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Take a Strong Stand for Your Family
By Joel Osteen - Jun 16, 2019
All around our country this weekend we celebrate Father’s Day. I can’t begin to tell all you dads just how important you are. At a time when so many homes are under attack through strife and broken relationships, your role as a father is crucial and your words so important. Your love is important, and your children need your strength and godly example.

The Old Testament records a time when Nehemiah was rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. The walls had been torn down years previously, and the enemy was coming against God’s people, against their homes and families, while the men worked on the construction crews. The situation got so bad that Nehemiah instructed his men to work with a hammer in one hand and a sword in the other. He encouraged them, “Men, fight for your sons, fight for your daughters, fight for your wives, fight for your families” (Nehemiah 4:14). He went on to say, “If you will fight, then God will fight.”

I believe God is saying something similar to us today. If we will do our part as fathers and take a strong stand for our families, God will do His part. He’ll help us to have great marriages and great relationships with our children.

Fathers, you need to make especially sure that you affirm your children. Ask God to show you how your words and actions influence your children. Every day, just as you bless your wife, bless your children as well, no matter how old they are. Look at each child and say, “I’m so proud of you. I think you’re great. There’s nothing that you can’t do.” Your children need your approval and love, no matter whether they act like it or not. Because of the power of God the Father’s love for us, in us, and through us, we can make a difference in our families and leave a legacy of faith for future generations!

To all the fathers who have invested so much in the lives of their children, may you be blessed, strengthened, and empowered by His Spirit, and may you know the greatness of the gift that you are to them. Please know we love you and pray for you every day. Have a happy and blessed Father’s Day!
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