Bible Texts: 2Cor.7:11, Gal.5:21, Acts 1:1, Matt.5:14, Gen.3:6-10, Ps.51:7-11
The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach (Acts 1:1).
Today’s teaching is aimed at achieving one thing-to help you reappraise your life by examining yourself through the word of God. Before blaming your wife, children and any other person, I want you to step back and consider your ways to see if your words and conduct as the godly man, husband and father correspond with your action towards your wife and children. It is important for you and I to understand that the natural husbandman always tends to blame everybody but not himself. But the matured husbandman takes personal responsibilities for the change he desires by ensuring that he corrects his ways.
As the good and godly husbandman and leader of your family, does your conduct, values and decisions agree with the word of God? The Scripture tells us that Jesus Christ who is the perfect example of the good and godly husbandman began both to do and teach. He taught what He practiced. He lived by the examples of His words. He matched his words with action. Is your life contrary to what you teach? Is your heart filled with hate and bitterness for your wife, children and those around you?
As the good shepherd, you cannot hold bitterness and malice in your heart and yet claim to teach and profess love to your wife and children. You cannot hold unforgiveness in your heart against your sheep and teach compassion and forgiveness. So, if what you teach is not what you do, you need to look inward and begin to cleanse yourself. It is time to purge yourself of every form of filthiness as contained in Galatians chapter 5 and verses 20 to 22- adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like, of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God (Gal.5:18-21).
And God said to Abraham, walk before me and be ye perfect (Gen.17:1). God wants you to live His Person in your home. God wants you to be like Him to your wife, children and in the market place of life. That is what makes you the good and godly husbandman.
I have given you authourity ………(Lk.10:19). God has given you the power to be the example of the godly man, husband and father (Lk.10:19). You have the power to will and do of God’s good pleasure as the good and godly husbandman. You must take the initiative, step out in faith and do what God has commanded you to do as the good and godly man, husband and father so that you and become all that God wants you to be to your wife, children and in the market place of life.
• Father, in the Name of Jesus, empower me to be sincere and truthful to myself.
• Father, in the Name of Jesus, reveal to me who I really am and help me to make adjustment.
• Father, in the Name of Jesus, deliver me from the power of pride and a haughty spirit.
I have the mind of Christ and live His life for my wife, children and all to see and glorify God because that is what makes me the good and godly husbandman in Jesus name. Amen
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Jesus Christ is Lord over all.
Bro. Ebenezer O. Igure