Micah 6:8 KJV
He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
I woke up in the night thinking of this scripture and an old song.
The Lord has shown us what is good for us.
He has shown us what he requires of us.
To do justly - live each day conforming to high moral standards; live honestly. . .
To love mercy - give a blessing that is an act of divine favor; compassion or forbearance, especially to an offender or to one subject to your power; also: lenient or compassionate treatment . . .
To walk humbly - presenting yourself in a manner showing no signs of pride or self-assertion; abjectly, deferentially, meekly, modestly, submissively giving
"Give Them All to Jesus" by Imperials
Here are couple more on my heart. . .
"Jesus Be the Lord of All" Lanny Wolfe trio
"Whatever It Takes" Lanny Wolfe trio
"It's My Desire" Downings
Men have to be stronger than their wives in order to lead them and their entire family
into paths of righteousness. . .
My dad was a strong man. . .he had five children and he was strong enough
to set the correct example for them.
Dad always went to church if the doors were open. . .he always participated in
every work project at the church. . .he gave offerings. . .
he paid tithes. . .his home was open to God's people to spend the
night. . .or the week. . .Dad didn't have much money but he was rich.
God gave him a wife who supported his desire to be an overcomer.
We always had food on our table, clothes that were clean and pressed, a car for transportation. . .plenty of space in our home for love.
Dad put the Lord's work first and we kids saw that. . .all five of Dad's kids are serving the Lord. . .they all value the church. . .Dad and Mom had a lot to do with it.
Dad didn't spend time chasing foolish dreams that the world would try to sell him.
He had found what really mattered, and it was what he pursued.
Mom never felt "left out" because Dad gave God his time. . .she felt loved
and honored. . .and she was. . .she just worked with him creating harmony in the home.
Men have to be the leaders in setting the value of "time" given to God.
What would a man give up "God's time" for?
(By "God's time" I mean time he should be giving to God's work.)
Would he give it up for more money?
Would he give it up to keep peace with his spouse?
Would he give it up for a fishing trip? A game of golf?
A kid's sporting practice?
Would a father give up his example of faithfulness to Christ in order
that his kid could be a soccer player? Or a basketball player?
Would he rather his children play for the world than be on God's team?
Our choices are so important!
We are planting our children "in" something by the decisions we make
We need to realize each program we place our children
in is either leading them closer to God or away from him.
We are training them how to make decisions on their own.
Ask them questions. . .If you participate in this activity will it cause you
to miss out on church functions? Church services? Youth outings?
Will it require that you do things that violate your conscience. . .your standards?
This old world is a rough place for kids to grow up. . .they NEED
direction from their fathers (and mothers) to help them do justly, love mercy and
walk humbly before God.