Main Scriptures: Mk.14:27
More Scriptures: Ps.91:16, 1Tim.5:8, Heb.11:2
Did you know that as the head of the family and the shepherd of your sheep fold, the force of hell is much more interested in you than in your flock? Satan knows that you hold the key to the door of your family and he is aware that you will not give him access. So he wants to first destroy your life. This is why you must ensure that you guard your life and secure it from the corruption of this world. Very importantly, you must walk in faith with the assurance in God that with long life will He satisfy you (Ps.91:16). Jesus Christ, the Head of all husbands and the perfect example of how husbands are ordained to behave states the importance of the shepherd to the sheep. The Scripture says, you will all fall away, Jesus told them for it is written, I will strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter (Mk.14:27). The Bible also says “awake O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the Lord of hosts, smite the shepherd and the sheep shall be scattered. (Zech.13:7)”.
But you may want to ask why am I so important in the programme of God for my flock? Firstly, it is because your presence provides guidance to your wife and children. Secondly, with you around them, they enjoy protection against the attacks of the devil because of your continued intercession for them. Thirdly, your presence in their lives motivates you to want to work with your spirit, soul and body to provide for their well being (1Tim.5:8). Fourthly, you live to enjoy the fruits of your investment in their lives as you see them grow in good health, soundness of mind, spiritually, academic success and becoming channels of blessing to the world. For you to be alive to enjoy these blessings, you must walk by faith and not by sight.
As the head of the family, faith is one of your greatest weapons of warfare in winning the battle of life. In Heb.11:2, the Scripture says, “for by it the elders OBTAINED A GOOD REPORT. God’s will for you is to live long and live well to see your generations to the fourth (Gen.6:3, Job 42:17). What does it me to live by faith? It simply means opening your mouth to declare God’s promises for your long life.
· Father, by the power in the blood of Jesus Christ, cancel every sentence and judgment of death hanging over my life.
· Father, by the prevailing power in the blood of Jesus Christ, put the spirit of death underneath my feet.
· Father, keep me in perfect health to see the good of the land and my flock.
I shall not die but live to declare the goodness of God in the land of the living (wife and children) because it is my heritage as a good and godly husband in Jesus name. Amen.