“In fact, it was the law that showed me my sin. I would never have known that coveting is wrong if the law had not said, ‘You must not covet.’” Romans 7:7
Have you ever found yourself thinking that religion is just a list of rules? If so, you’re not entirely wrong. As Pastor Ed has said, religion is a manmade system of do's and don’ts. If we aren’t careful, we can convince ourselves that following a certain list of rules is the path to salvation. The truth is, religion can’t save us. Only a relationship with God, through His Son Jesus, can save us. So why did God provide “the law”? Today’s Scripture shows us.
As you consider your life, remember that it is a relationship with Christ that saves you. But in order to even understand that we need that relationship, God provided us with His law. Don’t negate God’s commandments. Instead, allow them to point you to the one who can truly save you!
Thank God for His law. Thank Him for providing a way for you to see that you need a Savior. And then thank Him most of all for providing that Savior, Jesus Christ!
The Ten Commandments are the basis of God’s law. Read them all the way through in Exodus 20. And realize just how much we are all in need of Jesus to save us!
A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls. Proverbs 25˸28
When we think of discipline, so often our minds rush to rules and regulations, strict guidelines and stringent guardrails. But true discipline, godly discipline, is something that provides security and protection.
The Bible tells us that discipline is simply making prearranged decisions. It's making the decision to follow God's path for life before we're presented with the choices in our daily life. When we follow through with discipline; when we focus on God's direction and set in our hearts and minds that we will not turn from that direction, we'll discover life on an entirely new level!
Thank God for giving us the ability to make decisions. Ask Him for discernment and direction as you face the decisions in your life.
Think about one area you need more discipline in: physical, financial, relational, spiritual, or moral. Write out a prayer to God asking Him to help you in that area, and carry that plan with you through the rest of this week.
“Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, but happy is he who keeps the law.” Proverbs 29˸18 (NASB)
Becoming a father brings with it a sense of responsibility that can be overwhelming. So many questions start rushing through your mind: “How will I provide for this child?” “How will I protect this child?” But one of the most important questions that can get lost in the chaos of life is, “What should be my goal…my vision… as a father?”
As a D.A.D (Divinely Appointed Decision-maker) the first priority should be to ask God to reveal His vision for you as a parent. Ultimately, the goal of parenting is to, “Teach and train your children to leave.” With this in mind and understanding God’s vision for you as a parent, you children are on a great direction for life. And by living and following God’s Word for your life, you have all the tools needed to be a great parent.
Ask God to reveal His vision for you as a parent.
Make it a point to spend time with your children as they go to bed. It’s a great opportunity to open conversation and to pray together.