Transitions in fatherhood

Yielding to God is yielding to His authority, wisdom and direction for your life. I don’t understand why so many people who were brought up in a household with a mother and father who were married to each other, will decide, willfully to have a baby outside of the marriage covenant, going against the plan of God for the setting of family – when they grew up in the loving environment of both parents.


In Luke 22:42 we learn Jesus yielded His will to that of father God. This can’t be taken lightly. Jesus didn’t want to go to the cross. He asked father God if there was another way – but even in His asking, He immediately proclaimed that He wanted God’s will to be done. Jesus had to submit to God’s will and we do too. We learn later in James that submitting to God gives the ability to resist the devil so that the devil will flee. You have to learn how to submit your will to that of God in order to live the abundant life that Jesus came for you to enjoy.


What does all of that have to do with Transitions in fatherhood? Fatherhood in any other way outside of God’s plan is submitting to the will of the devil and not God. Submitting to the will of the devil opens the family up to his torment, confusion and plan for destruction of the family. Do fatherhood the way God intended. Don’t fight the plan of God. When you work the plan of God He is a co-laborer with you. When you work the plan of the devil you are opposed to God and in a very dangerous place.


Transitions in fatherhood is a teaching by my wife that discusses the Godly father and how he teaches – first the law of God, then with grace, and finally in faith believing now that his children will function dependent on God for themselves.


The Bible teaches us that the law was our schoolmaster to lead us to Christ. The law kills and the law can’t give life. It is absolute – it teaches an eye for an eye or a tooth for a tooth. It is not forgiving. Godly fathers begin their teaching in this way in laying down the foundational elements of the Word of God. Following the law comes grace – through Christ Jesus. Grace is God’s ability to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. Grace is life in the Spirit of God – grace is God’s ability working supernaturally in you. Fathers teach in grace after laying the foundation of law. They are forgiving and encouraging allowing more freedom. As children get older, the Godly father walks in faith to believe that the children will be led of God in all of their ways. The father has to trust that he has poured into the children the fullness of God’s Word and now the children have to walk out the will of God on their own.


A Godly father will seek to please God and do things the way God instructs. Do child rearing the way God intends – in the setting of the marriage covenant as described by the Word of God.


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