As I concluded in an October 2020 post, it is only fitting that females embracing worldly feminism taught by demons in these “latter times” as foretold should be part of the multi-faceted rebellion against God and His Anointed, the Lord Jesus Christ (Psalm 2:1-3; Acts 4:23-28; 1 Timothy 4:1, NKJV).1 Indeed, the rebellion against God in all of its forms is a manifest sign of the world now, being fully in its latter times just before His return as He has led me to assert in many posts from Bible prophecy.2 Worldly feminists in their rebellion against God and His Anointed are focused on undoing His purposeful and perfect design of the order, roles and responsibilities of mankind.
In rebelling against God’s assignment of male authority through the husband-father in His design of family order particularly, feminists seek to overthrow it and re-structure the family after their own design. In their design rooted in their rebel vision of equality, there are impossibly two family heads, no head and an equal sharing of authority or the acceptance of females just as capable to lead--a reality in many homes by deliberate male default to avoid drama or acquiescence in spiritual ignorance and/or weakness. Not only has this rebel vision of family authority impacted marriages, but it has left the children confused especially about their very important relationship with their fathers.
While in His design as the Lord has led me to write in other places, fathers teach the whole family His Word generally and their sons specifically about biblical manhood,3 they also have important teaching as well as leading, providing and protecting responsibilities to their not of age and single daughters at home. Full disclosure here for me in that much of what I am about to write I have learned after my daughters in a blended family became adults. I wish I had exercised the knowledge I did have more wisely in their youth with that which I have gained since. And of course, back then, I completely underestimated the extent to which feminism would consistently undercut my efforts.4
Worldly feminism has purposely set daughters against their fathers as in no other time in the history of mankind! In the short span of the mid-1960’s until now, many females urged through feminism to resist male authority have also been rebelling against their father’s God assigned family headship over them up to the time of marriage (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:3-6). Godly fathers exercised authority over and taught daughters to value themselves and their bodies by staying virgins until given to husbands with their permission (Genesis 24:10-51; 1 Corinthians 7:34-38). They also provided for and protected them from lust driven, sex seeking males like me as an unsaved teenager.
The value of a female virgin was such that male family members would kill a man that soiled their sister who as today, were often traumatized (Genesis 34; 2 Samuel 13:1-33). God’s laws to Israel also reflected the female virgin’s value (Exodus 22:16-17). In my book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics, writing about the absence of women as lifelong celibates in the Bible the Lord leads me to present the sad case of Jephthah’s daughter who as a virgin, mourned not that she would die because of her father’s wrongheaded vow, but having kept herself pure, the fact she would not ever know marriage and family (Judges 11:29-40).5 Fathers and daughters valued their purity.6
However, the Women’s Liberation (from God’s order and morality) Movement born of worldly feminism and followed closely by the Sexual Revolution enabled through birth control and abortions changed everything! I am a living witness to and participant in these historical events which seemed like a boon to us males everywhere at the time, but as in so much of what feels good for the moment, the consequential aftermath has not been pleasant at all.7 Fathers that understood something of God’s ancient will for them were thrown aback. Suddenly, professed Christian females who had understood their value as virgins and intended to remain so until marriage were greatly challenged.
Still, in the midst of a world where our daughters are urged to scorn and rebel against us from every quarter, aspiring strong man of God fathers must stand firm in the fact God’s will, way and Word concerning His order, our roles and responsibilities are right! Start as young as you can teaching all your children to understand the realm of your home is different from the world outside because you have chosen to follow Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Let them know you would like to have them choose to follow Him also, but until then, your home is built on the values and life outlook you have from a biblical worldview that is non-negotiable (Joshua 24:14-15). Be consistent while also being relationally available and providing alternative activities when needed that are “fun.”
Make sure you affirm the value of your daughters as persons of worth and dignity. This does not mean pandering after them as even some Christian father-daughter gurus seem to suggest, but imitate God the perfect Father (Genesis 16; Numbers 12).8 Knowing His will for females to marry and bear children, encourage them to pursue an education and a line of work by which they can sustain themselves on their own until then. Otherwise, if they choose to stay home under your authority to further their education and/or work while waiting for God to bring His man to them, give them adult space, but with the understanding you and all house rules must be honored; a circumspect lifestyle maintained. In all this you work with God to build daughters into excellent wives (Proverbs 31:28-29).
1 See the October 11, 2020 post, The Great Woman Of God’s Character, under the category, The Cause.
2 Read the April 8, 2018 post, The Second Adam Rules And Judges, under the category, Bible Prophecy, along with the three-part post beginning April 18, 2021, Daughters Of
This Age, under the category, God’s Creatures as examples.
3 See the June 13, 2021 post, The Heart Of A Son, under the category, Instruction and on July 11, 2021, A Father And Mother On Purpose, under the category, God’s Crea-
4 No matter what my daughters that lived with me watched in the media or where they went--school, church, friend’s homes etc., what their father taught them at home from
a biblical worldview such as I knew was challenged by the rebel views of feminism among others of this world! I know I am not alone in my experience and this is the reason,
no doubt, the Lord in part has me writing this post to encourage and help a struggling Christian father; his daughter if she will give heed. For as aspiring strong men of God
in the image of Christ we are not to just throw up our hands in exasperation caving into the way the world works in rebellion. But this too, is part of fighting “the good fight of
faith,” (1 Timothy 6:11-16, NKJV)!
5 The book is available at your favorite internet book seller and in the Strong Man Store. The prospect of lifelong celibacy and sexual purity are are also discussed in The
Great Woman Of God Women’s Group Study available through the same outlets.
6 I will say it again here. Sons are also to be taught to value their virginity until marriage. Sinful men have historically allowed a wicked double standard I acknowledge and
condemn in Christ.
7 Casual and no fault sex has led to unprecedented promiscuity, millions of out of wed-lock births and abortions (used as birth control after the fact when either unprotected
intercourse or other forms of pregnancy prevention measures failed), unmarried couples living together in large numbers, inconsequential adultery, increased date and
stranger rapes, an out of control porn industry with related addiction, sex trafficking, sexual abuse and perversion, widespread and incurable sexually transmitted diseases
as well as a long trail of broken and ruined lives.
8 God never compromises righteousness while also being gracious and merciful. Having then, given the warning about pandering after daughters leading inevitably to a father
compromising God’s standards of righteousness for the sake of being loving and accepting, I defer to the counsel of more qualified men such as Dr. James Dobson,
Dr. Kevin Leman and Dr. Willie Richardson among other faithful Christians as experts to help. Under no circumstances do I encourage following the advice of anyone
about raising daughters that is accommodating to the rebel values of feminism as though it will perpetually stand as the defining global norm. Truly, even “Before the coming
of the great and dreadful day of the Lord” near at hand, the Lord is sending the prophet Elijah to restore fathers and children in Israel as well as the willing beyond (Mala-
chi 4, NKJV)!
Clearly, as the Lord has been leading me to write, the most favorable times of the supposed “church age” have passed. Respected observers including Voice Of The Martyrs have been tracking the intensifying hostility and hatred toward as well as persecution of Christians around the globe. In the mix, God is carrying out His millennia ago announced judgment in His house, sifting out faithful from professed Christians among ancient cultures in their lands; separating them from familiar religious structures that are being destroyed. In America, churches are not only dying, but the legal fracture between church and state has become a widening chasm in only a generation as anti-Christians from all persuasions reject the national primacy of Christianity as biblical or manmade religion in every form.
While the handwriting is on the wall for the prophetically foretold hate-filled, anti-Christian sentiment of these latter days to flash over into severe persecution in America as it has and does marching across the planet (Matthew 24:9), many pastors continue to pursue their ambitious church expansion plans in what can only be described as empire building. As the Lord led, I warned in the introduction to the August 16, 2015 blog repost, “Finding God’s Lost Book,” under the category, Call To Repent, such plans driven by the male ego need for leaving a legacy are doomed to come crashing down in God’s judgment! I gave this warning with the following 2012 Commentary I wrote for The Strong Man Of God Monthly Newsletter also in mind that serves as my blog post today.
Originally Published December 2012
It is all the rage today. From corporate chieftains to entertainers, city planners and pimps empire building has migrated from its once exclusive domain among megalomaniac military conquerors and despotic rulers to the common man. Not to be outdone are many pastors and Ministry leaders across America that live for nothing but how to enlarge their name recognition, power, influence and affluence through empires of expanse, brick and mortar. I confess that I am no stranger to such notions and write this as the Spirit leads to myself as much as to fellow servants of God as a warning from the Lord not to go there. For those that have already, our Lord calls you to repent!
As the Lord led me to write in the December 2011 Commentary, The Ambition Of Men, ambition is in man from God as part of our natural make up in being made in the divine image and likeness (Genesis 1:26-27; 5:1-2).1 God is nobly ambitious! Therefore, in and of itself ambition is not evil. Empire building grows out of the God ordained ambition in men to rule, accomplish, build and expand in doing so. As sinners, the corruption of our hearts due to sin influences our motives and causes us not to be concerned about how we empire build (even criminally) or who we hurt in the process. This is evil. In sin, the selfish ambition of men to empire build is of pride and personal glory.
Sinful men of visionary leadership and selfish ambition have historically built great empires. To this day, the world empires of ancient Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece led by Alexander the Great and Rome remain classic studies in empire building. These empires all have in common that they rose and fell in time; their ruins litter the grounds they once stood on. Indeed, God Almighty promises a similar and cataclysmic fate for all the kingdoms of this world with their proudly built structures and monuments to human achievement near the glorious appearing of His King, Jesus Christ (Isaiah 2:10-22, 13:6-13; Daniel 2:24-45; Revelation 6:12-17, 11:15-18)!
The foregoing all being true, it completely amazes me that beginning with the Catholic Church centuries ago and among churches, denominations and ministries of every sort to this hour, ambitious men in the cause of "doing great things for God" labor diligently to build religious empires. These empires are complete with territorial expansion goals and all of the outward splendor and glory of structures men can create in an effort to leave a lasting legacy of their proud achievements. Did these men not get God’s memo from His Word? Every lofty construction of men and mountain is to be brought down close to Christ's return (Revelation 16:17-20, 17:1-6, 15-18:24)!
Many pastors and Ministry leaders reason, of course, that we do not know precisely when the Lord will return. So, buildings of function must be built to serve the needs of the Body of Christ until that Day. True. But this is not what is happening today in many cases as extravagant budgets and fundraising efforts are put into constructing buildings reminiscent of the acclaimed opulence of Vatican holdings to enlarge what are called "campuses." This would not be so bad if it really were all for God’s glory. In truth, many churches especially are expanding their empires to gratify the egos of pastors that see themselves as singularly able to draw and keep crowds. This is pride and arrogance at work.
What a stark contrast to our Lord Jesus! Though He owned and was surrounded by glorious splendor beyond the finite human mind to imagine and possessed a foretold destiny of greatness superior to any other (Isaiah 9:6-7), He allowed Himself to be born in a smelly animal stable to serve the purposes of God (Luke 2:4-7). In so serving, He wore the common clothes of His people and had no residence of His own (Luke 9:57-58). He washed the feet of and allowed Himself to be crucified for sinners. He died having built no buildings or monuments to Himself. However, He rose from the dead and ascended to God in glory leaving behind a legacy of affected disciples.
Those first disciples were and we nearly two millennia later are to proclaim the Gospel of our Lord and His Kingdom; making new disciples that form the only thing He vowed to build: His Church (Matthew 16:15-18)! Besides our immortal glory at the resurrection and crowns of reward, the disciples we make in obedience to Christ's commission (Matthew 28:18-20) are the only enduring legacy of our earth sojourn for we shall behold them forever (2 Corinthians 1:12-14; Philippians 2:14-16, 4:1; 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20)! Thus, with His attitude and promise of reward, we labor to enlarge Christ’s eternal Empire in the hearts of men (Philippians 2:3-11). The risen, living Christ continues His cry among American churches, "Who is on the Lord's side?"
1 This Commentary was posted March 11, 2018 under the category, The Cause. I also address the issue of ambition discussed in that Commentary as well in my book,
The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics available at all major internet booksellers, by order at your favorite brick and mortar bookstore or in the Strong Man Store.
Happy Father’s Day to all of the sons of this age that submit to God’s design of you as a male who alone of mankind has seed from your body to initiate the existence of new male or female human beings! While as His creature, a Christian and aspiring strong man of God in the image of Jesus Christ you may have other interests, you understand God did not create you to fulfill any ambitions first, but to do His will in the prime roles He designed you for as a husband to your female wife and father to the children you create together. Indeed, no male, no children; no female, no children; male and female in the bond of holy marriage, children (Genesis 1:26-28, 2:7, 18-25, 3:20, 4:1-2, 5:1-4)!
I continue to stand in awe of God Almighty and wise who could have raised up man in number as the grains of sand on earth or stars of the universe at once from the dust. Instead, He purposely chose to create one man, from him take out a woman and through their marital relationship and pleasure of sexual intimacy He designed them to share, achieve the same numerical ends briefly over time. Though fathers in their procreation role have it the easiest, their responsibilities are by no means easy. We are held accountable by God the Father in His image and likeness to lead, teach provide for and protect our wives and children--responsibilities He helps us with if we seek Him in our first role as His sons!
Disobedience to God and His punishment negatively impacted, made difficult and very challenging all of our responsibilities before Him and to our families requiring His help to be done even close to well (Genesis 2:15-17, 3:6-12, 17-19). Historically, men have done best at providing and protecting while coming up very short in spiritual leadership and teaching since we not only do these with words, but deeds. Sin in us has been our constant foil. Yet, God be praised and to Him be all the glory for the marvel of fathers as He designed and His willingness to help His fallen elect leaders. How sad in these latter days evil has convinced many fathers they have nothing but biological value.
Nevertheless, in a biblical worldview, males as fathers who have already fulfilled God’s will to responsibly beget children in marriage, spiritually led, taught, provided for and protected their families or will, superbly glorify Him in the earth and bless all mankind as did Christ Jesus (John 17:4). Thank you!
Satan’s lie that to call out sin is to hate the person guilty of it has kept many married Christian men from calling out a wife or daughter’s adoption of worldly feminist values. Single Christian men face the same problem as they pray, seek out and wait on God for what the wisest man on earth three thousand years ago described as “An excellent wife,” (Proverbs 12:4a, NKJV). Now, while the times in the world may have changed in just one, short generation since the hard launch in the 1960’s of what has flowered into 21st century feminism, it is not for the better for Christians seeking suitable mates! Still, there is hope for those that will be the person of God’s design and proceed His way.
Marking the one year anniversary on October 8th of the roll out of The Great Woman Of God Women’s Group Study,1 as the author, I can assure prospective what current users already know: the content is fully biblical as is my writing motive in love for God and women. Truly, I could not be misogynistic (hateful) toward women as the accuser would have it if I wanted to since the God of the Bible I serve charges us who love Him like Him, to also love even our enemies (Matthew 5:43-48)! 2 Thus, the slanderous accusation of being “inauthentic” in celebrating women as God designed by a Facebook content monitor during our spring promotional campaign or anyone is thoroughly satanic.
In the power of the Holy Spirit and His assignment through this Ministry’s cause to restore men, their families and communities, I have cried out in zealous love against Satan’s wicked scheme through feminism to destroy them. As I have repeatedly written, feminism of the world is diametrically opposed to God’s design of men, women and the family; negatively impacting communities as we see today in the ghastly extent of disorder, dysfunction and destruction. What God did for mankind in His original design at the beginning “was very good,” (Genesis 1:31, NKJV). Now, under fallen, proud humanity wiser than God, things have degenerated to the point of total collapse unless He intervenes.
I joyfully write instructing men and women about the great woman of God first in my book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics.3 She is a marvel of divine design as the potential excellent wife Solomon writes about that “is the crown of her husband,” (Proverbs 12:4a, NKJV). Indeed, because such a woman is built of the excellencies of character and dedication to her husband and family in accepting the divine order, her roles as well as responsibilities within it, she is prized to the degree later in the Proverbs that the question is asked, ‘“Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies,’” (Proverbs 31:10, NKJV).4 This woman was rare millennia ago and still is today!
Conversely, Solomon pens, “But she who causes shame is like rottenness in his bones,” (Proverbs 12:4b, NKJV). Surely, a wife that causes shame to her husband is one that lacks a life changing relationship with the living God and the consequent inner beauty He works in her. An example of this kind of woman Solomon writes about is one that is “contentious” (Proverbs 19:13, 21:9, 25:24, NKJV). Systemic to worldly feminism is contending not to be under male headship--a non-starter in biblical marriage and a guaranteed source of strife in all but those marriages where the husband submits to the headship of his wife contrary to God’s order of mankind (1 Corinthians 11:3).5
Nevertheless, the aspiring great woman of God in the image of Jesus Christ is virtuous and equipped to be that excellent wife. In the women’s group study, the Lord leads me to introduce the way to knowing Him through salvation, His will and design of woman along with His nature displayed and character He constructs in her with the resulting demeanor! To inspire and help females going through the group study see Christ’s character traits, they are presented individually as displayed in select godly women in the Bible. Naomi in the book of Ruth for example, is chosen to represent Christ’s character trait of empathy as she displayed to her widowed daughters-in-law (Ruth 1).
Not presented among those aforementioned godly women is Ruth, who easily displays all of the individual character traits of the women’s group study in composite form! She is from among the idol worshipping Moabites who are descendants of Lot (Genesis 19:30-38). After living with her Jewish husband before his death and around his mother, Naomi, some ten years, Ruth insists on returning with her to Judah, Israel. Ruth’s famous statement of devotion after Naomi bid both her daughters-in-law stay in their own land includes a clear turning from idols to the God of her mother-in-law, Israel and the Bible (Ruth 1:15-18)! From this point on, Ruth shows herself for example, humble and submissive to Naomi; so much so, all the people and one important man notice (Ruth 2).
As Naomi intuitively knew, Boaz was interested in Ruth. Through her counsel, Naomi set widowed Ruth on a path to the blessings of biblically sanctioned marriage, motherhood and eternal fame. For she bore a son to Boaz who would become the grandfather of king David and in the line of the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, his Descendant (Ruth 3-4; Matthew 1:1-17). Who can find an excellent wife? The aspiring strong man of God in the image of Christ who like Boaz, has his eyes and ears open to see and hear her. She will be aspiring to be a great woman of God in the image of Christ in nature, character and demeanor. She will be found in His Word; studying it and seeking to live it out. She may not be a “brick house,” but she will be built right by God (Proverbs 19:14)!
1 This important group study for females is available with the corresponding male group study at all major internet book sellers and in the Strong Man Store. However, only
the Strong Man Store has the important accessory Power Point help for the instructor on CD-Rom. While examining the group study resources in the Strong Man Store,
be sure to click the links for more in depth information.
2 See the May 3, 2015 post, Childish Arguments, under the category, The Cause, where I make the same genuine declaration. If through his children as Satan falsely ac-
cuses (John 8:44; Revelation 12:9-10), any calling out of sin is hatred for the person(s) called out, how can parents correct their children any longer; a society its law-
breakers? Such an accusation is absurd and w ickedly childish to the extreme; another reason I through the Spirit of the living God steadfastly declare feminism to be
among the foretold latter day “doctrines of demons,” (1 Timothy 4:1, NKJV).
3 The book is also available at your favorite internet book seller and in the Strong Man Store. Read the October 4, 2020 post, The Great Woman Of God, under the cate-
gory, The Cause, to be introduced to her in this Blog.
4 See the October 11, 2020 post, The Great Woman Of God’s Character, under the category, The Cause.
5 Let every faithful Christian husband as the pastor-teacher of his house stand firm to speak “the truth in love” about feminism to his professed Christian wife and other fe-
male family members that they may hear and avert disaster (Ephesians 4:14-15, NKJV)!
In watching the destructive collapse of Western civilization under the weight of rebellion against God and His Word, one of the saddest spectacles is the marginalization of men and their absolutely essential role as fathers in the family. Yes, throughout the centuries many mothers have had to step up in the absence of their husband/fathers and done well under the adverse circumstances. However, in what is to be this short-lived day of the woman and overt rebellion against the God designed family of a man, his wife and children endorsed even by many compromising churches, men as fathers are being purposely devalued leading to the destruction of the family as we have known it for millennia. The Lord led me to blog about this and to encourage aspiring strong men of God fathers in 2013. I post it again now as the rebellion continues unabated.
Originally Posted June 16, 2013
Happy Father’s Day to all of the fathers reading this blog! By God’s design only human males can be fathers. As a critical partner with their wives in the preservation and expansion of mortal humanity (without conception and births, death would soon overtake and destroy mankind from the face of the earth), men as fathers are indispensable. But the indispensability of men as fathers goes well beyond biology to family and societal order, stability, direction and spiritual condition. In God the Father’s image, men are designed to lead their families as husbands and fathers. If they lead well, the family and families that make up a nation goes well.
However, if the men lead poorly, then the family and families that make up a nation suffers. The latter case is the present reality in our nation and many other Western nations that have independently decided fathers are only absolutely needed for the biological creation of children and are quite worthless otherwise. I offer a number of statistics in my book, The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics that show how our nation is being devastated by a redefining of what a man, woman and family is contrary to what God in His Word declares they are. Social engineers and legal authorities know about this devastation but most insist on trying to fix the problems of re-definition within the context of the rebellion that is causing it!
In their redefinition of a man, for example, men are being demanded to financially support the children they create (those that are not destroyed through State sanctioned abortion, that is), but leave the rearing to the State and mothers--isn’t that taxation without representation all over again? The result is that irresponsibility by men is being encouraged by the State which has for the sake of an anti-Christian secular worldview, inserted itself into the fathering role and responsibility. Thus, our problem in America in major part is not that married men are leading poorly as much as it is absent and irresponsible men are not leading at all thanks to the State--though as the Lord has led, I teach all men lead by their example whether they intend to or not.
Also, in the moral and spiritual climate of rebellion against God, His Son, Jesus Christ and Word, many well off feminists do not even care for the financial support of baby’s daddy since they purchase his sperm from a bank in total detachment. So deep is the anti-male authority influence of feminists on our 21st century culture (including the biblical worldview that fathers are the head of their daughters until marriage), in its many acts of creative license with the birth narrative of Christ, the 2006 film, The Nativity, written by Mark Rich and directed by Catherine Hardwicke has teenage Mary initially angrily questioning her father’s will for her to marry Joseph. This feminist attitudinal insertion is completely opposite of the New Testament Mary who finds favor with God expressly for the humility and submission she no doubt displays prior to and after hearing God’s will from the angel (Luke 1:26-38)!
Tragically, relieved of their duty from nearly all quarters many men are living large in a sinful male’s utopian world of irresponsibility that is destroying children, the fatherless, families and our nation in the process. God in His Word teaches why the role of fathers is so important. As God the Father showed with Adam in the beginning, a father gives visionary leadership to his children (Genesis 1:26-28). Where there is no such vision in a family or a nation from the father or leader respectively, they throw off restraint, chaos ensues and they perish--think high rates of child sexual exploitation, teen promiscuity, sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy, drug and alcohol abuse, delinquency, school dropouts, gang violence and deaths, suicide etc. (Proverbs 29:18).
God as a Father to Adam not only initiated his existence, but led, taught, provided for and protected him in Eden (Genesis 2:7-25). While children with godly fathers in the home may still rebel because of sin, men are to do with their children as God did with Adam so they have a leader to look up to, instruction with discipline, certain provision and security. When Adam sinned, God the Father pitied him and did not treat his sin with the instant death it deserved, but killed an animal shedding its blood instead and used its skin to cover his fallen creature against the day in love when He would provide an eternal atonement (Genesis 3:17-19, 21, 5:1-5; Psalm 103:13-14; John 3:16). So, men are needed to be firm yet merciful and gracious authorities to their children.
To the child with a natural father (or mother) that has forsaken him, God offers Himself a Father (Psalm 27:10, 68:5). As His tangible love, Christian men are to be mentors and spiritual fathers to the fatherless who allow it. In the day of rebellion as we now have, God sends forth His prophet to call men and their children to reconciliation to avoid his curse on top of all of the destructive natural consequences already doing their work (Malachi 4:5-6). Are we listening in the churches since our assemblies are suffering all of the same devastation as the world due to straying from God’s Word and the priority of teaching men their roles and responsibilities?
To the faithful godly fathers doing it God’s way with a made up mind, stay the course. Do not yield to the fathering instructions and ways of this condemned world system taught even in compromising churches. God’s example and instruction in His Word as well as your very real daily experience with Him as your heavenly Father are perfect. If you remain faithful the Father of fathers will bless and mightily reward your faithfulness here and now and with immortal glory in the Day of Christ. Such is the joyful hope and expectation of every aspiring strong man of God father!
The moment God brought the new creature from, like and for him to Adam as a wife, the joy was etched all over his face, displayed in any body gestures and fully heard in every syllable of the words that flowed out of his mouth as Scripture records (Genesis 2:21-25)! Thus, it is written: “He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord,” (Proverbs 18:22, NKJV). Men throughout history have only come close to Adam’s initial reaction to his new wife when they see their brides for the first time on the wedding day and later during the night, after they disclose their bodies to them in the intimacy of romantic love blessed by God (Song Of Solomon 3:6-5:1).
In the foregoing is found the beginning of the historical value of women to men! For woman was created by God to be man’s intimate companion; taking away his aloneness in lifelong marital relationship as they moved together in the divine wonder of oneness. Corresponding to him, he could transparently share his innermost being with her and her, him. Uniquely above the animals they could together imagine, dream, appreciate and create beauty as well as fellowship with their Creator. Created also to be man’s helper, by God’s design a woman helped most significantly when out of their intimacy children were conceived in her womb, brought forth, nourished and nurtured.1
After this, God intended for a woman to help her husband govern their family by managing the home under his headship (Titus 2:1-5). Most blessed have been the men with godly wives that managed the home well and were willing also to help them bear the weight of seeking God for their family vision and needs through much adversity (Proverbs 12:4, 19:14).2 For the fall of man to Satan, sin and death has made even marriage and family an experience of many sorrows and troubles as the judgment of God presaged (Genesis 3:16-19; Job 14:1-12). Even so, many women of faith in the Bible have been godly helpers par excellence to their husbands, sons, prophets and kings alike.3
With Noah as a 500 year old man of faith certainly was his wife. Though we do not know her name, her deeds of helping support for her husband are everywhere seen in the biblical narrative of their epoch. She bore Noah three sons and no doubt tolerated his long work hours while managing the home when she was not helping him in the task of building the ark God commanded over many years (Genesis 6:9-17). Scripture records no objections on her part whatsoever about Noah building or entering the ark with their sons, their wives and many animals large and small she too had to help with (Genesis 6:18-7:16). Compare Noah’s wife to Lot’s and Job’s (Genesis 19:15-26; Job 1:6-2:9).
Amram in Egyptian bondage sought out a wife from his tribe of Levi and married Jochebed (Exodus 2:1, 6:20). During Pharaoh’s strict edict to his people to kill every Hebrew male born by drowning, Jochebed conceived, bore Moses and out of a mother’s natural love with her husband hid him three months. When she could not hide him any longer, by faith in God she prepared an “ark of bulrushes” and set him adrift among river bank reeds in hope that an Egyptian woman would spare his life. God fulfilled Jochebed’s hope beyond her wildest expectations as her son grew up to be His vessel of deliverance for Israel (Exodus 1:15-3:10; Deuteronomy 34; Hebrews 11:23, NKJV).
Elkanah had two wives--Peninnah who bore him children and Hannah who had not. He dutifully provided for Penninnah and their children, but out of love for Hannah gave her “a double portion” though, “the Lord had closed her womb.” He also comforted Hannah in her grief over not having borne him at least one son in the face of her rival’s many years of taunting. Finally, during the annual worship at Shiloh, Hannah poured her heart out to God for a son. God answered, blessing her to conceive and birth Samuel, who after she weaned, returned him to the Lord as promised. In fulfilled joy she praised God for having given her husband the greatest son of that day; her son, the best possible life as Israel’s last judge, God’s prophet and king maker (1 Samuel 1-2:11, NKJV).
David and his men were on the run from king Saul who wanted to kill his rival. While on the run he did good to fellow Israelites and one in particular named Nabal, whose sheep and shearers came under David’s protection. After asking for provisions and being harshly rebuffed by Nabal, David was on his way to murder him and his household. But Abigail, Nabal’s wife, was told of the matter and quickly sent David provisions. She also came out to meet him and plead for the family. Her godly wisdom as a woman of faith spoken respectfully to the future king stopped him from sinning. He wisely married her after “the Lord struck Nabal and he died,” (1 Samuel 25:1-42, NKJV).4 The risen, living Christ continues His cry among American churches, "Who is on the Lord's side?"
1 As the Lord has led, I wrote in The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics about mortal woman being created to be a companion and helper to her husband as being of
the highest honors. This is because these roles are in the image and likeness of and specifically imitate spiritually God the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the triune
God! He is the intended eternal Companion and Helper to all redeemed souls He brings to new birth (John 1:12-13, 3:1-8, 14:16-17). Therefore, to treat these roles
with contempt is truly arrogant, audacious and high handed sin (Isaiah 45:9-10)! The book is available through all major internet booksellers, by order from your fa-
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2 Get more biblical instruction on the roles and responsibilities of husbands and wives in The Strong Man Of God: Back To Basics.
3 I call such women “great women of God” in my book. The Strong Man Store now has available the newest Strong Man Of God Audio Resource, Great Woman Of
God Mothers, an expository message from the Lord challenging 21st century Christian women to aspire to be like these women. Be sure to listen to the message sam-
4 Of all the Old Testament great women of God, Abigail is one of my favorites not only because she was beautiful, godly, humble and submissive, but because she also
possessed the spiritual wisdom an aspiring strong man of God in the image of Christ needs to help him make decisions that please the Lord and fulfill His will! Now,
such a woman is never to usurp or be used by her husband to replace the Holy Spirit as his first in order Companion and Counselor. But after prayer, he should find
his wife also led by the Spirit is in one accord with what the Spirit has counseled. Compare the counsel Abigail gave David with that which Jezebel gave her husband
and the outcomes (1 Kings 21).
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