Family Life, July 2016

Equipped for Battle

by Tonya Woodridge-Jarvis

TonyaHeadshotNewAre you willing to stand on the frontlines of spiritual warfare for your family? Are you capable of being that selfless? Leadership is a choice within you. Every day we are faced with the decision of whether to be good at something or bad at something. Knowing your specific roles and where you fall on the grid allows you to make the decision of whether or not you will choose to line up with God’s ordained order for your life.

“Leadership is about having a selfless heart and always being willing to reach out and lend a helping hand,” says Bob Reina, CEO and founder of Talk Fusion.

So, the first question I propose to you is: Are you being a good leader for your family? In the Bible God designed a correct order of how the family unit should line up – Christ, husband, wife, children. In today’s society, we as believers tend to get the order all wrong and it ends up looking something like – God, work, children or parents, spouse, children. Some believers will even put friends before their spouse and children. We’re often left wondering why we can’t get things lined up within our household – it’s because our order and structure are completely wrong.

The next question I propose is: Are we as believers lining up with our respective roles in the kingdom according to the Bible? What’s the husband’s role in the Bible? What’s the wife role according to the Bible? Although we are equal in relationships according to Christ, the Bible gives specific roles for husbands and wives in marriage.

In the Bible, God designed husbands as the leaders of the home (1 Corinthians 11:3). The husband’s role is ordained to be selfless, loving and compassionate. The husband is the provider, the protector and the companion (1 Timothy 5:8). It is said that husbands should love their wives as Christ loves the church. Husbands are also to cleanse their wives with the word of Jesus Christ to make them holy. “Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them,” Colossians 3:19.

A wife’s role according to the Bible is to be her husband’s helpmate. Wives are to be loving, compassionate and encouraging to their husbands. They are to mentor and witness to their husband and children. Proverbs 31 speaks in-depth about the role of a wife, and in those scriptures we learn that a wife is a blessing to her husband despite what some husbands think at times.

In today’s society, with spiritual warfare at an epic high, we as leaders within our homes need to be more aware of the spirits that attach themselves to us and our children. Our order has to be correct to help us stand as one in the body of Christ and to fight off the attacks of the enemy on our family, as this truly means war – spiritual warfare that is. However, God will never send you into a battle without equipping you with his armor, which is his word, your prayers and worship. That’s all you need to defeat the enemy. You must learn that the battle is not yours, it’s the Lord’s. There’s due season coming for you and your family; receive it in Jesus name today.

The final question I’ll propose is this: Is your household equipped for battle?