How Fathers May Bless Their Family
I. The Resource of the Blessing
II. The Record of the Blessing
III. The Reality of the Blessing
IV. The Release of the Blessing
How many of you today would like to be blessed of God? How many of you would like to have joy unspeakable and full of glory? How many of you would like to have victory over the world, the flesh and the devil?
How many of you fathers on father's day would like to be able to bless your wife, bless your children and bless your home. God has uniquely placed the father in the home in position to pass the blessing on to our loved ones.
I would even say it is the father's responsibility to do this. Father you must now how first to unlock the secret of the blessing so that you can in turn give to your family the blessing of God. Just as Abraham blessed Isaac, and Isaac blessed Jacob, so you can bless your children and confer on them the blessing of God that will make and unbelievable difference in their lives.
Fathers, we prepare to pass on to our family the physical and material things that we have, but how many of us will pass on to them the Spiritual blessing that comes only from God the Father.
Well, the secret is locked up in the supernatural power of the blessing. This is a truth that has been largely lost to the church for nearly two thousand years and yet, you and I need that blessing that we're going to read about in this passage of scripture.
There was a little boy in a Catholic school who went up to the nun one day and said, ''I want a new bicycle.'' She said, ''Well, if you want a new bicycle, when you say your prayers tonight, tell God that you will be a good boy for six weeks and He will give you a new bicycle.
So, that night, he began to pray and he said, ''Oh God, I will be good for six weeks if you'll give me a new bicycle.'' Then he thought, ''No, I can't be good for six weeks. Oh, God if you will give me a new bicycle, I will be good for four weeks.'' And he thought, ''No, I can't be good for four weeks either.''
He looked over on the dresser and saw a picture of the Virgin Mary. He wrapped it up in a pillow case and put it under the bed and he said, ''Oh God, if you ever want to see your mother again...''
Well, some people pray differently than other people pray.
Numbers 6:22 -- ''The Lord said to Moses, (23) Tell Aaron and his sons, This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them: (24) The Lord bless you and keep you; (25) The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; (26) the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. (27) So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.''
I want us to notice first of all in this message today:
I. THE RESOURCE OF THE BLESSING
The blessing we are talking about today comes from God Himself. Only God can give the blessing and the father can receive a blessing from God and pass it on down to his children. ...
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