Main Scripture: Lk.16:15-16
More Scriptures: Jn.10:30, Gen.2:15, 1Pet.3:7
The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and EVERYMAN PRESSETH UNTO IT (Lk.16:16).
In one of those meetings I attended a while ago, one of us shared of how a pastor had given up hope on his wife. He had been married for ten (10) years and concluded that if his wife couldn’t be changed in all these years that they were married, then he didn’t think she can be helped anymore. As a husband and the head of your family, there are two very important assignments that God demands from you when He gave you a wife and children. It is found in Gen.2:15 and Jn.10:30 respectively.
God took the man and set him down in the Garden of Eden to work the ground and keep it in order (Gen.2:15) Message Bible MSG.
My sheep recognize my voice. I know them and they follow me….. No one can steal them out of my hand (Jn.10:30) Message Bible MSG
From the two Scriptures above, it is established that the godly husbandman is a set man. He is in the sheepfold to oversee his sheep and the sheepfold. It further establishes that as the man sent by God to watch over His sheep, you must work on your sheep until they become matured and fruitful in the desires of God. So, as the godly husbandman, you cannot afford to give up on yourself, your wife and children inspite of all the unpleasant reports. It doesn’t matter the pressure that is coming to you as the man, husband and father, you must keep your eyes focused on Jesus Christ, your perfect example of the good and godly husband.
You must understand that all the troubles you are having with your sheep is nothing compared to the ultimate plan of the devil. Satan wants to steal your wife and children. He also wants to destroy your sheepfold. He wants you to live an isolated life so that he can make you miserable. He knows that two are better than one and that they have a good reward for their labour (Ecc.4:9). You must not allow satan, sin and the world to destroy your sheepfold. You must react against the forces of hell bent on destroying your sheepfold. And this battle is not physical but spiritual. Read what Apostle Paul said the power of never giving up. I press towards the mark of the high calling. Despite all the challenges he faced, he never gave up. He kept doing what was righteous. He kept his eyes on the end result. That is the attitude that God wants you to have as you lead your wife and children.But how do I press on notwithstanding the pressure and challenges? Firstly, you must be born again. Secondly, you must have a deeper relationship with the Person and power of Jesus Christ. Thirdly, you must engage the power of prayer and intercession. Fourthly, you must allow the love and compassion of Jesus Christ to flood your heart.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, empower my faith to believe You.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, destroy every root of hopelessness in my life.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, empower me to see Your glorious destinies for my wife and children.
FAITH CONFESSION I am not giving up on my assignment as the godly shepherd and I exercise my faith in God that He will do what no man can do and bring my wife and children to winning ways because that is what makes me the good and godly husband in Jesus Name. Amen.