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Celebrating fatherhood on Father’s Day


Celebrating fatherhood on Father’s Day.

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Celebrating fatherhood on Father’s Day


Happy Father's dayFatherhood has been around for eons, especially since the Lord God Almighty is the greatest Father of all.  God patterned the role of Father after Himself and He is the epitome.  The greatest and most wonderful example of what a true Father should act like.  So what are some of the examples that God the Father has left as a pattern that all men who want to be good Fathers should imitate?  The first and greatest example is that God the Father is always faithful; second, He is always there for His children; thirdly, He truly knows how to love His children; fourth, He occasionally spoils His children and lavishes us with His gifts, both spiritual and physical, and fifth, He knows how to lovingly discipline us as well when we need His strong, guiding Hand.  In the sixth place, He is our provider and keeps us fed, clothed and gives us physical shelter from the elements.  Finally, the seventh example is this: He is our spiritual protector as well and has provided us with eternal life and places us in the midst of his hedge so that even though our enemy, the adversary walks about like a great roaring lion, he cannot touch us when the Lord God Almighty is our shield and our buckler.

This writer did not deliberately place these numbered examples in this order.  In fact, this writer was simply writing and when I had placed the second example, I just kept writing.  Afterwards, as I was reading what I wrote to check for clarity, I was adding the rest of the numbers in their order and could barely believe how it turned out.  This, my friends was the Hand of God in action.  Why?  It came out too perfect, that is why.  Totally awesome is the Lord God Almighty.  All right men, those of you who are already fathers and those who someday would like to have his own children…read it and listen up.

  1. God is always Faithful
  2. God is always there
  3. God always loves
  4. God is the Great Giver
  5. God’s Grace disciplines us
  6. God meets our physical needs
  7. God is our Spiritual life-giver and protector

If this writer had tried to come up with this list from the flesh, I would have been sitting at my computer all day…reality really bytes.  So Fathers living here upon earth…here is your list…keep it in front of you at all times and imitate…imitate…imitate!

  1. Fathers…remain faithful to your family
  2. Fathers…stay there and just be there
  3. Fathers…love your children
  4. Fathers…Give your self to your children
  5. Fathers…don’t be afraid to lovingly discipline your children
  6. Fathers…make sure you provide for your children
  7. Fathers…you can’t give your children eternal life….but you can lead them to the Lord Jesus Christ who can.

So when did people begin to actually set aside a special day to commemorate our Fathers?  There is a possibility that it was first started after a mining accident in Monongah, WV in December 1907 and subsequently a memorial service was held in 1908.  Another possibility is that it was felt that because Mother’s were being honored so should Fathers.  The first time that it was celebrated in June was in 1910 when Sonora Smart Dodd wanted to honor her father who raised all six of his children by himself after his wife died.  In that day, most men who became widowers quickly remarried or placed their children in the care of others.  Finally, it became a national holiday in 1972 by President Nixon signing it into law.  A little tidbit: In different languages we say: Fathers’ Day in English and Día del Padre in Spanish; יום האב in Hebrew and Vatertag in German.

So men….Fathers….Happy Father’s Day, Día del Padre, יום האב, and Vatertag!

 


Pentecost – receiving the presence of God


Pentecost - yahooThe Feast of Pentecost was 50 days after Passover and it ushered in the birth of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ when the Holy Spirit fell upon the believers that were present that day as they had been commanded to do by the Lord Jesus.  Biblical tradition cites that this feast is called by the Jews, Shauvott.  The feast of Pentecost is a Greek word indicating that there are 50 days from the time of the Feast of Weeks and Pentecost. The Scriptures clearly state in

Acts 2:1-4

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.  And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.  And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

After this initial outpouring at Pentecost, we as Christians no longer have to wait the 50 days that the Lord Jesus prescribed for His disciples.  This was just an initial waiting period until the promise of the Father was to come down from Heaven, namely the Holy Spirit.  The Lord Jesus knew that for His disciples to stand firm in the face of opposition, that they would need the infilling of the power of the Holy Spirit.  It is no less true today as Christians are facing hostile situations across the globe.  It is this abiding and ever-present presence of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords that keeps the Christian from wavering in their faith.

Many Christians sometimes still mistakenly believe that they have to wait for the Holy Spirit to come to them.  However, when you believe that God has raised up His Son from the grave and you believe in your heart and you confess this with your mouth, the Holy Spirit immediately comes to indwell your spirit and you once again are open to hearing from God as He speaks to your spirit.  It is the Holy Spirit that is the conduit for this verbal transaction from God to creature.  After the Holy Spirit comes to indwell with His presence, you have now experienced being ‘born again.’  This process of being ‘born again’ is necessary because the first couple, Adam and Eve, disobeyed God and they lost the presence of the Holy Spirit and they died that very day.  They didn’t die physically, but they died spiritually and this is why we needed a Savior to pay for our sins.  This is why God was going to send the promise. What was this promise?  The promise was the Holy Spirit once again coming to dwell with mankind; to those who choose to believe on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

In the Scriptures, fire is used to denote the very presence of God and it also is used to signify great power.  We see this in:

Exodus 13:21

And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud to lead them the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, to go by day and night.

But beyond this, in the OT, the Hebrew word for ‘breath’ or ‘wind’ is ruach, which is also used to indicate spirit.  In this case however, it was not just a ‘spirit’, but the Holy Spirit Himself.  So what significance does the tongues of fire have for today’s Christian?  While that powerful display was a one-time phenomena, the imagery of the fire, or God’s presence covering the disciples’ heads also lends itself to today’s church.  In that we also as born-again children of God also are blessed with the covering of God’s presence through His Holy Spirit.  The imagery of the rushing, mighty wind lends itself to the knowledge that Yeshua, the Christ still wields His power and authority over the natural earth realm as well as the heavenly, as He sits enthroned with His Father in heaven.
If you haven’t asked the Lord Jesus to be your personal Lord and Savior as of yet, and you would like to Get a Life, confess Him as your Lord and Savior and you will experience the new birth for yourself.