WHEN YOUR FAMILY IS UNDER ATTACK
Dr. Miles Seaborn
Eph. 6; Deut. 6
INTRO. William Rasberry, newspaper writer, said,
"Reason American family is in trouble is:
First they consider their family to be of secondary
importance. Their #1 priority is themselves, growth,
fulfillment, "me first" - neither the economic or the
employment status of the parents is the key. What
matters is whether the family is at the center of
The reason for our emphasis for this month is because
the family is at the center of all we do that is
eternal, godly and lasting. When this is not true,
all the forces of hell come against God's
first creation after man himself, the family.
I will not bore you with statistics about the
breakdown of the family, our lives, our very focus
reflect the reality of the fact that families here and
all around the world are under attack!
I. THE SCENE OF THE ATTACK
ILL. God ordained three basic institutions,
1st the home: Gen. 2
2nd the government: Gen. 9, Rom. 13 for the law
that we can live in peace.
3rd the church: The church was to undergird the
When the home fails the government and church fail and
fall! So we can understand why. Satan would come at
the home! Because that is the place God is in business
and at work trying to establish joy and fulfillment in
ILL. University of Oregon professor did 25 year
study of stress factor. 100 points ultimate
stress (mental emotional, anguish)
1. 100 - death of a spouse
2. 73 - divorce
3. 65 - separation in family
4. 63 - jail sentence
5. 63 - death of close family member
6. 53 - illness or injury
7. 47 - fired from job
8. 45 - marital difficulties
9. 45 - retirement
Six of the top seven stress factors relate to the
family in one way or the other.
ILL. Of family like Bullseye, 1st ring family,
2nd ring is the peer group; next circle the
school; next the church. The last is the
ILL. Of black pastor in East St. Louis, worst
place to live, yet he has three kids, they love
Jesus, and yet they live in the midst of crime,
poverty, sin. But they are making it! It's not
so much your neighborhood but what you are
teaching that child.
The child is impacted by the family.
ILL. 1. Moral values and character are formed the
first 5-6 years.
2. Security and self-confidence are given in the
first 5 -6 years.
3. Self control, 1st 5 years.
4. Sexual direction - masculine/feminine, the he
and she of life, 5 - 6 years.
5. Sexual capability to fulfill sexual capacity
in later life as an adult is established in years
6 - 8.
The basic patterns of a child's life are established
in the first 8 years of a child's life. So what we
are going to say during the next few weeks will remind
us it is vitally important what kind of home you have,
and how that home is led.
II. THE ...
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