I want to honor my Father, Elder Cleophus Marshall, Sr. for his contribution of love, impartation of Bible truths, instruction in holiness, and prayers for me over the years. I also give God honor for my spiritual covering and Father in the faith, HRM, King Adamtey I, Dr. Kingsley Flether for his never ending encouragement, support, prayers, and faithfulness as a covering in the Lord to me, my family and ministry. Last but certainly not least, I give God praise for my husband, Apostle Dr. Stanley D. Williams, Sr., who has journied with me throughout the course of life for over 30 years, has been a role model, foundation stone, mentor, and great example of what it means to be a Christ man to our sons. I love you and appreciated you all so much for your labor of love, which shall not be forgotten.
Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; 3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. (Ephesians 6:2-3, KJV)
Grace and peace be unto you in the mighty name of our Lord and King Jesus Christ! As we draw closer to Father's Day which is celebrated June 21st this year, let us remember to honor our fathers with our love and appreciation. There are many Father's who have passed on to glory, but we can still honor them by thanking God for the contribution they made to our lives. Even if they did not fulfill the role of what it means to be a faithful father as God ordained it to be, we yet can be thankful that we are here, and that God Almighty is the greatest Father of all.
The word "Honour" means to revere, esteem highly, and value at a high degree. According to Ephesians 6:2, it is a commandment of God that has a promise directly and inseparably connected with it. As we are obedient to the Scripture God has given us a two-fold promise. The first is, "that it may be well with thee", and the second, "and thou mayest live long on the earth." The depth of the promise of God is powerful! It pertains to our well being and longevity. In essence, the degree in which we honor our Fathers directly affects the kind of life and how long we live.
Honor is a master key to the degree of blessings, favor, benefits, fulfillment, satisfaction, happiness, duration and extent of our lives. I think you will agree with me in saying that most people desire to enjoy a long fulfilling and victorious life! Well, God promises to bless us accordingly and in proportion to how we esteem and honor our Fathers highly.
A Father is a progenitor which is an originator of a line of descent, a founder. A good Father is a generational thinker, a responsible man, he is a protector, provider, leader, instructor, disciplinarian, role model, example and pace setter who raises his children well. He is someone who cares about the well-being of his children and ensures that they develop a strong healthy self image. He gives them identity, and establishes a pattern of Godly principles for them to follow throughout life. That is why the Bible says, for us to give honor to whom honor is due, especially to those who labor over you in the Lord for their work sake. In fact, it teaches and instructs us to give them double honor which deals with the way that they are acknowledged encompassing a higher level of respect, appreciation, value, and estimation based upon the weight of responsibility and service that they carry. (1 Timothy 5:17; Hebrews 13:7,17; 1 Thessalonians 5:13)
The Bible also teaches us that a good Father prepares an inheritance for his children. Proverbs 13:12, says, "A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children..." This is crucial to the stability and well-being of the family. The enemies (devil's) attack is great in this area, because he knows that if he can disrupt the original plan and order of God for the family through death, imprisonment, poverty, rebellion, ungodly behavior, and identity confusion, it will contribute to the breakdown of society and ultimately result in more souls being lost eternally. The devil is a master deceiver and destroyer. He comes to destroy the future!! Therefore, a Father's role is extremely important, because it stops the enemies plans and establishes God's original intent and blueprint to raise up a blessed Godly offspring.
Prayer should me made for Father's regularly. Their role and responsibility to the family and society is vitally important and necessary. They are the foundation ordained by God to carry weight, handle great responsibility and provide for their families spiritual as well as natural needs. There is an all out assault upon Fathers, because according to Malachi 4:6, "And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their Fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse." The key is through restoration, establishing, and maintaining a meaningful heartfelt relationship between Fathers and their children a blessing results. However, the inability to do so will result in a curse upon the earth resulting in "utter destruction." (Strong's Concordance)
In this hour, we need to direct our prayers towards restoration of Fathers and the healing of the family. It is a matter of life and death! When Fathers are in place, fulfilling their Divinely ordained roles and the family is cared for and nurtured properly, the world becomes a much better place to live in. It obtains the blessing of God!!
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