Being The Father God Called You to Be

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A FATHER

(Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC)

I)              INTRODUCTION – JESUS TAUGHT HIS DISCIPLES TO PRAY A PRAYER A THAT WE CALL “LORD’S PRAYER” THAT TEACH OUR CHILDREN AND ENGRAVE IN PLAQUES THAT WE HANG UPON OUR WALLS.  IT BEGINS: “Our Father which art in heaven…”.   THROUGHOUT BOTH THE OLD TESTAMENT AND THE NEW TESTAMENT GOD HAS CHOSEN TO REVEAL HIMSELF TO US AS OUR HEAVENLY FATHER WHO LOVES US AND CARES FOR US.

A)       Ps 68:5: A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows. NIV

B)       Jer 3:19: How gladly would I treat you like sons and give you a desirable land, the most beautiful inheritance of any nation. ‘I thought you would call me `Father’ and not turn away from following me. NIV

THIS THEME CONTINUES  EVEN MORE EMPHATICALLY IN THE NEW TESTAMENT:

C)       GALATIANS 4:7 WHEREFORE THOU ART NO MORE A SERVANT, BUT A SON; AND IF A SON, THEN AN HEIR OF GOD THROUGH CHRIST.

D)       John 20:17: AFTER HIS RESURRECTION Jesus TOLD MARY, “Go to my brothers and tell them, `I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'”  it is god who teaches us how to be good fathers; his names reveal this.

II) THE FATHERHOOD QUALITIES OF GOD IS REVEALED IN NAMES OF GOD, NAMES WHICH SPEAK OF HIS NATURE, HIS CHARACTER,  HIS LOVE FOR US AND HIS COMMITMENT TO US AND OUR PROSPERITY:

A)       ELOHIM – THE STRONG ONE, CREATOR & JUDGE (SPEAKS OF THE PLURALITY OF GOD, AS IN THE TRINITY, EL BEING THE SINGULAR FORM, ELOHIM THE PLURAL)

1)     CHILDREN NEED A FATHER TO PROTECT THEM, COMMITED TO THEIR WELL BEING AND SAFETY.  IT IS NOT JUST PHYSICAL STRENGTH THAT COUNTS, BUT STRENGTH OF CHARACTER; STRENGTH TO STAND UP AND DO THE RIGHT THING.

2)     WE CAN CALL ON FATHER GOD WHEN WE ARE IN TROUBLE: PSALMS 46:1 GOD [IS] OUR REFUGE AND STRENGTH, A VERY PRESENT HELP IN TROUBLE

3)      STRENGTH OF CHARACTER ALSO MEANS THAT DAD WILL DISCIPLINE WHEN NECESSARY. CHILDREN NEED BOUNDARIES AND NEED TO BE DISCIPLINED WHEN THEY VIOLATE THOSE BOUNDARIES.  Heb 12:7: Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? NIV

4)     FATHERS, I URGE YOU, BE STRONG IN THE LORD AND THE POWER OF HIS MIGHT – YOUR FAMILIES NEED THAT STRENGTH OF CHARACTER THAT COMES FROM KNOWING HIM AND LIVING ACCORDING TO GOD’S  WORD.

B)       JEHOVAH (YHWH – CALLED THE TETRAGRAMMATON) – THE SELF EXISTENT ONE

1)     NAME GOD REVEALED TO ISRAEL: Exo 3:14  And God said unto Moses I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. Exo 3:15  And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.

2)     God revealed himself as consistent in his dealings with his children.  He doesn’t change his mind from on day to the next.  Father’s need to be lovingly and wisely consistent dealing with their children.  You are not their “buddy” you are their father.  They need a father more than they need a buddy.  Children need to be taught respect for their elders, their parents and their God.

C)       JEHOVAH- SHAMMAH – THE LORD WHO IS PRESENT

1)     EZEKIEL 48: EZEKIEL GIVEN A VISION OF THE NEW JERUSALEM AND THE CITY OF GOD.  THE NAME OF THE CITY WAS SHALL BE “THE LORD IS PRESENT”.

2)     NEARLY HALF OF THE FAMILIES IN AMERICA HAVE AN ABSENTEE FATHER.  THIS IS DEVASTATING TO CHILDREN: PSYCHOLOGICALLY, ECONOMICALLY AND MOST OF ALL SPIRITUALLY.

3)     A CHILD WHO IS REJECTED AND IS TYPICALLY A VERY ANGRY CHILD. TODAY WE ARE WITNESSES TO THE ANGRY, VIOLENT BEHAVIOR OF CHILDREN ABANDONED BY THEIR FATHERS.  CHILDREN NEED A FATHER WHO WILL BE THERE FOR THEM.

4)     JESUS WANTED HIS DISCIPLES TO KNOW THAT HE HAD NOT ABANDONED THEM WHEN HE ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN. HE SAID:  “LO I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS EVEN TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.”   HE SENT THE HOLY SPIRIT, THE COMFORTER, TO FULFILL THAT PROMISE.

5)     FATHERS, I URGE YOU, BE THERE FOR YOUR CHILDREN.  SPEND QUALITY TIME WITH THEM.  CELEBRATE THEIR BIRTHDAYS, GRADUATIONS AND WEDDINGS.  GET TO KNOW THEIR TEACHERS, COACHES, HELP THEM PICK THEIR FRIENDS AND ATTEND SCHOOL EVENTS.  YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE GROWN UP AND GONE BEFORE YOU CAN REALIZE IT!

D)       JEHOVAH- NISSI – THE LORD OUR BANNER

1)     IN EXODUS 17:15  GOD GAVE ISRAEL VICTORY OVER THE AMALEKITES.  WHEN MOSES HELD UP HIS HAND ISRAEL PREVAILED, WHEN HE PUT THEM DOWN THE AMALEKITES PREVAILED.  AARON AND HUR HELD UP HIS HANDS.  AFTER THE BATTLE MOSES BUILD AN ALTER ONTO THE LORD AND CALLED IT JEHOVAH NISSI – THE LORD JEHOVAH, BANNER OVER ISRAEL WHO BRINGS VICTORY. 

2)     SONG OF SOLOMON 2:4 HE BROUGHT ME TO THE BANQUETING HOUSE, AND HIS BANNER OVER ME [WAS] LOVE.

3)     IN OLD DAYS IN EUROPEAN SOCIETIES THERE WAS A FAMILY SHIELD THAT SPOKE OF THE HERITAGE AND HISTORY AND HONOR OF THE FAMILY.

4)     FATHERS, I URGE YOU, UNFURREL THE  BANNER OF BEING A MEMBER OF GOD’S FAMILY OVER YOUR WIFE & CHILDREN.  DECLARE WITH JOSHUA, AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSEHOLD WE WILL SERVE THE LORD!  AS YOU FOLLOW CHRIST AND MODEL THE CHRISTIAN LIFE, YOUR CHILDREN WILL TEND TO FOLLOW YOU.  IF NOT IMMEDIATELY, DOWN THE ROAD AFTER GOING OUT AS THE PRODICAL SON AND TASTING OF THE WORLD THEY TEND TO TURN BACK TO FATHER’S HOUSE WHERE YOU AND YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER ARE WAITING TO CELEBRATE THEIR RETURN.

E)       JEHOVAH – JIREH – THE LORD WILL PROVIDE

1)     GENESIS 21:12 ABRAHAM WAS ABOUT TO SLAY ISAAC HIS ONLY SON, IN OBEDIENCE TO GOD’S COMMAND, BUT GOD STAYED HIS HAND AND PROVIDED A RAM TO BE SACRIFICED INSTEAD.

2)      GOD PROVIDED A SACRIFICIAL LAMB FOR US, HIS SON.  GOD INSTITUDED THIS PLAN OF SALVATION BEFORE THE EARTH WAS FORMED, TO PROVIDE A COVERING FOR OUR SINS AND THE SINS OF ALL MANKIND – WHOEVER WOULD RECEIVE HIM.

3)     CHILDREN NEED FATHERS WHO WILL PROVIDE FOR THEM: NOT ONLY FOOD, CLOTHING AND SHELTER BUT A GODLY HOME, WHERE JESUS IS LORD!

4)     WE LEARN FROM OUR HEAVENLY FATHER WHO HAS PROVIDED FOR ALL OF OUR NEEDS ACCORDING TO HIS RICHES IN GLORY.

5)     FATHERS, I URGE YOU, TO LIVE UP TO YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE FOR YOUR  FAMILY AND TO TEACH YOUR SONS TO DO THE SAME.  1 Tim 5:8  If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. NIV

F)        EL – SHADDAI – GOD ALMIGHTY THE ALL SUFFICIENT ONE

1)     IN GEN 17 ABRAHAM AND SARAH LAUGHED WHEN GOD PROMISED THEM A CHILD.  ABRAHAM ASKED GOD TO BLESS ISHMAEL, WHO HE HAD FATHERED WITH HAGAAR, BUT GOD HAD PROMISED HIM A SON FROM SARAH HIS WIFE AND SHE BORE ISAAC THE FOLLOWING YEAR.

2)     GOD DECLARED HIMSELF TO BE THE ALMIGHTY GOD WHO POURS OUT BLESSINGS.

3)     IF WE ARE IN COVENANT WITH GOD THEN GOD NOT ONLY PROVIDES FOR US. HE IS THE VERY SOURCE OF SUFFICIENCY TO FULFILL THIS VISION AND PURPOSE. PETER: “HE HAS GIVEN US EVERYTHING WE NEED FOR LIFE AND GODLINESS.”

4)     WHEN WE LOSE OUR JOB WE LOOK TO OUR HEAVENLY FATHER WHO IS THE SOURCE OF OUR SUFFICIENCY.  OUR HEAVENLY FATHER WANTS US TO ASK HIM WHEN WE HAVE NEED.

5)     FATHERS, I URGE YOU, TEACH YOUR FAMILY TO LOOK TO THE LORD FOR THEIR SUFFICIENCY.  HE WILL BE THERE FOR THEM AFTER WE ARE GONE.

6)     Jer 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

III)           JEHOVAH- RA-AH – THE LORD MY SHEPHERD

1)     PSALM 23: “THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD, I SHALL NOT WANT…”

2)     IT IS THE GODS PLAN THAT FATHER’S BE SHEPHERDS OF THEIR FAMILIES SPIRITUAL WELL BEING, INSTRUCTING THEM IN GOD’S WORD AND PRAYING FOR THEM THAT SATAN MAY NOT HAVE THEM.  “SATAN GOES ABOUT AS A ROARING LION SEEKING WHOM HE MAY DEVOUR…”

3)     SHEPHERDS WATCH OVER THER  FLOCKS PROTECTING THEM, AND LEADING THEM TO GOOD PASTURE AND PURE WATER

4)     FATHERS, I URGE YOU, BE THAT SHEPHERD GOD HAS CALLED YOU TO BE.  LEAD YOUR CHILDREN TO THE SOURCE OF LIVING WATER THAT WILL QUENCH THEIR SPIRITUAL THIRST AND GIVE THEM THE BREAD OF LIFE, GOD’S WORD THAT WILL FEED THEIR INNER MAN.

5)     JESUS SAID THAT MAN SHOULD NOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE BUT BY EVERY WORLD THAT PROCEEDING OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD TO THEM.

6)      PRAY WITH THEM AND PRAY OVER THEM THAT CHRIST BE FORMED IN THEM.

B)       JEHOVAH- TSIDKENU – THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS (SANCTIFIER)

1)     IN JEREMIAH 23 THE LORD PROMISED TO RAISE UP FROM THE HOUSE OF DAVID A RIGHTEOUS BRANCH, A KING WHO WOULD REIGN IN RIGHTEOUSNESS AND EXECUTE RIGHTEOUS JUDGEMENT.   HIS NAME WOULD BE CALLED THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

2)     THE NEW TESTAMENT SPEAKS OF GODLY PARENTS SANCTIFYING THEIR CHILDREN EVEN IF ONE PARENT IS AN UNBELIEVER: 1Co 7:14 For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy.

3)     FATHERS ARE CALLED TO BE THE PRIESTS OVER THEIR HOUSEHOLDS AND THE SPIRITUAL LEADERS OF THEIR FAMILIES.

4)      FATHERS, I URGE YOU TO PROVIDE A SPIRITUAL COVERING FOR YOUR FAMILY, A COVERING OF RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT ONLY COMES WITH A VITAL, LIVING RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST WHO BECAME RIGHTEOUSNESS FOR US.  MODEL   RIGHTEOUS LIVING BEFORE FOR YOUR WIFE AND YOUR CHILDREN.

C)       JEHOVAH-SHALOM – THE LORD IS PEACE

1)     IN JUDGES 6:22 THE ANGEL OF THE LORD APPEARED TO GIDEON AND THE LORD SAID TO GIDEON “PEACE BE ONTO THEE; FEAR NOT: THOU SHALT NOT DIE.  GIDEON BUILD AN ALTER ONTO THE LORD AND CALLED JEHOVAHSHALOM – THE LORD OUR PEACE.

2)     FATHERS BRING PEACE TO THEIR FAMILIES WHEN THEY HAVE THE PRINCE OF PEACE ON THE THRONE OF RULING IN THEIR HEARTS.

3)     CHRISTIAN FATHERS ARE TO BE PEACEMAKERS IN FAMILY QUARRELS AND DISAGREEMENTS.

4)     EPHESIANS 6:4 AND, YE FATHERS, PROVOKE NOT YOUR CHILDREN TO WRATH: BUT BRING THEM UP IN THE NURTURE AND ADMONITION OF THE LORD.

5)     FATHERS BE THE PEACEMAKER IN YOUR FAMILY.   TEACH YOUR CHILDREN TO BE PEACEMAKERS – YOU AND YOUR FAMILY WILL BE BLESSED IF YOU DO.

IV)           CONCLUSION THE APOSTLE PAUL TOLD THE CHURCH OF CORINTH 1Co 4:15  For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye NOT MANY FATHERS: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. GODLY FATHERS ARE IN SHORT SUPPLY.   IT IS NOT EASY TO BE A FATHER TODAY WITH THE PRESSURES OF LIFE AND THE DRUMBEAT TO BE SUCCESSFUL – WHATEVER THAT MEANS.  IF YOU WOULD BE A GODLY FATHER AND BE SUCCESSFUL AS GOD COUNTS SUCCESS – LOOK TO THE LORD IN DAILY PRAYER AND PERSONAL DEVOTIONS.   SHUT THE WORLD OUT AND LET GOD SPEAK YOU AND HE WILL!   GOD DOES NOT MEASURE SUCCESS AS THE WORD MEASURES SUCCESS.  GODLY SUCCESS IS NOT CLIMBING THE CORPORATE LADDER, BUYING A BIGGER HOME, A SWIMMING POOL, OR A NEW EXPENSIVE AUTOMOBILE.   GODLY SUCCESS IS BEING THERE FOR YOUR CHILDREN, MODELING THE CHRISTIAN LIFE, THROUGH THE GOOD TIMES AND THE HARD TIMES, BEING THE SPIRITUAL HIGH PRIEST OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD, AND LEADING YOUR FAMILY IN DAILY DEVOTIONS AND WORSHIP.

JEHOVAH (YHWH) – THE SELF EXISTENT ONE

13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, [when] I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What [is] his name? what shall I say unto them? 14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

Exodus 6:3 And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by [the name of] God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.

Psalms 83:18 That [men] may know that thou, whose name alone [is] JEHOVAH, [art] the most high over all the earth.

Isaiah 12:2 Behold, God [is] my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH [is] my strength and [my] song; he also is become my salvation.

ELOHIM – STRONG ONE

ADONAI – LORD

Master servant relationship

WE ARE MADE HEIRS THROUGH CHRIST

Romans 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with [him], that we may be also glorified together.

Galatians 3:29 And if ye [be] Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Galatians 4:7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

Titus 3:7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Hebrews 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by [his] Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

JEHOVAH SHAMMAH – THE LORD WHO IS PRESENT

Ezekiel 48: 29 This [is] the land which ye shall divide by lot unto the tribes of Israel for inheritance, and these [are] their portions, saith the Lord GOD.

30 And these [are] the goings out of the city on the north side, four thousand and five hundred measures.

31 And the gates of the city [shall be] after the names of the tribes of Israel: three gates northward; one gate of Reuben, one gate of Judah, one gate of Levi.

32 And at the east side four thousand and five hundred: and three gates; and one gate of Joseph, one gate of Benjamin, one gate of Dan.

33 And at the south side four thousand and five hundred measures: and three gates; one gate of Simeon, one gate of Issachar, one gate of Zebulun.

34 At the west side four thousand and five hundred, [with] their three gates; one gate of Gad, one gate of Asher, one gate of Naphtali.

35 [It was] round about eighteen thousand [measures]: and the name of the city from [that] day [shall be], The LORD [is] there.

Psalms 46:1 <<To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth.>> God [is] our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

JEHOVAH NISSI – THE LORD OUR BANNER

Exodus 17:10 So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses’ hands [were] heavy; and they took a stone, and put [it] under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 13 And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. 14 And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this [for] a memorial in a book, and rehearse [it] in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. 15 And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovahnissi:

Song of Solomon 2:4 He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me [was] love.

JEHOVAH – JIREH – THE LORD WILL PROVIDE

Genesis 22:12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only [son] from me. 13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind [him] a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. 14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said [to] this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.

EL SHADDAI – THE GOD WHO IS ENOUGH (THE ALL SUFFICIENT ONE)

Genesis 17:17 Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall [a child] be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear? 18 And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee! 19 And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, [and] with his seed after him. 20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. 21 But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year. 22 And he left off talking with him, and God went up from Abraham.

JEHOVAH RAAH – THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD

1 The LORD [is] my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

JEHOVAH TSIDKENU – THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS

5 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. 6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this [is] his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. 7 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that they shall no more say, The LORD liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; 8 But, The LORD liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land.

JEHOVAH MACCADDESHCEM – THE LORD OUR SANCTIFIER

Exodus 31:12 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 13 Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it [is] a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that [ye] may know that I [am] the LORD that doth sanctify you.

JEHOVAH SHALOM – THE LORD IS PEACE

Judges 6:22 And when Gideon perceived that he [was] an angel of the LORD, Gideon said, Alas, O Lord GOD! for because I have seen an angel of the LORD face to face. 23 And the LORD said unto him, Peace [be] unto thee; fear not: thou shalt not die. 24 Then Gideon built an altar there unto the LORD, and called it Jehovahshalom:

 

 

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