Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:31–32
A. When the Pharisees asked Jesus His opinion on the subject of divorce, His answer disagreed with them, and seemed to them to disagree with the Scriptures (Matthew 19:1–9; cf. Deuteronomy 24:1–4).
B. As He often does, Jesus pointed the Pharisees to a better way, and we will do ourselves a great favor if we will listen.
I. What can we do as Christians to protect our loved ones?
A. Marriage itself is in serious trouble in our society.
B. We need to apply Nehemiah’s strategy for fortifying our homes (Nehemiah 3:26–30; cf. Joshua 24:15).
C. We need to train our children well concerning God’s plan for the home (Deuteronomy 6:7; Ephesians 6:4).
D. We can establish a home that will promote God’s plan for life (cf. Deuteronomy 22:13–21; 1 Corinthians 7:25–40).
E. We can prepare them for life (Titus 2:4–5; Exodus 13:14).
II. God intended great things for our homes.
A. He intended for them to last a lifetime (Matthew 19:6).
B. He intended for them to be a blessing (Genesis 2:18).
C. He intended for them to be training grounds for future warriors (2 Timothy 1:5; 3:15).
A. The devil will try to defeat our efforts when we get a mind to build, but we must have courage and put our trust in the Lord.
B. The devil is after our homes, and he will be after our children’s homes. Let’s get busy building those walls. We have no time to lose!
Think of one way in which the devil is trying to get into your home.
What can you do individually and as a family to counter this attack?