June 18th                      Fathers Day                 God’s Rules

Ephesians 6:1-4 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”  Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”   ESV

  1. Kids, obey your parents
    1. Maybe the way to better parents is to be better kids
      1. I was not always the best kid around
        1. Through God, my parents brought me into this world
        2. They cleaned me, fed me, took care of me
        3. They made sure I went to school, to the doctor, and, as best they could, had more than I needed!
      2. Maybe I should have been more obedient and respectful
        1. It is the RIGHT thing to do
        2. Honor them
  • Respect them
  1. Obey them
    1. Makes your life easier
    2. Gives you longer life
      1. “The put you in this world, they can take you out!”
    3. This is the WILL OF GOD for you
      1. Disobedience is sin
      2. Talking SMACK about your parentals is SIN
  • Rebellion is sin
  1. Dads rules may sometimes seem harsh, weird or unnecessary
    1. But they have purpose
      1. They try to keep you safe
      2. They try to build character
  • They try to build submission and service
  1. The rules are for your own good
    1. But we don’t see that
    2. We want OUR WAY
    3. We rebel against our Dads Will
  2. No matter how much he is trying to help us
    1. And we usually end up in trouble
    2. We get hurt
    3. We make mistakes
      1. Some short term
      2. Some last longer
    4. Funny how the older we get the wiser our parentals become
  3. Reality, being all that reality is, teaches us that we are all like this
    1. We like to learn the hard way for some reason
      1. We touch the hot stove
      2. We suffer the consequences
    2. We hear God’s Rules but do not follow them
      1. We THINK we know better
      2. We rebel against God
  • We touch the hot stove
    1. For no GOOD reason except we want to what we are told not to do
  1. We PURPOSEFULLY do what we are told not to do by our father
  2. We suffer the consequences
    1. Punishment
    2. Problems
    3. Pain
  3. Until we take those problems to God, our HEAVENLY FATHER
    1. He forgives
    2. He restores He heals
  4. 1 John 1:5-10 “This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”   ESV
  5. It is funny how the older we get the WISER God becomes to us
    1. PLEASE turn to God while you are young

 

  1. The rest will probably not be included after a Sunday Morning Re-Write
  2. Dad’s have responsibilities as well
    1. The GOOD DAD
      1. Disciplines their children
      2. Teaches their children
        1. Trades
        2. Crafts
        3. Hobbies
        4. FAITH
          1. The church is not primarily responsible for teaching your kids!
            1. YOU ARE
  • DO NOT Provoke your children to anger
    1. Keep YOUR Cool
    2. Understand
    3. Listen
    4. Correct unacceptable behavior
      1. Don’t try to beat it out of them
    5. The GOOD DAD is TOUGH but FAIR
    6. The GOOD DAD LISTENS and LOVES and DOESN’T LEAVE
  1. Dads are absolutely necessary in our families today
    1. BE THERE
    2. Your place is at home
      1. Not in the bars
      2. Not running around till all hours
    3. Sure, enjoy your hobbies
      1. IF possible take your kids and wife!
    4. All of this is a reflection of how we should be with God
      1. Honor Him
      2. Respect Him
      3. Obey Him
    5. Our ABBA is the ULTIMATE GOOD FATHER
      1. Christians are His children
        1. We have that right
      2. Yes, sometimes He disciplines us
        1. To correct our behavior and call us to Himself
      3. Yes, He teaches us
        1. Teaches
        2. Gifts us with skills, talents and abilities
      4. He LOVES us!
        1. Completely and Totally
        2. He is COMMITTED to us
          1. FOREVER
          2. Never will He abandon us
  • He is TOUGH but FAIR
  1. He LISTENS and LOVES and DOESN’T LEAVE
  1. He is the MODEL FATHER we should seek to be

God is…the ultimate father figure – Genesis 2:18 – 24

Bill Cosby tells the story about the difference between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. He insists that Mother’s Day is a much bigger deal because Mothers are more organized. Mothers say to their children: Now here is a list of what I want. Go get the money from your father and you surprise me on Mother’s Day. You do that for me.

For Father’s Day I give each of my five kids $20 so that they can go out and by me a present——a total of $100. They go to the store and buy two packages of underwear, each of which costs $5 and contains three shorts. They tear them open and each kid wraps up one pair, the sixth going to the Salvation Army. Therefore, on Father’s Day I am walking around with new underwear and my kid’s are walking around with $90 worth of my change in their pockets

• God made males first
• God gave men responsibilities and work to do
o Farmer – Work the ground
o Gardener – Keep up the garden of Eden
o Scientist – Name all the animals
o Keep one commandment
• God knew that man would be bored and get lazy just sitting around so He provided him work and the great outdoors to keep him busy
o The first man lived in the wild – farming, foraging, working outside.
o Going to Cabella’s and spending money on camping, hunting and fishing stuff is NOT AN OPTION…it is a God given need.
• God knew that the males could not survive without help so God made women to keep them alive
• Men need women – that is why men so willingly leave home and become one flesh with the wife God provided for them
o They literally could not live without them

Much has happened over the past few months to keep my mind on my mom and dad.

I heard someone at mom’s funeral say that my sister and I no longer have parents

They could not be more wrong.

1. I am my daddy’s son as long as I live. The commandment to honor your mother and father does not come with an expiration date.

2. The life lessons I learned from mom and dad are still important and valuable to my life today – perhaps even more than when they taught me.

3. I am a product of my mom and dad. God chose them for me. God chose to mix their DNA, education, experiences, temperaments, opinions, ideals, mistakes, attitudes, history and all the other parts of their lives together to form me and my sister.

4. Even though my physical parents have departed this earthly plane, I still have The Perfect Father in Heaven who loves me, cares for me, corrects me, builds me and, in fact, created me.

5. God is always there for me. No Dad is perfect and some are real goofballs; but Dads; here is the key to being a good dad – Be there for your kids through the good and the bad; play time and punishment time, when it is time to change their diapers, their bike tires or their car tires, when they are teething and when they get braces. BE THERE.

5. This Father’s day I am thankful that God gave me my dad here on earth for 46 years and for the influence dad had in my life BUT I am much more thankful for my eternal Almighty heavenly father.

God is the ULTIMATE Father Figure
1. God gives us life
2. God teaches us
3. God provides for us
4. God disciplines us
5. God spends time with us
6. God encourages us
7. God LOVES us