... a weekly letter of encouragement.
17 June, 1998
"Dwight, my wife beats me up. I am terrified of her!"
So shared a man who is struggling to hold his marriage together.
It reminds me of the wife who challenged her husband, "Are you a man or a mouse? Squeak up!"
Today we live in a society where roles are often blurred and the male gender frequently appears to be in the process of de-masculination.
Yet, God is looking for strong men with warrior hearts who know their God-assigned roles; and who confront the enemy (not their wife!) head on by using the spiritual weapons of warfare enumerated in Eqhesians 6:10 - 18.
David's mighty men serve as refreshing models of manliness for us:
- "Jashobeam...raised his spear against three hundred men, whom he killed in one encounter.
- "Eleazar [and David]...took their stand in the middle of the field. They defended it and struck the Philistines down, and the Lord brought about a great victory.
- "Abishai...raised his spear against three hundred men, whom he killed.
- "Benaiah...was a valiant fighter...who performed great exploits. He struck down two of Moab's best men. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion. And he struck down an Egyptian who was seven and a half feet tall. Although the Egyptian had a spear like a weaver's rod in his hand, Benaiah went against him with a club. He snatched the spear from the Egyptian's hand and killed him with his own spear." (I Chronicles 11:11 - 23)
So, are you a spiritual wimp who is being pushed around by bullies; one who is unsure of his masculine purpose and role? David's predecessor Saul, was a wimp who proved unfaithful to God by compromising His word, and looking to the godless for guidance:
"Saul died because he was unfaithful to the Lord; he did not keep the word of the Lord and even consulted with a medium for guidance." (I Chronicles 10:13)
Or do you have a warrior's heart; know your calling and responsibility as a man, and thus courageously and aggressively engage the forces of evil in your path?
My prayer is that you are having a great week!
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