1. The Heart of A Father
Matthew 7:7–11 NKJV
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!”
My dad would ask me if there was anything I was believing God for. And if I responded with something I was just needing, he’d tell me I needed to think bigger, believe bigger, dream bigger, pray bigger.
Proverbs 16:3 AMPC
Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.
When you’re a believer and you consecrate your will to him, the Bible says in Proverbs 16, “He’ll cause your desires to come in line with his will so shall all your plans be established and succeed.”
If my dad who isn’t perfect loves me like that and desires me to have what I want, how much more eager is God who is perfect, to bless my life?
“A Father’s expectation creates an environment where children think and act responsibly. As adults, our expectations of God determine our reality.”
Hebrews 11:1 NIV
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for.
3. The Father I Always Needed
Psalms 68:5 TPT
To the fatherless he is a father. To the widow he is a champion friend.
To the lonely he makes them part of a family. To the prisoners he leads into prosperity until they sing for joy. This is our Holy God in his Holy Place! But for the rebels there is heartache and despair.
“Stop grieving over the father you didn’t have and thank God for the father that you did have.”
– Jimmy Evans
I understood that for me to be the father that God called me to be that I needed to forgive my biological dad. Overtime, God began to show me that he was the father that I always needed. I came to understand that only his love and guidance could fill the hole that I had in my heart. He also placed great men in my life to give me pieces along the way.
Fatherhood to me is a gift. It’s an honor and a privilege to be able to show my children how GOOD GOD IS!
4. It’s All About Leadership.
The father as the leader is not the boss of his house; the father is the head. The father doesn’t rule his house; he leads his home.
- As a leader, the father has a passion and desire to bring out the best in all those under his care.
- A true leader does not suppress, oppress, depress the potential and talents of others; he releases them and cultivates them.
- A true leader provides an environment for growth.
- Keep this in mind, a father who is a genuine leader does exactly what the Lord said to do.
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away and every branch that beareth fruit he purgeth it that it may bring forth more fruit.”
Jesus taught that the Gardener (which is the Father) cultivates the Vine’s (which is the Son) branches (which are the believers, or the church) so they can bear fruit. Likewise, so should the earthly father cultivate his family.
When you have children you’ve accepted the mantle of Fatherhood, you’ve accepted the role of leader. Lead well, and you will leave a legacy beyond your years.