Kill the Noise - by Ryan Ries

Kill the Noise – Day 5

After my regular “dad” search to find our current devotional 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:


‘Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done. “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”’

Matthew 16:24-28

‘So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.’

Galatians 5:16-26

‘Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. ‘

James 4:7-10

Wow, God is so good and His Word is true! God’s Word is alive and active and speaks to us right here and right now, right where we are at. Let’s be the dads who are ready to take a stand and pick up our own cross daily and follow Jesus! Let’s be the dads who are ready to lose our lives for the sake of Jesus so that we can walk in the truth and the confidence of eternal life with God! Let’s be the dads who are more interested in things that will last and so store up treasures in Heaven rather than here on earth where they can rust, rot, and be destroyed! Let’s be the dads who are so focused on eternity with God that we aren’t willing to sell our souls for the temporary, things of this world, and lost our grip on eternity with God! Let’s be the dads who are more focused on inviting Jesus into our lives and our hearts so that we can be led and taught by the Holy Spirit because there is nothing worth exchanging for our souls! Let’s be the dads who are focused on being ready for Jesus’ return! Let’s be the dads who are always ready because we don’t know the day or the time of His return! Let’s be the dads who are living our lives looking to accomplish the good works God has prepared in advance for us to accomplish so that when Jesus does return we will get to hear well done good and faithful servant and be able to receive the reward according to what we have done! Let’s be the dads who are ready for His return and pass it on to our wives, kids, and world so that if we are here or have already passed off the stage when Jesus comes back, there will be a legacy of people who will still be present and ready to be reunited with Jesus!

Let’s be the dads who walk by the Spirit! Let’s be the dads who are more interested in doing the work of God and walking by the Spirit than gratifying the desires of our flesh! Let’s be the dads who desire the ways of the Spirit more than the desires of the flesh because we know that they are contrary to one another! Let’s be the dads who desire the ways of the Spirit because we know that they are in conflict with the ways of the flesh! Let’s be the dads who won’t do whatever the flesh wants but instead will pursue and follow after the ways of the Holy Spirit! Let’s choose to be led by the Spirit and not find ourselves trapped under the law! Let’s be the dads who resist the temptations of the devil! Let’s be the dads who lean in and grab tighter to the Spirit so that we don’t find ourselves in the traps of the devil and acting in the obvious ways of the flesh like: “sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like.” Let’s be the dads who are desiring and choosing to live our lives in alignment with the Spirit so that we will inherit the kingdom of God. Let’s be the dads who are being filled with the Spirit daily to the point of getting to overflow the fruits of the Spirit: “love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control“, all of which there are no laws against. Let’s be the dads who grab hold of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and nail the desires of the flesh to the cross! Let’s be the dads who nail the desires and the passions of the flesh to the cross! Let’s be the dads who choose to keep up with and in step with the Holy Spirit! Let’s be the dads who aren’t falling into the traps of conceit, provocation, and envy! Let’s choose to be living by the Spirit and overflowing in His fruits!

Let’s make our today count! Let’s choose to submit ourselves to God! Let’s choose to resist the devil so that he will flee! Let’s choose to come near to God so that He too will draw closer to us! Let’s invite Jesus into our hearts and allow the Holy Spirit to clean us up from the inside out! Let’s invite Jesus into our lives so that we won’t need to be tossed around like the waves in the water being double-minded! Let’s humble ourselves so that in the right timing God can and will lift us up rather than living so proud that we get knocked down and find ourselves grieving and mourning because of the doom and gloom we find ourselves in.


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:
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