Friday, May 24, 2013

The Importance of God’s Word in Our Homes - Guest Post

Today's post comes to us from  Anna (Sloan) Lopez

As wives and mothers, we have the power of building up our homes, or of tearing it down. How we struggle day by day to strive to build up our homes! God has given us a very powerful tool in building up our homes: His holy Word.

The Word of God is quick, and powerful…sharper than any two-edged sword…

The Word of God can discern the thoughts and the intents of the heart.

What a valuable tool! How much do we use this powerful tool that God has given to us?

In this day of wickedness and danger, sin abounds everywhere. However, we can raise up children for God and have a stable and happy home because we have God’s Word to purify and guide us.

As one of eight children who were raised on the mission field where the Word of God was a part of our daily lives, I can testify to the fact that the Bible has had a tremendously positive effect in my life. “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thy word.” Psalm 119:9

Every day, before breakfast, we all sat around the table with our Bibles and read a passage from the Word of God and memorized Scripture. At least once a day, the pure and precious Word of God was repeated by our lips for at least 15 minutes (solid Scripture memorization). I say this, not to glorify my parents, nor as a statement of pride, but to point out what a positive effect it had in the life of eight children who matured into adults who are now (by God’s grace and mercy) living their lives in service to Him.

I know that the following was true for our family, and has been true in my own personal life.

The Word of God Purifies. Psalm 19:7-10

Through the Word of God, we can have a pure, clean and sweet atmosphere in our homes.

The Word of God Protects. Psalm 119:11, 105

God’s Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. How God’s Word has brought protection from sin in my own life!

The Word of God Prospers. Psalm 1:1-3; Joshua 1:8
Psalm 1 says that the man who meditates day and night upon the Word of God will prosper. The promise in Joshua says that if we are obedient to God’s Word, our way will be prosperous, and we will have good success.

The Word of God Prevents. Prov. 2:16-20; Prov. 23:29-35

Dad and Mom helped us memorize literally hundreds of Bible verses. I know that in my own life, when I was tempted to sin and do evil, the Holy Spirit would bring to my memory passages that prevented me from doing certain things.

The Word of God brings Peace. Psalm 119:165

Many times the Precious Word of God has brought peace to my heart as I have struggled with different things.

The peace of God which passeth all understanding can rule in our hearts and in our homes today. Are you taking full advantage of God’s Word? Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom….

Using the Word of God to build up our homes is a choice. What a shame it is if we only pick up God’s Word when we are headed out the door to go to church and never open it the rest of the week. Take advantage of this great treasure within your home. Begin today by reading, memorizing, and meditating upon God’s Holy Word. And then teach it to your children, that their lives may be blessed as well.

1 comment:

Jolene said...

I can certainly testify to the fact that memorizing Scripture as a child has made all of the difference in the world to my husband... one of Anna's brothers who grew up quoting Scriptures daily!

Thanks, Anna, for this encouraging and powerful post!