TheTeachers Notes: On My Father’s Day Message to Fathers and Fathers To Be


MY HISTORY AS  A FATHER

God broke me when I recognized that I wanted my kids to be like me as a Christian and minister like me.

Much of what I did in my relationships with them was in expectation of wanting them to follow my footsteps.

I had a selfishly religious spirit with an angry edge. I had a holier than thou attitude especially with TV.

Fear will cause you to react in anger. Many times I reacted to my children with anger because I feared that they were not following in the footsteps of what I thought a Christian should be like. I had an angry fearful edge towards them.

Don’t try to mold your children into your image of a Christian.

Trust God and let Him mold them into what He wants for them.

 

A FATHER AND HIS CHILDREN

A father must learn to quickly forgive and to quickly ask for forgiveness when wrong.

This is a huge lesson that I learned with my children.

I have asked my kids to forgive me many times.

Forgiveness is not saying that you are sorry. It goes deeper than. A father must learn to ask for forgiveness from his children when wrong.

Your family is always a team. Your family is your first ministry. God will not give you a ministry in the church until you have adequately learned to minister to your family.

Communication is essential. Be transparent and honest before your children.

Preach little and live your life before them. Have a good time with your family.

Support the individual dreams of my children. Be there for them on their special occasions.

Your children are not called to follow our dreams unless it’s something that God put in their hearts.

Be a servant to your children.

Always let your children know that God and His will,  always come first.  The blessing upon a family will be proportional to its obedience to God by putting Him first.

A father who puts his family above God’s will run into problems. This is when a father makes his family into an idol.

Put your family second after God, but always before your job, church and ministry.

Let your children know that even in their very worst sin you will love them, never reject and be there for them.

It’s demonic when family members cut each other off for a host of reasons.

Welcome your kids to stay and live at home as long as they want to, that is until they get married.

Let them always feel welcomed to stay. Even when married let them know that this is their home.

If so, they will never want to seek a home somewhere else.

Let your kids know that you are their best friend. Children who know that their parents are their best friends will never look for the wrong friends elsewhere.

Let them know that they can share with you all things that they do, even the bad, the good and the ugly, and that they will never be rejected for them. If they know this, they will not keep secrets from you and do these secretive things in the wrong places.

If a child knows that they can come to you with everything good, bad and ugly, they won’t be tempted to do things in darkness and in the company of evil men.

 

A FATHER AND HIS WORLD

Pr 29:25  The fear of man bringeth a snare, but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

Become free from the fear of men but always fear God.

Not obeying God the first time is disobedience.

Be willing to lose your earthly reputation as a man pleaser. Become a fool for Christ.

Ga 1:10  For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I yet sought to please men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

A father is not a people please but a God pleaser. By that I mean that He will put God first.

A father is not politically correct but God correct. He is a world changer and a revivalist.

A father does not compromise the word of God under any circumstance.

2Ti 2:15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

A father must be a student of the Word of God, and disciple of Jesus Christ. The lack of a foundation of the Word of God in the church is its greatest problem.

If your Bible studies are limited to a Bible program on a smart phone you will never be free.

A father is at the very least a tither. He who does not tithe to the Lord will sooner or later run into financial problems.

I have always tithed to God on my gross and have never run into financial problems since 1979.  Instill that in your children and others.

 

A FATHER AND HIS SPIRITUAL CHILDREN

A Father is A Heart Knower

Ac 1:24  And they prayed and said, “Thou, Lord, who knowest the hearts ( the heart knower of all) of all men, show us which of these two Thou hast chosen,

A father is not religious but rather a listener and knower of all hearts.

He must embrace and accept unconditionally.

He does not embrace the sin, but the sinner.

He loves unconditionally and accepts unconditionally. That is not an acceptance of the sin but of the person.

A father is not religious but genuine.

He is authentic, and is not scared to make mistakes if he knows that he is willing to correct them.

Jas 1:19   Therefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;

A father is a good listener. He can learn to speak less than he listens.

Ps 16:11 Thou wilt show me the path of life; in Thy presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Transparency and realness to you who you are is a sign of wholeness. Be real to yourself. Let people know you for who you are. A father is on his way to wholeness.

Nothing brings wholeness faster than knowing what the Word of God says and the presence of God.

The opposite of pain is laughter and joy. The presence of Jesus is the pinnacle of laughter, pleasure and joy. Pain must dissolve where there is persistent laughter and joy. There is point in Jesus where every trace of pain caused by sin and brokenness departs. This should be the goals of fathers.

A father does not legislate Biblical morality to the sinner but draws people to Christ by demonstrating the Father’s love to them.

A father is ready to deal with a host of different people and show the fathers love to them.

A father who is free and whole does not become easily offended.

He rises above the offenses of others and never cuts off anyone because of their sin.  Even when hurt by another he will not shut them out.  He will be there for them in the midst of hurt.

A father must have a focus on the younger generations.

There is a responsibility to pass the baton.  There is a responsibility to disciple and mentor.

You and I will die. We must make disciples of those behind us. This is part of the legacy of a father.

2Ti 4:2  preach the Word. Be instant in season and out of season. Reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

A real father should be able to lovingly confront, and rebuke and reprove with all authority in love.

The love of God many times is not icky sweet and sugary.

Be able to lovingly confront, rebuke and reprove when sin is present.

 

A FATHER AS A LEADER

God is looking for fathers who will be leaders.

I am tired of seeing men in the church whose wives have to lead them, and pull them up by their bootstraps.

This is demonic and tragic and is an attack on the family.

Every father should forge his own way with the Lord. Don’t be as follower. Blaze your own trail.

You have something great to give. Don’t copy somebody else’s message.

Make a difference, leave a legacy.

Php 3:12  It is not as though I had already attained it, nor were already perfect; but I follow after, that I may sieze hold of that for which Christ Jesus also seized hold of me.

Eph 5:16  Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Be a doer. Don’t waste time. Redeem the time because the days are evil.

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I Bequeath You “The Land of the Hardened Heart of Your Rights”


Today I discovered the greatest, most profound, and the most destructive, of my prisons.

Really, I did not discover it. Jesus had taken me there.

This is the prison of my rights.

It was a deep and subconscious penitentiary; a moated and lofty castle of my rights, my life, my control, my religion, my opinions, my beliefs, my expectations, my dreams, and my plans.

This was the one castle which I would not allow God in. I had assembled it when I had been hurt as a child, when fear and mistrust came in.

It was a towering shelter for me protecting myself. In this high citadel of my rights, no one and nothing could hurt me. Not even God, Himself.

From here I controlled my life, even my death. The dilemma though, is that because I am born in sin, it blinded me, and the path that I conjectured ended in destruction.  A blind man cannot see.

I had a glimpse of this mental fortress.  It was a little drought stricken piece of land, incredibly dry and cracked. Rain had not fallen upon  it for many, many years.

There was one little sickly plant that had broken through its fissured terrain.

That little plant represented all my rights, I had vowed to defend. It had shut me in oppressed, and separated from my loving Creator.

I prayed today, and felt a stone hard place in my soul, close to my heart, where this land resides for all people.  It’s named, “hardness and embitterment of heart.”

Everybody owns it. It’s the created place of past pain, where everybody vowed not to be hurt again, and now dwell apparently protected  in this  “ the land of the hardened heart of my rights.”

As I intercessed in earnest, Jesus opened the padlock to this prison and let me out. I know now that I can be healed and freed.

Every person partakes of this prison. Every human lives in the parched and barren land of his rights. He will do anything not to relinquish it . He might even go to hell claiming this land, even if all he has is its memories.

“Not even God will I let in”, he swears.

It’s all about protecting this little parched piece of land. It’s the little place of safety. We believe that we know better than God, as we pace back and forth in unmitigated darkness, in this our tiny castled dungeon, feeling very right, justified and smart.

“I know that God is out to steal this dungeon right from under my feet; He is such a bully”, another protests.

What God has is so much more extravagantly massive, yet in the blindness of  pain, we clench to our detention house.

We are on a miniscule sandbar in the middle of an enormous ocean of blessings that God has for us, but we are so intent on holding on to the sandbar of our rights, that we never look up to see the waters around us.

“ The sandbar is mine”, she says.

“It’s my rights, it’s my opinions, and it’s my life.”

So we give up the colossal for the minuscule, and justify ourselves in doing so.

In reality, the only rights given to us are the right to worship and obey God.  I mean, God is the only one who is not blind.

Many will die in this prison, clenching this tiny dust bowl with the last gasp of breath.

I wish that I would have surrendered earlier to the One who can be fully trusted, and who longed to get me out, and not served a miserable 57 year sentence.

I praise God that I am finally out, though.

When will you be done with your sentence?

Anointing a piece of land for a training center in Maashuru, Kenya.

The USA and the Wheelbarrow


I just got up from my knees after praying for the USA. I was startled by the vision that God gave to me. It was a vision of America as a wheel barrow. When a wheel barrow is full of dirt a man takes it to a designated place, lifts it up by its handles and empties out the dirt. The effect of the wheel barrow lifted up diagonally and the counter effect of the earth’s gravity on the dirt inside efficiently causes all the dirt to empty itself out.

I saw the strong hands and arms of the Lord lift up the USA high from its northeast region such as from Washington DC to Maine. The country was hinged down in California so that it could not be moved from its place. When the Lord lifted up the northeast part of the country the rotation occurred diagonally around that hinge.

Everybody who did not have a living relationship with the Lord Jesus just slid down violently towards California, just as dirt is poured out of the wheel barrow. It was impossible for them to hold on to anything they had.

Those that were in the Lord but had a shallow, lukewarm, and worldly relationship were given a horizontal pole to hold on to. They had to grab on to the pole in dear life suspended horizontally in the fierce wind of the uplifting motion. The wind of action of the Lord pulled all of their clothes from them and they were left totally naked holding on to the pole. This signified that God was going to strip them from everything that was not of Him and leave them bare and naked.

Those that had a strong and committed walk with the Lord were given a seat to sit on and a thick pole in front of them to embrace with their arms. When the Lord did the heavy lifting of the northeast part of the country they were safe, secure and unmoved.

The Sink Hole, The White House, and Wall Street


About eight years ago, our family was invited to the home of Pastor Lalitha Rachur, in New Mexico to pray in the New Year. During this time I had a vision of the map of the USA with a caved in hole around the area of Connecticut and Massachusetts. Since that time I have been puzzled and disturbed by the vision, never getting an answer from the Lord as to what it means.

Last night (11/25/2008)  I was praying and I re asked God for the interpretation.

What He revealed me left me so troubled that I could do nothing more than ask Him to have mercy on our great nation, the USA.

The caved in hole was being progressively dug by several bulldozers. The bulldozers just kept repetitively digging up dirt and flinging it behind them. There was no rhyme or reason to their digging. The thoughtless dredging of the earth represents our American mindsets. It is a zombie like, robotic, unthinking consumption.

It was a wasteful, non-stopping, digging, excavating, grabbing and dumping, over and over and over.

A lustful need for more and more, without discernment, or thankfulness to God, or thinking of our neighbors, or our future, or of our children, was what I saw. Just a digging, grabbing, and dumping, a digging, grabbing and dumping, ensued throughout the vision.

If you have ever seen the phenomena of a sinkhole, as the hole widens, suddenly homes hundred reds of feet away,  lose their foundation and sink into the hole.

I suddenly saw the White House and Wall Street totally lose their foundation and collapse in into the loose soil near to the hole. By all effects, there was no more Main Street or Wall Street.

I realized then that America had not foundation except soil. I cried, O God, bring in some cement into the soil so that our White House or Wall Street do not collapse into the sink hole.

I realized that the cement must be brought in by the church. As I cried, it seemed like bits of cement were being injected into the soil around it, but it seemed too little.

We the church have been so asleep. After I got off my knees and went back to bed, I wonder if it is too little too late or of we still have time to awaken and place enough of the foundation of God into this land to prevent a total collapse of this country. I will continue to pray.

The Kenyans say, “Where God reveals God deals. “ I am thinking about my children and the generation that we are mentoring!

This Vision Came On

11/25/2008

The Fork,The Butt, And The Rats


This vision was given about three years ago!

Last night in prayer God gave me a vision of the USA.

I could see what were many narrow tunnels burrowed into and below the surface of the land in an area of the country.

Perplexed at first by these slender excavations, I then in the vision saw rats making their way into the depths of the country through these passageways.  I was reminded that in places like New York City rats live in the cavernous and undetected sewers of the city.

The vision then changed to where I observed a large colony of rats, probably about a hundred, congregate together in a deep and large crevice beneath the land. These were the ones who had successfully dug through the slender burrows from the surface of our great nation. They were in constant interaction, what appeared at times like arguments, other like rebukes and corrections and others like whispered planning.

In the midst of all of these deliberations, there arose from their midst what was a rat with an Islamic cap.

The vision further progressed so that this Islamic rat acquired what appeared to be a fork.  He pushed the fork prongs up through the ground and out through the surface of the country.  As the fork emerged through the surface and into the outside I saw American people. They all looked like clones. They were fat, pot-bellied, totally out of shape, lethargic, balding and “couch potato” looking men. More than the physical nature of these folks, God’ told me that they were un discerning, unaware, foolish, and ignorant to what was going on.

They were all in a sitting type of posture, though I could not see chairs. The sitting position describes an additional lack of alertness and readiness. This is God’s description of the average American in the year 2009!  Three years later after this vision, the state of the average American has not changed!

The rat underneath the ground with the protruding fork stabbed the first man in his butt, lifted him up and moved him stealthily away from where he was, to another place. The man did not recognize what happened. As he was lifted up by the fork he kept his sitting position intact and where the fork placed him again, he remained unaware and in the same sitting position.

The Islamic rat and his underground cohorts repeated this action with a number of the cloned people moving them successfully from one place to another. Finally a space had been cleared out on the land. The rat emerged out into the open with his Islamic cap and what appeared to be a tablet of paper and a pencil and was writing. He was instituting Islamic doctrine and law in the USA.

Folks, the time is here. This vision from the Lord tells us what is already happening. The tunnels have been dug. The rats are beneath and underneath in the created sewers of our arrogance, and the rejection of God’s guidance and laws.  An appraisal of the awareness grade of a nation is found in its gullibility and naivety.  America scores high in this, I am sad to say.

I believe that if the Antichrist would show up with quick fix solutions to our most pressing problems, America would follow him.

Re 13:3  And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

In my burdened state I asked the Lord what to do.

He told me that our intercession would begin to excavate into the tunnels made by these rats until their diabolical plan could be revealed. I felt that the work would not be easy. This is a great and urgent calling to the Body of Christ from the Lord Himself

The fact that Jesus is revealing His secret means that we are being forewarned about that .

Am 3:7 Certainly, the Almighty LORD doesn’t do anything unless he first reveals his secret to his servants the prophets.

 

Jaws and the American Dollar


This was a prophetic vision I had three years ago.

As in the Jaws film where the unsuspecting swimmers are attacked by a huge shark, I saw swimmers gingerly swimming across the ocean blue. Huge sharks approached them from behind. The life guard who was a Christian prophet got up from his chair and blared out the warning of an impending attack. The swimmers were deaf and continued to swim on. These sharks were weird, though. They had the nose or snout of the a pig. They would approach the swimmers from behind and hit them with their snouts, but did not attack them. Because the sharks had not attacked, but simply butted the swimmers with the their noses, the former continued to feel safe, though many large sharks were in the waters.

As more and more sharks came unto the scene, the Christian life guard not only got up again and screamed, but got a megaphone and repeatedly uttered his voice onto the waters.

Suddenly the attack came. It happened in seconds. It was not an attack of carnage and blood. It was more one like countless household fuses massively short circuiting all at once. I could not see the sharks attack but I saw a mass and instantaneous short circuiting and explosive electronic power traverse across the waters.

I immediately saw the dollar sign and knew that it had to do with the demise of the American dollar and our economy. Every swimmer appeared dead as he or she floated head down, and back exposed in the ocean waters. Fortunately, there had been no carnage and the swimmers were not dead. They were all unconscious. The impact of the sudden electronic attack had rendered them unconscious.

Watchman Nee, the great Chinese apostle said that the only way to save a drowning man is to allow him to go unconscious and then he can be pulled safely out of the water. If a person attempts to save a drowning person when he is still kicking and flaying, both him and the one drowning will be pulled down to their deaths. So it is with a soul who does not know the Lord. While he is still arguing, and debating, and challenging the power and love of God, it is futile in many ways to continue to talk to him. We must wait until the circumstances of life and the folly of his own sins render him unconscious and then we can bring him to Christ.

I suspect from this that the demise of our dollar and economy which will render many unconscious, in hopelessness, distraught, and turmoil will prepare this country for a mighty revival of religion in Jesus Christ.