Summary: Fathers Day Sermon Series for the month of June

Sunday June 15th, 2008

“Divine Emotional Healing”

Mind, Emotion, Physical

Title: The Father Wound

Romans 1:18-21, 24,28 NKJV

This morning I’d like to continue preaching on a series of sermons in regards to Divine Healing. I had planned on preaching only one sermon on Emotional Healing, but God’ has really impressed me to preach one sermon part A today, part B next week. This morning is Father’s Day, but this day often brings mixed emotions in our life. Father’s Day though, is a day that God’s people can be healed emotionally. So this morning I’d like to deal with the subject of “The Father Wound”.

Ps 68: 4-6

4 Sing to God, sing praises to His name;

Extol Him who rides on the clouds, by His name YAH,

And rejoice before Him.

5 A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, Is God in His holy habitation.

6 God sets the solitary in families; He brings out those who are bound into prosperity; But the rebellious dwell in a dry land.

There are some of you here this morning or listening to me on CD that need to hear me this morning!!

I don’t believe there is enough awareness in the church of how significant the role of the Father is in the family unit. If that were the case we would see more father’s actively participating in the church, but that is not the case. The reality is that many of us grew up without seeing their own father as a guide who was teaching his children during the rearing years. For those of you that had a “dad” this sermon may fall on deaf ears, because you were privileged with having a dad, that provided the affection, discipline, and love you needed to grow into adulthood. But many of you may have grown up like me, and have been emotionally scarred due to the relationship with your Father, and it’s is those scars that limits you in your relationship with the Heavenly Father. These limitations can keep the gospel from relevancy in our lives, but rather keeps the gospel from touching others lives at bay.

Ps 68:6

God sets the solitary in families; He brings out those who are bound into prosperity;

Church, there are folks here …….that are bound…. emotionally due to the relationship they had with their Father… that is affecting and limiting…. their relationship ….with God

Seven years ago when Billy Graham brought the revival to Paul Brown Stadium, he said that in the 50 years that he had been preaching, that he felt that the Cincinnati area was the most spiritually oppressed city he had ever preached to.

Oppression is the act of using power to empower and/or privilege a group at the expense of disempowering, marginalizing, inhibits our voice.

Listen, spiritual oppression ……. Subordinates our will

………Captivates our minds

……… Limits or relationships

Spiritual oppression takes up our energy to act upon spiritual things, Spiritual oppression acts a a silencer to work against the things God wants for us to do at Marshall Road First Church of God.

Church, God wants to use our church, but there are some things that many of us need deliverance from

Need to gain control over

Need to get victory over

I have felt a sense of oppression since the first Sunday I have stood behind the pulpit, there are some things that need to be said

Things that need to be pointed out

Things that have been ignored

Stuff that we have swept under the rug

Let me be clear this morning;

The Way you view your earthen father………….. will determine….. how you view your…. Heavenly Father, because your subconscious… is fundamentally trained to process the word “father”. to the nearest example.. in your life.

Listen, someone is going to get delivered this morning

some are going to have an ahh hah moment

Some of you need to be healed emotionally

The relationship that you have with your father determines how you will and do relate with God the Father.

This is all going to make sense just stay with me.

J.B. Phillips wrote a book called “Your God is to Small”

“The way you view God, is how you view the Heavenly Father”

If your father role was absent, then God is absent from your life

If your father was physically abusive, then God is seen as abusive”

If your father was silent, then God communicating with God is difficult

If your father was distant, then God feels like he is distant

If your father was a fault finder, then God sees your faults too.

But church, there is a difference between a Father and a Dad.

Mark 14:36

"Abba, Father," he said, "everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will."

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