Saturday, June 20, 2009

Fathers are the ticket to purpose!

jeremy and dadIf you didn’t know, the name father is not merely a title but a function. Father in New Testament Greek is the word “pater” and means, “to nourish, protect, and uphold”.

To Nourish means that a father is a provider. He must take responsibility for promoting the growth and development of his children. To be aware of what our children need for life, and taking charge to make it happen shows a well-disciplined father...

A Protector means that a father creates a secure environment for the promotion and growth of his family

This includes disciplining them. Hebrews 12 refers to a fathers disciplining will bring about peace and righteousness in our offspring. Teaching children how to function correctly in society is a form of protection, and is something lacking from most parenting, but godly fathers know it’s necessity. 

To Uphold means that a father elevates or enhances the self-esteem of his progeny. A good father does not tear his children down, he builds them up, and he gives words of affirmation to build their self-esteem. Fathers, do not irritate and provoke your children to anger [do not exasperate them to resentment], but rear them [tenderly] in the training and discipline and the counsel and admonition of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4 Amp.

Fathers understand the importance of directing a child into their purpose through Godly encouragement and building the image of Christ likeness in them...

So, we say thank you Fathers for taking your responsibility seriously, and more than a title... we salute you... have a blessed Fathers Day.

3 comments:

  1. good word pastor...hope it inspires the fathers among us to take a hold of their children's lives and do what God intended.....and i'm believing in God for and waitig on just such a man to be a father to asher....see you tomorrow! blessings...

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  2. That is awesome!! I didn't know that... but I am truly thankful for the father that I have... YOU!! Love you daddy. Oh and I just used that photo of us too!!!!

    :)
    ~Tab

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  3. thanks for always sharing revelation on how to become a father, i praise God for the wisdom you have given me over the last 10 yrs on fatherhood

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