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Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Click To TweetEphesians 6:4
This week gonna be looking at the book of Ephesians. Okay. I know we go there a lot, but there’s a ton to unpack and Ephesians specifically this week, chapter six verse. Fathers do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Great scripture. Okay.
Cause this week we’re gonna be talking about raising men. I made that announcement earlier that we’re expecting a son and November prayerfully got a lot. Thank you guys for all the prayers for that. And this is the topic that we need to be talking about and to lead us off this week, this scripture came to.
Our guest on Wednesday. I’ll talk about that here in a little bit. He’s gonna just unpack a ton for us, but let’s look at this scripture. First of all, where is Ephesians due Testament? Okay. You gotta go past Romans first and second Corinthians escalations, and then you get to Ephesians. Okay. Paul is writing to the church Ephesus.
Okay. And this is, this is one of what’s called Paul’s prison of pistols. Okay. So this isn’t some of the letters he wrote, why he was in prison in. And this is where he starts breaking down the Christian home life. He really does a good job of showing us how to be a, a good husband and how to be a great dad.
Okay. And aren’t we so fortunate to have this right here? God’s word to give us guidance on how to parent cuz there is no manual. I mean, you know, I’ve got three daughters. No manual came with any of them and they’re all different, right? So, I mean, there’s just, I think you guys can attest. If you, if you’ve been blessed to have children, there’s no way to know how to raise ’em.
Everybody has different ways, but God, God gives us the, the playbook. You know, when I look back on my childhood, you, I think about my dad and everything that he did to discipline, to show us instructions, to teach me and my brother. It was so, so powerful. Everything he did was by example, He spent time with me.
He cared, he’d get off work. We’d go to the ball field. I remember summer after summer ball field is where we lived because he cared and he was always out there, you know, trying to help us get better, trying to coach us, being involved in our, and what we were doing outside of school. You know, whether it was boy Scouts or just camping trips or going fishing or coaching baseball, he was always there never provoking us to.
We had that discipline. Okay. I’ve been able to use a lot of what he taught and showed me as a dad for me to bring up my daughters and, and to, to be able to be the dad that I feel like they need as, as a godly Christian dad, as well as prayerfully, my son, Judah, and I cannot wait. I cannot wait. Cuz my dad, he put so many great principles and values in me.
They need to be handed. So let’s, let’s look at this scripture right here, a little bit deeper, and we need to remember, but this scripture ultimately is trying to, to give us some insight that the great duty of children is to obey their parents. Right? That’s it? That obedience includes N word reverence as well as outward acts.
And in every age, every age, they need to be reared for obedience to parents. And we need to get this right. Okay. We have to get this. The duty of parents is clear as well. We shouldn’t be impatient or punished unjustly. We’re supposed to deal with situations wisely the way God wants us to. Right. We need to also understand that discipline is necessary to teach.
It’s necessary. Think about teachable moments. We have to have these teachable moments and sometimes discipline is what is, is required to teach our children. This is something that’s just been missed and we just, we lose it. There’s too many people out there that, that don’t believe in any types of discipline whatsoever.
They try to be their best friends. And look, I get all discipline. We’re gonna talk about that here in a minute. But discipline has got to be a foundation and understood in our home. Okay. And we gotta bring ’em up well under proper compassionate correction, and then the knowledge of the duty that God requires.
And often it’s duty again, it’s neglected. Uh, and even among professors of the gospel, there’s just too many homes. They sit their children against religion, but doesn’t excuse the children’s disobedience. You know, God alone can change to heart. Yet. He gets his blessings to the good lessons and examples of parents and answers their prayers.
But I tell you what guys. So when you start thinking about it, if we think that our kids, we’re just trying to get them to. Rich and accomplished. And that’s really, we need to focus on, we missed the point. We completely missed the point. What’s gonna happen to their soul. We have to make sure we’re pointing them to God.
Your kids. There’s probably dads of here. Need to hear, hear this. They need a father, not a friend. Say that one more time. They need a father, not a. And too many dads get this crossed up. I get it. We, we want to be light. Everybody wants to be light, but I, you know, you know what, there’s a time and a place for that.
And as the seasons come in life that will change. You know, I remember very distinctly when, when my relationship with my father turned from, you know, being the, the dad who was, who was, I was under his roof transitioned to more of friendship now he’s, he’s one of the guys that, that I just love talking to.
I and definitely seek his wisdom as counsel. And it’s always, he’ll always be my father, but the dynamics changed, right? The dynamics changed at the appropriate time. I mean, that was probably when I was in college. I just remember coming home from college for a break and just feeling that, you know what, this is just different.
And then I also remember when my oldest daughter, when she was born in the hospital, Actually, it was a few months later, we were, we were home and he was over spending time with her and just the softness of, of him. He just, his edges were, were a lot, lot less rigid. And I remember looking at him saying, who are you?
And what have you done with my father? You know, just cuz it was like, man, you you’re, it was really cool to see him transition from dad to grand. And I just, you know, for a Papa actually as first as what we call ’em, so guys, children need strong Christian men leading them. Right. It’s very important, but we need to remember, we are called to lead them.
They may not like us. There are many days or my daughters do not like me and I get that and I’m okay with that. And I think you need to be okay with that too. The decisions that you make as a dad, they’re going to impact your family, your legacy. How your kids view the world, how your kids, what, what they choose to accept what they choose to not accept.
Right. All that’s important. So we have to make sure we’re bringing them up in discipline and instruction of the Lord of the Lord part for me is of this verse is the biggest piece of the Lord. So many guys just stop at the discipline part. Keep reading of the Lord is where the rubber meets the road. We have to be instructing them.
God’s word. Hey, God’s the only way I know to do that is you’ve got to spend time in God’s word. You gotta get it in your heart. It’s gotta just be part of who you are. It’s gotta just, just come through in every, everything you do. Not just on Sunday morning, I’m talking about Tuesday at 10 o’clock in the morning.
Do people see a, a man who loves Christ at that point? Or is it just when you’re within the confines of a church? Guys, it’s easy to be a believer and follower Christ in the church, but the people, all the church. So no matter if you’re in the actual building or not, you are the church, raise them and instruction of the Lord.
So guys, this is powerful scripture here again, this, this stuff is gonna help you. This book God’s word will have a best parenting manual out. Create the boundaries that you need for your children, you know, establish, ’em, let ’em know what they are. UN let them understand. The reason that you had these boundaries is to protect them.
You know, what you wanna do to, to reduce your stress among your children, put those boundaries in place and enforce ’em kids need that kids need that, you know, heard a funny little thing the other day it was, you know, two kids, they were playing in the street with their riding, their bicycle center. One kid, this case, their mother came out and yelled at ’em and just yelled at.
’em get out on the street. You may get hurt. The last thing we wants to do is for, for something, something to happened to you in that street, get out the street. So he got out the street, the other kid started crying and get asked him said, well, why are you crying? My mom’s the one who yelled at me. And he’s like, yeah, but my mom didn’t yell at me.
She don’t care if I get hit. Right. So, I mean, put the boundaries in place. They’re there for a reason. Yes. Then that case it’s to protect them. And it’s a little tongue and cheek there, but it’s the principle is the same. Put the boundaries boundaries in place and have them establish for a reason and establish them in instruction of the Lord.
This scripture right here is a really good foundational scripture that if, if you’re new to being a dad, maybe this helps you love to hear from. Again, Ephesians six, four fathers do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. So for our guests this week, what can you expect?
I’m gonna tell you what guys. This is one of the biggest ones of the line with it was an honor to, to meet this man, to be able to spend time with him. You guys, this is gonna be powerful. This is gonna be inspirational. Uh, we’re gonna be talking about manhood, what that looks like, the, the Christian. What we need to be doing as father.
So you do not want to miss this. You do not wanna miss it. The question I want you to ask you this week, as you think about moving forward as a father and, and, and leading your home, how do you define sovereignty? Okay. And that, that’s a big word. So how do you sovereignty? So there’s your scripture of the week.
Now we know on our spiritual kickoffs also look. We wanna take an opportunity here for you, listeners who may not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I wanna share something with you really quick. First of all, God loves you. He loves you so much that he sent his son from heaven to earth to live with us, to teach us he was born of a version to walk among us and to show us the ways and his name is Jesus Christ.
And that he was crucified and he paid the penalty for our sins because we all have all sin and fallen short of the glory of God, every single one of us, we’re all sinners. And there’s no way that we can make up for the sin that we have in our life. Jesus paid it all. The one, his blood ran on that cross, the, the payment that was satisfied, it’s called the atonement.
So he, he, he paid for our cents. And it was paid in full. And then three days later after he was laid in the tune, he overcame death and he rose. So we don’t worship a dead man. We worship a living savior. He rose, he walk amongst us. He was there. He sh he, he appeared so many times and still is living right now at the right hand of the father.
And the scripture says, it said, there’s no other way to heaven, except through. There’s no other name that’s been given among men by which we must be saved. He is the way the truth in the life. So if you don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, it’s very simple. You just need to admit that you’re a sin.
Just admit it. Hey, I am a sinner and I, and I’ve fallen short and you need to believe that Jesus is the son of God. Do you need to confess to him as, as your savior? He is your savior. So once you make that decision and, and, and you, and you believe in him and you make and confess that he’s your savior, you’re accepted, you’re in the lambs book of life.
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Get your butt out there. Do whatever he tells you to do. Remember that. Okay. Whatever he tells you to do, don’t provoke our children, anger to anger, but bring them up and discipline and instruction of the Lord. All right, guys, we’re here for you. We love you. Pray. You have a great week and get out unleash the lion within.
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In this Spiritual Kick Off Chris unpacks a popular verse in Ephesians and shares how he applies this verse while trying to raise his children. Teachable moments are all around us and finding ways to lean in to these situations and turn them to good is key.
Parenting can test the fruit of patience like nothing else in this world. Scripture shows us how we can take a step back and apply Truth to instruct our children. At the end of the day we all need to give ourselves a little more grace when it comes to this whole parenting things. Use God’s Word to learn and grow as it is the best parenting manual you will ever put your hands on.
Rest assured that if you are following Him as you lead your family He will show you the way. Hold your head high and unleash the Lion Within!
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