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Its Fathers day in Australia so today is about the Father. 

We will continue our series The Modern message of the Minor prophets next week, and also on YouTube. 

Today we are talking about As Your Father Walked

Text

1 Kings 9:4 (AMP)

4 As for you, if you walk (live your life) before Me, as David your father walked, in integrity of heart and in uprightness, acting in accordance with everything that I have commanded you, and will keep My statutes and My precepts,

Scripture Reading

1 Kings 9:1-9 (AMP)

God’s Promise and Warning

9 Now it happened when Solomon had finished building the house (temple) of the Lord and the king’s house (palace), and all else which he was pleased to do, 

2 that the Lord appeared to Solomon a second time, just as He had appeared to him at Gibeon. 

3 The Lord told him, “I have heard your prayer and supplication which you have made before Me; I have consecrated this house which you have built by putting My Name and My Presence there forever. My eyes and My heart shall be there perpetually. 

4 As for you, if you walk (live your life) before Me, as David your father walked, in integrity of heart and in uprightness, acting in accordance with everything that I have commanded you, and will keep My statutes and My precepts, 

5 then I will establish the throne of your kingdom over Israel forever, just as I promised your father David, saying, ‘You shall not be without a man (descendant) on the throne of Israel.’

6 “But if you or your sons turn away from following Me, and do not keep My commandments and My statutes which I have set before you, but go and serve other gods and worship them, 

7 then I will cut off Israel from the land which I have given them, and I will cast out of My sight the house which I have consecrated for My Name and Presence. Then Israel will become a proverb (a saying) and a byword (object of ridicule) among all the peoples. 

8 This house (temple) will become a heap of ruins; everyone who passes by will be appalled and sneer and say, ‘Why has the Lord done such a thing to this land and to this house?’ 

9 And they [who know] will say, ‘Because they abandoned the Lord their God, who brought their fathers out of the land of Egypt, and they have chosen other gods and have worshiped and served them; that is the reason the Lord has brought on them all this adversity.’”

Prayer

Father, You have placed an awesome responsibility on those ordained to be fathers.

We thank you for the privilege of being a dad and assume the responsibility that accompanies that privilege.

We are told in Your word what our role is, and we are also promised strength and wisdom.

We claim that promise and look to you for guidance and help.

In Jesus name we pray.

Amen.

Introduction

A group of fifth graders were ice asked, “What does it mean to be a father?”

Some of the answers were, “It means getting a good job and making lots of money.”

“It means going to work in the morning and coming home with a headache.”

The answers painted the picture of a grim man who works hard, has little fun, feels no joy, and seldom spends time with his children.

I hope that this message today will enable each father to avoid a picture like that and to be the kind of father his children need.

  1. Each father needs to see the importance of being a dad.
  1. Studies have shown that fathers most significantly influence their children’s sexual identity.

Children who have a good father’s image and influence relate well to the opposite sex, where as those who are not as fortunate are more likely to have trouble relating to the opposite sex.

B. Studies have also revealed that fathers most significantly influence the social behaviour of their children.

If children are not well adjusted to their parents and do not have good communication with them, they are more than likely to succumb to the use of drugs than those who have a good, healthy relationship.

2. Each father needs to understand the strong influence of what his child sees in him and hears from him.

  1. What are some of the things children see in a father that make a good influence?
  1. Children should see and feel their father’s interest in the things which they are interested, like games, grades, school, and friends.

2. Children should see their father working.

This is difficult under certain circumstances where only staff are allowed in workplaces.

But if it can be arranged, it is helpful.

It encourages creativity in children and helps them better understand the value of money.

3. Children should see their father express the emotions of love, affection, anger, and fear.

4. Children should see their father at worship consistently and devotedly.

This should be seen at home in family worship, and at church in public worship.

B. What are some of the things children should hear from their father that make for a good influence?

  1. Children should hear their father pray.

Specific objects of prayer should be mentioned, not just generalities.

For instance, missionaries and friends might be called by name.

Children should be lead to pray for their Pastor, the sick, people in trouble, the lost, and their parents.

2. Children should hear their father read the Bible.

Family devotions will exercise more good influence than almost anything else.

Good family worship will include daily Bible reading.

3. Children should hear their father extols the virtues of others and hear him speak words of encouragement, commendation, and helpfulness.

Children should seldom, if ever, hear derogatory remarks, degrading comments, or criticism. 

4. Children should hear their father upholding the roles of leadership and authority, people like Pastors, school teachers, publicly elected officers, and the police.

They should also hear their father support institutions, like the home, church, schools, and the country, that serve as the back bone of this nation.

5. Children should hear their father say, “I love you,” and call them by name.

6. Children should hear their father openly and unashamedly condemning evil, injustice, and wrong.

Conclusion.

True fatherhood is an awesome responsibility, but extremely meaningful and fulfilling.

Fathers, take this seriously.

Look to your Maker as a source of wisdom and strength.

Spend as much time as possible, more time than you think you need reading your Bible and listening to what your Lord says to you in the written Word.

Pray often and seek divine guidance. 

Until next time

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I really want to encourage you to be diligent with your Bible study time, because God has so much more for us than we can get from just going to church once or twice a week and hearing someone else talk about the Word.

When you spend time with God, your life will change in amazing ways, because God is a Redeemer.

Theres nothing thats too hard for Him, and He can make you whole, spirit, soul and body!

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