Thursday, July 24

Be a true unsuspecting hero: Be a godly father

Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, "But we knew nothing about this," does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay each person according to what he has done? Proverbs 24:11-12 (NIV)

HonorBound Devotional says this about the Proverb above, "Some of our world’s heroes are unsuspecting people. They are not much different from most of us; they just refuse to stand by and let others be humiliated, harmed or persecuted. These heroes will jump into raging waters at the risk of their own life to save someone they do not know. What is in their heart is a quality that will enable them to confront adversity or misfortune. May God give us all the insight to know what is right, and the courage to live by it."

Our world today is ripe with heroes of this 'unsuspecting' type, even in the highly visible professions of a Fire Fighter, Police, Nurse, and Doctor. We look to those visible heroes as if they harbor some secret gene, a gene we wish ourselves to have, that makes them do crazy and impossible things like rescue a family from a structure engulfed in flames and smoke, take a highly dangerous criminal off the public streets, or rescue someone from a deadly accident by their skill and devotion to healing. We do not believe that such heroics lie within our capabilities; we aren't smart enough, strong enough, or brave enough.

So we yearn for what we believe we do not have and never realize the abundance of power, strength, and courage we gain from our relationship with our Heavenly Father and our Kinsman Jesus Christ.

"He reveals deep and mysterious things and knows what lies hidden in darkness, though He Himself is surrounded by light." Daniel 2:22 (NLT)

God knows what He has designed and created each of us for; beyond the simplistic purpose of being in relationship with Him. We each have been called; some to ministry, some to business, some to missions, and some to what we believe aren't very 'prosperous' positions....a mother in the home, a brother in a large family, or even a friend to another. Simple seeming 'positions' in life that we miss the vital importance of, the very purposeful need to excel at.

We cheer the heroes of 9-11, as I believe we should; as a nation, as a people, and as individuals. We should cheer those who have stepped into harm's way at the drop of a hat, voluntarily and without hesistation, to go to the aid of a nation so devastated and torn by the eviliness of a religion and a man. As the quote I've placed under the picture to the left from Marian Anderson says, "There are many persons ready to do what is right because in their hearts they know it is right. But they hesitate, waiting for the other fellow to make the first move. ... The minute a person whose word means a great deal dares to take the openhearted and courageous way, many others follow," these are the heroes who have stepped out to honor the word of a nation and its desire for democracy for a people ravaged by dictators and false doctrines.

Those are right and honorable recognitions.

But what about the mothers of this nation; nuturing and providing comfort to those they have been blessed to parent, to love, and to devote their lives to.....the Proverbs 31 woman? What about the fathers, who discipline, train, protect, and provide a foundation of belief to those who they have been called to serve as servants? What about those who have only themselves; the single parent who continues to love, to struggle, to achieve; not only to give their children what they need but to show them, through their life, that there IS a God and He is the Truth?


Who can also be villians, if they follow the wiles of the world and live a life separated from their Creator God.

Last night, at Soul Quest, was the second of seven classes in the teaching of the "Life of Freedom". Although I have some reservations about Henry Wright's theology of 'abundant healing', there are some kernels of Truth that he seems to fall into; like a blind man stumbling in the dark. Last night's class was about God's love, a Abba's love for His children. With the disappointments of the day still weighing heavily on my mind, and knowing that the warriors in my life wouldn't let me escape for too long from being AWOL from attending, I dragged myself into the session.....though I must admit, God's fatherly love felt as comforting as the wind on a cold winter day, more painful than useful. More a burden than a blessing.

Familiar verses of God's love, touching on the depth, width, height, and even length of His loving desires for His created children; Luke 15:1-7, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Matthew 7:21 and more. John 8:38 struck me more than any other, though I had heard it spoken, read it myself, many times. Jesus says, "I speak the things which I have seen with My Father; therefore you also do the things which you heard from your father."(NASB)

The Father wound.

We are raising children who reflect who we, as fathers, have done our jobs...either with godly insight or worldly rejection. They speak what we've told them.

Have you told them that they are loved, valued, special, someone to be proud of, and desired???

Or have you told them something more destructive and evil, even if you didn't intend to?

I know about this father wound from my teaching with the Awakened Hearts Ministry's M3 program. If you are in the area of Troy, Michigan; I would highly recommend you come to a meeting (the next is Aug 16th) and explore this valuable garnering of the Scriptures in relation to men. There is a wealth of realization and releasing of the bondage men have placed themselves under since the time of Adam. But, I digress a bit.

One of the teachings of the Wright 'theology' which stumbles into Truth is the importance of a Father; not only to live a Godly design and purposed life, but to represent the Father to his children, to his wife, and to those in his community. Fathers, the earthly ones, have neglected that truth and have wounded their children who wound their children. The epidemic that started towards the end of the World Wars is seemingly suddenly appearing on the societal viewscreens, but this is a generational neglect that has eroded our cultural identity and our families; creating a generation that is incapable of realizing a heavenly Father's love because of the distortions caused by their earthly father's neglect to live GODLY fatherhood.

I volunteered to participate in an exercise last night, seemingly simple in its steps but powerful in its impact. I stood in front of a dear sister in Christ, M....., who had never heard her father say he was proud of her, loved her, or cherished her. It was a definate God-moment, as her name was the name of my mother (the one who raised me). Standing in her earthly father's stead, I expressed to her the things he had failed to say; either due to his own wounding or misunderstanding of what impact he had upon this dear soul. It was a powerful moment, and deeply affected all those who participated or sat silently in their seats.

My new sister in Christ, Holly, came up too and I was honored to step into that role that has been so abused in her life. To tell her how valuable she was, how loved she was, how special she was....things she should have heard in the days of her growing up....the younger years.....

Two women, two different lives, and at two different spots in their christian walk......

Wounded by the cupability of their fathers in surrendering their God-instilled purpose to cherish, love, and express pride in the precious life of their daughters and their sons, creating a generational disconnect with God's design.

And the world is reeling now from that neglect and disconnection. In a society that values what you have, how much of it you collect, and the 'boys and their toys' mentality, this is the pinpoint cause of the failing morality of America and its youth. This is why children, for too long told that they are lucky to have been given birth, are carrying guns to school. This is why, shown that they aren't uniquely created and preciously valued, that the society is into 'free-love' that isn't free and babies are being born to babies.......this is why; men since the time of Adam have given away their God-purposed design to protect and defend beauty and order......that beauty and order that is manifested in their daughters. They have neglected to raise their sons to take their role in society as future warriors to protect and defend.

Pastor Henry Varley once say that, "The world has yet to see what God will do with and for and through the man who is fully and wholly consecrated to Him."

Last night was a turning point for two women. And I was honored to be able to be a part of that realization that God's perfect love is something each man is called to show; reflecting his Heavenly Father in the raising of His children, gifted to us men for such a short time. To rescue from a life distorted and to open their eyes to a Father's true love. Deep, abiding, and unconditional.

"As God's fellow workers we urge you not to receive God's grace in vain." 2 Corinthians 6:1

Instead, let us take heart to the promise given and reach out to those who have a wound that has festered within for too long and grown so deep. Let us realize that Heavenly Father's heart of love, grace, and mercy and extend it into the lives of our children, our wives, and our society.

Let us stand as men and reclaim the honor, glory, and purpose to which we were designed.......reflections of a true father's heart to the generations to come.

Ms Baker remarks in the devotional today, ".....As servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonment's and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine yet regarded as imposters; known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything."

Fathers, your children need you to be a reflection of God's fathership.


Time to stand firm and reclaim those lost daughters' and sons' hearts.

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