Heading into today, I grabbed hold of words of faith from a wise man I had the opportunity to speak with before he shared some exciting updates and how important a role faith played in it. Do you remember what faith is? Do you remember that faith is active? What about how faith without works is dead?
Sam Johnson was our guest yesterday and he shared how one verse has directed him:
‘Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses]. ‘Hebrews 11:1
and went on to share how important faith is to God:
‘But without faith it is impossible to [walk with God and] please Him, for whoever comes [near] to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He rewards those who [earnestly and diligently] seek Him. ‘Hebrews 11:6
Sam then went on to share Four Things Learned with Gift of Faith:
- Firstly, Faith must always have a purpose
- Secondly, Faith always risks something
- Thirdly, Faith always confesses what it believes
- Finally, The perfect test of faith is obedience
When Sam shared the topic with me before service, I knew I would have to listen and take notes because God gave me a purpose to get started with Be The Dads during the covid years. Reading the points from his message, I am realizing that I need to take risks to accomplish God’s purpose for me to accomplish all that Be The Dads is supposed to be. It is important that I confess my beliefs to express my faith and step into all that God is calling me to do and be. I need to pass the test of faith by being obedient and just as I got started with the site, the devotionals, and the blog posts, I need to take the next step and start the work of producing and sharing a podcast.
God is so good and knew what I needed to hear to move forward for His glory!
Let’s be the dads who live our lives with love and by love towards our wives, kids, and world! Firstly, let’s be the dads who love with enduring patience and serenity! Secondly, let’s be the dads who love with kindness and thoughtfulness! Thirdly, let’s be the dads who love so much that we do not allow jealousy and envy to get in the way of God’s purpose and plans for us! Finally, let’s be the dads who choose to love without bragging, without pride that comes before the fall, and without arrogance!
Let’s demonstrate our faith by living our lives with love!
Consider applying today’s verse of the day in order to be the dads God created and purposed for us to be!
- Patience: Exercise patience with your children and wife, understanding that they are growing and learning. Exercise patience in teaching and guiding them, allowing them to make mistakes and providing guidance rather than getting frustrated.
- Kindness: Show kindness and compassion to your family. Consider their needs and treat them with respect, gentleness, and understanding.
- Humility: Model humility by acknowledging your own shortcomings and being open to learning from others, including your children. Admit when you’re wrong and seek forgiveness when necessary.
- Selflessness: Prioritize the needs of your family before your own. Sacrifice your time, energy, and resources for their well-being. Demonstrate a willingness to serve and support them unconditionally.
- Perseverance: Embrace challenges and difficulties with determination. Don’t give up easily when faced with obstacles, but instead, persevere in your faith and in your role as a father.
- Risk-taking: Step out of your comfort zone and take risks to lead your family in faith. This might involve initiating difficult conversations, sharing your beliefs boldly, or taking a stand for what you believe is right.
- Confession: Openly and authentically confess your faith to your family. Share your beliefs, values, and experiences with them, fostering an environment of trust and open communication.
- Obedience to God: Seek to align your actions and decisions with God’s will. Study His Word, pray regularly, and seek guidance from the Holy Spirit. Let your obedience to God’s commands set an example for your family.
- Love without conditions: Love your family unconditionally, just as God loves us. Show affection, provide emotional support, and be present in their lives. Love them even when they make mistakes or disappoint you.
- Prioritize spiritual growth: Foster an environment of spiritual growth within your family. Lead by example in your own spiritual journey, encourage regular prayer and Bible study, and participate in activities that strengthen your faith together.