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This Just In… Family Devotions are Not the Answer.

Maybe we’ve been telling people the wrong answer to success at home all along.  Wouldn’t it be just like Americans to over-categorize our answer to the most pressing problem in our culture?

Deuteronomy 6 is an oft-quoted verse by many pro-family speakers – including myself.  However, I must admit that we all might have taken some of these words a bit off the path of their original destination.

Verses six through nine of this dynamic chapter challenge the families of Israel as to how the wonderful book of the law should be used: “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.  You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.  You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”(NKJV)  In other words, the Word of God should be taught at all times!

Now, here’s where most of us take a bit of a wrong turn.  I can almost hear myself tell a group of families, “Now, don’t you see?  God is making it clear that we should have a specific time of family devotions every day in our homes!  If it’s that important, shouldn’t we set aside a time every day to spend as a family in the Word?”  While the PROMISE of that statement will always be very positive for any family, the PREMISE of it is not the content of those key verses of Scripture.

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The spiritual barriers people face are countless, but they can be categorized into Eight Primary Walls. These walls correlate with the 8 primary breakthroughs that everyone needs.
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I think God cares about the details of my life.
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I believe God is loving and kind.
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I know a lot of people, but don't feel very close to many people.
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I look forward to good things in my future.
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I have witnessed things that make me wonder if God is in control.
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I feel there is a disconnect between who I really am and how I act in front of other people.
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I feel I can turn to God for direction.
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When I am facing a difficult situation, I feel like I can solve problems on my own.
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I believe truth is the same for everyone.
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People who have hurt me in the past cause me to avoid some relationships today.
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When bad things happen, I feel like I am getting what I deserve.
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I find myself drawn to things I know are bad for me.
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I try to avoid temptations that would bring me harm.
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I spend too much of my energy pursuing material things.
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I am grateful for the things I have been given.
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I feel strong relationships are hard, but worth it.
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The possibility of gaining a good friend is worth the risk.
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I observe things that make me wonder if I should believe the Bible.
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I believe God wants what is best for me.
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My faith practices are more about routine than relationship.
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I am willing to sacrifice immediate gratification for something better down the road.
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I am amazed at God's power.
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It troubles me that God has not answered my prayers.
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I feel compelled to make the world around me better.
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I believe God is willing and able to answer my prayers.
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When bad things happen, I wonder if God can make things better.
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I question why God allowed certain things to happen in my life.
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I think that God will meet all my needs.
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I worry that God is angry with me.
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When looking back on my life, I tend to focus on all of the things I did wrong.
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People would describe me as a giving person.
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I have to guard against judging people when I learn they are dealing with tough circumstances.
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I worry about the problems that the future holds.
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I have a hard time trusting people.
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I am willing to serve others for nothing in return.
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I have been wronged in the past in a way I cannot get over.
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I believe the Bible has answers for today's circumstances.
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I find myself more focused on the things I don't have but wish I did.
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I believe God loves me in spite of who I am.
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I feel with God's help, I can face any situation.
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I tend to expect the worst to happen.
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I believe in an all-powerful, all-knowing God.
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I am confident God has forgiven me for my past.
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I am so busy that I find myself ignoring the most important things in my life.
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I don't believe anyone can ever know what is absolutely true.
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I have too many of my own problems to deal with the problems of others.
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I am intentionally seeking to grow in my relationships with others.
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It humbles me to think I can know God.
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