Main Scriptures: Jas.1:19
More Scriptures: Gen.25:27, Pro.11:12, Job 29:9
So, then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak , slow to anger (Jas.1:19).
Have you ever been faced with a situation where your wife and children did something wrong that upset you and you had the right to be angry? Many husbands ….A lot of husbands want to be like Abraham and we sing “Abraham blessings” are mine. We have also been taught of how Abraham walked in faith. But there is something I want to draw the attention of every husband to and that is the deceitfulness of alternatives. After waiting for nearly twenty years without the birth of the promised son, Isaac, Abraham decided to seek for alternatives in the person of Haggai. Although she bore him a son, the consequences of that action was grave. As a husband and the spiritual authority in your family-fold, it is dangerous to have alternatives to your disrespectful and rebellious flock. Alcohol is not the alternative to a nagging and unappreciative wife. Having a second wife or concubine is not either. Addiction to pornography and gambling is also not an alternative. Spending more time in church activities is not an alternative.
Alternatives are dangerous. They only provide you with temporary relief but eternal pain. Do you want to see the power of God manifest mightily in the lives of your wife and children? Then let your eyes be focused on Jesus Christ, the very perfect example of a good and godly husband. He did not seek for alternatives to a stubborn Peter. He did not seek for alternatives for a doubting Thomas. He did not seek for alternatives for a thieving Judas. He kept teaching, guiding, praying for His bride. Today, these disciples have become the forerunners of the gospel of Jesus Christ. So, how do I stay on my flock and ensure that I effect the needed changes that I want? Principally, you destroy the power of seeking for alternative by engaging in heart-felt prayers. My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ is formed in you (Gal.4:19). Praying for your flock is a proof of your love for them. You are their priest. You are their pastor. You are their prophet. You are their shepherd. You are their advantage. You are the head of the family. And one of the ways you can validate your headship is to stand firm in the place of prayer until the life of Christ is formed in them. You must shut down everything and anyone that wants to take you away from being the change agent in the lives of your flock. Remember that where alternatives exist, miracles cease.
· Father, in the Name of Jesus, baptize me with the spirit of grace and supplication and help me to stand firm for my flock.
· Father, in the Name of Jesus, stir up in me the spirit of faith for effectual leadership.
· Father, in the Name of Jesus, deliver me from the power of deceitful options and satanic alternatives.
I refuse to seek alternatives in anything other than in intense and heart-felt prayer because that is what makes me a good and godly husband to my wife and children in Jesus Name. Amen.