Throughout the centuries the godly strategy of defeating evil has always been an internal to external, generational family plan. From there God’s power and blessing influences every area of culture. God’s worldwide covenant of blessing was initiated through Abraham. Speaking of Abraham in Genesis 18, God says, "For I have chosen him so that he may teach his children and the sons of his house after him to keep the way of the Lord and to do what is just and righteous." The most powerful force in America is not our government, our economy or our military. The force that has created the freest nations in history, is the peaceful and virtually unreported armies of godly families. If we mentor our families and friends to live out God's Word in their own lives we can once again impact all areas of society. Here is a story to inspire and challenge your family. Notice how the power of only a few individuals from one family tree helped build two great nations.
John Knox, a former bodyguard and defrocked priest turned reformer, returned to his native Scotland, in 1560. He had spent 15 years in prison and exile. He preached the liberating Gospel with such power from the pulpit of St. Giles Cathedral that much of his nation was converted. So much so that "Mary Queen of Scots feared the prayers of John Knox more than all the assembled armies of Europe." As a result of Knox's faithfulness, the lives, culture and government of Scotland was transformed in a decade.
Four generations later, a descendent of John Knox married a minister named John Witherspoon. By this time, in the 1740's, Scotland had once again entered a time of economic turmoil, famine and persecution from its powerful overlord to the south, England. The Witherspoon/Knox family endured trials and even imprisonment, as they worked to revive the true faith in their homeland. They persevered. Elizabeth and John had ten children. Five survived childhood.
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