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Topic: Father (as in paternal parent, not God) (04/10/08)
TITLE: Good Fathers are rare today.
By J.A. Erskine
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Our Society here in the United States is deteriorating fast, and it is because there is lack of respect for the father of the households. It seems that the teachings that fathers are not important comes from every facet of our Society. There is no doubt about it, our society is falling apart, and that is all due to the satanic influence of taking the Bible out of our society from the school house to the court house.
Godís Word is clear. The Lord instituted the family, and made the father the head of the household. I am not apologizing for believing the Bible, It is the power of God to everyone that believes it. He gave it to believers as their instruction book, and our society thought they knew better than God, and cast it aside. Now they are reaping the consequences of their neglect. The father according to Godís Word is the male parent, who has begotten a child. Without the father there would be no family. The father in order to be a father must be related to the child or children. Godís Word is clear. The father has a God given responsibilities to his children. He is to care for his children, be the protector of his family and, carry out his responsibility of training up his children in the way they should go, with warnings and instruction from the Lordís Word. Donít you wish all fathers were doing that today? Our society would surely be different if they were.. This training includes leadership by giving the child right direction when he, or she is ready for college/career. Your training doesnít stop when your children are eighteen years old This is where a lot of fathers fail. They treat their children like little adults, and let them figure it all out on their own. The fatherís training never stops because he will always be their father. The fathers has a wealth of experience, and information that they can pass on to their children, and it is their responsibility to do so.
If you have ever learned anything about God as a Father then you know first hand what a mature father should be. My own father learned how to be a father from His heavenly Father, and through His Word. He learned that God wanted him to succeed as His son. So my Father learned that obeying God, and pleasing Him, would only lead to blessings and success. Doesnít the Lord expect us to do good for ourselves, and bring glory to Him? If fathers trained their children properly they will have the confidence that their children will do good by the grace of God, and bring glory to Him in their lives. Frankly, my father learned the secret to this life, and passed in on to his children. That is, trusting the Lord for wisdom, and providence makes life a whole lot easier. This also resulted in all six of his children being productive citizens in our depraved Society because they learn from their father how to love, respect, and obey their Heavenly Father, as they do their earthly father. My father being a God fearing man had the same characteristics as our Heavenly Father, and as children we learned to trust God, the same way that we trusted our father. So I ask you, what kind of a parental father are you? Do you follow Godís recipe for success? Would you like to be the best father that you can be? The first pre- requisite is to know the Lord personally, ask Him for wisdom to train your children, and commit your children to Him. Then Follow Godís instruction book, that is settled in Heaven. You will not only be blessed, and be the best father you can be, but you will be rare in this day and age, and perhaps you will be able to reverse the trend in our Society starting with your own family. Let me assure you, it is, ď a win, win situationĒ. As a father, you are faithful to the Lord, and obedient to His Word, and He blesses you for your obedience, and your children will love you, honor you, respect you, as they do the Lord In addition to all of that, you will be rewarded in glory for your faithfulness. It just doesnít get any better than that. It is your choice (See Josh 24:15).
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