Tag: Father

Report for Duty

As a Christian father, you must remain alert as long as your children are under your authority. Even after they leave the home, you may still be able to, and should, exert regular positive influence, even with your grandchildren (Deuteronomy 4:9).

 

As for you single’s, you are training for that duty right now by 1. learning to pay attention to others, 2. by learning how to treat women and children with honor, 3. by dating honorably and learning to be attentive to the needs of single ladies, 4. by striving to serve the widows (elders) and the fatherless (elders). These responsibilities also remain after you marry. Remember open your eyes by anointing them.

 

In your conversations, look for needs. Ask about things you can help with or you can find someone else to help with. Find things you can pray about. Pay attention!

 

Here is a specific example of masculine leadership that arises regularly in a family: telling your children what to do. An engaged Christian father regularly issues instructions as he actively directs his children to do things that will benefit them and others. But it only starts there.

 

Once you tell your child to do something, you must then pay attention to the child’s attitude toward that instruction, and then to his or her performance. You cannot simply give an instruction, return to what you were doing and forget what you said. Children, particularly if untrained, will often test the limits of your authority. If you give some direction and then return your full attention to what you were doing before, you are training your child not to be overly concerned about your commands. The child you just told to stop racing his car on the coffee table will go right back to it.

 

Once you give a command, remain on duty. Ensure the child follows through. This must be the case at home, in public, at Church services, everywhere. You simply cannot expect good results if you lose track of what you have instructed your child to do and fail to make sure the lesson sticks.

 

The duties of a man are constant. They require vigilance. They require you to work the works of Him that sent you, while you can. Be urgent. Recognize the onrushing river of opportunities for what it is. Seize each one and let God’s influence come into other people’s lives through you. Express dynamic male leadership. Put Godly manhood into action!

 

God can do so much in your life through your manly role. He can make your home life enriching and wonderful. He can grant you a promotion at work. He can add purpose, spark, and joy to the lives of the people around you. He can cause your girlfriend or wife to blossom emotionally, intellectually, spiritually. He can nourish your children or grandchildren into joyful, wise, and enjoyable young people. He can make you a different man, your family a different family, and your work a different work!

 

But you must anoint your eyes. See where God wants to lead you, what He wants to make of you, and how He wants to bless others through you!

 

When Father Is Not Around

Feminists applaud the breakdown of long held traditions in male and female relations. But look what has taken their place: academically and financially thriving women with no one to marry, juvenile men huddling in caves of self-indulgence, and children who think this is normal and then grow up and break down their relationships even further. Is this what feminists want?

The loss of breadwinning men in favor of perpetual adolescents has produced a swarm of other problems that result when men disengage from family and from society. Yes, women are succeeding financially and professionally but families are fragmenting, and society is morally and spiritually disintegrating.

The role of fathers has shrunk dramatically. More and more children are growing up without fathers at all. And the science is in: Fatherlessness causes severe problems both short terms and long terms. Nearly half of children who live with their single mother live in poverty. Children who have limited interaction with fathers have higher rates of behavioral problems; these show up as early as age 1. Children without a positive father relationship are more negative about school and their teachers.

Fatherless boys are far more likely to commit crime, take illegal drugs, smoke cigarettes, and abuse alcohol. Males with an absentee father are nearly three times likelier to carry a gun and engage in drug deals than those who have a father at home. Fatherless girls are much more likely to fornicate; teenage pregnancy for girls who grow up without a father is four times higher than among those with a father in the home. And fatherless girls who marry are far likelier to file for divorce as adults.

Today, about 40 percent of all 18-and-under children in America (27 million kids) do not live with their biological fathers! Yet few Americans are upset about it; many would even argue that society is better off with a diminishing father’s role and children growing up in single-parent homes!

Anyone who looks at these real-world results and applauds them is insane. Anyone assessing them honestly sees that this revolution has been a disaster. The loss of strong manliness is a plague on our society.

Believe it or not, this exact calamity was prophesied in your Bible, thousands of years ago. The devil understands the law of cause and effect when a society does away with the right kind of father and or father figure. Who’s to blame? Certainly it is the devil, but it’s also the ungodly men whom the world is full of.

Manhood in the Bible

What does it mean to be a man? In a society of same-sex “marriages” and transgender bathrooms, the answer to this question has never been more confusing. This generation has challenged, castigated, and changed virtually everything that has defined manhood throughout human history.

 

Manhood in the Bible gets back to the basics. It seeks guidance from the Creator of masculinity as revealed in his Instruction Book. It provides detailed, practical direction on how to fulfill seven God-given roles for men:

 

1. Man of God

2. Leader

3. Provider

4. Protector

5. Husband

6. Father

7. Builder

 

It also includes short biographies of men in the Bible who exemplified these roles.

 

In a world of ambiguity, this series will

 

give clarity. In a society overflowing with questions, the Bible supplies the answers. It relies on the ultimate Source in pursuit of an enduring, reliable, rock-solid definition of what it means to be a man.

 

Be sure to follow along in order to stay up to date on the newest additions of this important topic.

 

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