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Fathers and Hearts

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Turning the hearts of the fathers to the children
And the hearts of the children to the fathers
Malachi 4:5-6

Fathers – What can you do?

Be a Father who has the fear of the Lord in his heart
Love the mother of your children
Treat all persons with respect
Lovingly train your children in discipline and instruction of the Lord
Take time to explain what is right and what is wrong and why
Live a life of absolute integrity

Children develop their concept of God from their father’s training
Children become teachable because they have been trained
Children develop self worth and value because they are valued
Children develop fear of the Lord in their hearts if father fears the Lord
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge
Children can develop a healthy approach to life and relationships

“We have many teachers but not many fathers”

Good Good Father

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Good Good Father

I’ve heard a thousand stories of what they think you’re like
But I’ve heard the tender whispers of love in the dead of night
And you tell me that you’re pleased
And that I’m never alone
You’re a good good Father

It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
And I’m loved by you
It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am
I’ve seen many searching for answers far and wide
But I know we’re all searching
For answers only you provide
‘Cause you know just what we need
Before we say a word
You’re a good good Father

It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
And I’m loved by you
It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am
Because you are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways to us
You are…

Chris Tomlin

The LORD God

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The LORD God

The LORD descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD.
And the LORD passed before him and proclaimed,

“The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering,
And abounding in goodness and truth,
“keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin,
By no means clearing the guilty,
Visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children
To the third and the fourth generation.”

So Moses made haste and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshiped.
Exodus 34:5-8

God the Holy Spirit – 43

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God the Holy Spirit – 43
The Holy Spirit of God is the Spirit upon Jesus the Christ

Isaiah 11
1 There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse,
And a Branch shall grow out of his roots.

2 The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him,
The Spirit of wisdom
And understanding,
The Spirit of counsel
And might,
The Spirit of knowledge
And of the fear of the LORD.

The result of this Spirit upon Jesus is indicated in the following verses.

3 His delight is in the fear of the LORD,
And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes,
Nor decide by the hearing of His ears;
4 But with righteousness He shall judge the poor,
And decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth,
And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.
5 Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins,
And faithfulness the belt of His waist.

Dear Heavenly Father,
Your Holy Spirit rested upon your Son, Jesus in His earthly life. Your Spirit is so encompassing and filling and controlling. We are so blessed to have Your Spirit upon and in us also. The power and the control and the love and joy and peace of Your Spirit is our power for life. We are so blessed – for now and for eternity, we are so blessed.
Amen

God the Holy Spirit – 42

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God the Holy Spirit – 42

The Holy Spirit is the blessed Spirit of righteousness.

Romans 14:17 … the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking,
But righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

The Kingdom of God is righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Are you part of the Kingdom of God? If so, you are living as a child of the Kingdom. Your focus is not on material things but on righteousness. Your life is a life of righteousness. Righteousness produces peace and joy. Peace and joy are the inmost experiences of your heart. You do not allow food or drink or any other earthly thing to corrupt the life of righteousness.

Dear Father,
Thank you that we can be your subjects in your Kingdom of righteousness. We are so blessed to have the righteousness of your Son and be welcomed by your invitation and the witness of your Spirit to be part of the righteousness of your Kingdom. We long for the time when your Son will rule and reign over your Kingdom here on your earth – when earthly things once again are righteousness and peace and joy.
Thy Kingdom come.
Amen

God the Holy Spirit – 41

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God the Holy Spirit – 41
The Holy Spirit of God is the blessed Spirit of transformation
I Samuel 10:6 “Then the Spirit of the LORD will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man.

The only real transformation is by the power of the Holy Spirit. His living in you and through you will transform you by the power of God. Anything else is human effort. Good as it may be, it is not adequate for real change. God’s Holy Spirit will turn you into another person – a new, powerful, transformed person.

Dear Father,
Thank you for the transformation of your Spirit. Thank you that you make us new – that you infuse us and change us into something new. Old things are passed away and all things become new in our lives by your living in and through us.
Amen

God the Holy Spirit – 40

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God the Holy Spirit – 40

Holy Spirit – the Danger

To expose our hearts to truth and consistently refuse or neglect to obey the impulses it arouses is to stymie the motions of life within us and, if persisted in, to grieve the Holy Spirit into silence.
(A.W. Tozer)