Father’s Day, a Dad

touch and love of a father

What can a father leave his children that will last? A spiritual legacy:

1. A Dad of Prayer.
2. A Dad of Purpose.
3. A Dad of Patience.
4. A Dad of Play.
5. A Dad of Praise.

It has been said over and over that a positive and continuous relationship between the father and child is associated with high self-esteem, more self-confidence in personal and social interaction, better morals, greater career aspirations and life goals, and reduced rates of unwed teen pregnancy.

Fathers who are affectionate, nurturing and actively involved in raising their children are more likely to have well-adjusted kids. An active father is there in good times and bad. From him, his children learn how to handle difficulty, anger, disappointment and success. He’s the foundation.

Luke 6:46-49 records the words of Jesus, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock.

“When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”

Being a dad isn’t an easy job. As a matter of fact, it’s tough, demanding and requires all kinds of courage. Dads have a single challenge to be brave and strong for their families. First Corinthians 16:13 tells us to “watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.”

Dads who rock build their lives upon the Rock of ages — the Lord Jesus Christ. And they construct their families upon foundations of faith established in Jesus Christ. Proverbs 14:26 says, “In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and His children will have a place of refuge.”

Your home should be the place where you can stand firm and not be shaken. Difficult days in our culture are among us. Satan is trying hard to hammer our kids, and while we can’t stop the fire from spreading, we can stop it at our doorsteps. It starts by making your home a place of refuge.

Believe it — all of our families WILL be tested. I don’t know what storm you may be facing now or what fire will sweep through your family in the future, but I know that you will be able to stand firm and strong when you are built solidly on Jesus Christ. Dads who build the foundation of their family on Jesus do more than just attend church when it’s convenient, but they actually listen and apply God’s Word in their personal and homes lives.

Joshua was a dad who rocked. In the Bible, it was he who said, “And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

There are three simple building materials you need when building a foundation and future that will last for your family:

• LOVE. Embrace and show affection to your wife and children; give them encouragement through showing affirmation and acceptance, and spend quality time with your family.

• ENCOURAGE. Build up rather than tear down; equip them with God’s Word and wisdom from your own life.

• BELIEVE. Build your family upon the Rock — Jesus Christ (see Proverbs 22:6); the most important thing your children can take with them into the world is faith in Jesus Christ.

Fathers, build your house, your life and your family upon the solid foundation of Jesus Christ and God’s Word with love, faith, and joy and your children will be unshakable. Dads that rock for Jesus Christ will produce an everlasting life change in their families and futures.

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“Fathers That Rock: The Solid Foundation For Families,” Baptist Press, http://www.baptistpress.org, September 6, 2005.

15 thoughts on “Father’s Day, a Dad

  1. A wonderful, powerful message stopandpray,THANK YOU I did not have much time with my earthly father or the dad that adopted me but I’m comforted always in knowing my Abba Father and that I will be eternally in His Loving Hands. The Scripture below He gave me as I was afflicted by the Storms of life and walked through the scorching flames, His words comforted, strengthened and put out the flames as He poured His Living water into my heart.

    Lamentations 3: 33 For He doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.

    Isaiah 43:1-3 – Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.”

    Jeremiah 29 :11-12 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

    Thank you again – Christian Love from both of us – Anne

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    • We really appreciate you sharing with us. You have a powerful message that I hope all will take to heart. You have a ministry to many. Some people never knew their fathers, some did not have loving fathers that emulated our Abba Father. You remind us to keep our focus above when we go through the storms. Even when we can’t see Him – He can see us and guide us through.

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  2. Reblogged this on Freedomborn … Set Free Eternally and commented:
    Sorry everyone at the moment I can’t Post, I’m waiting on WordPress to fix the problem but as they say every cloud has a Silver lining , to me that means God works all things out for good in our lives, sure I’m frustrated but it has given me time to read some of those who Posted about Fathers Day, in Aussie land it’s in September so I have plenty of time to share my own thoughts and I did Post one even though it took a long time but for now I would like you to be blessed by a wonderful Post about the importance of fathers and their special role and responsibilities……God is the Perfect Father as the Power point on my Last Post confirmed so clearly but a good earthly father is our foundation in Childhood and aids in our understanding of our Abba Father, but if you didn’t really know your dad like me or he was cruel or distant, God will fill in the blanks for you and show you just how much He Loves you, as you seek Him with all your heart…..He promises He will and He always keeps His promises………. Thank you Stopand PrayT.V I was uplifted and blessed by your message and also your reply to my comment but to me you have the right focus and if you are a Daddy, your Children are very blessed…………..

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne

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    • Thank you for reblogging this post. I’m sorry you are having a WordPress problem at the moment. You have a wonderful blog. I really liked your “Welcome Child of The King of Kings”. You two have a wonderful ministry. Thank you for your compliments. It is a pleasure to do His work with you.

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  3. Stop and Pray TV yours is a very good article on roles and responsibilitys on fathers . A great thought you posed on leaving a spiritual legacy, so important for how we will be remembered. Can we as fathers look back and say , my family know where my allegiance lays, its in that spiritual legacy that I had left.?

    Thanks for the challenge,
    Ron

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    • Thank you for the compliment. It is a challenge for all of us fathers to end well and leave a spiritual legacy. Fathers should be real with children and discuss their mistakes in life so children can learn from them also. Children can see that living without God is tough. Living with God through the tough times teaches a real life meaning of Romans 5:1-5:

      5:1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have[a] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

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