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Bringing Stability to an Unstable World

“The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower” (Psalm 18:2 KJV). 

If you look around, watch the news, and skim social media headlines, it doesn’t take long to realize that there’s a lot of instability all around us. The economy is constantly shifting, natural disasters and worldwide catastrophes are a frequent occurrence, crime is on the rise, and the list goes on. 

The Bible says that in the last days perilous times are going to come, so we shouldn’t be surprised when the world starts going crazy all around us. However, if we only focus on those things, it can cause a lot of worry, fear, and instability in our lives.  

Only God can bring stability in an unstable world. That’s why we need to fix our eyes on God by spending time in His Word. Isaiah 33:6 (KJV) says, “Wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times.” The Word of God is the wisdom of God. And reading the Word of God will produce faith in our hearts so that no matter what is going on around us, we can have hope, peace, and faith that God will keep us and take care of us.  

Take Away:  

Men, as the leaders in our homes, we need to have some stability about us so that our homes can be places of peace, security, and refuge. That kind of stability will only come from having faith in God and a strong personal relationship with Him. Take time to read the Word daily so you will grow in faith. Develop a prayer life where you learn how to not just talk to God but also learn how to hear Him speak to you. The stronger your relationship with God, the stronger your faith in Him will be, and as a result you’ll grow greater in stability.  

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Appointed, Equipped, & Enabled to Provide

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6 KJV). 

One of the primary roles we have as men is to be the providers for our families. And this is a responsibility that God takes pretty seriously. First Timothy 5:8 says that anyone that doesn’t provide for his family has denied the faith and is worse than an infidel (or an unbeliever). However, God never asks us to do something that He doesn’t enable and equip us to do.  

If we’re believing God to supply all our needs so that we can provide for our families, then a key area to consider is our soul. Poverty and prosperity are conditions of our souls, not our checkbooks. Third John 2 (KJV) says, Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” Our prosperity isn’t dependent on the economy, the stock market, or our job; it’s dependent on our faith in what God has spoken to us from His Word. 

Philippians 4:19 (KJV) says, “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” That scripture tells us what God will do for us; our job is to have faith that He’ll do what He said He would do. Faith in God is the mark of a true believer. Without faith we can’t please Him. But with faith we can step up to the plate and be the providers for our families, resting in the fact that God will enable us, give us wisdom and favor, and bless what we set our hands to.  

Take Away:  

Men, realize this, God is for you and will help you in every area of your life if you’ll ask Him. But He won’t get involved without your permission because He’s not a dictator or a bully. He’s got a whole lot of wisdom and direction He’ll share with you if you’ll take time to read His Word and pray. He’s just waiting for you to come to Him in faith and ask. 

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Men Who Are Strong in Faith

Those who are righteous will be long remembered. They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to care for them. They are confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly” (Psalm 112:6-8 NLT). 

Men, to be successful in life and to be a good leaders and providers for our families, it’s going to take more than natural wisdom and abilities. It’s going to take faith in God and His Word! It’s good to get an education, get a good job, or have a great career, but no matter how much training we get or how much natural skill and talent we have, we must have faith in God. Bottom line, God says that without faith it’s impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11:6). 

In Psalm 78 the Bible talks about the Israelites and how their lack of faith in God angered Him. Even though God did all kinds of miracles to deliver them out of slavery and get them to the Promised Land, they continually doubted Him. The Bible says they were a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that set not their hearts aright nor prepared their hearts to know God, and whose spirits were not steadfast and faithful to God (Psalm 78:8 AMPC). As a result, it goes on to say in verse nine, The children of Ephraim were armed and carrying bows, yet they turned back in the day of battle. In other words, when it came time to go to battle, even though they were trained soldiers, they wimped out because they had no faith in God. 

As fathers and leaders, we can’t afford to be stubborn, rebellious, and weak in faith. We need to be men of faith and not wimp out when we’re confronted with a battle. To have strong faith in God, we need to know what His Word says. Our families are looking to us for stability, direction, and guidance. If we will look to God and have faith in Him, He will strengthen, enable, and equip us to lead our families. 

Take Away:  

The biggest investment you can make in yourself and your family is to take time to read God’s Word and get it rooted in your heart. Faith comes by hearing the Word, and faith is what wins victories. Life is full of challenges. Things might be going well today, but tomorrow you might get thrown a curve ball that you didn’t see coming. The thing that will anchor you, sustain you, bring you through to the other side, and cause you to rise to the top will be your faith in God and His Word. 

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Dads, Talk to Your Kids About God

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (Deuteronomy 6:4-7 NIV). 

Passing our faith down to our kids is a pretty big deal to God. God isn’t just a one-generation kind of God. God is multi-generational and that means He wants to be involved with your kids, your grandkids, your great grandkids, and on down the line. His desire is to have a godly seed on this earth who will love Him and keep His commandments and that He can bless.  

In Psalm 78:4-7, God made a law in Israel that the fathers were to teach their children and the generations that came after them all the laws of God and the wonderful works of God. He wanted fathers to pass down the stories of how God delivered them from slavery, how their shoes and clothes didn’t wear out for the 40 years they spent hiking through the desert, how He defeated all their enemies, how He blessed them with abundance, and gave them a Promised Land they could call their own. God wanted the future generations to continually hope and trust in Him. He didn’t want them to forget about His ways, His works, and His wonders. He wanted to be their God so that He could provide for them, bless them, and protect them from generation to generation.  

Take Away: 

Dads, the most important responsibility we have as fathers and leaders in our homes is to pass our faith in God down to our children. A godly legacy is the most important thing we can leave them, and it’s something we must be intentional about doing. If we want our kids to be successful and victorious in this life, it starts with us teaching and training them to love and respect God, His Word, and His ways.  

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Build Your House on the Rock

“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash” (Matthew 7:24-27 NLT). 

One of the things I’ve learned about being a Christian is that faith never prevents an attack from coming, but it does prevent an attack from having a lasting effect. We’ve all been through challenges. All you have to do to have a test or trial show up on your doorsteps is just be alive on this planet. It’s just a fact of life that we live on a planet that’s ruled by God’s enemy, the devil, and he hates everybody. His job description is to steal, kill, and destroy.   

As Christians, that shouldn’t scare us. We just need to realize that the trials of life will come to everyone. But our confidence, security, and faith are in knowing that Jesus whipped the devil and gave us authority over him and all his works. The keys to overcoming every challenge are having faith in God and in His Word and being a doer of the Word. Those keys are the anchor that’ll hold us steady through every challenge. When we determine to be a “hearer” and a “doer” of the Word, then even when storms come and beat violently against us, when they subside, you’ll still be standing!  

Men, let me say this, the most important thing you can do as the head of your family is to respect and honor God and His Word first and foremost in your life. Every successful marriage, home, family, and life will only have long-lasting success if it is built on being a hearer and a doer of God’s Word—period. Determine to build your life, marriage, family, and career upon the Rock! 

Take Away: 

One of the things that we need in the world is strong, godly men who will respect and honor God’s Word and learn how to love, lead, and provide for their families. Men aren’t born knowing how to do those things automatically. It comes through teaching and training, and God gives a lot of instruction in His Word on how to develop those areas. Start with reading through the book of Proverbs. It is called the book of wisdom and gives a lot of practical instruction for daily living. 

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I want to share something that has been happening in my personal life, as well as the ministry.

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[Ep. 633] Parents Pass On More Than Their Personality

 

 

Do you ever see your child acting a little too similar yourself?

Thats when you see the power fo your own personal influence. That influence doesn’t stop at the little quirks and bad habits. A parents influence carries their values and their belief system.

In today’s conversation, we talk about just how to maximize your influence on your family.

 

 

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