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Genesis 18:19

“For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.”

How many of us, as the fathers of our children, can honestly say that the Lord can trust us to command our children and our households?  How many of us fathers can honestly say that we have been trustworthy stewards of the children that have been placed into our care by our loving Heavenly Father?  Will we, as fathers, keep the way of the Lord?  Will we, as fathers,  teach our children to keep the way of the Lord?

In Zondervan’s Expository Dictionary of Bible Words by Lawrence O. Richards,  the fathers in Old Testament times carried out different roles.  “He was the head of the house”, and as such, he also made the spiritual decisions for his house, as in Joshua 24:15.  The father, with the mother, were to be “respected and honored by their children” (Exodus 20:12Deuteronomy 5:16;).

The responsibility of spiritual guidance was laid upon the fathers.  Look at Exodus 13:14; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Deut. 6:20-25; Deut 11:18-21; Deut 32:7; Deut. 32:45-47; Isaiah 38:19.

So let’s bring this to a conclusion and make some valid points:

1.  God said He knew Abraham, that he would “command his children and his household after him” (Genesis 18:19).

2. What does God know about you?   He knows everything!   And He will hold us, the fathers, accountable for everything we teach our children, both by our words and our actions.  (Ephesians 6:4; Colossians 3:21).

3. You may think that God won’t see you, but He sees everything and will make us accountable for every thought, word, or deed! (Hebrews 4:13; Ecclesiastes 12:13,14).

4.  And since He will hold us accountable, He will also judge us by Jesus Christ – Acts 17:30,31).  Jesus said that the word that He has spoken will judge in that day (John 12:47, 48.)   And there are two appointments that we will never miss — two appointments for which we will never be late:  our death, and the Day of Judgement (Hebrews 9:272 Corinthians 5:10, 11).

So, if you are showing your sons and daughters, by your example,  that you are a “man’s man” by drinking your malt liquor, by smoking that joint, by cussing out your neighbor, by hitting your wife, or beating your kids to within an inch of their lives … then you are sadly mistaken …  and you are living a life that won’t lead to Heaven.

REAL MEN LOVE JESUS!  … and Jesus said that if you love Him, you will keep His commandments (Matthew 7:21; John 14:15, 21, 23-24; John 15:14).

If you, Dad, are doing any of these sins, or if you are committing any sins, then you need to come to Jesus Christ right now.  And you can’t come to Him by praying the so-called “Sinner’s Prayer”.   Search throughout the entire New Testament, and you will NEVER see where a person became a Christian by praying a “Sinner’s Prayer” — because it’s NOT THERE!  It’s just simply not in the New Testament.

Dads, get your life right now by hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ (Romans 10:14-15) and by obeying the gospel of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 5:9; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).

God has already sent His Son to die on the cross for our sins,shedding His blood for many for the remission of sins (John 19:34; Matthew 26:28; Romans 5:6-10; Hebrews 9:14, 22; Revelation 1:5).

Now, this is what you need to do for the salvation of your soul:  Believe in Jesus Christ, and then lovingly obey Him (Believing – John 20:30,31; Mark 16:15,16 – and Obeying – Matthew 7:21; John 14:15,21; John 15:10,14; Hebrews 5:9).

a. Hear the gospel of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:1-5; Romans 10:17; Romans 1:16).

b. Believe that Jesus is the Son of God (John 3:16; John 8:24; Hebrews 11:6).

c.  Repent of your sins (Luke 13:3,5; Matthew 9:13; Acts 17:30).

d.  Confess your belief that Jesus is the Son of God  (Matthew 10:32,33; Acts 8:37; Romans 10:9,10).

e. Be baptized for the remission (forgiveness) of your sins (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16; Romans 6:3-6; 1 Peter 3:21,22; Colossians 2:12, Galatians 3:26,27).)

f.  And then, be faithful to Jesus for the rest of your life, and He will give you the crown of life! (Revelations 2:10).

Fathers, do you want your children to live a life full of guilt, misery, and shame because they were influenced by you to live a life of sin?  Do you want them to follow your example ?… and end up just like you on a road that will never lead to Heaven?

Dads, get your life right with Christ, and leave them not only a good name, but also leave them a spiritual heritage in the Lord.

Faithful Fathers Following Christ — that’s what our wives, our families, our children, and our communities need to see.   Come to Jesus right now.

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