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4 HABITS EVERY MAN NEEDS TO PRACTICE
Genesis 3:1-7, 16-19
February 3, 2008
Pastor John Fanous
WHAT’S THE PROBLEM?
“And the Lord God commanded the man, â€˜You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.'” Genesis 2:16-17
“When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.” Genesis 3:6
WHAT’S THE SOLUTION?
“RISE UP TO THE CHALLENGE!“
HABIT #1: LOVE YOUR WIFE
We were created to partner with and care forÂ our wives.
“Then God said, â€˜Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’ So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.'” Genesis 1:26-27
Because of sin, we tend toÂ dominate our wives.
“To the woman he said, â€˜…Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.'” Genesis 3:16b
“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” Ephesians 5:25
HABIT #2: WORK FOR A GREATER CAUSE.
We were created toÂ enjoy our work.
“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” Genesis 2:15
Because of sin, work has become a burden.
“[The ground] will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” Genesis 3:18-19
“Another time he went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, â€˜Stand up in front of everyone.'” Mark 3:1-3
“Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men” Ephesians 6:7
HABIT #3: LEAD YOUR CHILDREN SPIRITUALLY.
“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4
Children spell “LOVE” — “T-I-M-E”
HABIT #4: LISTEN FOR GOD’S VOICE.
“The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, â€˜The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.'” Judges 6:11-12