by Rex Yancey

Keys to Being an Influential Father
Rex Yancey
Genesis 6:5-14

Today, across America, we are honoring our fathers. We have been doing that since 1922, and since Lyndon Johnson signed a proclamation in the mid-sixties. However, honoring fathers is more than a cultural thing.

Exodus 20:12 ''Honor thy father and mother, that your days may be long upon the land whicj the Lord your God has given you.'' The implication is that a nation that does not honor father and mother will not exist long upon the land.

God commands us to honor our fathers. What does the word ''Father'' mean? It means the founder, foundation and author of a family.

Dad, you are the foundation of your home. 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 teach them to their children, that the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born, that they may arise and tell them to their children, that they should put their confidence in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments.''

Paul said in Ephesians 4 ''And you fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.''

Admonition means ''Put something in the mind.'' What do you put in your children's mind? You put the Word of God. ''Your Word have I hidden in my heart that I might not sin against you.''

If there was ever a generation that needed godly influential fathers it is this generation.

Genesis 6:4 tells us what kind of world Noah was living in. They were days of apostasy, anarchy, and apathy! God saw the wickedness was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Noah lived in the worst of times.

The Bible says ''That as the days of Noah were so shall the coming of the Son of Man be.''

If was difficult to be the foundation of the home in that day. But it was possible. We can raise godl ...

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