You are called a FATHER because you have a CHILD or CHILDREN. They might be your natural seed, adopted or spiritual children. But whatever the case, ONCE A FATHER, ALWAYS A FATHER. Fathers have their God-given role to raise up children into responsible adults. But the GODLY FATHER has a defined task to raise up children into a GODLY OFFSPRING… which in turn makes up a GODLY GENERATION. Throughout the history of the children of Israel, when the FATHERS failed in their role to raise up GODLY OFFSPRING, the next generation became godless and began worshiping foreign god.
Today, you as a GODLY FATHER… as you celebrate your first or more years of being a father…remember, your role has not changed. God desires for you to continue in the following:
Proverbs 3:1 MY SON, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring your prosperity.
Deuteronomy 6:5-9 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on YOUR CHILDREN. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk on the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door-frames of your houses and on your gates.
Colossians 3:21 Fathers, do not embitter YOUR CHILDREN, or their will become discouraged.
Malachi 4:5-6 “See, I will send the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to THEIR CHILDREN, and hearts of the children to their FATHERS; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse.”
Psalm 103:13 As a FATHER has compassion on HIS CHILDREN, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
Hebrews 12:9 Moreover, we have all had HUMAN FATHERS who disciplines us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live!
Luke 11:11-13 ‘Which of you FATHERS, if your SON asks for fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know who to give GOOD GIFTS to YOUR CHILDREN, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
As you celebrate FATHER’S DAY today…and everyday of your life, remember….Your tasks might been DEMANDING…. but the results will be REWARDING.
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY…to my daddy, my brothers, the father of my child….and everyone else out there who has the privilege and honour of being called DADDY!!!!