Daily Devotional for Sunday May 6, 2018
The Most Destructive Thing that has Happened to Our Culture Over the Past 40 Years
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, please guide my steps this day. Help me to walk in your light and strength and not in my own ways. Thank you for your many blessings, most that I take for granted. Help me this day to acknowledge your love, grace, and goodness as I live my life for you and do my best to glorify you in all of my thoughts, words, and deeds. This I ask in the name of Jesus. AMEN!
Satan is the great perverter. Satan takes the perfection of God and perverts it. This is how he operates. Perhaps nothing has been more destructive to our society here in the United States in recent years then how he has managed to pervert God's plan for the family. No matter what subject that I am dealing with on a particular day, I usually share that you have the free will to make your own choices. You can either do it God's way or you can choose to reject God's way and do whatever you want.
However, when you choose to rebel against God, there are ALWAYS consequences to deal with. Nobody forces you to stop at a red light. You stop because it is the safe thing to do, not only for yourself but for the other motorists. However, you are free to ignore the red light and not stop, but there will be consequences for doing that. It is impossible to go against the plan of God and not have negative consequences to deal with.
The book of Genesis clearly lays out God's plan for the family. One man, one woman, in marriage for one lifetime. Throughout the Bible, we get God's instruction on how a husband and wife are to live. We get instruction on how they are to raise their children. God has done a thorough job in giving us His plan for marriage and the family. That is why the first thing anyone who rebels against God must do is reject the Bible, since it clearly defines their choice as a sin.
God's plan for a family is NOT a man and a woman living together without being married. God's plan for a family is NOT two men living together. God's plan for a family is NOT two women living together. These are perversions of God's plan for what a family is to be.
The next generation of moms and dads MUST KNOW what God's plan for the family is. Young adults are being taught at school, through the media, that however they decide to live is fine. In this age of political correctness, they are taught that NOBODY is wrong. If you challenge a choice the Bible clearly says is wrong, then you are called intolerant. It is in this atmosphere that our next generation of moms and dads are growing up in, and why now more than ever this message MUST BE SHOUTED FROM EVERY ROOFTOP!
The Bible clearly teaches us that there IS absolute right and wrong. It must become their goal and desire to follow God's way. There are NO ALTERNATIVES to God's plan for the family!!!
The reason is God's plan for the family WORKS! By far the biggest perversion of God's plan for the family is people living together. Marriage is not like buying a car where you take it out for a test drive. You date over a period of time. You build a spiritual foundation to your relationship.
God will confirm it to you both, many times, that this is part of His plan for your life. You go through a period of premarital counseling with your pastor. Once you BOTH know that this is what God wants for your life, you GET MARRIED. To live together, there is no real commitment. You are living in rebellion to God's plan so you live outside of His blessings. Sex becomes part of this relationship, and now you are involved in even more sin.
You simply cannot choose to ignore God and expect Him to bless you for sinning! Instead of God's blessings, you live through the consequences of your rebellion to God. The spiritual and practical consequences of rebelling against God can literally destroy your life! Never forget, that is the goal of the enemy, to KILL, STEAL, and DESTROY!
I love you and care about you so much. To the young adults reading this, I pray that as you get older, these words will stay in your heart. YOU HAVE THE CHOICES THAT WILL DETERMINE YOUR LIFE AHEAD OF YOU!!!
Life works when we do it God's way. Does that mean life is perfect? Of course, not! There will always be problems because of the sin-filled world that we live in. There is a peace, and a joy, and an abundance above and beyond anything that you can imagine when we are living life according to God's plan. I pray today that these words find a fertile resting place in the hearts of those who read them.
God's Word for you today is to do it HIS WAY. GOD'S WAY WORKS!!!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ, Bill Keller