Point Man - A 5 Day Reading Plan By Steve Farrar

Point Man – Day 5

It’s an interesting day today as this devotional is drawing to a close and the work week is just kicking off. Ever had one of those days where you wake up and God speaks to you through His Word and then you go to church and the sermon is speaking the same words to you? That was yesterday when after posting my post on Point Man – Day 4 along with my 2005 to Eternity post THRIVE: Make the most of your day by living with purpose, on purpose, and for a purpose! I went to church and the sermon series Finding Joy in the Journey with the title I’ve Got No One Like You spoke with the words: purpose, the sphere of influence, and serving others. The sermon was speaking to the reality of knowing and acknowledging that there is nobody like you in our lives! So as I step into today and consider what God has to say in and through His Word, I realize that I am to live my life to the full, on purpose, with purpose, and for God’s purpose! Let’s jump back into today’s devotional. The introduction put it this way:

If you are a husband or father, then you are in a war—because war has been declared on the biblical family. Today, leading a family through the chaos of American culture is like leading a small patrol through enemy-occupied territory. But Jesus is not asking you to die for your family; He’s asking you to live for them.

Point Man – A 5-Day Reading Plan By Steve Farrar

Scripture from Today’s Devotional:

‘The Lord is my light and my salvation— so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident.’

Psalms 27:1-3

‘Later, Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives. His disciples came to him privately and said, “Tell us, when will all this happen? What sign will signal your return and the end of the world? ” Jesus told them, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come. “Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers. And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other. And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people. Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come. ‘

Matthew 24:3-14

What better way to jump into a devotional than to turn to God’s Word first and see what He has to say before turning to see what will be taught through this devotional? God’s Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path! God’s Word is perfect and refreshing to the soul! God’s Word is trustworthy, making wise the simple! Let’s take the time to read and meditate on God’s Word!

Let’s be the dads who turn to God as our light and our salvation! Let’s be the dads who lean in and trust God rather than allowing the noise and the attacks of the devil to try and create fear in us and paralyze us by making us afraid! Let’s be the dads who cling to God who is our fortress, protecting us from danger and giving us no reason to tremble and even rebuking the lies and the attacks that try to make us tremble! Let’s be the dads who trust God and lean in on God because we know that when evil people come to devour us when my enemies and foes attack us, they will stumble and fall! Let’s be the dads who choose to live by faith, trusting God, standing with and clinging to God, because we know that even though a mighty army surrounds us, our hearts will not be afraid! Let’s be the dads who choose faith over fear! Let’s be the dads who stand firm in confidence that God’s plan is for good and not for evil and that what the enemy plans for evil He can use for our good! Let’s be the dad who even if I am attacked, I will remain confident!

Let’s be the dads who aren’t being misled by the lies of impersonators and deceivers! Let’s be the dads who know the truth and allow the truth to set us free! Let’s be the dads who don’t and won’t panic in the midst of hearing of wars and threats of wars! Let’s be the dads who don’t and won’t panic because we know these things need to happen but the end won’t follow immediately! Let’s be the dads who aren’t misled or panicked when nations go to war against nations, and kingdoms against kingdoms! Let’s be the dads who aren’t misled or panicked when there are famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world! Let’s be the dads who aren’t misled or panicked when we see believers or experience being arrested, persecuted, and killed, being hated all over the world because we follow Jesus! Let’s be the dads who stand firm in the midst of the turning, betraying, and even deceiving of our love, trust, and faith in Jesus! Let’s be the dads who aren’t surprised or shocked when we see sin running rampant everywhere, and the love of many growing cold! Let’s be the dads who endure to the end and will be saved because we know that the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world so that all nations will hear it, and then the end will come!

Today’s devotional has been provided to us by WaterBrook Multnomah.

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:
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