You Have Not Many Fathers
Lesson 2 – The Father’s Voice
THE FATHER’S VOICE
It’s a tragedy for sons and daughters to align themselves with someone who cannot speak their destiny. “Benjamin,” (the son of my right hand,) was inappropriately named “Benoni,” (the son of my sorrow,) by his dying mother. Genesis 35:18 But his father, Jacob, recognized the mistake and quickly renamed him. Out of his father’s prophetic voice came the linage of King Saul, the first king of Israel. Today, many ministers have been misnamed by a dying religious system which has prophesied their defeat instead of their destiny.
One of the greatest needs in the church is for spiritual fathers to realize how much their children need their blessing and to shake themselves from their slumber to speak a prophetic blessing to the next generation. Genesis 48:2 Jacob refused to die until he had imparted a prophetic blessing to his sons. Genesis 49:1, 33 Moses blessed the children of Israel before his death, and there’s a generation of young ministers today who are looking for identity and blessing. Deuteronomy 33:1 As spiritual fathers, we must not fail them. Even Jesus didn’t begin His earthly ministry until He heard the voice of His Father’s approval coming from heaven. There are three main things which we hear in a father’s voice.
FATHERS SPEAK WITH AUTHORITY
No one speaks like a father speaks. Even a baby learns its father’s voice. True authority comes from God. Matthew 28:18 Fathers have been delegated by God to represent Him. Even the abuse of authority doesn’t give sons the right to become rebels. Romans 13:1-2 God placed a nature inside each child to respond to authority, but, at approximately age two, the child discovers his own will, and a conflict arises which lasts until the end of his life. The question is, “Whom am I going to obey?” For many different reasons, many people chose only to submit to their own desires. They become an authority to themselves, never submitting their own will to a father. This is one of the greatest conflicts in the church.
But we were born to submit. This was the great conflict Jesus faced in the garden of Gethsemane, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me, nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” Matthew 26:39 Because of Jesus’ perfect submission to His Father’s will, redemption was made possible. Obedience was the only way to correct the sinful rebellion which Adam had brought into the world. Romans 5:19, Hebrews 5:7-9
FATHERS SPEAK WITH KNOWLEDGE
We enter this life ignorant and without knowledge. We’re born as helpless babies without the ability to take care of ourselves. God, in His wisdom, gave us fathers and mothers to lovingly provide for us until we’ve gained the knowledge necessary to live. Without the information we learned from our fathers, all of us would’ve perished. We owe them a great debt for what they taught us.
Because of the natural affection which God places in the hearts of parents for their babies, they willingly sacrifice to educate their children. Every-thing we’ve learned in life has come from others. Even the discoveries we’ve made on our own has been built on the knowledge we gained from other people. “Train up a child in the way he should go.” Proverbs 22:6 The education and training we receive in our youth equips us to find fulfillment as adults. It’s this training which enables fathers to equip another generation of young people.
FATHERS SPEAK WITH WISDOM
Wisdom is the ability of knowing what to do with knowledge. “Wise people store up knowledge.” Proverbs 10:14 No one wants to be looked upon as foolish, but sin makes fools of all of us. Psalm 14:1, Proverbs 22:15 Spiritual fathers are able to impart wisdom which comes from years of experience. The story is told of the great leader who was asked the secret of his success, and he replied, “From making good decisions.” He was asked how you learn to make good decisions, and he replied, “From making bad decisions.” There’s a lot of truth in this story, but experience isn’t the best teacher. The best way to learn wisdom is by learning from other people’s experience. Their experience can help us avoid many costly and painful decisions.
“The silver-haired head is a crown of glory, if it is found in the way of righteousness.” Proverbs 16:31 There’s a proverb which says, “There’s no fool like an old fool,” but the opposite of this is the righteous man or woman who has walked with God for many years. They’ve learned the lessons of life by their experience with God and are able to share these truths with a younger generation. Psalm 40:6-8, Hebrews 10:5-7
Young people should learn that they don’t have time to make all the mistakes possible in life. It’s wisdom for them to learn from the mistakes of an older generation.
We Must Learn to Recognize Our Father’s Voice.