Glory be to God in the highest Amen! Glory be to God in the highest Amen! For His mercies enduerth forever Amen! For His mercies enduerth forever Amen!// Glory, Honour, Power Majesty be unto God Amen! Alleluia Glory, Honour, Power Majesty be unto God Amen!
Father we give You Praise, we give honour, blessed be Thy Holy Name! Alleluia to the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the Ancient of Day, the Lion of the tribe of Judea! Thank You Father, thank You King of glory be Thou exalted forever in Jesus Name!
Children of God will you shout alleluia! Shout alleluia to the Lord 5 times Alleluia Alleluia Alleluia Alleluia Alleluia Amen Amen!
Beloveth how has it been? I hope the week has been cool (blessed), thank God for His Awesome Wonders. Our Great Redeemer has been too wonderful in our midst, His Presence are says it all. I can see all around me doing marvelous things, I hope that is your testimony too.
This is our last PCL this month and we are dedicating it our fathers. Praise the Lord! it was said that those who have Father, have feathers! There are various kinds of fathers but we are going to mention few of them as our scope can accommodate.
We have Biological fathers, Adopted Fathers, Step fathers, Godfathers, Reverend fathers, Spiritual fathers, Religious fathers, school fathers, Grandfathers, Great grandfathers, family fathers not forgetting our Late fathers, and some many others kinds of fathers we cannot mention here.
God is our Father and created the first Father and the first mother. So by extension God imputed Him selves in the male He created to represent Him. If God has orchestrated our earthly fathers to be His representative surely He will equip them to function like Him.
But that is not the case; we see some our fathers functioning below the capacity which God the Father instill in them while we also have fathers who mirrors God. Why someone is interested to know.
In one of the book I came across recently “Imperfect Dads, One Perfect Father. The author categories the fathers as mentioned earlier in this write-up as –
1.Fathers Who Mirror God (Ps 127:3-5). Stating that do you know that our first impression of God comes from our parents? Yes, even if you never heard of Him, by His loving, God created us for a relationship with Him. in that creation model, God mirrors the way a loving parental connection is supposed to be. God is perfect example of what it look like to be a dad.
Our desire should be to set our sight on His ways so that they become our ways in moving us toward being more perfect as a Father. That is called modeling, and it is how we learn to do either right or wrong. However if we grew up without a dad or had a bad example of what a godly dad should be, then all we know is that example. The beauty of grace is we are not trapped in the absence of a good example. There is a better way, and along with that is an actual instruction manual on fatherhood- the Bible.
- Fathers Who Are TV Dads (Josh 24:15).Name one dad character from mainstream television, movies, or mass media portrayed as a Godly Father. Our guess is that you go will go through a long list of programs where the dad character is portrayed as more of prop or butt of the joke than the spiritual head of his family.
Modeling is an important part of the way by which we learn. How do you learn to throw a ball, cast a line, or grab the last slice of pizza? You saw someone else do it, and you gave it a shot. Maybe it work or maybe not, but the seed of doing is planted. The next step was to keep imitating what you saw until you became proficient at it. Or someone (hopefully your dad) stepped up to teach you the right way.
God design for teaching us how to be a perfect dad is through modeling. We read about God the Father to get to know Him. We watch the way His children (us), so we see how He handles the same situations we all encounter as dads. Next we mirror His ways until we they become our ways while the Holy Spirit helps coach you along the way to becoming a Godly dad.
The problem with the media’s mass appeal of the hapless dad characterization is that it stands in direct defiance to God’s illustration of Father. He leads the way by moving in our lives as the perfect Father. He wrote an incredibly powerful instruction manual (The Bible) on fatherhood and even left a “life coach” in the Holy Spirit to help us see His example and understand His Word.
Dad Action: if you were the star of a dad TV show, what would be the show’s Name?
- Father Who Leads in Love (Matt 22:37-38)- love is not an emotion, yeah, that tripped us up the first time we heard it. we know it goes against conventional wisdom and cultural propaganda, but love is a choice, our feelings are emotion- based, and within that swirl of undulated experiences, we may think love is wrapped within, but to love someone is first decide to love them.
Most of us experience performance- based love. Be a good boy, make a good grade, cleans up your room, and the list goes on. We learn to earn our parents’ approval by doing good deeds. That leads to dissatisfaction and eventually rejection.
Love is unconditional. Loving unconditionally is a journey and not a destination. Where do we find such an example of unconditional love? The answer is God the Father. Isn’t it incredible we don’t have to look very far to discover an example for the fathers who lead in love? What is easier is that our perfect example is laid out in the most read book in the history of the word – the bible. As a matter of fact, the entire book is a love letter from our Father to us.
Kids need a loving dad to lead them, not a demanding Job site supervisor. As shown throughout the bible, looking to God’s example gives you a rock- solid foundation for not only being the man of the house but also being the big-hearted man of the house. Our kids depend on this for their spiritual and moral formation.
Dad Action: Describe a time when you didn’t feel like loving, but you decided to love anyway.
- Fathers Who Heal (1 Sam 16:7).- what is really eating away at you? Are regrets consuming your thoughts, so you are forced to shut them down? The pain we carry is tucked away and always available to muck up our lives or turn gold star moments into brown star regrets.
Time does not heal all wounds. We allow pain, shame, and regret to consume us over how to cope with it. Unfortunately, coping solves nothing. Healing does. Dads, most of us suffer from Father’s wounds. They are traumatic wounds created by the dysfunctional relationship we have or had with own dad. Today, most of our challenges can be traced back to childhood, where either a dominant, detached, abusive, or absent dad set your path of pain in motion.
Are you carrying the shackles of pain without possibly knowing it? If you are not moving towards healing, you are enabling the hurt. The hurt you struggle with today is affecting your child now and potentially into their own adulthood. You can break the cycle.
Trust us, you are not just going to get better, and without an intentional effort at healing an injury, they become exponentially worse. God give us example and consequences of how avoiding healing through Him only drags out the suffering, why do we avoid God? Because the devil whispers in our ear that we are not worthy to be great dads to our kids because we are broken and damaged goods. The Father of lies says that we can’t trust God the Father because all He wants to do is convict and punish us. Leave satan’s lies in your past. You are created to mirror the one true perfect Father- God.
Dad Action -Pray for God’s healing over a struggle that kept you from committing to your family.
- Fathers Who Walk Away (Matt 5:45) – This was a tough daily reading to write. We know the stories of kids growing up without a dad and how it affects their lives. Some of us even lived those realities. Absent dads have possibly had the single detrimental effect on their families. That is not an overstatement, if anything, we doubt the actual depth of those harmful effects can ever truly be known, but what we do know is you are an incredibly important part of your family’s success and your child’s future.
In what would seem like the most naturally occurring relationship in a man’s life- it isn’t. Father and son (daughters) can become like oil and water. But it wasn’t meant to be this way. God’s relationship with us was designed to be the blueprint for how we can connect with our kids. It was our gift of free will and rebellion that kind of screwed it up.
Trouble between God the Father and His creations began even before man was created. Lucifer refused to accept God His Father as creator and Father. That rebellion caused eternal division and separation from God’s Presence. The “father wound” continued with Adam. Yeah, that Adam, the first guy and dad. His sin also created separation from God the Father. As dads, the hope we have is in the redemption and restoration through God’s only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. We don’t have to walk away because never once has our Father abandoned us.
Dad Action- Do you have a strained relation with your dad or your child? Pray for God’s restoration over your relationship.
- Father who forgive (Matt 6:14-16) – Now that serious business, and if it not enough of an incentive to learn to forgive, then we are not sure there is anything else we could do to convince you. But we won’t give up trying!
“But you don’t know what they did to hurt me” yes, we do because we have all been hurt by other people. To be completely honest, we have also caused other people to be hurt, so yes, we do know, and this is why we want to hang out a bit and talk about forgiving.
Forgiving is kind of like a really big deal. Why? Because of our sin nature, we are all doomed. But God, the sacrificially loving example of how to be a nurturing dad, forgave us so that we might continue in a relationship with Him and come to know a blessed life as we have never experienced before.
God so loves us so much that He gave His only begotten Son as a sacrificial atonement of our sins so we may be forgiving of those same transgressions that keep us away from Him. forgiveness is an ultimate act of freedom that we are afforded because God loves us and forgave us first. Dad, ask for forgiveness and forgive others. It is the greatest gift you can give yourself and your kids.
Dad Action: write out the manes of three people who you have hurt and that you must forgive.
- Fathers Who Are Perfectly Imperfect (Prov 4:10-13): There is only one perfect Father, and it not any of us, but that doesn’t give anyone license to stop trying. We are all coming from past experiences that could have been better, our bet is your current parent-child relationship could use a little improvement too. And for those fortunate men who had a pretty great dad growing up and are getting ready to glow with the haze of doing yourself, let’s consider even the most remote possibility that there is room to grow.
Let’s commit to taking off the mask, hiding whatever it is that is hurting you. is it an addiction, obsession, broken relationship, lost custody, behind on child support, struggling with another romantic relationship that is unhealthy for you and your child, or may be it is just general pain, agony, or uncertain depression? Does this stuff affect the connection with your kid? Sure, it does, but it doesn’t mean it has to control or define that relationship.
Everybody has messed up, but our past is not there to define us but to remind us of where we have been, so we will know where we need to go. Drop the unrealistic fantasy of super dad and embrace the perfection of being perfectly imperfect.
Dad Action: what area of imperfection have you surrendered to God for help in improving?
- Fathers Who love Beyond Biology (Lk 2:49). – You are not my real dad,’ Jesus said.
Okay, we may be putting words in the mouth of a 12-year old Jesus when his mom and dad asked where He had been after they had been separated from Him for three days. And, although His parents must have known Jesus wasn’t the typical preteen boy, they were indeed His parents and rightfully concern about Him. Yes, even Joseph, His stepfather.
As men, fathers or stepfathers, we can relate to Joseph in this moment. it had to sting a little when Jesus replied, “..I must be in my father’s house” consider this for a moment- Jesus, the Lord and Saviour of the world, was raised in a blended family by Joseph His stepfather. Men are often without a foundation for establishing their authority where their wife’s children are concerned. This is one of the most common causes of divorce. But how is the role of being a stepfather addressed in the bible? Just what authority do stepfathers have in the lives of a blended family’s children? Let’s ask WWJD – what would Joseph do?
Dad Action: Blended family roles and relationship assume many roles. Describe your opportunity to influence other in a fatherly way.
- Father Who Grow (1 Cor 16:13-14) – The most accurate statement a dad might hear over the years is that he has changed or that he is not the same dad he once was. Of course, we are assuming those comments were offered as a reflection of positive change and improvement, but the truth is, change occurs along your trajectory in life and certainly as a dad. The potential for a dad to be the same person he was when his child was born as opposed to now as the dad to a teenager or adult would be virtually impossible.
The natural life cycle involves imminent change. At the most chronological core, you are going to age as you move through life. Although some of us wish we could stop the clock or fight against it, time does indeed march on. That is one of the inevitable trajectories of life. Along that time continuum are the elements of wisdom, maturity, perspective, and experience, among other variables that help shape who you are. Since being a dad is a component attached to the life trajectory, it is only natural to expect change.
Therefore, it is a fact that dad you were when your child was born is not the same dad you are at the age your child is today.
Growing as a dad includes a progression in the relationship you share with your child. We say progress because it includes in a parent-child relationship that requires growth. Keep growing, Dad.
Dad Action: How have you changed for the better since becoming a dad?
- Fathers Who Build legacies (Exo 20:5-6): When we discuss legacy building, the first things that usually come to mind are savings accounts, investment portfolio, cash gifts, property, and real estate – basically, money, money, and more money. We think in temporal, materialistic terms for securing the generational memory of what our life on meant.
We think that is why so many dads feel like failures when it comes to considering legacy building. Lacking a vast entrepreneurial empire, dads wave the white flag of surrender before truly realizing the short- sighted nature of a misguided understanding of what constitutes a Father’s legacy.
We did like to introduce you to a never –ending wealth that produces value for a thousand generations. Sorry, but it is not a Wall Street insider’s information or a hot tip for quick cash. We are talking about obedience. Obedience, you might ask with a skeptical furrow of your brow. Yes, your obedience is the key to legacy.
Dads have the power to continue generational legacies, both good and bad, dependent upon their willingness to be obedient. They also have the authority to interrupt them. A destructive curse can stop right now with you. We want to encourage you that, even if your dad had failed to establish a standard of strong legacy building, there is still hope for you. That hope is found in God the Father. It is your shoulder upon which every generation of your family is going to stand, so make sure they are strong, square, and sturdy. That is what dads are for!
Dad Action: what are you doing, or what can you start doing to leave a legacy for your family?
Beloveth, am sure this is ministration will be a blessing to you. it is pretty long, it wasn’t possible to shorten it more this because we truly need our fathers to be true representation of our heavenly Father. Most families are aching because of dysfunctional dad in the home. Satan is attacking homes and separating families and children are growing without a dad figure in their life as we read is only God through the help of the Holy Spirit that will help such one.
We pray that this ministration will be a healing balm to many dads and it will truly turn homes around for good in Jesus Name.
Jesus is our Redeemer (read No.5 type of dad) and today we will see Him just as He is. Being our Redeemer we are therefore secure in God’s love. Come along for more:
“Thy Redeemer.” Isaiah 54:5
Jesus, the Redeemer, is altogether ours and ours for ever. All the offices of Christ are held on our behalf. He is king for us, priest for us, and prophet for us. Whenever we read a new title of the Redeemer, let us appropriate Him as ours under that name as much as under any other.
The shepherd’s staff, the father’s rod, the captain’s sword, the priest’s mitre, the prince’s sceptre, the prophet’s mantle, all are ours. Jesus hath no dignity which He will not employ for our exaltation, and no prerogative which He will not exercise for our defence.
His fulness of Godhead is our unfailing, inexhaustible treasure-house. His manhood also, which he took upon him for us, is ours in all its perfection. To us our gracious Lord communicates the spotless virtue of a stainless character; to us he gives the meritorious efficacy of a devoted life; on us he bestows the reward procured by obedient submission and incessant service.
He makes the unsullied garment of his life our covering beauty; the glittering virtues of his character our ornaments and jewels; and the superhuman meekness of his death our boast and glory.
He bequeaths us his manger, from which to learn how God came down to man; and his Cross to teach us how man may go up to God. All His thoughts, emotions, actions, utterances, miracles, and intercessions, were for us.
He trod the road of sorrow on our behalf, and hath made over to us as his heavenly legacy the full results of all the labours of his life. He is now as much ours as heretofore; and he blushes not to acknowledge himself “our Lord Jesus Christ,” though he is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords.
Christ everywhere and every way is our Christ, for ever and ever most richly to enjoy. O my soul, by the power of the Holy Spirit! call him this morning, “thy Redeemer.”
Yes! Jesus is our Redeemer, as many as aching or hurting I beseeched thee to go to the throne of mercy and be healed. Suppressing your pain is not the solution but let it heal through the Word of God is the best way out. (Please again the No. 4 dad).
If you are in the house and you are aching don’t this opportunity go, run to God and lay down your burden before Him, He will exchange it with His yoke that is much easy. (Matt 11:29-30).
Our Father is fulfilling His promise of “remembrance” don’t be left out, more of His Healing in our midst in Jesus Name. Send this piece to as many as you know that needs healing and God will bless you in return.
We want to have homes where God is honoured and our Lord Jesus is the head with Holy Spirit guidance. Amen!!! Happy father’s day to all our fathers in Jesus Name.
Have a wonderful and love filling weekend. See you on Monday by God’s grace.
Remain blessed in the Lord.