Godly Families Fight
"...Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.” Nehemiah 4:14 (NIV)
How many times have you heard these words in your home, "Well, it's not worth fighting over." This is certainly true in many cases. However, some things ARE worth fighting FOR and fighting FOR our families is definitely one of those.
The family was created by God in the Garden of Eden and Satan has sought to destroy the family from the beginning. God's design and desire for the family faces great opposition to this very day. We all can identify with the thought that someone or something seems to be fighting AGAINST our families. Whether dealing with the past, present, or our future family the battle is real and furious.
The Old Testament leader, Nehemiah, was burdened for the future of his people. Their walls of defense were torn down and their national security was at stake. They were in shambles materially, nationally, and spiritually. Attempts to regroup were met with great opposition. However, with courage, Nehemiah led his people to stand.
Over the next 40 days I call on you to fight, "not against flesh and blood, but against ...the powers of this dark world" (Ephesians 6:12) for our families and the families of others. As a church family lets line up together like they did in Nehemiah's day. "We prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat" (Neh. 4:9).
By Carlos Sibley