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Personal Devotional Life 4

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Brandon Rosko, Former Chairman of Deacons, FBC Woodstock, GA 

READ James 1:22; John 13:17

The blessings and benefits of the personal devotional life are worth every bit of the cost, discipline and sacrifice involved in having a vital personal devotional life. 

David Williams wrote a song that describes the benefits and blessings of the personal devotional life:

In The Morning

In the morning, that’s when I meet my Savior
And then, I His wondrous presence know.
In the morning, I tell Him all my problems,
That’s when I to God’s own throne room go.

In the morning He shows me all His mercies,
And forgives my sins from day to day.
In the morning He understands my heartaches.
As I seek to walk with Him each day.

In the morning He fills my cup with blessings,
And His love melts all my fears away.
In the morning we walk and talk together
As He listens to all that I say.

In the morning I sing to Him His praises
That have caused this sad heart now to sing.
In the morning my heart is broken often
As I think how few lost souls I bring.

In the morning I hear him whisper gently
That in time He’ll show me all His will.
In the morning, that’s when he shows me simply
How ‘that day’ His will I can fulfill.

In the morning I bring my friends and loved ones,
And each need I always leave Him there.
In the morning He answers through the Bible
As I spend this time with Him in prayer.

In the morning He opens wide my vision
Of a world that’s dying now in sin.
In the morning He makes me want to tell them
How that they can have real peace in Him.

PRAY:
O God, establish my life in your will and way.

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Personal Devotional Life 3

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Brandon Rosko, Former Chairman of Deacons, FBC Woodstock, GA

READ Proverbs 3:5-6

My personal devotional life is, without question, the most important and essential aspect of my Christian life.  The only way to know God’s will for my life is to know God in an intimate and personal way.  Intimacy leads to Spiritual Growth, Cleansing, Guidance, Victory, Communion, and Vision.

Spiritual Growth – A basic ingredient for spiritual growth is personal time alone with God.  This means giving your undivided attention for a specific period of time when you talk with God and you hear from Him.  Spiritual growth is an increasing dependence upon God.

Spiritual Cleansing – It is necessary to be cleansed and purified by the washing of God’s Word.  Spiritual cleansing comes in your life as you obey and personalize God’s truths in your life.

Spiritual Guidance – Essential to know what to do today is to seek the Lord.  As we seek God’s direction in our decisions through His Word and in prayer, He will give us spiritual guidance.

Spiritual Victory – You must hide God’s word in your heart to not sin against Him.  God’s Word taken in and learned will give you victory over sin.  It will allow you to face the challenge and burden of today.  You are as safe as your personal devotions.

Spiritual Communion – We get to know the Lord as we meet with Him in our daily devotional life.  Get to know God!

Spiritual Vision – The will, plan, purpose, and passion of God exposed to you.

The daily devotional life with God in the Word and prayer should be an experience to enjoy and not an event to endure.

PRAY:
Father, change my plans.  Lead, guide, and direct my steps.  Set me apart for your good and faithful works.  May I represent you well today!

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Personal Devotional Life 2

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Brandon Rosko, Former Chairman of Deacons, FBC Woodstock, GA

READ Job 23:12; Matt 4:4

Who sets your priorities?

Do you leave the house in the morning without spending time with Jesus?

Everybody is busy!  Life is hard and we all have many circumstances and pressures that pull us in every direction.  The daily priority of most people is preparation for the work day or the school day which includes showering, checking the weather, picking out clothes, breakfast, and perhaps taking a look at the news.

Andrew Murray said, “God needs time with us.”  Really? The sovereign ruler of this universe needs something from each of us? Yes, He wants to speak into our lives and lead us to impact other for His glory.

Humans are creatures of habit. Pick a time and a place to spend time with your Lord. Picture Him sitting there in that place waiting to have a morning conversation with you.  You wouldn’t walk out if your best friend was sitting there waiting to talk.  He is real and He really wants to spend time with you.

The objective of the personal devotional life is a more personal and intimate relationship with God.  This is to be the priority of every believer in Christ.  My daily personal devotional life has become a major priority in my life and through my devotional times with God my priorities in life have changed.

My perspective in life and of the Lord has changed.  He has become near, real, intimate, adequate, and awesome!

PRAY:
Father, I cannot live by bread alone.  I need to hear from you.  Make your words more important to me than food itself.  Speak to me today!

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Brandon Rosko, Former Chairman of Deacons, FBC Woodstock, GA

READ II Samuel 7:18-29

The devotional life of David, a man after God’s own heart, is described in Psalm 5:3, “My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up.”

David’s devotional life was characterized by communing with God, asking requests of God, and waiting in expectation on God.  In today’s passage you read an account of one of David’s quiet times. 

  • He sat before the Lord (v.18)
  • Acknowledged God’s past provision and blessings (v. 18 – 21)
  • Reflected on God’s nature and who He is (v. 22 – 24)
  • Remembered the promises of God (v. 25 – 28)
  • He made request of God (v. 29)

The purpose of the personal devotional life is to meet God; to experience God; to worship God; to commune with God.  It is a time of personal fellowship with God.  It is when God speaks to me about Himself, His will, and His working in my life.  It is a time of giving my life, family, and concerns to God on a daily basis. 

With all the pressures of work, home, ministry, etc., personal meetings with God are often neglected.  Be INTENTIONAL and set aside time and a place to meet with God each and every day.

PRAY:
O Lord, I desire to be a man after Your heart.  Give me the time and help I need to develop a personal devotional life.  May I hear from You today!

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Faith Comes By Hearing

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Keith Boggs, REAL MOMENTUM Ministries, Inc.

READ Jeremiah 23:9-32

You got your ears on?

I was called to proclaim the Word of God in my early twenties. I knew that the Word would be offensive to the culture in which I lived. What I did not realize was the same Word would also be offensive to those in most of our churches.

Hearing the Word is a very serious matter. Charles Spurgeon said that, “Life and death and eternity and worlds unknown may hang on the preaching and hearing of one sermon.” I was sitting in a room full of teachers and preachers when I heard Crawford Loritts define preaching as, “A message from God for the people at a moment in history.” I don’t want to miss what God has to say to me, do you?

For me to be in season and out of season every time I hear the Word proclaimed I must respect it’s powerful authority and realize my personal accountability. As the preacher proclaims the message faithfully, I must listen intently with a desire to take the truth and faithfully apply it in my life.

Are you ready for the teaching and preaching of God’s Word?

What are your thoughts on preaching? Do you like to hear the Word proclaimed?

Let me ask a more direct question, do you believe that your pastor will stand with a Word from God for you, your family, and your church this Sunday? Are you expecting God to speak through him to you?

May you and I be prepared to hear the Word of God proclaimed! Let’s start today by preparing to hear the next Word from our pastor by praying for him as he studies to proclaim the message God is laying within him. But, don’t stop there! Pray for yourself so that you are ready to hear God’s message preached.

PRAY:
Lord, thank You for the written Word! May I experience You today as I read the Word. God, use Your Word to expose, encourage, equip, and empower me as a man who seeks to be conformed to the image of Jesus.

I do not want to miss what You would have me to hear. I pray for my pastor as he studies and prays for You to make clear the message he is to proclaim. And by all means, give me a consecrated ear, a cautious mouth, a calm temper, a clean heart, and a contagious spirit as I submit to You and accept the Word that I will hear my preacher proclaim.

For Your Glory and in His Name, Amen.

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REAL GENEROSITY

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Buddy Hulsey, Retired Pharmacist & REAL MOMENTUM Board Member

READ: John 15:13

Jesus Christ provided a clear path for those who choose to follow Him.  But, those who so choose must know that the path always leads to the plight of others. Such a life is measured not by what He has, but by what He gives, by His degree of sacrifice (John 15:13). His sacrifice was made on a cross.

While it’s possible to be a Christian and yet be selfish or greedy, it is not possible to be an obedient one. It has been said that, “You are never more like Jesus than when you are giving.” 

Jesus set the bar very high for you and me with respect to generosity. He defined it not only by what He inspired to be penned in Scripture, but by the life He lived 24/7.  God questions how a believer can resist the needs of the poor and still love Him (1 John 3:17).  There is also great reward for those who favor the needs of the poor (Psalm 41:1).

The lack of generosity in the life of a believer, at its core, is a spiritual problem. It speaks to the Lordship of Christ in their life, or the lack thereof. 

REAL GENEROSITY is not determined by the amount you give away, but by the sacrifice you make in doing so (Mark 12:43-44).

REAL GENEROSITY is a question of priorities (Phil. 2:4)

 REAL GENEROSITY is a question of where your treasure lies (Matt. 6:21).

REAL GENEROSITY is not limited to physical wealth, but often considers things that cannot be bought with money more important.

REAL GENEROSITY recognizes Who owns it all.

REAL GENEROSITY has eternal consequences.

PRAYER:
Father, I ask you to protect me from the priorities of my flesh at the expense of the needs of others in Jesus Name, Amen.

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A Word from God

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Ronnie Smith, President/CEO, Ronnie Smith Ministries, Inc.

READ Matthew 14:22-33 

Jesus has had a long day of ministry. He has been teaching all day and then decides to feed 5,000 men plus women and children with 5 loaves and 2 fish. He then sends His disciples away in a boat and goes away to pray, alone.

In the middle of the night Jesus decides He will catch up to His disciples. So, He takes off walking on top of the water. The disciples see Him and are afraid. Jesus calms them. Peter asks if He can come to Him on the water. Jesus says, “Come!” Peter steps out of the boat and begins to walk on the water. Peter sees the waves and wind and begins to doubt. He starts sinking. Jesus saves him, takes him back to the boat, and rebukes him for “little faith.”

Peter doubted Jesus. He had a clear Word of direction. He chose not to stay focused on Jesus and the Word He had given him. He looked at his circumstances and doubt filled his heart.

How about you? What has God spoke to you about doing through His Word? Are you walking in obedience or are you shrinking in fear. We are commanded to walk by faith and not by sight. I am not suggesting that you dream up what you want to do for God and then go do it. I am suggesting you getting alone with Him and find out what He wants you to do and then obey His voice in faith. Even if you don’t know how it will come about.

Manley Beasley once said, “Faith is believing that it is so, when it is not so, so it will be so, because God said so.” The key is that we believe God will bring about what He commands us to do. Faith must be mixed with obedience.

PRAYER:
Dear God, Help me to hear Your voice today. Give me the faith to carry out what you say, in Jesus name, Amen.

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In Need of an X-ray

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Jason Wade, Pharmacist

READ Psalms 139:23-24

I went on a mission trip to Brazil in 2014. We traveled one day up the Amazon River into the jungle. A stepladder in a big jungle boat gave way with me and I fell and broke my hand. The next day, I went back to the city with John, one of the missionaries.  The rest of the team went upriver to the tribal village.  I was very disappointed. Even so, God reminded me of some things as I stayed with John and his family waiting on the team to return.

I witnessed a life of obedience and clean living for Christ on the mission field.  I watched as John read a Bible story each night to his children.  Then he went around the circle and had each one of us name one thing we wanted to thank God for. Next, John had each one of us name something we wanted to ask God for. Then we prayed.

John, in this simple but powerful devotion time, reminded me that it is my responsibility to lead my family. I can’t depend on the church, the staff, or anyone or anything else. John doesn’t have any of those things available to him.

Loving and leading your family by the Word of God with the help of the Holy Spirit is what it means to be a Godly man.

Living the Word before your family is what it means to be a Godly man. 

I realized that even though the hospital had x-rayed my broken hand, I was in need of much more. I needed God to look beyond this flesh and show me what was in my heart. I had to confess some things and repent of them. He restored me and reminded me of my responsibility as a husband and father. 

I want to be a Deuteronomy 6 Dad.  What about you?  Are you in need of an x-ray?

PRAY:
God, help me to be a Godly man. Empower me with grace to lead my family. Please work in me so that I can be used of you to read the Scriptures and pray with my family beginning tonight. Help me continue to gather my family together to read and pray. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

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One Time Around

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Joe Bufford, Senior Pastor, Hillcrest Baptist Church, Hopkinsville, KY

READ James 2:14

Several years ago, my wife and I participated in a motorcycle ride that was a fundraiser for a women’s shelter on the south side of Atlanta, Georgia. At the time, I owned a Suzuki Intruder 1500 which served as the cruiser we enjoyed traveling on so much. My wife and I are fairly small people in stature and the motorcycle hardly recognized we were on it. It toted us with ease, and when called on, at high rates of speed. Little did we know when we registered for that ride we would have an experience we would never forget.

Half way through the ride we pulled into the Atlanta Motor Speedway where we were directed to park our motorcycles on the infield near pit row. Unbeknown to us, arrangements had been made for all of the registered riders to race around the racetrack. I will never forget how exhilarating it was to pull up to the starting line and take off around the track as fast as we could go. At speeds up to 120 M.P.H., we were around the track in no time and being waved back into the infield.

As exciting as it was, I was just as disappointed. One trip around was all we were given and it just seemed to go by too fast. All I could think about at the end was how and what I would have done differently if I had known I was only going to get one lap around. Life is very much like that one lap. James wrote in his epistle, “For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (2:14).

I am not sure how you have been spending your one lap, but from here on out might I encourage you not to waste it, but spend it in pursuit of the Lord Jesus Christ. Eternal investments will never leave you with disappointments.

PRAY:
Lord, help me live every day with eternity in mind. Give me wisdom and discernment to make the most of the each day I have to live with You, my family, my church to the ends of the earth. Amen.

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Heart Cry for Revival

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Keith Boggs, REAL MOMENTUM Ministries, Inc.

READ: Psalm 119:169-176

A few years back I had the privilege of walking through each word in each verse in Psalm 119 while preparing messages to preach. I started with a desire to get a better handle on the Word of God and by the time I finished, God had revealed to me that He wanted a better handle on me! And, I simply discovered that I was in need of personal revival.

In the last verse of this powerful chapter, the Psalmist is wandering about and in need of help. I can feel his desperate plea from reading his heart-cry in verse 169, “Let my cry come before You, O LORD! The word “wander” in verse 176 translates “off the right path” and we’re not careful we forget that we are prone to wander and to leave the God we love.

Take time to read the first eight verses and you will see how the Psalmist starts this great chapter on God’s great Word. No wonder he is crying out, he needs revival! He became aware of how far he had strayed from God and wanted to return.

Richard Owen Roberts, the great revivalist from Chicago, has clearly stated, “The highest priority of the day must be that of a full return to the God of the entire Bible.” I couldn’t agree more! Discovering my need for personal revival goes with me daily, now. I pay close attention to how I’m living because, if I’m not careful, I could be living out of God’s will.

I close with two questions:

As a man, where did God find you in this text?
As a man, what are you going to do about?

PRAY:
You Word, O Lord, is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path! Help me to know the way in which I should walk as a man. I seek Your face so that I may turn to You from my sin. In the Name of Jesus, work in me, work on me, and work through me! Amen.

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A Strong Marriage – Part 2

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Top 10 Components of a Strong Marriage (Part 2)

Bryan Robertson, Family Pastor/Speaker, www.gracebc.org, www.familywalk.org

READ Ephesians 5

This chapter in Ephesians is great motivation for marriages. It starts out telling us to be an imitator of God. He is our first love. Our marital love stems from our love for God. If we get this right, it’s easier to love our wife and our neighbors. Now, let’s look at the other 5 components in order to have a strong marriage. This is a continuation of the previous devotion taken from my book, Top 10 Components of a Strong Marriage:

6. Communicate Everything. If marital success could be summed up in one word, it would probably be COMMUNICATION.  Communicate without arguing or raising your voice. Listen to your wife, study her and find out what makes her tick. Vanilla Ice had it right, “Stop, collaborate and listen.” After you listen, tell them what you heard and ask for clarity if you need to. We must discuss everything with our wives. This is the main way they connect with us. Here’s a list of questions to communicate if you haven’t done so: http://www.markmerrill.com/before-you-say-i-do-premarital-questions/

7. Forgive Each Other. Ephesians 4:32 says, “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” It’s inevitable, we will fail and disappoint each other because we are human. You might as well learn to practice forgiving – like God does us.

8. Agree On Your Roles. Ephesians 5:22-33 addresses many of these roles but don’t miss what God says in verse 21: submitting to one another in the fear of God. I believe this is the key to marital harmony. There are many times I submit to Kari’s ideas on things because she is very gifted and smart. Husbands are to provide, protect and be the spiritual leader in the home. You do this and your wife will have no problem submitting to your “spiritual” leadership.

9. Tithe And Use HIS Money Wisely. God owns everything including the money you make. Remember, He gave you the ability to earn it in the first place. Tithing is a faith issue. Do we trust God with “our” money? If we tithe, do we trust Him to take care of us? I’ve tithed for more than 20 years and I’ve never missed a meal except while fasting. I’ve always had shelter and clothing. I’ve always paid my bills. And I don’t worry about the future. You can’t out-give God. Tithe and give generously.

10. Intimacy. In-to-me-see. Sexual intimacy is more than the act of sex. It’s being fully known and knowing someone fully. It’s being yourself without fear of rejection, humiliation, accusation or criticism. This is possible when you are complete in Christ (Colossians 2:10) and continually working on your marriage that honors Him. Sex should be enjoyed, communicated and kept solely between you and your wife. This shouldn’t be an issue if you continue to pursue, romance, and speak your wife’s love language.

PRAY:
Father, thank you for my wife. Please help me to implement these 10 components of a strong marriage to honor and glorify YOU.

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A Strong Marriage – Part 1

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Top 10 Components of a Strong Marriage – Part 1

Bryan Robertson, Family Pastor/Speaker, www.gracebc.org, www.familywalk.org 

READ Philippians 2:3

This is one of the greatest verses on marriage. If couples would obey this verse, we would see a huge decline in divorces. Here’s what it says, “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves.” So, how can we not be selfish or conceited? Here are 10 ways I wrote in my book, Top 10 Components of a Strong Marriage: 

  1. Grow Spiritually. We all need more of God and less of us. God expects us to grow in Him. What are you doing to grow spiritually? As the days, months and years pass, we should look and act more and more like Jesus. Romans 8:29 says, “We should be conformed into the image of Christ”. This is God’s will for us as believers.

  2. Spend Time Together. This sounds like a no-brainer for couples but it becomes difficult when interwoven with careers, hobbies, friends, church, social media, families, children, etc. Every couple needs to do at least 3 things to spend time together: (1) Spend several minutes alone each day; (2) Have a consistent date night; (3) Get away without the kids at least twice a year for at least one night.

  3. Know Their Love Language. Don’t just discover it; speak it. Gary Chapman has helped millions of couples with this little secret; including us! Kari and I spent our first 7 years of marriage speaking our own love language to each other resulting in much frustration. Then we took the Love Language test and things made sense and got much better! Take the test at www.5lovelanguages.com/profile.

  4. Dress Sexy in Private and Classy in Public. Due to the fact that a man’s eyes are never satisfied (Proverbs 27:20b), every man desires a good-looking and sexy wife. As a couple, stay in the best physical shape possible for God, each other, your children, your future, and respect in general. Encourage and motivate each other in this endeavor.

  5. Make Special Occasions Special. This would include: birthdays, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, promotions, etc. This is all about communicating EXPECTATIONS. We need to ask each other what they expect on special occasions and fulfill it. Many times we need to exceed their expectations with creativity. 

#6-10 Continued in the next devotion.

PRAY:
Father, help me to think of my wife’s needs and wants before mine and to love and forgive her like You do me.

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God Is With US

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Tony Williams, Realtor and REAL MOMENTUM Board Member

READ 2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.

When we become totally dependent on the Father, He changes everything.

  • Surrender to Christ radically changes your mission in life
  • The power to complete our mission does not come from ourselves, but from Christ at work in us
  • When we abide in Christ, even our weaknesses can be used for His glory

Before Saul of Tarsus met Christ he was:

  • A Pharisee and a persecutor of Christ Followers.
  • He consented to the stoning of Stephen, an early martyr of the church.
  • He wreaked havoc with the church, going house to house, arresting the Lord’s disciples and dragging them off to prison.
  • Saul was a terrorist.

But Saul met Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus and everything changed.

  • He didn’t become a more accomplished Pharisee or a more intimidating terrorist.
  • His heart changed, his priorities changed and his mission changed.
  • Saul, the terrorist of the church, became “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God”
  • Paul’s mission changed from destroying the church to building it.

When we keep our eyes on the Father, we will be amazed at what He will do for us.

Rick Hoyt was born in 1962 to Dick and Judy Hoyt. At birth, Rick was diagnosed as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy.  But his father stepped up. Together they completed over 1,000 races, including marathons, decathlons and triathlons (6 of them being Ironman competitions). Also adding to their list of achievements, Dick and Rick biked and ran across the U.S. in 1992, completing a full 3,735 miles in 45 days. Download their inspiring video. www.teamhoyt.com

PRAY:
God, thank you for the change You make. I pray that You will complete the work you started in me. May I find great joy in how You move in and through me as a man. Make the change impact my family and my church to the ends of the earth. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

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Peace and Protection in a Troubled World

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Jody Pack, IT Project Manager

READ Isaiah 41:8-16

On the morning of December 14, 2012, a 20-year-old man entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut armed with a rifle. He murdered 20 children and 6 adult staff members before committing suicide. It was later learned he murdered his own mother in her home before driving to the school. Mass shootings in public spaces have become almost commonplace in our national headlines, and unspeakable tragedies like this remind us we live in a troubled world. Where do we turn for peace and protection in a world filled with sin and violence?

Jesus Christ won the victory over sin and death through His crucifixion on the cross, His burial, and His resurrection! The Lord reminds us through the prophet Isaiah in verse 10 that He is present with us and that He is our God. He has given to us the Holy Spirit and has established a covenant relationship with us. We are His children. He is our Father. Romans 8:38-39 reminds us also that “…neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Oh, how He loves us!

When we become discouraged or troubled by the sin and violence in the world around us, let us rejoice (v.16) in The Lord! He is indeed our Redeemer and our Protector! Proverbs 18:10 also reminds us: “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous runs into it and is safe.”

PRAY:
Father, thank You for Jesus and His victory over sin and death! On this day, I claim Your promise of strength and help in a world filled with sin and violence. Father, You are my strong tower, and I rejoice in You! Amen.

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Get Your Love Tank Full

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Bryan Robertson, Family Pastor/Speaker, www.gracebc.org, www.familywalk.org

READ Colossians 2:1-10

Whether you are single or married, this passage has the power to equip you to be the husband you ought to be for the glory of God and for your wife. I think many men have bought the lie that we need a wife to complete us. Actually, Tom Cruise made many of us believe this in his movie, Jerry Maguire, when he said that famous line, “You complete me.” It’s a great concept but it causes us to suck the life out of our wives, expecting them to complete us. But, as a Christian, look what God tells us in Colossians 2: 9-10:

For in Him (Jesus) dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

We are complete in Him. Period! We need to let that wash over us like a warm shower. Only God can meet our deepest needs. He is the source of everything we need. He will never leave us or forsake us. He gives us fulfillment, purpose, meaning, security, provision, power, worth, confidence, compassion, love, hope, joy, peace, forgiveness, patience, faith, self-control and life.

So, as a single, Christian man, you are complete. Now you can go find a single, complete, Christian woman and serve each other out of the overflow of completeness. As a married man, now you can start serving your wife out of the overflow of God in you. This is the secret of Christian marital success – serving and loving each other from the overflow of God. That’s how to get your love tank full and keep it full.

PRAY:
Father, help me to realize that I am complete in You. Please continue to fill me and flow through me so that I can be a blessing to You and to my wife. Please help me to live out the overflow of YOU.

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The World’s Greatest Text

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Keith Boggs, REAL MOMENTUM Ministries, Inc.

READ John 3:16

Have you ever been watching football on television and see a ‘JOHN 3:16’ sign as the ball goes through the air toward the uprights? The person holding the ‘JOHN 3:16’ sign knows that there is no greater message than the Gospel.

John 3:16 is the world’s greatest text! One verse gives everybody living everywhere Good News! In just one sentence, those powerful Words reveal God’s heart, mind, and will. And, right in the middle of the verse, Jesus appears! We can clearly see the gospel in the words that come before and after God’s only ‘Son.’

The words carrying us to the ‘Son’ in John 3:16 teach us about God’s response to man’s sin by dying on the cross for him in Jesus Christ. These words describe God’s heart and His grace as He reaches down from heaven through Jesus for man.

The words that carry us from the ‘Son’ teach us how man is to respond to God by believing in Jesus’ death as the payment for all his sin. These words describe God’s hope for man and the dynamics of the gospel as he reaches up by faith through Jesus for God’s great salvation.

I invite you to take the time to meditate on John 3:16. Contemplate every Word that God has for you in the world’s greatest text and trust Him as Savior if you haven’t already.

PRAY:
Lord, I thank You for loving me and sending Your Son, Jesus, to redeem me. My sin separated me from You. You did not leave me in my sin. You gave Your Son, Who knew no sin, to be sin so that I might receive Your approval through Him. I am reconciled to You! I am forgiven because of what He has done! Thank You!!

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Someone’s Bride

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Jason Wade, Pharmacist

READ Revelation 21:9

People leave churches for many reasons.  Some of them are valid.  Many are not.  Maybe that’s happened to you.  Perhaps you had a good reason to leave.  Maybe you didn’t.  Either way, hopefully you’ve found a church that’s alive and you’re serving Jesus faithfully there. It’s easy to think that other churches aren’t doing it right.  I used to think that way until a missionary friend shared a story with me.

Think back to your wedding day.  When your bride walked down the aisle, you thought she was the most beautiful girl in the world.  She had spent hours getting ready for you.  She had many people fixing her hair, doing her nails, and helping her get dressed.  What if she had overslept, rolled out of bed, threw on some warm ups, jumped in her car, and made it to the church just in time to walk down the aisle?  Would you love her the same?  Yes. Of course you would… even though she didn’t look her best.

That’s how it is with the church. That’s Someone’s bride.  When I heard that story, the Holy Spirit got all over me.  I began to look at churches differently.  Few look like the first scenario.  Most look like the second.  Instead of focusing on the fact that a church doesn’t look her best, let’s help equip her to get there… to get ready for the bridegroom… Jesus Christ.

PRAY:
Lord, use me to help my church to advance the Kingdom. God help me be man that is praying for my pastor, serving those in my small group, ministering to those who You send my way. Help me help my church bring glory to You, in great Name of Jesus, Amen!

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Unleash the Power of God

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Steve Hyland, Retired from Coca Cola, Real Momentum Board Member

READ Luke 11:9-10

This promise from God’s Word provides the way to unleash the power of God that is supernatural vs. natural. God will always do His part if we his children will do our part of the promise. The supernatural power will come from God after these requirements are met.

Ask and it will be given you. Our part in prayer is to ask God

Seek and you will find. Our part in prayer is to seek God and His will for our situation and we will find Him in the process.

Knock and the door will be open to you. In response to our prayer God will open the door of opportunity for us. We must wait for God to open the door. If we try to break down the door it will be a painful experience! Wait for God’s perfect timing to answer prayer!

In verse 10 the promise of who God will do this for is uncovered. EVERYONE! For everyone who asks receives, everyone who seeks will find and everyone who knocks the door will be opened. That includes all of us! So give it a try. Take your requests to God in prayer. Cast your burdens on Him and let the supernatural power of God work in your family, with your job and in your finances just to name a few areas. We can only say when God answers,” To God be the glory!”

PRAY:
Father, thank You for the opportunity You give me to pray and the promise You made that if I ask, You will give me. If I seek You, I will find You. And, as I knock the door will be opened to me. Help me to pray more and worry less and to wait on You to open the door. As You answer my prayers, may I give You all the glory only You deserve! Amen.

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Tell Others About Jesus

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Ronnie, President/CEO, Ronnie Smith Ministries, Inc.

READ Matthew 28:18-20

The main verb in this passage is “make disciples.” It could be rendered, “As you go, make disciples.” In order for us to make disciples we have to be involved in people’s lives. We must show them we care, and then at the opportune time, share the good news of Christ with them. At that point we can challenge them to turn from their sin and put their faith in the finished work of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. This is a command for the believer in Christ.

Here is what Robert Coleman has to say about this passage: “Evangelism is not an optional accessory to our life. It is the heart beat of all we are called to do. It is the commission of the church which gives meaning to all else that is undertaken in the name of Christ.”

So we are to present Christ to people and pray for them in their journey to salvation. Once they are saved, we should walk with them, teach them, hold them accountable and encourage them to obey the Lord. This will take sacrifice and commitment on your part.

Here is a great place to start. Write down 3 people in your sphere of influence that need Jesus. Begin to pray for them daily. Ask the Lord to give you an opportunity to witness to them, and for Him to send others to witness to them as well. As the Lord opens the door, push away fear and intimidation. Tell them what they need to hear. God wants to use you to bring about life change in people’s lives. Go for it!

PRAY:
Dear God, grow my desire to tell people about Your Son. Give be the boldness and compassion I need, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Marriage

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Joe Bufford, Sr. Pastor, Hillcrest Baptist Church, Hopkinsville, KY

READ Ephesians 5:22-33

Unfortunately, my parents went through a divorce when I was a child. Their divorce meant my younger sister and I would live with my mother and go to our father’s house every other weekend. Such a living situation for children is miserable. No child should have to be torn between his mother and father, but such happens every single day. My parents’ divorce occurred over thirty years ago and yet it still saddens me today. I am not sure of the cause, but am for certain of the effects.

Rarely a week goes by that I am not made aware of a marriage that is in jeopardy. As a pastor, I have heard of numerous excuses and number one on the list is, “My needs are not being met.” Herein is the root cause of many failed marriages—selfishness.

In spite of what society fuels, marriage is not so much about having your own needs met as much as it is about meeting the needs of your spouse. C.S. Lewis expressed the thought well when he said, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.” Every husband and father would do his family well to think more of his wife and children than of himself.

Men, let Jesus be your motivating example. Paul wrote to the Christians in Ephesus and said, “Husbands, love your wives just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her” (Eph. 5:25) Let me encourage you to read the passage of Eph. 5:22-33 in its entirety and then ask yourself who you have been spending more time thinking of, you or your wife. Children need to see that marriage works when it’s more selfless than selfish.

PRAY:
Lord, forgive me of my selfishness. Help me go to my wife and ask her forgiveness as well. Finally, help me live in the freedom of forgiveness.

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How To Win in Conflict

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Dannie Williams, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Lyons, GA

READ James 4:1-12

I lived much of the early years of my Christian life, and at times today, focusing on the outer man so as to get the approval of others.  Some would call that self-righteousness.  When I began to study James 4 I realized that this problem was not external.  In verse 1 James questions the source of quarrels and conflicts among us. He answers the question with a question, “Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?” (NKJV)  The problem is internal.

As you walk through this passage you will discover the issue is passion for approval from others.  In verse 4 God says that this passion for the approval of others could be summed up as spiritual adultery and sets us at odds with God.  In verse 5 He reminds us that when we pursue this approval we are denying the Holy Spirit the right to control our lives.  James realizing our need of help in winning this battle tells us in verse 6 that God provides adequate grace for us to win in this battle.

To win, as verse 7 says, we must stop rejecting God’s ways and submit to Him.  At the same time we must resist the temptation from Satan to satisfy the flesh.  James describes this process as drawing near to God which brings about a response of Him drawing near to us.

This passage concludes by challenging us to cleanse our hands (confession), purify our hearts (repentance),  humble ourselves, and when we do God will honor us.

PRAY:
Lord Jesus, I want to win the war within me. Help me to crucify my flesh and as I draw near to You, I humbly wait for You to draw near to me. Give me the desire and power to want You want for me in every situation. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Generosity

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Jody Pack, IT Project Manager

READ Matthew 6:19-21

One Saturday evening, I went into my closet to lay out my clothes for Sunday church. I went to retrieve a cashmere sweater, only to find that a moth had chewed a hole in it. The sweater was ruined. I was reminded of Matthew 6:19 where Jesus warned of earthly treasures. Moth and rust will destroy, and our earthly possessions are fleeting. The Lord teaches us not to store up treasure for ourselves here on earth but to share all we have with others. In doing so, we will have treasure in heaven.

This is contrary to the world around us, however, which would have us to believe that happiness is found in a new luxury car, expensive clothing, or fine jewelry. Turn on the television, and you’ll quickly experience this deception. Be assured, though, all we have comes from The Lord, and we are instructed to be good stewards of that which we’ve been given. This means giving to others – generously and with joy, “…for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)

Generosity, however, is not merely about giving of our treasures. It’s also about giving of our time and our talents. It’s about making an investment in eternity, for the glory of God! This sometimes means writing a check, but other times it means taking the time to encourage or disciple someone else, or to find a place of service within the body of Christ. Generosity is the employment of everything we’ve been given to make known the name of Jesus!

The Bible tells us that every good and perfect gift is from above (James 1:17), and Jesus Himself is the giver of life! Therefore, let us all seek to be more like Jesus through our generosity. A wise pastor once said: “We are never more like Jesus than when we give!”

PRAY:
Father, I desire to be a good steward of that which you’ve given to me. Grant me wisdom in how to best use my gifts and talents to make known the name of Jesus! Father, please help me to give generously and with joy, and may it all bring honor and glory to You! In the wonderful name of Jesus, Amen.

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Prayer Calendar February 2015

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1 Join us in giving God glory for a great weekend of ministry. Nichole was in North GA speaking to 250 ministers’ wives while Keith and a team of men joined 20,000-plus men for the Johnny Hunt Men’s Conference. There have been well over 900 downloads of the REAL MOMENTUM App! Move, Lord Jesus, move!

2 The Movement of men continues as the REAL MOMENTUM Ministries team has expanded once again. Richard Holden has joined and will be serving as a missionary to men. He will be our Southeast Regional Director in Canton, GA and we are excited about Richard joining the REAL MOMENTUM team. Please pray for Richard and his wife, Terry, as we anticipate God using him to engage men, encourage families, and equip churches for a movement of men in the Southeast region to the ends of the earth.

3 Tomorrow morning, 77 TIME meets early for Dad’s of young men and women who attend Mount Paran Christian School. Keith will begin taking these men through NO MAN LEFT BEHIND for the next several months. Pray that God would ignite a movement of men that will result in generational transformation.

4 Please pray for Richard Holden, Southeast Regional Director for REAL MOMENTUM, as he begins developing and reaching out to contacts in the Southeast region. Pray as he will be meeting with pastors and influential laymen in 5 different cities in East Tennessee.

5 Tonight the Board of Directors will gather together for devotion and prayer in seeking God for a movement of men. God is at work and momentum is building. Please pray for wisdom and counsel to follow God’s leading in a movement of men that transforms families and churches to the ends of the earth.

6 Please pray for the men and women who will be attending the REAL MOMENTUM Family Conference at Shelter Church in Chattanooga, TN. Pray for Keith as he challenges the men of Shelter Church to be engaged in igniting a movement of godly men in their homes, church, and community.

7 Pray today for Nichole as she has the opportunity to speak into the lives of the ladies attending the REAL MOMENTUM Family Conference at Shelter Church. Pray for Nichole to have favor in encouraging women to cry out to God in prayer for their husbands.

8 Please pray today for Richard Holden, Southeast Regional Director for REAL MOMENTUM, as he will be preaching and ministering to the great people of Crossroads Community. Also, pray for Richard and his wife Terry as they minister to a couple of hurting pastors this month.

9 Lift up Clark Osborn, Midwest Regional Director for REAL MOMENTUM, as he continues to prepare for the upcoming Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Equipping Conference. Ask God to prepare each speaker and the volunteers as we anticipate ministering to hundreds of men in the Omaha area.

10 Several men will be participating in our morning prayer conference call at 7:30am today. There is no doubt we need revival, especially among men. We are fervently praying for God to move in the lives of men. Join us!

11 The average man sitting in your church knows, deep down, that he could be more than he has become. What are you and I doing to help him become that man? We need your prayers and with God’s help we can continue to find ways to engage, encourage, and equip men with families and churches in mind.

12 Keith, Nichole, and the entire family have the great honor of joining with Kelly Davidson, Director of Young Singles at FBC Woodstock for their Winter Retreat in North Carolina. Pray that this time would be impactful for each one that attends.

13 Life up men and women who are in their 20’s and single. Today’s culture poses great challenges so ask God to use this retreat to help each young man and women resolve to live for the glory of God, whether others do or not.

14  Keith will be leading five teaching sessions and while some have been completed the work is not complete. Ask God to make His mark on these last few hours together.

15 There is one more session today before Keith and the family will be making the journey back home. Pray that each person’s relationship with God has been strengthened and will ultimately result in bringing God great glory now and until He returns.

16 Serving as a missionary to men in the Southeast Region, Richard Holden of REAL MOMENTUM is in need of financial support from many generous families across the country. Pray as Richard and his wife Terry learn and adjust to the process of God meeting their needs as faith based missionaries. He equips the called!

17 Please pray today for the REAL MOMENTUM App. Pray as several men will continue providing fresh content about how living in a right relationship with God, at home, and through the church really does impact the ends of the earth. Pray that God will guide every word spoken, every man filmed, every edit made for a movement of men!

18 The best way to renew our mind and think like God is to read God’s Word regularly. The Bible asserts that the words it contains are God’s words and they are “living and active.” Pray that God will use His word to awaken men!

19 In a couple of days, the 2015 Iron Sharpens Iron conference begins in Omaha, NE., hosted by REAL MOMENTUM Ministries. Clark Osborn of REAL MOMENTUM has done an excellent job organizing this event. Please pray for a great conference encouraging men to stand up and be counted among those who want to do great things for God and His kingdom. 

20 Please pray for safe travels for the REAL MOMENTUM team (Keith Boggs, Steve Hyland, Tony Williams, Charlie Strickland, Richard Holden, and Allen Welborn) driving 14 hours from Atlanta to Omaha as well as the speakers that will fly in from all over the country. Pray that the last minute details are finalized as the Iron Sharpens Iron conference begins tomorrow. 

21Ask God to move mightily in the lives of men attending the Omaha ISI conference today. Pray that they would be ministered to through the speakers and the ministries they represent.

22 Please pray that men would maintain the momentum they gained from the Omaha ISI conference in their homes, church and workplace. Also, please pray for safe travels for those returning home on the road or in the air.

23 Lift up Richard Holden, as he will leading a REAL MOMENTUM weekend in Lawrenceburg, TN. on March 7-8. Pray that God will guide every word spoken and that each man attending would be encouraged to ignite a movement of godly men in their homes, church and community.

24 Several men will be participating in our morning prayer conference call at 7:30am today. There is no doubt we need revival, especially among men. We are fervently praying for God to move in the lives of men. Join us!

25 Pray that your church will bring ministry to men to the forefront of their disciple-making process. Ask God to stir the pastors and staff across America for men to unite hearts to develop an effective discipleship ministry to men.

26 The Lord has surrounded Keith, Nichole, and their children with a great team of Board Members who are engaged in the mission. Pray that God would continue to give wisdom and focus to each member and that we will walk by faith and not by sight for a movement of men.

27 Tonight begins a REAL MOMENTUM Men’s weekend for Southeast GA at First Baptist Church in St Mary’s, GA. Pray for God to use each message Keith shares today to penetrate the heart of each man.

28 The REAL MOMENTUM Men’s weekend for FBC St. Mary’s continues with a full day of activities. Ask God to infuse the men with the burden for a movement of men that transforms families and churches to the ends of the earth.

 

Defeating Distractions

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Ronnie Smith, President/ CEO, Ronnie Smith Ministries, Inc.

READ Ephesians 5:15-17

We all have 168 hours in a week. We sleep approximately 56 of those hours. That leaves us with 112 hours each week to accomplish what we need to get done. We need to look and see what needs to be done in our life that only we can do and give some time to those things. For example, I am the only one that can be a husband to my wife right now. I am the only dad to my children. No one can walk with God for me. I am the one who God uses to provide for my family. Do you get the picture? We must establish priorities.

We are to walk as “wise” men and “redeem the time.” The greatest enemy we have in accomplishing this may not be something that is evil. In fact, they may be good things that have become the enemy of the best. Your hobby can be a great thing, but if it consumes too much of your time, talent, and treasure it becomes a bad thing. Technology is a wonderful tool, but if we can’t spend quality time with our children and our wife because we are “thumbing” a phone or a tablet it becomes a bad thing.

So are you redeeming the time? What do you need to reevaluate? What distraction do you need to defeat, in order to be all God wants you to be? Think of yourself as an athlete trying to get in tip top shape. Look at the discipline they carry out to become the best they can be. Why don’t you take some time and develop a vision of what you want your family to look like, among other things and identify what distracts you from that. Then work on putting it to death, while putting into place the things that will make it happen.

PRAY:
Dear God, Help me to have a vision for what you want for me and my family to look like. Show me the areas where I am distracted, and help me change, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Character

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Tony Williams, Realtor & REAL MOMENTUM Board Member

READ 1 Peter 5:7

The closer you get to people around you, the greater the chance that conflict will surface. Where there is character there is compatibility. Where character is lacking, there is conflict.

Psalms 15, Men of Character: 

  • Their walk is blameless
  • They do what is right
  • They tell the truth
  • They don’t gossip
  • They don’t mistreat others
  • They side with those who are right
  • They keep their word
  • They lend money to those in need without interest
  • They don’t take advantage of people for financial gain

We must deliberately and sincerely cast our deepest and most intimate cares upon God and live with confidence that He is going to care for us. Nothing tests, shapes, and strengthens our character like periods of tribulation. We must not let our expectations and circumstances make us miss God. Sometimes our prayers center around the removal of the very circumstances He is using to conform us to His image.

Don’t allow a hard heart—character requires a sensitive heart.  Christianity is a lifelong process of being transformed into Christ’s likeness.

Example: The process of renewal allows you to not be afraid to “jump” into the Father’s arms – Renewal teaches you about the pool, about the water and most importantly we learn about the arms that are reaching out to catch us.

Discover the areas of your life where you need renewal. Are you convinced that God’s way is not best for you? We must cooperate with God’s purposes for our life and not fight against them.

Then we will have renewal. Then our “character” will be changed. Then we will have “put on the new”.

PRAY:
Lord Jesus, may I press in rather pull away. Shape me to be the man required for the day in which I live. May Jesus be formed in me! In His Great Name, Amen!

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Anger

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Buddy Hulsey, Retired Pharmacist & REAL MOMENTUM Board Member

READ James 1:20

Anger is a God given human emotion over which we have no control. We can control our response to it.  It is our choice alone.

It’s no secret we live in an angry world that touches us all.  The cost of uncontrolled anger has always been extremely high. The cure demands a determined discipline. The cost is often borne by those we love the most. Families are devastated, children abused and relationships broken. Anger is a learned response and if ignored will always grow.

Anger is a dangerous emotion. James 1:20 says that “Anger does not bring about the righteous life God desires.”  It results in the less than the abundant life God intended for His children (John 10:10b).

Our greatest enemy to solving the anger problem is pride. God says, “I resist the proud and give grace to the humble.” Which one do you want?

The “world” addresses the problem via “Anger Management” and only treating the symptoms. Anger is a problem of the heart. Only Jesus can successfully cure, not treat, the problem of the heart (2 Cor 5:17). He along is the Way (John 14:6).

God’s solution in dealing with the problem of anger is found Ephesians 4:31… Simply PUT IT OFF.

God’s reward for our obedience:

  1. Joel 2:25, Lost years recovered.
  2. Isaiah 1:18, Sins as white as snow.
  3. Hebrews 13:5, You will NEVER be alone.

 

REMEMBER: HE WANTS US TO WIN, BUT WE HAVE TO WANT TO WIN AND “PUT OFF” ANGER FROM OUR LIVES.

PRAY:
Dear Father, empty me of everything that is of me. Fill me with everything that is of You. In me there dwells no good thing. In You there is nothing that is not good. By your grace, enable me to look like You and not me.

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Accountability – The Strength of a Godly Man

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Bryan Robertson, Family Pastor/Speaker, www.gracebc.org, www.familywalk.org 

READ Proverbs 27:17

I started implementing accountability about 15 years ago when I was a Student Pastor at Oakland Baptist Church in Corinth, MS. I met with about 4 other guys at the Dinner Bell every week during lunch. Pastor Johnny Hunt always said, “Don’t waste your lunches.” So, while we ate, we would hold each other accountable to the following questions: 

  1. Have you been in the Word daily? Ps 119:11
  2. Have you acknowledged Him in all your ways? In other words, how’s your prayer life? Prov. 3:5-6
  3. Are you tithing and spending His money wisely? Mal. 3:8-10 & Luke 12:42
  4. Have you spent quality time with your family? Ps 133:1
  5. Have you been exposed to sexually explicit material in any way? Ps 101:3
  6. Has your speech been uplifting and wholesome? Eph. 4:29
  7. Have you missed church? Heb. 10:25
  8. Are your relationships and where you go honoring to Him? 1 Cor. 15:33 & 1 Thess. 5:22

Answering these questions in total honesty with a band of brothers will keep you from a multitude of sins. Who can you get to hold you accountable? We just do better when people are watching and holding us accountable. So go ahead! Man up! Open up! Show up! Raise the bar up! And step up to the plate of manhood! You can’t do this alone! Find you a strong spiritual brother and get started this week. Be intentional and do it!

PRAY:
Father, help me to take my spiritual walk to a new level. Please show me who You want to hold me accountable and help me to be consistent. I want to honor You with the life You’ve given me and finish strong!

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Man Up and Look Up

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Chris Brooks, Executive Director, God’s Man UP Ministries, Inc.

 READ Psalms 14:1-2

Two art critics were standing in front of a masterful display of swirls and colors when one turned to the other and said, “This is an excellent depiction of the struggle between good and evil!”  “Ridiculous!  It’s a beautiful portrayal of the excited devotion of two young lovers” exclaimed the other.  About that time, another man walked up and remarked, “It’s two cupcakes in a blender.”  The two critics promptly laughed him down over his ignorance and lack of vision.  “Just who do you think YOU are and how did you come up with such a silly notion?”  they joked.  “Well . . . I’m the artist.”

It seems amazing that Men will spend time reading books, listening to speakers, and even going to conferences about topics that are geared toward the journey toward “Authentic” manhood; yet they seldom take time to stop long enough to acknowledge the one who designed man, gave him purpose, and sustains his soul.  If men are truly longing to grab hold of what it means to be a Real Man… then it is crucial that they grab hold of the Real Man-maker… God.  It’s time to Man Up and LOOK UP.

Authentic Manhood begins with acknowledging that God reigns as the sovereign Lord over the heart of man.  The Psalmist writes, “The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; There is no one who does good. (2) The Lord has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. “(Psalm 14:1-2, NASB)  Some men declare it with their words, while others declare it with their actions.

Let me challenge you to Man UP and LOOK UP to the God who Created you, who Chooses you, and who Corrects you for His Glory according to his will.

PRAY:
Father God and Sovereign Lord, we look up to you and yield our lives for your glory that you would mold and make us into the men that you have called us to be.  We pray with the Psalmist, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.” AMEN

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The Sphere of Oneness

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Eric Bolding, A Man of God (1965-2015)

READ: Malachi 2:13–16; Emphasis on 2:15

According to the Word of God when a man and a WOMAN marry they are no longer two but ONE.  Made so by the same power that God exerted in the creation and the same power He exerted when He raised Jesus from the dead.  The power of the Holy Spirit.  A man and his wife are made in Oneness with each other by God.  Jesus said, “So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”

As a man we must go against everything innate within us and relinquish our prideful independence.  Most of the time, especially as believers we cannot do this on our own. God Himself will have to intervene and yank this embedded demon from within us.  It most likely will require a series of painful mistakes for God to work this out of us.  I know from personal experience that EVERY single misstep and unwise decision that I have made as a husband and a father is when I have made the decision without any regard or input from the one that God has made me one with… My Wife!! 

God has made you one with no one other than your wife.  Proverbs 18:22 says, “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD.”  Move forward with nothing without being in ONENESS with your wife.  Make no decision without being in ONENESS with your wife.  If she doesn’t know about it don’t do it.  If she’s not in it, God probably isn’t either.  If God is going to speak to you through another human being it will most likely be her.  Listen carefully.  It will most likely be a whisper or a suggestion. 

As the spiritual leader of the home you do have the ultimate responsibility but never forget that God has given you an invaluable helper!  Relinquish your independence.  God does not call us to domineer.  He calls us into Oneness.  The most dynamic and powerful tool of evangelism on the earth is a man and his wife operating in Oneness of the Spirit!  Church starts and ends at home!

PRAY: 
God help me to relinquish my prideful independence and come into true spiritual union with my wife.  Make me into the man that you would have me to be for my family that You have given me.  What an awesome privilege and what an awesome responsibility.  Help me Lord because I cannot do this without You!

1 Peter 3:7 Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered. 

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10,000 Reasons

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Jason Wade, Pharmacist

READ Nehemiah 8:1

According to Jesus in The Great Commission, all believers are to teach the Word of God to others, especially their family.  Parents should be teaching what they know to their children.  Mature believers should be teaching new believers. Believers are to be teachers, making disciples as we go.

Webster’s Dictionary defines proclaim as: “to announce publicly”.  Why should we proclaim God’s Word?  I’ll give you 5 reasons:

1) Are you mourning?  Find joy in the Bible. Psalms 30:5 tells us that weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.

2)  With everything changing in the world around us, the Word of God is constant.  Psalms 119:89, “Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.”

3) Are you lost?  Find direction in the Bible.  Proverbs 16:9, “A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.”

4) The things of this world are temporary.  God’s Word is eternal.  Isaiah 40:8, “The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.”

5) There are many false teachings today.  What can we believe?  Put your trust in the Bible.  Paul writes in Titus 1:2 that God cannot lie.

I’ve given you 5 reasons, but there are 10,000.  Why should we proclaim God’s Word?  A good friend of mine says it like this:  “Let’s give them some help and hope.”

PRAY:
Lord, You are faithful and true. Help me find ways to proclaim Your Word publically. But greater still, may the Word become flesh and dwell among me and those around me at home to the ends of the earth.

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In the Furnace

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Ronnie Smith, President/CEO, Ronnie Smith Ministries, Inc.

READ James 1:2-5

One of the toughest sports on dirt is professional bull riding. Can you imagine being on 1500 pounds of mad hamburger and the gate opens? It is not a matter of “if” you will have a wreck but “when” and how bad it will be. It is the same way with trials and difficulty. It is not a matter of “if” you will go through them. They are coming. We just don’t know how difficult they will be. 

James says that we are to count it all joy when we face various kinds of trials. What? Why? How can he say that? It is because of the end result. When we experience difficulty God is testing our faith. He is forming us into the image of his son. He is building our character. Our initial reaction from our flesh may be to get angry or become frustrated with our circumstances. However, when we understand that nothing happens to us apart from God’s permission, then we can allow Him to mold us with his sculpting tools.

A potter starts out with a lump of wet clay. He shapes it on the wheel. He uses tools to cut away the parts that aren’t needed to produce what he desires. Then it is put in an oven to harden and finish it. God uses trials in our life to shape us. The furnace of affliction is a cousin to the heat of difficult times that we all face.

So, how are you doing? Do you respond to difficulty as from the hand of God? Do you allow the difficulty to produce spiritual fruit, or do you get angry?

PRAY: 
Dear God, help me respond to trials in a way that would bring you glory and would grow me in my relationship with You. Shape me into what you will, in Jesus name, Amen.

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Prayer Calendar January 2015

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As we move into a new year, we are overwhelmed at how God has chosen to use men and women like you to help us engage men, encourage families, and equip churches for a movement of men to the ends of the earth.

At REAL MOMENTUM Ministries, Inc. we have daily ministry needs as well as regional, national, and global mission projects and opportunities that God has led us to follow Him in and we want to invite you to join us!

There are greater things still to be done, will you pray with us?

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1 As 2015 begins, please pray for the spring speaking schedule for Keith and Nichole. It is completely full, praise God! Pray that the Lord Jesus would grant wisdom and grace through each opportunity in engaging men, encouraging families, and equipping churches for a movement of men.

2 Pray that your church will bring ministry to men to the forefront of their disciple-making process. Ask God to stir the pastors and staff across America for men to unite hearts to develop an effective discipleship ministry to men.

3 Tomorrow, Keith will be leading an important vision casting meeting at FBC Woodstock for an intentional discipleship focus to and through men in North Atlanta. After a few months of prayer and discussions with the men who help shape the focus and direction of REAL MOMENTUM, we firmly believe that God is leading us to begin a more intentional discipleship focus that involves ministering to and through the men living in our community. Pray that the men attending the meeting will grasp God’s vision for a greater movement of godly men in the North Atlanta area and to the ends of the earth.

4 Lift up Clark Osborn, Midwest Regional Director for REAL MOMENTUM, as he continues to prepare for the upcoming Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Equipping Conference. Ask God to prepare each speaker and the volunteers as we anticipate ministering to hundreds of men in the Omaha area.

5 Tomorrow morning, 77 TIME meets early for Dad’s of young men and women who attend Mount Paran Christian School. Keith will be leading a study on No Man Left Behind for the remainder of the school year. Pray that God would ignite a movement of men that will result in generational transformation. Lift up Steve Cannon as he lead this great group.

6 Take time today to pray for men to stand up and be counted among those who want to do great things for God’s kingdom. Pray for the empowering work of the Holy Spirit to help men be fully committed to truth and to act in love.

7 The average man sitting in your church knows, deep down, that he could be more than he has become. What are you and I doing to help him become that man? We need your prayers and with God’s help we can continue to find ways to engage, encourage, and equip men with families and churches in mind.

8 The best way to renew our mind and think like God is to read God’s Word regularly. The Bible asserts that the words it contains are God’s words and they are “living and active.” Pray that God will use His word to awaken men!

9 The Lord has surrounded Keith, Nichole, and their children with a great team of Board Members who are engaged in the mission. Pray that God would continue to give wisdom and focus to each member and that we will walk by faith and not by sight for a movement of men.

10 Please pray for the men and women who will be attending the REAL MOMENTUM Weekend at New Providence Baptist Church in Guyton, GA.

11 Please pray for Keith as he challenges the men of New Providence to be engaged in igniting a movement of godly men in their homes, church, and community.  

12 Pray today for Nichole as she has the opportunity to speak into the lives of the ladies attending the REAL MOMENTUM Weekend at New Providence. Pray for Nichole to have favor in encouraging women to cry out to God in prayer for their husbands. 

13 Several men will be participating in our morning prayer conference call at 7:30am today. There is no doubt we need revival, especially among men. We are fervently praying for God to move in the lives of men. Join us!

14 In one week, the 2015 REAL MOMENTUM Men’s Conference will begin at New Life Baptist Church in Santiago, Dominican Republic. Pastor John Webb and the REAL MOMENTUM team are preparing their messages to speak to the hearts of men of the Dominican Republic. Pray that God would give favor for each session and that each man attending would be encouraged to ignite a movement of godly men in their homes, church, and community.

15 Tonight the Board of Directors will gather together for devotion and prayer in seeking God for a movement of men. God is at work and momentum is building. Please pray for wisdom and counsel to follow God’s leading in a movement of men that transforms families and churches to the ends of the earth.

16 Please pray for those attending the REAL MOMENTUM Video Shoot for the new REAL MOMENTUM App. Several men will be telling their story of REAL MOMENTUM about how living in a right relationship with God, at home, and through the church really does impact the ends of the earth. Pray that God will guide every word spoken, every man filmed, every edit made for a movement of men!

17 Pray for the Ministries who are in partnership with REAL MOMENTUM. Life Action Ministries, OneCry, Ministry Ventures, National Coalition of Ministries to Men, Iron Sharpens Iron, Man in the Mirror, Iglesia Bautista Vida Nueva Santiago, Dominican Republic and others.

18 Nichole will have the honor of being the keynote speaker at the Georgia Baptist Ministers Wives’ Retreat January 30-31. Pray that she will have the time she desires to pray and prepare so that she can minister with God’s touch to these precious women.

19 Please pray for those who will be traveling to Santiago, Dominican Republic. Tomorrow begins the mission of a REAL MOMENTUM Men’s Conference at New Life Baptist Church. Pray for God’s hand to be upon the team’s travel to and from the country as well as on the field.

20 Pray as the team arrives in Santiago. They will begin serving their by prayer walking and inviting men in the community to attend the conference. May New Life Baptist Church be encouraged by their hard work in seeing that no man is left behind.

21Pray for the REAL MOMENTUM team and the first part of the week, they will be needed in projects to help New Life Baptist in the renovation of their new building. Projects include painting, building a closet and shelves, cabinet doors, and some electrical work. Pray their service will be productive and honoring to God.

22 Keith’s daughters, Madison and Morgan have joined him onsite to minister to the great people of New Life Baptist Church. Pray that God would enlarge Madison and Morgan’s heart for the Kindgom.

23 John Webb and Keith Boggs will be keynote speakers for the conference. Pray that the power of God will rest on these men as they speak and share their heart for the men to own a this movement of godly men that impact homes, churches, and communities across the region. Brandon Rosko will be the only American leading a breakout session. Awesome!

24 Please pray for the team of men from the New Life Baptist Church who will lead breakout sessions for the first time in any conference setting. Pray for God to grant these men liberty to speak with passion and love as they encourage men to be fully committed to truth and to act in love.

25 Pray for REAL MOMENTUM team member, Brandon Rosko. Brandon will be the only American leading a breakout session. Pray for God to bring clarity and power as Brandon encourages men to win at home, in the church and their community.

26 Pray that God ignites a powerful movement of godly men that shakes the Dominican Republic and moves generations for His glory.

27 Give the Lord praise for what He has done during the REAL MOMENTUM Men’s conference this week.  Ask the Lord to bless the REAL MOMENTUM team as they will be traveling home to their families.

28 Pray for Keith and Steve Hyland as they prepare to speak at next month’s Iron Sharpens Iron Conference in Omaha, NE.

29 Pray for the REAL MOMENTUM team who will be joining Clark Osborn next month in Omaha, NE for the Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Equipping Conference. Ask God to prepare each speaker and the volunteers as we anticipate ministering to hundreds of men in the Omaha area.

30 The devil has a much more effective plan to reach men than do most churches and REAL MOMENTUM exists to see that change. Pray that God would Nichole to bring awareness and focus for intentional discipleship for boys and men everywhere, beginning at home at the Georgia Baptist Ministers Wives’ Retreat today and tomorrow.

31 Please pray for the release of the REAL MOMENTUM app at this weekend’s Johnny Hunt Men’s Conference in Woodstock, GA. Pray for hundreds of men to download the app and begin consuming godly content to encourage them to act like men.

Forgiving Yourself

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By Buddy Hulsey, Retired Pharmacist and REAL MOMENTUM Board Member

READ: Hebrews 12:1-2

Forgiving others is at the heart of living a victorious Christian life. But, it often pales in comparison to our unwillingness to forgive ourselves. It is of equal, if not greater importance. To refuse to do so comes with a very high price. This self-imposed bondage sacrifices our peace, happiness, joy, and ultimately diminishes the divine plan of God for the role we have as MEN as leaders in the home and family. This MUST be avoided.

In view of my past, is there any hope? ABSOLUTELY!

1) Jesus paid IN FULL for ALL our sin. (Col. 2:13)

2) He said “It is FINISHED.” What right do we have to hold on to what God has forgiven and forgotten?

3) There is no difference in our refusal to forgive someone else and refusal to forgive ourselves. (Matt. 6:15)

REMEMBER:

1) God punished Jesus for our failures. (Isaiah 53:5-6)

2) Satan WANTS YOU to continuously condemn yourself. (ROM. 8:1)

THE REMEDY:

1) Follow Paul’s example (Phil. 3:13-14). Your future can always be more promising than your past.

2) Embrace God’s truth about your sin. ISAIAH 1:18, JEREMIAH 31:34, 1 JOHN 1:9.

PRACTICAL STEPS:

1) Do not talk about your failures.

2) Don’t give in to any sense of fear.

3) Don’t accept any guilt over what you have confessed to God.

4) Hold your head high because of His GRACE, not shame which He bore on Calvary. (Hebrews 12:2)

5) Know that God desires no further embarrassment to come your way.

6) Totally FORGIVE yourself from this day forward.

7) Boldly and unashamedly ask God to use and bless you even though you know you don’t deserve it.

8) Read the book, “How to Forgive Ourselves Totally” by R. T. Kendall

PRAY:
Thank you Father for bearing the burden of my past in order that I might run the remainder of my race with endurance to become all You created me to be. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Leadership Through Serving

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Steve Hyland, Retired from Coca Cola, REAL MOMENTUM Board Member

READ Philippians 2:6-8

After spending 30 years in the business world in marketing and management, looking back I attended several leadership seminars to be trained in various leadership techniques. All of the seminars were pretty similar in content. If you give a clear vision to your team, provide good strategic direction, and actions to execute your strategy you will be successful in your projects. Also, most team members will follow you because you are in the position of power and influence.

My approach in leadership has always been using these verses as a model and leading the way Jesus did… As a humble servant, leading through serving my team. What does that look like?

  • Lead through serving your team members to get to the finish line.
  • Be open to the ideas, thoughts, and other ways to get the job accomplished.
  • Always be hands on to help complete the task with the team.
  • Don’t ask others to do what you would not be willing to do.
  • Encourage other team members.
  • Communicate openly and honestly to all team members.

Try this approach first in your family and see how it works. Expand to your work and your church activities and before you know it, people will notice your style is different than most leaders. They will also see that your style is effective and people will want to be a part of your team. You will be leading Jesus’ way! Serving will also keep our egos in check, as power and position can go straight to our heads!

PRAY:
Father, thank you for the model of leading that Jesus gave us in His word and also demonstrated to while He was on the earth as a leader. I need Your wisdom and power to be a servant leader. Lead me by Your Spirit so others would see my example and be drawn to You. Amen.

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Pastoring Your Flock

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By Ronnie Smith, President/CEO, Ronnie Smith Ministries, Inc.

READ Deuteronomy 6:4-9

Dad’s role in the home is of utmost importance. You need to view your family as the little church that you shepherd. As you read the passage above, you saw that the man should first love God supremely, and then teach truth to his children. The truth of God should consume him. It is the filter which he should view all of life. I believe this instruction is to be formal and informal. 

Let me explain. The formal would be when you, on a regular basis, gather the family for prayer and scripture reading. 75% of families that attend church on Sunday morning never do this as a family. However, when we do, it shows that God is central in our lives and home. It can be a time of singing and praise as well. It does not have to be long, but it does need to be consistent. This is a time of teaching truth and being able to pray together. It is such a joy to hear your children pray.

The informal instruction happens as you go about your daily routine. You may be driving down the road, or walking through the woods, or sitting in your recliner when some teachable moment arises. You may be able to see something that triggers a spiritual truth that they need to know about. There are plenty of examples as you are out in public of what not to do as a follower of Christ. You can use the book of Proverbs to address many things like this. 

A recent statistic says that 80% of the young people in church stop attending regularly after high school. I would guess a large portion of these children did not have a dad who read the Bible to them and prayed with them on a regular basis. Don’t be that kind of dad. You can do it! Start today!

PRAY:
Dear God help me to continue to read to, pray with, and teach my family the Bible. Give me wisdom and strength to do so this day for Your glory! 

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Sudden Change

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By Charles Carpenter, CEO CSA Atlanta

READ 1 Peter 1:2

1 Peter 1:2 reminds me that I was chosen by God the Father, my salvation and security rest in the free and merciful choice of Almighty God, and no trials or persecution can take away the eternal life He gives those who believe in Him.

HOW HAVE YOU PREPARED FOR THE “SUDDEN CHANGE” THAT WILL COME INTO YOUR LIFE?

In athletics players and coaches must practice for the “SUDDEN CHANGE” that will happen during the course of the game.  The outcome of the game usually depends on how successful you handled the “SUDDEN CHANGE.” If you ask any coach how much time is spent on “SUDDEN CHANGE” he will tell you they work daily. It is very important for the one who knows what to do to communicate to the ones who will execute because “SUDDEN CHANGE” in one’s life can come in many forms: health, an accident, loss of job, a wayward child, a son or daughter having life-changing issues, or even getting a promotion to another city.

My wife and I were in the ER of a local hospital with her dying father. As we were praying, we experienced a peace beyond all understanding (Phil 4:7).  We were prepared for the “SUDDEN CHANGE” through our relationship and faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  There was a family who had entered the ER with their mother had a heart attack and there seemed to be no hope for her recovery. They were running and screaming looking anywhere and everywhere for hope and help. They were not prepared for the “SUDDEN CHANGE” of someone they loved so dearly. 

I challenge you to spend time daily with our Lord in prayer and in His Word so you can be prepared for the “SUDDEN CHANGE” that will come into your life.

PRAY
Lord Jesus, I pray that you quicken my heart to know you personally so that I can be prepared for the “SUDDEN CHANGE” in my life as a man. God help me win in whatever I face. For the glory of God, Amen.

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The Son that Honors God

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By Steven Kegley, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church—St. Marys, GA

READ Proverbs 3:1-6

It is not easy in today’s world to be a son who honors God. The secular pressures to prove our “manliness” are extraordinary. Add to that what the feminist movement of the 60’s and 70’s has done to the position of men as leaders, and we can see that it has culminated in that the boys of today are thoroughly confused over the roles they are to live out in the family, in marriage, and in the world in general.

The writer of Proverbs is reminding sons of what God sees as their role in these institutions and where the fulfillment of these roles can lead. Consider these thoughts:

1) Sons, don’t forget what you have been taught (3:1).
What our sons are taught can be spiritually edifying or spiritually nullifying. Fathers, take care… we are the model for our sons in the spiritual and ethical realm.

2) A rich, full life is the reward for the compliant son (3:2).
Doing what is right will bring a satisfaction into your life. You can live life knowing that your heavenly Father is pleased with you.   

3) Sons, remember to be loyal to your family, your friends, your church, and most of all, your God (3:3).
Loyalty is expressed in kindness and should always flow from a heart that is right with God.

4) Sons, favor with God and with people will follow you around and a wonderful reputation of integrity will be yours (3:4).

The powerful words of Proverbs 3:5-6 follow these verses. The writer is admonishing the godly son to trust in the Word of God and His understanding to know the right path in life.

PRAY:
Our Father in heaven, help us earthly fathers teach our children the Word of God. Help us model that Word in front of them in every momentum of life. Please empower us to raise up godly sons and grandsons that will follow Your path of manhood. God, we need Your help to do this! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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