Friday, June 17, 2011

Happy Father's Day

This is the message the Lord gave me to share Sunday morning (Father's Day).  I pray it speaks to you.  God bless.

CALL NO MAN FATHER -

Today is Father's Day and I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the dad's a Happy Father's Day.
You notice I didn't say all the "fathers".
I think this day should be changed to National Dad's day.
May sound crazy but my Bible tells me in...
Matthew 23:9
And call no [man] your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
There is an old saying, "anyone can be a father but it takes someone special to be a daddy".
I'm going to disprove that.
We have lots of great dads.
I thought my dad was one of the greatest, smartest men that ever walked the earth.  He has gone on to be with the Lord but no one to this day can convince me otherwise. He was and always will be daddy to me.
I found a poem for the dad's while surfing the internet:

What Makes a Dad?
God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of all ages,
The power of the eagles' flight,
The joy of a morning in Spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity, and
The depth of a family need.
Then God combined these qualities.
And when there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it - DAD!
(author unknown)  If you know who wrote it, please leave in comments, thanks :)
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It does take someone special to be a dad, here are just a few things a dad (and granddad) must know:
How to fix everything from a broken toy to a leaky faucet
How to go without lunches so his daughter can have a new dress
How to interview prospective dates without scaring them off
How to scare off prospective dates
How to encourage his child without "pushing" them
How to harden himself so he can discipline through a child's tears
How to hug
How to teach his child to drive
How to hand over the car keys
How to give horsey rides with a sore back
How to teach a child to reach for the stars
When to let go, and when to hold on tight
How to pay for a mortgage and college tuition at the same time

It takes a lot to be a dad and I'm not taking away from the dad's when I say I'm going to disprove that old saying.
Dad's are wonderful and God hand picks them to raise the children they raise.
But when they say anyone can be a Father, I have to disagree.
Let's look at what the Bible says about our Heavenly Father and just what "our" Father does for us.
Matthew 6:26
Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
James 1:17
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Luke 11:13
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall [your] heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
and lets not forget 
John 3:16
For God (our Father) so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

I know the Bible refers to Father's in many verses.
Father's don't provoke your children to wrath.
Honor your Father and your mother, etc.
But it also says call no man Father....
I don't know a "human" who can do the things our Heavenly Father has and is doing.
To me He deserves to be the only one called Father.
He deserves our praise, our worship.
He is Abba, Father.
So this Father's Day, lets celebrate our dads because they are so special to us but let's celebrate first the Father who hears our every prayer, the Father who is there no matter what we have done, who loves us and provides for us.  Let's celebrate the Lord.
Happy "dad's" day and God bless you dad's out there for all you do.