Manly Fathers (pt 2) — Be Faithful to God
A REAL MAN WILL HAVE A FAITHFUL WALK…
1 Blessed are all who fear the Lord,
who walk in obedience to him.
This verse talks about the pattern that a husband and father is to set before his children. He is to be a worshiping Father. He is to be a godly husband. He is to have a personal walk with almighty God. His wife and children need to see the husband and father walking with God. In the home, the man is a figure, a picture of Almighty God.
What did Jesus teach us to call God? Our Father. If you’re a child and you have a father then what is your mind going to say? God is like Daddy. We are taught to pray to God, our Father. In the home, the husband represents Almighty God to his children, and the Lord Jesus Christ to his wife. The Bible says that God sent his Spirit into our hearts crying Abba Father. That means Daddy, father.
Fathers, the reason you ought to live such a godly life is that you are modeling before your family what Almighty God is like and what the Lord Jesus Christ is like.
Look at I Corinthians 11:3-7.
3 But I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man,[a] and the head of Christ is God. 4 Every man who prays or prophesieswith his head covered dishonors his head. 5 But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head—it is the same as having her head shaved. 6 For if a woman does not cover her head, she might as well have her hair cut off; but if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, then she should cover her head.
7 A man ought not to cover his head,[b] since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man.
This verse tells us that while God the Father and God the Son are co-equal and co-eternal that God the Father is the head of God the Son and while the husband and the wife are of equal worth, the husband is the head of the wife. And then Paul says in verse 7 speaking of the man, “… he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.” He, the man, is the image and glory of God.
The woman is the glory of the man. That is, in the home the man pictures almighty God, the Lord Jesus Christ. The woman pictures the church, the bride of Christ. Men, listen. Don’t ever get the idea that religion and spirituality is primarily for the woman and the children. God demands more spirituality from the man than the woman. God puts a bigger responsibility on the man than on a woman. And if your home is not right, you share the primary responsibility. Not her and not the children. Men, we are the head of the home.
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