TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, October 22, 2018:
A male parent; the begetter of a child; God, the first person of the trinity; a protector and provider; the creator, founder of the world.
A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy habitation. God sets the solitary in families; He brings out those who are bound into prosperity; but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.
Psalm 68: 5-6.
Do not call anyone on earth father; for you have one father and He is in heaven.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Every day we receive emails from readers of our devotionals sharing concerns and asking for prayer concerning the father in the family. They tell us that he has left home leaving the wife and children. Many tells us that the father is at home but not working nor showing any leadership, physically or spiritually. Simply said the family unit is broken in far too many homes today.
Have you felt fatherless, all alone and no one understands? God’s nature is to be your Father and the Father to the fatherless. Remember you have:
• A heavenly father who sent His only Son to die on the cross to pay the penalty of your sins (John 3:16).
• A good father who loves you and wants to be with you, cares for you and delights in you (Romans 5:8).
• A father who has chosen you, adopted you and given to you His name – you are one of His children (Ephesians 1:5).
• God is preparing a home for you in heaven for eternity (John 14:2-3).
• God has given you an inheritance (Ephesians 1:11).
• God is your protector -- you are not alone, not abanded and not forsaken (I Corinthians 4:8-9).
• God has great plans for you and supports you every step you take on this earth.
You need to draw near to God today by reading His guide book to life for you -- the Bible and then to communicate to Him daily by praying. Take to Him your burdens, your cares your worries, your fears and as well your hopes and desires. He upholds you daily with His right hand and loves you very much. He has never left your side even though you may have left Him. He will not stop loving, caring and staying by your side every moment of every day.
Our memory verse for this week is found in John 3:17.
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
Thank You, dear Lord, for being my God and Father. Thank You for loving me and caring for me and forgiving me of all my wrong doings. Thank You for being my provider, my protector and most important, my Father.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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