This is the time of year when young people everywhere will be preparing for another school year. Unfortunately, many of those children will leave school and go home to an empty house. Mothers will be working, fathers will be absent, and the children will basically be left alone to raise themselves. Some of them walk the streets, or hang out in odd places at different times of the day and night. What we see happening among today’s youth is clearly the result of a fatherless generation.
The theme of our recent men’s conference was Mentality; Men Who Win. I strongly believe that when a man allows his mind to agree with God’s Word, things will change in his life. There should be as many men in church services as there are women, and our men’s conferences should be as well-attended as our women’s conferences. There should be as many men serving in churches as there are women. Why do I say this? Men have been ordained by God to be the head of the family; therefore, when we are out of place spiritually, the entire family suffers.
Fathers should emulate God in their fathering by guiding their children according to the Word of God. At one of my previous men’s fellowship services, there were dozens of men in attendance who had never been fathered. I called them to the altar and began calling each of them by name and praying over their lives. As I prophetically confirmed their identity, I saw passion rise up within them. As they began to discover their identity for the first time, many of them fell to the floor in tears.
Young people need guidance. There are teenage boys who don’t have a clue as to what it means to be a man, and young women who don’t know their worth. Sadly, many young men and women lack the four basic needs every human being should have in order to thrive. Those basic needs are—acceptance, identity, security, and purpose. It all starts with having a father’s love. Fathers should constantly endeavor to love their children unconditionally. Fathers, we cannot allow our emotions to hinder our ability to properly love our children. Our sons and daughters should not have to seek their basic needs in all the wrong places, or feel there is something missing in their lives. I want to encourage you to develop a healthy, intimate relationship with your children. Spend quality time with them and let them know you passionately love and support them.
I remember coming home from one of my trips to Nigeria, and having my dad grab and hug me so intensely that something melted on the inside of me. That hug let me know how important I was to him. In that way, my father imitated God’s love for me, and it greatly enhanced our relationship.
I commend and appreciate good, hard-working, fathers who are there for their children. Your efforts will pay off. As you renew your mind with the Word of God, He will give you guidance and wisdom in providing for your family’s needs. I believe families can be restored when we understand how to function and operate according to the Word of God.
If you are reading this, and you have never known the love of your biological father, you can still experience a father’s love. You can start today, by developing a relationship with your Heavenly Father. Everyone should have an intimate relationship with Him. Receive His love through His Son, Jesus. Let go of past hurt and have the courage to move on. Allow Him to transform your life through His Word.
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