Important: Be Consistent

You are probably thinking from the title that I am going to write about being consistent with the discipline of your kids or helping our children establish good habits.  As a parent I remember just how difficult those jobs were. But that is not what I want to write about this morning.  Instead, I want to share with you about consistent, systematic Bible study with your family and how it can change your hearts, lives and understanding. 

I have the awesome privilege of leading a class of middle school homeschool students on Tuesday mornings here at Precept Ministries International.  For the past few years they have studied many of the Old Testament heroes that they were acquainted with through Bible stories in Sunday school.  While getting to know these heroes better and uncovering the events and lessons from them, one scripture came up continually – that was Genesis 17:1 “Now when Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him,” I am God Almighty; Walk before Me, and be blameless.” 

The first class that I lead with this group was Joseph-Surrendering to God’s Sovereignty.  As you may have already guessed, while they were discovering Joseph’s life in detail we had a cross-reference to Genesis 17:1.  Our class discussion that morning included a list of some very practical ways to walk before God and be blameless and we spent some time talking through each step.  After the class was over one of the girls in the class came to me and shared with me what she learned that week concerning Genesis 17:1.  She shared that she was very familiar with the verse because it had been a scripture or cross-reference in two studies she had participated in at the ministry in before.  Prior to that morning, she had always walked away scratching her head and still questioning what Genesis 17:1 meant.  Her words were something like “ I just did not get it.”  But that morning she did!

Many times I find myself thinking “not this again, I have already studied that.”  When I find myself thinking that, I just think of that Tuesday morning and how after three times looking at one passage God opened this student’s eyes to what it really meant to walk before God blamelessly, and how she could now live as a result of that knowledge.  I am truly grateful that the Word of the God is living and active and working in our lives to transform us into His image. 

So keep studying (and encouraging your kids to study) even if you have already studied it before. 

Thesa Morgan serves as Precept Ministries International’s
Curriculum Representative and Student Ministries Registrar.

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