Today is Father’s Day in the United States, a special day to honor all of our earthly Fathers and also our Heavenly Father. Fathers and Grand-fathers play a very special role in families, one that cannot be “written out” by our hyper-feminized culture. God created the family, with mother AND father, and both roles are important. Jesus, Himself, taught us to pray “Our Father, who art in Heaven”, showing us that God in Heaven, YHWH Elohim, is our Heavenly Father. Our Father in Heaven is the role-model for the perfect Father. God is the ultimate provider and protector, who is loving, faithful, compassionate, and slow to anger. Sometimes we forget that God is a Father. A few months ago, I was exasperated with my teenage children and was praying to the Lord, asking Him for guidance. I have to smile at my ignorance as I said to Jesus, “You don’t know what it’s like to have such difficult children”…and then it dawned on me…Oh yes He does! Jesus has us!!!
Psalm 103:8: The LORD is compassionate and gracious, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness
God, our Heavenly Father, is the perfect example for earthly Fathers. In His Word, God tells earthly Fathers that they should have compassion on their children.
Psalm 103:13: As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him.
God also calls Fathers to correct misbehaved children, and for the children to receive the Father’s correction. This is not popular in our “anything goes” culture, but God’s instruction tells us that even today, children need correction and that discipline and love go together like peanut butter and jelly. The book of Hebrews has quite a lot to say about Godly Discipline. We are told to receive the Lord’s Discipline because it is a part of God’s Love. What does God’s Discipline look like? It actually looks similar to our own earthly Father’s Discipline. In the Bible, God shows us that He does indeed Discipline us through trials and difficulties, the things in our lives that God our Father uses to mold, shape, and change our character into something that looks more like His… Loving, Kind, faithful, merciful, forgiving, gracious. God uses these trials, discipline if you will, to refine His Children like gold is refined in the fire. Heat up the precious metal and the impurities rise to the top, then they can be “skimmed off”, leaving something very valuable, very beautiful, very desirable.
Humiliation leads to humility. Pain and suffering leads us to compassion and empathy for others who are suffering. Hurt and brokenness can lead us to forgiveness...How could we know how to forgive if we never experienced any hurt? If we were never wronged in life, then how would we know how to show mercy and grace? Poverty, lack of food, water, provisions can lead us to generosity and compassion for those who are in need. The pains that we experience in life discipline us and teach us how to be children of God, displaying His Character, His Love, His Kindness.
Hebrews 12:4 You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin; 5 and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons,
“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
Nor faint when you are reproved by Him;
6 For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines,
And He scourges every son whom He receives.”
7 It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8 But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness. 11 All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.
God expects fathers (and mothers) to discipline their children; however, he also gives dads advice on HOW to discipline their children so that the desired effect, change in attitude and behavior, will occur. In other words, children should be disciplined in love, not in anger or retaliation. We want our children to be molded into Godly people, not discouraged, deflated or lacking self-esteem.
Ephesians 6:4: Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
In response to a Father’s (and mother) loving compassion, kindness, and discipline, children are then instructed by the Lord to receive the loving instruction and discipline of their parents. In-fact, one of God’s ten commandments is to honor our mothers AND our fathers! To my knowledge, this is the only commandment that came with a promise.
Ephesians 6:1: Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 Honor your father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise),3 so that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth.
In this ultra feminist, anti male culture, where Dads are being constantly told “it’s not okay to be a man”, Fathers need to hear the truth, God HIMSELF is a Father (not a mother), and dads are very important in a child’s development! Men cannot and must not be written out of the family picture, just as God should also not be written out of the picture!!! God created men and women to be different, and yet compatible. We should celebrate our differences, not expect everyone to be identical. God loves uncut stones, all different. The devil loves bricks, all the same. As new SJW buzz words such as “toxic masculinity” and “man-spreading” are being used to stir up anger, bigotry, and even hatred against men, and as men and dads are increasingly being portrayed in commercials, in television programs, in movies, as either feminine or ignorant boobs who cannot conduct themselves in society, we need to remember, this is only the ridiculous indoctrination of the god of this world (satan). This indoctrination has taken it’s toll, particularly on the young. In Europe, there was a group of young women who literally threw CORROSIVE BLEACH in men’s laps when they caught them “man-spreading” on buses and trains! Worst yet, these women were heralded on Social Media as heroes!!! Woe to those who call good evil and evil good! The devil is behind this agenda to divide and conquer…gender, race, ethnicity, all being used to divide and conquer this world.
Below is an article written by an author who calls herself “The transformed Wife”.
“It grieves me when I see young Christian women calling themselves feminist when we look at all of the destruction they have caused and are causing. Why not call ourselves feminine women who love the Lord Jesus instead! The Federalist wrote an article about Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to the President, whether or not she would call herself a feminist.
“I don’t consider myself a feminist. I think my generation isn’t a big fan of labels. My favorite label is mommy. I feel like the feminist movement has been hijacked by the pro-abortion movement or the anti-male sentiments that you read in some of their propaganda and writings. I’m not anti-male. One does not need to be pro-female and call yourself a feminist, when with it comes that whole anti-male culture where we want young boys to sit down and shut up in the classroom. And we have all of these commercials that show what a feckless boob the man in the house is. That’s not the way I see the men in my life, most especially my 12-year-old son. I consider myself a post-feminist. I consider myself one of those women who is a product of her choices, not a victim of her circumstances.”
Let’s toss aside the indoctrination of satan and celebrate dads today as men who were created in the image of God, who are the providers, protectors, and defenders of the family, and of God! We are all created equal, but not the same, and that is not only OKAY, it is GOOD! Mothers AND Fathers = children….This is God’s Design for the Family! Hallelujah!!
God Bless and Happy Father’s Day!!! 💖
1 John 2:14: I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.