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FATHERS DAY: AUDIO-VIDEO Micah 6:1-8…What does the Lord Require of You?

Happy Fathers Day!!!!   Will All Fathers and Grandfathers Please Stand UP!

  • {Hand Out Bags to each Father}

 

Talk about being a Father and Grandfather:   Reading…My Thoughts…

  • Rules w/o Relationships Equal Rebellion.
  • There is a Song that says, I Want to Be Like You Because He Wants to Be Like Me.

 

Point: As Fathers and Grandfathers We Have a Special Responsibility!

  • Not Just to Tell Our Children about Church and Jesus…
  • RATHER…THAT THEY WILL SEE JESUS IN US…WHAT WE SAY, CHOICES WE MAKE, HOW WE RESPOND TO EVERY ISSUE OF LIFE…
  • WHEN WE FACE ADVERSITY…DO WE SHOW THEM THAT THEY CAN TRUST JESUS FOR EVERY ISSUE THEY FACE IN LIFE?

 

DO WE TEACH OUR CHILDREN THE PRINCIPLES OF GODS WORD SO THAT THEY WILL UNDERSTAND NOT JUST WHAT THEY ARE TO DO…BUT WHY THEY DO IT!

 

Deuteronomy 6:6–9 Makes Our Responsibility to Our Children Clear, 6 These commandments that I give you today are To Be On Your Hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

 

DUETERONOMY 6 MAKES CLEAR WHAT GOD REQUIRES OF PARENTS:

  • God Is Not Satisfied if We just Provide the Basic Necessities of life for Our children, such as food, shelter, clothing, and security?
  • I’ve heard Parents say, Am I supposed to give my children everything I never had as a child? Or protect them from every problem?
  • Or put them in the best schools, buy them the latest toys, give them the biggest trust fund, and provide them with every opportunity?

 

Gods Answer is the Same in the Old and New Testaments.

  • Besides providing for their physical needs, which Scripture assumes parents will do, the primary responsibility of parents is to train their children to know and love God.
  • Might I Add Here…Our Children Will Believe What They See in Us…Not What They Hear Us Say!

 

In Deuteronomy 6:4–9 God describes the home as a learning environment for knowing and loving God.

  • When your children sit, teach them. When they walk, teach them. When they lie down, teach them. When they get up, teach them. Keep these truths front and center.
  • As We Spend Time With Our Children Christ is to Be Seen In Everything.
  • Our children should see God, hear about God, and learn to love God at every turn.

This passage specifically instructs us to teach our children the commandments.

  • V-7 “Impress them on your children,” Means to implant them on our children’s hearts.
  • We impress the truth through regular, ongoing conversations and instruction. This requires repetition and patience.

 

The commandments that we’re to teach refer specifically to the 10 Commandments, [GODS PRINCIPLES] which tell us how to love God and others…God’s ways for all of life.

  • This includes the hope of the Gospel itself, and His will for our relationships, our work, our recreation, our suffering, our money, our health, and our character.

 

As You teach Your children, share your own experiences with God to help them understand who God is and what it means to have a relationship with Him.

  • Tell them about how God Saved You and How He has Been Faithful in Your life!
  • Share with your children what You’re learning as you Read the Bible and teach them to ask, “What does the Bible say about this?” Let them know you’re praying for them.
  • Pray together for the needs of the family and Praise God for His faithfulness.
  • Point out evidences of God’s grace to your family.

 

As parents, there are so many wonderful opportunities we can give our children, but having godly priorities recalibrates our vision of what it means to parent well.

  • God isn’t an afterthought, a box to check off, or a weapon that guilts our children into good behavior. Our relationship with God is the most important part of our lives.
  • Knowing and loving Him brings blessings unlike anything the world has to offer, and pursuing godliness is the one endeavor that “holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come” (1 Tim 4:8).

 

God wants you to teach your children to know and love Him, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bless your children with a great education, opportunities, and nice things.

  • It doesn’t mean your children must live a sheltered, holier-than-thou existence, or go to a Christian school.
  • But sometimes we can provide a lot of good things but miss the main thing. Make sure the extras do not detract from the essentials.

 

STORY: One day as a man was crossing a street, an old man stopped him and said, “Excuse me, sir, but I want to thank you.”  The man looked up and exclaimed, “Thank me?”   He replied, “Yes sir,  I used to be a ticket collector, and whenever you went by you always gave me a cheerful smile and a good morning. I knew that smile must come from inside somewhere. Then one morning I saw a little Bible in your hand. So I bought one, too, and I found out about Jesus from that Bible.  Now I Too Am Saved!”

 

This ticket collector man saw something in that man that touched his heart.  And what he saw was Jesus living in and through his life.

  • That’s what I want in my Life! AND I’M SURE THAT YOU MEN DO AS WELL.
  • In your bags is a devotional book that focuses on Micah 6:8

 

Micah 6:8 “And what does the Lord require of you? To Act Justly and to Love Mercy and to Walk Humbly with Your God.” “Do Justice. Love Kindness.  Walk Humbly with Your God.

 

These words of Micah 6:8 are similar to the words that are found in Deut 10:12-13.

Moses asks“What does the Lord your God require of you.” To fear the Lord your God, to walk in his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and to keep the commandments and the laws of the Lord this day for your good.”

  • I like Micah 6:8…It is Succinct…Easy to Remember! 😊

 

Micah was preaching at what I call, the “End of the Good Times”, just before the Nation of Israel Fell Apart…There had been 40 years of Prosperity and Peace.

  • During times of prolonged prosperity and peace, People get Caught Up in the “Good Life” and often forget & ignore God and drift away from Him.
  • And just like Israel…It Happens to Us today Doesn’t it?

What God Required of People in the Days of Micah are the Same Things that God Requires of Us Today.

And With Today Being Father’s Day…I want to Focus Today’s Message on Fathers, Husbands & Grandfathers…The “Priests” of the Home

We Will look Closely at 3 Phrases in Micah 6:8 {Do Justice…Love Kindness… Walk Humbly with God}

 

It Is Important that Dads and ALL of Us Understand the Importance of Living These Commands Out Daily Before Our Children…And the World!

 

The First Thing We are Asked to do is to…Act Justly…Do Justice:

  • The word, used here in the Hebrew, means Judgment. It means God’s Wisdom, God’s Law, God’s Judgment…
  • MAIN IDEA…is That there would be Fairness, Fair Play and Equity within the Human Family.

 

Biblical Justice involves making Individuals, Communities, and the World Whole Just, by Upholding both Goodness and Impartiality.

 

Acting Justly, Stands at the Center of True Religion. James 1: 27, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world”

  • Proverbs 29:7 says, “The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern”.

KEY: The Only Justice Mankind Has Flows from God’s Heart and His Character.

 

Perfect Justice is what Motivates God throughout both the Old and New Testaments in His Judgments on Sin and Injustice.

 

Ps 51: 3-4 says, For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. 4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and “Justified” when you Judge.

  • Message, “You’re the One I’ve violated, and you’ve seen it all, seen the full extent of my evil. You have all the facts before you; whatever you decide about me is fair.

 

One of the Greatest Injustices People Succumb to is Self-Righteousness.

 

Self-Righteousness is the Belief that We Do Not Need Jesus…But that We are Just, Good and Right Apart from Him.

  • We Marginalize Him by Refusing to Sense Our Need for Him to Remove Our Sin and Make Us Whole/Righteous.
  • Beatitude #1 says, Blessed are the Poor in Spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of God.
  • Beatitude #2 Follows: Blessed are they who morn for they shall be comforted!

 

You and I are Blessed [APPROVED] BY GOD when We Understand that Without Christ in Our Lives We are Spiritual Beggars!

 

Self-Righteous People do Not Please God…Instead they…

  • Parade their Good Works…Love the Praise of Others…Are NOT Compassionate…
  • They Condemn Sinners and Reject Correction and Talk Back to God.

 

Only as We Turn from Self-Righteousness and Obediently Cling to Jesus can God Use Us to Restore Lives, the Church, and the World by the Spirit of the Lord.

  • This is the First Important Character that Our Children Must See in Us!

The Second Phrase is to “Love Kindness”…Kindness is Compassion, Sympathy, Gentleness, Benevolence and Helpfulness. I read a story about theological students at Harvard who were Preparing for Ministry. These students were taking their final examination on the topic: Kant’s Moral Imperative.  The final examination for this class gave the students two hours to write their philosophy with a ten minute break in the middle. The students wrote furiously for fifty-five minutes. Then the bell rang; the students all took a break and went out into the hallway.

  • There in the hallway was another student, not part of their class, sitting humped up on the floor, disheveled, looking like a mess. Now…The theological students were busy in conversation with each other, getting a drink of water, taking a bathroom break, and into the classroom they returned for the second hour of writing their philosophy of what it meant to be a moral human being.
  • Later, the students received their test results: THEY HAD ALL FAILED.
  • You see, All the students thought that their test was what they wrote for two hours in the classroom. The professor meanwhile was standing out in the hallway during the 10-Minute break and grading them on who approached the man humped down on the floor and spoke a kind word. Nobody Did.

 

This is what Jesus Met when he told the story about the Good Samaritan. A man was robbed and left for dead on the side of the road. Three people passed safely on the other side of the road. A Jewish priest. A Jewish rabbi. A third religious mucky-muck. It was only the Samaritan (An enemy of sorts) who stopped, knelt down and offered to help.

  • Mercy. Gentleness are the ingredients that God requires from his disciples.

Fundamental Human Kindness…to family, friends, work associates, classmates, and strangers in the hallway…THESE ARE TO BE TAUGHT TO OUR CHILDREN.

The Third Phrase is Walk Humbly with God!

  • The First Word is, “WALK”. Think About WALK…WALKING is the OPPOSITE of RUNNING. WALKING IS A SLOW, DELIBERATE PACE!

 

Now, Look at the Word, “HUMBLY”. Humbly Means NOT Preoccupied with Ourselves.

  • Jesus said that the greatest person in the kingdom of God was a person who was humble like a little child…The Greatest Virtue of All the Virtues Is Humility.

 

Phil Chapter 2 says, Jesus “did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but humbled himself, becoming obedient onto death.”   {Jesus is Our Pattern Men!}

  • In the New Testament, the followers of Jesus were called by the name of Christian only once, But They Were Repeatedly Called SERVANTS… SLAVES.
  • As Christ we are to be Humble servants willing to sacrifice ourselves to listen to the needs of others and the desires of God.

I BELIEVE HUMILITY IS THE MOST DIFFICULT CHARACTER TRAIT TO DEVELOP ….AND THE GREATEST GIFT WE CAN GIVE TO OUR CHILDREN!

Here’s why…Humble Servants forget the busyness of their own lives throughout each day and listen to what God is saying through His Word.

  • To “Walk humbly” is a description of the heart’s attitude toward God, it is depending on Him rather than our own abilities (Micah 2:3).
  • The response of a Godly Heart is seen in Every Direction: Outward (Do Justice), Inward (Love Kindness), and Upward (Walk Humbly).
  • This is Gods Desire for Every Father, Husband and Grandfather!

TODAY’S LIFE POINT IS A Promise From God: Proverbs 22:6 “Start Children Off on the Way They Should Go, and Even When They are Old They Will Not Turn From It”.

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