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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 find myself drawn to things I know are bad for me.
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When bad things happen, I wonder if God can make things better.
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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 question why God allowed certain things to happen in my life.
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I worry about the problems that the future holds.
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I feel I can turn to God for direction.
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I look forward to good things in my future.
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I have been wronged in the past in a way I cannot get over.
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I believe in an all-powerful, all-knowing God.
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I spend too much of my energy pursuing material things.
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I feel strong relationships are hard, but worth it.
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I have witnessed things that make me wonder if God is in control.
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I have a hard time trusting people.
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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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When bad things happen, I feel like I am getting what I deserve.
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I am willing to sacrifice immediate gratification for something better down the road.
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I feel compelled to make the world around me better.
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My faith practices are more about routine than relationship.
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I am grateful for the things I have been given.
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People who have hurt me in the past cause me to avoid some relationships today.
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I worry that God is angry with me.
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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 believe the Bible has answers for today's circumstances.
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I think that God will meet all my needs.
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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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I feel with God's help, I can face any situation.
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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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It troubles me that God has not answered my prayers.
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I believe God loves me in spite of who I am.
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I am amazed at God's power.
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I tend to expect the worst to happen.
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I believe truth is the same for everyone.
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I am willing to serve others for nothing in return.
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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 believe God is willing and able to answer my prayers.
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People would describe me as a giving person.
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I try to avoid temptations that would bring me harm.
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I am confident God has forgiven me for my past.
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I observe things that make me wonder if I should believe the Bible.
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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 think God cares about the details of my life.
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I don't believe anyone can ever know what is absolutely true.
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It humbles me to think I can know God.
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I believe God wants what is best for me.
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I have too many of my own problems to deal with the problems of others.
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The possibility of gaining a good friend is worth the risk.
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I am intentionally seeking to grow in my relationships with others.
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