Today we get to continue digging into the traits of a godly dad. It’s interesting to just go with whatever the search results provide as the devotional to dig into. Today’s devotional from Bible.com is looking to empower us to be the dads. Today’s devotional from Bible.com is looking to help us address our feelings of inadequacy by providing us with the traits we need to be the dads. Today’s devotional from Bible.com is looking to help us get out of the starting blocks and into the race by sharing 6 biblical traits we need to model in our own lives in order to be the dads God created and purposed for us to be. So let’s dig in deeper as we jump into this new devotional in order to be able to learn and practice what God’s prepared in advance as good works for us to accomplish. Let’s grab a hold of these traits in order for us to be the dads, the godly dads we need to be for our wives, our kids, and our world.
Today’s devotional connects with the following verses:
‘“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me. ‘Exodus 20:2-3
‘Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them. ‘Proverbs 4:5
‘ “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. “This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. ’ For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.’Matthew 6:5-15
‘As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. ‘Proverbs 27:17
‘Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. ‘Proverbs 16:3
God’s Word is so amazing! God’s Word is alive! All scripture is inspired by God and declares His design and plan for mankind. ‘All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.‘ 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Looking at the verses for today, we get started in Exodus where Moses is leading the people of Israel out of Egypt and towards the promised land where God is revealing Himself to them and explaining how He wants to be in relationship with them and be at the center of their lives. God is more interested in the state of our hearts! God when He asks for something, He asks for it from those who are willing, who have a willing heart. God doesn’t want to demand or force us to do something but rather He wants to be in an intimate relationship with Him. So are you ready to be the dads who put God first? Are you the dads that are ready to keep God at the center? Are you the dads who will be willing to give from what God has given you and do what God is calling for you to do and to be? Are you ready to be the dads your wives, your kids, and this world needs you to be? Are you ready to be the dads who have no other gods before the Lord? There is but one true God! We see how there are three persons but only one God! So are you ready to invite Jesus into your heart and allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you every step of every day? Are you ready to be the dads who model their lives after our Heavenly Father?
Let’s be the dads who make time and take time to get into God’s Word! Let’s be the dads who make the time and take the time to learn more about God and build a relationship with God through His Word! Let’s be the dads who get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget God’s words or turn away from them. Let’s lean in on God rather than our own understanding so that in all our ways we acknowledge Him and allow Him to make our path straight.
Let’s be the dads who spend time in conversation with God! Let’s be the dads who pray without ceasing because we are walking through this life with God all day long! Let’s be the dads who give God the praise and invite heaven into our time here on earth. Let’s be the dads who align our lives to God and with God rather than babbling or making a scene in public so that the attention is put on us. Let’s be the dads who make time away from everyone and everything to be with God and hear from Him. Let’s be the dads who are more focused on spending intimate time with God rather than putting on a show for the public that we are so religious and all that. Let’s be the dads who know God is our good Father and knows what we have need of even before we ask and so when we ask we ask believing and trusting Him. Let’s be the dads who love and trust God so much because we know that He does all things for our good and His glory. So let’s start with glorifying Him! Let’s be the dads who seek God for our provisions daily. Let’s be the dads who see God’s forgiveness for having missed the mark. Let’s be the dads who are humble enough to ask for forgiveness as well as to forgive others who have harmed us. Let’s be the dads who are ambassadors of forgiveness thanks to God. Let’s be the dads who stick so close and are in constant communications with God so that we won’t be tempted to sin. Let’s be the dads who stick so close to God that we are filled with the Holy Spirit to overflowing, not leaving room for sin to get in or temptation to trip us up. Let’s be the dads who trust God to protect us and deliver us from the devil and his evil ones. Let’s be the dads who offer others forgiveness when they sin against us because we know that then God will also forgive us. Let’s choose today to always forgive because we know that if we do not forgive others their sins, neither will our Father in heaven forgive our sins.
Let’s be the dads who don’t try to go it alone! Let’s be the dads who come alongside one another so that we can sharpen one another! Let’s be the dads who step up and step into the lives of our brothers in order to help sharpen one another towards the glory of God and for the glory of God! Let’s be the dads who are willing to deal with the pain, the friction, the uncomfortable feeling, the heat, and because we want to be sharpened! Let’s be the dads who have the character needed and necessary to sharpen one another! Let’s be the dads who are so into the word which is a double-edged sword. Let’s be the dads who hold each other accountable for our behaviors. Let’s be the dads who surround ourselves with other godly men rather than going it alone so that we won’t be tempted and the devil won’t be able to make his lies stick or seem believable. Let’s be the dads who are filled up by spending time in the Word of God and maturing in God (1 Peter 2:1-3). Let’s be the dads who find men who have been in the faith and know God’s Word and aren’t recent converts to be our mentors and accountability partners (1 Timothy 3:6). Let’s be the dads who find men who are connected to Jesus and are being filled and nourished and led by Him daily (John 15: 1-11). Let’s be the dads who speak the truth in love so that you can also help to sharpen other men (Ephesians 4:15). Let’s be the dads who look to continuously be filled with God’s presence, God’s Word, and God’s Spirit so that we can be overflowing into the lives of others. Let’s be the dads who live our lives with spiritual discipline so that we model and demonstrate how God desires for us to live in a way that will give Him the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Let’s be the dads who have accountability partners who can help keep us accountable as we go through this life. Let’s be the dads who are of good character so that we will be above reproach (1 Timothy 3:12). Let’s be the dads who are connected to Jesus, receiving the nutrients from Jesus to live our lives to the full!
Let’s be the dads who give everything we do or even are considering doing up to God! Let’s be the dads who will lean in and trust God to establish our plans in His perfect way and timing. Let’s be the dads who are committed to God! Let’s be the dads who put everything we have in front of God! Let’s be the dads who have willing hearts to answer the call of God on our lives!
Amazing all that God is able to do in and through our lives. Amazing what God’s Word can tell us and teach us as we prepare for today.
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“Day 2 The godly dad knows biblical truth.“
- Today’s devotional gets us started with what they call “the five “big rocks” of a godly dad that are essention for the godly dad knowing biblical truth.“
- “The godly dad trusts God (Exodus 20:2-3).“
- “The first of the Ten Commandments God gave us was that we put Him first, above everything and everyone else.“
- THE WHY: “When we get things out of order and make other things or other people more important than God, we make those things false gods or idols. “
- THE WHAT: “Your role as dad isn’t to point your child to you. The godly dad points his child to God.“
- “The godly dad knows His Word (Proverbs 4:5).“
- “Do you know God’s Word? Like, do you have it in your heart so that it’s not a forced thing when you try to apply it to situation? “
- THE WHY: “The Bible calls this “hiding God’s Word in our hearts” (Psalm 119:11). When we do this, His Word will help us experience His ways in our own lives.“
- THE WHAT: “Then, you can speak from experience and be good friends to those around you.“
- “The godly dad prays fervently (Matthew 6:5-15). “
- In Matthew 6:5-15, Jesus taught His disciples to pray. Jesus’ goal as He prayed was, “your will be done” (v. 10), not “here’s my list of what I want you to do for me, God.”
- THE WHY: So we know how to pray and to teach our kids to pray.
- “This outline can help teach your child to pray:
- Come to God with the right attitude and heart.
- Begin by worshiping God.
- Have the right goal for your prayer.
- Ask for what you need, and trust God.
- Confess your sins and ask for forgiveness.
- Forgive others who have hurt you.
- Ask God to protect you and help you when tempted.
- “This outline can help teach your child to pray:
- THE WHAT: “Teach your child how to pray simply by having an honest conversation with God.“
- “The godly dad builds relationships (Proverbs 27:17).”
- “To be a godly dad, it’s going to take other people. You cannot go this road alone. “
- THE WHY: Genesis 2:18 The LORD God also said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make for him a suitable helper.” (biblehub.com)
- THE WHAT: “Take time to invest in guys around you and seek them out. Become the guy who invests time and attention in relationships. We need strong, godly friendships in order to grow and live as followers of Christ.“
- “The godly dad serves others (Proverbs 16:3).”
- “What’s does it mean to commit whatever you do to the Lord?“
- THE WHY: ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine. My son, do not despise the Lord ’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in. ‘ Proverbs 3:5-12
- THE WHAT: “It means we do what we do for God, not for ourselves or others; and we depend on him for success. We are to live the lifestyle of a servant (Phil. 2:1-8). When we serve others we put into action what God is doing in our lives. The godly dad makes an impact on the people around him.“
- “The godly dad trusts God (Exodus 20:2-3).“
Today’s devotional closes with a moment of reflection, a question to ask yourself:
“Which of these five big rocks do you need the most help with?“
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