“Turning the Tide of the War”
As we saw yesterday, Satan has a strategy to divide a husband and wife and thus conquer the family. Today I want to point that, in particular, Satan tries to neutralize the leader in the home.
“The husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church” (Ephesians 5:23). So when Satan wants to destroy a family, he focuses on the man. If he can neutralize the man, he has neutralized the family. And the resulting damage is beyond calculation.
Men, that means we should expect to be attacked. We should expect extreme temptation to come our way. When you get serious about leading your family, you will be opposed.
If a man is passive and indifferent to the things of God and the spiritual leadership of his home, then attack isn’t necessary. He’s already neutralized. But the moment a man gets serious about following hard after Christ, he can expect the shelling to start.
The enemy wants you neutralized, and he is not pleased when you begin to give spiritual leadership to your wife and children.
What will turn the tide in the war on the family?
Let me put it this way: Whenever a presidential election comes around, evangelicals say things like “Wouldn’t it be great to have a committed Christian in the White House?” But something else, in my opinion, would have far greater impact. If hundreds of thousands of men seriously began to lead in their own homes, the impact on America would be far greater than one Christian man leading in the White House.
It is estimated that when Canada geese fly in formation, they can fly 70 percent farther than when they travel alone. If Christian men all over America would get into battle formation and begin to lead, we could turn this war around—and we could turn it quickly.
“Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).
How are you taking up the responsibility of leadership for your family? How might you be shirking that responsibility? By the standards of Ephesians 6:10-20, how do you need to get ready for spiritual attack?