IOW quote for January 11, 2008
A family without a commitment to the God of the Bible has no hope of stemming the tide of cultural onslaught. If we mix a little biblical truth, a little secular physchology, a little romance novel idology, and a little eastern mysticism, we will get a deadly mixture of lies. Unfortunately, this is what many Christian families do . . . If we are to experience multigeneraltional faithfulness we must come to a place where we throw off the shackles of our culture and live in the fullness that is found only in Christ. We must be people who live the Word in our homes."~By Voddie T. Baucham, Jr.~
What a powerful statement from Voddie Baucham. It reminds me of Joshua when he was speaking to the Israelites. The words he used were, “And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15 (NKJV)
Basically he was telling them they were going to have to make a choice regarding who they were going to serve. Joshua knew it had to be one or the other. A message that was echoed years later in the New Testament in Matthew 6:24 when it was said, “No one can serve two masters.”
No matter how many times we try to come up with a recipe to use of two parts God, one part secular, and one part of anything else we find out in the end they didn’t mix well together. A temporary fix with no lasting eternal value.
God is like a good meatloaf that doesn’t need more ketchup or extra seasoning to make it even better, He can stand-alone. No extra spices, no extra combinations are needed when we have the Lord as the Master of our house. It’s important that we take inventory of both our physically home as well as our spiritually one to find out if we are mixing God and the secular when only one is necessary.
God’s way is not outdated but it’s updated for the future, for the life ahead of us and we need to be following the path that gets us there. Living out of the Bible instead of traveling forward with a suitcase full of a little of this and a little of that in hopes of getting by with what we have until we get there.
What we’ve got is God. We were God designed from the very beginning. In Him is where our families were meant to be and need to be more than ever before. The choice is ours. Do we mean it when we say, “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” If we do then we need to stop the mixing and keep God as all we need.
CLOSING THOUGHT: God is awesome, a head of the household that will never let us down. That is always providing, that cares about the well being of His family. There never has been a better choice to choose from. It’s either God or man, its never been God AND man. The lies of Satan need to be exposed, the ones that tell us we need something more to add to God. His grace is sufficient, His word is sufficient, His love is sufficient to see our families through. It’s important that we do our part and keep the cupboards clean of what doesn’t belong.
Our host this week is the sweet Loni over at, Writing Canvas. Drop in over there and see what others have to share about today’s quote. Don’t bypass God on the way and what He has to share with us today. Get into His word, listen and learn. Stay on the right path.