As we begin today, we need to remember the reason for the season we are in, the birth of Jesus. We aren’t to go it alone but to live in companionship with God! He didn’t come so God is out there somewhere but rather to be Immanuel, God with us! So let us make today count, not allowing yesterday to hold us back or the desires of tomorrow to rob us of our joy. Let’s make the most of today so we can meet the needs of our wives and kids in ways that will bring God the praise, honor, and glory in Jesus’ name.
Divine Companionship – You are not alone:
- Matthew 28:20 (NIV): “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
- Psalm 139:7-10 (NIV): “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.”
- Jeremiah 23:23-24 (NIV): “Am I only a God nearby,” declares the Lord, “and not a God far away? Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?” declares the Lord. “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the Lord.
- Isaiah 41:10 (NIV): “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
- Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV): “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
Divine Companionship – Living life in relationship with God:
- Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV): “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
- Colossians 3:17 (NIV): “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
- Romans 12:2 (NIV): “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
- Psalm 37:4 (NIV): “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
- Micah 6:8 (NIV): “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
Choosing to invite Jesus to be Lord of All of our life:
We are faced with deciding if we will invite Jesus into our lives to be Lord of All otherwise, we are saying that He is not Lord at all. So let’s make the right choice today as we step into our day.
- Revelation 3:20 (NIV): “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”
- Joshua 24:15 (NIV): “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve… But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
- John 1:12 (NIV): “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”
- Romans 10:9 (NIV): “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
- Matthew 16:24 (NIV): “Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.'”
So, let’s not go it alone today but in companionship with God! Let’s choose to walk it out with God and invite Jesus into every moment to be the Lord of all of our lives.
Firstly, let’s be the dads who have received the sign and are choosing to answer the call to be the dads that our wives and kids need us to be. Additionally, let’s be the dads who are ready, willing, and able to listen carefully to what God has to say in His Word and through His Spirit to lead and guide our words, thoughts, and actions. Therefore, let’s be the dads who choose to stop trying to be independent and selfish and instead choose to receive Jesus into our lives as Immanuel, God with us!
How can we put today’s verse of the day into practice and help us with not only divine companionship with God but also with our wives and kids to meet their needs? What can we take from it to help us to live up to the calling of dads that will glorify God?
Applications of Isaiah 7:14 that will help us strengthen our relationships to build companionship with God and with our wives and kids so as to bring God the glory:
- Prayerful Presence: Begin each day in prayer, acknowledging God’s presence and inviting Him to guide your thoughts, words, and actions.
- Scripture Meditation: Regularly meditate on passages like Isaiah 7:14 to reinforce the truth that God is with you and seek wisdom for your role as a husband and father.
- Family Devotions: Establish a routine of family devotions, incorporating Bible reading and discussions about God’s presence in your lives.
- Open Communication: Foster open communication with your spouse and children, creating an atmosphere where everyone feels heard and understood.
- Serve Together: Find ways as a family to serve others, reflecting God’s love through your actions and strengthening your bond with one another.
- Model Immanuel: Demonstrate the concept of Immanuel, “God with us,” in your interactions with your family, showcasing love, patience, and understanding.
- Surrender to God’s Will: Embrace a mindset of submission to God’s will in your life, seeking His guidance in decisions related to your family.
- Encourage Spiritual Growth: Support and encourage the spiritual growth of your spouse and children, recognizing that each family member has a unique relationship with God.
- Practice Humility: Cultivate a spirit of humility, recognizing that you need God’s grace and guidance in your role as a husband and father.
- Express Gratitude: Regularly express gratitude to God for the gift of family and the opportunity to walk in companionship with Him, acknowledging His presence in every aspect of your life.
Strengthening your relationships through Companionship:
Remember, these applications are meant to strengthen your relationship with God and your family, aligning your actions with the biblical principles of divine companionship and the acknowledgment of God’s lordship in your life.