Unity In Your Family

Living Water Church

Unity In Your Family

Sunday, May 27, 2018 – Pastor George Dupree

 

We’re so glad you’ve decided to spend part of your day with us at Living Water Church. We pray that the message will inspire and encourage you to be all you can for Christ. Today we’re talking about Unity In Your Family – A house divided will not stand but a house in unity will be blessed by God

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Psalms 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it isfor brethren to dwell together in unity!
2 It islike the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments. 3 It is like the dew of Hermon, descending upon the mountains of Zion; for there the LORD commanded the blessing—life forevermore.
 
Unity prompts a heavenly response of unrestrained and lavish abundance from the Lord, the fragrant anointing of the Spirit and the commanded blessing.
 
Psalm 133 is what’s know as a song of Assents – may scholars believe they were songs that were sung as the people would come together in Jerusalem for the feast days.
 
There were people from all over coming together to worship, together.
 
There is something that happens when people come together to worship God.
 
But it goes much further than coming together it really means LIVING together.
 
That’s why the psalm ends with the phrase LIFE FOREVERMORE!
 
When a family lives in unity there is LIFE and a commanded blessing from God Almighty.
 
So how can family live life together in unity?
 
Speak words of life and encouragement, that’s a key to a family living life in unity.
 
Make time to have at least one meal every day TOGETHER – turn of the TV, turn off the electronics, turn off the telephone, talk to each other. Parents bless the food and the family.
 
Husbands and wives make time to be with each other. Take a walk, take a ride, sit next to each other and hold hands.
 
Men, tell your wife at least 5 times a day that you love her.
 
Speak words of love and praise to her over and over and over.
 
Wives make sure you encourage your husband. Tell him how much you appreciate him. Tell him he’s a good man. Tell him that you’re happy to be married to him.
 
Fathers tell your daughters how special they are, let them know from a very early age that you’re their daddy and you’ll always be there for them, tell them over and over that they deserve to have a good man for their husband someday. Tell them that they’re precious and beautiful.
 
Fathers tell your sons that you’re proud of them. Find some things that they do well and compliment them about it. Encourage them even when they strike out or drop the ball. Take time to play with them.
 
Husbands treat your wife with respect, open the car door for her, let her walk out the door first. Honor and cherish her.
 
Wives treat your husband with respect, he’ll thrive in that kind of environment.
 
These things are not quick fixes to family problems, they’re lifelong commitments to building a happy home.
 
Matthew 12:25 Jesus…said to them…a house divided against itself will not stand.

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Overcoming Depression

 
Living with depression is like being in a prison without bars. You want to get out. There are no visible barriers holding you in, but somehow you can’t seem to break free. When people are depressed, they are totally consumed with themselves and their circumstances. Depression imprisons its victims by robbing them of hope while drowning them in a sea of melancholy, self-pity, low self esteem, no confidence and fear.
 
Remember when Jesus started His ministry. He boldly proclaimed that part of His mission was to heal the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to the captives, and set at liberty those who are oppressed.
 
When we allow His perfect love to flood our hearts, fear and other negative, depressive thoughts won’t find a place to stay in us. When we draw near to God, He draws near to us through the Holy Spirit. We are confident that He will not leave us nor forsake us, so that even though we experience depression, He is with us and speaking comfort to us.
 
The Apostle Paul had gone through difficult times but was able to write to the Corinthian Church with these words. He states: “We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.”
 
Depression is no trivial matter. The enemy of our soul is bent on using this problem to destroy us by stealing our joy and our hope. Hope deferred or taken away does make the heart sick, but when our desires are fulfilled it brings life.
 
Every person who has ever suffered from depression, or who may face it in the future, should know that God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of love, power, and a sound mind. Jesus said that we shall know the truth and it will set us free.
 
Knowing is not just having knowledge, but personal application will bring transformation. If depression seems to overshadow you like a black cloud, put on a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Be appreciative, grateful and humble.

By doing this, you put on the helmet of salvation. Rise up, and confidently convince yourself the promise God has given you; “for I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)


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