Hello, my friends! It is day four of the Sword Training Challenge. If you’re joining for the first time today, sword training refers to reading the Word of God on a daily basis to strengthen your ability to use the Sword of the Spirit, which IS the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17). This is a forty-day exercise in keeping with the 40 days that Jesus spent teaching the disciples after his resurrection. Today’s scriptures are Proverbs 4 and Psalm 16 thru 20.
Today I was touched by the concept of having a Godly heritage. In Psalm 16:5-8, David says,
“The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot. The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage…I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.”
It is a blessing to be raised in a household that worships the Lord. I believe there is a special grace that is passed through generations, and while it may not guarantee that every child will choose to follow the Lord or accept Christ, I believe it helps immensely. I’m reminded of Acts 16:31 where Paul told the jailer, “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”
I was raised in a Godly house, and I thank God for my mother who always kept us connected to the church. She led by example, singing in the choir and playing her violin. She made sure we were engaged in the various children’s and youth ministries as we grew up. Not surprisingly, my teen years were a little rough as I spread my wings, but I never forgot the ways of the Lord. Indeed, I’m proof of the scripture that says, “train up a child in the way they should go, and when they are old they will not depart from it.” I’ve had a number of Godly people in my life, but ultimately it was the “goodly heritage” that I received from my mother that kept me on the right path. (Thanks, Mom!)
Now I am a father, with children of my own. It is up to me and my wife to ensure that they know the path of righteousness in Christ. It is our job to pass on that “goodly heritage”. Today’s chapter in Proverbs talks about the instruction of a father. I didn’t have a father growing up. He left when my brother and I were 3-weeks old. As such, I am committed to ensuring that I am always around for my children. I hope that one day they can read Proverbs 4 and remember dear old dad as it says,
“For I was my father’s son [or daughter], tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. He taught me also, and said unto me, let thine heart retain my words…”
I am reminded of a song by David Meece called, “My Father’s Chair”. It’s a wonderful song about his relationship with his earthly father vs. his relationship with his Heavenly Father. You can listen to it here, but you may want to have a Kleenex ready. 😊
My closing exhortation is this: Take care to give your children a “goodly heritage”. Follow hard after the Lord and teach your children in what is right. Show them how to be a good soldier in the Army of God, beginning by learning how to use the Sword of the Spirit.
May the Lord bless you and keep you, my friends!
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