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MERCHANT OF LIFE OR MERCHANT OF DEATH?

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Main Scriptures: Jn.10:9-10

More Scriptures: Eph.6:20, Pro.13:17, 2Cor.5:20

I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved and shall go in and out and find pasture. The thief cometh not but for to steal and to kill and to destroy: I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep (Jn.10:9-11) KJV

As the head of your family, what message do you have for your sheep? Is it  a message of death, destruction, neglect, abuse, abandonment? Or is it  a message of hope, confidence, inspiration, motivation, holiness and righteousness? This is important for you to answer because that is what defines your true worth as the shepherd of the sheep. Also, and very important is that you cannot separate your message from your personality. In fact, you are your message. Jesus Christ who is the perfect example of a good and godly husband had a message. It was a message of abundance and life. He was a life-giving agent. He extended help to those who needed help. He brought smiles to the faces of the hurting. He comforted those who were at the verge of hopelessness. He embraced the worthless and forgave those who offended Him. That is the message that God wants you to extend to your wife and children. Remember that you have the mind of Christ and His characteristics. The same way Christ has loved the Church so you are to do what He did to the bride.

As a type of Christ in your family fold, you are to be the rallying point for your wife and children. Your wife and children should look up to you for inspiration and direction. They should be bold and confident to tell you where they hurt because they are sure they will find comfort in you. They should run to you when they are being pursued by the pressures of life, satan, the devil and the world because they are sure they will find protection in your arms. You must understand that you are a leading light in the lives of your wife and children. You are not a burden to your sheep but a blessing. You are a channel of good report and not bad report. Your words must convey peace and not violence, faith and not fear, freedom and not intimidation, best foot forward and not many steps backward. Some of the ways you can be a merchant of life to your flock are to first discover the plan of God for you as the head of your family. Secondly, you must discover the plan of God for your wife and children. And thirdly, you must engage the powers of prayer and fasting to enforce the reality of your message because it is God that empowers you to do His will (Phip.2:13). And as you become a positive message to your wife and children, they will honour you and tell your stories to the world to come and learn.

SPIRITUAL EXERCISE

  • Father, in the Name of Jesus, make me a positive messenger to my wife and children.
  • Father, in the Name of Jesus, empower me to deliver on Your good message to my flock.
  • Father, in the Name of Jesus, help my sheep to receive Your good message joyfully.

FAITH CONFESSION

I am ordained by God to deliver good and godly messages to my wife and children and that is my mission as a good and godly husband in Jesus Name. Amen.


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