Get Ready

Get ready there is a great blessing coming!  There is a blessing coming for men who love their wife like Christ loves the church!1  2  The word encourages us to continue doing good for at the proper time we will reap a reward.3

Farmers sow seeds and reap crops.  We sow blessings and reap a kingdom of love.4  God is faithful.5  If you haven’t seen the evidence of this yet then trust in the word and receive my testimony.  I have seen a glimpse and there is a great blessing shaken down and pressed together – more than we can now imagine.6  Like an iceberg we may only see the small portion that is above the water.  We can trust that God’s blessings are far greater than we can imagine.  No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him!7  Fight the good fight8  , love the unlovable9 and cover a multitude of sins – just like Jesus.10  11  Get ready there is a great blessing that has already been dispatched from heaven!12

07.13.12

Strong Man

When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are at peace.13

 

If there is no peace in my home….

My Prayer:  Lord forgive me for not standing strong and not being fully armed.  Forgive me for neglecting time with you.  You are faithful, You are my strength.  Forgive me for not holding tightly to Your teachings for they prepare me.  Forgive me for not trusting You and taking you at Your word; in faith I am armed for victory.

Heal me from the effects of my sin that I may fulfill the role of husband and father that You created me for.  Please in Your mercy heal my wife and children from the effects of my sin.  Amen

02.02.12

Christ’s Love

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.  So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.  For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: for we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.2

 

While talking with a friend about marriage and my role to love my wife like Christ loves the church I had a revelation.  The bible tells me that it is by Christ’s stripes that I am healed.2 Does that role also apply to husbands?  I get the sense that it might although it raises a lot of questions.  Does my wife’s health reflect how well I am fulfilling that role?  If so, what are my stripes?  Have I been avoiding them?  How do I identify them?  Clearly I don’t fully understand my role as a husband.  Thankfully through the word and the Holy Spirit I am learning.  While reading the other night I came across Pr 17:22, which I think may have application.

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.3

 

Consider:  Life is in the blood4, the blood is made in the bones.  Could it be that a crushed spirit ~ broken heart is included in my responsibility as a husband?

Is a this not a lot to consider and bring to the Lord for clarification?

My Prayer:  Lord, this is a heavy thing to consider; the thought that it might be truth frightens me.  Please teach me the truth and give me the grace to embrace truth and live it out.  Amen.

09.08.11