A Sure Foundation
There can be no doubt that there is a demonic warfare being waged against families, especially Christian families. The devil has been very successful in separating husbands and wives, fostering rebellion and worldliness in many children, disintegrating family unity and time together, causing the home to no longer be a safe and protective sanctuary from the world but influencing it to be a mere extension of the sin sick culture and perverse society that we live in. I could understand Peter’s desperate cry when he spoke to the crowds after Pentecost saying, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation”. (Acts 2:40)
Christ-centered families have always prevailed over the corruptness of a society, even in the face of many challenges, conflicts and trials. I believe there are many marks of a Christ-centered home but three that are applicable to today’s devotion are… the foundation that a family is built upon, purity in the home, and constantly guarding the home.
Psalm 11:3 says that, “If the foundations be destroyed what can the righteous do?” The foundation of our homes must be built upon the truth and abiding presence of Jesus Christ. He is our “sure foundation”(Isaiah 28:16) There can be no other foundation than Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:11) Before the fire of God fell on Mt. Carmel, Elijah had to first restore the altar beginning with the 12 stones, the foundation. Our foundation is the Word of God, a living relationship with a living God, worship and prayer. Families that know God’s Word, live it, believe it, obey it and trust it, along with prayer… have a house built on a foundation that can never be shaken by any storm of life.
Christ-centered homes are families that seek purity in our homes. Are there things in our homes that we have allowed in that are simply a reproach to the presence of God? We must look at what we call entertainment and judge better what we give our time to knowing that He is there with us as we open our homes to these things.
Lastly, Christ-centered families guard the doors of their home and are very discerning what they let in. Every home must have boundaries… some flexible, some etched in stone. Parents, heads of households and even children, should meet and set the boundaries for the home… what to say yes to and what to say no to… according to God’s Word.
It’s never too late to rebuild the foundation of a family, to re-establish purity and to set up those boundaries that guard our homes. Families were God’s idea and trust Him in all things regarding your family. “…for I know the one in whom I trust and am sure that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until the day of His return” (2 Timothy 1:12) AMEN!