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Family Leadership

03/02/2020
Rob Gardner
Writer for Engage

Monday

Family Leadership

“But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD” (Joshua 24:15d NLT).

Fathers, my challenge for each of you is to look at how you are leading your children. If you are not leading them to a God-centered life, make some changes immediately. When you lead your children away from God's path, you are treading and trending in a very dangerous and destructive direction.

How you lead them will determine whether you put them on a positive path for life or a path filled with problems and destruction.

Lord God, help men step up and be real men. Drive them to lead their families to You. Help them to live a God-fearing life that honors You with each step. Lord, this world is broken and the family unit has been devastated, we ask for You to bring our families back together and help men become who You created them to be. Lord, hear our pleas and come to our aid. We ask and pray in the mighty and matchless name of Jesus. Amen.

Tuesday

Stand Firm – We Are at War

“What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?” (Romans 8:31 NLT).

We are in a spiritual war. We must never back down from exclaiming the truth of God. Stand firm. Be strong. Get off the fence. Remember, there isn't a safe place if you are straddling a fence. It's God's way or the world's way. Will you choose God's way every time?

The battle is not always easy, but it is impossible without God. Remember it is war, not tiddlywinks.

"Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win," according to Sun Tzu. Some day's it might be a physical battle, but every day is a spiritual battle (Ephesians 6:10-17).

Lord God, help us to stand firm and fight the battle that has been set before us. Help us to go into that battle with You leading the way. When the battle gets intense, let us rest in Your mighty hand. Lead us and direct us and help us to be willing to follow You. We ask in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.

Wednesday

Pull Back the Curtains

“Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, ‘I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life’” (John 8:12 NLT).

Shine His Light. God didn't place us in this world to be passive beings. He placed us to go and do, and He placed us to be disciples for His Kingdom. Maybe we aren't able to physically “go," but that doesn't mean we can't make a difference in the world. Each of us should be active in shining His Light. Our activity might be a social media post, a phone call, a text message, or even a handwritten letter. Any of these and more can shine His Light on those in need. If we have the ability to physically “go,” there are no excuses for not being a disciple of the One that gave us so much. Jesus commands us to go and share His Light. It's really not just a suggestion.

Are you tired of sitting in the dark? Stop sitting there and do something. Maybe you are the one that needs to be blessed by His Light. The first thing you must do is stop sitting there in the dark! Just because you aren't seeing God's Light, doesn't mean that His Light isn't shining. Just because it's cloudy outside doesn't mean that His Light isn't shining. Just because we have rainy and stormy weather doesn't mean that His Light isn't shining. God's Light shines through even the darkest of life's conditions.

The Light is shining. So open those drapes, and let His Light shine into your life.

Lord God, help us to seek your Light, Jesus, even in the darkest times. Help us to look through the fog of life and find the fulfillment of life that You provide. Lead us to do more for Your kingdom and our fellow man. Forgive us Lord of our trespasses and help us to forgive those that trespass against us. We pray in the name of Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Thursday

His Roadmap to Life

“The instructions of The Lord are perfect, reviving the soul. The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The commandments of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are clear, giving insight for living. Reverence for the Lord is pure, lasting forever. The laws of the Lord are true; each one is fair” (Psalm 19:7-9 NLT).

What are the instructions from God's Word? 

Perfect
Reviving
Decrees
Trustworthy
Wise
Commandments
Right
Joy
Clear
Reverence
Pure
Forever
True
Fair

Enough Said.

Lord God, thank You for Your perfection. Thank You for making us perfect by the blood of Jesus. Without Jesus, we could not come into Your presence. With Jesus, You welcome us into Your Kingdom...not by anything that we have done, but by what You did for us. Lord, I praise Your name today and every day, for you are our King. Amen.

Friday

God's Blessings

“Let all that I am praise the LORD; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies” (Psalm 103:1-4 NLT).

I am so thankful for what God has done in my life. How about you? Are you thankful for His hand of blessings?

He is with us, especially during the times when we are struggling. He is there...holding us up and carrying us on His mighty shoulders. He knows our sin and our failures even better than we do. Yet He still loves us and forgives us of our transgressions. Thanks be to God!

Father, thank You for holding us up when we can't stand. Thank You for never leaving us. We praise You and pray in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.

Saturday

Waiting Quietly

“I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken” (Psalm 62:1-2 NLT).

No matter what trial we face, we are God's beloved children. He will not let us fail.

Lean firmly on Him. He will carry all of our burdens, but we first must turn them over to Him to "let" Him work. Trust in The Lord for He is good.

God bless each of you and may God reign in your life.

Lord, help us remain quiet as we wait for You to act in our lives. Help us to work diligently toward our goals and spend prayer time for Your blessings in our endeavors. Help us to get off our backsides and do what we can do and turn what we can't do, over to You. Lord, help us rely on Your perfect timing and Your perfect will in whatever our needs might be. Lead us today by Your Holy Spirit. We pray in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.

Sunday

The World's Distractions

“Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death” (James 1:1415 NLT).

Don't be led away from God by the desires and lust of this world. Stay strong against Satan's lies and lures. One of the things wrong in our great nation is we have fallen into believing the bilge that is being pumped out by those that are pushing their own agendas. Use God's Word to test all things. His Word is true and perfect.

Dear Lord, help us keep our eyes focused on You. In the mighty name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.

 

this post originally appeared on The Stand.

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