Living a life of faith in Christ is a journey that has many ups and downs, yet it is the most wonderful adventure you will ever take. I am going to be writing some blogs about my journey with and without Christ. I will share my triumphs and my failures, my mountain tops and my valleys. It is my prayer that I can use my walk with the Lord to help you with your walk with Him.
What is living a life of faith? Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” That means we will live a life trusting in Christ and His Word to bring to pass what He has for our lives. We will do what He tells us, believing He will accomplish His Will for our lives. It means following where He leads, not knowing what is ahead.
When I think of faith, I think of Abraham. God told Abraham to leave his family and his country, because He was going to make Abraham the father of many nations. Abraham obeyed! He left people he loved and a familiar place, trusting that God was going to accomplish His Will in his life. Now that’s what I call faith. Abraham had trials and tests along the way and he made some pretty big mistakes; yet he kept going and God was able to bring to pass what He promised Abraham. We are to listen and obey, expecting God to do a work in and through us.
I had made a mess of my life before I came to Christ. Now that I was a Christian, Christ had more for me. My home life was a mess. I remember seeking God to either change my situation or change me and use me where I was. Then, the real test of living by faith began. My home situation became dangerous. I remember clearly God showing me NOW was the time to get out. I did not know where I was going or what I was going to do. I just knew I had to go. I had three young children at the time. I left home in a borrowed clunker, with no money and the clothes on my back. I ended up living with people I had never met until it was safe for me to go back home. I became a single mother and God provided my needs over and over again in ways that only God could. God was with me every step of the way and got me through that hard time in my life. Not only has He blessed my life since that time, He has over-blessed me in so many ways. (You will read about some of those blessings in the blogs to come) I have no idea where I would be today if I had not taken that step of faith and trusted God to see me through.
Philippians 1:6 “being confident of the very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;”
Listen, trust, and obey God and He will bring to pass what He has for your life and will supply all your needs along the way. Do not let fear rob you of what God has for you. I did for many years. In the next blog, you will see how God helped me to overcome fear to be used and blessed by Him.
The problem is not that God appointed man to be the head of the household; the problem is what man has done with his role of being husband and father. God created mankind to glorify and have fellowship with Him. God created the earth and prepared it so people would have everything they needed to survive and enjoy their fellowship with God. God gave Adam the responsibility to have dominion over His creation and made him a helper. They were to become one flesh with the same goals. Together, they were to have children and raise them to glorify God. The problem started when they took their eyes off of glorifying God and sought their own gain. Whenever man takes his eyes off of glorifying God and makes it about him, there is trouble.
I once heard an example worth sharing. God took woman from man’s side. He did not take her from his head to rule over him or from his feet to be his doormat. God took woman from man’s side so they can walk side by side in what God has called them to do. Marriage is to be a picture of the relationship between Christ and His church. Ephesians 5:25-32 tells husbands that they are to love their wives as Christ loved the church. Christ gave His life so He could present His bride without spot or wrinkle. His life on earth was always sacrificial. His love is so great for us that we willingly trust and submit to His leadership. The same is to hold true with the husband. He is to love and sacrifice for his wife and family so that he is able to present them to the Lord holy and without blemish. When the husband places his wife and family above himself, the wife is able to lovingly submit to his leadership because she knows that he has her best interest at heart.
Many men took their leadership and turned it into a power trip. They took Ephesians 5:22-24 out of content using those verses for their own gain instead of seeing that the wife is to submit to their love and sacrifice. Men sought to use women for their own gain and began to treat them like slaves instead of partners. It is hard for a woman to submit when she is being treated like dirt instead of an equal. Women became tired of being treated like slaves and doormats causing them to rebel. Instead of going back to God’s original design where man loved and sacrificed for his family and the wife submitted to his loving leadership, women wanted no part of allowing men to lead. They could do it on their own. The pendulum swung in the other direction.
Many women wanted to take the leadership role and that is what they did. The sad thing is now many young men have no desire to lead and guide their families. Now, many men use women to satisfy their lustful desires with no thought of commitment and responsibility to their families. Why marry a woman when you can use her? If you’re not married and the girl you’re with becomes pregnant, ditch mom and baby and move on to another you can use without commitment or expect hard working people to support your child and its mother. The women and children are usually the ones who suffer most. There are over ten million single family homes in the United States and over one million two hundred thousand babies being murdered every year through abortion. Will the real man please stand up and take on the responsibility of loving, protecting, and taking care of your family? The root is not that the economy is bad; the root is that men need to love and be responsible for their own wife and family.
We need men who will not look at women as sex objects, but will realize that women are a treasure given by God to walk alongside of them to raise a family that will glorify God and/or be used to further His kingdom. We need young men to spend their time becoming all that God created them to be instead of spending their time satisfying self. We need young men who will wait to date until they are ready to leave home and pursue God’s calling, men who will wait until God brings the right person in their lives who will be their helpmate for life. Let us go back to God’s design and have the happy homes that God intended us to have.