Main Scriptures: Deut.6:7-10
More Scriptures: Eph.6:4, Gen.28:1, Gen.32:9, Deut.9:5
Hallelujah! Today is the last day in the month of February and I am confident that the Person of the Holy Spirit has brought out your real you as the godly man, husband and father. And I pray in the name of Jesus, that you will indeed be that shepherd your wife and children God desires for your wife and children. To God alone be all the glory.
A we conclude on this serial, I want to encourage you that as the husband and head of your family, it was not a mistake that God made you a man and a husband. The will of God for you in these two glorious positions of the man and husband is for Him to work through you to bring the life of Christ to bear into the lives of your sheep. Do not see your position as a burden, rather, take advantage of the opportunity and show to God and your wife and children that you are indeed the real man and husband. Today, let us consider the third stand on the tripod. It is fatherhood. Being a father is beyond you having children that bear your name. It is about being mentor to your children, and the first one for that.
In Eph.6:4, two distinct words clearly illustrate what God expects from you as the godly father. Fathers, do not exasperate your children, instead, bring them up in the TRAINING and INSTRUCTION of the Lord (NIV). Another translation says, and ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath, but bring them up in the NURTURE and ADMONITION of the Lord. If you look at these two words carefully, you will appreciate the huge responsibilities God has placed in your hands when He gave you children. As a father, you are the primary principal who is to train your children and not your wife. It is also you who should instruct your children-giving godly instructions as provided in the Bible-and not your wife. You are your children’s first mentor and must consistently be so. I have vowed that the day my children no longer see me as their mentor then I have failed as a father. Why? I saw that in Scriptures, children referred to the God of their fathers and not their pastors of bishops. In a father and child relationship, God expects that the child looks up to the father for instruction and admonition. Isaac looked unto his father Abraham. He guided and trained him and so he called the God of Abraham his father when there was famine in the land (Gen.26:1). When Jacob was to get married, his father, Isaac, gave him instructions and admonished him in the way of the Lord. So in Gen.32:9, the Scripture says, and Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac….. The will of God is for you to be a reference to your children for influence, direction and guidance. You are more than a father. You are the godly father.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, teach me how to influence my children for You.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, inspire my spirit to mentor my children for Your glory.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, deliver me from every act of irresponsibility.
I am the good and godly mentor and influence over my children because that is where my honour lies as the good, godly and responsible father in Jesus mighty name. Amen.