Amos 5:15 – Hate evil, love good; Establish justice in the gate. It may be that the Lord God of hosts will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.

The fear of the Lord is a big deal. It means you’re prioritizing God, His justice, His Kingdom, and you are willing to go after those things. When you do, you get to bring His goodness to His people and His church. Don’t bail, stay loyal to Him no matter what the world says or does. He never fails.

Declaration: A thousand of my generations will be blessed because You have chosen me. I will remain loyal to you, King Jesus. 

Construction or Destruction?

Yesterday we solved the mystery of woman: She was created with Adam, but not revealed until he discovered his need for a helpmeet. Helpmeet in Hebrew is “ezer knegdo” – the unifying shield of encouragement that is openly and boldly of equal worth on earth and in the Kingdom of God.

In short, woman was made to be an agent of construction, not destruction. And that makes sense because, no matter what the loony left tells you, only women can construct babies. It is their distinct purpose for mankind. 

How do women construct? With their love. Man can build a house, but the woman makes it a home. She feeds, clothes, decorates, organizes, and generally takes what the man gives her and makes it better. She especially makes him better. 

Because she is made to surround, protect, give aid and relief, woman is the safe place for man to be himself. If he fails, she comforts and encourages him to get back up. If he’s hurting, she comforts him. If he’s confused or unsure of the future, she speaks wisdom into him, which we’ll talk more about tomorrow.

The bottom line is that woman was made to protect man’s heart. Here’s how I know. 

And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man – Genesis 2:21-22

Men, if you give a woman your heart–if you love her more than you love yourself and you put her dreams and desires before your own, she will become a mighty fortress for you. She was made to build and multiply the love you give her, so give her a reason to. 

Likewise, if you give a woman grief, heartache and trouble, she will multiply that as well. My friend, when woman goes against her God-given nature and becomes an agent of destruction, all hell will break loose in your life. Don’t go there! 

So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. – Ephesians 5:28

Remember men, that woman a literal part of your body, so treat her with kindness and love. If you do, that little lady will fight the gates of hell for you. 

Ladies, today I want to encourage you to be agents of construction: speak life into the men in your life. Build them up in word and action. Protect their hearts, their reputations and minds, and see how you can multiply the life God has given you to steward–his and yours.