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Discover the Book - Jan. 4, 2008

  • 2008 Jan 04

Temptations Dads Must Resist

Dads, are you aware of the temptations that surround you each day? Chuck Swindoll notes some temptations we as dads must by God's grace resist. One temptation is to substitute what you purchase for your family for your presence with your. No gift can replace your presence. Ask your children what they remember about growing up. It won't be the label on their clothing. It will be trips to the zoo, park or games, the nights you waited up for them, the games you cheered for them and the hours you coached them in the back yard.

We are daily tempted to save our best for the workplace and give our families the leftovers. Are you like a jet at the airport? You exercise, refuel and taxi out of the hangar to fly to work full of energy and ideas all day, only to run low on fuel as you land and taxi into your recliner to shut down for the day? Where are you investing your life?

We often fall into the trap as dads of starting to deliver lectures rather than earning the right to be respected through listening and learning. Remember James 1:19 “So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;” (NKJV)

Personal achievement is such a subtle temptation to some of us dads. We have fallen into the wrong pattern of desiring to be perfect and demanding the same from the rest of our family. It is when nothing is ever good enough. We must realize that God is a God of the second chance.

In this wicked world we must guard our sexual drive. This is the temptation to seek intimate satisfaction outside the binds of monogamy. Simply, it means to seek and find sensual satisfaction in reading, seeking, listening, imagining or even experiencing any woman other than your wife. (James 1:13-15)

Finally, we are tempted to under-estimate the importance of cultivating your family’s spiritual appetite. You must lead the way to the Word, church, prayer meeting, verse memorization. The children should see dad praying, reading, witnessing, serving in the Lord's work, sacrificing resources to invest in eternity, resisting worldliness and pride. All those area are caught more than taught.


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