FOCUS ON THE FUNDAMENTALS - DAILY DISCIPLINES FOUND IN THE ARMOR OF GOD - A 10-DAY BIBLE PLAN BY TIM FERRARA (FOUNDER OF DISCERNING DAD)

Focus on the Fundamentals – Day 5

Ever had one of those days where you feel like you missed the mark? Ever had one of those days where you feel like you said or did the wrong thing? What did you do about it? How did you respond? Did you try to make things right? Did you try again? Did you turn back to God for help? Did you repent? Did you say you were sorry? What did you do? How did you respond?

We’re on day 5 of 10 and I am so curious to get to see the fundamentals God has planned for us today and how today’s devotional will speak it to us.


Scripture from Today’s Devotional:

‘ But I have this [one charge to make] against you: that you have left (abandoned) the love that you had at first [you have deserted Me, your first love]. Remember then from what heights you have fallen. Repent (change the inner man to meet God’s will) and do the works you did previously [when first you knew the Lord], or else I will visit you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you change your mind and repent.’

Revelation 2:4-5

‘ But when Jesus heard it, He replied, Those who are strong and well (healthy) have no need of a physician, but those who are weak and sick. Go and learn what this means: I desire mercy [that is, readiness to help those in trouble] and not sacrifice and sacrificial victims. For I came not to call and invite [to repentance] the righteous (those who are upright and in right standing with God), but sinners (the erring ones and all those not free from sin). [Hos. 6:6.]’

Matthew 9:12-13

‘ But whatever former things I had that might have been gains to me, I have come to consider as [one combined] loss for Christ’s sake. Yes, furthermore, I count everything as loss compared to the possession of the priceless privilege (the overwhelming preciousness, the surpassing worth, and supreme advantage) of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord and of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him [of perceiving and recognizing and understanding Him more fully and clearly]. For His sake I have lost everything and consider it all to be mere rubbish (refuse, dregs), in order that I may win (gain) Christ (the Anointed One), And that I may [actually] be found and known as in Him, not having any [self-achieved] righteousness that can be called my own, based on my obedience to the Law’s demands (ritualistic uprightness and supposed right standing with God thus acquired), but possessing that [genuine righteousness] which comes through faith in Christ (the Anointed One), the [truly] right standing with God, which comes from God by [saving] faith. [For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope] That if possible I may attain to the [spiritual and moral] resurrection [that lifts me] out from among the dead [even while in the body].’

Philippians 3:7-11

Starting with God’s Word rather than the thoughts of man is so much better because God’s Word has power and never returns void! So let’s make sure to start our time daily with God and in His Word!

Let’s be the dads who don’t turn from or walk away from God! Let’s be the dads who when we realize that we have walked away from God that we stop and turn back to Him! Let’s be the dads who don’t think we can do it in our own strength or on our own but turn to God who is our source and firm foundation! Let’s be the dads who live our lives with God, loving Him because He first loved us, loving others from the overflow of His love pouring into us! Let’s be the dads who are walking with God today! Let’s be the dads who realize when we need healing and turn back to God to be restored! Let’s be the dads who see when others are in need and ask God how we can help with the restoration and healing process, how can we be the hands reaching, the arms embracing, and the feet going to accomplish His will! Let’s be the dads who are ready to help those in need like our Heavenly Father is! Let’s be the dads who turn back to God and repent when we realize that we have errored or have been trapped or ensnared by sin! Let’s be the dads who are more interested in God’s stuff than collecting material possessions in this world! Let’s be the dads who are celebrating the priceless privilege of knowing Jesus which is overwhelmingly preciousness, that is of surpassing worth, and supreme advantage! Let’s be the dads who take the time and make the time to progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, of perceiving and recognizing, and understand Him more fully and clearly! Let’s be the dads who may actually be found and known as in Him, not having any self-achieved righteousness that can be called my own, based on my obedience to the Law’s demands (ritualistic uprightness and supposed right standing with God thus acquired), but possessing that [genuine righteousness] which comes through faith in Christ, the Anointed One, the truly right standing with God, which comes from God by saving faith! Let’s be the dads who know Him that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly, and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection which it exerts over believers, and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed in spirit into His likeness even to His death, in the hope That if possible I may attain to the [spiritual and moral] resurrection that lifts me out from among the dead even while in the body!


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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)

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Takeaways from Today’s Devotional:
Fundamental 2—Repentance (Breastplate of Righteousness) (Eph 6:14)

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