Session 1 Adam Eakins - A Fresh Revelation of the Father’s Love - Friday 1st March 2013

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  • Song Name: Session1 - Adam Eakins - A Fresh Revelation of the Father’s Love
  • Artist: Elijah Anointing for Northamptonshire
  • Album: Fathers Heart Conference
  • Year: 2013

Session 1 - Adam Eakins

Father’s Heart Conference Session One – A Fresh Revelation of the Father’s Love

Fatherless Culture in the UK
• 15% of babies are born without a resident biological father
• 7% have no fathers on the birth certificate

Children who grow up without a father present are

 75% more likely to fail at school
 70% more likely to be drug addicts
 50% more likely to develop alcohol problems
 40% more likely to be in serious debt
 33% more likely to experience unemployment
 70% of young offenders come from fatherless households
 85% of male prisoners have no connection with their fathers.

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father.’ Gal 4:4-6

• Absent Father __________________________________________

• Apathetic Father ________________________________________

• Addicted Father _________________________________________

• Achievement-driven Father ________________________________

• Authoritarian Father _____________________________________

• Abdicating Father ________________________________________

• Abusive Father __________________________________________

The effect of men and women can be different. They can include

Effect on Women

 Unsure about femininity and self-worth
 Doubts over attractiveness and value
 Confused about identity
 Act out in inappropriate and harmful ways
 Look for a daddy figure in men
 Can be suspicious of men

Effect on Men

 Underdeveloped sense of masculinity
 Not sure how to relate to woman
 Confused about identity
 Fall into performance achievement – work, money, position, sporting prowess and fame
 Violence and gangs
 End up with frozen feelings
 Or feel too much so numb the pain with alcohol, food or drugs or behave in a way to avoid the pain – sex, work or/and violence

However, a good dad

 Values fatherhood
 Displays affections
 Get involved
 Provides security
 Sets an example
 Gives affirmation
 Shares wisdom
 Establish boundaries
 Releases hope
 Leaves a legacy

John 14:18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

2 Cor 6:18 I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.

John 14:8 Philip said, Lord shows us the Father and that will be enough for us.

The deepest desire of our hearts is for union with God. From the first moment of our existence our most powerful yearning is to fulfil the original purpose of our lives – ‘to see Him more clearly, love Him more dearly, following Him more nearly’. We are made for God and nothing less will really satisfy us. Brennan Manning
The Father

Sees ______________________________________________________

Feels ______________________________________________________

Runs ______________________________________________________

Embraces __________________________________________________

Kisses _____________________________________________________

What did the Father give him?

ROBE ______________________________________________________

RING ______________________________________________________

SHOES _____________________________________________________

Put an X on the lines below, If your X lies nearer the wound end of these lines, then acknowledge that you have been unjustly denied a father’s love in these areas. If your X lies nearer the blessing end of the spectrum, then give thanks for your father’s gift to you in this area.
Wound MY FATHER Blessing
Absent in my life Present in my life

Detached and disinterested Emotionally engaged with me

Abandoned me Stuck with me

Addicted/compulsive Self-controlled/sober

A strict disciplinarian Loving in the use of discipline

Critical/demanding o f me Accepting/affirming of me

Encouraged me to earn love Loved me for who I was

Left it to others to look after me Looked after me personally

Didn’t keep his promises to me Always kept his promises to me

Abusive/harsh with me Kind to me

Shamed me Honoured me

Left me bad example as a legacy Left me a good example as a legacy