Strength and Honor – He is our strength so Honor Him
Exodus 20:3 (KJV) Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.
Mark 12:30 (KJV) And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
To be Warrior Husband’s in our marriages, in order to protect and support our wives properly and completely, we must remember and honor the order of things in God’s Kingdom. The first and most important command in all of God’s Word – do not have any other God’s before HIM! Every born-again believer knows this, right? Well guess what? Our enemy does too! Our adversary knows if he can trick us into taking our focus off our Father-King and get it fixated on something or someone else (like our wives) it will move us out from under God’s strength and protective pinions of grace. The enemy then can have his way (while we are distracted) with us and our marriages.
Here is how cunning and malicious our adversary is. He knows if he can get us into the habit of running to our wives (losing sight of the fact that God is the source of all our strength and it’s Him we should seek first) he’s got us beat! The rest of the walls of defense that we have so diligently been building around our wives will come crumbling down along with our marriages. We are not to put anyone or anything before God, not even our significant other.
Warrior Husbands, do not let the very one we are trying to love, support and protect become the idol that separates us from the source of our love, support, strength and protection! Be careful warriors this is a clever trap set by the enemy of God, and our marriages that we must not fall into. Keeping our focus firmly fixed on our King by staying prayed up, in His word and in His presence with praise and worship will keep us from falling into these traps.
Our main focus can easily drift to our life-mates if we are not prepared and prayed-up. I mean after all isn’t she beautiful? Doesn’t she help sooth our troubled soul when we, the big tough warrior, go running to her? Yes she is and yes she does, but she is not God! Only God is God and He is the one who created your bride and blessed you with your marriage in the first place.
Let’s not allow the devil to confuse and confound us. Let’s keep our King in the number one seat of honor. In order to love, support and protect our precious bride properly we have to make sure that we don’t allow our focus to wander off our first directive: “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.”
If we are running to our wives for comfort and fulfillment, then we need to check our relationship with the King and get it back in line first according to His law. He is the great provider! We read in Isaiah 12:2 (NIV) “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.” To be the husband that God intends we have to go to and through the source of our power – which is the Lord.
He will provide us with all we need to be. Matthew 6:33 (NKJV) says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” We need to give – love, support, protection – the same things that Jesus gives to us. You see putting God first as the King of Kings in our lives is the key to being the Warrior Husbands our wives need us to be.
Inviting God, who is the very essence of love, into and over our marriage completes our marriage. 1 John 4:16-17 (NIV) “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus.”
We need to daily invite God into and over our marriages creating a Godly and healthy union and one happy wife too! Warrior Husbands…
It’s our job …and I love our job!
D. W. Ojemann, April 2013