Ezekiel 45:9 “Thus says the Lord God, ‘Enough, you princes of Israel; put away violence and destruction, and practice justice and righteousness. Stop your expropriations from My people,’ declares the Lord God.”


 The Lord has always given His people’s leaders instructions to lead.  If they would have only listened to His directions, their nation would have run so much smoother.  But most of the leaders of all nations get into power and well…get powerful. They forget about the Lord.

It was that way back in Ezekiel’s day, and it’s the same today.  Sadly, this kind of poor leadership spills over into our churches and our families.  Dads, it’s time to step up and lead.  It’s time to turn to God’s Word to get your instructions for your family.


 What parent would not want to teach their children to put away violence and destruction and to practice justice and righteousness?  If we will teach our children these principles they will grow up to be great leaders.  Don’t you want that for your children?  Of course, you do.

Whatever we teach our children will stay with them.  If we model and teach violence and destruction, they will be violent and destructive.  If we teach them justice and righteousness in the Word of God, they will learn to be just and righteous (through Christ).  Oh, much better our families, our churches and our nations would be if only we would live that way.

Which life are you representing?  You probably are saying, “Carl, I’m not violent or destructive!”  How about your words?  How about your thoughts?  Oops! Yeah, me too.  Today, give those over to justice and righteousness.

Father, I desire justice and righteousness.  Help me to live it in every aspect of my life so I can be a model of Christ to my family, my church and my nation.


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