This week Pastor Mike is finishing up the series, Family Matters. As parents, we have endeavored to teach our children the principles of God’s Word and to live those principles by example before our children. Now it’s time to release them to go out into the world and do ministry.
“Open to Let Go”
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.”
Jeremiah 29:11-13 NIV
Lessons for Launching
Never stop praying.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 NLT
2) (Trust God’s guidance)
My son, observe the commandment of your father and do not forsake the teaching of your mother; Bind them continually on your heart; tie them around your neck. When you walk about, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk to you.
Proverbs 6:20-22 NASB
(Other Role Models)
3) (Find balance in transitions)
Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate robe for him.
Genesis 37:3 NIV
And it came about when Samuel was old that he appointed his sons judges over Israel…His sons, however, did not walk in his ways but turned aside after dishonest gain and took bribes and perverted justice.
1 Samuel 8:1,3 NASB
4) (Release and Enjoy)
A little farther up the shore He saw two other brothers, James and John, sitting in a boat with their father, Zebedee, repairing their nets. And He called them to come, too. They immediately followed Him, leaving the boat and their father behind.
Matthew 4:21-22 NLT
Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He will do it. Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him…
Psalms 37: 4-5; 7a NASB