I found this devotional: Being Fathered By God. The devotional seems very powerful and purposeful as it calls out how “Every man has had authority figures in his life, and much of what a man perceives about God was shaped by those authority figures. His earthly father is at the top of every man’s authority list.” So I took on the offer to join the journey into this devotional. Will you join me on this 14-day journey?
Scripture for Today’s Devotional:
‘ “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. ‘John 14:1
‘ “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. ‘John 15:9
When we don’t know what to do, what to think, or what to say, let’s turn to the source of truth that is the same as yesterday, today, and tomorrow, God and His Word! Let’s go to God’s Word that is a lamp unto our feet and light unto our path! Let’s invite Jesus to speak to us through the Holy Spirit! Let’s allow God’s Word into our minds as we meditate on it!
Let’s be the dads who turn to God, cry out to God, and allow Him to protect us from our hearts becoming troubled! Let’s be the dads who believe in God and trust in Him! Let’s be the dads who believe in Jesus and trust in Him! Let’s be the dads who invite Jesus as our Lord and Savior into our hearts so that we may live our lives in alignment with Him and according to His plans and purposes! Let’s be the dads who love our wives, our kids, and the people God puts before us in this world! Let’s be the dads who are loving from the overflow of the source that is Jesus within us as the fountain of life and overflowing love into our wives, kids, and others! Let’s be the dads who choose to remain connected to Jesus as the vine and us as the branches so that He is able to flow into us and we can remain in Him!
Today’s devotional was provided by Michael Thompson where on zoweh.org they share the following: “Every man has had authority figures in his life, and much of what a man perceives about God and projects onto God was shaped by those authority figures. At the top of every man’s authority list is his earthly father. How your dad handled your heart has shaped you and contributed significantly to how you perceive God. Join us for this journey towards experiencing the heart of the Father and getting everything out of the way that is in the way of being a Beloved Son.“
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Takeaways from Today’s Devotional:
“Is He Good?“
- Remember how often God is good? All the time!
- Remember that all the time, God is good!
- Since God is good all the time then we should live to trust in Him!
- Let’s be the dads who are living lives trusting God because God is good all the time!
- Let’s be the dads who are living lives pouring out love and God’s goodness into the lives of our wives!
- Let’s be the dads who are living lives pouring out love and God’s goodness into the lives of our kids!
- Let’s be the dads who are living lives pouring out love and God’s goodness into the lives of our world!
- Let’s be the dads who choose to walk out life with our Heavenly Father!
- Let’s be the dads who choose to bring our wives with us so they too can be walking in the will of God!
- Let’s be the dads who choose to bring our kids with us so they too can be walking in the will of God!
- Let’s be the dads who testify that God is good!
- Let’s be the dads who live for and are fighting for the Kingdom of God!
- Let’s be the dads who focus on who God is and make sure that our wives, kids, and world know who they are at their deepest foundation and who God is!
- Let’s be the dads who are more focused on helping our wives, kids, and the world know and understand who they are in God’s eyes, God’s heart, God’s purpose, and God’s plan!
- Let’s first be focused on helping them know who they are in God and then we can help them know how to walk in that and live that to the full!
- Let’s be the dads who focus on the heart of God!
- Let’s be the dads who focus on sharing the heart of God with our wives, kids, and others!
- Let’s be the dads who focus on making sure our wives, kids, and others know that God is good, all the time!
- Let’s be the dads who are willing to invite God in to show us the state of our hearts!
- Let’s be the dads who are willing to invite God to work in our hearts to bring healing and restoration!
- Let’s be the dads who trust God with all of our heart, all of our minds, all of our soul, and all of our strength so that we are able to love God!
- Let’s be the dads who help others who have trouble trusting God to first be able to love God because as our devotional today says: “It is impossible for us to love what we don’t trust.“
- Let’s be the dads who help others who have trouble trusting God to be able to love God and then grasp the quote shared in today’s devotional from George MacDonald: “To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved.”
- Today’s devotional takes us into an interesting discussion when it says:
- “We are loved to the degree that we are known and in human relationships we are known to the degree that we trust. God, of course, knows us completely and loves us unconditionally whether we trust him or not. The question then becomes, will we let him love us?“
- “Choosing to trust him is the key. In the words of Jesus:
“Trust in me . . . let me love you.” (John 14:1; 15:9).“
- Today’s devotional then shares how God is trustworthy as it says:
- “The Father is trustworthy! He knows what each and every man can become and he is all in. Satan also knows what a man might become—and fears it! There are more forces at work in our story than just God and us. There is an evil that is out to steal, kill, and destroy. Evil is lurking, working far deeper behind a man’s front lines than most men realize. More on this in days to come, but suffice it to say, we live in a perilous fight, a dangerous environment, a place of high stakes. A man must discern the propaganda he has been fed about God and himself and find his way to the true heart of the Father, trusting that the Father can show him who he truly isn’t, who he truly is, and then set him free!“
- Today’s devotional challenges us in our time alone with God today with the following: