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Trust God Most When Times Are Tough

More than once in the last few weeks the story of Joseph has come up in my life. While going through this story I have received some insight that I have not thought about before. I feel that I have really grown in my relationship with God because a year ago I don’t feel like I would have come to this same conclusion.

As many of us may know the story of Joseph is found in the book of Genesis. He was the son of Jacob and he was considered the favorite child of his father. He was a dreamer that God gave vision of what was going to happen later on in his life. Since he was not completely in tune with what God had planned he was a little cocky in his delivery of his dreams to his family. Because of this his brothers thought about killing him and then just decided to sell him into slavery. At the beginning of the story it seems like the demise of Joseph but it was really just his beginning. He ends up in Egypt a slave to another man. While there he is accused of rape and thrown into prison. Time after time he is put into a serious situation that he has no clue how to get out of and many of us would feel like God was not with him at all. As the story continues he is in prison for a very long time and eventually gets elevated to be the right hand man to the Pharaoh.

You may be asking what is the point of me telling this story about Joseph? Or even what does it have to do with the title of the article? That is the entire point I never got it until now. Joseph went through the storm, he got thrown through the ringer and he had no idea how he was going to make it to the other side. Imagine being a teenager and being betrayed by your own family and end up in slavery. Then when you are at the point when you are use to your new life you are thrown into prison for a crime that you didn’t commit. Would you feel that Gods favor was still on your life. I for one would have to say that I would not feel like God was with me. But if we look at the story like this if all the things even as bad as they were didn’t happen to Joseph the entire family would have died in the famine. Most times with God we don’t know what is going to happen on the other side of the storm we just have to Trust God through the chaos. Joseph’s chaos led him to being greater than when he started. His Chaos led to his dreams that he dreamed as a boy finally coming true. Lets apply this to our lives. When we are going through things lets maintain our faith in God because we have no idea what blessing is going to be on the other side.

Yours in Christ ,

A Christian Dad

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Christian Dads Take Care of Hunny Do’s

For my normal followers you probably have noticed that I have not written on my same normal schedule. For the last few days I have been swamped with what we would call in the United States “Honey Do List”. For the last few weeks my wife had been speaking about wanting to start painting some of the rooms around the house. I told her if she went on and got the paint then I would help her to complete the task. Well on this weekend she went out and she purchased the paint and the materials for us as a family to begin painting the rooms. This was about to be a great family filled adventure of allowing the kids to do some hard work in making their rooms look different with a fresh coat of paint. Well it started with everyone excited about getting the rooms painted to it just being Dad completing the task in the end. At first I was a little disheartened for the fact that I was doing the bulk of the work alone then God reminded me that I was just performing a service for my wife. I was showing her a form of love. We were instructed by Paul

“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭5:25-33‬ ‭KJV‬‬

This spoke to me in a special way as I was knocking out the painting and other things that my wife wanted me to do this weekend. It allowed me to be able to see the smile on my wife’s face as she saw the finished product of the rooms. It allowed my wife to see that she is loved and taken care of. After we had gotten started she got tired and frustrated by the kids recklessly painting on the wall it was no longer a task that she wanted to take part in. However, because we started it the rooms had to be finished. This taught me that when we say that we love our wives it is not just by saying the words but by the actions that we show and sometimes don’t show.

This was also a good lesson for the children. They got to see an example of Dad doing something for the family around the house. Many times we get so caught up doing things for our jobs and outwardly providing for our families by doing the things that they really don’t see. But, painting the walls is a daily reminder that Dad loves me enough to take the time out of his day to make my room look nice. Think about this week some things that you can do for your wife that will put a smile on her face.

Yours In Christ,

A Christian Dad

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He Can Keep You From Falling

We are at a moment in our lives that we have to look to God for everything he is the guide for our life. On today we will discuss the one who is able to keep us from falling. We are going to discuss the one who keeps us standing. The one who has the ability to do so much for us because he is truly ABLE. As I have gone through my time in ministry I have discovered that the Bible walks us through many different moments in the Bible that the writer wants us to know that we have an Able God.

In the Old Testament we have the story of the 3 Hebrew Boys in the book of Daniel Chapter 3 they are thrown into a furnace because they have decided to worship and praise God. They believed that the God that they serve is able to deliver them from the furnace. They proved that we have a God that delivers. Isn’t amazing that the God we serve is able to deliver from a furnace I wonder what he could deliver each and everyone of us from.

In the New Testament we see that God is able to keep us from falling. That God is able to so many things for us and keeps us faultless and blameless before God.

Now Dads since we serve a God that is Able to do exceedingly and abundantly above everything that we may ask or think; are you ready to tap into what God is able to do for you. I am ready and willing to see what God is able to do in my life. Lets get it together.

Yours In Christ,

A Christian Dad

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Aftermath Of the Fruit

Aftermath

Now that we have gotten to the end of our nine day journey of the Fruit of the Spirit I have decided to sit back and reflect. I have thought of all the things that I have been able to learn and explore. This set of lessons has really blessed me not only to write the information but also to do the studying in order to bring you my point of view.

So for the men that have read the Fruit up to this point what are some things that have stood out to you? How has this series affected your life as a whole? What are some things that you would want to learn more about? I want you to know that we are entering into a new season and the way that God is going to move in our life is going to be exceptional.

For me the Fruit has allowed me to look at how I parent and have everyday conversations with my family. Am I loving enough or do I show enough joy? Are questions I ask myself since doing this study. I am also overly aware of the temperament that I have. I notice that it changes and fluctuates on a regular basis. I have to be in tune to what I am doing and how I am at all times. These things don’t just affect my family but it affects the ministry that I am called to lead.

I am ready to go the next step. I am ready for God to be able to truly look at the things that I am doing in ministry and for fathers and give me that high five that well done. What is the Aftermath of your Fruit?

Yours In Christ,

A Christian Dad

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Temperance

Temperance

This is the day that the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it. Today is the last article about the Fruit of the Spirit. In this article we will be talking about Temperance. Temperance is simply the act of keeping it together in different situations. It is our temperance in good situations and in bad situations. It is something that we as father have to be mindful of all of the time. As I was studying to prepare to write this article I came across a podcast where the speaker felt like out of all of the different characteristics that we have discussed temperance is the hardest to maintain.

So what do we have to do to maintain a good temperance? I find that it is best to spend time reading your Bible and Praying to God. By doing things like that you are able to ensure that you have a calmer temperament. The temperament that we have allows us to live joyful, loving, gentle lives or it can cause us to have a life of total despair. So we have to focus on the temperance that we have.

Fathers, Dads what ever you may go by this week lets work on our temperance. Our temperance is part of what our children and our spouses see that causes them to want to be around you or run away from you. If you are always angry when you are around your family then you have a temperament that is probably not all that pleasing. I want us to grow to be stronger fathers and stronger Christians.

This study that we have done about the Fruit of the Spirit has caused me personally to have to dig deeper into scripture. It has caused me to want to know more about what I must do in order to be closer to our Father that is in Heaven. I pray that whomever reads this article will be blessed and will take the time to go back and read the other articles. That they may be able to draw closer to God. That they may also be able to draw closer to their family. The Lord God is with us. I love each and everyone of you.

Yours In Christ,

A Christian Dad

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Meekness

What is Meekness?

We have sort of hit on this characteristic of the Fruit of the Spirit already. It is very much related to goodness. They are both done through action but one is a choice to be good the other is a choice to be submissive. There is a good reason to be submissive at times in order to not put yourself above others.

Being meek is very important because as Matthew 5:5 tells us “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” Jesus Christ wanted us to have some meekness in order for us to truly inherit the earth. I hope you have noticed that all of the characteristics have drawn close together. They are all meant to allow us to inherit the earth that God has left for every single one of us as believers.

How will we all strive to become meek? Will it be something that we all must do? It is something that we as fathers have to be willing to explore. Fathers Lets strive to be meek.

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FAITH

Faith

Today we will be talking about the next Fruit of The Spirit. This Fruit characteristic is faith. Why is this so important to have as a characteristic well because without it it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6) Faith is something that we all need in order to become better fathers, better Christians, better husbands, just down right better people in general.

I like to use this as my example for faith. I had faith that God will give me a house. I prayed and asked for God to give me one. Not only did it happen but it happened because I had faith that it would happen. However God had to show me that faith through prayer alone would not do what I was asking it was going to take more than that. It was going to take me putting my faith in to action. I had to realize just like the rest of the characteristic of the Fruit of The Spirit it takes action. I had to put my faith into motion and go out and trust that God was going to lead me to the right places and right organizations to purchase my house through. The faith that we need is definitely expressed in Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen”. We as men have to be prepared to tap into our faith. Scripture tells us that we just need a small amount of faith the size of a mustard seed and we will be able to move mountains.

So after you read this article on faith I want you to pray about how your faith can be increased. Once you have found what it will take to increase your faith do the work that it will take for it to happen in your life and start right away.

Yours In Christ,

A Christian Dad

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GOODNESS

GOODNESS

Today we are going to speak about the sixth Fruit of the Spirit. This Characteristic is Goodness. All of us have to make an effort to become better people than what we are now. With the current characteristics that we have already discussed this is another one that takes action in our daily life.

Having goodness in your life is important because of what Paul tells us in Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”. Why you may ask because goodness allows a sinful man to do good and to be good. Meaning that because God has allowed us to show this characteristic we are able to be the truest form of good even though we were born sinners. We have to realize that goodness is the essence of God’s nature. He wants us to be good so why not try it.

We have to understand that this is something that we have to work towards. If you look again in Romans, this time in 8:7 we see “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” This verse simply means that when we are not following after God it is easy to be bad it is not easy to be good. I have learned in my walk with Christ that it takes a lot to do the right thing when every one around you is doing the wrong thing.

This week lets make up in our minds that we will be good. Remember what it says in Matthew 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your GOOD works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”.

Yours In Christ,

A Christian Dad

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Gentleness

Gentleness

Today in our talks about the Fruit of The Spirit we will be talking about characteristic number 5. This characteristic is gentleness in the King James Version of the Bible however in other translations it is described as kindness or meekness. This is very interesting because the 8th characteristic is meekness and sometimes translated as gentleness. What makes this interesting and I had to do some digging in order for it to make sense is that they are indeed similar but with a different meaning nonetheless. I will not go to much in detail because in three more post we will be digging into meekness.

When discussing the characteristic of Gentleness we have to understand that Gentleness is an action; that is the difference. When you want to be gentle to someone you have to make an effort. It is not something that sort of just happens. While I was doing this study I ran across this analogy of an elephant who has about 40,000 muscles just in its trunk alone. With that trunk it is strong enough to pull down large tree branches but also gentle and delicate enough to pick up a blade of grass. The elephant has to make an effort to be gentle just as he has to make an effort to be strong.

Let’s now take it to us as fathers. When you are dealing with your children in a situation that would make you upset you have to make an effort to be gentle or to go off the handle. A few weeks back my youngest two children and I were coming into the house. While we were coming inside my youngest child had my cellphone that we had just purchased in March. She accidentally drops the phone face down on the porch and breaks the screen in multiple places. Instantly I get upset but I catch myself and handle the situation in a better way. I had to make an effort to be gentle with her instead of screaming at her. Which my older children had they been there would have probably completely expected me to scream. The moral is God has asked us to be gentle. He expects us to make the effort when things are not going the way that we think they should to choose gentleness over anger. I pray that whomever reads this will take a stand towards being more gentle.

Yours In Christ,

A Christian Dad

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LONGSUFFERING

Longsuffering/Patience

We are now at the forth Fruit of The Spirit. To me the text seems to come to somewhat of a change of course when it gets to where we are now. The three prior to this one seemed to be more happy characteristics of the Spirit but now we are at one that takes more dedication. We are at the characteristic of “LONGSUFFERING”. In the King James Version of the Bible it is translated this way in most other translations it is simply spoken as patience. I personally don’t feel like patience gives this characteristic its full justice. I think when you use patience you are lessening the characteristic that must be built here. Let me explain why.

Longsuffering here in the text better translated from the Greek means slow tempered or slow to get angry. When I think patience I think about just waiting for something to happen or someone to give something to me. Like I patiently wait for my birthday. When I hear Longsuffering it is different in the sense that I may have to suffer through things that are not pleasant until God finds it pleasing to pull me out of it. It takes more out of you to be slow to anger than it does to just be patient.

Let’s take it to something that men can deal with and understanding Sports. Football season has just started and many of us have been waiting with anticipation for the new season to begin. However, we did not have to seek the face of God daily so that we would have the ability to make it through that endeavor to me that’s patience. On the other hand we are at work and we have this co-worker who just knows how to push all of your buttons. To the point that you sometimes get to the point where you just want to quit. Or you are truly at the point where you have to seek the face of God in order for you to be able to maintain your composure in your work environment; that is longsuffering.

Fathers this is a tough one even for me at times. I have had moments in my marriage and in my raising of my children that I have felt like I am in some longsuffering moments. Moments where I have to seek God and ask him how I am going to make it through this situation with my child. God has put this here in the text for a reason. He wants us to know that even though you may have love, joy and peace you have to have longsuffering to get to the otherside of your spiritual journey. There are going to be trails and tribulations that are going to come up in your life and its going to take every bit of your being to make it through it.

God has placed it in my Spirit to pray as I write this. Everyone who makes it to this point in the article will receive this special blessing. Lord I ask that whomever reads this writing will be granted the ability to be slow to anger. That they will accept the Characteristic of longsuffering so that they will be stronger Christians. That through this walk with Christ even though at times things get tough but you God have placed something special in them that will give them the ability to make it through those tough times. In Jesus Name I Pray Amen.

Yours In Christ,

A Christian Dad