Psalms 112:1-10 (AMP) 1 PRAISE THE Lord! (Hallelujah!) Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who fears (reveres and worships) the Lord, who delights greatly in His commandments. 2 His [spiritual] offspring shall be mighty upon earth; the generation of the upright shall be blessed. 3 Prosperity and welfare are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever. 4 Light arises in the darkness for the upright, gracious, compassionate, and just [who are in right standing with God]. 5 It is well with the man who deals generously and lends, who conducts his affairs with justice. 6 He will not be moved forever; the [uncompromisingly] righteous (the upright, in right standing with God) shall be in everlasting remembrance. 7He shall not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is firmly fixed, trusting (leaning on and being confident) in the Lord. 8He His heart is established and steady, he will not be afraid while he waits to see his desire established upon his adversaries. 9 He has distributed freely [he has given to the poor and needy]; his righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God) endures forever; his horn shall be exalted in honor. 10The wicked man will see it and be grieved and angered, he will gnash his teeth and disappear [in despair]; the desire of the wicked shall perish and come to nothing.
Psalms 128:1-6 (AMP) 1BLESSED (HAPPY, fortunate, to be envied) is everyone who fears, reveres, and worships the Lord, who walks in His ways and lives according to His commandments. 2BLESSED For you shall eat [the fruit] of the labor of your hands; happy (blessed, fortunate, enviable) shall you be, and it shall be well with you. 3 Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine in the innermost parts of your house; your children shall be like olive plants round about your table. 4 Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who reverently and worshipfully fears the Lord. 5 May the Lord bless you out of Zion [His sanctuary], and may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life; 6 Yes, may you see your children’s children. Peace be upon Israel!
1 Corinthians 4:14-17 (AMP)14 I do not write this to shame you, but to warn and counsel you as my beloved children. 15 After all, though you should have ten thousand teachers (guides to direct you) in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the glad tidings (the Gospel). 16 So I urge and implore you, be imitators of me. 17For this very cause I sent to you Timothy, who is my beloved and trustworthy child in the Lord, who will recall to your minds my methods of proceeding and course of conduct and way of life in Christ, such as I teach everywhere in each of the churches.
- 63% of youth suicides are From Fatherless Homes
- 85% of children that exhibit behavioral disorders are from Fatherless Homes
- 80% of convicted rapists have grown up in Fatherless Homes
- 71% of teenage school dropouts are from Fatherless Homes
- 75% of all youth in drug abuse centers are from Fatherless Homes
- 70% of juveniles in state institutions come from Fatherless Homes
- 85% of youngsters in prison are from Fatherless Homes
- 70% of teen pregnancies are from Fatherless Homes
There are three common mistakes you need to avoid if you want to be an example worth following:
- Don’t cover up your mistakes
- Don’t criticize others while the children are watching
- Don’t maintain a fake front—always be yourself.
Job 1:5 5 And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings* according* to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.
- Intercessor: The life and ministry of Jesus show that intercession is an essential duty of every Priest
- Instructor: Instructing is another essential duty of a Priest. In the Old Testament times, in addition to Prophets, Priests also have served as the voice of God.
- Example: Someone said, “Example is nobler than advice.”
- Leader: Jesus is not just our great High Priest, but He is also the ultimate model for leadership.
A Super Sign
July 8, 1962 · Grass Valley, California
169 It’s predicted again, Malachi 4, that it’ll return again. There will be a super Seed rise up**. There’s got to be something stand up that’s got backbone and Christian integrity, certainly, that will take this Jezebel religion that’s been pushed even into our Pentecostal groups, somebody will stand with Christian Spirit and fire, with the Holy Ghost behind it, to prove that It’s right.** It shall be Light in the evening time! And He will restore the Faith of the children back to the pentecostal fathers, away from their dogmas and creeds. It’s got to come, and it will come! In the Name of the Lord, it will come!
And Knoweth It Not
August 15, 1965 · Jeffersonville, Indiana
287 O God! That’s like the pulpit. Where is man, man that’s man, that stands for a principle? Where is women that stands for a principle? Where is a church that stands for a principle? I ain’t got a nickel’s worth of time for a wishy-washy, give in, compromising spirit. A woman is a woman, let her be lady. If a man is a man, let him be man. 288If he’s a president…Where is our John Quincy Adamses? Where is our Abraham Lincolns, men of principle? Where is our Patrick Henry, said, “Give me liberty or give me death”? 289Where is a man that stands for what’s right? Where is the man that’s not afraid to speak out? Regardless, the whole world’s against him, speak out for what’s right; and stand for it and die for it. Where is our Arnold von Winkelried again today? Where is men of integrity? Where is men with spirit? They’re so wishy-washy and gaumed up until they don’t know where they stand.