Sunday, June 3, 2018—Mike Teel, Pastor
STRENGTHENING OUR FAMILIES: Blueprints for a Godly Home
FOCAL PASSAGE: Psalm 127:1-5
1. NO SUBSTITUTION
Have you discovered that in your own life there are some things that you cannot substitute for?
Sugar/Splenda, hair/extensions, bad eyes/contacts, etc.
2. THE REAL THING
If you ever want to experience the abundant life and have peace that passes all your understanding—grab a hold of these 3 words in our text that will change your life: Except the Lord.
3. SUBSTITUTE WILL ONLY LEAVE YOU DESTITUTE!
A substitute is that which temporarily acts as another replacement —but upon examination cannot stand the test of time.
HE WILL ESTABLISH YOUR HOUSE
If God is involved He will ESTABLISH the house.
The text says, “Except the Lord BUILDS the house . . .”
The Lord is the master builder.
If you let the LORD, He will establish your house.
IT TAKES EFFORT
1. SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD
One of the paradoxical truths about faith is the sovereignty of God.
The sovereignty and the absoluteness of God, BALANCE the volition and the responsibility of man.
2. MAN’S WORK
If I can be honest, I have discovered that so many work for everything else but their families. And many times we say we are working for our families when we are working for self-satisfaction.
If God is not involved in the blueprints of your family and in the plans of your home—you will leave with constant, remaining, never-ending emptiness.
Except the Lord builds the house, they that labor, labor in VAIN (Hebrew word SHAWV means to be empty).
Remember building a home will . . .
...take longer than you planned.
...cost more than you figured.
...be messier than you anticipated.
...require greater determination.
...take more patience than you expected.
LIVE IT OUT
> What essential elements are missing in your home?
> Is the Lord the BUILDER of your home?
> Is your house empty?