Main Scriptures: Genesis 2:15-16
More Scriptures: Am.6:1, Gen.3:9, Eph.5:25-27
I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit, he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself. It must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. (Jn.15:1-4) New International Version.
As the head of the family and spiritual leader of the home, God has commanded and empowered you to be in charge of your family affairs- spiritually, emotionally, physically, financially and in all areas. And the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat. But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it, for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. Gen.2:15-17. This is not about dominating your wife and children or becoming autocratic. It is about being in command to determine the type of influences that are allowed into their lives. In our text today, God commanded the husband to take charge. God told him what to eat and what not to eat. This meant that he had the power to determine what happens to his sheep and sheepfold. Unfortunately, he failed. How? In Gen.3, when the enemy came and engaged his wife in an ungodly conversation, he was watching. In verse 6, the Scriptures say, “and she did eat and gave also unto her husband with her, and he did eat”. Note the word with. Her husband was right there watching his wife being tormented by the devil. Rather than take charge by commanding the devil to leave his wife alone and command him out of the environment of his home, he compromised himself and ate the forbidden fruit. And that was why when the entire family crashed, God held him responsible (Gen.3:9).
You are the spiritual head of your home. Your position puts you in a vintage position to determine the kind of environment you want for your wife and children. You can take charge of the spiritual atmosphere of your home. You cannot become complacent in the administration of your family kingdom. It is time for you to wake up and let everyone, including the forces in hell, know that you are in total command at all levels of your family life starting with their spiritual lives. However, for you to be in charge, you must give yourself to spiritual demands of prayer, fasting, word study, faith, meditation, and much more. You will also have to ask the Holy Spirit, in prayers for the spirit of discernment. Be in charge. Take charge. That is your call.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, deliver me from every root of complacency and irresponsibility.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, empower me with courage and boldness to fight the enemy of my home
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, destroy every spirit of fear and intimidation working in my life
I take charge of my family kingdom and rule my wife and children in the fear of the Lord because that is my heritage as a good and godly husband in Jesus name. Amen.