Stop Behaving: A Gospel-Centered Devotional for Change That Lasts

Stop Behaving: A Gospel-Centered Devotional for Change That Lasts

by Jerrad Lopes


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Follow Jesus, Not Rules

Whatever you struggle with as a guy—anger, pornography, lying, lust, or something else—you won’t overcome these pitfalls by simply trying harder to do what’s right or following arbitrary guidelines.

You don’t need more rules. You need Jesus to change your heart.

This four-week devotional will help point you toward Christ and the gospel as the catalysts for real change, the kind that not only modifies your behavior but transforms your heart and mind. Each week features five short devotions from Jerrad Lopes (creator and host of the popular Dad Tired podcast), room to write down your own daily thoughts and prayers, small group study questions, and a day to rest, pray, and reflect on what God is teaching you.

Break the demoralizing cycle of trying and failing. Instead, learn how to start walking in God’s grace. Spend thirty days discovering the difference in your life when you stop behaving and start following Jesus,

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736983143
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 03/02/2021
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,073,621
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Jerrad Lopes is an author, Christian pastor, and the founder of, a nonprofit ministry focused on equipping men to lead their family well. He hosts the weekly Dad Tired podcast, listened to by hundreds of thousands of men from around the world. He and his wife, Leila, live in Portland, Oregon, with their three children.

Table of Contents

How to use this book 7

Introduction: Why You Need More Than an Accountability Group 9

Week 1 The Gospel and Your Heart

Day 1 Salt Water: Finding Satisfaction in Christ Alone 17

Day 2 Ocean Floor: What to Do When You Feel Far from God 25

Day 3 Community Table: How Surrounding Yourself with People Can Point You to Jesus 33

Day 4 Turn Down the Radio: Having the Courage to Lay Down Distractions 41

Day 5 Get Hungry: The Surprising Strategy to Deal with Temptation 49

Day 6 Get Together 57

Day 7 Rest | Pray | Reflect 61

Week 2 The Gospel and Your Marriage

Day 1 A Holy Helper: Your Wife's Role in Your Righteousness 69

Day 2 Just Camping: Remembering Where Your Citizenship Lies 77

Day 3 A Broken Bride: The Gospel Motivation for Loving Your Wife 85

Day 4 Every. Single. Day.: How to Pursue Your Wife the Way Christ Pursues You 93

Day 5 Here and Now: Finding a Greater Purpose for Your Marriage 101

Day 6 Get Together 109

Day 7 Rest | Pray | Reflect 113

Week 3 The Gospel and Your Kids

Day 1 A Better Dad: What Is Your Ultimate Goal as a Dad? 121

Day 2 I'm Sorry: The Gospel Motivation for Apologizing to Your Kids 129

Day 3 Well-Behaved: Getting to the Heart of Your Child's Disobedience 137

Day 4 Beautiful Feet: Becoming a Father of Joy 145

Day 5 Aliens: Teaching Your Kids About the Kingdom of God 153

Day 6 Get Together 161

Day 7 Rest | Pray | Reflect 165

Week 4 The Gospel and Your Work

Day 1 Business Cards: Finding Your True Identity 173

Day 2 The Real Provider: Pointing Your Family to the God, Who Feeds Them 181

Day 3 Gold Coins: Using Money to Advance the Kingdom of God 189

Day 4 Say No More: Chasing the Titles That Last for Eternity 197

Day 5 Paid Missionaries: Why Every Man Is in Ministry 205

Day 6 Get Together 213

Day 7 Rest | Pray | Reflect 217

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