Every man out there wants to be the protective guy. Let’s face it, we’ve all said at one point or another that we would protect our family if anybody tried to hurt them, as we should. But how often do we focus on physically protecting our family so much that we forget the importance of spiritually protecting them as well?
I truly believe that as a man, you are responsible to protect your family spiritually more than anything else. As much as we don’t like to admit it, which is ultimately more important? Let’s face it, not everything is in our control. Okay, pretty much nothing is in our control. God has His OWN plan. In the horrible and unfortunate circumstances that you lose a loved one, wouldn’t you want to know that you did everything in your power to keep them spiritually safe, and truly believe that they had a relationship with Jesus? In my opinion, spiritual protection can be achieved through (4) key directives…
1.) Be Mindful of what you allow into your home
2.) Stay in prayer for and with one another
3.) Bathe your family with the Word
4.) Set the example in love
1.) Be Mindful of What you Allow Into your Home
Just as you can welcome Jesus into your home, you can do the same with evil. As the man of the house, this should break your heart. In 2 John 1:7-11, John teaches us to never allow an antichrist into your home, and antichrists come in many forms. An antichrist can be defined as any opposing force against Christ. Let me elaborate. How often does the music we listen to promote anger? How often do the movies we watch promote lust? How often does the gossip we discuss at the dinner table promote slander? These are not things that Jesus would promote, so why should we. I understand that we as adults can distinguish between good and evil, but when you break it down to its essence, is there ANY reason you should really watch a movie that you wouldn’t allow your children to watch? A rule of thumb that my wife and I have adopted from some great friends is that we always check the parental advisory for a new movie before we watch it. Disagree all you want, but I can promise you that removing as much evil from our home as possible has played a substantial role in bettering our life.
2.) Stay in Prayer for One Another
“Pray for one another that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power.” – James 5:16
This is just one excerpt from the Bible, but I assure you that the power of prayer is covered very thoroughly throughout the Word. It is made extremely clear that prayer is not only powerful but important and beautiful as well. If we learn in Matthew 5:44 that we should pray for our ENEMIES that they may be saved, do you not think it is important to pray for our loved ones as well? Prayer is never the wrong answer. If Stormie can write an entire line of books on praying for each other, I assure you there is just cause. Because it is THAT important.
3.) Bathe your Family in the Word
In Ephesians 5:26 we are instructed to cleanse each other with the Word of God. Here is an example. When a loved one has a rough day at work and comes to you for comfort, please do not fill their head with worldly advice. Open your bibles together. I promise that no harm will ever come from opening the 66-book love letter that God gave us. The answers are there, not in the world. When you point some one to the world instead of the Word, you are causing harm and nothing more.
4.) Set the Example in Love
551. That is how many times the word love is used in the Bible (NIV). Love above all else. If you continuously show your family every day that you LOVE each and every person you run into, then there should be no room for hate in your family. When somebody is rude to you, love them. When somebody cuts you off on the highway, love them. When your food order is wrong, love them. Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate. Through setting the example in love, you can show your family what they should be spreading into the world. Don’t let it stop out there, either. Bring the love into your home. By setting the example on how to love unconditionally, we can keep each other from adopting how to hate. Set the example on how to talk to each other. How to treat each other. How to put one another before ourselves. Set the example as Jesus did for us.
In closing I will say this. You can be big. You can be tough. You can be scary. None if it matters, though, if you can’t protect your family in the way that it matters most, which is spiritual protection. If you can’t figure out what is going wrong under your roof, I strongly encourage you to take a step back and analyze what you are letting IN to your home, so you can kick it OUT as soon as possible. The choice is yours, But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.