Friday, 10 March 2017

Man as Prophet of the House By Apostle Pride Sibiya

In the simplest definition, a prophet is a man who speaks for God. While we might think of telling the future when we think of the word “prophet”, it has more to do with speaking the Word of God. In the laymen’s language a prophet is one who stands in the counsel and presence of God and tells the people what God is saying.

The man of the house is one who stands in God’s council more than anyone else.

A prophet represents God to people. In the Old Testament, a prophet would face the people and speak. Jesus was a prophet who spoke the Word of God to the people and was, in fact, the Word incarnate. A prophet speaks for God.

A man is to be the family prophet. He represents God to his wife (and, by extension, his family—the fruit of their union). When his wife reacts emotionally, he calms her with God's wisdom. He proclaims the gospel of faith to his family. He provides biblical instruction and training to his wife and children without becoming legalistic. He prepares family devotions and encourages private devotions. He is the arbiter of family values. He insists on regular church attendance. He is a messenger from God to his family.

Practical Marks of Man as Prophet
1. He hears from God: Prophets in Scripture heard from God through dreams, visions, or verbal conversations with God either audible or internal. Today, we have the completed revelation of God in the pages of the Bible. It is impotant that a man knows how to hear from God today, a man must diligently equip himself as a student of the Scriptures.

For example, as Doug Wilson says, “a man may not be a vocational theologian, but in his home he must be the resident theologian. The apostle Paul, when he is urging women to keep silent in the church, tells them that “if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home” (1 Corinthians 14:35). A husband and father must be prepared to answer doctrinal questions from his wife and children, and if he cannot, then he must be prepared to study so that he can remedy the deficiency.

2. He establishes a doctrinal foundation for his life and home: Every man must be a theologian. 2 Timothy 1:13-14, “Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.”; 2 Timothy 2: 1-2, “You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”

3. He proclaims and declares the truth of the Scriptures: For many of us, a formal time of Bible study with our family is a daunting idea. We think of everyone in our family looking at us to offer some spiritual insight and we feel inadequate to give it. This can be remedied! There are boundless resources that can help in the study and delivery of the Scriptures. Not only in this area, but in other areas where a testimony of the truth is required, it is important that the man of God arrive equipped to deliver a clear, biblical answer: 1 Peter 3:15-16; Ephesians 6:4, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”

4. He confronts sin in his own life with ferocity and in others with generosity: Galatians 6:1-3; Matthew 18.
Man as Prophet of the By Apostle Pride Sibiya
Man as Prophet of the By Apostle Pride Sibiya
The father as the prophet must give names to his children and thus control the destinies of his children - Genesis 35:18 And it came to pass, as her soul was departing (for she died), that she called his name Ben-oni: but his father called him Benjamin. A man as the prophet must foresee the future of his children and thus nullify the direction and destiny of his children by correctly naming them – transcript for his glory conference.

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