May 18, 2009
Praise the Lord to all those who take the time out of their day to read this blog. For the past 10 days I have been vacationing with my family in Spain, and one of the things I found to be interesting is how the cities seem to shut down between 2:00- 5:00 pm. We attempted to do a little shopping in a city call El Puerto around 2:30pm or so and the whole shopping district was closed. The mall, the electronic stores, furniture and etc… were closed and we thought that was so odd. However, we had a young lady tell us that from 2:00- 5:00pm daily the Spanish businesses close for three hours for family time. She recommended that we shop before 2:00 or after 5:00 because the Spanish don’t allow making money or business to get in the way of their family time. This is the time where the family comes together to spend quality time with each other, eat dinner or go to the park …etc. Thus, the only businesses you could find open were either on base or American owned businesses such as McDonald’s or Burger King. Thus, I thought if husbands and wives would set aside such time to spend with their families in America think how much stronger the family unit might be. The fact is that we may not be able to take off in the middle of the day to spend it with our families but the idea is to purposefully set aside some time. Thus, child of God before we go preaching to everyone else make sure we have preached at home first; preacher man before we can call our congregations family make sure we have taken the opportunities that God has allowed us to raise a family at home because there is nothing worse than having a functional church and a dysfunctional household. In fact, family must have been important to the Apostle Paul for he stated to a young brother named Timothy that a leader should be “one that rules well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; for if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the house of God (1 Tim 3:4-5)”. Hence, in order to rule well we have to have prayer time with God and quality time with our families.
God Bless You
May 14, 2009
Post will resume 5/18/09.
May 7, 2009
(Eph 5:26) says “That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.”
Something else men must do in order to be the head of our wives as God would have us to be is we must be apt to teach. Even as Jesus sanctified and cleansed the one He loved (the church) we as husbands must cleanse our wives with the word of God as well. However, if we are going to teach and lead our wives by the word of God it becomes important that we find time to study, pray and spend time with God on our own. If we desire for our wives to be cleansed, if we desire that they be sanctified or set apart for God’s service, if we desire that they be the wife that God desires for them to be in our lives we must minister the word of God in their lives. But before we can ever minister the gospel of Jesus Christ we must be willing to live what we teach and that’s where many men fail. Thus, the challenge for men is to offer our wives back to God in the end better off spiritually than she was when we first got married and that’s done by the word of God and the Spirit of God through the heart of the husband.
God Bless You
May 6, 2009
The second thing we must do in order to be the head of our wives is we must be willing to sacrifice ourselves. The fact is my brother is that Christ died for the one he loved, which was the church. He paid the ultimate price in that He sacrificed his life, and the good news is that because He sacrificed his physical life for us all we don’t have to pay the price of a physical death for our wives but we do have to offer up sacrifices for our wives; we may have to die to some things in order to grow our wives up in the things of God. It is possible that we may have to die to our own agenda, our own ways, our own dreams and even our own feelings for a time if it means seeing our wives mature in Christ. It may mean that we have to give up some leisure time to spend more time in prayer for our wives. In fact, the amount of time we pray for our wives now might really show us where we are in our relationship. The fact is that sacrifice is required by both parties in the marriage at some point or the other but because the husband has been called to be the head of his wife it is commanded that he be first partaker, that he set the example as to what sacrifice looks like in the marriage as well as the home. Christ is the ultimate example of sacrificing himself for what He loved, and as Christian husbands we must be willing to make some sacrifices of ourselves on some level so that our wives might understand that love for us is not only what happens in the bedroom, but it’s also displayed in how we live our lives before them.
God Bless You
May 5, 2009
There is a lot of responsibility that comes with leading a family. And for man there is a lot of responsibility that comes with being the head of our wives. (Eph 5:23) says “For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body.” Thus, as Christ is the head of the church we as husbands are to follow his example when it comes to being the head of our wives. But we must ask ourselves, exactly what does being the head mean? Well according to (Eph 5:25) we must first learn to love our wives as Christ loved the church. That type of love must be possible because the Lord commanded us to do so; but this love is only possible through the power of God. This type of love is an unconditional love; a love that requires us not to be so quick to judge our wives faults or imperfections because the truth is that we have faults and imperfections as well. It’s a love that requires some sacrifice on our part; which means that we may have to sacrifice what we may want to do, what we may have planned, and even what we may be thinking in order build up our wives and our relationship with each other. We may have to set aside what we may want to do so she can have our undivided attention. Maybe we don’t get to see our favorite ball game today so we can spend time with our wives; maybe we tell the fellows we can’t make the golf outing today because we need to pay more attention to what’s happening at home. Instead of the wife having to do the cooking, cleaning and taking care of the kids, why don’t we tell her to take it easy while we take care of some of those things for her? Loving our wives as Christ has loved the church is a lifetime of work, thus, we can never take our marriage or our spouse for granted.
God Bless You
May 4, 2009
(Exo.5:1) “And afterward Moses and Aaron went in and told Pharaoh, thus saith the Lord God of Israel, let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness.”
God was calling his people out of the bondage of Egypt and the hand of pharaoh, and He was using Moses to do it. And God’s purpose was to bring his people to a place of freedom, a place not controlled by the hand of the enemy where they might worship him. That’s really what this feast in the wilderness was all about…it was an act of worship and we know that our God understands that worship will change your life. However, pharaoh decided that he would not allow them their freedom, but was resolute to the fact that they would stay in bondage. And that’s how the devil is in our lives, he has set up pharaohs in our lives that won’t let us go and worship our Lord freely. He has placed the pharaoh of bitterness, hatred, and envy in our lives to keep us from worshipping God in all sincerity. He has placed the pharaohs of confusion, unforgiveness and strife in our hearts against others that won’t allow us to worship the Lord the way He desires to be worshipped. The devil has set up pharaohs called our past that we still allow to condemn us and keep us from operating in spirit and in truth when it comes to worshipping our God. The fact is until we demand by the blood of Jesus Christ that the devil release us and let us go from the things (or the pharaohs) that hinder our freedom to worship, we will always be bound in our worship of God. Furthermore saints, to stay in that state of bondage any longer is unacceptable; to continue to live on bondage lane is a tragedy for any believer. Thus, we need to tell those pharaohs, those issues and those demons that have been hindering our worship to lose us and let us go in the name of Jesus that we might go and worship the Father like never before; because worship will change your life.
God Bless You