Father's Day 2016 Dr. Paul Cushman.
SOUND ADVICE FROM A FATHER:
“And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.... And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the Lord God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord.” 1 Chronicles 28:9, 20 KJV
David's was a great king over Israel, one of his greatest responsibilities was that he was a father. On his death bed he called his son Solomon to his side. He wanted Solomon to be a faithful servant to God.
SEVEN THINGS FATHERS NEED TO PASS ON TO THEIR CHILDREN.
1- Pass on your relationship with God to your children.
Fathers, They are watching how you live.
They are watching how you treat your wife.
Children then and today need an example of what living for God is like.
They need to know God.
“And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” Luke 2:52
The heart beat of David was he wanted to know that his son would know God like he knew God.
2- Pass on that there is a God:
The most important instruction you can give to your children is that there is a God in heaven.
There is a living God who cares about you and sent his son so that you might have life. Make God the top priority in your life.
3- Pass on a love for God's word.
We must study our Bible and find God in the pages. We need to be seen reading, sharing, and living out the Bible. It is our light in this world. It drinks faith and shows us what is right. It is a story of how much God loves people. Teach them what the Bible says about living.
4- Pass on what it means to serve God.
God deserves our very best. How do you serve God.
Serve God with a perfect heat. A heart that is in tune with his will. Don't serve God half hearted, don't try to hold on to the world with one hand and God with the other.
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” 1 John 2:15
Keep serving him till the day you die. Remember this part of the above verse...
but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.
5- Pass on what it means to love God.
“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.” Matthew 22:37-38
The God who created all things is interested in your life.
6- Pass on what it means to serve others.
“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” Matthew 7:11
People need help, and people need hope, we have the ability to do both.
7- Pass on the right attitude. Just do it!
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 7:21 KJV
“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” James 1:22
We ca serve God because he gives us the strength to do it.
Q: What will you pass on to your children?
Q: What will your legacy be?
Q: Will you train up your children I the way they should go?
Remember even when they grow up and out you will still be Dad.
The Cushman's grandson talks about how God helped him through a deviating jet ski accident.
The throttle stuck and he hit a dock at 50 mph. The Doctors said pull the plug. Come next week and see a miracle.
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