Kill the Noise - by Ryan Ries

Kill the Noise – Day 1

So I did my regular “dad” search to find our next devotional and found this one called “Kill the Noise“. Its description captured my attention when it spoke to “playing”, I over the years will say in meetings “let’s play pretend” which tends to allow people to come along and to make sure there isn’t any deception I tell them how it usually means “let’s play for real” so that we are on the same page and that most people will come along on playing pretend whereas others are hesitant to play for real. The description says it this way: “Too many people are playing at being Christians, and some haven’t yet taken even the first step of belief.” The key for us to grab hold of in order to be the dads God created us to be is that we need to draw closer to Jesus and allow Him into every aspect of our lives. Let’s be the dads who allow Jesus to be Lord of all of our lives so that we don’t end up where we discover that we never allowed Him to be Lord at all. Today’s intro speaks to us to be the dads that allow Jesus to continue to get closer to us when it says: “No matter where you are in your spiritual walk, Jesus wants you closer.” Let’s be the dads who are seeking God’s purpose, plan, and will for our lives! Let’s be the dads who grab hold of the reality that “He’s got a perfect plan for your life – a plan for purpose, peace, joy, and eternal life.” Let’s be the dads who choose to be authentic! Let’s be the dads who choose to be real! As this devotional says: “All it takes is you deciding that the poser life is not for you. You’re going to be fully committed!” Are you ready? Are you willing? Are you able? Remember all things are possible for those who believe! We will be the dads who are able as long as you believe, then God can do anything in your life! If you believe. you see, God is able to do all things, and he does them according to his plan and according to his purpose, and according to his will. That’s right, it takes faith!


Today’s devotional gets us started with the following verses:


‘You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.’

Romans 5:6-11

‘See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. ‘

1 John 3:1-3

It is interesting to get started with the scriptures and meditate on them before jumping into the devotional and its message for us today! God’s Word never returns voice and is sharper than a double-edged sword! So let’s pause and receive and hear what God is saying through His Word today!

Let’s be the dads who really get what Easter is all about. Let’s be the dads who realize that God took things into His own hands in order to make a way for us to be freed from sin and reconciled back unto Himself when Jesus came to bare it all on the cross, carrying it all there and nailing it to the cross once and for all, defeating the power of sin and death forever! In Romans from today’s scripture, we see how God’s timing is perfect! We also find that Jesus sacrificed Himself for us, the sinful and the ungodly in order that we could be reconciled to Himself. We see how it speaks to the magnitude of this when it speaks to how very rare it is that “anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die.” It takes a special kind of love, the kind of love that God demonstrated towards us when “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” So let’s be the dads who believe it and receive it, the gift of grace in love from God! Let’s be the dads who are reconciled to God by accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior and inviting Him to be in an intimate relationship with us, allowing Him to draw closer and closer! Today’s scripture speaks this to us as follows:

‘Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.’

Romans 5:9-11

Let’s be the dads who are ready to receive God’s love through Jesus! Let’s be the dads who have started our journey with Jesus and are now considered children of the most high God! Let’s be the dads who choose to be in a living relationship with Jesus and because of our faith are called friends of God like Abraham was. Let’s be the dads who cling to the reality of God’s great love that has been lavished on us! Let’s be the dads who are children of God and who are living in a way to help others receive and live out their lives as children of God too! Let’s be the dads who are hopeful! Let’s be the dads who are prepared and purifying ourselves in Jesus! Let’s be the dads who grab hold of what is being shared in 1 John 3 when it says:

‘See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. ‘

1 John 3:1-3

Today’s devotional has been provided by Ryan Ries and The Whosoevers. (www.thewhosoevers.com and http://www.elcentronetwork.com)

Reading through today’s devotional, here are some takeaways for me:
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Takeaways from Today’s Devotional: “God Will Never Give Up On You

Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven. At this moment I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I thank you that I can face death now that you are my Savior. Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me through the deep valley. Thank you for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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