As this new year begins, how can we reset and get ready?
Are there things you need to get rid of? Are there things you need to let go of? Are there things you need to prepare and bring along? Are there things you need to make sure you have as seeds to sow? Are there things you need to make sure you have as food to eat? The clocks reset and 2023 began, we are now four days in and how are you setup to be able to ready for this year ahead? Are you taking hold of God’s Word? Are you clinging to God’s promises? Are you building upon what is solid and firm, what is right and true?
Turn to God for wisdom and discernment! Turn to God for instruction and direction! Respond out of obedience so that you are ready!
‘When everything was ready, the Lord said to Noah, “Go into the boat with all your family, for among all the people of the earth, I can see that you alone are righteous. Take with you seven pairs—male and female—of each animal I have approved for eating and for sacrifice, and take one pair of each of the others. Also take seven pairs of every kind of bird. There must be a male and a female in each pair to ensure that all life will survive on the earth after the flood. Seven days from now I will make the rains pour down on the earth. And it will rain for forty days and forty nights, until I have wiped from the earth all the living things I have created.” So Noah did everything as the Lord commanded him. Noah was 600 years old when the flood covered the earth. He went on board the boat to escape the flood—he and his wife and his sons and their wives.’Genesis 7:1-7
When the timing is right, be ready to respond to God and give Him praise, honor, and glory!
‘Noah was now 601 years old. On the first day of the new year, ten and a half months after the flood began, the floodwaters had almost dried up from the earth. Noah lifted back the covering of the boat and saw that the surface of the ground was drying. Two more months went by, and at last the earth was dry! Then God said to Noah, “Leave the boat, all of you—you and your wife, and your sons and their wives. Release all the animals—the birds, the livestock, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—so they can be fruitful and multiply throughout the earth.” So Noah, his wife, and his sons and their wives left the boat. And all of the large and small animals and birds came out of the boat, pair by pair. Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and there he sacrificed as burnt offerings the animals and birds that had been approved for that purpose. ‘Genesis 8:13-20
God’s given you the plan, so now you can go and be fruitful and multiply! Cling to God’s promises as you step up and step into what God has called and purposed for you to be!
‘Then God blessed Noah and his sons and told them, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth. All the animals of the earth, all the birds of the sky, all the small animals that scurry along the ground, and all the fish in the sea will look on you with fear and terror. I have placed them in your power. I have given them to you for food, just as I have given you grain and vegetables. But you must never eat any meat that still has the lifeblood in it. “And I will require the blood of anyone who takes another person’s life. If a wild animal kills a person, it must die. And anyone who murders a fellow human must die. If anyone takes a human life, that person’s life will also be taken by human hands. For God made human beings in his own image. Now be fruitful and multiply, and repopulate the earth.” Then God told Noah and his sons, “I hereby confirm my covenant with you and your descendants, and with all the animals that were on the boat with you—the birds, the livestock, and all the wild animals—every living creature on earth. Yes, I am confirming my covenant with you. Never again will floodwaters kill all living creatures; never again will a flood destroy the earth.” Then God said, “I am giving you a sign of my covenant with you and with all living creatures, for all generations to come. I have placed my rainbow in the clouds. It is the sign of my covenant with you and with all the earth. When I send clouds over the earth, the rainbow will appear in the clouds, and I will remember my covenant with you and with all living creatures. Never again will the floodwaters destroy all life. When I see the rainbow in the clouds, I will remember the eternal covenant between God and every living creature on earth.” Then God said to Noah, “Yes, this rainbow is the sign of the covenant I am confirming with all the creatures on earth.” ‘Genesis 9:1-17
Let’s be the dads who choose to live our lives in ways that will be pleasing to God! Let’s be the dads who are deciding to pursue God, His plans, and His purposes! Let’s be the dads who are putting all of our hope and trust in God and His promises so that we can move forward and become the husbands that our wives need! Let’s be the dads who are putting all of our hope and trust in God and His promises so that we can move forward and become the dads that our kids need! Let’s be the dads who are putting all of our hope and trust in God and His promises so that we can move forward and become the dads that our world needs us to be! Let’s be the dads who choose to praise God who carries us each day in His arms! Let’s be the dads who choose to do what is right! Let’s be the dads who choose to remember the lies and tricks of the devil from the beginning so we don’t get tripped up and fall for it this year!
Are you ready to be the dads God created and purposed for you to be? It requires that you turn from the tricks and traps of the devil and walk into a life that is God-centered! Are you ready to be the dads who extend this ambassadorship of reconciliation to your wife, your kids, and your world?
Let’s be the dads who choose to live in the truth that gives us freedom from God and live God-centered rather than being self-centered and allowing ourselves to be fooled by the devil and finding ourselves living ashamed of our decisions and actions.