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A Father’s Love | Sunday Message

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June 23, 2024 3:00 am

A Father’s Love | Sunday Message

A New Beginning / Greg Laurie

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June 23, 2024 3:00 am

Pastor Jonathan Laurie takes us into some of David’s final words, his final and most important exhortation to his son who will sit on the throne and take on the most important task of his life—building the temple for God.

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Focus verses: 1 Chronicles 28 / Psalm 72 

1. Leave an inheritance.
1 Chronicles 28:9–10
 
Deuteronomy 6:7–9
 
1. Leave an Inheritance.
2. Have grit.
1 Chronicles 28:20–21
 
Job 1:21
 
1. Leave an Inheritance.
1 Chronicles 28:9–10
2. Have grit.
1 Chronicles 28:20–21
3. Hope in Christ.
Psalm 72:8–17 (NKJV)
 
1 John 3:1

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Hey there. Thanks for listening to the Greg Laurie Podcast, a ministry supported by Harvest Partners. I'm Greg Laurie, encouraging you.

If you want to find out more about Harvest Ministries and learn more about how to become a Harvest Partner, just go to harvest.org. All right. Well, we are continuing in our series, as my dad just said, in the Psalms of David. We are wrapping up this week, and as it is Father's Day, I love getting to be a dad.

It's one of the great pleasures in my life. It's one of the great struggles in my life as well, to be honest, as we get into these preteen and teenage years. I've got a 19-year-old daughter, so she's almost out of it. And then we've got a 13-year-old daughter and then a 12-year-old son, almost 12.

And it's a fun season, but it's a difficult season, and every season is different, right? When your kids are little, it's like, oh, I can't wait to get out of these diapers and into this next thing. And then it's like, oh my goodness, the diapers were nothing in comparison to this attitude. I heard someone ask the question, what's the difference between Mother's Day and Father's Day?

I like how one little boy described it. He said, Father's Day is just like Mother's Day, only you don't spend as much on the gift. Come on. Is that true? Is that true? How come we're the ones that are running the barbecue on Father's Day? Okay, we want some reciprocation here.

No. But dads are so important today because in many ways, kids shape their view of God based on their earthly fathers. It's true. They base their view of God on their earthly fathers.

This happens so often. If their earthly father was mean or harsh or even abusive, they tend to view God that way. If their earthly father was aloof or distant or uncommunicative, then they think that God is that way as well.

Of course, we need to know that God isn't like that at all. He is loving. He is caring. He is nurturing.

And at the same time, God is just and righteous and holy. Fathers are a representative of God to their children, and that is why their role is so important today. And so, fathers, do well. Represent the attributes of your heavenly father, no matter what kind of dad you had in this life. You may have had the distant father.

You may have had the greatest father. Listen, learn what you can from your earthly fathers. But ultimately, we are called as men to reflect the attributes of our heavenly father.

Mercy, grace, justice, truth, integrity. That is what we are called to live out. And we can only do it by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen? And so, dads, let's live up to that challenge.

We need good dads now more than ever. Well, as we come to the end of our series today, the Psalms of David, we are looking at the end of David's life. He has lived a long and illustrious career.

He has been plucked from obscurity as the shepherd boy working in a field surrounded by sheep. And he's been dropped into the palace of Israel, acting as king over God's chosen people, considered to be the greatest king that has ever lived in Israel. And I would argue, probably the greatest king that's ever lived in all of history, not just in Israel. He has led Israel to prosperity at this point in his career. He has subdued their enemies.

He has established their borders, and he has furthered their borders, giving them a larger footprint. He's united Israel and Judah. But at this point in David's life, it was also marked by personal sin. Yes, he was a great man after God's own heart. Yes, he was a great warrior. Yes, he was a great victor. But he was also a man that had sin in his life.

He committed adultery with Bathsheba. He had pride in his own strength and ordered a census of Israel. But despite these failures, David was still the man after God's own heart.

I love that because ultimately that gives us hope. We see that David, as he comes to the end of his life, he is faced with a difficult reality. He learns that this great act of worship that he sets out to do, he wants to build a temple for God. He wants to build a house for the Lord to dwell in. He comes to learn that he will not be able to fulfill that great act of worship because of the sin he has committed in the past. The Lord told him that he's a man of war.

He has blood on his hands. You see, David, he wanted to build the Lord a house. He wanted God to have a beautiful home just as he did.

David lived in a beautiful palace made of marble and stone and ornate beauty. And he thought, why am I living in this beautiful place when the Lord, the presence of God with the Ark of the Covenant, which had been with the Hebrew people since they left Egypt out of captivity, had been living inside of something called a tabernacle. The tabernacle, it was a tent. It was a makeshift structure.

It was something that would get set up and torn down and set up and torn down. And now Israel is firmly established as a kingdom. It's got walls, it's got a palace, everything in Jerusalem. And yet the Lord in his presence is dwelling in a tent in this tabernacle. And so David says, God has blessed me so much. What can I do for the Lord? I will build him a house.

I will build him a house. David loved the Lord. He wanted to bless God.

And this was a great act of worship that he wanted to offer. But the Lord told David, you want to build me a house? I am going to build you a house, the Lord said. You will not be the one to build a temple for me, but I am going to bless you and preserve your name and your lineage forever. Long after this temple is built and long after it's been torn down, your name will go on. I am going to bless one of your descendants on the throne forever.

And you want to bless me, but I am going to bless you. What the Lord is referring to here, I'm going to build you a house. He's talking about building David a legacy that would last forever beyond his son, beyond his grandson, beyond those that would sit on the throne as the kings of Israel. Where are the kings of Israel today?

There is no king of Israel. Israel is not what it once was because Jesus was the descendant that the Lord was talking about. Jesus was going to be the son of David that would sit on the throne forever.

Jesus, known as the son of David, was a direct descendant of King David on both his mother's side and his father's side, on his adoptive father's side, on Joseph's side, which is a direct fulfillment of this prophecy the Lord made to David thousands of years earlier. This is a beautiful picture of God's generosity. David was a flawed man, but he's still a man after God's own heart. He loved the Lord. He wanted to build God this great temple. The Lord told him, no, you're not qualified. You're disqualified.

You have blood on your hands. But what God did in return is he said, again, you're not going to build me a house. I am going to build you a house. I am going to bless you. You cannot outgive God.

I love this. You cannot outgive God. And so David is unable to build the temple. And so Solomon, the son of David and Bathsheba, the heir to the throne, is instead chosen to build the temple. And that brings us to our text now in 1 Chronicles chapter 28. This is believed to be the final exhortation of David to his son Solomon, a father's last words.

And I've titled this message today A Father's Love. And we'll be looking together at 1 Chronicles chapter 28, starting in verse six. David says these words to all the assembly that was gathered there together. Now the Lord said to me, it is your son Solomon who shall build my house and my courts, for I have chosen him to be my son and I will be his father. Moreover, I will establish my kingdom forever if he is steadfast to observe my commandments and my judgments as it is this day. Now, therefore, in the sight of all Israel, the assembly of the Lord, and in the hearing of our God, be careful to seek out all the commandments of the Lord your God, that you may possess this good land and leave it as an inheritance for your children after you forever. These are his words to the assembly, and now he shifts his words to his son Solomon in verse nine. As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father. Serve him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you. But if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever. Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary.

Be strong and do it. And then David gave his son Solomon the plans for the vestibule, its houses, its treasuries, its upper chambers, its inner chambers, and the place of the mercy seat. And the plans for all that he had by the spirit of the courts of the house of the Lord and all the chambers all around of the treasuries of the house of God, and of the treasuries for the dedicated things, also for the division of the priests and the Levites, for all the work of the service of the house of the Lord, and for all the articles of service in the house of the Lord.

Let's stop there. Father, we ask now that as we look at this passage of scripture and these scriptures that we see clearly point to you, these scriptures that clearly help us to see what really matters in this life is our faith in you, our integrity, our grit, our determination to follow you, Lord. We thank you that we, like David, we sin, we fall short, but, Lord, you are so quick to forgive us and restore us and bless us when we recognize that sin and repent of it. God, you are the greatest Father we could ever have, and we love you. And it's in Jesus' name we pray together. Amen.

Amen. So, again, our message title today is A Father's Love, and that brings us to point number one. A father's love will, number one, leave an inheritance.

A father's love will leave an inheritance. So we just read some of David's final words, his final and most important exhortation to his son concerning the building of this temple, the throne that ultimately the Lord is going to be sitting at is in heaven, but his presence on earth will dwell in the temple of God. And in that exhortation, we really see David boil down what the motive behind building this temple is in verses 9 to 10, where he says, And when he found out that he was not going to be the one to build the house of God, when he found out he was not going to be the one to build the temple, he made the wise choice to do everything he could short of stacking the stones on top of each other.

He wanted to ensure his son's success. He wanted to make sure that Solomon would get the job done well, and that fills my heart to think about that. David didn't make it all about himself. He didn't throw a pity party when God said, you are not going to be the one to build me a temple.

You are not going to be the one because you have blood on your hands. David didn't throw a tantrum. He didn't get upset. He didn't argue with the Lord. He just agreed, and he went with it. And he didn't say to himself or everybody else, I wanted it to be known as David's temple.

He didn't make it all about him. He accepted the Lord's will. Now, we should contrast that with that of Saul. When Saul learned that he would no longer be the one to sit on the throne, also something that was discouraging, that's a bummer for him.

He failed as well. How did Saul react? He was disobedient even further. He did everything he could to kill David and ensure that he would sit on the throne as long as he lived. So we see this totally different mindset that David had. He accepted the Lord's will. He embraced the Lord's will.

And he ultimately sought to accomplish the Lord's will in helping his son fulfill God's will by building this temple. David was phenomenally gifted with organizational skills. I don't know if it had something to do with spending all that time with the sheep, right? As a shepherd, there was a lot of sheep. He oversaw a lot of sheep.

His father had a lot of them, I'm sure. And so counting them, okay, there's one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten. You know, counting sheep, I don't know how he didn't get sleepy doing that. That's the way you fall asleep, right? In the cartoons that are jumping over a fence usually.

That never worked for me. So I don't know if it was because David was counting sheep all the time, keeping track of the young sheep. Okay, these sheep are getting close to the time for shearing.

These sheep haven't eaten yet, so we need to go over to this pasture over here. I mean, that's a lot to manage. But David took it very seriously, and so he had these amazing organizational skills. And we see that gifting on full display in chapters 23 to 26 if you want to look at that. If you're someone that's into organization, look at David's organizational gifting in chapters 23 to 26.

If you're not organizationally gifted, those chapters might help put you to sleep because that is just a lot of numbers, a lot of detail. It's amazing, but yeah, you see just his skill and his gifting on full display. It outlines the instructions that David gave to organize and build this whole operation of building the temple. It was a massive, massive operation thousands of years ahead of its time, and David set it all up for his son so that he would succeed. David also personally provided out of his own account an insane amount of gold and silver to be used in the temple's construction. He gave 100,000 talents of gold so that they could be put in the temple, and they would be used in all the ornate and all the fixtures and all the different things. A hundred thousand talents of gold.

How much is that? Well, a talent of gold is believed to have been around 75 pounds, okay? So that means you get 7.5 million pounds of gold or 3,400 metric tons of gold. He also gave 1 million talents of silver, which would make 75 million pounds of silver. That means that David roughly gave to the temple's construction $213 billion in gold and $27.3 billion in silver. All Solomon really had to do was take this inheritance from his father, take this charge, these instructions from his father, and follow after them.

David just was there to oversee it and make sure it all went to plan. It was a fine oiled machine like nobody had ever seen, all done for God. What an inheritance Solomon received from his father, the man after God's own heart. You know, here today, all of us, we are all leaving an inheritance to the next generation. That's right, all of us here are leaving an inheritance to the next generation. You may be a dad, you may not be a dad.

You might be 17, you might be 71, you might be 117. You are leaving an inheritance. And it's important to think about today what you are leaving behind for your children and ultimately for the next generation. The most important inheritance that you will leave to your children is not some stock portfolio or real estate or cars or jewelry or a library or some cash under your mattress. Now, we see David's inheritance to Solomon was not insight on how to manage his portfolio or how to work this tax loophole or how to learn this secret handshake or even build alliances with surrounding nations. David's exhortation, his inheritance to Solomon was singular. He said in 1 Chronicles 28, 9, Know the God of your father, serve him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind. David knew this was the most important thing he could leave to his son.

It was a relationship with God, the God that gave him everything, the God that plucked him out of obscurity and placed him on the throne of Israel. Know the God of your father and serve him with a loyal heart. When we leave this world, we come to the end of our lives at a ripe old age. We will not be so concerned with what we have and what we are leaving behind.

It won't matter the cars, the houses, the clothes, whatever. It's not what you have that you will want to leave to your children, it's who. Who you leave to your children, who you have and who you'll ultimately leave to your descendants that really matters. Deuteronomy 6 says this, You shall teach them about God diligently to your children, and you shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hands and they shall be as frontlets between your eyelids.

You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. It is who you have that matters. These words are not only for people who are fathers and mothers and grandparents again, this is for every generation. Know the Lord, follow him, seek after him, and he will be found by you. This is an inheritance that we have been given. This is an inheritance that we should leave behind. When we've put our faith in Christ, the legacy that we leave behind, whether we have kids or not, is going to be a positive one and it's going to help further the kingdom of heaven. So let's fulfill and let's walk in that inheritance that we've been given of eternal life and of the Holy Spirit.

That brings us to number two. A father's love will have grit. It will have grit. 1 Chronicles 28 verse 20 says this, And David said to Solomon, Be strong and of good courage, and do it. Do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God, my God, will be with you. He will not leave you or forsake you until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord. Here are the provisions of the priests and the Levites for all the service of the house of God, and every willing craftsman will be with you for all manner of workmanship, for every kind of service.

Also the leaders and all the people will be completely at your command. David had grit. Even when things got difficult in his relationship with God, even when things got difficult in his personal life, he still followed the Lord. This is something we need to demonstrate to our kids and to everybody around us, an unwavering determination and resolve to get it done. It seems people today don't have grit that much.

It seems like it was something from the old generation, the greatest generation. They saw a job that needed to get done. They needed to serve their country. They needed to provide for their families, and so they did it, and they stuck it out, and they were married for 80 years, right? They hated each other, but they stayed married, and they were committed to each other. They worked at a job that they didn't like for decades and decades, but they stuck it out because, well, that's just what you do, right?

You shake their hand, and you feel like it's going to cut you because it feels like a rock. David had grit, and we need to have grit as well. We need to have grit in our marriages. Yeah, it's hard.

Yeah, there's disagreements. Yeah, there may even be sin in your marriage and unbelief from your spouse in your marriage. Listen, stay with it. Stick it through.

Good things are not easy. You'll be thankful when you look back, and even as you've gone through difficulties, and there's exceptions for this, of course, but it seems today we're on the other side of the spectrum, so it's important to remind everyone, listen, you made a vow before God that you would stay married to this person, and just because there's a cute young guy at church now who's a Christian, and you feel called to go marry him, leave the heathen child and go marry the cute young guy that wears the Christian T-shirt and has the cross tattoo on his forearm. Listen, you stay in that marriage.

You stick with it, and you pray for your husband, and you pray for your wife, and you see what God will do as a result. Have grit. Stick with it. In your job, stick it out.

Yeah, amen. In your job, stick it out. Have grit. Work hard. Don't expect in the first couple years of your job to get all the accolades and the promotions and the celebration for completing your task on time. Don't expect that. That's what the money is for.

You're getting paid to do that job. Have grit with your kids. They may not grab a concept right away, or you're trying to teach them in math. They may recoil when you try and lead them. They may not like the fact when you're trying to discipline them and teach them and help them to follow a good structure and have good plans and foundations in their life. They may want to run from that. Listen, have grit.

Stick it out, especially after you spend that $3,000 on sports equipment for them and they decide they don't like that sport anymore all of a sudden. Stick with it. Don't give up. But most importantly, we need to have grit in our Christian faith. We need to have grit in our faith. Success in the Christian life has been said as long obedience in the same direction. Long obedience in the same direction. The Christian life is not all Goliath-conquering, cloud-opening, audible voice of God moments.

Mountaintop experiences, yeah, they come and go. But there's also the valley of the shadow of death. There's also the inevitability of spiritual attack and sin and suffering in the life of the believer. What David demonstrated was that even when he was persecuted by Saul, even when he was on the run from his own son Absalom, listen to this, he was entirely dependent on the Lord. Even when he was going through hardship, he still depended on the Lord.

He easily could have just said, oh, I'm done with the whole thing. I'm going to start worshipping false gods, other idols of other nations. They're welcoming me in into these other places. The Philistines are letting me come and live here part-time. And so you know what?

I'm just going to do this. No, David was always a man of character and he always had a heart completely devoted to the Lord. Even when it was hard, when it was good times and when it was bad times, he was dependent on the Lord. This is true grit.

Grit is essential for the follower of Jesus Christ. Job, in the book of Job, we read about him. Job was a man of grit. He was a man of character. He was a man of deep personal resolve and faith to God. He showed his grit when he learned the news about when he found all his livestock had been killed.

They had been stolen as well. His servants had been murdered. All his children were killed because the house collapsed on them.

All in a matter of moments this information was shared with him. His life was over. The things that mattered most to him were taken from him. And Job's reply was not to curse God.

It was not to get drunk. No, instead he tore his clothes. He put ashes on his head and he said in Job 1 21, Naked came I into this world and naked go I out. The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

This is grit. This is true spiritual resolve. This is a faith that we need to live out. David demonstrated grit and how he responded also to his own sin. To his own sin. Now every believer should sin less, right? As we put our faith in Christ we go through a process called sanctification where day by day the Lord is renewing us and shaping us into the image of his own dear son Jesus. That is the job of a Christian. Well that's the job of the Holy Spirit but that is what should happen in the life of a Christian. We begin to look more and more like Jesus.

That's sanctification. So every believer should sin less but, I'll tell you from personal experience, every believer will not be sinless. We will not be sinless that's for sure. And so it's not a matter of if you sin, it's when you sin.

And when it happens and when you're confronted by the Holy Spirit in your devotions, by your friends, by your conscience, how will you respond? Will you be like David and you will say, I am the man, I have sinned against the Lord. Will you be like Saul?

No, he's wrong and be prideful and make excuses. Now you might say, Jonathan, isn't it hypocrisy for a Christian to continue to sin and still call themselves a Christian? An important distinction between a true follower of Jesus Christ is that when they sin, and they will, and you will, and I will, when they sin, when a Christian sins, they recognize it as such. They confess it to God, they repent, and they strive with the power of the Holy Spirit to distance themselves from it. Hypocrisy is when someone sins and they make excuses for it and then condemns others for the same sin that they struggle with, right? Hypocrisy is pretending to be spiritual and above that sin.

Hypocrisy is simply acting like something that you are not. And so David tells Solomon in verse 20, Have grit, be strong, be of good courage, do not fear, do not be dismayed, for the Lord God, my God, He will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you. When you demonstrate this resolve to your children, fathers, when you demonstrate this resolve to your friends, to your co-workers, it means something. If your church attendance is annual, and your marriage, and your business, and your finances, and your health are all falling apart, your kids are going to learn from this.

And many times they're going to repeat the same behavior. The best things in life never come easy. You're going to look back someday and you're going to think, Man, I really wish I stuck it out in this area.

I really wish I committed to the church more often, and I took my family there. I wish that I did the hard thing. The best things in life never come easy. That's where grit, that's where that resolve comes from. And Janet Jackson, she's saying the best things in life might be free.

That's true, but you've still got to work for them. Amen? So whether you have kids at home, or whether you're a kid yourself, or you're unmarried, or you don't have kids, whatever, these fatherly words of David apply to all of us. Be strong and be of good courage.

Do it. Do not fear. Do not be dismayed. For the Lord God, my God, will be with you. And so a father's love will, number one, leave an inheritance. A father's love will, number two, have grit. And number three, a father's love will hope in Christ. It will point to Christ and it will hope in Christ. Now let's read Psalm chapter 72. This is the Psalms of David after all.

We're finally getting to the Psalm of David. So Psalm 72 verse 8, He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river to the ends of the earth. Those who dwell in the wilderness will bow before Him, and His enemies will lick the dust. The kings of Tarshish and of the isles will bring presents. The kings of Sheba and Seba will offer gifts. Yes, all kings shall fall down before Him, all nations shall serve Him, for He will deliver the needy when He cries, the poor also, and Him who has no helper. He will spare the poor and the needy, and will save the souls of the needy. He will redeem their life from oppression and violence, and precious shall be their blood in His sight. And He shall live, and the gold of Sheba will be given to Him. Prayer also will be made for Him continually, and daily He shall be praised.

There will be an abundance of grain on the earth, and on top of the mountains its fruit shall wave like Lebanon, and those of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth. His name shall endure forever, and His name shall continue as long as the sun, and men shall be blessed in Him. All nations shall call Him blessed." Now this psalm, if you see in your Bible, it actually says a psalm of Solomon. But at the end of it, in verse 20, it says, the prayers of David, the son of Jesse, are concluded.

And so commentators speculate that, yes, Solomon may have been the one to pen this psalm, but it was ultimately his father's words that he wrote. And so we see that this was some of the last words of King David pointing to Jesus. We see that these verses, they don't appear to focus on David. They don't focus on Solomon.

They don't focus on any king. They point to the king of kings, the son of David, the son of God, Jesus Christ, our Savior. You see, David pointed to Jesus. He pointed Solomon to Jesus as a father, and David looked to Jesus as a father. Listen, there is no king, there is no father, there is no coach or pastor or teacher or mentor or uncle or man. There is no mere human who will perfectly lead and guide us in this life. And what we see is David pointing his son to someone greater, a greater king, a greater father, a greater man after God's own heart, a greater man than David, and a greater than Solomon is here, one whose name shall endure forever and whose name shall continue as long as the son and men shall be blessed in him and all nations shall call him blessed. It's Jesus. It's Jesus that he's talking about. Jesus is the only one who will never let you down. Jesus is the only father figure who will not fail you.

Jesus was tempted in all points, just as we are tempted, and yet he did not sin. And so in closing, you may be here today, and you have a hole in your heart where a father should have been. I want to tell you today, I'm sorry.

I know that must be a very difficult thing. I'm glad you're here. I'm glad you're at church today. It could be that you grew up with an abusive father, or you grew up without a father, or maybe you had a mean father, or maybe your father was apathetic towards you and he never took any interest in you, and he didn't show you the affection and love that a father should. Or it could be that you're a father and you failed. You feel deep remorse and regret because you were not there for your children the way that you should have, and you look back on your children's childhood, and there's nothing you can do to get it back. You didn't disciple them, you didn't lead them, you didn't bring them to church, you didn't take an interest in their lives, and now you finally got what you wanted all along.

You're alone, and you can focus all your energy and attention and money on yourself, and now you're realizing that you actually blew it big time. I want to tell you today that whether you're a neglectful father or you've been a neglected child, the answer is Jesus Christ. Anywhere in between, Jesus is the answer. The forgiveness that he offers, the life that he lived is enough for you.

It's never too late, by the way, to start being that father that you wanted to be, and it's never too late to turn and look to God and to look to Jesus as that father figure in your life, and it never hurts for you to say, I'm sorry to those that you have hurt. My dad, who stood up on the stage and introduced me, if you don't know his story, you may think that he was raised in the lap of luxury or that he was raised with the perfect father who was there for him, but if you know my dad's story, you know that it's the opposite. He was passed around to different people in the family.

His mom was married and divorced seven times. He never knew his biological father, and every one of his mom's new husbands, she told him, this is your new dad, Greg, but not one of them was much of a father, except for one for a very short time, Oscar Laurie, who gave us our name. But as I look at my dad and growing up, and I see the type of father that he was for me and for my brother, and the type of father he still is for me and to my kids and to my family and to so many, that type of figure that he is, it's very clear that he did not learn these things from these dads that he was passed around to.

No, this type of love, this type of leadership was shown to him by his father in heaven. And I share this today and not to puff my dad up or our family up, but to point to you, if he did it for him, if he's done it for us, he can do it for you as well. You may think I don't have a father figure. I didn't have that type of dad growing up.

How could I ever live out these things? Nobody ever showed me, listen, your father in heaven loves you and he gives you his Holy Spirit and enables you to be that father that maybe you never had. And if you're on the other side of that, again, you didn't have that father figure. Look to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.

He is the perfect example. And so in closing together today, I want to read this last scripture. 1 John 3, 1, we see, Behold what manner of the love the Father has bestowed on us that we should be called the children of God. And so whether you're a dad or whether you're a grandpa or whether you're a kid or whether you're a mom or whatever you might be, we are all invited to be children in the family of God.

This is the great blessing. This is the great hope for the believer. That we could be called children of God. That we could be called heirs to the throne even.

Jesus is going to sit on the throne, but we're also heirs. Somehow we're grafted into this promise. We are brought into the family of God and you can have that hope today. You can have your sin forgiven. You can have the power that you need, the strength that you need to be the Father that you never had and to have that hole filled in your heart that a father should have filled.

Listen, God can do that for you. And so if that's you and you would like to have that hope, respond to this invitation now. Let's all pray. Heavenly Father, we love you and we thank you for sending Jesus who in our place died on the cross. He shed his blood because we've messed up.

We've fallen short. The Lord, we're so thankful that you didn't just come to redeem our lives and save us from hell. You came to give us life and life more abundantly. You came to fill that hole in our hearts with your love, your perfect love, that even a father's love, even a perfect mother's love could not fill completely. All that that does is ultimately point us to the greatest version of this, which is what you offer to every man, woman and child today.

And so while our heads are bowed and our eyes are closed and we're praying, there may be some who have not yet put their faith in Christ and you're saying, that's me. I have that hole in my heart where I feel that I've failed as a parent or I failed just as a person and I need that forgiveness. And I want to have that hope and I ultimately want to be the person God has called me to. Or if you're the person who is looking for that hole to be filled because you didn't have a father or you have some hole in your heart that you're trying to fill it with other things, sex, drugs, alcohol, materialism, status, success, education, whatever it might be, it's all going to leave you empty. Only the love of the Father can fill that. Only a relationship with God can fill that hole in your heart. So if you'd like to receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and have that hole in your heart filled and have the hope of heaven and have your sin forgiven, pray this prayer. Wherever you are right now, pray this out loud after me. Dear God, I know that I'm a sinner. I know I've fallen short.

But I know Jesus died for my sin. And I thank you for that. God, I have this hole in my heart that I know only you can fill. So would you fill me? Would you satisfy me? And would you bless me? God, I want to be your child. And help me to walk with you and to follow you from this moment forward. In Jesus' name I pray.

Amen. Hey everybody, thanks for listening to this podcast. To learn more about Harvest Ministries, follow this show and consider supporting it. Just go to Harvest.org. And to find out how to know God personally, go to Harvest.org and click on Know God.
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