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Mike and everyone,
i learned much from Timothy Darling's sermon "Overcoming the Sins of our Families", April 2008, in sermoncentral.com.
Asa, the great great grandson of David, was able to overcome his family's influence, and live a life pleasing to God.
- Asa's great-grandfather Solomon had introduced paganism.
- Asa's grandfather Rehoboam had divided the kingdom.
- His father Abijah maintained constant war with the neighbors.
- His grandmother Maacah was a a strong proponent of paganism.
Yet...
1 Kings 15:11-15 NLT
11 Asa did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight, as his ancestor David had done.
12 He banished the male and female shrine prostitutes from the land and got rid of all the idols his ancestors had made.
13 He even deposed his grandmother Maacah from her position as queen mother because she had made an obscene Asherah pole. He cut down her obscene pole and burned it in the Kidron Valley.
14 Although the pagan shrines were not removed, Asa’s heart remained completely faithful to the Lord throughout his life.
15 He brought into the Temple of the Lord the silver and gold and the various items that he and his father had dedicated.
What a fresh breath of air it is, to see that Asa was determined to break many of his family's patterns to follow God.
May our God give us a steadfast heart to follow Him and to please Him, above following and pleasing our families!
Thank You God for His teaching!

Sincerely,
Joyce

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