Trust God to Get Out of Family Mess

by Joey Johnson 
November 12, 2012
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If we are going to rise above family mess and obey God, we are going to have to trust God. Faith is our abandonment to and rest in God's promises. God will not fully reveal His destiny for us until we leave home.

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Now maybe you're saying, "I've already left home." Don't be so quick. You haven't left home if every time your mother says something it upsets you for the rest of the week. You're still at home. You haven't left home if your father's still got you all messed up. Even if your parents are dead you may still be at home. If they're still messing you up from beyond the grave, you have not left home.

  • God promised to love us with an everlasting love. Sometimes this world can batter me  and I can even begin to think that God has removed His love from me. But faith is abandonment to and rest in His promise.
  • God promised that He would never let us be tempted beyond what we are able to bear. I know we can always look back at the end of our trial and say that He didn't put too much on us. But in the middle, it's not always so clear. But faith is abandonment to and rest in that promise.
  • God promised to conform us to the image of His dear Son. There are times in the Christian life when the sun seems to be blotted out. I know it's back there but I can't see it and I can't feel the warmth. Faith is abandonment to and rest in God's promise.
  • God promised that He would never leave us or forsake us. There are times when He seems to be hiding, but I choose to believe that He is still there. Faith is abandonment to and rest in that promise.
  • God promised to come back to get us one day. I look around me and I can't find any hint that He's about to return. But He said He is, so that settles it. Faith is abandonment to and rest in that promise.
If Abraham was going to rise above family mess and become the man that God wanted him to become by obeying and trusting God, he was going to have to leave home. 

Abraham was no doubt living in his father's tents. This was not unusual for the nomadic people of those times. But God wanted to do something new with Abraham. He wanted Abraham to leave his father's house and leave all his relatives. He knew that Abraham would never escape the influence of family mess as long as he lived in such close proximity to it. God had a vision for Abraham's life, but Abraham would have to accept that vision by obeying and trusting Him.

God wants to do something miraculous in the lives of every one of His children. He has a destiny for each one of us. But in order to receive the miracle and destiny of God, we must leave home.

  • We must get finished with our "mother issues."
  • We must tear down our father's altars.
  • We must leave home volitionally, physically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.
  • We must leave home with all of its issues and press on towards the mark of the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

God has a vision for our lives. To release that vision, we must accept God's vision of us--no matter how we look in our own eyes or in someone else's eyes.

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