If we want to be like our Father, our words should be covered in mercy.

Exodus 25:21-22  New King James Version

21 You shall put the mercy seat on top of the ark, and in the ark you shall put the Testimony that I will give you. 22 And there I will meet with you, and I will speak with you from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are on the ark of the Testimony, about everything which I will give you in commandment to the children of Israel.

God would meet Moses on the mercy seat.

Every word God says, He covers with His mercy.

He never says anything that is not merciful and from truth and righteousness.

All our words should also flow through mercy before they come out of our lips.

Holy Spirit, help me to think and speak mercifully at all times, in Jesus’ name.

Grandpa, if you do that, they can hurt me.

Last Thursday, nearly five year old Emily told her two year old brother Ethan that “God sends his angels to chase away bad thoughts” because Ethan had a dream about snakes.

It reminded me of the day in 1982 when Emily’s mom, Stephanie, was five years old. Stephanie was sitting in the back seat of the car with her younger sister, Maureen Kathryn, while we waited for mother Maureen to shop in Joann Fabrics.  My pride got the best of me and, although I knew I should not put this on her, I asked, “Stephanie, does your daddy love Jesus?” I was hoping in my pride for a resounding “Yes”.

Instead, Stephanie quickly answered, “Daddy, that’s not for me to say.”

Wow. God put me in my place through the mouth of our lovely daughter.

Last night, I was in a spiritual battle and my mind was starting to wander where it should not.  Walking into our kitchen, I saw the picture on our refrigerator of lovely Emily and Ethan. In my spirit, I could hear Emily’s voice saying to me, “Grandpa, if you do that, they can hurt me.”

I knew the Holy Spirit’s reference through Emily was to the demons that can do more than cause bad thoughts.

Thirty-three years ago, Emily’s mother set me straight. Now the Holy Spirit used Emily’s voice to set me straight.

Then this morning, reading Psalm 103:17, God set me straight. “But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear Him, and his righteousness unto children’s children. “ Children’s children. That’s Emily.

My sin removes spiritual protection and God’s righteousness from my children and grandchildren. My righteousness in Christ protects them.

I don’t want anyone to hurt my kids or grandchildren. I have to double down my resolve to obey Christ, and thank God for children and grandchildren who listen to Him.

Teach kids to care to teach them to love.

As I was praying this morning, I felt God telling me that some fathers don’t care enough whether their children care for anyone. Caring is the foundation of loving. You can’t love if you don’t care.

We should ask our children and ourselves, who or what do you care for? Who or what do you take care of? The higher the degree of caring, the better they will love. This plants the seeds of being loving adults; replacing selfishness with love at an early age.

Fathers, we should encourage our children to take care of someone occasionally in order to introduce them to the joy of loving others. Doing so, we foster love for generations to come.

Am I beautiful? Don’t compare yourself to others.

Gen 1:26 “And God said, Let us make man in our image, and after our likeness: … 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”

When it comes to self worth, we don’t have any right to compare ourselves to anyone but God. No one does.

We may think ourselves unworthy, not of value, incompetent or ugly because we don’t match up to our neighbor, friend, enemy, teacher, and/or elected official. Name the person you feel less than or subordinated by.

You are forgetting where you came from. You don’t have a right to compare yourself to others. God made you in His image. I am my father’s son, but I am God’s image. None of us has the right to compare ourselves to anyone but God.

We are not worthless. He wouldn’t have died for us if we were worthless. We are precious in His sight. You are precious in his sight. You are beautiful. Women, especially, have a problem with this. So many women don’t consider themselves beautiful.

In Matthew 4:3, Satan asked God, “The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus refused. Why? Well, a day or two before starting His fast, in Matthew 3:17 “And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.’” If you heard a voice from heaven tell you who you are, would you doubt who you are?

Jesus had no doubt who he was. Heaven opened up and God called Him His Son. That hasn’t happened with anyone else I know in world history. So, for Satan to ask Him to question and prove His identity forty days later, well, that’s was just deceitful shrewdness on Satan’s part. Jesus didn’t fall for it. We should not fall for it either.

Jesus did not question His identity but we do. As God created the world, the three persons of God decided among themselves that you and I would be their image and likeness, both male and female. Why doubt it? What more of a life-job description do we need? Why compare yourself to anyone else but God? Take God at His word. His Son is His Word. Believe Him when He said, John 14:17 “…for he (the Holy Spirit) lives with you and will be in you.” 20. On that day, you will realize that I am in the Father and you are in me and I am in you.”

Each of God’s children will sit down with Christ on His throne (Revelation 3:21). Cherish and anticipate that day. Love and obey Him and you will be like Him. Read scripture daily. Tell Satan to bug off, in Jesus’ name.

(Quotes from NIV, biblegateway.com)