Finishing Up Lesson One

20 Nov

In advance of our December 10 meeting, the following is offered for contemplation in finishing up Lesson 1. The following is intended to bring us to action by transforming what we have learned, what is in our hearts, and what we know we should do – to incorporation into the behaviors and actions of our daily lives. It is found on pages 20-21 of our study booklet. Remember that Love is a verb and calls us to action; the point of the lessons are to bring us to better Love those we are entrusted to care for by attaining a higher level of achievement of Love – an enhanced level of action on behalf of God – through God – in expressing our love for those we influence.

Summary:
We can all stand to improve in consistently reading God’s Word and obeying His voice. Like Joshua, we may need to recall that God will help us lead your families and will never leave us as we obey Him. We may need His reminder that He is calling us to spiritually lead, guide, and protect those under our care. Our commitment to the Word of God:

Write three steps you will take this week to better read God’s Word and obey:

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Dads and Moms
Consider how God wants you to sacrifice your life for the sake of your family.

Consider how He wants you to be a hero in your home. Consider the threats that war at the doors of your children’s hearts and lives every day. Sometimes they can be physical threats (yellow grenades and carjacks), but often they are spiritual ones.

For example, boys often face bullying or peer pressure at school. Starting very young, girls may face issues of body image and a sexually pervasive culture. Even a toddler faces threats. Identify threats you think of in the following space.

Other dangers to your family are not as easily spotted. What about attitudes of bitterness toward your spouse or children (Heb 12:15)? How could unresolved marriage issues hurt your children? Do you allow harmful Internet, TV or movie content into your home? What about friends who pull your children away from God? Do hobbies or other activities keep you or your children away from church involvement?

Many Godly parents have been where you have yet to go. You can benefit from their wisdom and friendship.

Constantly pray for courage to address in a Godly way the threats to your children. Pray for each child as he or she faces these challenges. Intentionally spend more time with your kids, learning their day-to-day routines. Like Nathan, hang on tightly to the wheel!

Pray for the wisdom and boldness to step up and be the dad you need to be – to serve, lead, and protect your family. God is calling men and women to courageously follow Christ and His Word. He is calling us to make more sacrifices needed to fight for our faith, for our families, and for future generations.

It Is Time To Answer The Call.

One Response to “Finishing Up Lesson One”

  1. kingjoseph316 November 21, 2011 at 6:39 pm #

    I am looking forward to finishing up the discussion over lesson 1. God is challenging the men of His Church to step up! I accept this challenge knowing that God is there to guide me, sustain me, and encourage me. I thank God that I have brothers in Christ that will go on the same journey with me!

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