HONORING YOUR FAMILY
So encourage each other and build each other up ..." (1 Thess. 5:11)
Do you agree with the following statement?
"The world, the flesh, and the devil have a strategy to beat us down and to discourage us.”
What would it be like if we could “encourage each other and build each other up?” What if we had a Christ-like lens and vision for our friends, our spouses, and our children? Instead of condemning each other, what if we called each other out and commissioned our family and friends to live the life and leave the legacy for which we each were created? What if we truly believed in God’s good plan for each other? What if we acted on our belief that our family and friends are essential to the cause of Christ – would we fight for them? And what if we were the vehicle God used to speak the words of love, belief, and challenge into our friends and family?
If this really happened … we might just see a revolution for Christ in our homes, in our churches, and in our world! Please take a look at the “monuments” we have created to assist you in carrying out this vision. Each “monument” includes the Band of Brothers’ symbol. This symbol is used for the purpose of reminding us about our common cause as friends and family – the cause of Christ! And each “monument” comes with a card that has words of encouragement, blessing, love, and challenge.
I will Engage with My Wife
Dan Allender, an author and Biblical scholar, teaches that those who have been given a wife by God will find her essential in the noble mission for which they were created to engage. The Lord God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a companion who will help him.” (Gen. 2:18)
In the Hebrew, this “companion and helper” to which God is referring is a “rescuer” in the context of a war! For example, this same Hebrew word is used in the passage from Psalm 46:1-2 to describe God as our rescuer: “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.”
So not only are we called to rescue our wives, but they in turn will rescue us. Our wives are a divine combination of strength and tenderness. We must love our wives, fight for their hearts, and call out their inner beauty and glory. And in time we will discover the reason our mission in this war requires engaging with our wives – entrusted to us as a companion, helper, and rescuer!
for Your Wife
I Will Engage For My Children
"Then He commanded our parents to teach it to their children – So the next generation would know, and all the generations to come – Know the truth and tell the stories so their children can trust in God." (Psalm 78 Msg.)
"This story shall the good man teach his son ..." (Henry V)
"And now a word to you fathers. Don’t make your children angry by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction approved by the Lord." (Eph. 6:4)
"He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers ..." (Malachi 4:6)
Engaging for our Children. The stories of struggle and victory from this war should be shared with our children so that they can grow in faith, have hope, and experience the love of the Father through us. In this way our children can be trained to engage in their unique and noble causes for Christ. They represent the next generation of disciples and warriors. Additionally, they are important to our battles today. We have so much to learn from the hearts and innocent trust of children. Jesus tells us to come to Him like children and to have the faith and trust of a child. Our children often model for us what it means and looks like to be a disciple of Christ.
But as they get older, our children also will follow the temptation to become self-sufficient and to no longer surrender to a higher authority. If they are not well prepared for the battles that lie ahead, we have missed another essential part of our mission. The land-mines of sin lead to death. And few children are taught how to overcome the destruction through surrender, trust, and obedience to Jesus. Of course our children will suffer their own wounds, but we must prepare our children for battle and help them not to fall into the same traps that at times have taken us out. By engaging for our children, we can break generational wounds and scars. We must call out our children for the battles ahead and usher them through their “rights of passage.” It is important for children to hear from their fathers how much they are believed in and how important they are to the mission of God.