A House Divided

"For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land...a land where you will eat food without scarcity, in which you will not lack anything... Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments...otherwise, when you have eaten and are satisfied, and have built good houses and lived in them...then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt." (Deut. 8:7-14)

  1. It begins with the FAMILY.
    • Family -> CHURCH -> Country.
      "Do all things without grumbling or disputing; so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world." (Phil. 2:14-15)
      "To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing." (1 Pet. 3:8-9)

  2. Stay faithful to the BASICS.
    "You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered." (1 Pet. 3:7)

    "Wives, understand and support your husbands in ways that show your support for Christ. The husband provides leadership to his wife the way Christ does to His church, not by domineering but by cherishing. So just as the church submits to Christ as He exercises such leadership, wives should likewise submit to their husbands." (Eph. 5:22-24 MSG)

    "Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother...so that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth." (Eph. 6:1-3)

  3. Establish GODLY family values.
    "They sang, praising and giving thanks to the Lord, saying, 'For He is good, for His lovingkindness is upon Israel forever.' And all the people shouted with a great shout when they praised the Lord because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid." (Ezra 3:11)

    "Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it." (Ps. 127:1)