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A phrase came to my mind when I first woke up this morning. “Death is inevitable but victory and eternal life are still attainable”.

DEATH: Unless Jesus returns before our bodies die, we will come to the end of our lives here on earth; in this current life. This is unavoidable.

VICTORY: We can experience many victories. One victory is that we can be fruitful. I pray that God makes you fruitful! I pray and ask that God makes me fruitful. God, we need Your help to be fruitful. Would you help us be fruitful?

One way to accomplish this is to LOVE your children. With today being Father’s Day 2020, I hope you will be intentional about how you love your children and how you impart wisdom to them, cherish them, make memories with them, and discipline them, teaching them to be doers of the Word of God; to Love Him and to love others. We can all be better at this and that is what Heaven will be full of; loving God and loving each other.

Read some about discipline below from Hebrews 12…

“Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame and has sat down at the right hand of God’s throne. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, so that you won’t grow weary and lose heart. In struggling against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And you have forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons: My son, do not take the Lord’s discipline lightly or faint when you are reproved by Him, for the Lord disciplines the one He loves and punishes every son He receives. Endure suffering as discipline: God is dealing with you as sons. For what son is there that a father does not discipline?”

Hebrews 12:1-7

Resist sin. Consider the joy that lay before you. Consider that you are loving your Heavenly Father. Consider that through your rejection of sin and your following of Christ, you are helping your children know how to be a doer of the Word of God.

You can experience many many victories here on earth. Keep enduring!

ETERNAL LIFE: John 17:3 is a prayer from Jesus that you may know God and the One who God sent, which is to have eternal life.

I’ve had a thought lately and it’s good that it’s popped up because it’s motivating. My dad is about to turn 64 and I’m pushing 40. That meant he was 23 when he and mom had me. My son is 6. That means when he is pushing 40, in 33 years, I’ll be pushing 73! I want to do EVERYTHING I can do to see that day and to have laid aside any weight or sin that ensnares me. I want to lay aside any unhealthy physical, financial, spiritual, emotional, or anything and take ahold of life, God’s grace, and make many many many memories, victories, and much fruit!

I hope you will read all of James 1 today or very soon. Please make it a point to read James 1 very soon. But here are two scriptures from James 1 for you now.

“Every generous act and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights; with Him there is no variation or shadow cast by turning. By His own choice, He gave us a new birth by the message of truth so that we would be the firstfruits of His creatures.”

James 1:17-18 HCSB

“My dearly loved brothers, understand this: Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger,”

James 1:19 HCSB

“But the one who looks intently into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but one who does good works — this person will be blessed in what he does.”

James 1:25 HCSB

That’s something God has been urging me to work on lately. Be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger. I want to do that with Him, with my marriage, and with my children, among other areas of my life.

Happy Father’s Day!

Intend to Live