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Last week, we looked at "Growing Up In God, Part 1", which was moving from childhood to sonship. That's an area that is often kind of merged in our thinking, you know, but I was highlighting to you last week that there's this wonderful revelation of the Father heart of God, which I know that some of you are embarking on and discovering. I shared with you what a massive revelation that was in my own life, to discover that the word 'Father' in the Bible is not just synonymous with God, but actually means something deeper - and what happens when we experience the spirit of adoption which rises up in our heart, which is the Spirit of God's Son Himself, Jesus, calling Father 'Abba, Daddy', and just what that means to us. There's something current about that, I mentioned the fact that there's actually a move of God in the world, the Father heart of God is a movement in the world. It's not a new truth, but it's an old truth that kind of has been highlighted by the Holy Spirit for such a time as this. I think Malachi 4:6 that I highlighted last week is pertinent to that, that in the end times one of the ministries of the spirit of John the Baptist would be to turn the father's hearts back to the children, and the children back the fathers. So it's not just about Father God, but it's about how Father God and our intimate relationship with Him begins to affect us in our families and in our fellowships.

I highlighted the fact - a disclaimer - that a lot of what I'm teaching along these lines is from Jack Frost. Again, the best book, I would say, on the Father heart of God that I've discovered - I haven't read them all of course - but it's Jack Frost's book 'Experiencing The Father's Embrace', and he has got another one 'From Slaves To Sons'. Much material that I'm drawing from most of my stuff tonight would be from his teachings over the years that I have gleaned. But in one of his books, I think it is 'Experiencing The Father's Embrace', he says this: 'Before every major revival, there has been a social crisis in the land' - and you can chart that throughout each of the key revivals in history. 'Then God brings a fresh outpouring of His grace, and begins to meet the needs of the social crisis. He has chosen this season in church history to reveal His affectionate Father's heart'. We just mentioned in passing last week that if ever there was a generation that could be called a fatherless generation, it's our one. Isn't it wonderful that it's not the whole gospel, but it's certainly a huge core element to it: that Jesus came into the world to show us what the Father is like, and the Holy Spirit is drawing people to the Father as His children.

If ever there was a generation that could be called a fatherless generation, it's our one...

But: 'To as many as received Him, to them He gave the authority to become the teknon of God', the children God, the child of God. That's not the same as 'huios', which is 'sons'. What I'm going to say you tonight is: children will never bring the next move of God. I'm not talking about children as in actual, literal kids - they probably will bring it! But I'm talking about spiritual children, or immature children, 'teknon' - that's what that word means. Children just want to be loved. They are self-centred, it's all about me. So they are not able to reveal the Father's love to others. It's only sons, husbands and fathers; or daughters, wives and mothers, who will be able to reveal the Father's heart to the extent of bringing a move of God.

Do you remember, maybe you would look at it - 1 John chapter 2 - the categories? Now, it's not absolute of course, but we saw them here in 1 John chapter 2. There're four different categories of maturity, if you like, within the Christian development. First John 2 verse 9: "He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes. I write to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake. I write to you, fathers, because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the wicked one. I write to you, little children, because you have known the Father. I have written to you, fathers, because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the wicked one".

Now, we can't expound that whole passage, but just to say, to remind you, we're looking at these four categories. So there's the child, the son, the husband, and the father. We're using the male gender because, as I highlighted last week, it's not sexist, it's just because in Bible terms, it was only the son that received inheritance. So when we're talking about inheritance, that's why sonship is talked about, but it applies, of course, to females as well. Now, remember, we said last week, just to recap a little bit: it's OK to be a child. In fact, God wants you to be a child, and it's a terrible thing when a person loses their childhood and it's stolen from them. But none of us as parents want their children to be stuck in infancy, and none of us would want to remain immature, we want to grow up and develop.

None of us as parents want their children to be stuck in infancy, and none of us would want to remain immature, we want to grow up and develop...

Do you remember I read that verse or two from Galatians 4, which is very insightful in this area, where it says in verses 1 and 2: 'Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father'. So that's basically saying: 'OK, this kid is going to inherit all his father's wealth; but though he is an heir of that inheritance, he's no different than a slave because of his infancy - and that inheritance is not going to be released until he's mature enough'. So God allows us to be children and just revel in God's love and Abba Father relationship, and 'What can Daddy do for me today?', and get some blessings and all the rest. It's good to experience that and we must experience that, and there's an element where we always should stay childlike, as we go through these other stages. Yet there comes a time when we have to grow up in God. We have to mature. So sons, what we laboured on last week, sons are when we learn obedience through the things which we suffer, discipline.

Remember, we looked at Hebrews 12, and we asked the question: 'How do we move, this transition from childhood, teknon, to huios, to sonship?' - where something changes, and we get the mindset of the Father, and we start to live not to please myself as a little kid, but we want to know what pleases my Father. We submit to Father's mission, another's mission, not a two-year-old's mission, which is getting what I want all the time, my needs met, but submitting to Father's mission and His perspective.

What we're looking at more tonight is husbandry, and husbandry is an old word for farming, of course, but it relates to being a husband. It also relates to the concept of stewardship, or being a manager of life's relationships. That's really what we read in 1 John chapter 2, you know: if a person doesn't love his brother and says that he's walking in the light, there's something wrong. That's the stewardship of life's relationships, we'll look into that a little bit later. Then finally, fathers - and you'll hear more about that next week - but fathers exist to make the Father known, that's what 1 John 2 says: 'you've known Him from the beginning', the Father from the beginning. So fathers exist to reflect the image of the Father - and, just to kind of summarize this: fathers give inheritance to sons and husbands, not to children.

Are you getting this? This is why it's imperative to mature, to grow up in God, become a mature son, a husband, and a father, or a daughter, wife, and a mother. This is what we're going to need for the next move of God. What does 1 John 4:14 say? 'The Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world'. So it's fathers who send sons into the world, to change the world. Maybe that's why Christianity has not changed the world yet, entirely, because we're still kids, and we're not able to reveal the Father's heart the way we should. Just as an aside: the church, you know the seven churches in Asia in the first couple of chapters of the book of Revelation, one of them is Ephesus, and Jesus actually says: 'I'm going to come to you, and I'm going to remove your lampstand'. Now the lampstand was a figure of testimony and their witness, their actual existence in fact - so really what Jesus was saying is: 'I'm going to come and shut you down'. When church doors close, we usually attribute that to the devil - don't we? But here, Jesus is shutting the show down and He tells them why: 'You've got everything going for you. You can spot false doctrine a mile off. You're rich, increased and all the rest. You've got everything going for you, but you've left your first love'. They lost the Father's love, so they're going to lose their lampstand.

There comes a time when we have to grow up in God. We have to mature...

This is what the world needs: they need to see the Father's love. I mean, think about how the media represents Bible Christianity and Bible Christians in films and soap operas and stuff like that. Is it by fathers and mothers? Or is it by axe-wielding maniacs, Bible-quoting lunatics, Mr Bean-type vicars or Father Jack? You know, that's how Christianity is conveyed. Yet Romans 8:19, Al read it last night in fact, in the ESV says: 'For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God', or some versions say 'the children of God', but that is not entirely accurate, it's 'the sons', it's 'huios' not 'teknon'. It's the ones who know who they are, but not only know who they are, they can draw on the inheritance God has given them and use it to reveal the Father's heart.

So how do you know - I asked this question last week - how do you know when it's time to transition from being a kid, to being a son or a daughter? Well, how do you know when it's time to transition from being a son to being a husband, or a daughter to a wife? Well, it's a bit like the transition from child to son. Remember I said - Jack Frost emphasizes this - when God stops answering your prayers (so this gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme thing doesn't work anymore), and all of a sudden you're like the Israelites wandering around in the wilderness not getting anywhere - like the puppy, remember we talked about the puppy? You're teaching the puppy to walk with a lead and it stops, and you just stand there until it gets with the program and walks with you. God will just - He's got all the time in the world, in case you didn't know - and He'll wait. He's never in a hurry, till we get with the program. When our prayers or our progress is paused, that's when the Father is saying: 'Right, it's time to transition. It's time to graduate'. Or, to focus it on you for a moment, when you want more of the Father's glory - OK? So you've submitted to sonship, to the Father's mission, you're starting to see things from His perspective, but you're now wanting others to see it, and you're wanting to spread it more, and you're wanting more responsibility. You want to take ground, you want to populate the kingdom. How do you know you're ready for that?

Turn with me to Ephesians and chapter 5:25-28: "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself". So basically, how do we know we're ready for being spiritual husbands or wives? When we are ready to lay down our life for the bride, that's how you know - then you know you're ready for husbandry. This is actually the testing ground for the next stage, which is fathers and mothers. The testing ground is first learning to be a husband or wife. And we know the Biblical pattern is that you don't have kids until you're a husband or you're a wife, that's the way it's meant to be - yes? So it figures that in the spiritual, before we become fathers and mothers, we have to learn to be husbands and wives.

So how do you know when you're ready? OK, wait for this: when you see the worst in the body of Christ, and you're willing to lay your life down for it. When you see the worst in the body of Christ, and you're willing to give your all. Now this next quote I'm going to give you is shocking, alright, and it's attributed to St Augustine. Some say he didn't say it, it was Martin Luther - it probably sounds more like him to be honest. Others say it's Dorothy Day - not Doris Day, OK, I made that mistake. When did she become a theologian all of a sudden? Dorothy Day, who was a philosopher and a bit of a theologian. Now listen to this, it shocked me and I wondered is it OK, but I'm going to...: 'The church may be a whore, but she is still my mother'. Now you'll need to think about that one. But what they are basically saying is: 'Sometimes when I look at what is attributed to be the church, the body of Christ, I see it as prostituting itself, not living up to the chastity and the purity and fidelity'. 'You adulterers and adulteresses', you know, James 1 and all that kind of stuff. But hear what they are saying: she may be a whore, but she's still my mother. Wow!

How do you know when you're ready? When you see the worst in the body of Christ, and you're willing to lay your life down for it...

Now I know that the church sometimes looks a bit more like the Bride of Frankenstein than the Bride of Christ, but that's basically what we're getting at here. The easiest thing in the world - and I probably have done it in my past - we look at certain things that are going on in the church and we say, 'I can't have anything to do with that', in various camps. The tendency is that you just walk away from it, but that's not husbandry. That's not being a husband or a wife. It's being like Hosea with Gomer, which is what God was like with His wife, Israel, and what Christ is like with His bride, the church. What is it? For better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part. So this is the testing ground: with all the ugliness that we can see in each other and we see in the body of Christ, are we prepared to serve our Father's perspective and His mission?

Now one of the reasons we get controlling and dictatorial church leaders is because - as we highlighted last week - they're still kids, they're still serving their own mission. They're serving their own ambitions, serving their own egos. But if we want to be fathers, we must first decide to not be children anymore, to grow up. Babies are cute, but they make lousy leaders - throw the tantrums when they don't get what they want. But just think about it - I'm not wanting you to attribute this to, certainly no one in the room, try not to affix it on somebody you know - but we all know how this has happened in church life, and how control and abuse takes place. If you want to be a spiritual father or mother, you've got to first of all learn to be a son and a husband, or a daughter and a wife.

Turn with me to 1 Timothy chapter 3, this is amazing just to see this, I'd never seen this before in this passage of Scripture. I've read this passage of Scripture many times, but never saw this. First Timothy chapter 3, and Paul's giving the qualifications for an overseer - and that's another word, by the way, for husband, husbandry, is an 'overseer', one who is responsible for others in relationships. Verse 1 of chapter 3: "This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of an overseer", or 'a bishop', "he desires a good work. A bishop then must be blameless", now look at this, "the husband of one wife". Now, I'm not saying that, you know, an overseer has to be married - I'm not saying that, I don't think that's what it says, I think it's saying that they ought not to have many husbands or wives - I think that's what it's saying, OK? But isn't it interesting that early on here it says that they need to be a good husband? "Temperate, sober-minded, of good behaviour, hospitable, able to teach; not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; one who rules his own house well" - some versions say 'one who manages his own house well', a manager of relationships in the household - "having his children in submission with all reverence (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?)".

So two images that are here are husband and manager of a household. Now, very often church leaders do not minister to their spouses or to their children - why? Because there's no mutual accountability or submission, and there's nothing they would appear to get out of it for 'my status', or prestige. Now think about that for a moment. That's why so many wives, children are neglected in ministry over the years, because there're no quick returns in the most obvious way in the public sphere. Do you get what I'm saying? But what Paul is saying here is: 'If we're going to be spiritual fathers, this stuff needs to begin in the home, before it hits the church'. You need to learn to be a husband or a wife in the home. You need to learn to be a father and mother in the home first. In fact, again, if we want to see this in a move of God across a nation or across the world, not only does it have to start in the home, it needs to also happen in the local representation of the body of Christ, where there are fathers and mothers, and husbands and wives.

If you want to be a spiritual father or mother, you've got to first of all learn to be a son and a husband, or a daughter and a wife...

So, for authority to work in the home and the church - we said this - there needs to be mutual submission. If there's not mutual submission, there will then be a dictatorship. That's why, in the verse or two before what we read in Ephesians 5, Paul says 'submitting to one another in the fear of God'. Now I'm not getting into the whole husband and wife thing tonight, or headship, or equality. It's a given that there's equality in relationships, there's equality in the Godhead - but there's a kind of submission even in the Godhead, and there has to be a mutual submission between husbands and wives, and there has to be mutual submission among church leaders, because without submission to each other people get abused if one is submitting but another is not. Guess what? Children don't want to submit. So whenever you get leaders who never submit to their peers in a leadership group, or even to their kids in the sense of their sons and daughters who they're fathering and mothering, often it's because they're immature children. Child leaders, when they don't get their way they behave badly. They manifest anger, intimidation and control, and that's why we lose churches. That's why we lose ministries. That's why there are marriages lost and families lost. Husbandry is the testing ground for being a father or a mother?

Who's the greatest teacher to tell you how to be a husband? Three guesses. You know, by your laugh - your wife! She'll tell you how you're doing. Yes? What about being a father or mother? Your kids will tell you. Yes? But be honest now: when we receive constructive criticism from our spouses or our kids, what's the normal initial reaction that we have? We feel we're being criticized. That's the child, that's the child. I'm not saying we just have to accept every single thing that people say about us critically, but what I am saying is: it's the child that can't take it. You see, we need to honour one another. We need to speak the truth in love, but we have to speak the truth nevertheless. One of the aspects of a child is: a child will run away from confrontation. Now, I'm not suggesting we get high on conflict, that's a very dangerous thing, but a healthy element in all relationships, especially if we're going to mature and grow, is being able to deal with proper confrontation, and to learn from it.

Moving from child, to son, to husband, you discover what you're really full of - does anybody agree with this, who's married? Not very long, a few weeks, months into the marriage, you discover what's inside you that you didn't really know was there - and I'm talking in a negative sense rather than a positive. You don't really know what's in your heart, until you have to live with this other person 24/7. It's the same with community, it's the same with Christian community. When we're with each other, it brings out who we really are. I remember hearing Derek Prince use the analogy of pebbles in a stream. Did you ever notice how smooth pebbles are that you lift out of a stream? The reason being the water, the power of the Spirit, if you like, flowing over them causes them to collide, and in the collision all the rough edges are knocked off. That's what happens in Christian community, or at least should happen: the heart is revealed. You've heard that statement, that 'trials make character'. I don't think that's true. I think it's more the case that trials reveal character, shows what's really deep down. That's what husbandry's all about.

So you know your inheritance, the child begins to know who they are, but they're not really able to take on the inheritance, that's a son - but when the inheritance comes to the child, then the testing comes of whether you're going to graduate to be responsible and what you're going to do with these relationships that God's starting to bring, so that you can move to fatherhood. Now it's the same in relationship, things are exposed; but also in Christian Leadership, things are exposed. Many of us have masks on when we operate within church circles, but when we get a wee bit of responsibility or are given some ministry of some kind or leadership, all of a sudden strongholds that are in our life start to manifest and show themselves like fear, shame, insecurity, pain, the need to be needed, or love to be loved. The hidden core pain that sometimes is deep within us starts to surface - and you know what a child wants to do: blame, blame others, 'It wasn't my fault, it was his fault, or her fault'. Hidden judgments or entitlements come to the surface, even unharnessed lust, that all our religious duty, when we were just a son or a daughter, has suppressed; but then we enter leadership and we experience frustrations and stresses, and lust then can become our go to.

I think it's more the case that trials reveal character, shows what's really deep down...

So what I'm saying is: as soon as authority is given, we're tested. The prodigal, he was a son and he received the inheritance, but you know, he wasted it. Remember we saw last week, the elder son didn't access it, even though he was in the Father's house; but the young son, he wasted it, and he revealed that he was a poor manager of the father's inheritance. He was not a husband. So, whenever you receive authority, but there are certain areas that are unhealed, they will be exposed - and what happened to the prodigal? He turned to immorality. But what did the prodigal do? He went back and strengthened the broken foundations. He had to go home and what did he do? He submitted, he'd never done that before. He submitted, even if he was going to be a slave, and we know father wasn't going to have that, but he was prepared for that. Why? Because he had skipped from childhood and wanted to skip sonship, originally - he wanted to skip sonship to enjoy the inheritance. But he realized he couldn't go back as a son, he had to submit, he couldn't expect this.

Now, if you haven't had a revelation of the Father heart, you need one, just like the prodigal son did to go back to Father's house - but this point is what I want to make: you need to submit to authority. Independence and rebellion will very quickly come to the surface, and you'll start to reason like a child, even in leadership, if you haven't learned to be a son and a husband, or daughter and a wife. We sometimes can desire to be fathers, but we still think like children. One of the tests, as I said earlier, is: do we run from confrontation? Do we run from challenge? Do we consider anybody challenging us or speaking into our life as criticism? But it's this mutual honour, do you know what the Bible says? Do you know what Father's perspective is? Honour all men. That's an incredible statement, isn't it? Honour all men and women, all people. So we know we're growing up in God when we can disagree, but disagree agreeably.

I saw on social media a week or two ago, Kris Vallotton - the stuff he puts on, I was just thinking about it today, a lot of the things he puts on isn't actually him, but they're profound, the quotes that he puts on on a regular basis. But this actually, I think, was him - and, boy, did it speak to me: 'If you're scripturally wrong, are you no longer worthy of love and respect?'. That is profound. This is the honour and the love, it's not a fudge or a compromise or anything like that, but understanding Father's heart. You know, the father and the prodigal son, that parable is all about the father, it's not about son one or son two. It's all about the father, and son one knew something about the father's heart, and son two didn't. Son two had never left the father's house, but he'd never seen into the father's heart. Yet son number one had left the Father's house, burned his bridges, wasted his inheritance - but there was something in him that understood the father's heart to know that he could come back, even though he thought he was going to be a slave. There's so much about that story I love, but have you ever thought about this: it says that the father put the robe on him before he'd had a bath. He put the robe on him before he was washed. He was received, he was accepted, he belonged.

So anyway, what do we need to do? If we want to graduate from children to sons, we need to realize God disciplines us; we need to submit to the Father's will and mission; we need to say, as we emphasised last week, like Jesus in Gethsemane, 'Not my will, but Yours be done'. In other words: 'Even if this kills me, I'm going to submit to the Father's mission. It's not about me. It's about what He wants'. But if we're going to graduate then from sonship to husbandry, and be managers of life's relationship, we've got to learn even to see the dirt in the church and the dirt in people, but despite seeing the dirt to look for the gold, to look for the Father, to look as He looks, but also to come under accountability ourselves. If you haven't already, to seek to develop patterns of coming under godly authority at home - you can work that out, how that works - but it's important to have godly authority and order in the home; at work - 'At work, do you know where I work?'. Read Ephesians, it's obvious that we do this in the church, but it also talks about government, being submissive to the authorities that God has set in place.

We've got to learn even to see the dirt in the church and the dirt in people, but despite seeing the dirt to look for the gold...

What does this look like? It looks like this: 'If this is important to my wife, or my husband, or this is important to my kids, or this is important to my employer, or this is important to the powers that be in the state; if it's important to them, it's important to me'. That's honour and that's moving up from sonship to the point of husbandry, being able to manage relationships - but listen, this is the takeaway: you cannot move from childhood to fatherhood, it can't be done. You've got to graduate to sonship, to husbandry, and then to parenthood.

Let me show you this in closing. If you turn to 1 Thessalonians 2, this is a beautiful passage of scripture. First Thessalonians 2, we see how Paul ministered to this church in Thessalonica. First Thessalonians chapter 2 verse 7: "But we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children". Think of that picture, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children. "So, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us. For you remember, brethren, our labour and toil; for labouring night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, we preached to you the gospel of God. You are witnesses, and God also, how devoutly and justly and blamelessly we behaved ourselves among you who believe; as you know how we exhorted, and comforted, and charged every one of you, as a father does his own children, that you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory".

There are two images: we ministered to you as a mother to a suckling child, and as a father in gentleness and comfort, and exhortation and challenge. This is it. This is it. You always hear it here: family, it's all about God's family. Let's pray. While we're just in the attitude of prayer, just still your heart before the Lord for a moment or two. I know it's a long session, you're real hardcore here - but just take a moment, because I'm sure that God has highlighted something to you. Maybe you weren't here last week, or maybe you were and you need to hear these things over and over again sometimes, till it really sinks in. Are there those childish features within you? Even from a spiritual perspective, that you've been stuck for years in just self-orientation, about what God can do for you. Maybe even resentment has set in because He hasn't done everything that you thought He should do? Or those blessings have eluded you that you thought were in the pipe? Maybe the Lord has had the pause button pressed for some time with you, and the prayers haven't been answered as you thought, or as they used to be. Maybe it's time to stop wandering around and say: 'Right, Lord, You've got my attention now. There's a whole inheritance there that You're wanting me to get, and I'm just so much navel-gazing spiritually here that I haven't seen Canaan out before me, I haven't seen the bigger picture of what You want me to enjoy, what You want me to take, what You want me to inherit'. So, will you submit tonight to the discipline that's in your life? Say 'Right, Lord, I hear You, I feel You, and not my will but Yours be done. I submit to Your mission, Father, not my mission, not my ministry, not my ego, not my reputation'.

But then there are those here tonight, and God's actually saying: 'Right, there's another step here'. There's equality in all this, each of these aren't more important than the other, but the Lord wants to impact the world with fathers and mothers. So we've got to go through these stages. He's calling some of you here tonight, to be managers of life's relationships, and some of us haven't been doing too well with that. Some of us, dare I say, have been neglecting life's relationships at the expense, we think, of the kingdom and church. Anybody ever had a Dad, and all you ever saw was his back going out to meetings, but he wasn't at home? So, maybe the Lord wants us to say: 'Right, how am I investing in my spouse? How am I investing in my kids, their spiritual well-being? How can I expect something to happen in the church, in our community, in our country, if I'm not prepared to be a manager of my life relationships in the home that God has given me? I have a lot to learn on that score. Will you be prepared tonight to say: 'Right, OK, I'm going to submit mutually in the home, I'm going to submit mutually in the church, and I'm going to fit in some way where I can manage these relationships under fathers and mothers'.

You cannot move from childhood to fatherhood, it can't be done. You've got to graduate to sonship, to husbandry, and then to parenthood...

Lord, I just thank You for the fact that You are the Father after whom every family in heaven and on earth is named. We thank you that parenthood is a great signpost to Your heart, Lord, but forgive us for how we've pointed the signpost, probably, a lot in the other direction - away from You, that we don't resemble You and Your love, not only to our kith and kin, but to this world that needs You. No one has seen You at any time, but they see You when they see the love that we have for each other in family. Lord, forgive us for our lack of honour at times to our blood, our flesh and blood, to our neighbours, to our enemies, to those who differ with us, to the government, to our employers. Lord, please forgive us and help us to be those manifest sons and daughters that this world is crying out for who know who they are, who know the inheritance they have. They know the authority they have from the Father, and who knew that they've been given stewardship - and might we even become men and women who have stewardship over towns and cities and regions, because a steward must be counted faithful. Lord, give us grace to be faithful to the deposit and inheritance that You give us, and that out of this room - if there isn't already - Lord, that fathers and mothers will rise from sons and daughters, husbands and wives, that will take the world with the love of the Father revealed in Jesus. Lord, would You just heal hearts, Lord, would you heal hearts that have been given bad examples of husbands, of wives, of fathers, of mothers, of authority figures, of church leaders even who've been children. Lord, would You begin to break those wrong ties, and would You begin to heal those deep wounds, by Father Abba, Abba Father's love. Baptize with Your love, Father, tonight, deep and bruised and crushed and wounded and tired, despondent spirits. Would You just pour Your love, Father, and pour Your joy once again, and Your peace, O God, that is beyond comprehension. Thank You, Jesus that because You submitted to the Father's will, we've got Him as our Dad. Thank You, Jesus, that You are not ashamed to call us brothers and sisters. We love You, Lord, and we give You thanks. Amen.

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Preach The Word.
November 2019

This sermon was delivered at Emmanuel Church, in Lurgan, N. Ireland, by David Legge. It was transcribed from the recording titled "Growing Up In God, Part 2: Husbandry" - Transcribed by Preach The Word.

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