2 Samuel 17:10(AMPC)
10 And even he who is brave, whose heart is as the heart of a lion, will utterly melt, for all Israel knows that your father is a mighty man and that those who are with him are brave men.
Where are the mighty men? Where are the brave? My husband and I noticed a trend years ago among churches that grieved our hearts. The church was full of strong women serving the Lord, but few men taking their place as leaders in the body of Christ.
You have heard the term dead beat dads, or back door husbands. They don’t provide for their children, nor honor their wives. They don’t sore like eagles, they gather like flies.
Sadly, many mighty have fallen to fear, frustration and apathy. I am very proud of Pastor Art pictured above with Bernie McGlaughlin, our friend who pastors in Scotland. They are two of the godliest men I know. They cherish their wives, honor and provide for their children sacrificially, and lead men in their churches to rise up and fulfill the call of God in their lives, church and community.
Christian Worship Center is full of godly men who are taking their place in Christ and leading as only they can in this hour of great challenge. They are eagles soaring in the spirit reaching for God’s best! They are not flies gathering around the left over provision and dreams of others, afraid to stand up and be heard. They are leading their wives, children, church and community into the blessing and favor of God.
There is nothing more beautiful than a man and woman serving God together. Each, in their unique way and calling, complimenting each others strengths. We need strong men taking their place, not becoming passive and quiet while their wives take inordinate control.
Genesis 3:16-17 (NLT)
16 Then he said to the woman,
“I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy,
and in pain you will give birth.
And you will desire to control your husband,
but he will rule over you.[a]”
17 And to the man he said,
“Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree
whose fruit I commanded you not to eat,
the ground is cursed because of you.
All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it.
The desire for women to control their husbands came from the fall, along with the man following her horrible advice! There is a time when men should not listen to their wives if the wife is in error. It is not God’s way or desire for women to relate to their husbands, or men in general, in this controlling, disrespectful, and demeaning way. Women who desire God’s best for their families, church and community, must learn how to properly honor and respect their husbands in a way that will only encourage them to rise. I have witnessed controlling women in the church run right over their husbands pride one to many times. These men often become passive, weak and silent.
These men need other strong, mighty and brave men to restore their confidence to rise up and become all that God intended, soaring in the high places of the spirit. Communing with God, and following His voice to lead, honor, and protect their families, church and community. Thank God for strong Pastors, and leaders being examples in our midst who will not lay low and settle for less than God’s best. When honor and order are restored in the home, God will favor these men to influence and lead in the church and in their gifts and callings in the workplace and community.
I am so thankful to be in a church where mighty men have risen, to lead and serve. It is a safe place when men rise up, soaring as only men can in their place in God leading with strong powerful strength and wisdom. It is a beautiful thing to watch an eagle soar.
Cherished, provided for and protected,
Pastor Wendy Evans