10 Challenges Every Dad Must Conquer – Day 6 

10 Challenges Every Dad Must Conquer - 12 Day Devotional

The Bible.com (or Bible App from YouVersion) has so many great plans to go through and read. As I continue through the list of dad devotionals using their search capabilities, I have come across today’s devotional which is a 12-day devotional titled 10 Challenges Every Dad Must Conquer. Checking out the publisher’s information and signing up for their newsletters as well as getting to download their survival gear, I am excited to get better connected with them as I believe they have many resources that will be helpful and useful for men who answer the call to step up and step into being the dads God has called and created them to be. Looking into this devotional and trying to better understand the purpose of Manhood Journey, I discovered they are “a ministry who helps dads become disciple-makers. We do this through various tools. Things like blogs, eBooks, Field Guides, Bible studies, digital courses, and live events“. I am so excited to get to go through this devotional with all of you and see where God will take us. I am excited to have gotten to communicate with Kent and to have found their resources as I believe it will be of great help to dads.

The Bible.com site describes this plan as follows:

“Feel overwhelmed—or worse—like a failure? We took your most-pressing challenges and matched them up with battle-proven, busy leaders who also happen to be dads—to give you theologically deep and super-practical help. You CAN be the dad God calls you to be. This plan will help.”

10 Challenges Every Dad Must Conquer

Today’s devotional points us to Ephesians 4:26-27 and Ephesians 4:31-32.

‘“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. ‘

Ephesians 4:26-27

‘Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.’

Ephesians 4:31-32

It’s an interesting theme we get from God’s Word. It is interesting that it comes from the same chapter of the same book and yet excludes some verses in the middle. Let’s focus on the verses for today but not neglect the connecting pieces, the connections between them both. Ever been in a situation where what happened made you angry? Ever been in a situation while being the dad where someone did something that hurt your child and it made you angry? Ever responded in a way that you shouldn’t have? Ever been able to manage the anger in order to keep yourself from sinning? Let’s be the dads who can get angry when something bad happens and yet also be the dads who don’t slip into sinning because of that anger. Let’s be the dads who are able to bring the anger before God and deal with it before we go to sleep so that we don’t go to sleep angry. Let’s be the dads who won’t give the devil a foothold because of anger or bitterness in our hearts and our lives. Let’s be the dads who take it to God and address it so that God’s answer, God’s peace, and God’s love can give us wisdom and direction which will prevent us from falling into sin because of our anger. It is interesting that even while I commented about the anger I included bitterness because our second scripture for today calls for us to rid ourselves of it. Let’s be the dads who get rid of bitterness! Let’s be the dads who get rid of rage! Let’s be the dads who get rid of anger! Let’s be the dads who get rid of brawling and slander! Let’s be the dads who get rid of every and any form of malice. Let’s be the dads God created and called for us to be by being kind! Let’s be the dads who get rid of every and any form of malice. Let’s be the dads God created and called for us to be by being compassionate! Let’s be the dads who get rid of every and any form of malice. Let’s be the dads God created and called for us to be by being forgiving! Let’s learn from the example of our Heavenly Father and be the dads who forgive just as He has forgiven us through Jesus. God is calling us to a higher standard! Jesus took the bar found in the 10 Words or Decalogue or 10 Commandments and raised the bar when He spoke to us. Let’s be the dads He created and called us to be. Let’s be the dads our wives need us to be. Let’s be the dads our kids need us to be!

Before jumping into today’s devotional, I wanted to circle back and take a quick look at the connecting verses between the two scriptures from today’s devotional. Let’s check out verses 28-30 to see what they have to say:

‘Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need. Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. ‘

Ephesians 4:28-30

Today’s devotional has been provided by Manhood Journey (more details can be found https://www.manhoodjourney.org/fieldguides/)

Reading through today’s devotional, here are some takeaways for me:
(check out the devotional on your own too to see if you pick up other nuggets, and please share your findings in the comments)

For more information, please visit Manhood Journey: https://www.manhoodjourney.org/fieldguides/.

Day 6 You’re always angry.

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