperately need You. Help me to be a part of your story in my family tree. In Jesus Name... Amen”