Main Scriptures: 1Tim.3:1-5
More Scriptures: Deut.6:7, Eph. 6:4, Col.3:21
Yesterday by the help of the Holy Spirit, you and I learnt that the husbandman has a glorious position in the covenant marriage relationship. You must be conscious of this new reality that God has opened your eyes to see. You must understand that you are your wife’s greatest asset. Make your life count positively in her life. Today, let us consider your position in parenting in the sheepfold. Now, there is a lie going on. And that lie is that parenting is the core function of the mother and not the father. Many fathers have bought into this lie and have left the mothers alone to nurture the children. These fathers forget that they are seed bearing agents and seed planting agents. That their children are the seeds from their loins and not their wives’. The consequence of this is that this breed of children do not have role models in their fathers. This has reduced the husband and father to mere statistics in the evaluation of those who have made positive impact in the lives of their children. If you are a husband and father, who has bought into this lie, repent. The word of God which is the lamp that offers direction is your anchor as a father. You must be ruled and guided by the instructions of the word of God if you must make the most of your life as the good and godly father. In Deut.6:7, the word of God specifically commanded Jacob, who later became Israel, to provide godly parenting to his children (Deut.6:3). Speaking to the father, He said, and you shall teach them diligently unto thy teach the children, and you shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down and when you rise up. If you think this is the Old Testament instructions, read what the word says in Eph.6:4. It says, and ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath but bring them you in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. The emphasis here is to whom this instruction was given. It said FATHERS. It didn’t say MOTHERS. So, it is your call to bring up your children and train them. In 1Tim.3:1-5, the Bible sums up the place of fathers in the family kingdom. It says, if a man desires the office of a bishop, he desires a good work… he is the husband of one wife….apt to teach and one that rules well his own house, having children in subjection with all gravity. You are not a father indeed until you have been able to rule your household well. You must wake up to take charge of your children; be the example that God wants and be an agent of godly influence in their lives. It is an honour to be a father, work at it diligently.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, make me to function as the good and godly father to my children.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, deliver me from every deception of the devil.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus and by the anointing of the Holy Ghost, empower me to nurture my children in the way of the Lord.
I receive power from high to function as the good and godly father to my children because it is the platform I need to leave a godly legacy in Jesus Name. Amen.