Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018
Gotcha's Detours: Family Ties
He came home, and the crowd gathered again, to such an extent that they could not even eat a meal. When His Own people heard of this, they went out to take custody of Him; for they were saying, 'He has lost His senses.'
Mark 3:20-21 (NASB)
Can the family members we love most keep us from our God-given destinies? Can they tie us to their own agendas? Can they drag us down a road of guilt trips? Usually not from ill intentions. More often, they're fearful for our futures.

Because kin who study God's Word daily, kin who are filled with foundational faith, kin who hold no-matter-what-happens hope, kin who believe in impossible dreams...

Kin who give relentless encouragement... are rare jewels in Christian families, or really any type of family. We're blessed if our own kin are among them.

If they're not there yet, consider some tips:

1) The Word of Christ will free us. Cling to It. 'If you continue in My Word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free' (John 8:31-32, NASB).

2) Jesus Himself is our uppermost Kin. After Him come our spiritual kin: 'For whoever does the will of God, he is My brother and sister and mother' (Mark 3:35, NASB).

3) When Christ's earthly family tried to stop Him, He obeyed God (not them) and continued. (See today's key Verse). We must continue our missions as well.

4) If we're doing God's work away from home, the Lord will take care of our families... as He did for Peter's mother-in-law: 'When Jesus touched her hand, the fever left her' (Matthew 8:15, NLT).

5) If we untie ourselves from doubtful kin who don't believe in our calling from Christ, we trust God is able to change their hearts. Two faithless brothers of Christ (James and Jude) eventually became church leaders.

## Gotcha's Detours: Family Ties (Part 45)

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Gotcha! series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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