God, The Author of Fatherhood
Look in Hebrews 12 and two, what it says in Hebrew 12 and two, it said that Jesus is the author and the finisher of our faith. Hallelujah. Anything that you going to do on this earth? Jesus is the author of it. Anything that’s in this word, Jesus is the author of it. And he’s the finisher of our. You, you, you get in and you in and you stay in all the way because he is the author and finish of our faith.
[00:00:33] If you going to have faith, it’s going to have to be in hope. Come on church. Let’s have church this morning. Gonna have to be talk to me. It’s gonna have to be in hope. Jesus. Hallelujah is gonna have to be in Jesus. Yeah, because he is the author and the finish of our. We’ll teach. What is a godly man? A father, a pop a dad.
[00:00:55] It says here in John one in 18, no one has [00:01:00] seen God at any time. The only begotten son who is in the BOM of the father, he has declared him. Hallelujah. He was in the BOM of the father. In other words, he was in God’s. God is the one that had Jesus in his heart. Amen. He had the word in his heart. I mean, you know, the Bible said that Jesus was the word.
[00:01:26] Can you say amen? Hallelujah. So he had the word in his heart. He was with him or he never had to leave him. He was with him, praise God. But it is an interesting thing. And John 14 and eight, Phillip said this, Phillip said to him, Lord, show us the father. Hallelujah. He wanted to see a physical father.
[00:01:50] Hallelujah. He wanted to see someone that he could touch. Amen. But Phillips said, show us the father. And it was what suffice us. [00:02:00] And then the ninth birth he told Jesus, told him, said, who has seen me, has seen the. Hallelujah because in verse nine it says he have seen me and seen the father and, and John five and 30, it said I can, or myself do nothing as I hear I judge.
[00:02:22] And my judgment is righteous because I do not seek my own will, but the, the will of the father who hu has sent me, I seek the father’s will I do his, will. Hallelujah. And that’s why he could say, if you seen me, you seen the father hallelujah. And he was carrying out. He was declaring the will of the father on earth.
[00:02:47] Hallelujah. How many of you know that he, we are the one that’s declaring the will of God. Hallelujah. We are declaring his word, the Bible say for, for sake, not yourself to similar together. [00:03:00] You are send together today. You are assembling together today. You are carrying out his word. Come on, get your hand a self hand clap.
[00:03:07] Hallelujah. You know, when I got saved, when I got saved, man, I had been so wrong doing so many things that I didn’t know about, you know, that they were just wrong. I just thought I was doing right. But when I came to the house of Lord and sat in this, in the pew, I felt the P of God. And I knew for the first time I was doing something.
[00:03:31] Hallelujah. Now you’re doing something right. You’re carrying out the word of God. Give your hand and step hand. Another can clap. hallelujah. You carrying out the word of God. You are similar together. Praise God. He so forsake let yourself to similar together. Now let’s look at someone in the Bible that can kind of give us an example of what a golly man should be.
[00:03:51] Hallelujah. And a, his name is. In Genesis 18 and 18, it says Abraham shall [00:04:00] surely become a great and mighty nation. And all the nation of the earths shall be blessed in him. Hallelujah. Now that’s a, quite a, a, a reading of the word, a whole nation’s, nation’s going to be blessed because of Abraham, but look what it says in 19 for, I.
[00:04:23] But I have known him. In other words, he said, I know that he’s going to, I choose him. I choose Abraham. That’s what God is saying. I know him. I choose him. Hallelujah. In order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the Lord. Hallelujah. That word command is a military.
[00:04:51] I believe that that’s a military term. You know, when the military command you to do something, you don’t have no. Well, I, I gotta [00:05:00] go do something over here. No, you going to either do it or not hall. You are commanded to do it. Hallelujah. And Jesus. When he came, he took all the commandments and made it one word and somebody tell me what it is.
[00:05:15] Love. That’s right. If you love somebody, you not gonna steal from. If you love somebody, you ain’t gonna take no 45 and try to kill him. Hallelujah. If you love him, you going to do right. Come on church. Come on. Hallelujah. Amen. Jesus. Shrinked at all. The commandments. Love your neighbor as yourself. So he commanded us to look.
[00:05:38] You don’t have a choice. Hallelujah. You gonna have to do it. If you call yourself the Christian, the church, the pillar, the ground of truth, you gonna have to follow the word of God in his commandment. That’s right. He command us to love one another hallelujah, and hallelujah. How many of you know, we need some love in this world?
[00:05:57] We need Jesus. Amen. And [00:06:00] so we are looking at Abraham hallelujah. I know that he would keep the way of the Lord. And so let’s, let’s look at something else. Isaac hallelujah, to let us know that he commanded his household in Genesis 27. I mean, 22 and seven, it said, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?
[00:06:25] Halleluja you know, God told Abraham to sacrifice his son. Y’all know the story. Raise your hand if you know the story. Hallelu. He told me to sacrifice his son. Hallelujah. Now he had commanded his family in such a way that Isaac was willing to be a sacrifice. He said, I see what I see what I see the wood.
[00:06:50] I see the fire, but where is the lamb? He had done it before him. So many times he knew what was getting ready to happen, but it is one thing missing [00:07:00] the sacrifice. Hallelujah. And so Abraham said, God shall provide. And that was a, a faithful saying, God shall provide amen. That reached all the way up to Jesus.
[00:07:16] Amen. Because he was what, the lamb that what was slain from the foundation of the earth God will provide. And so can you imagine me. telling Chris, I think he 40 something years old, Chris, the Lord told me to take you and sacrifice you. dad. I don’t think you heard from God I cannot get him to be able to do that.
[00:07:43] I said we going up to the mountain I’m I believe God want me to take you for a sacrifice? I don’t believe I have no, I don’t believe I have some problems. Don’t y’all don’t y’all believe that we’ll have some problems trying to get him to do. No dad. No, no, no, no, no. You didn’t hear from God, but anyway, [00:08:00] but in Romans it tell us 12 and one, it said, I BESE you brothern that you present your body.
[00:08:08] What a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable under God, which is your reasonable service. Yeah. Hallelujah. Don’t be conform to this. That’s what it’s saying. Don’t be formed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. What’s we going know your mind, the word of God, renewing of your mind that you may be able to prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
[00:08:31] Hallelujah. Hallelujah God through Jesus. Prove the perfect will. Oh, on this earth for us. Can you say amen? Amen. And so he was willing. To lay down on that wood and, and, and, and start the fire. He was willing to take the knife and slay his only son, hallelujah, but the angel came y’all know where the story came go.[00:09:00]
[00:09:00] The angel came said, do not touch your son. Hallelujah. Amen for now. I know. Hallelujah. I know your heart. I know what you going to do. You have commanded your family in such a way. Isaac was willing to be a sacrifice because he said that there is a realm. That’s caught in the Thicke, there a, a lamb, a Ram that is caught in the thicket.
[00:09:25] How you, many of you know, that that place was forever called. God will provide hallelujah, J Hoja. Our provider God is so powerful. He made everything. The collars up on a thousand Hills belongs to him, everything in heaven and on earth and beneath the earth and everything was belongs to him. He is the father.
[00:09:50] He is God almighty. He made everything. Can you say amen? Amen. And nothing shall [00:10:00] separate you from his love. Jonas tried. Didn’t he try it. Yes. He tried to get away from the will of God and a fish came and I’m telling you, he got in the belly of that fish and he was there. Died, had died. He realized that salvation belongs to the Lord, but nothing can separate us from his love.
[00:10:19] He put his spirit inside of us. Can nothing separate. Can’t nothing separated. Yes. You can go to Walmart. He’s there. Cause Walmart, while you there at Walmart, you didn’t leave him here. He’s there with you. Nothing should separate you. I use Walmart. Everybody go to Walmart. I think we need to have church in Walmart.
[00:10:42] we can though. Cause everybody there. Hallelujah. The choir, the praises. Yeah. Hallelujah. The preacher, the pastor, they all there at Walmart. Hallelujah. But can you see my point today? He commanded his [00:11:00] family in such a. That he was willing to lay down his life. And I believe that he was thanking God’s. I mean, he was believing God, that was so faithful that God was able to resurrect him and raise him up.
[00:11:15] Yes. He believed that in his heart. And do you know that three days Jesus rolls from the dead. Amen. Hallelujah. With all power in his hand, in heaven and in earth, because. What he did, hallelujah. God was going to do it physically, but we have to do it spiritually. All he have to get. All we have to do is just say, man, I listen, I’m saying no to that.
[00:11:44] I’m saying no to drugs. I’m saying no to these things. That’s on this earth. You know, I’m saying no to this stuff. Hallelujah because I’m a living sacrifice. Now, listen, Eli’s son in first, Samuel two and 12, he said now the [00:12:00] sons of Eli were corrupt. They did not. The, the way of the Lord. Now the sons of Eli were corrupt.
[00:12:08] They did not know the Lord. And verse 23, it said for, I hear of your evil. From all the people, hallelujah. He, they were dealing in the church, they were doing wrong things in the church. Hallelujah. And so Eli heard about it. And so Eli, what did he do as raising his kids? He honored his kids above God.
[00:12:35] You can’t do that. Hallelujah. I never, I meant I, I went to all the activit. I went and tried to help Chris and them when they was support them in all their athletic stuff. And, and I tried to do the best I could when I didn’t work, but hallelujah, we didn’t get to a place where I honored them above God.
[00:12:58] Amen. I [00:13:00] honored them in a way that they were my children. That God, they was a blessing from God. Amen. But Eli, he did not honor. God over his children. And let’s look at Samuel Samuel in eight and three, his son, but his son did not walk in the way of the Lord. They turned that’s in first first Samuel.
[00:13:24] Eight and three, but his son did not walk in the way of the Lord. They turned aside and after dishonest game. Hallelujah. You know, but you got to realize that there are things that’s going on and you have to have God in your life to be able to do things. So Samuel thing, so Samia, inverse Seven same chapter verse, I mean, chapter seven and verse 16.
[00:13:49] It said he went from year to year as a circuit. Judge, judge in Beth Gil guy. He went to these places, Gilad mess, bar mess [00:14:00] part, and he judged Israel in all the places. So he was traveling. He didn’t have time to, to raise his kids. He didn’t have time to now he had just saw what Eli. It, but he didn’t have time for his kids and hallelujah.
[00:14:15] And when you don’t have time for you spend time with your children, you, you are messing things up, spend time with them. And I’m not saying, look here, he without sin cast the first stone. Amen. I, I, Hey, I didn’t do it right. Hallelujah. But God grace. Amen. I think pastor Kevin said it today, the grace of.
[00:14:39] Hallelujah. It’s what it, what it’s all about. We don’t have the right answers, but we know what is the right answer? This what in the word of God, we are still learning. And so, amen. Samuel’s sons. They, he just didn’t have time for, and they, they turn aside this game this earned game cause he was [00:15:00] traveling.
[00:15:00] You know, husband should love their wives. That church love God loved the church. Amen. In Ephesian five in 25. Hallelujah. We had a pastor. That come to our church. Now everybody know pastor Morris, Robert Morris. Yes. Yes. Y’all know tr raise your hand. Okay. Everybody know pastor Morris, but pastor Morris came to our, our church in Camden, Arkansas.
[00:15:24] When I first, when Chris and I and all the family moved from Houston to Camden, Arkansas, our friends said, no, no, no, please don’t move to that foreign country. They think Arkansas’s a foreign country compared to Texas and Houston and Dallas hallelujah. But anyway, pastor Mars came to our church and he did some teaching upon the things a parenting.
[00:15:53] And one of the things he said was that when you’re parenting, it’s always the father’s. [00:16:00] Yeah, I should make some, some parents. I mean, some women happy they should be clapping. anything that happened in the, in the home is the father’s fault. Well, Adam blame, who? That woman you gave me. That’s who? Adam, Adam blamed and fathers have all, I did it myself.
[00:16:26] I blame my wife. Hallelujah. I blame her a lot of things. But until pastor Mars came and you can see it in the scriptures where we are the head of the house, we’re the head. It has to come through us to get to our family. Can you say amen. Hallelujah. And so he said that it’s the father’s fault. If things happen in the home.
[00:16:52] And he said, another point he gave us was if you had a kid and you wanted to discipline him, he [00:17:00] said, You have to discipline with love. You would take that kid and you would love him. If he did something wrong, you would love him. You would hug him and said, you know, I love you and I’m getting ready to punish you though.
[00:17:16] We going in the room, see I had that wrong. That’s why he awarded me that bill.
[00:17:25] I I had, I did what my daddy did and what my mama did. You know, I did what they did. What do you do? What ball bomb. And I remember one time I was whooping one of my kids and I was whooping them. And they was looking at him to getting the whooping. They said, what did he do? And the other one said, I don’t know, but I ain’t doing it.
[00:17:50] Praise Lord. But he said you would love that kid and you would take him inside the, the room there and you would love him and say, son, I, I love you. You know, I just gotta [00:18:00] correct you on this. And then you would give him three licks. And I don’t know, that was against me. You know, I was try to leave, give 20
[00:18:11] but he said you would give him three licks and then you would hug. Make sure that they do not go outta that room with tears or crying. How many of you know that that’s love? That’s the way the father disciplined us? Isn’t it? Amen. He love us hallelu. He chasing us hallelujah, because he love us. And so that was a great teaching that we got.
[00:18:35] From pastor Mars, hallelujah, pray for your children. And you know, the Bible saying Isaiah 54 and 13, they said all your children shall be taught by the Lord. Pray for him, hallelu and Proverbs 22 and six train up a child in a way he should go. And when he is old, he would not depart from. amen.
[00:18:57] Hallelujah. And I I’m so thankful that [00:19:00] a lot of things that we did to our family, that that is still going on right now. Hallelujah, it’s going on right now? Hallelujah. And so all the things he said, nursing home ministry, prayer, you know, I, we, I would get them kids up, man. They were man them boys. I had three boys.
[00:19:20] I would get ’em up at five o’clock in the. Because they had so much energy, man. I had walls in the ho I mean holes in the wall while did wrestling and stuff, hallelu. They had so much energy. I said, Lord, how am I going harness this energy? You know how you put harness on the mule on a horse to harness him, to make him do things.
[00:19:46] I said, hi, in the world, I’m on a harness. This, this energy that they have. And so. I thought, get him up early in the morning and let him pray. Boy, that was against the grain for [00:20:00] pastor Chris.
[00:20:03] five o’clock in the morning. That was not his good time. And it, he even learned how to sleepwalk and pray. Hallelujah. He just be praying and sleepwalk . You know, that’s how I learned. I learned that you, your prayer is spiritual hallelujah. So he learned how to pray spiritually and sleep too. I remember when he threw his arm outta place, I was so amazed.
[00:20:39] He threw his whole, I mean, you know, you ever seen a arm outta place? I mean, it, it is con dis. They just hanging, dangling, you know, and they called me and I went to the hospital and when I went to the hospital, he was there on the bed there. He just witnessed to this lady and I think they gave him a shot or [00:21:00] something.
[00:21:00] I don’t know what they gave him, but I’m telling you. I was amazed. He done witness to the nurse. Are you save? I want to tell you John 14 and 16, God, so loved the world. I made that scripture just flowing out of him. I said, my God, he know more scripture than I do. Hallelujah. It was just in him. Yeah. Is it in him now on, yeah.
[00:21:27] Hallelujah. Let’s kill pastor Chris and his wife. Hallelujah. It was in him. Hallelujah. Another time we we tried to do everything we could to help them be spiritual. And I remember he joined he joined this evangelistic team from little rock brother Ford. And they were ministering in Crossett and I went down and I, and I went down there and I saw PA evangels Ford.
[00:21:55] And he was caught me right there. When I drove up, he said, let’s take a walk. I [00:22:00] said, okay. And let’s talk. And so we began to walk. We walk, I know country blocks now it’s pretty good country blocks anybody ever from the country. Yeah. Do y’all know where the y’all know where the country block is? They, they, they big, but anyway, we walked some country blocks and when I drove up, someone was praying.
[00:22:23] I didn’t know who it was. And so after we walked for about, I know for 45 minutes, I said, by the way, who is that praying? He looked at me, he said, that’s your son, man. My son praying that long 45 minutes to an hour fronting the service in the evangels camp. Hallelujah. Isn’t that awesome. Hallelujah.
[00:22:49] Hallelujah. So I’m telling you, don’t let him fool you. He can pray. praise God. Hallelujah. And we love him. We love, love you, Chris. But [00:23:00] now Adam always wanted to blame somebody. We don’t need to blame nobody. We need to man up. Come on, father, raise your hand. If you’re getting ready to man, up in your.
[00:23:09] Hallelujah. So, because one thing about it is God has set a standard for ministry in first, Timothy three and four, he said one who rules his household. Well, so that’s a standard for ministry. You can’t be in the ministry if you not ruling your home. Well, can you say amen? Hallelujah. Let’s look at three points.
[00:23:34] How much time do I have? . Praise God, you know, I I’m going to tell pastor pastor Terry, he, he knows he’s a, you, you fly plane too. No, you fly plane. Oh, my son does. Oh, your son does hallelujah. But anyway, I was going to tell pastor Terry, he going, pastor Terry, he’s going to have to teach me how to take off.
[00:23:58] He gonna teach me how to fly the [00:24:00] plane and he gonna, how to teach me, I don’t wanna crash y’all I don’t wanna crash today. So I want him to teach me how to land it too mean. Hallelujah. Have a place a, a safe flight today. Amen. But hallelujah, in Hebrews 1124, it said Moses. Now his parents had put in him some.
[00:24:20] Things that could carry him. Hallelujah. When he became age or age, it said, number one, he refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. I mean, he could have had anything. He won. If it was the world today, he could have had flashy cars should have had a, a nice house, but he refused that. Hallelujah. He refused that offer because of what his parents had.
[00:24:49] Wait a minute. Now I know this a prosperity church. I’m not preaching on. nothing about prosperity. I’m just telling you how that [00:25:00] things had happened in his family. That was in him. Hallelujah, that he chose God first. Amen. And verse 25 choosing rider to suffer affliction with the people of God. Not enjoying the pleasure of seeing he didn’t wanna enjoy the pleasure of seeing, you know, how you get in college and do different things.
[00:25:22] Kids get away. It is pleasure out there, come do this and come do the hatch. You know, hallelujah. I met my wife at in pine bluff where we are pastor right now. I mean, we’ve been married for 49 years. Can you believe. And I don’t know. I still gotta find out when I say that and she’ll say, and he ain’t dead yet.
[00:25:45] I gotta find out what that means. I, I, I, I forget about it when she, when I do it. And then I forget to ask her, what did that mean when you say ain’t dead yet? Had you planned to kill me sometimes? did it come through your mind? [00:26:00] but for the 40, 49 years, A marriage. She couldn’t be here today. And so she ministering in pine bluff today for us.
[00:26:10] And that’s a blessing, praise God. But I met her there in that city. And she I’m telling you, she, man, she’s a blessing. I, I can remember when I met her and I think pastor Chris met his wife in college too. I lose. So it, what runs in the family stay in the family so I met her at, at pine bluff and so I met, she worked in Chicago for the summer.
[00:26:34] I worked in Houston for the summer and man, she would make that money and she would come down from Chicago and come on the campus. I, I remember those swayed boots. Many skirts and stuff. I said, man, I got to have that mama now. And so, you know, I, she didn’t like me. She didn’t like me. She didn’t like me at all.
[00:26:57] And so I had to [00:27:00] present myself in a way that she would like me. She said, The her friends would tell her, oh, he, he’s not your type. You know, don’t, don’t worry yourself with him. But when we would be together, I said, you know what I’m gonna buy you that kind of car be a nice car. I said, you see that house there.
[00:27:16] I’m going, I’m gonna build you a house like that. And I said, look, when we get married, we going to Bahamas. Hallelujah. And if she was here and she said, yeah, 25 years later, . But we did go to Bahamas, hallelujah. A little slow in the Macon, but all the things that I promised her, I didn’t know. I thought I was, oh man.
[00:27:39] I thought I was just talking my line. You know, how you sweet talk. I was just throwing a line out there trying to get her into my corner there. You know what I’m saying? And praise God. It finally. I, I was being nice to her. I, I guess I was prophesied cause it all came to pass. Not only has she been to The Bahamas, she been to Hawaii [00:28:00] too.
[00:28:01] Hallelujah. Come on, get a lawyer. Clap. God is good. Ain’t he? With the help of pastor Chris hallelujah. He was working for Delta and God blessed us there. And anyway, that’s a long story within itself. We got prophesied over in little. And this prop property said that I see you flying, going there, here and there, here and there.
[00:28:25] And sometime I see you going without your husband. And she was liking that too. but anyway, but anyway I was working at the paper mill. I said she missed it. Ain’t no way in the world with my paycheck that she gonna be flying. Cause some tickets are high and I don’t think that she going be flying but.
[00:28:49] God knew did he knew, he knew that our son was gonna be working for death hallelu, and that was a blessing. Amen. And so we have to [00:29:00] refuse those things. And so I’m in closing this morning. I wanna say that God, if you honor God, God will honor you in this, in your home. Amen. Hallelujah. If you spare the rod, can anybody tell me what the rest of the line is?
[00:29:16] Spare the rod. Put that scripture up there, please
[00:29:24] can y’all put that scripture up there what it said. Okay. I’m glad. Y’all, I’m glad for the word. Come on, get the Lord hand clap for the word. So the rod works. Then the word . So, I mean, Jesus said the Lord, the word, the Lord, the Lord works. See? Amen. So don’t promote your kids to Ralph. Love them. Hallelujah.
[00:29:52] Take care of ’em. The Bible said we got the greatest thing. The family, the institution, Matthew 18 and 18. It said whatever you [00:30:00] bind on earth, it bound in heaven, whatever you loose on earth, it loose in. That’s the most powerful agreement that we have as parents. Amen with man, it’s impossible, but with God, all things are possible.
[00:30:13] Can you say amen. Hallelujah. Not only do we have to raise kids by the spirit because God is a spirit. You can’t do it without the spirit. You try to do this with not being. You going to wreck some point in time. Amen. You got to do it by the spirit because the one that instituted is a spirit. Hallelujah.
[00:30:37] And we have to do it by the spirit can. Amen. Hallelujah. And my last closing verse and James one in five, it says here, if any man, like wisdom, let him ask of God that give us to all men Liberty and up upgrades. Not, but let the man ask in. Nothing wave for he, that [00:31:00] waves like the seek tossed two and four by the win.
[00:31:04] Let that man know he’s not gonna receive anything from the Lord. So we have to have wisdom. Wisdom comes from God and he said, ask, and that’s why that we can do it. We can do it. Say I can do it. I do it. We are doing it. Amen. We are raising up golly kids. Because our God is a golly God, and he want us to be just like Jesus on the earth.
[00:31:30] Can you say amen? God bless you. We love you. And thank you.