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Who is in Charge?

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If someone were observing your family, would they be left asking “who’s in charge?” In 1938, Abbott and Costello performed on a radio show a comedy skit entitled, “Who’s on First?” Most of us have seen or at least heard the skit and chuckled along with it. However, in our homes, it isn’t quite so funny when we don’t know our roles and where we belong within the family unit. God ordained order within the home to ensure healthy functioning of the family unit. But when we don’t follow God’s plan for the family, both outsiders and members of the family are left wondering who’s in charge.

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When the kids are in charge

We’ve all seen those homes where the kids rule the nest. They are loud, defiant, rude, stubborn and disobedient. They talk back, stick their tongue out, cross their arms and dig in their heels and refuse to budge. The parents have no control whatsoever. Leonard Sax, author of “The Collapse of Parenting” and a family physician and psychologist for 27 years, says that American families are facing a crises of authority, because now the kids are in charge. As a result, children are disrespectful to their parents, to one another and to themselves.” 

When Momma’s in charge

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Then there are homes where mom is in control. Dad works all day then comes home to pick up the paper or watch television or play a video game leaving mom to deal with the kids, clean the house, cook, do the laundry and whatever else might be going on. She makes all the major decisions for the family and dad just goes along with the plan. The kids might be more in line (sometimes), but it still is not a home that honors and glorifies God.

Daddy’s in charge- but he’s controlling

Another type of home finds the husband in control, but the wrong kind of control. He’s the one the wife and kids are scared of. He rules with an iron fist and you go along with his way or pay the consequences. He’s controlling, manipulating, abusive physically, emotionally, verbally, and maybe even sexually or financially.

Daddy’s in charge- He’s good, but not God honoring

However, not every husband who takes the lead role in his family is abusive. He may be morally good and protective of his family. He provides for them and helps parent the children. He’s a good husband and father. Yet even this home is not honoring God.

Who then should be in charge in the home? I’m glad you asked. 1 Corinthians 11:3 has the answer. Paul writes to the church at Corinth these words:

“I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.”

The key: Everyone submits to someone

The principle behind Paul’s words is submission. Everyone submits to someone, except God. God ordained submission so that the homes would run smoothly. Otherwise, we’d have nothing but chaos, anger, bitterness, competiveness, and arguing. If you notice the chain in Paul’s writing, the woman seems to be at the bottom of the chain of command so let me say that submission is NOT surrender, withdrawal, or apathy. It does not mean that we girls are inferior.

When God created men and women, he made us in his image and that makes males and females on equal ground. One is not better than the other. Both have equal value in God’s eyes. Instead, submission is more about a mutual commitment and cooperation. There is no need for women to compete with men or men to compete with women. God expects men and women to submit as equals. We submit by choice as we willingly serve God in the roles he designed for us. However, for a home to function, someone has to be in charge and when the man does not fulfill his God-given responsibility, many times wives must step in and serve her role and his. So then, what is the husband’s role?

The Man who is in charge and honors God

Then man who is in charge of his home and does so in a way that honors God is what we call a spiritual leader. He is a man who submit his life to God, seeks His guidance as He leads his family ever closer to God. Let’s look at some of the characteristics of the man who is in charge at home and honors God.

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Husbands who are spiritual leaders lead through sacrificial love

Ephesians 5:33 says that husbands are to love their wives as Christ loved the church. How did Christ demonstrate His love? He gave his life. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.(Romans 5:8) Even when we were still covered in sin, at our absolute worst, vile, repulsive, Christ loved us enough to die for us.

Sacrificial love can also been putting her needs and desires above your own. It means doing the things you don’t enjoy doing as an acts of selfless love. Sacrificial love is all about serving and giving to your wife. (Ladies, you should not love your husbands any less…just saying!) Husbands, if you are to love your wives as Christ loved the church, then you need to make sure you have experienced that love for yourself. You can’t give away what you have not yet received.

Husbands who are spiritual leaders lead their families to Christ

Husbands should also lead their families to Christ. God has given you the responsibility to be a spiritual leader in your home. After all, God’s purpose for marriage is to make us more like Christ. Christ often referred to the Church as is bride. So as Christians, our marriage should be a picture of Christ and the Church. As such, the head of the husband is Christ and he should be your #1 priority. Your 2nd priority should be your wife and your marriage. Your third priority should be your children. Then your job and providing for your family. Do your priorities align with these? To the outside world, would they say your priorities are in this order?

Husbands who are spiritual leaders have an intimate, thriving relationship with Christ

There is no way you can lead you family the way God has called you to if you do not have an intimate, thriving, growing relationship with Christ. Do a self-examination right now. Where are your priorities? What do you give them most time and attention to? What do you nurture, develop, and look forward to everyday? If your priorities are out of order, what do you need to do to get them where they belong? What commitments do you need to make? Do you have any idols that you need to get rid of? You can’t lead your family to Christ if you’re still trying to get there yourself.

The home that operates as God designed it

Take a moment to imagine what a home would look like if it operated in the way God designed it. How does that look different than what your family looks like now? What changes need to happen? What would it take for your wife to trust you enough that she could willingly step back and trust you to lead your family?

Here is what she needs:

  • Your wife needs to know that you are daily seeking wisdom from God in every decision you make.
  • She needs to know that you are opening discussing decision with her, listening to her input and genuinely considering her opinions.
  • She needs to know that the decisions you make are for the good of the family and not for your own good.
  • Your wife needs to know that she can rely on you, depend on you and that you would not do anything that would knowingly bring harm to the family.
  • She needs to know that God is the first priority in your life and she is second.
  • She needs to know that you are loyal and committed to her.

But gals…you are not off the hook either. In order for men to stand up and lead they need something from you:

  • Your guy needs to know that your first priority is Christ and he is your second.
  • He needs to know you trust him in the decisions he makes
  • Your husband needs your encouragement
  • He needs you to pray for him
  • If he does make a mistake, remember he’s human and we all make mistakes. Don’t bring him down or wag your finger with all the “I told you so” comments. Instead, hug him and tell him you love him then dig in and fix it together.
  • He needs your support
  • He needs your respect

Who’s in Charge?

Take some time ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you the ways you are living outside your God-given roles. Ladies, do you need to willingly and cooperatively submit as an equal to your husband? Men, do you need to submit to Christ? Are you leading your family in the way God intended? What are your priorities? Are you spending time in the Word of God and prayer, ever seeking guidance from God as to the way you should lead your family? What can you do right now that will help you submit to who’s in charge?

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Fully Surrendered – No Matter the Cost (Jeremiah 26:14)

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Surrendered to do a difficult task

God gave Jeremiah a very difficult task – he was to stand in the court of the Lord’s house and speak to all the cities of Judah who came to worship — and the news he was to tell them, was not good news at all. God had a message for the people, and it was Jeremiah’s job to give them the message. It is what God had called him to do.

Surrendered to deliver God’s Message

Regardless of how unpleasant the news or how hard it was to deliver, Jeremiah surrendered in obedience to do what God told him to do. God said the nation of Judah, through Jeremiah, “If you will not listen to Me, to walk in My law which I have set before you to heed the words of My servants the prophets whom I sent to you, both rising up early and sending them (but you have not heeded), then I will make this house like Shiloh, and will make this city a curse to all the nations of the earth.”

Shiloh was about 18 miles north of Jerusalem. It was where the tabernacle and the ark of the covenant were set up after the conquest of Canaan but was destroyed by the Philistines in 1050 BC after the battle of Ebenezer (see Psalm 78:60-64 and 1 Samuel 4:-11). So basically God said, “Return to me or I will destroy you.” Because of their unrepentant sin, God had turned against them and was now prepared to remove them from the land He had given them and He would send a pagan king to do it.

Being surrendered often has consequences

As you can expect, the priests, prophets, and people who heard the message we not very happy with it. They seized him saying, “Why have you prophesied in the name of the Lord, saying ‘This house shall be like Shiloh, and this city shall be desolate, without an inhabitant’?” They pleaded their case against Jeremiah to the princes and Jeremiah defends himself with great courage. He was brief and straightforward and stated that his message originated with God. He didn’t back down. In fact, he said to them, “here I am; do with me as seems good and proper to you.” Jeremiah does get a “happy ending” when the princes declare that Jeremiah does not deserve to die.

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Jeremiah was totally surrendered to God. When the task got difficult he didn’t talk about stress, burnout, or compassion fatigue. He didn’t “sugar coat” the message. He delivered it exactly as God had said it. Jeremiah had to have known the people wouldn’t like the message, but he didn’t back down. He understood what was at stake and throughout the book we see him weeping over the people. Because of this, he has been dubbed, “the weeping prophet.”

He knew (because God had disclosed it to him) that the foreign nations were coming and that the nation of Israel would be scatted. But that wasn’t the only reason he cried. No matter how hard he tried to tell them what was coming because of their unrepentant sin, they would not listen. And so, when God tells him to stand in the court of the temple and deliver His message to the people, Jeremiah does so, even though it might cost him his life. He was so confident in who God was and trusted him so completely, that he is able to say to the people who are ready to kill him, “Here I am, in your hand; do with me as seems good and proper to you.”

Are you living as surrendered as Jeremiah?

What about you? Are you able to live so fully and completely surrendered to God that you can freely and without hesitation say to God, “Here I am, in your hand; do with me as seems good and proper to you.” Most of us would have a very difficult time saying those words to God with heartfelt meaning. We might say something more like, “Here I am Lord, do whatever you want with me….except don’t ask me to go overseas and be a missionary.” Or maybe we’d say, “Here I am Lord, I’ll do whatever you ask of me, just don’t ask me to give my bonus check to the church, okay?” Or maybe it sounds more like, “Here I am God, I’ll forgive anyone you want me to…just not that person over there.”

As long as we are offering to serve God on our own terms, we are not fully surrendered to Him. Often what He calls us to do is hard – very hard. If you want to be fully surrendered, then you have to let go of everything.

Focus on the One who is in Control

Sometimes instead of focusing on what we are letting go of, we need to focus on the One who is in control. When Jeremiah said, “I’m in your hands,” he was saying “You have all the power and authority to do whatever you want to me.” Have you thought about what it is like to be in the hand of the omniscient, omnipotent God? As scary as it is to give up your control, there is no safer or better place to be than in the hands of God who loves us with an everlasting love.

What’s holding you back from being totally surrendered to God so that He has control over every part of your life? Those parts that are not totally surrendered – they’re your idols.

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Digging Deeper: As for me

This week we are digging deeper into our memory verse – Joshua 24:15

Each day will will focus on just one part of the verse. As we are digging deeper, begin with praying that the Holy Spirit will give you wisdom, to open your ears to hear Him speak to you, and to soften your heart so you can apply what He reveals to you.

The verse says:

Make it personal

Begin by reading the verse again but personalize it as Paul is writing to you:

As for [YOUR NAME] and the [YOUR LAST NAME] house, we will serve the Lord. — Joshua 24:15

Today we digging deeper into the very first part of the verse that says, “As for me.”

Digging Deeper: First things first

The Bible is clear that in a Christian home, the husband is the spiritual leader. It all starts there. In Joshua 24:15, Joshua says, “As for me…” The temperature, mood, and spirituality of a home and family begins with the husband. He must first decide for himself whether to accept Christ as his Savior. Without submitting to Christ and accepting His free gift of grace and forgiveness, the husband cannot be a spiritual leader. He could be a great moral leader, but he cannot be a spiritual leader without first becoming a Christian.

If you are a single mom, then perhaps you find yourself filling the shoes of mom and dad for your kids. You too can set the temperature, mood, and spirituality of your home and say like Joshua, “As for me…”.

What if you’re married and your husband is a Christian, but he refuses to be a spiritual leader? You can’t force him. You shouldn’t shame him into it. Begging and nagging won’t help. Bumping his elbow whenever the preacher preaches about spiritual leadership in the home won’t do anything either. But you can pray for him and allow the Holy Spirit to work in his heart and life. Then you follow the God-given role God established for the wife. You can model Christian values to your children and teach them the ways of God. But where your husband stands with God and in obedience to God is between him and God.

Digging Deeper: Ways to lead.

As the spiritual leader in your home, God will hold you responsible for how you lead. So let’s look at ways to lead your family as a spiritual leader.

Model

First you lead as you model Godly principles and a christian lifestyle. You can’t lead by shouting Amen! in church but being a drunk at home, or cussing at the refs in the football game. You can’t talk about how great God is but put your wife down to your friends. As a spiritual leader, your words and actions should be the same and you should model a Christian lifestyle in the way you live.

Mentor

Second, you lead as you mentor your children. You sons should grow up to become a man of God because you have mentored him in what God expects of him. You daughters should grow up to be able to recognize a man of God so that as she chooses a husband for herself, she will choose one that will continue to lead her spiritually throughout her life.

Instruct

Third, you lead as you instruct your family in the ways of God. As a spiritual leader you should be teaching them through family worship time of studying the Bible together, teaching them to pray, and teaching them to praise God. You should teach them to cast their cares on God and to seek Him when they are scared, discouraged, or disappointed. You should be teaching them to hide God’s word in their heart and meditating on it day and night. And, you should be teaching them how to apply God’s Word to their lives.

Coach

Fourth as a spiritual leader, you coach them. Coaches are responsible for planning, organizing and delivering an appropriate range of sports activities and programs for individuals and teams. As the spiritual coach for your family, you are responsible for planning their spiritual development, organizing opportunities for worship and spiritual development, and delivering an appropriate range of activities that will grow and develop them spiritually. You and your family are team Jesus and you need to coach them so they know and understand what being on Jesus’ team is all about.

Encourage

Fifth, a spiritual leader is always looking for ways to cheer his family on when they have a new insight into God or when they struggle in an area and are working to overcome it. For example, if your child struggles with temper tantrums and you have been teaching them how God would want them to behave and you notice that instead of tantrum they follow how God would want them to behave, then you should be your child’s biggest cheer leader and let them know you noticed. As parents we are so quick to “catch” our children misbehaving and we neglect to “catch” them doing something good. Look for what they do good and encourage them in Godly behaviors.

Lead like Christ

Lastly, as a spiritual leader, you have the responsibility to lead as Christ led – with love, grace, and truth. You are the mirror of Christ and when your wife and children look at you, they should see Christ.

Digging deeper: Let Joshua be your mentor

In Joshua 24:15, Joshua is a great mentor and tells every husband exactly what it means to be a spiritual leader. He knew that it started with him. He determined that his household would sever God. And you choose for yourself and your family if you will serve the Lord or not.

If every Christian man followed in the footsteps of Joshua and said, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord,” our homes that claim to be Christian homes would begin to exhibit characteristics of being a Christian home. As the Christian man surrenders his heart, mind, and soul to God and has a revival in his own heart and then leads his home to serve the Lord as God designed for the home, our homes would experience revival. Then from one Christian home to the next, revival would begin to spread home by home, neighborhood by neighborhood, city by city, state by state, and throughout our nation.


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Digging Deeper: Test and Discern

This week we are digging deeper into our memory verse – Romans 12:2

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[YOUR NAME], do not be conformed to this world, but [YOUR NAME] be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Today we digging deeper into what it means to test and discern.

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Monday we looked at what it meant to not be conformed to this world. Tuesday, we looked at what transformation means from a Biblical standpoint, the evidence that transformation is occurring, where the power of transformation comes from, when does transformation begin and end, and Paul’s final instructions on how to live a transformed life. Yesterday we looked at what it means to renew our mind and how our minds are renewed. If you missed the previous posts, you’ll find it here:

Digging deeper: Know the terms.

Today, we are going to breakdown what Paul meant when he wrote “that by testing you may discern.” What are we to test and how does testing help us discern? Let’s first look at “testing.”

Testing

Personally, for me the word, “test” should fall into the “Four-letter word” category – you know – those words we aren’t supposed to say. I’m not a good test taker. Test anxiety is a real thing and while I have a mild version of it, I’ve seen people who really get hung up over taking tests. But that’s not what’s meant here, so if you get test anxiety, go ahead and relax.

There’s another idea about “testing.” It’s the idea of your kids testing your very last nerve to see what they can get away with. We all, at times, want to test out our boundaries, but that isn’t the idea here either.

Where the English Standard Version (ESV) uses the words, “testing” and “discern,” the King James Bible uses the word “prove.” So when I looked the word up in Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, to find the Greek word used, I looked under the word “prove.” The Greek word is dokimazo and means to allow, discern, examine. It is a verb that means we are to scrutinize to see whether something something is genuine or not and only after examination is it approved and deemed worthy. (Thayer’s Greek Lexicon)

Discern

The Greek word for “discern,” is diakrisis. It means to separate thoroughly. If we are going to discern the things of God, then our minds must be transformed and renewed. Without the work of the Holy Spirit within us, we would still be discerning according to the world standards. But God want us to be thoroughly separated from the world’s view.

This word gives the idea that we are to discriminate against the world’s way of life and prefer God’s way of life. We are to determine and judge what is good, acceptable and perfect will of God. Tomorrow we will be digging deeper into this last phrase from this verse about God’s will to see just what it is that we are to test and discern or prove about God’s will.


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Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.- Romans 12:2 

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Digging Deeper: Renewing your Mind

This week we are digging deeper into our memory verse – Romans 12:2

Each day will will focus on just one part of the verse. As we are digging deeper, begin with praying that the Holy Spirit will give you wisdom, to open your ears to hear Him speak to you, and to soften your heart so you can apply what He reveals to you.

The verse says:

Make it personal

Begin by reading the verse again but personalize it as Paul is writing to you:

[YOUR NAME], do not be conformed to this world, but [YOUR NAME] be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Today we digging deeper into what it means to renew our mind and how are our minds renewed.

Recap

Monday we looked at what it meant to not be conformed to this world. Yesterday we looked at what transformation means from a Biblical standpoint, the evidence that transformation is occurring, where the power of transformation comes from, when does transformation begin and end, and Paul’s final instructions on how to live a transformed life. If you missed the previous posts, you’ll find it here:

Digging deeper: Know the terms.

The Greek word for renewing is anakainosis and means renovation or to restore. So when the Holy Spirit is transforming us into the likeness of Christ, He does a renovation within us. When something is renovated it is restored to either it’s former state or to a better state. As a Christian, we are not renovated to our former state, which is a sinner who is lost without Christ. The Holy Spirit is at work within us to renovate us to a better state – a holy state. He is transforming us from unrighteous to righteous.

The renewing of our minds

Every word, emotion, attitude, or action begins in the mind. It’s no wonder, then, that its the mind the Holy Spirit transforms and renews. That means the the renovation process is internal. Certainly there is an external renovation too, but that is more of a by-product of the internal work the Holy Spirit is doing within our minds. As He renews and renovates our minds, our language changes, the way we dress changes, the way we treat others changes. However those outward evidences of the internal renewal process will not present themselves without the internal renewing of our minds that is done through the work of the Holy Spirit.

Digging Deeper: What’s wrong with our minds?

Our minds have three problems: it has a hostile and fallen viewpoint, it is ignorant of God, and it is futile.

A Hostile, fallen viewpoint

We can have all the education in the world and more wisdom the Solomon, but our minds are still fallen. In it’s natural state, it has a spirit that is bent against the things of God. Our minds are naturally hostile to the sovereignty of God. Our mind’s chose to ignore the holiness of God and refuses to give Him the praise that is due Him. By nature, we do not have God-worshiping minds. We have self-worshiping minds. Paul wrote in Romans 1:28, “Since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind.” By nature, our minds are debased. So the Holy Spirit must transform and renew our mind.

Ignorance of God

Peter wrote in 1 Peter 1:13-14, “Therefore, with your minds ready for action, be serious and set your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires of your former ignorance. Before the Holy Spirit begins transforming us and renewing our mind, there is an ignorance of God because we choose to suppress the truth of God. We’d rather live our way than God’s.

If you have ever used the statement “It’s better to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission” then you understand what Peter was talking about. We think that if we do something in ignorance we can get away with it, but if we ask for permission and are told no then there are higher consequences for our actions if we do it anyway. So we choose ignorance over truth. However, God will still hold us accountable and if we choose to stay ignorant, we will stay lost in our sin and spend eternity in hell. So the Holy Spirit transforms and renews our mind by shining God’s truths into our ignorance which breaks the power of the deceit of our minds.

Futility of the mind

In Ephesian 4:17-18 Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus: “you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds.” He then goes on to explain the futile mind saying, “They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them.” Then Paul gives the root cause of a futile mind. He says, “due to their hardness of heart. A hardened heart will poison our minds against anything of God, creating a inner pandemic of infection called sin. The more we impose our will over God’s will the harder our heart will become and the more we will suppress the truth of God. A hardened heart refuses to submit to the will of God and therefore we become blind to the truth of God.

Digging Deeper: How are our minds renewed?

We do not have any power to renew our minds. It is only the work of the Holy Spirit with in us. But He uses different ways in which to renew our mind. Our minds are renewed as we read or hear the Word of God. He renews our mind as we study God’s Word, meditate on it, and then digging deeper into what it means so we can apply it to our lives. When we spend time in prayer and listening to what the Holy Spirit has to say to us, our minds are renewed. Our minds can be renewed through music that glorifies God. They can be renewed through the fellowship and encouragement of other believers. When we pay attention to what God is doing in our lives, we can be renewed.

Any way that exposes us to the truth of God, the Holy Spirit will work to renew our minds.

Digging Deeper: What is our part in renewing our minds?

While the work of renewing our minds is dependent on the Holy Spirit, we too have a part to play. Our part is to pursue and seek God with all our heart, mind, and soul. God promises that when we seek Him, we will find Him. So if you’re feeling like some renovation is needed in your mind, seek the truth of God and pray for the Holy Spirit to reveal God’s truth to you as He works to transform and renew your mind.


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