Hope Has A Name Week 3
Series: Hope Has A Name
December 13, 2020
HOPE HAS A NAME – 3
Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
“I was 25 years old before I could say the word ‘father’ while praying, because of the kind of relationship—or lack thereof—that I had with my dad. It didn’t roll off my tongue the way it did for many of my Christian friends... How could I come to God without fear when I had been scared to go home whenever Dad was there? How could I understand God’s love and faithfulness when Dad left town because he loved something, or someone, more than me? How can God be a mighty fortress of protection when Dad hit instead of hugged?” – Johnathan Edwards
Romans 8:15 (ESV) For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”
True SUCCESS is tied to knowing deep within the FATHER heart of God.
71% of all high school drop outs are from fatherless homes.
75% of teens in substance abuse centers are from fatherless homes.
98% of discipline issues were caused by the emotional damaged young boys whose common characteristic was fatherlessness
Almost every social ill faced by America’s children is related to fatherlessness.
Even if the enemy can’t keep us from faith in God, he can greatly LESSEN our joy and MINIMIZE our purpose by skewing our view of one word: father.
Psalm 68:5 “Father to the fatherless”
The NEVER SATISIFED dad.
Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing
Isaiah 49:15 “Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.
Psalm 139:6-11 O LORD, you have searched me and known me!... You formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it. Where could I go from your Spirit? Or where could I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol you are there!
The TIME-BOMB dad.
Psalm 103:8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.
The EMOTIONALLY DISTANT dad.
The Father is so emotionally connected to you that, according to Jesus’s parable of the prodigal son, He literally could not be HAPPY while you were away. (Luke 15)
1 John 3:1 “Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us!”
The ABSENT dad.
Ezekiel 49:35 The Lord Is THERE.
Hebrews 13:5 I will NEVER leave you or forsake you.
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