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With Pastor Dave Roussel

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Generational Calamity

May 29 – Today’s Readings – 2Samuel 13-15 and Psalms 149

Back in Chapter 11 David had a major moral failure and sinned. Nathan the prophet confronted him in Chapter 12 and said, “Out of your household I am going to bring calamity upon you”. Chapters 13-15 certainly reflect a series of “calamities” for David, his family and his kingdom because it seems everything fell apart morally within his family.

– There was unbridled lust when “Amnon became frustrated to the point of illness on account of his sister Tamar” (2 Samuel 13:2)

– There was deceitfulness – “so Amnon lay down and pretended to be ill” (2 Samuel 13:6)

– There was incest – “Amnon son of David fell in love with Tamar, the beautiful sister of Absalom son of David” (2 Samuel 13:1)

– There was rape – “since he was stronger than she (Tamar), he raped her” (2 Samuel 13:14)

– There was hatred – “then Amnon hated her with intense hatred” (2 Samuel 13:15)

– There was plotting, 1st degree murder & revenge – “my lord should not think that they killed all the princes; only Amnon is dead. This has been Absalom’s expressed intention ever since the day Amnon raped his sister Tamar” (2 Samuel 13:32)

– There was grief, depression and serious breakdowns in communication – “the king said, ‘He must go to his own house; he must not see my face” (2 Samuel 14:24)

– There was conspiracy – “so the conspiracy gained strength” (2 Samuel 15:12)

– There was rebellion – “he stole the hearts of the men of Israel” (2 Samuel 15:6)

– There was great fear – “Come! We must flee, or none of us will escape from Absalom” (2 Samuel 15:14)

All these troubles came from WITHIN David’s family. How is it that one pattern of sin can lead to such a legacy of disgrace and conflict? I’m not sure I know the answer, but the thought of it certainly makes me want to live under the shadow of the Almighty so that my children and grandchildren can have a good foundation and a righteous legacy to build on.

“But pastor, you don’t know all the mistakes I’ve made in the past – does this mean that my family is doomed?” Absolutely not! Though we can’t do anything about the past except pray about it, receive forgiveness and make restitution wherever possible, we can go forward and live in such a manner as to break the generational sin patterns in our families. One thing I know about the Lord however – He specializes in answering the prayer of His saints and building new things out of devastation. There is hope for all of our families. The solution for us is to keep praying for each of them – even the rebels – and trusting that God will turn things around in their lives so that they come to a place of peace with God.

Questions:

1. Give another example of a Biblical character whose family suffered from generational sin problems.
2. Give an example of someone who broke the generational sin patterns in their family.

Binding

November 29 – Today’s Readings – Nehemiah 10-11 and Psalms 149

Nehemiah 9:38 and 10:28-29 reads, “In view of all this, we are making a binding agreement, putting it in writing, and our leaders, our Levites and our priests are affixing their seals to it.”…“The rest of the people—priests, Levites, gatekeepers, singers, temple servants and all who separated themselves from the neighboring peoples for the sake of the Law of God, together with their wives and all their sons and daughters who are able to understand – all these now join their brothers the nobles, and bind themselves with a curse and an oath to follow the Law of God given through Moses the servant of God and to obey carefully all the commands, regulations and decrees of the LORD our Lord.”

At the end of Chapter 9 and the beginning of Chapter 10 the people entered into an oath to keep the Law of God. They promised to tithe, to keep the Sabbath, to not get involved with the sins and customs of “the world”, and to not neglect the house of God. I’m sure there were other aspects of “the Law” that they promised as well – but we understand the general meaning – these people were committing themselves to obeying God’s Word.

There are many who would scoff at this practice today, citing the fact that none of us can keep the Word by a commitment of our wills alone. This is true. Living according to the Word of God comes by the grace of God and living in a humble attitude of repentance. What benefit then is there to our commitments? Is there any value in deciding to follow and obey Jesus? Is it all up to God? Well of course its all up to God – – well of course its all up to us!

Do you see it? We have to be 100% percent committed to obey and God has to do 100% of the “work”. This is called the grace of God. It’s like a good marriage. 50/50 will never work. Each spouse has to be in it 100%.

We are not nor will we ever be “saved by works” – or by committing to the “Law”. However when we are saved we must set our wills to obey and we will be progressively transformed to the image of Christ by constantly running to the arms of grace. Our good works will be the fruit of our salvation and of our relationship with the Lord.

Romans 12:2 – “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

2 Corinthians 3:18 – “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

Questions:

1. Give your own definition of the word “redemption”.
2. Give your own definition of the word “consecration”.
3. Give your own definition of the word “justification”.
4. Give your own definition of the word “sanctification”.

“In View Of All This…”

November 29 – Today’s Readings – Nehemiah 10-11 and Psalms 149

Nehemiah 9:38 and 10:28-29 reads, “In view of all this, we are making a binding agreement, putting it in writing, and our leaders, our Levites and our priests are affixing their seals to it.”…“The rest of the people—priests, Levites, gatekeepers, singers, temple servants and all who separated themselves from the neighboring peoples for the sake of the Law of God, together with their wives and all their sons and daughters who are able to understand – all these now join their brothers the nobles, and bind themselves with a curse and an oath to follow the Law of God given through Moses the servant of God and to obey carefully all the commands, regulations and decrees of the LORD our Lord.”

At the end of Chapter 9 and the beginning of Chapter 10 the people entered into an oath to keep the Law of God. They promised to tithe, to keep the Sabbath, to not get involved with the sins and customs of “the world”, and to not neglect the house of God. I’m sure there were other aspects of “the Law” that they promised as well – but we understand the general meaning – these people were committing themselves to obeying God’s Word.

There are many who would scoff at this practice today, citing the fact that none of us can keep the Word by a commitment of our wills alone. This is true. Living according to the Word of God comes by the grace of God and living in a humble attitude of repentance. What benefit then is there to our commitments? Is there any value in deciding to follow and obey Jesus? Is it all up to God? Well of course its all up to God – – well of course its all up to us!

Do you see it? We have to be 100% percent committed to obey and God has to do 100% of the “work”. This is called the grace of God. It’s like a good marriage. 50/50 will never work. Each spouse has to be in it 100%.

We are not nor will we ever be “saved by works” – or by committing to the “Law”. However when we are saved we must set our wills to obey and we will be progressively transformed to the image of Christ by constantly running to the arms of grace. Our good works will be the fruit of our salvation and of our relationship with the Lord.

Romans 12:2 – “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

2 Corinthians 3:18 – “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

Questions:

1. Give your own definition of the word “redemption”.
2. Give your own definition of the word “consecration”.
3. Give your own definition of the word “justification”.
4. Give your own definition of the word “sanctification”.

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