Monday, June 28, 2021

The Epistle of Jesus #7 Heaven Standing By Revelation 10

The Epistle of Jesus #7 Heaven Standing By Revelation 10

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Review / Chronology

I. The vision of Christ and letters to the seven churches. 1:9–3:22.

II. The Lamb opens the seven-sealed book is opened. 4:1–6:17.

III. The sealing of the 144,000 and the angels sounding the seven trumpets. 7:1–9:21.

What Is Happening In Heaven

It is natural for us at from time to time to wonder, is God aware of what is happening in my life? Is He aware of what is happening in this world? If God exists, if He loves us then why is there only silence coming from the Halls of Heaven?

Example: the book of Job takes place in two places. In chapter 1 the sons of God come before God and God questions them. Satan is also among those who come before God is Lucifer, Satan Job 1:6-12. 6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. 7 And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. 8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? 9 Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? 10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. 11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. 12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

In all that follows, with all that Job endures, all his suffering, all his losses and even when God speaks to him and corrects him, not once does God tell Job what was happening in heaven. God doesn’t say that Job as acting as God’s champion on the earth against the power of Satan, God doesn’t tell Job that even though he suffered greatly God limited what Satan could do. God doesn’t tell Job that his struggle and story would be read and shared down the ages to give hope, comfort and purpose to untold numbers of God’s children.

In the book of Revelation though, God takes a different approach and he opens up a window into heaven, for us and especially for those that will be enduring the tribulation upon the earth during this terrible period. Just as we can look back and see that what Job was going through was under God’s plan and purpose, those during the time of Jacobs trouble, the great tribulation will know that those last 7 years were part of God’s plan for his nation Israel and that events were taking place in heaven that meant the silence of heaven would be broken, and this time it would be broken for all time and eternity.

Revelation chapter 10 and 11 are an interlude, a parenthesis if you would, that takes place between the 6th trumpet and the 7th trumpet which will unleash the 7 bowl or vial judgments. This interlude fits the pattern we see throughout these septenary judgments. (Did you get that? Septenary. I didn’t want you to miss that word it means corresponding to seven, groups of seven. I had to look it up this week and if I had to look it up then you better believe I’m going to have to let you know about it. Septenary, groups of seven. Got it? Good. I’ll try and bring it in here again in a minute. Make me think I’m not past my prime to learn a word like that at my age.)

These judgments, the seals, the trumpets, the seven bowls are arranged the same way. Groups of seven but inside the seven, they are grouped by 4 followed by 3. There were four similar seals, the four horsemen of the apocalypse and then the next three that were not similar. The first four trumpets somewhat similar, and then there were three dissimilar; and there will be that same kind of division in the bowls, as we shall see later. The last three are always separated from the first four. Also in each series of judgments, between the sixth and the seventh, there is an interlude, a break. Between the sixth and seventh seals, there was the interlude of chapter 7. Between the sixth and seventh bowls, there will be the interlude of Revelation 16:13-16. And here, after the sixth trumpet sounds and before the seventh, there is an interlude from chapter 10 to chapter 11:14.

The purpose of these breaks in judgments, these glimpse behind the action, is to encourage and give hope to God’s people in the midst of the terror of God’s outpouring of of wrath and judgment. “These interludes are to remind God’s people that God is still sovereign, His people are still remembered, and will be ultimately victorious.” – John McArthur

For us these chapters tell us that as God is working for His own during the tribulation, Then we know He is working for us, when we go through our own much smaller tribulation and suffering. This chapter sends the comforting and encouraging message, “Heaven is Standing By!” And when the time come heaven will act.

Transition - The first part of John’s interlude here in chapter 10 shows us that the Power of Heaven is Standing By for the people of God

The Mighty Angel - Revelation 10:1–11

And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire: 2 And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth, 3 And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. 4 And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not. 5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, 6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: 7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

Understanding the Mighty Angel

This is one of the most difficult figures in all the book of Revelation to identify.

Some say it is Jesus, because so many of the symbols match those of Jesus in the first chapters of Revelation. This angel is clothed with a cloud and a rainbow as was Christ in chapter 1. His legs are like pillars of fire and he roars like a lion. This mighty angel straddles the earth and the sea, a symbol of ownership, all these would fit Jesus as the coming King of the earth.

Others point out that this mighty angel is introduced as another angel the word means another of the same kind, the same kind that we have seen in Revelation, but Jesus is not another of the same kind, for he was not created like the other angels. Usually when John shows us Jesus, he is giving a clear title for this is his unveiling, his apocalypse, but here there is no clear title like lamb of God or Lion of Judah. This angel also swears by the one who sits on the throne, which doesn’t seem to something Jesus would do. Also they point out that Jesus is never called the angel of the Lord after the Old Testament.

In the past I’ve said this is Jesus, right now I think this is another mighty angels, what hasn’t changed is that this is a very hard angel to identify. What is not hard to understand though is the message this angel is meant to send.

The Symbol of the Mighty Angel

Look again at his description, “Revelation 10:1-3 1  (He is)clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire: 2  And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth, 3  And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth

All these symbols tell us the same thing, this angel, this messenger of God brings the God’s message of power and promise. The cloud represents the power of heaven, the rainbow the promise of God, the sun shows righteousness and the feet show purifying judgment of fire. His voice sounds like a lion roaring before leaping upon its prey. All this power is standing by waiting to be unleashed upon those who are the enemies of God and the tormentors of his people.

Believing In Heaven’s Pent Up Power

As God’s people then will need the hope and reassurance that God is working in the background, working from heaven to cover and protect them, we also need to remember that God is working from heaven to care for us.

We may not be able to see past the veil of this physical body and earth, but we should believe, we should have faith that God is on our side and God is preparing the power of heaven on our behalf according to His plan and purpose.

Romans 8:28,37-39 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. …37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Psalm 46:1-7 1  God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2  Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 3  Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. 4  There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. 5  God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. 6  The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted. 7  The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

Illustration: Elisha and the invisible host of heaven

2 Kings 6:13-18 And he said, Go and spy where he is, that I may send and fetch him. And it was told him, saying, Behold, he is in Dothan. 14 Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about. 15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? 16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. 17 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. 18 And when they came down to him, Elisha prayed unto the LORD, and said, Smite this people, I pray thee, with blindness. And he smote them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.

That is what we must also pray, “Lord open my eyes that I may see the power of Heaven standing by me.”

Transition - As John is looking this giant mighty angel standing upon the land and sea and with his head stretched to the heavens he also sees that the angel is holding a little book. And then in vs. 8 John quits being a spectator and is suddenly brought into the vision itself.

 The Little Book - Revelation 10: 8-10

8 And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth. 9 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. 10 And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.

The Bittersweet Book

We are not told anything about this book other than its size in comparison to the angel and its effects on John when he eats it.

Could this bee the book that we first saw sealed with seven seals but now opened in the hand of this angel. If it were then they interpretation that this was Christ would be a little stronger. Or is this another book, another scroll that represents not the title deed of heaven and earth and not the story of the unveiling of Jesus return, but another book that pertains to John and the time in which he lives, the time in which we all live, the church age.

We are only told that John takes the book as he is commanded by the voice speaking from heaven, which can only be the voice of God and he is told to eat the book. When he does this he tells us that it was sweet in his mouth but bitter in his stomach.

I can’t think of any of the scholars, bible students, commentators that I have read over the years that disagreed on this aspect of Revelation 10. The little book represents the charge of God to his people to preach the Gospel and warn the lost world to repent for God is a holy and righteous God who will judge this world.

The Bittersweet Commission

The book is sweet because it confirms who we are, the servants of God. It is sweet because it confirms our commission, it is sweet because it presents the love and forgiveness of God to all who would believe. Is there anything better than telling people God loves them and sent his only begotten son to die for them? Nothing is sweeter than the Gospel being spoken in the mouth of God’s people.

Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation;
that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!

That is us, the ones who bring good  tidings and publish peace and salvation. There is nothing sweeter.

But there is the other side of the message of the Gospel and it is bitter and filled with sorrow and judgment.

Romans 2:3-6 3 And thinkest thou this, O man, …, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? 4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? 5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; 6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds:

Revelation 6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

This is what John experienced and it is what any child of God knows, “There is nothing so sweet as the Gospel, but there is nothing so bitter as an unrepentant soul destined for Hell.”  And we can never forget the two sides of this bitter sweet book lest we forget our purpose as God’s people and the Lord’s church.

Transition - And that brings us to the last part of this chapter, “The Great Command”

The Great Command - Revelation 10:11

And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.

John Must Prophesy

John the last living apostle, the final member of the original church was told by the angel, your task is not finished. You must prophesy again. The word prophesy is another Greek word that has passed into our language almost unchanged, it is the word propheteuo, (prof-ate-yoo'-o) which means to foretell events, to speak under divine inspiration, and to exercise the prophetic office.

It is believed by most that John didn’t die on the island of Patmos as the Emporer Domination intended. In fact the Emperor died and John was released. Perhaps he carried his own last book to the churches or perhaps he was able to go and tell them first hand what he saw after they had received his letter through another means, but John was not finished.

In another way John is still not finished. The Book of Revelation, the Apocalypse, the Unveiling of Jesus is still prophesying today, still prophesying even this morning. Telling us that Jesus is coming back and that Heaven is standing by ready to bring righteousness and judgment to a world that has rejected their own creator and their own savior. John’s words still speak with a divine authority after 2000 years. Jesus is coming to rule and reign.

We Must Prophesy

John not only represented himself, but I believe John, when he take and eats the little book, also represent us, the believers the church of Jesus Christ in this age. We must accept the bitter sweet commission, we must continue to work, continue to give, continue to preach for we also are under a divine authority and must prophesy again before many peoples, nation tongues and kings.

You do this like you did yesterday at the Farmers Market, handing out tracts and showing yourself friendly to make friends. You do this when you support the work of Calvary and the preaching behind this pulpit. You do this when you send missionaries to start new works, new churches in nations around the world.

The marching order for the church is not the Sermon on the Mount, it is the Great Commission. Matthew 28:18-20 All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Like John we must hear and accept the words “You must prophesy” This is our sacred service, it is our tireless task, it is our divine destiny. It is our God given, angel assisted, Bible boosted, Christ commanded commission. We must prophesy.

And if this calling brings with it suffering, deprivation, sorrow and pain then always remember, Heaven is standing by. We are not alone we are not forgotten. Jesus has promised, “Lo, I am with you always.” Today we stand with God’s people in God’s service and we have the resources of God’s heaven to keep us standing.

Illustration: Daniel Prays and Heaven’s Help Is Sent

Daniel 10:7-14 7 And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me saw not the vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves. 8 Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength.
10 And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands. 11 And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling. 12 Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia. 14 Now I am come to make thee understand …

We may not see the visions of John or Daniel. We may not physically feel the touch of an angel and be set by him back on our feet, but know this we are all loved of God and when we pray, when we serve, when we faithfully continue to fulfill our calling, Heaven’s power is sent to us. The angles may not be seen in the same way but their help sent from God is just  the same.


Hold On A Little Longer

Years ago when I was only about 9 or 10 years old my grandfather sent me a bunch of LPs, records, now days know as vinyl. These were any classic or pop music though. It was my grandfathers favorite preacher. Lester Roloff, from Corpus Christi, Texas. Mostly they were songs and he also read the books of 1 2 and 3rd John. As I was working through this sermon a remembered one of those songs and it fits nicely here as our conclusion to Heaven Standing By.

Bro. Roloff had a old, strained gravely voice, that was very distinctive and not really what you’d call a singing voice, but that didn’t stop him. Here is the song called Hold On a Little Longer, as best as I can remember it.


Hold On A Little Longer Hold On

You took the hand of Jesus,
Stepped out upon His promise
Yet it seems you have trusted in vain.
The answer you have prayed for,
Its on its way and paid for.
Hold On a Little Longer, Hold On

Hold on a Little Longer
Hold on a little Stronger
The testings of the Lord are pure gold.
He’ll take you through the fire.
He’ll burn out the dross and mire.
Hold On a little longer, hold on.

You’re watching for his coming,
You’re wondering why he’s waiting.
Hold on a little longer, hold on.
Those clouds will soon be bursting.
The Son of God descending
Hold On A little longer, hold on.

Hold on, pray on
Hold On A little longer, hold on.
Hold on, believe on.
Hold on a little longer, hold on.

That’s the best lesson from Revelation chapter 10, not who is that mighty angel or exactly what is the book, but Hold on for Heaven is At Work, Standing By for God’s people.


Friday, June 25, 2021

Walking With Christ: Lesson 11 John 15:26 -16:12 Promises to the Disciples

Walking With Christ: Lesson 11: John 15:26-16:12 Promises to the Disciples

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John 15:26 – 16:1-33 Jesus and Our Future

15:26-28 The Witness of The Comforter and The Disciples.
1-6 Persecution and Sorrow
7-15 Work of the Holy Spirit
16-22 Sorrow turned into Joy
23-33 Prayer, Parting and Power Over the World

John 15:26-28  Promise of Truth and Testimony

What is the next name that Jesus gives to the paracletos?

The Spirit of Truth, who comes from the Father.

What two promises are given in vss. 26-28?

The Comforter will testify of Jesus and the apostles will also bear witness. Their witness will be strengthened by the power of the paracletos, their strengthener and advocate the Holy Spirit.

John 16:1-6 Promise of Persecution and Sorrow

Vs. 1-3 What does the word offended mean?  What offence was Jesus trying to prevent?

The word offended means to stumble. Jesus was warning, comforting them and preparing them in order to keep them from falling or stumbling in their faith.

Vs. 4-Why didn’t Jesus tell the disciple from the beginning about the persecution and sorrow they would face?

He didn’t tell them then because until now He was with them, but now he won’t be there to protect and comfort them.

Vss. 5-6 What did Jesus mean when he said, “None of you asketh me, whither goest thou?”

Earlier Thomas had asked that exact question, but now Jesus points out that their sorrow, at the reality of His leaving, has dulled their sense of wonder and curiosity. All they could see or feel was their loss.

John 16:7-15 Promise of Guidance

Vs. 7 Why did Jesus say he had to go away?

Only then could He send the Holy Spirit. Only then could the New Covenant, of which the Holy Spirit is the seal, the proof, begin.

Vss. 8-11 In relationship to the world, what are the three things the Holy Spirit will be sent to prove?

Sin, righteousness and judgment

How will the Spirit rebuke the world in these three areas?

Sin because they do not believe Jesus Christ (the only sin we will be condemned to hell for.)

Righteousness because Jesus is not in the grave but risen and now with the Father.

Judgment because Satan has lost the battle and Jesus has been proven ruler of all.

Vss. 12-13 In relationship to us, what will be the Holy Spirit’s job?

He will guide us into all the truth, the truth that could not be borne or revealed then but now can be revealed once Jesus has ascended.

Vs. 14 In relationship to the Son, what is the Holy Spirit’s role?

He is to glorify Christ, and transmit the teaching of Christ to the believers.

Vs. 13-14 Is the Spirit to be glorified or elevated above Jesus Christ?

No, He is to uplift and glorify Jesus Christ, who died for us. The Spirit does not seek glory for Himself.

Promise of Joy vs. 16-24

Vs. 16  What time are the two little whiles in reference to?

First, the time until Jesus would be separated from His disciples while in the tomb and then the time He would see them after His resurrection.

What does Jesus’ analogy of a woman in childbirth teach us about the joy of the Christian life?

Joy is often tempered and even preceded with sorrow.

Are there other examples of this principle in the Bible?

Repentance and sorrow over sin must come before the joy of forgiveness and Salvation.

Psalms 30:5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

Promise of Victory vs. 23-33

Vs. 23 What is the day that Jesus is speaking of?

It is the time after His resurrection, the day in which we now live.

Vs. 23-24 Asking in Jesus name was the last lesson Jesus taught to the disciples about prayer. Why did Jesus wait until his death before telling the disciples to pray in His name?

This is only possible through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and Jesus’ ascension back to the throne room of Heaven. We come to the Father’s throne and are heard there because of what Christ did for us at Calvary. His name, his authority, his reward is our access directly to the Father through prayer.

Vs. 31 Earlier in vs. 25, Jesus said, that he would cease to talk to them in proverbs but would speak plainly. Upon hearing Jesus say he had come from the father and was returning to the father, the disciples says, “No you speak plainly and not in a proverb. Now we understand, by this we believe you came from God. Jesus then asks them, “Do you now believe?”

Why do you think Jesus questioned the disciple’s faith and understanding of who He was?

It was again a warning for them. He knew that they would be shattered and scattered, that they would desert him at His time of greatest need. It wasn’t just Peter’s faith that would fail that night.

Vs. 33 What is the only means to peace and victory in a world full of tribulation?

Jesus Christ Himself, even if our faith fails, He is strong enough and will not fail. In Him alone, I have victory.


John writing years later in his first epistle seems to echo and expand on the words of the upper room discourse. He brings the words of Jesus from being addressed to the apostles and applies them to all believers living in “that day” after Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.

1 John 3:20-24 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.

Monday, June 21, 2021

Fathers: Men of Destiny

Fathers: Men of Destiny

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A father was trying to teach his 5 year old son the rudiments of baseball but his son was not the most athletic kid on the block. After trying to catch a ball and only succeeding in dropping it and in getting hit in the head by the tossed ball, the dad decided to switch to hitting the ball. He showed his son how to hold the bat on his shoulder, then tossing the ball in the air with his other hand, then swing at the ball and hit it. He then handed the ball and bat to his son, “Now you try just like I showed you.” The boy eagerly tossed the ball into the air and took a hard swing and missed. “Try it again son.” And the boy did, over and over and over not one time coming any where close to hitting the ball. Finally, after over 20 swings the little boy looked at this dad with frustration and disappointment. The Dad though was smiling and beaming as though his son was Babe Ruth. The dad placed his hands on his little boys shoulders, looked into his eyes and proudly said, “Son you are one great pitcher.”

That was a pretty great dad. I believe that the greatest dads are dad who look to God’s word for the guidance they know they need to raise their children and care for their families. Among the many things the Bible teaches us about the role of men and fathers is this priniciple, Fathers are men of destiny. These men, by doing what they are called by God to do, can shape and change the future. That makes them Men of Destiny.

I like this little saying, One hunded years from now it will not matter what kind of car I drove. What kind of house I lived in. How much money I had in my accounts, nor what my clothes looked like. But the world may be better because I was important in the life of my child.- Unknown

This morning let’s look at three men, three fathers who understood that through fatherhood they were men who shaped the destiny of their children and through their children the destiny of their worlds.  Let’s look this morning at three men of destiny, Adam, Joshua and David.

Adam: Destined to Love - Genesis 2:23-24

And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

Adam Loves Eve.

When Adam saw Eve, he realized that his life had found its purpose, God’s purpose for him and for marriage and the family.

He had other responsibilities; other important tasks given by God for him to do. He was to tend and keep the Garden, he had to name all the animals, he had to build a place to live. But in seeing Eve, he realized that God put them together to complete in each other what was missing. All the things that he was called to do were going to be accomplished better with his help meet, the one fitted to him, the wife who completed him.

Adam realized that loving Eve was his destiny.

Dads First God Given Destiny is to Love Your Wife.

You should work at loving your wife a little bit more each day and each night before you lay down you should ask yourself, “How did I show my wife I loved here today?”  And if three or four things don’t come to mind then you’re not working hard enough at it.

Tell your love in Words

“Tell your wife you love her and let the children hear it”

Sneak up behind her nibble her neck and say “I love you.”

I’ve got to be careful or I’ll start to embarrass my wife.

Joke about old man and woman on porch swing.

Show your love in Deeds 

“Show your love in public and noisy ways.”

Talking about flowers, which men don’t understand but women love to receive.  This is another reason to give them. It shows your love.

Prove your love through Leadership

“Be the husband, the leader of you family, that God created you to be.”

There is no more powerful way of saying I love you than to be the leader of your home.

Preserve your love by making your wife your greatest priority 

“Let her know she is your first priority on earth.”

Only your relationship with God is greater than your relationship with your wife.

Illustration: Can You Love Your Wife Too Much

A man once approached the great preacher and scholar, Harry Ironside and told him,  “I love my wife too much. I am afraid I have place her on a pedestal and that it may be a sin.” 

Ironside asked him, “Really? Well let me ask you, do you love your wife more than Christ loved the church?” 

The man though and then said no of course not that would be impossible. Ironside then took his Bible turned and read from Ephesians 5:25-27 “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Then he smiled and looked at the man and said, “Well that is the limit to which we may go.”


It is your God given destiny to love your wife and on this earth, the only love that is greater is that given to the Lord. Next, Fathers, it is your destiny to lead your family.

Joshua: Destined to Lead - Joshua 24:14-15

Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

Joshua Leads By Serving God

Joshua was the greatest leader of Israel, second only to Moses and from the beginning of the Exodus which Moses led, it was Joshua who was the war leader. Joshua served God by serving Moses. In in that service to God, he learned to be a leader.

It was Joshua who went halfway up Mt. Sinai with Moses.

He was the war captain of Israel, fighting in the front lines of every battle.

He was the man who brought down Jericho the strongest, oldest fortified city perhaps in all the world.

Because of his faithfulness in serving, he rose to leadership of Israel.

It was Joshua that brought the people across Jordan. Under his leadership, they conquered the promised land. And under his guidance that land was divided between the 12 tribes of Israel.

During the Exodus from Egypt and the forty years in the wilderness that followed, there were many who complained, grumbled, rebelled and tried to seize leadership from Moses, but Joshua was always faithful and God rewarded him with leadership.

Dads, Your Second God Given Destiny Is To Lead Your Family by Serving Him.

God has called fathers to be the leaders of the home. 1 Corinthians 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

But that most important, most sensitive and careful leadership is learned and earned through following and serving, in the same way Joshua followed and served Moses, you must follow and served God.

Without the willingness to serve, you will never be the leader of your family that God destined you to be.

Destiny of All The Serve Who They choose. And let me warn you, God’s Word teaches us that it is the destiny of all of us to be servants, but it is our choice as to who or what we will serve.

John 8:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.

2 Peter 2:19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.

Romans 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

Fathers one of the responsibilities of your destiny as the leader of your home and family is to teach this truth.

You become a servant, a slave to who or what you give yourself to. Your children need to know that they will serve whatever they yield themselves to, that can be God or it will be Satan and this world. There are no other choices.

And Dads, that is a lesson that can only be taught by example. If you want freedom for your children then lead by your example in service to God.


Four pastors were discussing the merits of the various translations of the Bible.  One really loved the King James because of its lyric, beautiful English.  Another liked the English Standard Version because it was a word for word translation that included all the latest ancient scripture discoveries. The third pastor liked the CEV, a contemporary version because of its modern, up-to-date, hip vocabulary.  (He was obviously a philistine.) The fourth minister was silent for a moment, then said, "I like my father's translation best."

The other three were surprised and said they didn't know his father had been a Bible scholar and translated the Bible.  "Oh, absolutely," the pastor smiled, "He translated the Bible into his life and then into mine. That was the most powerful translation I ever experienced"- modified from Eleanor Doan in Seasons of Motherhood: A Garden of Memories (Victor Books).


Dads are Destined to love, Destined to Lead and finally, dads are destined to Leave.

David: Destined To Leave - 1Kings 2:1-4

Now the days of David drew nigh that he should die; and he charged Solomon his son, saying, I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man; And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself: That the LORD may continue his word which he spake concerning me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel.

David Leaves Solomon With The Desire For God

It is easy to see that David was a man of destiny.

His story has all the elements of great narrative. He was anointed the future king of Israel while he was only a unknown, young shepherd boy. While still a young man, he stood face to face with Goliath, the most fearful, powerful warrior in all of the region, then defeats him with only a sling and faith in God. He withstands slander and persecution from his own king and when that king dies becomes the king God destined him to be. As the King of Israel he conquers the enemies of his nation and builds the greatest kingdom outside of Egypt in all the middle east. So great a man of destiny was David that from that time forward all other kings would be from “the throne of David.” When Jesus comes to rule and reign on the earth the Bible says he will sit on the throne of David. That is how great a man of destiny was David.

Yet with all that David was and did, there was something he could not accomplish, he could not build the temple of God. If the temple was to be built then it would not be through David but through his son, Solomon.

In this passage, David now on his deathbed knows he is leaving this world, the destiny of all mankind, knowing this is his final destiny David seeks to inspires Solomon to be a man of God, a man of destiny as he was. David tells Solomon three important points for being a person of destiny.

First, Prove yourself a man vs. 2. “Be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man.”

Second, Prosper by obeying God vs. 3 “keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself.”

Lastly, Protect your heritage vs. 4 That the LORD may continue his word which he spake concerning me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel.

Solomon heeded his father’s words and fulfilled his own destiny by building a temple that rivaled the wonders of the world and becoming one of the greatest kings of Israel in his own right. When the temple was finished Solomon prayed and the Word records that the Shekinah glory of God filled the temple with smoke and fire, the symbol of the presence of God.

Dad, Your Final God Given Destiny Is To Leave Your Children With a Desire for God.

Dads, our final destiny is that we will leave this world one day and only those things we leave in the lives of our family will remain. You cannot have a better goal to leave with them than the ones David left with Solomon. The three goals, three inspirations he left are the same three things you must leave for your children.

Tell them and show them that they must, Prove who they are. Your child but also God’s child. Tell them that true prosperity is only possible by seeking and serving the Lord and that they have a duty to protect their heritage, the family heritage you are leaving them with but also the heritage the must pass on as a part of God’s family.

Fathers it is you destiny to make your children people of destiny as well. God’s word emphasizes this over and over but it is especially clear in …

Deuteronomy 11:19-21 And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates:  That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.

Fathers, leave your children with the desire to know and serve God, that is your greatest call to destiny.


Picture of Daddy

A Sunday school class of first-graders was asked to draw a picture of God.  When the pastor stopped by to inspect their work, the children were happy to show him their drawings.  One had depicted God in the form of a brightly colored rainbow.  Another had drawn the face of an old man coming out of billowing clouds.  And there was one rendition which looked a lot like Superman.  But perhaps the best was the one proudly displayed by a girl who said, "I didn't know what God looked like, so I just drew a picture of my daddy."

Fathers, what do our children, our grandchildren see in us? Do they see our God, our love and service to Him in us?  Do they see Men of destiny?


A Father’s Prayer

Dear Lord, as I sit beside the bed of my child and watch their sleep, I am overcome by the blessing you have given to me.  How can something this precious be placed in my care?  How can this beautiful creation look at me with eyes so full of admiration and wonder?  How can I live up to the task of not losing that innocent beauty to a world that seeks to destroy it?

Lord, the time I have is so limited and cluttered with demands and deadlines.  Yet when the deadlines pass I can't remember why they were so critical.  While at my feet a child looks up and asks me to play ball or be their horsy, look at their latest crayon masterpiece or just hold them in my lap.  Their Daddy is the most important thing in the world to them.  When will I realize that they must be the most important thing in all the world to me?

Lord, I know that someday they will walk away, no longer a child but a young man, a young woman.  I understand I must release them either to You or to this world.  Will I have been the father you wanted me to be?  Will that child see in me the loving hand, the words of wisdom, the inexhaustible love of you, their Heavenly Father?  Help me to make the time to show my children your love for them through me.  Oh, my God if only one task I accomplish before my life is over, please let it be that my children will know You through me.

I ask this in the name of your own Son. Amen - DKM 1993