November 13, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO HELP ME BE A GODLY FATHER (part 4)

Proverbs 4: 1 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. 3 For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. 4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live

Solomon speaks of the PROTECTION of wisdom in verse six:

* 6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.
“She shall preserve thee”, means to hedge about (as with thorns), to guard; generally, to protect, and attend to. A wise, godly life provides protection to the bearer. Living right is its own protection!
Solomon speaks of the WILLINGNESS and the WISDOM of a Godly Father. Finally, he speaks of The Warnings of a Godly Father.
As you develop the characteristics of a godly father, you may now begin the work of instructing your family in the ways of God! It is our responsibility to soak up the warnings in the Word of God and to pass them down to our children! In verse eighteen, Solomon says to instruct your children on:
1. The path of the righteous.
18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
* Psalm 1:1-3
1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

In verse fourteen to seventeen, Solomon says to instruct your child on:
2. The path of the wicked
* 14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. 15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. 16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall. 17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
* Psalm 1:4
4The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
5Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish
God help us as parents to instruct our children on the results of the choices that they make. They need to know the right path, and they also need to know the dangers of the wrong path.

November 12, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO HELP ME BE A GODLY FATHER (part 3)

Proverbs 4: 1 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. 3 For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. 4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.

1 Kings 3:11-12
11 And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;
12 Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee

Dad’s, don’t be so concerned with providing all of the creature comforts or making sure that you child has all of the latest gadgets and games. Instead, place a priority on having a wise and understanding heart so that you can discern judgment. While your children might have the best and the greatest, there is no replacement for understanding in the matters of their daily lives! Notice, that Solomon says wisdom is the “principle thing” in verse seven. Wisdom only comes from God! Dad’s, don’t listen to the world. “Wisdom is seeing life from God’s point of view.” “Wisdom is the ability to apply biblical truths to all life situations. There must be a priority on having God’s wisdom.

Solomon speaks of the PRIORITY of wisdom, and then he speaks of the PRESERVATION of wisdom in verse six:

* 6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee

Don’t look to wisdom for a little while, while it is convenient, while it is useful. Don’t “forsake her”. We must always look to the Lord for wisdom and direction. Wouldn’t you like to know that what you have invested in time, love, care, instruction, and finances into your children will last? Leading your home in God’s wisdom is a guarantee—it is guaranteed to last!

* Ecclesiastes 4:13 Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish king, who will no more be admonished.
* Proverbs 22:6
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it

November 10, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO HELP ME BE A GODLY FATHER (part 2)

Proverbs 4: 1 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. 3 For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. 4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.

1. A Godly Father must be willing.
A Godly father must be willing to first saturate himself with God’s Word. Next,
A Godly Father must be willing To Solicit Godly Instruction. Please read carefully verse three and four. Do you know who Solomon’s dad was? It was King David. I believe this verse teaches that Solomon treasured the instruction and counsel of his father. As a matter of fact, he gives testimony of it in verses three and four! Men, be sure to follow the examples of men in the Scriptures who led their homes in faithfulness to God. If you are saved, you may not have had a godly father growing up, but you do now!

Psalm 32:8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

Quote: “A wise man learns by the experience of others. An ordinary man learns by his own experience. A fool doesn’t learn from anyone’s experience.”
2. A Godly Father Must Have Wisdom
A steadfast willingness is a necessity to a godly father, but willingness without wisdom is dangerous and leads to foolishness. It leads to Foolish thinking, Foolish actions, and Foolish parenting. A godly father must have godly wisdom. Maybe you have heard this old saying, “For every pound of learning a person has, he needs ten pounds of common sense to know how to use it.”
* 1 Kings 3:28 And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do judgment
We see in verse seven of this passage the PRIORITY of wisdom.
* 7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
* Wisdom was a priority to Solomon The Lord came to Solomon and told him he could have whatever he desired. After considering all that he could have in his life, Solomon asked God for discernment—he asked God for wisdom. And God granted his request and made him the wisest man who ever lived. I encourage you today to make Wisdom a priority. After all, it is the principle thing!

November 9, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO HELP ME BE A GODLY FATHER

Proverbs 4:1 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. 3 For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. 4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.

There is no occupation or career that is more profound and deeply impacting than the joy of being a father! Nothing can compare with the thrill of leading young lives and leading them to a vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ. Being a father is a great and intense responsibility. There is no time clock—although many Dad’s believe there is. There are no set working hours. There is no set job description. There is no retirement. Dad’s, let me encourage you today! When you don’t know what to do, say, or think, there is a place to turn—the Bible! God’s Word!
2 Timothy 3:16
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
The goal is not to just be a father, but to be a godly father! What are the characteristics of a godly father? The book of Proverbs was written primarily by King Solomon. The first seven chapters were written directly to his son. He said, “My son,” fifteen times in the first seven chapters. King Solomon had an intense desire to impart wisdom, direction, and godly counsel to his son.
In this passage, Solomon shares loving, godly instruction. Look with me at three valuable attributes of a godly father.
A Godly Father Must Be Willing
Fathers are leaders no matter how you look at it, and a leader cannot lead someone to a place that he himself has not been. Being a godly father who leads his children to righteous living begins with a desire—a will! How do you build a determined will to be a godly father? First:
To Saturate yourself in the Word of God. Solomon gave his son good doctrine! It wasn’t what he thought. It wasn’t just what he was taught. It wasn’t the latest trend or fancy. It was what God had said, and it was right—it was good. Simply put, you cannot give what you do not have. Dad, it is your responsibility, not just the church’s, to give your children the Word of God!
Deuteronomy 6:4-7
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

November 8, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO GIVE ME FELLOWSHIP WITH THE SPIRIT

Romans 8:1
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

I’ve been doing a series in the youth ministry on The Holy Spirit, the role He plays in our lives, and in return how we should respond to Him. I knew we had a young, and transitioning youth ministry, and I thought “This will be good information for them to have as they grow in the Lord.” I didn’t realize how much I needed this as well. I haven’t used the passage that I’m writing about in the devotion to teach from, but I think it is one of the most practical passages in Scripture about the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives, and how we can respond to him.

One of the most important things we need to know about the Holy Spirit is that He is not just merely an extension of God, He is God! It’s not a lesser form of God we have inside of us, it is the Holy, Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient spirit of God living in us, and He craves a relationship with us.

2 Corinthians 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.

That word communion means; “fellowship, intimacy, joint participation.” The Holy Spirit wants to fellowship with us.

While reading through Romans 8 this past week I wrote down a few ways we can fellowship with the Holy Spirit. I encourage you to get your Bible and read the verses along with this devotional.

1. Walk in the Spirit (Romans 8:4) This is a pretty simple thought, but if we are going to fellowship with the Spirit, it takes action on our part. This simply means living our life the way the Holy Spirit would like us to. Making life choices by embracing what the Holy Spirit values, and by refusing what the Holy Spirit is grieved by.

2. Think in the Spirit (Romans 8:5-6) The mind is the battlefield for Spiritual warfare, and it’s important that we submit our minds, and our thought life to the Holy Spirit. How does a person overcome the pull of the flesh? How can you extract all the air out of a drinking glass? The easiest way to do that is to fill the glass with something else. You cannot get rid of all the thoughts in your mind that displease God, but rather we need to replace those thoughts, and even renew our mindset (Romans 12:1) toward the things of the Spirit.

3. Be led by the Spirit (Romans 8:14) Being led by the Spirit is simply us submitting our will to Gods perfect will. We honor, instead of ignore the Spirit’s leadership in the small, as well as the big decisions of our spiritual life. Some areas to think about submitting to the Holy Spirit should be, but is not limited to; Our Actions, Our Speech, Our Finances (ouch) Our Eyes (us men need to pay attention to this one) Our Schedule. Think about just the idea of submitting our schedule to God. How much time did you give the Lord yesterday? How much time have you given Him this week, or even this year? If you’re like me whatever that amount is it isn’t enough.

Determine this week you are going to Walk in the Spirit, Think in the Spirit, and

Be Led by the Spirit.

If you want to do a little extra studying on this some other things I wrote down from this chapter are;

-Put the flesh to death by the Spirit (Romans 8:13)

-Adoption of the Spirit (Romans 8:15-17)

-Hope in the Spirit (Romans 8:22-25)

-Pray in the Spirit (Romans 8:26-27)

Frank Newsome Jr

November 7, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO WORK THINGS TOGETHER FOR GOOD (part 2)

Romans 8: 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose

God uses all the circumstances of life for our good. We May not see the good right now, but we can still take comfort and rejoice in the completeness of God’s promise.

III. THE CONDITION OF HIS PROMISE
This promise is not for everyone. Only to those who love God. If all things work together for good to the lover of God, the opposite must be true for those who do not love him! Preaching blesses the obedient and bruises the disobedient. If you went to a physician whom you didn’t trust, you wouldn’t follow his prescription and treatment and as a result, you wouldn’t experience the blessing of healing. If you do not love God, and trust His wisdom, you will rebel against Him and refuse to submit to Him for your life.

IV. THE CONSEQUENCES OF GOD’S PROMISE
This is not a verse designed for your happiness! It is not to be taken lightly. The verses that immediately follow it – 29-30. God’s purpose in turning everything to good is not to bless you, make you happy, or make you wealthy. God is doing all that He does to make you more like Jesus! God didn’t finish with you at salvation. He will continue to shape you until you reflect His image perfectly. The whole purpose of Romans 8:28 is to teach us that God has an eternal plan and that nothing will ever be able to change that plan! God is busy reproducing Himself in each of us.

The truth of these great promises is this: One day when all our plans, hopes and dreams are
gone, we will be like Him! Imagine God to be like a great diamond cutter. One day, as a result of everything you have endured and enjoyed in this life, He will have chipped and chiseled you into His own image. That, and that alone, makes every situation of life worthwhile. As God works out His chemistry in our lives, we can be assured that we will be the ones who will ultimately benefit. Bring all of you circumstances before him this morning and trust His wisdom in your life.