Phyllis newsletter picWhen Father’s Day comes around, I can’t help but think about the fathers God placed in my life. My natural father was a wonderful man. He cared for his family more than anything in this world—he was my hero. In fact, one time when I was about five years old, I went to the barber shop with him and got my haircut just like him. Needless to say, my mother was NOT happy about that, but it didn’t bother me. He was everything to me, and I wanted to be just like him!

Then I think about my spiritual father, Rev. Kenneth E. Hagin. Because of him and his faithfulness to the plan of God, the course of my life changed forever, and I know countless others can testify to the same. A spiritual father is so important in the life of the believer. He is a pastor, a shepherd, a covering, and I cannot overemphasize the importance of this.

Over the years, I have watched people who once recognized the importance of a spiritual father lose sight of it. When Dad Hagin was still on the earth, my husband and I planned our yearly calendar around his meetings. Early on, God told us to follow him closely, and that is exactly what we did. We were with him during his final moments on this earth. Although I don’t hear him in meetings anymore, I still keep his voice playing all the time, and he feeds me like no other.

Finally, there is the Father God—our heavenly Father. The Word has much to say about fathers, but I love what 2 Corinthians 6:17-18 says, Wherefore, come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing: and I will receive you and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

When I was on vacation several years ago, I was meditating on some things regarding fathers. I was reminded of the last few days that my dad was on this earth. He was in a coma in the intensive care unit.  He would not respond to doctors or to any family members, but every time I would go into his room and say, “Daddy,” his eyes would immediately open—every single time.

When the Lord brought this back to me, he said, “Phyllis, just as your natural father would open his eyes and look at you, I am your Heavenly Father, and when you call out My name, My eyes are on you. What do you want?”

He then directed me to Second Chronicles 16:9, “The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.”

Words could never convey the care and love that the Father has toward us. When we call upon our Father, HE HEARS US, AND HIS EYES ARE UPON US. He sent His Son to pay the ultimate price so that you and I could experience all that the Father is, and it matters to Him that we are provided for in every arena of our lives.

Our Heavenly Father is the ultimate example of what earthly fathers should be, and just like there is honor and respect required to receive all God has for us, there is a level of respect and honor that ladies need to give their husbands. We must recognize that there is an anointing on fathers, and when that anointing is at work, our families will be blessed.

I want to give you three attributes of a father…

  1. Nourisher. This means fathers nurture—they rear and promote growth. They feed, maintain and support their children. If you are a father, you need to see yourself with this attribute.
  2. Protector. To a child, there is nothing as reassuring as the protection of a father. Psalm 91 paints a beautiful picture of the Father’s protection. As a protector, a father is like a guardian who protects those who are smaller and weaker.
  3. Upholder. This means he is to give support against an opponent; he will lift up, help and assist, and he’ll give comfort. Our Father God, our spiritual fathers, and our natural fathers are the ones who uphold us. But do you understand how they uphold us? They do it by the Word of God. Our Father God upholds us by the Word, our spiritual fathers uphold us by the Word that they minister to us, and our natural fathers uphold us by their words.

Our Heavenly Father, our spiritual fathers and our natural fathers all have a purpose in our lives. We need to yield to them and let them direct us and get us where we need to be. If you are a father, see yourself as a nourisher, a protector, and an upholder in your home. Walk in the image of your Heavenly Father. Imitate His example. As you do this by faith, you will impart these attributes to your children.

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