This past Father's day I shared a message entitled, "You Have What It Takes!" The message is available via iTunes & the notes are posted below. The most important person in the home in regards to generational influence, is the father. Dad's are vital to passing on a legacy that will be focused on God's Kingdom instead of our own Mingdom. Father's, you have what is takes!
“The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him.” Proverbs. 20:7
I talk and talk and talk, and I haven’t taught people in 50 years what my father taught by example in one week. -Mario Cuomo
The Secret To Boys- Every boy wants to know from his Dad, Do I have what it takes?
The Secret To Girls- Every girl wants to know from her Dad, Am I lovely?
Father’s, You Are The Most Powerful Man In The World!
One of the Greatest Dad’s In All Of The Bible
(lessons from the life of Jehonadab)
Key Thought- He was zealous about God & His Word! (2 Kings 10:15-31)
“These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deuteronomy 6:6-7
Key Thought- He Built His Family Around God’s Standards! ((Jeremiah 35:1-19)
“But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children—with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.” Psalm 103:17-18
How To Be A Great Dad (like Jehonadab) This Week!
1. You must accept their uniqueness.
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
2. You must affirm their value.
-By paying attention to them. “He [God] pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail – even numbering the hairs on your head!” Matthew 10:30 (MSG)
-By showing affection to them. “I drew them to me with affection and love. I picked them up and held them to my cheek” Hosea 11:4 (TEV).
-By expressing appreciation to them. “God says, ‘You are precious to me. You are honored and I love you’” Isaiah 43:4 (NLT).
3. You must trust them with responsibility.
“Whoever can be trusted with a little can also be trusted with a lot…” (Luke 16:10 NCV).
4. You must correct them without condemning them.
-Never correct in anger. “Don’t keep on scolding and nagging your children, making them angry and resentful. Rather bring them up with the loving discipline…with suggestions and godly advice.” Ephesians 6:4 (TEV)
-Watch your words. “Don’t use harmful words. Use only helpful words. The kind that should build up.” Harmful words create hurtful memories. Put-downs and harmful words might motivate somebody in the short term, but they’re going to plant seeds of rebellion in your child’s life. Ephesians 4:29
5. You must love them unconditionally.
“Be kind and loving to each other, forgiving each other just as God forgave you in Christ” Ephesians 4:32 (NCV)
“Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” 1 Corinthians 13:7 (NLT)
YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES!