Week 2: Receive Jesus’ Kingdom: REVIVAL and TRANSFORMATION of Family Life
By Mr Jack Sonnemann, Tasmania
Spheres of Influence: Religion & Justice
Intention: Men, Rise to Defend Your Families!
Biblical Promise: James 4:7 – “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
Receive God’s Promises for Family Life: Nehemiah 4:14 – “Do not be afraid of them, but remember the Lord who is great and awesome and fight for your brothers, sons, daughters, wives and houses.” In the face of attack, Nehemiah appointed his warriors to rebuild the protective wall in front of where their families lived, knowing they would fight harder. Today’s families deserve the same protection from the unceasing assault of the enemies of God. God is calling men in Australia to rise up and be men who establish Godly standards for their families and culture.
The OECD says Australia has the highest rape rate, sexual assault and violent assault in the developed world. It is right to protect, prevent and intervene against molestation and abuse. It is sin to know what is right and not do it (James 4:17). We’ve allowed our culture to become so sex-saturated that our young children are becoming sexualised; families watch pornography in their homes with their children and we sell and display pornography to our children. We legislate to allow our daughters to become prostitutes and our schools teach our children that unsanitary homosexual sodomy is safe, normal and healthy. We have the most permissive abortion laws in the Western World and the premeditated killing of our innocent unborn is our most common elective operation in Australia. Our entire generation is desensitised to the consequences of these tragedies and no longer hates evil (Psalm 97:10).
Believe God, trust God and recognise the relevance and power of Jesus in our culture. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8) and enable everyone who is born of God to overcome the world (1 John 5:4)! Ps 78:9 warns us about the sons of Ephraim, archers equipped with everything they needed to defeat the enemy, who turned back in the day of battle. We need to become militant defenders of Biblical morality in the battle raging around us in Australia today (1 Peter 5:8). Speak words of exhortation and rebuke to those who legislate for porn, advertise, sell and display porn. Let us show our wives, daughters and families we are real men who can take insult (Luke 6:22) for doing good without losing heart (Galatians 6:9); men who delight in God’s statutes (Psalm 1:2) and stir one another to love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24).
Pray for REVIVAL and TRANSFORMATION:
Please God, Forgive us for no longer being shocked by impurity; for our own sin and for failing to protect vulnerable people in our nation. Please help us Lord to fight off our addiction to pornography and firmly and actively stand against it. Psalm 101:3-4 says “I will set no worthless thing before my eyes, I hate the work of those who fall away, it will not fasten its grip on me.” (Jonah 2:6-9) Enable us to be the militant defenders of Biblical morality that Australia so desperately needs to lead our children into a future filled with hope. Amen
Activate God’s Promises in Family Life:
Australian Federation for the Family invites your active participation in this winnable war.