10 Challenges Every Dad Must Conquer - 12 Day Devotional

10 Challenges Every Dad Must Conquer – Day 8

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 6:12.

‘For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. ‘

Ephesians 6:12

Remember how Jesus warned us: “In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.“? Remember how in James we are told about how to feel and respond to troubles and trials in our life when he said: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.“? So today as we consider the struggles we face, let’s not be overcome but rather choose to be overcomers! Let’s choose to lead with love and joy in order to persevere through the trials and troubles of this dark world. Today’s verse points us to the truth about the struggles we face and how there is something bigger at work. It’s not people! It’s not the family! It’s not the kids! Our struggles are because of the rules, authorities, powers of this dark world, and spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Are you struggling with something today? Don’t lose hope but rather take heart! Are you facing a struggle that seems too big? Consider it pure joy because you know that it will build your faith to enable you to persevere and when that perseverance finishes its work you will be made mature and complete, lacking nothing! It’s a choice, some days a tough choice, either way, we need to decide how we will choose to respond to the trials, the troubles, and the struggles that we come up against today. Let’s choose joy! Let’s remember the truth and the faithfulness of God to help us in and through whatever it is that comes our way! Let’s choose to make sure we are attacking the problem, not the people! Let’s choose to make sure we are fighting the right battle! Let’s choose to make sure we are fighting the right enemies! Let’s do so and then Let’s choose joy!


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 8 You’re fighting the wrong enemy.

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