God's Gift for Fathers

God's Gift for Fathers

by Jack Countryman

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ISBN-13: 9780718089962
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 03/28/2017
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,299,536
Product dimensions: 4.60(w) x 6.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jack Countryman is the founder of JCountryman® gift books, a division of Thomas Nelson, and is the recipient of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association’s Charlie “Kip” Jordan Lifetime Achievement Award. Over the past 30 years, he has developed bestselling gift books such as God’s Promises® for Your Every Need, God’s Promises® for Men, God’s Promises® for Women, God Listens, and Red Letter Words of Jesus. Countryman’s books have sold more than 20 million units.

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God's Gift for Fathers


By Jack Countryman

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2017 Jack Countryman
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ISBN: 978-0-7180-8997-9



CHAPTER 1

God Fills a Father With Joy When ...


He Praises the Lord

Psalm 150:6 says, "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord." As long as we have breath, we must acknowledge the power and majesty of our Lord. We are to praise Him when we get up in the morning, praise Him in the car, praise Him at work — wherever we are, we should seek to honor Him. First Thessalonians 5:18 says, "In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." You may not understand what is happening in your life, but God's will in every circumstance is that you praise Him and thank Him in all things When you do this, God will give you a peace that passes all understanding.


Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament! Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness! ... Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!

— Psalm 150:1–2, 6

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; And His greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty acts.

— Psalm 145:3–4

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

— Philippians 4:6–7


His Children Grow to Love the Lord

A father's ability for helping his children grow in the Lord is a reason to shout for joy because he is doing exactly what he has been called by God to do. The very essence of being a father to your children is helping them build a foundation for living a life filled with the Holy Spirit. As you lead your children closer to Him, God will protect and guide your children as they walk through life, and you will experience His peace, knowing that He is with them. Therefore, teach your children daily to honor God and live for Him; it is the only way to be happy in the Lord.


Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.

— Proverbs 22:6

Jesus said to him, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind' This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'"

— Matthew 22:37–39

Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height — to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

— Ephesians 3:17–19

I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me.

— Proverbs 8:17


He Worships the Lord

The Bible speaks often of worship and invites you to come with a pure heart to worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. There are many reasons the Lord is worthy to be praised: His power, His majesty, His righteousness, and His love among them. And worship, the act of acknowledging God's strength and benevolence, is part of your responsibility and privilege as a Christian. When you honor God with worship and come to Him with an open heart, you will be blessed and filled with His presence When you begin each day with worship and prayer, you will be reminded to walk closely with Him. Diligently seek to honor Him throughout your day, and you will be blessed.


Give to the Lord the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come before Him. Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!

— 1 Chronicles 16:29

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the Lord is the great God, And the great King above all gods.

— Psalm 95:1–3

Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God, And we are the people of His pasture, And the sheep of His hand.

— Psalm 95:6–7

CHAPTER 2

God Listens to a Father's Prayer When ...


Trials Run Rampant

Sometimes in life you seem to meet trouble at every turn. God often uses trials to position you for greater blessings. Even in times of great disappointment, He has your best in mind. He knows how He wants to use disappointments and hardships for your benefit. During these trials, He desires that you see Him as your only source of salvation and blessing. If you are in a physically or emotionally difficult spot right now, refuse to become discouraged. Ask the Lord to reveal His plan for your life. Commit yourself fully to Him, no matter what it costs God will provide for you in ways that far exceed human understanding.


For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. ... And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

— Jeremiah 29:11, 13

"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you"

— Matthew 7:7

Give ear to my words, O Lord, Consider my meditation. Give heed to the voice of my cry, My King and my God, For to You I will pray. My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up.

— Psalm 5:1–3


He Asks for Patience

As a father, there are many days you need patience with your children, with your spouse, in your work, and with the various circumstances you encounter in life. In James 1:2, you are encouraged to "count it all joy when you fall into various trials." But why? Not because these circumstances are pleasant, but because they are profitable. Trials and tribulations produce patience; in difficulty, you learn to endure, to bear up, to persevere, to keep holding on despite momentary suffering The patience you develop makes you stronger in your walk with Christ because you are less likely to become entangled in sin. And He will help you as you lean on Him for patience.


My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

— James 1:2–4

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.

— Hebrews 12:1

Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love ... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer.

— Romans 12:10–12


He Asks for Guidance

God has given you the Holy Spirit so that He can guide you in every area of your life. With the Spirit's help, you become a better father, husband, and witness for His glory. But in order to receive His blessings of wisdom, you must come to the Lord and be willing to learn from Him. The more you seek His wisdom, the more He generously provides. And when you place your faith in the Lord, He comes into your heart and, through the Spirit, He sets you free from the bondage of sin, the sting of death, and your futile attempts to become righteous by your own efforts. If you ask, God will continue to transform your life.


"And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever — the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you."

— John 14:16–17

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

— 2 Corinthians 3:17–18

"If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

— John 7:37–39


He Confesses Sin and Seeks Forgiveness

Sin blocks your fellowship with the Lord, and it keeps you from experiencing God's goodness. But when you're mired in sin, how do you regain your communion with God? David wrote in Psalm 32:1, "Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered." As long as he had not repented from his sin, David knew that he could not enjoy the fullness of God's presence. The same is true for you if you are carrying a sin that you need to take to the Lord. Turn to God in prayer, asking Him to apply His forgiveness to your life so that you can receive His mercy He loves you and wants you to enjoy fellowship with Him.


Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit. ... I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the Lord," And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. ... You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance.

— Psalm 32:1–2, 5, 7

He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.

— Colossians 1:13–14


Responsibilities Overwhelm Him

Could anything feel more discouraging or frightening than facing a terrible trial all by yourself? It can be paralyzing to imagine having no one to lean on during times of crisis. But God assures you that if you know Him, you will never have to worry about facing life alone. He is right there with you, in easy times and in the difficult ones too. You can always count on the Lord, for He has promised never to leave you nor forsake you. Run to Him; tell Him what is on your heart and seek His wisdom Learn to listen to the Holy Spirit, and He will guide you through every difficult situation you face.


"For the mountains shall depart And the hills be removed, But My kindness shall not depart from you, Nor shall My covenant of peace be removed," Says the Lord, who has mercy on you.

— Isaiah 54:10

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for theLordyour God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.

— Deuteronomy 31:6

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength.

— Isaiah 40:28–29

CHAPTER 3

God Challenges a Father To ...


Grow in His Christian Walk

The psalmist wrote, "Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes, and I shall keep it to the end" (Psalm 119:33). Left to ourselves, we often don't know which path leads us to life and which path leads us to death. When we don't seek God, we remain in the dark. But God's Word provides us with a searchlight to cut through the darkness and leads us to safety. So spend time in the Word of God and learn how to be the Christian God wants you to be. Get involved in a church and fellowship with other believers. When you desire to grow in Christ, He will provide a way for you to serve Him and be blessed.


Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name. I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, And I will glorify Your name forevermore.

— Psalm 86:11–12

Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. I have sworn and confirmed That I will keep Your righteous judgments. I am afflicted very much; Revive me, O Lord, according to Your word. Accept, I pray, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O Lord, And teach me Your judgments. My life is continually in my hand, Yet I do not forget Your law.

— Psalm 119:105–109


Deal Honestly with Others

Proverbs 19:1 says, "Better is the poor who walks in his integrity than one who is perverse in his lips, and is a fool." When you are honest with others, the Lord honors you. Never be afraid to speak openly about your faith to your children and to everyone you meet, even casual acquaintances or strangers on the street. When you choose to be honest with others about what you believe, your character and reputation will grow. As a father, you are a role model for your children. They look up to you and depend on what you say and how other adults perceive you Let your light shine so that others may see Christ in you.


Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him.

— Colossians 3:9–10

He who would love life And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips from speaking deceit. Let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.

— 1 Peter 3:10–12


Ask Forgiveness of Others

One of the most difficult and humbling human experiences is admitting you have wronged people and asking for their forgiveness. Though it may be hard, admitting your wrongdoing gives you a clear conscience and the peace that comes from knowing you did the right thing. And when you humble yourself by seeking amends, your character will grow and God will bless your faithfulness. However, there is no benefit for your spiritual life when you harbor resentment, anger, or grudges in your heart. When you hang onto your pride, God is not honored. Examine your heart today and determine if there is someone you have wronged. Then by God's grace and with His help, seek forgiveness from the one you have hurt.


Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

— Psalm 32:1

"And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses."

— Mark 11:25–26

I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

— Ephesians 4:1–3

Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.

— Romans 12:17–18


Share His Faith with Others

Romans 10:17 reads, "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." This is a wonderful promise God gives to His people: He's saying that the more you spend time in His Word, the more your faith will grow and become a part of who you are. Since you are called to share your faith with others, remember that the foundation of a growing faith begins in His Word. Try to spend time with the Lord each day through His holy Scripture, and share the wisdom you glean with others Get in the habit of being a bold witness for the Lord The more you share your faith with others, the stronger your own faith becomes.


"Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature."

— Mark 16:15

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

— Hebrews 4:12

If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

— Romans 10:9–10

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

— Galatians 6:9


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Contents

God Fills a Father with Joy When ...,
God Listens to a Father's Prayer When ...,
God Challenges a Father to ...,
God Keeps a Father Secure When ...,
God Comforts a Father When ...,
God's Love Is with a Father When ...,
God Rejoices When ...,
God Gives a Father Strength When ...,
God Asks a Father to ...,
God Freely Gives to a Father ...,
God's Wisdom to Bless Your Family ...,
God's Dynamic Example of Fathers,
Scripture Meditations for Fathers,
Crisis Scripture Guide,

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