21 Days Fast & Pray - Day 6 : Building Strong Family Values
A. Devotion - Colossians 2:8
Today's family is under fire. Christian values have taken a back seat because the fear of God is fast disappearing. Paul writes that we need to be aware of deceptive philosophy, human traditions and elemental spiritual forces of the world. There are many systems, beliefs, and ways of thinking in our world that are hollow and deceptive. These false beliefs are focused on everything except Christ. Slowly, deceptive values are taking hold of families, including Christian families. They may sound good, they may be followed widely, but they are mental detours that lead many people astray.
We are to be "...looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith." We must focus again and again upon who He is, in order that our minds and hearts are both protected against the assault of evil teaching. Parents and guardians should take the lead to guide children to Christ.
Reading the word of God daily and praying diligently can build the family in Christian values. Families that are deep rooted in God will have stronger integrity, character and moral purity. Families that are built on Christ-like values and principles will provide the next generation with security and power in Christ. God can accomplish and fulfill His purposes in and through such families.
B. Application / Self-reflection
- What are some of the traditions and rituals we have adopted in our generation that are not in line with the word of God?
- Do you sit together as a family and discuss how the worldly value systems are so different from Christian values, and which you should follow?