Friday, January 16, 2009

The Father's Voice

Bill Gates revolutionized the computer world by creating a method for all programs on a computer to speak the same "language." Before "Windows" each program on a computer worked independently of the others and had to be separately opened and closed before another program could be accessed.
With "Windows" the programs are unique, but able to "talk" to each other because they are in the same "environment." Thanks to Gates' genius, working on a home computer is now fun, fast and focused compared to life before this revolution.

The Father's Voice
It’s a tragedy for young ministers and sons to align themselves with people who can’t speak their destiny. Too many ministers have been misnamed by those who prophesied their defeat instead of their destiny; because of the lack of a Spiritual Father who can't "speak" their language.

Sons need their father's blessings.
Jacob refused to die until he had blessed his sons. Genesis 49:1, 33
Moses blessed the children of Israel before his death. Deuteronomy 33:1
Jesus didn't begin His earthly ministry without His Heavenly Father’s blessing.

1. Fathers Speak With Authority
A. No one speaks like a father speaks.
B. True authority comes from God. Matthew 28:18
C. Fathers have been delegated by God to represent Him.
D. The abuse of authority does not give us the right to become rebels. Romans 13:1-2
E. Understanding spiritual authority is one of the great conflicts of the church.

2. Fathers Speak With Knowledge
A. God gave us parents to care for us until we are able to provide for ourselves.
B. Parents sacrifice to educate their children.
C. Everything we learn in life comes through other people.
D. “Train up a child in the way he should go.” Proverbs 22:6
E. The education and training we receive as youth equips us to find fulfillment as adults.

3. Fathers Speak With Wisdom
A. Wisdom is the ability to properly use knowledge.
B. “Wise people store up knowledge.” Proverbs 10:14
C. Sin makes fools of us. Psalm 14:1, Proverbs 21:15

It has often been said that, "it's best to learn from your mistakes." I believe that it's "good" to learn from your mistakes, but it's "best" to learn from someone else's mistakes. Thus never having to make that mistake yourself.
Let's be honest, there's not enough time in the world to make all the mistakes possible. I'd rather not waste my time and character learning the hard way. A Father's voice is the safeguard.

This is why it's important to hear and know the voice of a Spiritual Father. In looking at these three points, I have discovered there are plenty of people who speak with knowledge but lack wisdom.
A Spiritual Father is one who has knowledge, speaks with wisdom, with the authority you've submitted to in order to grow as a spiritual son.

We must recognize our father's voice.

(inspired by: Dale Yerton)

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