“Fathers, Rise & Shine!”

Posted: June 10, 2015 in Christian Life, Fathers, Gospel, Salvation

Two youngsters were discussing the difference between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. One of them said, “Father’s Day is just like Mother’s Day except you can get him a cheaper gift.”

A Father. “He is forced to endure childbirth without an anesthetic. He growls when he feels good—and laughs very loudly when he’s scared half to death. He never feels entirely worthy of the worship in a child’s eyes. He’s never quite the hero his daughter thinks, never quite the man his son believes him to be—and this worries him, sometimes. So he works too hard to try and smooth the rough places in the road for those of his own who will follow him. He gets very angry when the first school grades aren’t as good as he thinks they should be. He scolds his son though he knows it’s the teacher’s fault. He gives his daughters away to other men who aren’t nearly good enough so they can have grandchildren who are smarter than anybody’s. He makes bets with insurance companies about who’ll live the longest. Though he knows the odds, he keeps right on betting. And one day he loses.” – Adapted from Paul Harvey

Contrast. We’re been told that in 1855 the United Sates was recognized as the most law-abiding nation in the world. Today, according to the American Bar Association, it is the most criminal. And the moral fiber of our nation is the lowest in its history. Multitudes of boys and girls are growing up without any spiritual training of any kind. This information could cause us either to get discouraged or take positive action. Christian fathers and grandfathers should rise up to protect themselves, their wives, and their children from physical and spiritual harm. Did you know that Christians have three spiritual enemies, not just one?

Devil. While many people deny his existence, the devil and demons are real and want to have control over human beings (1 Peter 5:8). All unbelievers are his children and do his bidding (John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10). But the devil and demons can’t indwell true Christians (1 Corinthians 6:19; 2 Corinthians 6:14-16). But they can/do tempt believers to act independently of God, be disappointed, discouraged, doubt, act cowardly, to lie, be proud, have an unforgiving spirit, steal, use filthy speech, be spiritually lazy, be talebearers and busybodies, and to be bitter. These strong desires (lusts) must be overcome by putting on the whole armor of God each time we’re tempted by the devil or his demons (Ephesians 6:10-17).

Sin Nature. [1] Unlike the devil who must attack a believer’s mind from the outside, and only when he has permission from God (Job 1:12; 2:6; Luke 22:31, 32; Ephesians 6:13), the Christian must be aware of the fact that he still has his old sin nature even though he’s been born again from above (1 John 1:8; John 3:3). A Christian is a partaker in the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4). (Note: He doesn’t become a god.) Those who deny that they still have a sinful nature are simply deceiving themselves and the truth with reference to it is not in them (Romans 7:15-25). Rather than taking personal responsibility for their own sinful conduct, many of them will try to blame someone else. Are you doing this yourself? Do you know what the lusts of the flesh are (Galatians 5:19-21) and how we can overcome them (Galatians 5:16, 25)?

Present World System. In an effort to control the debase aspects of the works of the flesh (i.e. sin nature), the devil devised a diabolical system after Cain had killed his brother, Abel (Genesis 4:16-26; Luke 11:50, 51). “It refers to the order or arrangement under which Satan has organized the world of unbelieving mankind upon his cosmic principles of force, greed, ambition, and pleasure. It is the society in which we live which is often outwardly religious, scientific, cultured and elegant, but is dominated by Satanic principles.” H. L.Schafer.  It’s lusts (strong desires) appeal to our flesh, our eyes, and the pride of life (1 John 2:15-17). We can overcome this spiritual enemy by not loving it with the “agape” love that God the Holy Spirit produces in our lives (Galatians 5:22, 23). The Christian must use the present world system, but he is not to abuse it (1 Corinthians 7:31).

Treasures. Some homes have expensive things in them that can be stolen or destroyed in a fire. But the real treasures include the Word of God. It can serve as a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (Psalm 119:105). A godly wife and mother is of great value and her worth is far above rubies. Her children will rise up and call her blessed, and her husband will praise her (Proverbs 31:10-31). Children are a gift from God (Psalm 127:3). They are temporarily on loan from God to us. We should do our best to train them from God’s Word (Proverbs 22:6) to counteract the erroneous philosophies of the world (e.g. secular humanism, evolution etc.) that are opposed to God’s truths (Isaiah 55:8, 9; Colossians 2:8; John 17:17).

Example. Even by his honest work ethic, a Christian father can/should set a good example for his children to follow. When he realizes that his ultimate boss is the Lord Himself, it enables him to do his work for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31) and for the benefit of his employer and the customers who pay his salary (Ephesians 6:5-8).

Church. The church is not the building but the Christians who are assembled together to stimulate each other to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24, 25). This is why it is so important for believers not to forsake the assembly meetings of the church. No church is perfect because it is made up of imperfect people. Hopefully they want to learn how to live righteous and holy lives (1 Peter 1:15, 16). Do you faithfully attend church and pay attention to God’s Word so that your life can be transformed (Romans 12:1, 2)?

Parents. God established marriage between a man and a woman (Genesis 2:22). The marriage of two spiritually maturing believers should serve as an illustration of the future relationship that Christ will have to the true Church, His Bride (Ephesians 5:32). Although mothers have a tremendous impact on their children (2 Timothy 1:5; 3:15), fathers have God given responsibilities too (Ephesians 6:4; Deuteronomy 6:6-9).

Questions. If you’re a father, are/were you a godly leader in your home? Do/did you chasten your children as God does (Hebrews 12:5-11)? Do/did you provoke your children to wrath or did you bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4; Deuteronomy 6:7)? Are there some wrongs that need to be made right with God and with them (1 John 1:9; James 5:16)? If you’re a grandfather you can/should influence your grandchildren by praying for them, communicating and/or spending time with them, listening to and advising them, and by living a godly life before them. What actions do you need to take (James 4:17)? If you’re not sure of your own salvation, read [2] or listen [3] to the “Clear Gospel.”  Don’t delay; Do it today!

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[1] The Sin Nature http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/1natjm00.htm

[2]Clear Gospel: http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

[3] Audio: http://www.duluthbible.org/filerequest/9415


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