You Got This – Father’s Day
June 20, 2021
You Got This – Fathers’ Day
Happy Fathers’ Day 2021! Today we celebrate fathers. Fathers are vital to the success of any family, society and even nation. God established the role of a father, so much so that He calls Himself our Heavenly Father! This does not mean that mothers are not important, but today is Fathers’ Day so we are focused on fathers. Today we are going to keep it simple, focusing on our Heavenly Father and how we can imitate Him as Godly fathers.
Mark 1:9-11 (NKJV)
9 It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove. 11 Then a voice came from heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Why did the Father say this?
Why did He say it at this particular moment?
How does this impact us as fathers?
3 Things about Your Heavenly Father
- I Love You – You are special & accepted
- I Believe in You – I am pleased with you – before your accomplishments
- I Am Equipping You – Empowered you to overcome and succeed
Every young man needs to hear from his father or a father figure – I love you, I believe in you, I will equip you. (You Got This)
Every young woman needs to hear from her father or a father figure – I love you, I believe in you, you are beautiful and lovely.
When Jesus’ Heavenly Father spoke these words, He was saying…
You are my unique – one and only son – you are loved/accepted
Jesus’ Father said this because it was necessary for Jesus to be validated by His Heavenly Father – He needed to be acknowledged, affirmed and released into His destiny.
Jesus’ Father said this at this time because Jesus was being released into His ministry that He was called and sent to fulfill. No miracles, no powerful ministry was accomplished prior to this time.
Jesus’ Father said this after He had received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and was empowered to step into His ministry.
John 3:35 (NKJV)
35 The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand.
There was a transfer of authority – there was an impartation of the Spirit – there was a commitment to the Sons success –
God has given us everything necessary to succeed in life and to see Gods plan succeed in the earth and for eternity
Partakers of His Divine nature – 2 Peter 1:2-4
All things that pertain to life and Godliness – 2 Peter 1:2-4
Promises of God are yes and amen – 2 Corinthians 1:20
Blessed us with every spiritual blessing – Ephesians 1:3
We can do all things – Philippians 4:13
The Father has qualified us – Colossians 1:12
We are loved, we have been called, we have been qualified and we have been equipped with everything we need to run our race successfully as men and women of God – as Fathers.
You have what it takes to successfully run and finish your race because you have access to your Heavenly Father and all that He has provided for you.
As Fathers we are to provide not only for the basics of life but for the success of our children both naturally and spiritually. We do this by imparting the spiritual truths and natural wisdom that is needed. This happens through instruction and example. We are to be living examples revealing Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father.
Our Heavenly Example
We have an example of our Heavenly Father through Jesus Christ. Our revelation and understanding of our Heavenly Father comes only through the revelation of and salvation in Jesus Christ.
John 14:9 (NKJV)
9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
Without a revelation of Jesus Christ you will have no revelation of our Heavenly Father.
John 1:14 (NKJV)
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:18 (NKJV)
18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.
We are to be examples
1 Corinthians 4:15 (NKJV)
15 For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.
Fathers are linked to the hearts of their children
[Malachi 4:6 ESV]
And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.”
Fathers Day Stats
- Holiday with single lowest average church attendance
- Lower than Labor Day, Memorial Day & 4th of July
- If a Father does not go to church but his wife does – only 1 child in fifty will become a regular worshipper
- If a Father does go regularly (regardless of what the Mother does) – 2/3 – 3/4 of their children will attend church regularly as adults.
- If a Mother does not go to church, but a Father does, a minimum of 2/3 of their children will end up attending church. In contrast, if a Father does not go to church, but the Mother does, on average 2/3 of their children will not attend church.
- If a child is the first person in a household become a Christian, there is a 3.5% probability everyone else will follow. If the Mother is the first to become a Christian, there is a 17% probability everyone else in the household will follow. However, when the Father is first, there is a 93% probability everyone else in the household will follow.
- Dad’s, Father’s have an incredible impact on the kids’ faith and practice.