Four Gifts a Father Can Pass On To His Children
Fatherâ€™s Day, June 15, 2008
Pastor John Fanous
GIFT #1: Give your _________________________ of God.
Jacob said to Joseph, â€œGod Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me. He said to me, â€˜I will make you fruitful, and I will multiply your descendantsâ€¦â€™” Ge 48:3-4a (NLT)
Then Jacob said to Joseph, â€œI never thought I would see your face again, but now God has let me see your children, too!â€ Ge 48:11 (NLT)
“I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me. To a nation that did not call on my name, I said, â€˜Here am I, here am I.â€™” Is 65:1
When the servant of the man of God got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. â€œOh, sir, what will we do now?â€ the young man cried to Elisha. â€œDonâ€™t be afraid!â€ Elisha told him. â€œFor there are more on our side than on theirs!â€ Then Elisha prayed, â€œO Lord, open his eyes and let him see!â€ The Lord opened the young manâ€™s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire. 2 Ki 6:15-17 (NLT)
GIFT #2: Give your ______________________________.
“Jacobâ€™s eyesight was failing because of his age, and he could not see very well. Joseph brought the boys to him, and he hugged them and kissed them.” Ge 48:10 (GNT)
“So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.” Lk 15:20 (NLT)
GIFT #3: Give your willingness to _______________________________.
“â€¦the angel who has redeemed me from all evil, bless the boysâ€¦â€ Ge 48:16 (ESV)
“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Ps 103:11-12
GIFT #4: Give your _________________________.
“But Jacob crossed his arms and put his right hand on the head of Ephraim who was the younger and his left hand on the head of Manasseh, the firstborn. Then he blessed themâ€¦” Ge 48:14-15a (The Message)
The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, â€œThe Lord is with you, you mighty warrior.â€ Jdg 6:12 (NRSV)
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Ps 119:105
“Fathers, donâ€™t exasperate your children by coming down hard on them. Take them by the hand and lead them in the way of the Master. ” Eph 6:4 (The Message)