Fathers, you must be a fighter.
The Lord may have given you a strong personality. If so, you must fight to keep it in check and submit it unto the Lord. Your strong personality needs to be a sanctified personality. The Lord may have given you a more passive or meek personality. Praise the Lord for tenderness and meekness! Jesus said, “Blessed are the meek.” Nevertheless, your meekness cannot be used as an excuse to lay your fight down. You must fight against that possible vein of passivity.
If you are a father or a husband you have been called to be the protector of your home, no matter your personality (I Corinthians 16:13). The Lord has given you that personality for his glory. May it be sanctified and may it cause you to fight.
Ways to fight for your children . . .
Fight to protect your children’s eyes (Matthew 6:22-23)
Fight to protect your children’s mind (Romans 12:2)
Fight to protect your children’s heart (Proverbs 4:23)
Fight to protect them from pride (James 2:16)
Fight to protect them from the sin of this age (I John 2:16)
Fight to protect them from laziness (Proverbs 13:4)
Fight to protect them from a low view of church (I Timothy 3:15)
Fight to protect them from a high view of self (Proverbs 16:5)
Fight to protect them from low view of self (Genesis 1:27)
Fight to protect their entertainment choices (Philippians 4:8)
Fight to protect their love for you (Ephesians 6:1-3)
Fathers, you are to be the earthly protector of your home. It is time to get off the couch and prepare to fight. I assure you . . . the world, the flesh, and the devil are all fighting for your children. The Lord has given you the tools to fight and win. You’d better get in the fight.
Soli Deo Gloria,
Adam B. Burrell