Wednesday, January 29 2020
page links deal with how to train your dog. You would have to look long and hard before you may run across an article that reflects a positive light on obedience as it pertains to our daily walk with Christ.
DADs, in this world to “obey” is not often the “norm” and sometimes has a connotation of weakness, and giving away our control to others. To obey goes against our instincts & inclinations.
To comply, submit or to be generally agreeable in the world that we work and live in communicates as a lack of strength or leadership.
But in truth DADs, to be obedient is to lead and will bring three basic benefits:
Rescues us from self-destruction:
Perseverance even in dire sufferings:
Aids in our interpersonal relationships:
This helps us recognize authority & direction from others! All three lead to Winning Situations!!
2 Chronicles 31:21: "He was diligent in every deed that he began in the service of God's temple, in the law and in the commandment, in order to seek his God, and he prospered."
Are you ready to prosper?
Then DADs...start your obedience today!
DADs…“get in the game”…
BE THE DAD TODAY!
Wednesday, January 22 2020
DADs…what do you say or do at work that communicates to your co-workers, bosses, customers, and others your obedience?
Is your obedience at work only obvious in the “big” things or is your obedience apparent to others even in the day to day plans and activities?
At what point during the day do you hand your day over to God?
Is it in the disappointments of a failure or even in your successes?
In 2 Chronicles 17& 18:Ezra writes about one of Judah’s Kings…King Jehoshaphat. "The king’s strengths and accomplishments included that he was a bold follower of God and carried out a national program of religious education…"
2 Chronicles 17:3 & 4: "Now the LORD was with Jehoshaphat because he walked in the former ways of his father David. He did not seek the Baals but sought the God of his father and walked by His commands, not according to the practices of Israel."
But Ezra also wrote of Jehoshaphat’s lack of obedience in the little things that can often become the big things.
2 Chronicles 18:1: Ezra writes: "Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honor in abundance, and he made an alliance with Ahab through marriage."
Jehoshaphat allowed his son to marry the daughter of the wicked Ahab. Without asking God he made an alliance with Ahab and later got involved with Ahab’s son in a venture that was shipwrecked by God.
DADs…God wants all of us…not just when the odds are clearly against us!
God wants to be in our business…even in the details.
DADs…while on the job…what are the ways you can ensure obedience in your work day for the future?
How can you model obedience in all your words and deeds?
Next time…we will continue this conversation on obedience at work and look at how your position at work can be a mission field.
Wednesday, January 15 2020
DADs, how do you demonstrate obedience at home?
Although in Ephesians Paul talks about “mutual” submission between a husband and his wife, it is the man that needs to take the lead and model that spiritual example.
Obedience in our walk starts in the home. God gives many of us the precious gift of a life partner in our wives and precious legacies in our children.
If we cannot practice intentional obedience with our family it will not matter that we are obedient at work!
Paul writes in Ephesians 5:25-28: 25Husbands, love your wives, just as also Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26to make her holy, cleansing her in the washing of water by the word. 27He did this to present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but holy and blameless. 28In the same way, husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
Ephesians 6:4: 4And fathers, don't stir up anger in your children, but bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
DADs, if our faith and obedience is real it will usually prove itself first at home, in our relationships with those who know us best!
In what family relationship do you need obedience the most?
What are the primary obstacles that are keeping you from practicing obedience in your home?
DADs, remember to obey is God’s command.
Wednesday, January 08 2020
Wednesday, January 01 2020
Happy New year DAD!