PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH
    By Michael Roy

    When the opportunity arises I go out into the streets of Dallas, Texas to minister the Word
    of God.   Before I go out, I pray that God will allow me to meet someone that desires to know
    Him and His son Jesus.  I tell you God has never failed to answer that prayer.  I always end
    up ministering to someone that seems to be expecting me.   However, there are some
    instances when the people I attempt to minister to will say, they have heard the Word and
    know about Jesus and choose not to be involved in church right now.  Most of the time the
    people that have misconceptions about God have been raised in church or family
    environments that did not adhere to the teaching of scripture.   I have received personal
    testimony from more than two believers whose parents are in leadership roles in the church
    who say, without hesitation that their fathers lived contrary to the word of God daily.  
    Ministering to people from this type of background uses much time and ministry resources,
    because these believers have been trained to mask their hurts and pains, even from the
    people that are seeking to help them.   There is one particular individual who stands out in
    my mind.  I have been ministering to this brother for a while and he would always say, “God
    doesn’t care about me and if he did why did he let my dad treat our family the way he did.”   
    It is evident to me that Satan has used the fathers disregard for the Word of God to create
    a stronghold in the lives of his children, where receiving and believing the promises of God
    is concerned.

    God’s original intention has always been that the father would teach his children the Word.  
    Genesis 18:19 says the following with regard to Abraham: For I have known him, in order
    that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of
    the Lord, to do righteousness and justice, that the Lord may bring to Abraham what He has
    Spoken to him.” Proverbs 4 admonishes the child to receive the instruction of his father.  
    Now if we have a father or a family that is not providing the good doctrine Proverbs
    prescribes, then we will have a child, left to teach himself or be taught by the worlds
    system.   James chapter 1 teaches we should be doers of the word and not hearers only,
    because if we hear only we deceive ourselves.  James goes on to say if we hear only and
    don’t apply the Word then we immediately forget what type of person we are.  Furthermore,
    Matthew 13:19 says, When any one hears the word of the kingdom, and understands it not,
    then comes the wicked one, and takes away that which was sown in his heart.  Satan is able
    to steal what has been sown because it wasn’t put into practice.

    Parents we can’t teach our children the Word of God and expect them to apply it to their
    lives just because we say so.  Remember Abraham, the father of faith, God chose him
    because he believed God, obeyed God, and God knew he would teach Isaac and Jacob to
    do the same.   In contrast to Abraham there is Eli the priest in 1 Samuel 2.  Scripture
    teaches us that Eli’s sons did not know the Lord, but worshiped Belial, a pagan god.   From
    the scripture we can see that Eli failed to teach his sons the ways of the Lord.  Even after
    Eli was warned by a man of God to speak to the wicked behavior of his sons, which included
    robbing the synagogue of the daily sacrifices and committing fornication with the young
    women that appeared at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, he lightly
    admonished them.  Because of Eli’s failure to restrain his sons, his family received the
    judgment of God, which included the death of his sons and removal of his family from the
    priesthood.  God’s Word gives parents the tools they need to guide their children.  2
    Timothy 2:14-17 says the following:  “But you must continue in the things which you have
    learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from
    childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for
    salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.  All Scripture is given by inspiration of God,
    and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
    that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  It is the
    responsibility of the father to know and apply the scriptures so that he will be able to instruct
    his children. Just as Abraham was an example to his children so must we be to ours.  
    People are behavior oriented and most of the things they learn are from watching others,
    so we must remember our children are watching us.   None of us will be perfect parents, but
    if we put God’s Word to use and give Him first place in every area of our lives he will sustain
    us.  Yes, we will make mistakes, but if we continue to keep our eyes on Jesus and not the
    issues of life, we will continue to overcome as the scripture teaches.  

    God expects every man to be the spiritual leader in his home and that means leading by
    example.  It means committing our lives to the things of God so that the favor of God will not
    be hindered.  Men should demonstrate love in the home by loving their wives as Christ
    loved the church.  That means our sons and daughters must see an example from the
    father how godly men treat their wives.  Fathers, as the spiritual heads should not allow
    their homes to be filled with a negative atmosphere of criticism, unrealistic goals and
    intimidation, but one that’s positive, with encouragement, tenderness, patience, listening,
    affection and love.  Sisters, don’t frustrate your husbands by merely pointing out their
    faults.  Pray for them that God may increase them in all wisdom knowledge and spiritual
    understanding.  You are the second wind men need when Satan tries to put doubt or fear in
    their hearts.  Do not think God has relegated you to a secondary position because man is
    the spiritual head.  Assist your husband by reverencing him and thereby show your sons
    and daughters how the family of God is to operate.  Brothers, I speak to you again,
    Galatians 6:7 –9 says, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked:  for whatsoever a man sows,
    that shall he also reap.  For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption: but
    he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.  And let us not be weary in
    well doing for in due season we shall reap if we faint not.”  Brothers and sisters we are
    today what we’ve sown, whether it be the truth of God’s Word, a tip from the world or an evil
    lie right off the tip of Satan’s tongue.   The same will be true for our children, if they see us
    preaching one thing and doing another, they will have less faith in God and more
    confidence in man and the world.

    We are truly blessed in this age to hear the Word of God preached on every medium
    imaginable, so let’s not ruin it for our children.  Let’s be what he created us to be, like
    Himself.  Amen.  I pray that this Word sown into the heart will help families’ plant their
    children in God’s truth.



           Transforming Lives Through Teaching God's Word