Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Great Authority, Great Responsibility
I know my FB posts this week have been mostly silly in nature, but it is release week and that just comes with the territory. However, in this week of spiritual consecration and fasting I haven’t lost sight of all that’s going on in the world around us. What we are seeing played out in the news daily are symptoms of something much greater. The ROOTS of the problems need to be dealt with. I was reading my Bible today, Numbers 30 to be exact, and I came across something so interesting…
The chapter deals with vows and how God sees them. Any believer knows, or should know this scripture in Ecclesiastes 5:4-6 (NASB) - 4 When you make a vow to God, do not be late in paying it; for He takes no delight in fools. Pay what you vow! 5 It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay. 6 Do not let your speech cause you to sin and do not say in the presence of the messenger of God that it was a mistake. Why should God be angry on account of your voice and destroy the work of your hands?
So yeah, we don’t play with God and vows. Now back to Numbers 30. I found it interesting that if a woman still in her father’s house or a married woman makes a vow and the MAN responsible for her, overhears it he can nullify it based on his position in her life and the authority God has given him. God will honor his authority and release her from a VOW, something we know God does NOT play about. BUT, the man has to say something as soon as he hears about it. If he doesn’t take direct action and lingers in his nullification then he will be responsible for any guilt. WHOA. Did y’all get that? God will intervene for her based on the man he put in place to cover her and RELEASE her from a vow. Also, the man has to act on that thing immediately, he can’t play with it or that guilt is his to bear. NOTE: The man can suffer if he doesn’t PROPERLY use the authority God has given him.
So what’s my point and how does this tie in? Listen, one of the root causes of what’s going on in society today is men being out of place, in particular black men. Yes, there are MANY contributing factors and I am not about to list any of them, because what matters now is solutions. Look at how much authority and responsibility God has given the man in his Divine Order. Wait… pause… this is NOT an open forum for an independent woman or feminist argument. This is about God’s order for the family. It’s NOT up for debate. Now where was I, oh yes, the man aka the head of the house aka the authority in the family. It’s no coincidence that Satan is destroying the head of the family through senseless violence, hate, mass incarceration, identity issues and the like. It’s a PLAN. It’s a strategy to get them out of place. When the head falls, the body suffers. I am reminded of a passage in my upcoming release, “Saturday Showdown.” (Not a shameless but an INTENTIONAL plug – LOL) In this book, God is very much dealing with the men, their rightful place in Him and in their family, so we need to take heed.
Wise words from First Lady Darcy Stone: “Don’t be like Adam and throw her under the bus. Even if Adam hadn’t eaten the fruit, God would still have come looking for him because he’s the one that God left in charge, not Eve. So take a lesson from him and cover her sins with your love the way Christ covered your sins with his blood. I don’t care what she reveals. You cover her. When God looks at you all He sees is Christ’s blood. When people look at her, all they need to see is your love. You are to love her the way the Christ loves the church. Most times the only scripture a man knows is, ‘Wives submit to your husbands.’ It never occurs to them the weight that goes with that charge. Yes, God gave you all great authority but that’s because it comes with great responsibility. There’s a cost to be the boss and the price is your life. Just like Christ laid his life down, you are to lay yours down for the family God entrusted to you. Son, you have to crucify your flesh and operate in the spirit. So you stand in front her. You hide her. You protect her. Do you understand me?” (Excerpt from "Saturday Showdown" Book 7 in the Chronicles of Warfare Saga)
Men, and not just black men, but ESPECIALLY black men, it’s time to take your place! We need you! The authority you’ve been given is great. It can change the very fabric of our existence. TAKE YOUR PLACE! This blog has been brought to you by the letter V and the number 2. (LOL) Y’all be blessed!
Until next time...