Monday, April 14, 2014

Signs Of The Times

The coming Blood Moons have caused a stir amongst the people of God as well as the people of the world... The people have inquired, what is the meaning of this Blood Moon, and where does it lie in prophecy... As I answered the questions of the people, I began to read the Word, knowing that we are to study the Word and be prepared at all times... As I read Matthew chapter 24 and the Daniel chapters 10-12, the Holy Spirit began to prompt me and push me forward... My intentions were to read Ezekiel 38-39 and then head over to Revelations chapter 19, but the Spirit sent me to Hosea... Now, to be completely open and honest, I have not spent much time reading or studying the book of Hosea; however, today, the book of Hosea just leapt from the pages and into my heart. It is important for us as individuals to read, study, understand, and be prepared to share the Word with others, if not, we will not only defraud ourselves of the knowledge that God wants to share with us, we may cause ourselves and others to suffer... (Hosea 4:6-7) Hosea 2:18-23 And in that day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven, and with the creeping things of the ground: and I will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the earth, and will make them to lie down safely. And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies. I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the Lord . And it shall come to pass in that day, I will hear, saith the Lord , I will hear the heavens, and they shall hear the earth; And the earth shall hear the corn, and the wine, and the oil; and they shall hear Jezreel. And I will sow her unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God... Hosea 14:4-8 I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him. I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon. His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon. They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon. Ephraim shall say , What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard him , and observed him: I am like a green fir tree. From me is thy fruit found... The signs of the times are all around us, the upcoming Blood Moons are just another, sign to reinforce and validate the Word and the prophecies that have existed since the days of old... However, in Hosea, we see that there shall be an ending to the end times... This will be a time of peace and love, a time when the weapons of destruction are no more, a time when we shall clearly see God's Faithfulness, His Mercy, and His Love... A time when the world is at peace, and safety is all around... A time when we shall be His people, and He will be our God, a time when all of our sins have been permanently cast away, and we shall rest under the shadow of The King... Christ Jesus...

Friday, March 28, 2014

Who Is This Jesus?

Who is this Jesus? Before we can define who Jesus is, we must first establish who God is; He is the creator of the universe, the giver of life, the keeper of the peace and the King of kings… Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth… Deuteronomy 10:17 For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords… Now, without turning this brief description of Jesus into an all-out Bible study, we will establish just who this Jesus is by first discussing who the Bible said He would be… In the Book of Micah chapter two, the Bible stated that He would be born in Bethlehem, which He was according to Matthew 2:1 and Luke 2:4-6. In the Book of Isaiah 7:14 the Bible states that Jesus would be born of a virgin mother, this was confirmed in the Books of Matthew and Luke as well… Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel… Matthew 1:22,23 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us… The Bible also states that Jesus would be a descendant of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and David which was confirmed in Matthew chapter one and verse one which reads “Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham” There are many prophecies in the Old Testament concerning Jesus, and once again in an effort to prevent this simple description of Jesus from becoming an all-out Bible study, we will mention only one more very important prophecy before establishing who Jesus is… Isaiah 61:1,2 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn… Jesus declared these verses almost word for word in Luke chapter four, verses 18-19; thus, confirming once again that He is the one of whom the prophecies spoke. Jesus Christ was born of a virgin in a small town called Bethlehem, He was born for a purpose, and that purpose is to set the captives free, to heal the broken hearted, and to give us life more abundantly.Now that we have established who Jesus is Biblically, I want to tell you who He is to me. This Jesus is the man who set me free from a life of bondage, not physical bondage, but of mental and emotional bondage that forced me to believe that I had no future, it forced me to believe that there was no way out of the lifestyle that I was living, and that I would be forced to die in my sin and burn in hell, that is who this Jesus is to me. Jesus Christ quite simply stated was God in the flesh, both man and God, He has experienced every single emotion, pain, and discomfort known to man, and so much more. Who is this Jesus, He was a man who did not sin, but was ridiculed (Luke 23:35) His clothing was tattered and torn and yet again and again, He sought to pray for His enemies… Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots… He was pierced and hung on the cross amongst common criminals and thieves (Mark 15:27-28, John 19:34 & 20:25-27) and in His deepest anguish, He was forsaken by God Himself in Matthew chapter 27 verse 46, and He did It all for you and I, that is who Jesus is; yet, the story doesn’t end here, in all actuality, this is only the beginning... Matthew 28:1-7 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you… In simple terms, Jesus Christ was raised from the dead He was resurrected on the third day, and ascended into Heaven where He sits at the Right Hand of God… Mark 16:19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God… Jesus Christ the Savior gave Himself up as a ransom, to cover our sins, He paid in blood, His own Blood (Romans 5:6-8) So, how do you answer the question, who is this Jesus, that is really up to you, but to me, He is the best thing that ever happened to me, He changed my life, He is my Best Friend… His Grace is Sufficient, and He is the Giver of my Peace, who is this Jesus, He is the Living Word, the Bread of Life, and the Author and Finisher of our Faith… The truth is, I can go on and on, describing to you who Jesus is to me, but the best thing to do is to find out for yourself. How do I do that? Great question, the easiest way to do that is to ask God to come into your life, to reveal Himself to you, and to make your life brand new; however, if you’re not ready to do that just yet, go ahead and look these verses up yourself, there are many free Bible apps available as well on the internet, and if you have any questions at all, feel free to contact me Fred Blackman Jr, and I will be more than happy to assist you on your quest to find out just who this Jesus is… Feel free to reach me via email: fredblackmanjr@gmail.com

Monday, March 10, 2014

REDEMPTION

Redemption, according to Dictionary.com, is an act of redeeming or atoning for a fault or mistake, or the state of being redeemed. Another definition of redemption is deliverance or rescue. When speaking of Theology, redemption is the deliverance from sin, salvation, or the atonement for guilt. Now, here are some of my favorite definitions of redemption which are the repurchase, as of something sold, paying off, as of a mortgage, bond, financial note, or the recovery by payment, as of something pledged or owed... Psalms 49;7 and 8 tells us that no man, woman, or child can pay a ransom for their own redemption, "for the redemption of their soul is precious". So, we can see that there is nothing that we can do to redeem ourselves, we can only be redeemed by the Love and the Blood of Christ Jesus's sacrifice on the cross... I Corinthians 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: Colossians 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins... Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption... "Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption" wow, there it goes again, the Holy Spirit! It's by the Spirit that we live and it's by the Holy Spirit that we are Redeemed... no matter the crime, no matter the time, without Christ, there is no redemption... So many people fall into that trap that I've done this, or I've done that, there is no way out, but God has sent His only begotten Son into this world of chaos and sin so that we may have a chance at life, so that instead of condemnation for our sin, we can receive Redemption for our Righteousness through the Holy Spirit who was sent as the comforter after Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and the promise of Acts 1:8 was fulfilled... The gifts of God are Freely Given, all you must do is ask and Grace, Mercy, Redemption, and the Holy Ghost can all be yours... God Bless... Amen...

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Beware The Wolf

Matthew 7:15-17 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits.... Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

As I live my day to day life, it is becoming increasingly obvious that there is a war on religion like never before in the history of our nation... Initially it was a war on Islam which was only a disguise, a smoke screen and a lie... The truth is that the enemy had to first present himself as an aid, someone or something that could help us protect ourselves from the enemy... But now, the truth has come forward, and we see the attacks on all who would believe in One God Above All...

Now, we see the Catholics are being attacked because of their stance on birth control and other hot topics... Then the "conservative"Christian base has been attacked because of their literal interpretation of the Bible... More "liberal"  Christians are being forced to choose between their political party and their own beliefs at the risk of being outcast from their own party if they disagree with the way the party as a whole is voting on any given policy...

On television, we see shows like Amish mafia, snake salvation, and now preachers of LA, these shows are designed to minimize and diminish the faith of those on the fringes of the Christian Faith while portraying all Christians as crazy or extreme... The Bible told us this day would come, but the sad thing is so many of us have missed it... It just snuck up on us, and before we knew what hit us, Christianity is under attack and we find ourselves with our backs against the wall...

The time is now to rise up, the time is now to unify, the time is now to kneel down in prayer... The wolves are at the door and the smell of blood is in the air... The time for Prayer and Fasting is now, not tomorrow, not next week, but now...

I John 4:1-5 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.

As a child of God, we must not fear, we have nothing to fear... However, we must continue to share the Gospel with those around us, we must continue to pray, and as always... We must keep the Faith... God Bless... Amen...

Friday, May 10, 2013

Reaching Out



After I gave my life to Christ, and I don't mean when I began going to church regularly, but when I truly decided it was going to be God's way or no way, I came to the realization that I had to change my misguided and sinful ways.Although at this point, I had more faults then I have time to proclaim, there was one area in particular that I needed to address, my unfair judgment of others. In my new found Righteousness, I had forgotten that I was once lost in the same world I had begun to despise, the truth was that I had forgotten that before I was Fred from the PromiseLand, before I was invited here and there, and everywhere, I was a pawn of the enemy and a lost soul on my way to an eternity without God.

Romans 2:1-4 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? 

Romans 2:4 (ERV) God has been kind to you. He has been very patient, waiting for you to change. But you think nothing of his kindness. Maybe you don’t understand that God is kind to you so that you will decide to change your lives.

Although I prefer to read the King James Version of the Bible, I have used the Easy to Read Version to better clarify the last verse of the scripture reading, God is kind to us, causing it to rain on the just and the unjust so that we may know His love and change our lives.

In my new Christian life, I had become very judgmental; unfortunately, my "I am righteous and you are not attitude" had caused me to forget one of the major principles of Christianity, Judge not lest ye be Judged. It's not my job to judge or condemn anyone, and it is not your job either; however,  as followers of Christ, it is our job to share His Love with others, to extol and lift them up when they are feeling low and to comfort and embrace them when they are facing loss or in mourning. As Christians, our job is to instruct the people and push them in the right direction when they are facing tough decisions, and to address the issues of sin in their lives without making them feel condemned or judged. This can be difficult if we do not address these issues with love and understanding; therefore, it is important to show love to the individual, while encouraging them to repent and turn away from there sinful or misguided ways.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

As the word of God teaches us here in Hebrews, the Word of God is sharper than a surgeon’s scalpel, or an iron workers acetylene  torch. Although while in the hands of a surgeon, the scalpel can be used to cut away damaged or dying tissue or it can be used to cut away the bandages that once covered a wound which has now healed. The torch in the hands of an iron worker can cut away the scraps and waste or it can be used to join together that which was torn apart; however, in the hands of the unskilled worker or those who wish to cause harm, both of these devices can be dangerous or even deadly. As a man skilled in several areas, I feel that there are not many things I cannot accomplish if I set my mind to it; however, the delicate hands of a brain surgeon or the "know how" of a skilled welder I do not have; therefore, a surgeon’s scalpel or cutting torch in my hands would certainly result in a questionable result. Clearly, I would not intend to cause harm to anyone or anything; unfortunately, the fact that I do not possess the necessary skills to operate these devices could cause serious harm, just as using the word of God as a tool of judgment and condemnation rather than Love, Reproof, and encouragement will cause spiritual, emotional, and perhaps even physical death.

II Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

As a believer of the Holy Word of God, and a follower of The Lord Jesus Christ, it is up to me to study the Word of God, to understand the Word of God, and then properly apply the Word of God to my life.  By studying the Word of God and focusing on Him, my life will become less of "me" and more of God, which enables me to live the life Christ has planned for me to live. When our eyes are focused on God, we have the ability to remove our own judgmental and biased opinions from our relationship with others, it becomes a "what does God want me to do?" Or "who does God see in this individual?" Instead of what do I want or who is this guy. When our issues become God's issues, we become free to share the Gospel with everyone and anyone because our biases and opinions have been removed from the equation and the Love of Christ can now Shine Through us to its intended destination.

Mark 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

John 10:9-11 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

When we judge others, we build up walls, and when we build up walls, we minimize the effectiveness of our testimonies, or in many cases, we completely destroy any effect at all, this shouldn't be the case; unfortunately, all to often it is. As I mentioned in the opening, I had fallen into this "judgmental" attitude and I had forgotten from where I had come; thankfully, in that moment, God began to move. Only a few blocks from the PromiseLand, there is a men's transitional living home; living in this home are a wide variety of men, some old, some young, some down on their luck, and some convicted of the most heinous crimes imaginable, and for this reason, I had to make a change. Because of my own misconceptions and assumptions, I felt that some of these men did not deserve to hear the Word of God, they did not deserve forgiveness, and they definitely did not deserve my time; fortunately, God reminded me that I too was a sinner. God reminded me that I too had committed crimes both against man's law and scripture, and that someone felt that I was important enough to save, wow, what a sobering realization. We must never forget the  importance of reaching out to those on the outside of the "norm", we must never forget that our churches are not to be museums for the holy, but hospitals for the sick, a place of refuge for the lost, and a source of comfort for the hurting, this is what we are called to do, just as Christ has clearly instructed us, we are to be the Hands and Feet of God. One thing we all must remember is this, in due time we shall all see the Son shine, and on that Glorious day, we shall be rewarded, not for who we judged, but by what we did for God, who we have brought with us into the Kingdom, and how we treated the least of God's people.

 God Bless




 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

A Christmas Prayer....



A Christmas Prayer

Christmas Time is here, and I believe it would be easy to say it's our favorite time of the year! But for me, it's not the gifts, the parties, or the festivities as one may guess; although I truly enjoy these special events, but because it is the season that we celebrate the birth of Christ Jesus, the Savior of the World. In all likelihood, Jesus Christ was probably not born in December; however, that isn't very important when we look at the broad spectrum of what the Christmas season represents. The Christmas season represents a New Beginning, Restoration, Life, and it  further encourages us to believe the Promises of God, because just as He Promised the Israelites a Messiah, and delivered upon that promise, All of the Promises He has made to us He shall deliver unto us...

Isaiah 7:14-15 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.

Matthew 1:20-21 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins....

Just as Joseph faced a situation that seemed insurmountable, his young wife to be was pregnant, and he wasn't the father and how was young Mary to explain this situation, to Joseph, can you imagine that conversation? Joseph I am pregnant by God... But just look at what was birthed from that situation... Jesus Christ the Savior of the world... think   about some of the situations we find ourselves in, instead of thinking about the negatives, let us see how we can turn these situations around for the good of the world You see God is Beautiful for situations...

Micah 5:2-4 But thou, Beth–lehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel. And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.

Luke 2:8-14 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

From the tiny town of Bethlehem, came the greatest man to ever walk the earth, time it's-self is measured from the time He walked the earth, His name is Jesus.... Christ Jesus was born in a tiny manger; although some may equate a manger with a barn, in all actuality, a manger is much smaller than a barn, and a manger is usually open to the environment in at least one side, and in some instances, three sides. Jesus Christ, Savior of the world was born in a lowly manger; what does that mean for you and me... Well that means a lot... On one side, Jesus was born, and would walk the earth teaching, preaching, and healing, thus becoming the example we should live by; however, this story also teaches us that no matter where we begin in life, we still have a chance in life. God's Promises never fell, and His Mercies begin anew every morning.

        As this Christmas season approaches, I pray that you will take time to experience the true meaning of Christmas, not just the hustle and bustle of the shopping centers and holiday parties, but the Birth of Christ Jesus our Lord, and the sacrifice He made so that we may have Life more Abundantly... Amen... and may  God Bless The Hearers and the Readers of His Holy Word....

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Fatherhood


The Importance of Fatherhood and Family to God

Throughout the Bible, we can see and identify several examples of just how important the familial relationship is to God. Since the beginnings of time, God has made it known to man that we and our families are important to Him. One of the first examples of this can be found in the book of Genesis; also known as the Book of Generations.

Genesis 1:26-28 (KJV) And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Why did God create man in His image? Because He wanted to see Himself in us as we see ourselves in our own family members. God is all powerful, He created the Heavens, the Earth, and the stars, He created everything that ever was or ever will be, so why did He create man in His own image while He created other beast that appear so differently?; so it would be clear to us that He is our Father, and we are His children. Although it would be both difficult and time consuming to point out each every example of the family structure displayed in the bible, I will attempt to lay out a few examples so that we can clearly see and understand God's intentions for us as family members. The story of Abram, also known as Abraham, is one of the greatest stories ever told, it is a story of promise and of family, and it is one of the premier examples of just how important the family is to God.

The story of Abraham actually begins in the 12th chapter of Genesis, and continues throughout the entirety of the bible itself, including the New Testament. The story of Abram is preceded by a genealogical timeline of Abraham's family tree, which is found in chapter 11; here once again we see the importance of the family to God. In an attempt to explore the story of Abraham without turning this simple essay into an entire case study, we will only go over certain key examples and events; however, it is important that you, the reader, read through and study the various verses and chapters listed within this essay as well as the surrounding verses in order to further understand the importance of family in the bible.

Genesis 12:7 (KJV) the Lord appeared unto Abram, and said, unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the Lord, who appeared unto him. 

Genesis 13:7-8 (KJV) And there was strife between the herdmen of Abram's cattle and the herdmen of Lot's cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land. And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.

Genesis 17:4 (KJV) As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.

As mentioned before, it would be nearly impossible to condense the story of Abraham or the importance of the family into a few short paragraphs; however, in an attempt to lay the ground work of God's love for the family, we will look at the three specific examples listed above.

The Lord appeared before Abraham and made him a promise, that his children would be heirs to the land which was controlled by the Canaanites. At this point, it is imperative that we understand that Abraham is now 75 years of age and had no children; however, God had a plan for Abraham's life, a plan that would establish His family here on earth. Although there was no reason for Abraham to believe this promise, he built an alter and prayed to God our heavenly Father, this is one of the best examples of how we are supposed to react when we receive direction from God, we are to pray and give God glory, too many times we as families do not pray together, worship together, or in any way acknowledge God in our homes and families. As we continue to read, we can begin to see a pattern, God gives Abraham direction, and as the leader and priest of his family, Abraham continues to trust God and follow the lead of the heavenly Father, as a result of Abraham's dedication, multitudes of Christians, Jews, and Muslims refer to him as Father Abraham.

As we continue to read through the book of Genesis we find, in chapter 13, that a conflict of some sort arises between Abraham and his nephew Lot. One thing we need to remember, is that at this point, Abraham is a very powerful man, and it would be very easy for him to simply destroy Lot and his men; however, he does not, he calls on God in prayer and makes peace with Lot and his men, stating that "we be brethren". Once again we see the importance of family to God; although Lot is his nephew, and in all probability Abraham isn't related to Lot's men in any way, Abraham does not destroy them because he understands that they are all God's creation, therefore they are all brothers through God the creator. In chapter 17 verse 4, we can see that once again God establishes that Abraham will be the Father of many nations and that from his family lineage, kings would be born. The book of Matthew is the first book of what Christians call the New Testament, as we begin to read through this book, we can again see the importance of the family unit to God, the very first verse of the book of Matthew establishes the genealogy of Jesus Christ and directly links Him to Abraham, the Father of many nations and many kings.

Matthew 1:1 (KJV) The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Matthew 1:17-18 (KJV) So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations. Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

The importance of fatherhood and family is a reoccurring theme that can be found throughout the bible, as we read here in the book of Matthew, we can see how from Abraham flowed many generations of great men, kings, and priest; however, the most important of these is Jesus Christ of Nazareth who would become our Lord, our Savior, and our High Priest. After reading through the Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, we can begin to see the many examples of family and fatherhood that Jesus himself left for us.

Matthew 5:9 (KJV) Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Matthew 5:44-45 (KJV) But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; hat ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

In chapter five of the book of Matthew, Jesus refers to God's people as His children; once again we can see the Fatherhood of God to us, His children. Although there are many more instances in which God's love for us is described, one of the best examples of God's love for us can be found in Matthew chapter seven in which Jesus instructs us to ask God for anything. in Matthew chapter seven, Jesus states that just as a parent would give his own child whatever he or she desires, so shall our Father in heaven above, in my humble opinion,  God is showing us how to be good fathers and parents to our own children, once again establishing the importance of fatherhood and families. This account of Fatherhood is also found in Luke chapter 11; however, God has also shown us the importance of not being fathers to our own biological children, but to all those in need of a father.

Romans 8:14-17 (KJV) For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself bearish witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

Ephesians 1:4-5 (KJV) According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

Fatherhood isn't reserved for the biological children, or Israelites, it is freely given to all who have a need and who have accepted the fatherhood of God, including the Gentiles. The bible clearly instructs us in how to be good fathers, not only to those who are like us, but to those who may be different. Jesus came to the Israelites first and then to the Gentiles, as fathers in today's world, we are to be fathers to our own children, but also to the fatherless, those lacking direction, and to anyone else who crosses our path. Just as God has adopted us into His family, we as men and fathers must follow that example and step up to be fathers to those lost in this world. The issue of family is also addressed in I Corinthians chapter seven, here we can see how the love of a father, mother, husband, or wife, can sanctify the other, again the family unit is the glue that binds and the substance that saves.   

Ephesians 6:1-4 (KJV) Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honor thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Colossians 3:18-21 (KJV) Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.

The simple truth is that after studying the importance of fatherhood and family in the bible, I have found that it is nearly impossible to contain all the information in just a few pages, it is my hope and prayer that all who read this document will be touched by God the Father and encouraged to read and study for themselves just how important it is to have a father, and how important it is to be a father to the fatherless. The bible tells us in I Corinthians that although we may have 10,000 instructors, there are very few true fathers. Wow, what an astonishing statement; sadly enough, it is also a very true statement that can be taken both literally and spiritually. In today's tough economic environment, and disturbingly liberal climate, it would seem that anything goes, and the ones who are hurt most by this horrendous environment are the children. Young men and women are growing up with little direction, and virtually no spiritual guidance, it is up to us to say we will become the father to the fatherless and the guide to those who have no guidance. We must pray and stand fast on the ordinances of God, and we must submit ourselves to the Authority of the Creator of the Universe, our Heavenly Father above, He will guide us as we help guide one another through this existence called life.

I Corinthians 4:14-15 (KJV) I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you. For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.

Dedicated to Bishop Kenneth Phillips, Pastor PromiseLand Church Austin, TX

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