DAD FEST at MY CITY CHURCH
The Voice of a Father
Joshua 24:15: “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
What a beautiful day at My City Church this Father’s Day Sunday! It was an eventful Sunday as we had baby dedications, push-up contests and popsicles during DAD FEST!
How many of us know that people can live their whole lives based around the words that have been spoken to them, about them and what they’ve been told about themselves? We cannot stress enough the importance of a father’s voice in our lives. So many people in this world are trying to either live up-to a father’s voice or away from a father’s voice. Both of these things can drive us toward great success or to great destruction, but they can’t push us to great fulfillment.
The encouragement to fathers: your voice weights a ton. Our voices as men and women of God have massive implications in the world we create around us. Your kids will often become what words it is that you speak in your house. We become the words we allow into our life from God. The goal of every parent and every father should be that our kids begin to step into the destiny that God has for them and our children can step into that calling.
Do you know what God says about you? Men, you are to be the priests of your household, you are more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus, you are strong and courageous, you are built to be a leader, and you are enough! He chose you to be right where you are in the middle of your family to be who God has called you to be. If that is what God says about us, how do we begin to bring that same voice into our children’s lives?
We must work to make sure that the voices our children hear are not only one’s of correction, but empowerment. When our children misbehave, we must discipline them and hold them accountable for the choices they make. BUT, we must let them know how loved they are, that they are a child of God, that their parents are proud of them. Remember that our voices will shape their outlook on how they’ll perceive the voice of God.
Matthew 3:17 says, 'And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”' Notice the Father God chose to tell His Son, Jesus, that he was His son and that He was well pleased with Him PRIOR to Jesus doing anything in His ministry. This love from the Father allowed Jesus to walk in confidence and step into His calling with a complete understanding that no matter what, my Father loves me. God wants to lead you – not generically, but personally.
'But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. ' - John 10:3-5
Let’s lead our children to recognize our voice. That when our sons and daughters start to hear the lies that this world will throw at them about who they are that they DO NOT FOLLOW it because they do not recognize it’s voice. Let’s have them cling to the words we’ve spoken into them as parents.
So how do we go about hearing God’s voice in our own lives? And then, how do we make sure our children get familiar with God’s voice, but also ensure that we as parents do the best we can to raise them up? Let’s go back to scripture and look at Psalm 92:13 that reads, 'those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.'
If we start planting ourselves in God’s house, planting ourselves in our kid’s lives and start practicing on getting in the presence of God and getting the voice of God in our lives that way when things happen in our lives, rather than reacting, we respond knowing that whatever is planted in God’s house will flourish!
The fruit of our lives come from the root that is planted deep within the soil. God wants us to understand that for some of you dads and families what we are going to serve is going to shape the future of our lives. We have the option to choose to serve tradition (the ways of your family previously). The family legacy does not need to continue; we can choose this is the time the cycle breaks. Or we can choose to serve culture and all the things competing for our attention. Our kids will remember your words that shape them and they are going to feel our priorities. What we put first will build our children’s intuition.
Our prayer is that the default priority or the fallback for our kids will be the house of God. The encouragement for our families goes back to what Joshua said in our opening scripture, “For me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
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