Posts Tagged ‘dad’

1 Corinthians 4:2

Amplified Bible (AMP)

Moreover, it is [essentially] required of stewards that a man should be found faithful [proving himself worthy of trust].

In this verse we see it is a basic requirement for a person to be found faithful. What is faithful? Faithful is one who is loyal or constant. Christians today need to be loyal and constant. Quite often I find people who want to do something but never follow through. They are constant in their talk but not faithful in their actions. As a minister of the Gospel it is vitally important to read my Bible and pray everyday. It vitally important that I be constant and loyal to God. Why? Because it will help me to be constant and loyal to my family and ministry.

God has entrusted me with a powerful ministry. The first part of the ministry is to God, then my wife, then my children and then the church. If I am to be a blessing to others then I have to read and pray and have fellowship with God. Through the years I have found that the more time I spend with God the better my marriage becomes. The more time I spend with God, my relationship with my sons grows.

When life is not good you can count on God being faithful to help you. When life is going great can God count on you being faithful? Many times things will start to go right for a family and then they stop fellowshipping with God. This is not being faithful. Being faithful is staying constant with God and staying constant with your responsibilities.

The topic of this devotion is staying faithful even if…  Your dog dies, family problems, doesn’t feel like God is talking to you, have an argument with your spouse, children act up, finances are messed up, car problems…ETC. Will you stay faithful through it all? Will you be constant with God?

The proving ground of faithfulness is staying constant regardless of any situation, good or bad. Stay faithful because there is always a reward.

My dad has taught me to be faithful in everything I do. My dad has been an inspiration to me and shown me what it is like to stay faithful in the midst of adversity. He has shown me to stay strong and deliberate in my work. He taught me a core lesson on what it means to hold to your word. He taught me to give more than my best and not to require praise.

I dedicate this devotion to you dad. Thank you for staying constant and faithful. Thank you for not giving up or giving in. Thank you for staying by my side even when I disappointed you. Thank you for showing me the love of God by being a faithful steward. Thank you for showing me how to be a good husband and father, because you’re faithful to mom and to your children. You dad are reaping the fruits of your loins!

Be Blessed!

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Luke 15:20

King James Version (KJV)

20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

Oh what it feels like, when we run to our Father and He embraces us, even when we have messed up. This is something all children desire. As an adult I still look forward to my dad’s embrace. Why? Because he makes me feel valuable. He makes the pain of life seem so small. His embrace is a reminder of how God loves me. I can say that my dad loves me unconditionally. Where did my dad get this from? Who taught him how to love like this? GOD! The Father of fathers! The lover of my soul. The One who made the heavens. The One who shaped the earth. The One who is always watching. The One who gave me Jesus in-spite of my failures.

There are many children who lack the fathers embrace. There are lots of children that do not want the fathers embrace because it meant something evil. The embrace was not an embrace, rather it is or was a restraint meant for evil. Let me speak this as an encouragement… God’s embrace is perfect and lacking nothing. Nothing is required to receive His embrace. God loves the world so much that He gave Jesus. He did this to show His love and to display His arms wide open.

The Fathers embrace is so important. Nurturing takes place in the embrace. Security takes place in the embrace. Love is shown and given in the embrace. The embrace releases the blessing. The embrace supersedes the failure and loss. The embrace is the place! I teach the men and women in our church not to spank their children with their hands because the hands are meant to embrace and love. I recommend the belt because it is something that goes away, but the hands are permanently attached to the disciplinarian. The hands are meant to love, caress, hold up, pick up and lift up. The hands can and do make war but the hands are meant for much more. They are meant as instruments of worship and instruments of tenderness.

Too many children today lack the tenderness of a Father. So men, reach out and embrace a child today! There are many adult men and women that just need a hug and to show the Fathers embrace. Doing so will cause the aches and pains of life to just go away. Have compassion on someone, they know they don’t deserve it, but real love gives all the time. The EMBRACE causes grace to shut down all sin.

Scripture Study: Luke 15:11-24

Be Blessed!