When we pray everyday, we are strengthening our walk with God. We are building our defenses against Satan, who love nothing more than to see us fail and fall as he did. If you ignore God and His commandments, He is more likely to ignore your requests. Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in The Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” If you are constantly turning to God, and allowing yourself to be content in His will and His ways, He will bless you in ways you cannot even begin to imagine. The Lord has blessed me with an amazing family, and I am eternally grateful for my wife and kids even though I sometimes don’t show it. We need to be careful and always have peace with them. Sometimes we have to make the hard decisions as men, and they may not understand it, and may be mad at you for it sometimes, which is why we need to turn and trust God (Prov 3:5,6). In James 5:16, it says when a believing person prays, awesome things happen. God blesses those so much who turn to Him in prayer, be it in gratitude, or suffering. We must remember God allows us to be here and He cares for us. In 1 Peter 5:7 it says to cast all of our cares upon Him because he cares for us. John 3:16 goes even further and tells how He sent Jesus to die on the cross for us. There is a special on the History Channel that talks of crucifixion and how it was meant to be the ultimate ate punishment and embarrassment. Jesus died in the most humiliating way as atonement for our sins from Our Father. King David goes on to say in Psalms,” For The Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord bestows honor and favor; no good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless, O Lord God, blessed is the man who trusts in you. In Matthew 6: 9-13 Jesus gave an example on how we should pray, called the Lords Prayer.
There is a book that is called “Do you mind if your kids don’t?” And it talks about disciplining your kids and the benefits and drawbacks of discipline and the drawbacks are, depending on how you discipline your kids, Child Protective Services will stick their nosy agents in your family affairs and try to take your kids.
Proverbs 13:24 says that if you don’t discipline your kids then you hate them, but if you are quick to discipline them. We are the people who suffer when our kids misbehave. We must be prudent in laying down the law. Proverbs 22:6 says train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. We must continuously educate our kids everyday, even into adulthood.
Billy Currington hits it right on the head when he sings, “walk a little straighter, Daddy, you’re still leading me. We are the people our kids will grow up to be, so we need to make sure we are spot on. Yes, as humans, we will make mistakes, however, Phillipians 4:13 says I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. We are made for the purpose of loving God, and through our actions, showing His love to others. We must show our kids that we love them, and it hurts us when they do not obey Gods rules or ours. We must be not only the best example for our kids, but also to the world.
Loving Your Wife as Christ Loved the Church
When God created woman, He used a rib. The rib was meant to symbolize equality. He carefully designed woman to be mans partner, not another man, nor did he make two women. Christ will one day return and take all those who follow His commandments. Men, we must make sure we do something about this chronic distrust women have for men. When we encounter those who call themselves “players”, we must lovingly remind them that path only leads to loneliness and despair.
As Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so does one man sharpen another.”
When you counsel another man, you are doing your duty to make him a wiser person. Proverbs is known as the book of wisdom because it talks again and again about how it is wise to hold your tongue and listen to our fathers and mothers and their instructions. The same goes for other men amongst us, namely our peers.
Please make sure you deserve your wife’s respect and trust. Don’t keep secrets…
When we keep secrets from our wives, we are breaking our wedding vows that we made to her, and most importantly to God. Marriage is a union of two people becoming one in God’s eyes as explained earlier in this post. Genesis 2:18-24 explains that the first marriage as designed by our Awesome Creator. We are to be intimate, transparent, and completely honest with our wives. Ephesians 5:25 explains that is deeper how God called us to their husbands, to protect them, and our foolish secrets do just the opposite. These are the women we asked to marry us!!! That means spend the rest of your life with her!!!! Without trust, there is no love, and you don’t want to spend the rest of your life with a woman who wants to take your head off with a meat cleaver, because you betrayed her.
On an encouragement note: please be kind to your wives and love them as Christ loved the Church.