The Biblical account of Isaac and Rebekah demonstrates the contention between the two natures of man. This war between the natures of man continues to jostle back and forth. You may have the two natures within you.
Have you ever broken a rule that you didn’t know was a rule? You may have had this happen to you as a boy. Your curiosity and sense of adventure gets you into a mess. Then you get into terrible trouble because you didn’t know that it was wrong, or dumb, or foolish.
When a Father speaks, his children are profoundly impacted by his words. We need to be extremely careful what and how we speak to our children. Our words can have a powerful impact on a child in the positive, they can have tremendous negative impact as well.
The mother of a 15-year old Seattle girl is furious because her daughter had an abortion with some assistance from the nurses at her school and she was never informed. She only found out after the fact when her daughter had an unrelated health problem and finally revealed she had terminated a pregnancy.
Father, you cannot underestimate the power of the words that you speak over your children. As a father, your words can have the power of life and death.
One of the most challenging things men must to do is to lead their family spiritually. Men ask me regularly, “How do you lead family devotions?” I have to admit that we have not consistently practiced family devotions.