How to be An Influential Father
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
June 20, 2004
Today across America ... we are honoring our Fathers. Since 1922 ... the third Sunday in June has been set aside to pay tribute to our Fathers.
God commands us in Exodus 20.12 to "honor your father and you mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you."
Do you know why God commands us to honor our fathers? Well .. one reason is because of the meaning of the word "father." In the verb form .. the word "father" means "the founder .. to be the foundation .. to author."
You Fathers are the authors of your home! And God wants you to author a God-loving ... God-fearing ... God-honoring home!
Men ... listen this morning to the instructions that God has given us in Psalm 78.5-7, "For He established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, Which He commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children; that the generation to come might know them, the children who would be born, that they may raise and declare them to their children, that they may set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments."
Fathers .. God has commanded us to teach our children and to point our children to Him and here's why: So that our children may have confidence in God and keep His commandments.
The New Testament tells us the same thing in Ephesians 6.4, "And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord."
And the word translated "admonition" means to put something into the mind. Fathers ... you are to be putting something into the minds of your children .. namely ... the Word of God!
Psalm 119.11, "Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You."
Now from Genesis 6 ... I want to show every man this morning how to be an influential Father! If there was ever a generation that needed godly .. influential Fathers it is this generation!
Noah was living in similar days. God describes the days of Noah in the first 4 verses of Genesis 6. Noah's days were filled with Apostasy (a falling away from God). They were days of Anarchy and days of Apathy! It sounds like modern America! Apostasy .. Anarchy .. and Apathy!
Verse 5, "Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." Noah lived in the worst of times!
Don't you know it was difficult to raise a godly home in that environment? Cheer up Dads ... it is possible! We can raise godly children in this wicked and perverse generation! But know this: we are the key just as Noah as the key for his home!
Beginning in verse 6 ... let me show you how to be an influential Father!
So what was it about Noah that made him an influential Father? More important than that .. how can we be influent ...
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