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We were made to be courageous. God designed us to be the rulers of the earth. In Genesis 1:28, the Word tells us that God directed us to "be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth" (NKJV).

Note: Adam and Eve weren’t on the earth yet when God said this. God was speaking to US. Man did not exist on the earth until Genesis 2:7. We were created before we were formed. Please read my devotional, “Old as Dirt”, found on our website for more details and scripture.

He gave us authority over all things on earth and the earth itself, but that authority was stolen from us when Adam and Eve betrayed our Lord in the Garden of Eden (see The Bridge to Salvation at ytlchurch.com/feature_05).

Since then, the door was opened for the enemy (Satan) to barrage us, attack us, destroy us, and more—all we have to do is watch the news if we need additional examples of how much he hates us and uses us. We have become pawns of destruction.

Now, doesn’t it feel great to know that we have someone to blame for all our problems? What a relief--ha! Hold on a minute! This is where we must be careful. It is natural to blame someone or something for the bad things that happen to us in life. “This isn’t my fault,” is a statement that brings instant relief. With fault comes guilt and guilt is a hefty burden to carry. Who wants guilt? Not me!

Some of us will do anything to avoid feelings of guilt or confrontation. When we can avoid guilt and avoid burdens, life is easier. Avoidance is a powerful tool, but avoidance doesn’t resolve issues. Avoidance represses issues and makes our problems worse. Avoidance gives a “problem” the freedom to grow wildly in the background, expanding from a tiny little thing to an insurmountable issue that looms over us and haunts us until it explodes. Explosions create disasters.

We hate disasters.

Blame-throwing may help us feel better about ourselves, but we can’t blame the enemy for everything. Yes, he can be convincing, manipulative, and influential, but remember: he is the father of lies (John 8:44). The Lord gave us His Word to expose the works of the enemy that we may gain wisdom and be alert. Jesus came to earth to destroy the works of the enemy and to give us a way out (1 John 3:8), but we still have our part to do.

We have a responsibility to ourselves, our Lord, and our loved ones to understand how all of this stuff in life works together—either for us or against us. Shifting blame doesn’t resolve the problem. It is a trick that partners well with avoidance!

We have to take responsibility for our own actions and reactions. Knowing that the enemy exists and how he manipulates us is helpful—more than that, it’s necessary. The Lord warns us in Hosea 4:6, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” Gaining knowledge and understanding makes us wiser. When we apply the smarts we gain, we can overcome many obstacles and avoid many more pitfalls (here is a positive use of avoidance).

When we understand our authority and know how to use it, we can change the direction of our lives and those around us! Authority coupled with godly wisdom is powerful. Authority fueled by selfish desires or gained through illegal or ungodly measures is dangerous—consider Hitler!

When Christ came, He defeated the enemy and made a way to rescue us. When we accept what He did on the cross for us, we are given a new hope and greater ability to live a successful and prosperous life. Feeding ourselves with His Word and increasing in our knowledge and understanding of Him renews and strengthens us. When we accept Him, we get back the authority that was meant to be ours from the beginning of this world.

Accept who you are and where you’re at—good or bad--and let Christ help you change (if change is necessary), improve, overcome, and conquer.

If life isn’t going our way, there is a reason and God knows the answer. We can change with God’s help. Change isn’t easy and it takes courage—but since He made us to be courageous, we can do anything through Him who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13)!

The Spiritual Head of the house is the most attacked position in the family unit. Men (or women if the situation deems it because a man is not living in the home) must constantly be encouraged to take this role and keep it. Being the Spiritual Head (1 Corinthians 9:7) means that you are the warrior for your family. You are the frontline in this war coming against your family. You are the watcher, the observer, the guardian and you must fight. Rebuke the enemy for your family’s sake!

The enemy’s first plan of attack in destroying families is to tear down the Spiritual Head. You must be prepared to fight!

As wives, children, and a church, we must pray for these men to be strong and to be consistent. We need to pray for men’s distractions because they easily succumb to them.

And for us all, to be Courageous.

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