Saturday, October 24, 2009

DAY 66 - I really need to be a better father!

Today’s Reading: Luke 1

(Please read Luke 1: 1 – 80 and listen to what the Lord Jesus Christ would like to tell you before reading my Spiritual Journal below. If you would like to learn a simple and good way of Daily Devotion method please read my “Count Down 5” from this blog. You may click this link directly for the method: Subject Shifting Devotion.pdf . (You may begin with a song to praise the Lord and complete you devotion by singing another praise song.)

Please click the links below to Luke 1:

“Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God. And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous – to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” Luke 1: 16-17

He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, or else I will come and strike the land with a curse. Malachi 4:6
I am in tears when I am writing this devotion. Jesus led me to have a confession that I have not listened to and obeyed his command four months ago. I was called to be a discipler for my son Athanasius and his best friend Vance 40 weeks ago. I went to Vance home with Athan at first five times a week and then diminishing to one-to-two times a week. I thought at first I could teach them to have daily devotion in in three months time and then they could go auto-pilot. But the Lord said I need to go on at least for a year. Then He told me four months ago, “Even you can’t go to Vance home daily but you can have devotion with Athan daily.” I told Athan and he was so happen knowing that I am going to have daily devotion with him daily. But, I didn’t do it! In my heart I know that I need to but I have excuses that he is busy and I am busy so the time with Vance is enough.

I know that the importance of the role of John the Baptist should be every Christian’s role. But today is the first day I know to prepare the way for Jesus as a John the Baptist we really need to be a better father in Jesus’ standard. We can see the curse of how Malachi describes is all over this world. I know a number of youth and adults have been searching for a father’s figure for years but have not found yet. Most of their fathers treated them badly when they were young.

Have you thought that your role as a father should be like John the Baptist: to be filled and empowered by the Holy Spirit, to turn your heart to your children’s first. Then your children’s hearts can have a better opportunity to our Heavenly Father and to you? It doesn’t say 'mother' here so I guess most of the mothers have been doing a good job but not fathers!

So fathers, wake up to be a better father following the good example of John the Baptist to prepare the way for Jesus.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Help me to be a better father Lord! Holy Spirit, fill me and empower me that I can lead my sons to you that they can be a joy and blessing to many people. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

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