Greetings from all of us at Christian Training Center International. Please join us this morning as we read a teaching by Susan Pons and discover God’s wisdom and order for the family and how we can have it in our homes!
“Like water in the desert is wisdom to the soul.” -Edward Counsel-
“Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding” (Job 28:28 RSV).
“Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12 NASB).
What has wisdom in common with lawlessness in our home? Absolutely nothing! Perhaps it is past time for each of us to take a step back and recognize that a culture of lawlessness has overtaken the rightful foundation of wisdom in our homes, our nation, and the Church. This reality is a tragic phenomenon to witness. But, God gives us clear directives from His Word in teaching us not only how to build up our homes and families in a rightful place before Him, but also how to stand and protect our families in the evil days that we live in.
Honestly, it does not seem that there has ever been a time in our nation’s history when the voice of wisdom has been so muted, so muzzled, and so suppressed. It does not take an astute man or woman to recognize the fact that lawlessness has increased while righteousness has decreased.
It is a matter of life and death for the traditional family to turn its back on the lawlessness that has so easily afflicted us, and embrace, once again, the power of godly wisdom interjected into our homes. Let’s try to uncover the source, from a scriptural point of view, the battles between wisdom vs. lawlessness.
The Great Battle
Wisdom is spoken of 222 times in Scripture. It is compared to words such as prudence, instruction, knowledge, discretion, keen insight, and moral uprightness. “By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures” (Proverbs 24:3-4 NIV).
The erasing of our Judeo-Christian God and His standards has left little opportunity for any of us to express the peace, mercy, purity and wisdom that dwells in His intended plans for our families. Regretfully, the abnormal has become normal.
Many of our homes are dwellings where godly wisdom has found no landing place, leaving an entryway for lawlessness to make its bed. In many ways, it seems as though the Bride of Christ was never carried across the thresholds of our homes, our places of worship, or our nation. “Be careful, then, how you live, not as unwise, but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16 NIV).
But I would say there is no other way to right the wrongs in our shattered families’ lives apart from the instruction God has openhandedly communicated to us through His Word. His instructions are full of common sense and uncommon sense.
The lowly, unrighteous scruples and ways of the world are no longer hidden or hushed. But in spite of this “wisdom cries out in the street; in the markets she raises her voice” (Proverbs 1:20 RSV). Do we hear her crying? “How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge? Give heed to my reproof!” (Proverbs 1:22-23 RSV). The sad truth is, we cannot hear wisdom’s cries because of the anti-God voices shrieking louder and louder into our hearts and minds each day of our lives.
So what is the opposite of wisdom? Scripture gives it a name— lawlessness. Words such as riotous, unrestrained, insubordinate, unruly, wild, uncontrollable, and defiant, describe this word more fully.
The Hebrew meaning for the word lawlessness means the utter disregard for God and is mentioned over 400 times in the Bible. In the New Testament, the term is used to describe those who knowingly, deliberately, and willfully rebel against the laws of God and man. Throughout Scripture, when the judgment of God fell it was because lawlessness had become the rule of His people.
Here are a few examples demonstrating how lawlessness has overcome us today: divorce, disobedience to parents, lack of respect to those in authority, murder, abortion, illegal drugs, human trafficking, rape, breakdown of families, pornography, street riots, immorality, vandalism, and, most importantly—a lack of fear of God.
It is my belief that these broken insolences of lawlessness can be met head on, corrected, and healed, as we give in to the priority of godly wisdom. This subsequently begins and overflows from our homes into our communities, churches, and our nation. Godly wisdom is re-embraced and re-instituted into the family unit.
Practically speaking, how can this take place? What are the adjustments we can make in order to issue a revival of God’s wisdom into our homes? The following is a list of Scriptural steps that can lead us back into a place of loving wisdom and experiencing its rewards for our families:
These are not rules conjured up by man, but commanded by God:
- Call to mind that God hates divorce. “ ‘For I hate divorce’, says the Lord”(Malachi 2:16 NASB). Jesus said, “And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery” (Matthew 19:9 NASB) “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body” (I Corinthians 6:18 NIV).
- Keep children from disrespecting parents and others. “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God gives you” (Exodus 20:12 RSV). “Honor your father and your mother. This is the first commandment with a promise” (Ephesians 6:2 RSV). “Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord” (Colossians 3:20 RSV). “For God commanded, ‘Honor your father and your mother’, and, ‘He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him surely die’ ” (Matthew 15:4 RSV).
- Require obedience from your children. “Children, obey your parents in the Lord for this is right” (Ephesians 6:1 RSV).
- Place controls on technological devices in our homes. “The Lord knows those who are His, and, everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness” (2 Timothy 2:19 NASB).
- Require modest dress, especially for our daughters. “As a ring of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a beautiful woman who lacks [modesty] and discretion” (Proverbs 11:22 NASB).
- Know where your children are and what they are involved in. “He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity”(I Timothy 3:4 NASB).
- Fill the need of truthful communication in your household. “The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice” (Psalm 37:30 NASB). “Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for edifying, as fits the occasion, that it may impart grace to those who hear” (Ephesians 4:29 RSV).
- Learn from God’s wisdom and teach it to your children. “You shall write them [the words of the Lord] on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children will be multiplied” (Deuteronomy 11:20 NKJV).
- Love your family more than yourself. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice” (James 3:16 RSV). “But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy” (2 Timothy 3:1-2 NASB).
- Love God more than yourself. Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever ( I John 2:15-17 NASB).
So, dear friends, today you and I must choose between God’s wisdom and the world’s lawlessness in our homes. It is a sacrificial choice for all of us.
This is a small part of one of the messages here at CTCI that we teach during our family program, Train to Reign. In addition to teaching these values and truths, we allow time and give guidance for families to walk it out experientially while they’re here. We also have individual sessions with families because everyone’s needs are unique. We have witnessed so many miracles; so many families have learned this wisdom from the Lord -and much more – and have saved their families!
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